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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour
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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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Crochetville is very proud to have designer Suzann Thompson with us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
I could knit from a young age, but crochet didn’t interest me much until Woman’s Day magazine published a pattern for a yellow and orange granny square floppy-brim hat made from Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn. My mom showed me the basics. That hat was the first of many crochet projects, for myself, family, publication, and art.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination.
New York City is my favorite travel destination at the moment. It’s easy to get around without a car. There’s so much to see, so much inspiration, delicious food, and some very nice yarn shops.
Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.
I dream of going to Istanbul! The Batsford Book of Crochet, by Ann Stearns, had a chapter about Turkish crochet, which was fascinating to me Since then I’ve learned a lot more about Turkish textiles and crafts. I want to see them with my own eyes!
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
I used to study the Yellow Pages, but when I travel nowadays, I search online for yarn shops and used book stores. That’s how I found Romni Wools in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where the choice of yarns was amazing. I blogged about it here: Toronto Yarn Shop is Fabulous!
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?
Is there a clinical name for “the fear of running out of yarn while on a trip?” That’s my personal phobia. For car or plane trips, I take projects that fit into a small bag, and are easy to put down and pick up—like flowers or motifs or a scarf. There’s plenty of extra yarn in my suitcase. To be on the safe side, I pack another project, in case I finish the first one. Hey, you never know.
Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?
For air travel, I wear my yarn cutter pendant so I don’t have to bring scissors on board. They are packed in my checked baggage.
Visit Suzann’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
On my blog, Curious and Crafty Readers, I’ll be offering a giveaway for one free copy of my book Cute Crochet World. AND for one week only, my winged clock motif “Time Flies,” will be available as a free download.
A Few of Suzann’s Designs:
Dogwood Scarf, $5.50
When the dogwoods start to bloom, spring is in the air! Wear a little springtime with the Dogwood Scarf. Flowers and leaves are crocheted separately and then sewn together using the Crochet Charm Lace technique, which is explained in the pattern.
Pasque Flower, FREE
Customize a purchased or handmade gift with the pretty and unusual crocheted Pasque Flower.
Pineapple Lace Top, FREE
This lacy tunic top features the ever-popular pineapple pattern. It was originally published in Crochet Digest magazine in 1997.
Find Suzann Online:
- Website: http://www.textilefusion.com
- Blog for Curious and Crafty Readers: http://www.textilefusion.com/bookblog/
- Blog for Textile Fusion: http://www.textilefusion.com/blog
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suzann-Thompson-Author-179633113518/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/textilefusion
- Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/suzann-thompson
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suzannthompson/
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