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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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Nazanin Fard, Nazee’s Designs
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Nazanin Fard with us today, March 4, as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
I became interested in knitting at around age four, when my mom started knitting for my unborn sister. Since my mom didn’t know how to crochet, I learned crocheting from my craft teacher in middle school. Using a hook instead of two needles always intrigued me. Crocheting became a wonderful addition to my knitting. My first design was published in 1992. I have more than 800 published designs. You can still find my designs in magazines and yarn company web sites. Needless to say, I always have a project going either knitting or crochet. In 2007 I started self-publishing some of my designs in electronic format offered on my web site www.lacenmore.com, Ravelry, Craftsy, and Crochetville.
1. Tell us about your favorite travel destination:
There is an area in Northern California called “Avenue of the Giants.” It is about 3-4 hours drive from my town. There is a side road off of the main highway that takes you through Giant Redwood groves. It is a very peaceful area. You can get out of the car and go for hikes into the woods, have lunch/dinner in small diners along the way, or shop for souvenirs in the stores, some of which are carved out of Redwood trees. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a yarn shop in that area.
2. Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day:
I’d like to travel to Jamaica or any other Caribbean destination. It is warm, and I think the pace of life is a lot more relaxing that what I am used to in my daily life and I love that.
3. Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any cool packing tips to share?
Most of the time I wear a knit or crochet garment and I take one or two with me, weather permitting. If not, I will take one of my crocheted tote bags with me!
4. 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 have a “Take-Along” project which goes with me anywhere that I cannot concentrate such as going to a doctor’s office or guild meetings or socializing with friends. This project is usually very simple, one color yarn so I would not need to look at the instructions or change color, etc. If I am going on a longer trip, I might take a more complicated project with me for the time I spend in the hotel room relaxing.
5. Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?
In 2006, my sister and I traveled to the UK to visit my cousin. She lives in a beautiful small town called Rugby. One day, she told me about an alpaca farm which was walking distance from her house. So we walked over, enjoyed the views and alpacas, and I bought enough yarn for 2 scarves. The 2 batches of yarn were not dyed but were the natural color of the wool. You can see the photos of the farm and the yarn I bought here.
Visit Nazee’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
You’ll have to head on over to Nazee’s site to see what she’s doing special for National Crochet Month. A little bird says it has something to do with the Librarian Sweater you can see below.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Librarian’s Favorite Sweater, $8.00
This beautiful cardigan is worked from one cuff to the other. It follows a wonderful textured pattern that creates vertical stripes for a flattering look.
2. Berry Sherbet Shawl, $6.00
This beautiful shawl follows two easy patterns. The shades of wildberry and rose blend together to produce a harmonious range of color and the rows of clusters create a textured look for a shawl that’s as stylish as it is warm.
3. Ladylike Buttoned Cardi, $8.00
This gorgeous cropped cardi features an open front with a V-neckline and a beautiful filet crochet pattern that is worked along the front edge and neckline. Perfect for layering over a sun dress or a basic tank top, this intermediate-level cardigan is finished with beautiful pearl buttons.
Find Nazee Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/people/NazeeFard