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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 Beth Graham with us today, March 10, as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Beth Graham loves to explore new avenues in her crochet and delights in sharing her discoveries with others. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, she teaches locally at yarn shops, around the community, and on Craftsy. Her designs appeal to crocheters seeking simple, fun, and often innovative projects. You can find Beth’s patterns in books and magazines such as Crochetscene as well as online on Ravelry, Patternfish, Craftsy and more.
1. Tell us about your favorite travel destination:
That is such a difficult question. I love visiting my home state, California. I also love spending time in London. Oh! And there’s Washington, D.C. . . . Scotland . . . and anywhere in Ontario, Canada.
2. Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day:
I would love to return to Italy someday, especially Tuscany, and revel in the weather, history, art, and food.
3. Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
I always try to visit a yarn shop when I’m traveling and pick up a souvenir — or five! I especially enjoyed finding “All You Knit Is Love” in Barcelona a few years ago and discovering some locally-dyed yarn. The owner also has the cutest business card ever: It doubles as a needle gauge!
4. Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any cool packing tips to share?
I always leave room to bring my new yarn home. Pro tip: Yarn is also ideal for cushioning other, more fragile, souvenirs!
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 always take along a pair of knit socks or two to work on during idle moments — and for long plane rides. My crochet go-to travel projects are dishcloths. (My favorite dishcloth cotton to use is Knit Picks Dishie, which is tightly spun and has fantastic yardage for the price.) I also make sure to have a complete set of hooks with me — because I never know what I might decide to start midway through a trip!
Visit Beth’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
Beth will be spotlighting some of her favorite designers during the month of March. She’ll also be offering a free giveaway of her Craftsy class, Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. It’s a Trap!, $5.00
It’s a Trap!” is a breeze to crochet, yet will keep the chill off as you wait for the Millennium Falcon to swoop in and whisk you away to your next adventure. Trapezoidal in shape, the shawl features a structured shell pattern outlined in smaller shells and sparkling beads – adding a touch of whimsy to an otherwise tailored accessory.
2. Inca Bloocks Wrap, $5.00
Vibrant colors combine with a geometric lace design evoking Incan architecture in this light and lacy rectangular wrap. Easily memorized stitch patterns and all-in-one styling make this the perfect travel companion, wherever adventure takes you.
3. Swirly, $5.00
Dizzyingly simple once the spiral stitch pattern’s been established, this blanket just goes round and round, with back bump stitches giving the fabric bounce, stretch, and mesmerizing visual appeal. Make an adult-sized blanket in bulky-weight yarn or snuggle a baby in a sport-weight version – whichever you choose, giving someone you love a Swirly has never been easier.
Find Beth Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/beth-graham
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