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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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Lisa Naskrent, Crochet Garden
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Lisa Naskrentwith us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
I was not always considered a normal child (for that matter, a normal adult either). At recess, I would sit in the corner creating stories, monopolizing a swing (much to the frustration of other children) while finger knitting on my hand, or making fork flowers out of long strands of grass. Other times, building castles out of the sticks and stones past the blacktop. Always talking to myself, always creating something. Ideas. Ideas. Ideas. That’s me… Ideas! I get so excited when I think of a new design – my daughter has been the (unlucky) audience to a few impromptu Staying Alive dances. I just feel so alive when I create, and hope that people can feel the energy, and see the castles in my mind when they work one of my designs.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination.
I do not really have a particular travel destination, but rather a journey I want to go on one day. Once my youngest is on her own, I can see myself putting on a backpack, and just setting out with no place in mind for a few months, and just seeing where I end up, of course, yarn and hook in tote. No obligations, no deadlines. New people, crochet in the sand, sing as loud as I want (or maybe not), but just live free- mind, body and spirit.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
My favorite find is Knit 102 located at 31 N Kellogg St Galesburg, IL. It isn’t so much about the yarn (which is great) but rather, the owner Sally, a kindred spirit. She’s so kind, and has such a lovely way about her that imbues the shop. I remember when she gave my daughter a few dollars to get her a pop across the street, as she was leaving telling her to get one for herself as well – always thinking of people.
I really feel at home in her shop. The front has so many yummy yarns, couches to craft in (or to let the husband fall asleep on). In the back is yoga (yes a yoga haven), and then back to Sally, with her smile warming the place.
Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?
Oh yes! Over pack! I never know when an idea will hit, or what it will need! So I want everything. I mean, they tend to explode out of nowhere like fireworks, and then twinkle away into the corners of my mind, so that is a definite must! I always bring a composition notebook and my Bic Velocity pens. (Ever have that favorite pen you cannot do without? Some may call it OCD, I call it inkspiration!) Tape measure. Whether I am measuring something in a store, measuring my design or gauge, occasionally measuring my waist to see if that last cappuccino really did do me in, I just can’t leave home without one. Hooks, lots of hooks. Scissors. Another tape measure. Good music. It always puts me in the right mood.
Visit Lisa’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I will be offering a new pattern, Waterfall Stole, free for 2 weeks! I will also be offering $4 coupon on Ravelry for each of my featured designs (Forest Trails Cable Scarves, Shawl of the Moirae, and Isabella). Codes are good for 2 weeks; visit Lisa’s blog to get them!
A Few of Lisa’s Designs:
Forest Trails Cable Scarves, $7.99
Ever couple years, the Crochet Garden comes out with a new set of cabled scarves. Please welcome the Forest Trail Scarves. These warm scarves are designed in a worsted weight wool – with details that brings a perfect harmony of the cool winter forest of earthen greens with rushing cables.
Shawl Of The Moirae, $7.99
The Moirae were the three Goddesses of fate. One spun the thread of life, while another, measured the thread of life. The third, cut the thread of life. With its intricate lace akin to the intertwining paths in life, you can now weave the threads of your own life with the Shawl Of The Moirae.
Isabella , $6.99
From bringing home baby to first year birthday, to an afternoon out with mom and grandma, this little dainty dress will keep everyone around her smiling.
Find Lisa Online:
- Website: http://www.crochetgarden.com
- Blog: http://www.crochetgarden.com/crochetblog
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Crochet-Garden-219600018056599/?fref=ts
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrochetGarden
- Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/CrochetGarden
- Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetGarden?ref=hdr_shop_menu
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