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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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Leslie Stahlhut, Crochetbug
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Leslie Stahlhut 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 Leslie, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
I have an MFA in writing fiction, and I really, really like to crochet. I am originally from California, but I now call North Carolina home.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination.
I have yet to travel to a beach I didn’t end up liking.
Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.
I would like to go to Maui, and spend a day in Hana. Either that or go to the Galapagos.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
I always visit Knit One, Weave Too when I visit family in Edwardsville, Illinois. It is a super friendly yarn store and as a crocheter, I have never been made to feel like a second-class crafter. Additionally, one of the proprietors is a young mom who also hand dyes yarns, and I was able to make a super special gift with one of her hand-dyed yarns.
Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?
I have a crochet blanket that I like to take with me whenever I can. It is nice to have it on my bed, and it is perfect for the beach. It is an all-around good piece to have. As for packing tips, I try to get by on two pairs of jeans and an assortment of t-shirts so that I’ve got more room for crochet.
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?
How many projects I take depends on how I am traveling. For road trips, I take everything I can — as many pieces of crochet, as many colors of yarn, and as an wide assortment of hooks as I can cram into my share of the space. For air travel, I generally take 4-6 colors in my checked baggage. In my carry-on, I take a modest assortment of hooks and several bent-tipped yarn needles. Since I tend to make large projects composed of lots and lots of little pieces, I usually use the time on a plane to get some of those ends woven in on the myriad pieces. For those times I am lucky enough to travel by train, I try to fit as much crochet into my luggage as possible, and I keep another large carry on by my side with whatever my front burner project is.
Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?
On the occasion of my 50th birthday, my youngest son and I went to NYC to see the musical The Addams Family. While we were there, I had staged a photo of an amigrumi tiger I had made for my son with a cup of coffee and a cupcake from Dean & DeLuca. Dean & DeLuca featured it at some point in their social media outreach, so that was pretty fun for me.
Visit Leslie’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
Visit Crochetbug to find out how Leslie is celebrating National Crochet Month!
A Few of Leslie’s Designs:
Cancer Awareness Ribbon, FREE
I designed this as the result of a request from a high school friend whose husband was diagnosed with a soft-tissue sarcoma. I needed to make a bunch of ribbons quickly for a fund-raiser, and none of the patterns I came across could be completed as quickly as I needed to complete them. This pattern is the result.
Cat Bag, FREE
I designed this because you can’t really go wrong with cats.
Dotghan 1.0, FREE
At the time I designed this I was quite taken with the mobile game “DOTS,” and I thought it would make the perfect baby blanket.
Find Leslie Online:
- Website: http://www.crochetbug.com
- Blog: http://www.crochetbug.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealcrochetbug/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/crochetbug
- Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/leslie-stahlhut
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lesliestahlhut/
- Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/17374592@N00/
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