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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 Kathy Kelly with us today, March 26, 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 Kathy, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
I am a crochet designer, blogger, and teacher with patterns available through Ravelry. I am a member of the Crochet Guild of America and an active member of the Crochet Connection of Chicago chapter of the CGOA. Currently I teach crochet at Windy Knitty in Chicago. I am excited about the many possibilities that crochet offers. I can hardly stop myself from sharing all of the wonderful techniques, patterns, and projects I have found. I want to let people see some of the beautiful things that can be done in crochet. Besides that, I am also a jazz musician and composer and perform in jazz clubs in Chicago.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination.
I love to take the Amtrak City of New Orleans train from Chicago to New Orleans. It’s a long trip, around 20 hours. Leaving Chicago in the evening, I often try to stay up until we pass through my old hometown–Carbondale, IL–around 1:30 am, then sleep through the night. In the morning we hit Memphis around 6:30 am if the train is running on time. Once daylight arrives, I love to sit in the observation car where there are big windows and a great view. That’s when I get out my crochet and work on a project, taking time to look up frequently. As we get close to New Orleans, the view is amazing. That’s when I pack up my crochet project and focus on the scenery.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
One of my favorite yarn stores to visit when I am in Madison, WI is the Sow’s Ear. It’s a cafe and yarn store; I love browsing there and then sitting down for a cup of locally-roasted coffee.
Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?
I am horrible at packing so you really don’t want to take packing tips from me!
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?
When I’m traveling, I take one or two projects, depending on the length of the trip. Usually I’ll take one project that doesn’t require a lot of focus. But sometimes I find myself designing on the train, which takes quite a bit of focus.
Visit Kathy’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I am releasing a new FREE pattern today, the Infinite Spring Infinity Scarf. Please come visit my site to get your free pattern.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Tri-Tone Tunisian Cowl, $5
This cowl features a beautifully textured Tunisian lace stitch. Worked in 3 colors the cowl is worn doubled. Colors are carried up the side of the work to minimize the number of ends to weave in.
A light and lacy infinity scarf inspired by Japanese design using one skein of fingering weight yarn. The finished scarf is very light weight, a perfect accessory for any season.
3. Fooling Around Cowl, $5
To create a beautiful effect use three different colors for this fashionable cowl.
Find Kathy Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/kathy-kelly
Music Site: kathykellyvibes.com/
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