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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: Kathryn Clark | Beth Major | Sara Kay Hartmann | Get Squared Retreats | 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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Beth Major, Crochet Gypsy Designs
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Beth Major with us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, a small city in Northern Ontario, and now reside in Atlantic Canada in a rural area outside Fredericton New Brunswick. Some of my earliest memories of my Grandmother are her teaching me to crochet in her big old house. She moved from that house when I was 8 years old so I must have been around 6 or 7 when she first taught me to crochet.
My designs are influenced by my upbringing in Northern Ontario and tend to trend toward items for cool weather wear and home coziness. Several years ago, I became a Certified Crochet Teacher through the Craft Yarn Council of America and love to teach crochet and share the love of the art with whoever wants to learn.
I also have education and experience as an Archaeologist (though I no longer work in the profession) and recently the history and prehistory of fiber arts has become fascinating to me.
Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.
The top of my dream vacation ‘bucket-list’ has to be the areas around Cuzco and Machu Picchu in Peru. These areas have such a rich archaeological, textile and fiber history that I think I would need at least half a year or more to just scratch the surface of the wondrous history there.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
I always make a point to investigate the LYS or other fiber related shops/ events in any new area I visit. I try to find something interesting from each one and so I have a collection of unique (to me) things.
Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?
Crocheted scarves and shawls are a necessary accessory no matter where I travel. I also like to travel light and avoid checking a bag, if I can. The vacuum bags have come in really handy in the past. They allow me to pack and not pack air.
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 traveling, I look for a project that has a fairly easy pattern or one I have already memorized and small enough that I can fit it in my bag. I want to be able to crochet and enjoy the scenery and the trip without having my nose in a pattern trying to figure it out.
Visit Beth’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I would like to offer my Flare Brim Hat as a freebie for the month of March 2016. Through Ravelry, use coupon code NatCroMo2016.
A Few of Beth’s Designs:
Clover Pullover, $4.00
Enjoy both comfort and luxury with this easy to create poncho pullover made with the exquisite Diadem Alpaca and Silk yarn. Sized as One-size-fits-most and a customizable neck line, this sweater is a must-have for your casual and office wardrobe.
Cabled Big Block Blanket and Throw Pillow, $5.00
Made with neutrals and richly textured this afghan and throw pillow can accent any room. Special features include a cozy pocket on the back of the afghan for tucking in chilly feet and buttons on the throw pillow allowing it to be removed for ease of washing.
Canary Infinity Cowl, $4.00
Surround yourself in cozy warmth with this beautiful accessory made from the exquisitely soft and unique mohair-wool yarn blend “Amelia” from Les Belles Bouclettes. This natural undyed sport weight yarn was named after the iconic Amelia Earhart. Created to evoke vintage-like nostalgia, this delicate looking infinity cowl was designed to be reminiscent of feathers in honour of Ms. Earhart’s first airplane, ‘The Canary’.
Find Beth Online:
- Blog: http://thecrochetgypsy.blogspot.ca/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrochetGypsy/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/crochetgypsy
- Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/crochet-gypsy
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