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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour
Want to Chat about the Tour?
Part of the fun of taking a passenger steam train trip is talking with your fellow passengers. This year, we’re providing two locations where our passengers can get to know each other. We’d love to hear about your favorite things you’ve discovered on the tour and see photos of your current crochet projects. You’re invited to join us daily for virtual cocktails/appetizers and dinner. (We’ll be sharing links to some fabulous recipes!)
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Amanda Saladin, Designing Crochet
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Amanda Saladin with us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). If you’d like to know even more about Amanca, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
My name is Amanda and I am a high school teacher specializing in fashion design and nutrition. I have been married to my wonderful husband Brian for over 12 years and we have three boys together ages 6, 3, and our youngest was born August 2015. I majored in fashion design at Middle Tennessee State University for my undergraduate degree but never thought about designing knit or crocheted items until a few years ago. I got my first design accepted by Crochet Today! in October 2011 and have never looked back!
Tell us about your favorite travel destination.
Mine would have to be Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding area. I do enjoy the beach but I have so many great memories in that area since we only live a few hours away. Now we go with our children and they love it as much as we do.
Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.
Wow, that’s hard. I used to be a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines so I have been all over the US, even Hawaii. I also visited Europe after high school so I have traveled quite a bit. I guess I would have to say Israel since I would love to visit the holy lands.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
Sometimes I visit yarn stores when I travel, but only if I think there will be something that I can’t get in Nashville. My favorite store so far was a tiny shop in Gatlinburg when I visited their arts and crafts area. I got materials to spin my own yarn there that were amazing and local, but I haven’t gotten around to actually learning to use a drop spindle. It’s definitely on my to-do list!
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 take at least one project every time I go somewhere. Most of the time, though, it’s usually a bag of yarns I love and I create swatches for upcoming submission deadlines. I love to design and never like making the same thing more than once (which can be a problem since sometimes I want all my boys to have something similar!).
Visit Amanda’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I will be offering a free bag pattern that will debut that day. See patterns below for a photo of the new bag pattern!
A Few of Amanda’s Designs:
Elements Cowl, FREE
This cowl is easily created in the round using only chains and double crochet to create the windowpane pattern.
Unforgettable One Skein Scarf, FREE
This scarf works up quickly using only one skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.
Buckle Bag, FREE
The buckle bag is a large tote with a fabric lining that features a front pocket with ribbon and buckle, richly textured stitches, and purchased handles.
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