NatCroMo 2016, March 22: April Garwood

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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour


Welcome to Crochetville’s fourth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2016. Join us as we take a virtual tour on our passenger steam train, The Crochet Express, visiting crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, and offer some fun giveaways.

Today’s Posts: Susan Heyn | April Garwood | Haus of Yarn | Daily Giveaway

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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April Garwood, Banana Moon Studio

April Garwood

Crochetville is very proud to have designer April Garwood with us today, March 22, as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).


About April:

I am married to Dan and have 4 daughters. I homeschool them and enjoy spending time with my family. I learned to crochet at the age of 10 — my oldest sister taught me. I made things off and on, though I had no concept of gauge for a long time. I began designing in 2010 when I designed a blessing day dress for my youngest daughter, who was due in a few months. I have several designs published in magazines including Interweave Crochet and Crochet!. I also publish some patterns of my own on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy.

1. Tell us about your favorite travel destination:

There are so many places I would love to visit, but never have. The best vacation I ever went on was with my family when I was a junior in high school. We went to Taos, NM. The river rafting and the fun time with my family were the best parts.

2. Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day:

At the top of my bucket list are two trips: whale-watching along the west coast of the US and traveling to the northern reaches of the world to see the Aurora Borealis.

3. Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any cool packing tips to share?

Goodness. Packing projects is the hardest part. You don’t want to pack too much, but not packing enough would be far worse. Always leave enough extra space in your bags for goodies you pick up along the way!

4. Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?

My first trip to a crochet conference was quite something. Between raffles, drawings, class goodies, and the market, I had so much extra yarn that I had to lie on top of my suitcase to get it zipped shut when I packed to return home. I really had not anticipated that, and didn’t plan accordingly.


Visit April’s Site: NatCroMo Specials

I have just released a new free pattern on my blog for National Crochet Month. You’ll have to click this link to come over and see it!


April’s Designs:

If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.

Sweet Little Mittens | Apri Garwood

1. Sweet Little Mittens, $4.00

These truly “Sweet Little Mittens” have been a bestseller in my Ravelry pattern store for years. You’ll love these for a sweet little one in your life. Sizes newborn to 3T in soft DK merino superwash.


Chain Mail Cowl | April Garwood

2. Chain Mail Cowl, FREE

The Chain Mail Cowl is going to be a great project to make for yourself and everyone else you know. It is a quick project because it is made with double strands of worsted weight yarn. It can work for men or women and can be worn dressed up or down. It will be your new go-to accessory!


Roserock Ripple Scarf | April Garwood

3. Roserock Ripple Scarf, $3.00

My “Roserock Ripple Scarf” has been a fan favorite! This is a beaded scarf made in a striping yarn with subtle color changes. It is beautiful! You’ll love this scarf for yourself, or for a friend that really appreciates your work.


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Ravelry: AprilGarwood





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