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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour
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Crochetville is very proud to have designer Margaret Hubert with us today, March 18, as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
I started in the needle arts business in 1963, as co-owner of a small yarn shop. When the shop closed, 12 years later, I became the needlework instructor at Bloomingdale’s in White Plains, New York. Since then I have written 25 books, the most recent being Customize Your Crochet and Customize Your Knitting, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet (second edition) and The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting (second edition). Other recent publications include Crochet Lace for Adventurous Crocheters, The Granny Square Book, and Learn How to Free Form Crochet. I hae also had many designs published in knit and crochet magazines, such as Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Creating Knitting, Belle Armoire, and many others. I have also done two tutorial DVDs on free form knitting and free form crochet.
I teach knitting and crocheting workshops all over the country. I have been teaching in my local yarn shop in Pawling, NY for the past 18 years. I love all aspects of both knitting and crocheting, but combining them both in free for designs is my passion.
I have been induced into the Crochet Guild of America’s Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame.
1. Tell us about your favorite travel destination:
I visited Italy a few years ago with my son and his family, and it was a vacation to remember and cherish for a long time to come.
2. Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day:
I have always been intrigued by books about China, and if I ever had the opportunity, I would love to go there.
3. Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
I have visited so many wonderful yarn shops in my travels, and I am afraid I could not even tell you the names of any of them. But some of the most unusual ones were in Australia.
4. Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any cool packing tips to share?
I have a “uniform” when packing for crochet related travel. I pack several pairs of black pants and tops, and then throw on one of my colorful crochet sweaters to top it off. I am a minimal type packer so my only tip is to take less.
5. Tell us about any crochet projects you take with you when traveling: How many projects do you take? How do you decide which ones to take?
I usually only take one or two projects with me, depends on if I am flying or driving.
6. Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?
My funniest crochet-related travel story is the year that I went to Italy, I had a deadline that was due shortly after my return. I took the project with me, and my son took a series of pictures with me crocheting in front of some of the most historic places in Italy, and you can see the project growing as the vacation progresses.
Visit Margaret’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I will be doing a blog post about how much I love granny squares, with some information about joining them. I’ll also have a Granny-related FREEBIE. Come on over to my site and check it out!
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Customize Your Crochet, $22.99 retail; currently $16.01 on
This book is designed to help customize standard crochet patterns to fit your body type. In addition, hints are given on finishing like a pro, changing necklines, embellishing and much more.
2. 10 Granny Squares, 30 Blankets, $19.99 retail, currently $15.12 on
This book shows how 10 granny square patterns can be turned into 30 stunning blankets, by changing hook, yarn, colors, and arrangement of squares. The possibilities are endless and lots of fun to create different looks.
3. 10 Granny Squares, 30 Bags, $19.99 retail, currently $14.79 at
10 distinct Granny squares used in the making of all 30 bags in this book. From small little amulet bags, beach bags, evening bags, to giant totes. Something for everyone.
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