Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sunburst Revealed

Here's the second item in the new issue of Crochet Today! Here's the sneak peek I posted awhile back. I think from now on, if I have a sneak peek, I'm going to show it again when I reveal the project. What do you think?

Here's Crochet Today's photo from the magazine....

This is my photo from home before I shipped it. I really enjoyed this project. The circle motifs are made first and are crocheted to one another. Then, the little squar-ish motifs are "inserted" in the gaps that are left by the circles. I think I would like to see it in another color, but I don't know what else I would like.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Easy Winter Throw Revealed!

This was the sneak peek....

The new issue of Crochet Today is out! I have two items in the issue, here is the first. It is an afghan made of Red Heart Light & Lofty.

The top photo is from Crochet Today and the bottom photo is mine before the red edging got put on. You can actually see the stitch detail a little better in my bottom photo. It is a very easy pattern, which is important with this boucle' yarn. It can be hard for beginners to work with, but made easier by holding it up to a window.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Shirley has found the elusive issue of Country Home! Shirley, e-mail me at

Ellen @ GoCrochet dot com

(take out the spaces)

and we'll exchange addresses for passing of the magazine and the awarding of the Lorna's Laces Yarn!
woohoo! We both win!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Upping the Ante

Ok, my friends, no one has come up with the elusive issue of Country Home, probably a fall issue in 2006, that has a yellow/orange/red hexagon-ish afghan in it (by me). I've never seen the issue, and the first person who can find it and get me a copy will win this:

Two hanks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky, 100% superwash wool, 140 yds each, in 504 Lakeview. Yum. This yarn is really scrumptious, I should know, I already used the rest of the collection.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Interweave Crochet Fall 2008

This issue is getting RAVE reviews. Both on Ravelry and Crochetville, people are saying this is the "Best issue ever". In addition to my Driftwood Hat, there is the Oxford Tote by Lisa Naskrent of Crochet Garden, which is a truly innovative cabling technique. There are also several other designers in the issue who's names you'll recognize: Doris Chan, Robyn Chachula, Drew Emborsky, Kristin Omdahl, Annie Modesitt, Amy O'Neil Houck, Annette Petavy, I'm sure that I'm missing some very notable others. It's truly amazing to be included in a collection of these elite designers (and for the third time in a row! Hat Trick!....Just wait until next issue....Grand Slam!)
This issue hits the stores on Sept 30.
On another, unrelated note.... I'm having a birthday in the next 10 days or so. (I don't like to say the exact date online, I don't really know why, why would anyone care? But I just figure it's one less detail of personal identity "out there" for someone to put the pieces together and steal my info). Anyway, those of you who have been with me for more than a year, know that I purchase a birthday gift, for myself, every year. I started the tradition after my Mom died. I figured that she would want me to be happy, right? And let's face it.... gifts make us happy. So, when I decide what my gift is going to be I'll let you know. Last year I chose a couple of crochet books. This year, I have been buying plenty of those (without the justification of a birthday...)
I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Knit Simple

KnitSimple, Holiday issue is out! You may be wondering, why, on GoCrochet, would I review a knitting magazine? Because I'll search high and low for crochet! Let's look at the stats, shall we? There are 36 projects in this issue.

On p. 32 there is a knit hat and mitts set with an crochet flower embellishment. (It's nice, but this is typical for crochet to appear as an embellishment for a knit.)

On p. 34, there is an ALL CROCHET hat and scarf set, in pretty colors. Designed by one of my all-time favorite designers, Mari Lynn Patrick. It's made of Mission Falls new 1824 Wool. (hmm, stick that yarn in your brain in case it comes up later on a test or something).

p.43 another flower embellishment on a purse this time.

p. 52 is a very pretty crocheted belt, by Jeannie Chin in Louet Euroflax worsted. It's a pretty belt. It got a tiny photo in the corner and can be easily overlooked at first. It appears to be in all sc and ch-1 sps. (To be fair, it is in a section labeled "12 Easy Projects").

p. 54 Two sweet crocheted bluebirds in Amigurumi/toy 3-D style. Cute. All sc, designed by Ana Paula Rimoli in Moda Dea Bamboo Wool.

p. 54 Crocheted Slipper Boots. Lion Wool and Fun Fur (I didn't even know they made Fun Fur anymore). Totally fuzzy, totally not my style. By the very talented, Linda Cyr. Because of the fuzzy-ness you can't tell they are crocheted and not knit.

p. 56 Crocheted pillows in a chevron style by Margarita Mejia made of Cascade Yarns 220.

So, 5 items that are 100% crochet, and two items with clearly crocheted embellishment. Thank you Carla Scott, editor of KnitSimple, for supporting crochet in this fun magazine (I'm a subscriber).

Would crocheters be so welcoming of 5 100% knit items in a "crochet" magazine? What do you think?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Robyn Chachula's new book

I've Got it, I've Got it!

Robyn of Crochet by Faye has a new book out, BluePrint Crochet: Modern Designs for the visual Crocheter (find it here.)

Kudos to Robyn, who shows plenty of her signature motif construction but also plenty of other construction methods. There are several items I would LOVE to own and wear myself. Still, as a designer, part of me feels like I'm "cheating" if I make something designed by someone else. So, likely, I won't make any of Robyn's fantastic designs. Although, if I did, probably first on my list would be the Courtney Corset (the middle photo on the book cover) or the Maggie Wrap. just gorgeous. I counted 22 projects, 2 shawls, 1 scarf, 1 earrings/necklace set, 1 bracelet/cuff, several sweaters, 1 dress, 1 purse, 1 belt, 1 jacket. A few cropped things, a few longer things. Sizes go up to X-Large. (Robyn correct me if I'm wrong). But with her stitch diagrams, it is pretty easy to figure out how to add more repeats. Depending on your skill level, you might be able to increase the size as needed. Absolutely this is easier to do because of the stitch diagrams than with a traditionally all-word pattern. Robyn is the queen of stitch diagrams on this side of the world. She does a great job of teaching how to follow them in the beginning of the text. Don't be intimidated by seeing the whole project all at once rather than the line by line piecemeal of the written instructions. She includes both for most projects.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

International Crochet Day.... I missed it.

I haven't pushed a cat photo on you in over a week, so here's one. It's one of the farm cats that belong to the GoCrochet grandparents. Should I give them codenames too? This cat doesn't have a name. I guess the grandparents could be CarDad (he rebuilds old cars) and can I think of a "C" name of Grandma GG? "Cardmaker"? "CardMa" (she makes all her greeting cards with scrapbooking gadgets).

I totally missed it. It was Friday, Sept 12, and I missed it. I didn't know it was coming. I went to a counseling seminar instead (BORING). I didn't bring yarn to the crochet, but I did bring my calculator and spreadsheets for the Design Journey: Chickee's Dress. I ended up spending some time discreetly making notes and calculating stitches per inch....

Still, I wish I had done more for International Crochet Day. It would have been fun to go to an LYS (local yarn store) and buy some goodies. It would have been fun to try a new stitch, wallow with a bamboo hook. But no, I missed it. Good thing it's just about "Crochet Day Every Day" in the Gormley household. yeah. Why isn't International Crochet Day in March, which is National Crochet (Craft) Month? Who gets to decide? Just curious.

I went to a party Saturday night with several other families and their kids. At one point I couldn't find my cell phone. I proceeded to dig around in my felted crocheted bag (you'll see a photo in less than 2 weeks, I promise), and my friends were SHOCKED to see me unload a skein of yarn, a hook, etc. Doesn't everyone travel with a full skein of yarn and a hook at all times? They're just lucky they didn't see me bring out the scissors, paper, calculator, measuring tape, and other accessories that usually accompany my skein of yarn and hook assortment.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wind Sorm and IC Trunk Show

Here are some photos of the storm damage that caused the "Big Blackout" (as the local newscasters have creatively dubbed it).

These photos were taken on Tuesday, two days after the storm when the roads were drivable because trees that landed in the roads had mostly been moved by then. The storm was Sunday, power came back on at my house on Thursday night. My dear pal, Missy, didn't get power back until Sunday morning.... yesterday.... a week later. As you can see, the weather is beautiful. Go figure.

Let me see if I can think of something crochet to say. Apparently, Kim Werker, editor of Interweave Crochet took a road trip with a "trunk show" of the Fall issue items to a store called "Threadbear" in Michigan. Patrons of the store got to see ALL the items from the fall issue in person! Some lucky ones even got to TRY ON some of the garments from the issue! How cool is that! Had I known it was going to be so cool, I would have tried to organize a ROAD TRIP!!! what fun! Chelsea, from CrochetCollection commented that she got a photo of herself wearing my Driftwood Cap. I can't wait to see it! Chelsea also wrote an article that appears in this same issue. Very cool.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Driftwood Hat

This is the same hat. The hat you see on the right of the blog page in blue, called the "Driftwood Cap"? It's the same. I made this one for Chickee but added a brim on it. Can you see it? This one is made of Coats & Clark Red Heart SuperSaver yarn. See this cap in blue, at Interweave Crochet Magazine. The issue will be available in stores on September 30.

Friday, September 19, 2008


We have electricity! It came on after dinner last night. I have been busy re-stocking the fridge, doing laundry and dishes. My goodness, I have never been so happy to do chores! I woke up excited about running the garbage disposal! Still, though, we do not have Internet, so I'm at the library right now. The kids went back to school yesterday after 3 days off. Some schools went back Tuesday while still in the dark.

Let me first say, that I really feel for the people truly effected by Hurricane Ike (and Katrina, and Rita, and Gustav....etc). We have a home, we had water, we had stores, gas, ice within driving distance (after the first two days). Still, I am very glad to have electricity again.

I actually have been doing very little crocheting. I did work on a baby afghan and finished a hat. I'll have to do sneak peeks when I get the chance. Really, I spent much of the time reading and trying to occupy the kids. They re-discovered toys, games and books. (imagine that.)

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I'll post again as soon as I can. In the meantime, send me a comment bringing me "up to speed" on what has been going on in your crochet world!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No Electricity

Hi Friends, Just a quick note, we have had no electricity since Sunday afternoon, it's now Tuesday afternoon. All this, the remnants of Hurricane Ike. We had a wicked wind storm on Sunday. Still, we have water (cold) and are merely inconvenienced while so many people are much less fortunate in other parts of the country. Luckily, this library is now open. Yesterday's post I had written and scheduled ahead of time. I don't know when I'll be able to resume posting, but I haven't forgotten you! Anybody who needs to reach me, I can be reached on my cell phone. The schools are all closed, we hope to be back up and running by the weekend.

Thank goodness for crochet-lite hooks!

:) Ellen

Monday, September 15, 2008

Design Journey: Chickee's Dress

I took my swatches, knowing that the two swatches equalled one complete ball of yarn. I held the swatches up to a dress that Chickee currently wears and used it to guess-timate how many balls of yarn will be needed for the dress. (I have already used almost 2 on swatching).

I started "the Math". There will be more math after I decide how much "ease" the dress will need and what size to make it guessing how much Chickee will grow. Ease is the amount of space that is between the body and the garment. Measure your chest, for example (with just a bra on). Then take out your favorite shirt, lay it flat, and measure the chest. It will likely be 4-6" bigger than your actual chest measurement, depending on how "close" you prefer your clothes to fit. How many inches you add to your 'actual' measurement to make the 'finished' measurement of the garment, is a design decision. All the minute decisions that a designer makes add up to why one dress is different from another, and another, and another, and is what makes them original. The more unique decisions the designer makes, the more original it will be. Any of my fellow designer readers want to chime in, I'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Design Journey: Chickee's Dress

I sewed the swatches together to get a feel for how I would sew the skirt to the bodice. I made a couple of different tries until I chose the method I will likely use. (this could still change!)

I took all the measurements from all the sources and put them on one page for easy comparison. I made another couple of sketches. I'm thinking of making the back bodice different from the front bodice to capitolize on the scallop-y shaped edge that the stitch pattern makes. I'll show you later.

At this point, many experienced garment designers would likely feel confident submitting the swatch and sketch to a buyer for consideration. This should ONLY be done if you feel CERTAIN that you can execute the plan competently. If you don't feel confident, then you need to keep going with the design until you feel that you can competently deliver what you promise in your submission.

This is a Cicada on Chief's nose. Yuck. We get an infestation of this bug, loud, stupid, slow bugs every year, some years are worse. This was an easy year. A few years ago, the 17 year Cicada cycle hit with a vengeance. They really do hit like a plague. I think this was the only one we saw this year. They don't bite, they are just a nuisance. They do "fertilize" the earth with themselves as they die off all summer.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Design Journey: Chickee's Dress

Chief noticed the beautiful sky and asked if he could take a photo. Here it is!

Where was I? I washed and dried the swatches for Chickee's dress. I measured them and noticed that they both shrunk about 1/2 ". The patterned swatch "crumpled" up a little bit, so I smoothed it, watered it down (wet block) and pressed it gently flat with my hands, and let it dry on it's own. It's flatter (flat enough), but is not as soft as the machine dried one. (file this info in my head).

I made the swatch of the increases and decreases. I think this will be for the skirt. I think it will be a side-to-side construction with rows running from waist to hem to give the best flare.

I got out the ole' measuring tape and took all of Chickee's current measurements. Now, the First Communion is in April/May. I wonder how much she will grow between now and then? Any guesses? I made note of some of her wishes. She thinks that she wants the skirt kinda full. She wants the waist tighter. She wants the dress to hit her about mid-calf. She doesn't want the bodice to hit her too high on the neck. She thinks she wants a shawl rather than a bolero/shrug/cardigan. I might have to veto this because she might be walking with a lit candle at some point, and I don't want her tugging a shawl into place while holding a candle, walking, and perhaps wearing a frothy headpiece of some sort to be determined later.

The plan is to now take Chickee's measurements and compare them with the ASTM standard sizing guides and the CYCA sizes and see where they fall. She is 7 and is probably of average size. We will see!

Last night, while thinking about falling asleep, I was thinking about how I would construct the bodice, side to side? top down? bottom up? Will there be buttons up the back? Which construction method will be easiest? which one will look the best? Will I use the same stitch pattern I have been playing with for the skirt or do I want to pick something else? How will I tie the bodice together visually with the skirt? Do I keep the dress all one piece, or would it be smarter to make it a two-piece set that only appears like a dress? (Will this be acceptable for the ceremony)? Do I want to do a waistband for the skirt or just sew the skirt onto the bodice? How do I want to segue between the bodice and the skirt? Chickee wants it tight around her waist. How do I do this with the skirt and stitch pattern I am practicing? do I need a tie or sash? If so, would it be too busy to use the same stitch pattern? Should I use a more basic stitch pattern? should I go with a satin ribbon or something different than crochet?

She wants a rounded neckline. Which stitch pattern will give me the easiest result? do I want to do top-down or bottom-up, or side-to-side. What neckline do I think would look best (despite my 7 yo's opinion?)

Much to think about!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wanna go on a HUNT?

Apparently, one of my designs, an afghan, probably in orange/yellow/red Red Heart Wiggles, was published in an issue of Country Home magazine sometimein 2006. The first person who can find this issue and send me a copy, will win a PRIZE. Contact me at Ellen AT GoCrochet Dot com


Design Journey: Chickee's Dress

So, I went through my stitch dictionaries to find some stitch patterns for Chickee's First Communion Dress. I wanted something not on a grid (squarish), nothing too see-through, something that I thought I could increase and decrease, something I could make my own. Here are two swatches. On the right is the sc swatch. I have no idea why I always insist on doing a swatch in sc first. I guess it just gives me experience with the yarn, gives me a general feel for how stiff the yarn wants to be before I help it along with changing hooks and stitches. It's like a little warm-up. Both of these swatches are around 8" square. I stitched them, wrote down their sizes, the number of rows and stitches of each, tied knots in the tails to indicate which hook I used. (In this case, a "G" = 6 knots). In my notes, I noted that I used a "Bates" hook. (I do also use Boye hooks frequently).

These swatches are currently in the washing machine, then they will go into the dryer with the rest of the load of whites. The care of this garment is really secondary, because I really only expect Chickee to wear it one time, since it is a special occasion dress. Still, I want to see what will happen to it, and it's good experimenting for future projects.

This yarn is Plymouth Yarn, "Jeannee"
I started with this yarn for several reasons. It's 51% cotton, 49% acrylic. It's soft, it's bright white, it's dk weight, and I have BUNCHES of it in my stash. Let's just say it was slated for a different project, Plymouth helped me out, then the project didn't happen, and Plymouth said I could keep the yarn! So 'Thank You' to Plymouth yarn. It's the least I can do to give them a little plug. I will likely try out other yarns for this project, but really, since I have enough on hand to finish the whole project, I should try and use it. (I also like it). Let's see what happens when it gets out of the dryer. These 2 swatches have used an entire ball of yarn.

Next, I'm starting a new ball of yarn to make another swatch to play with the increasing/decreasing of the stitch pattern.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Teaching Crochet, part 1

Whew! We taught 5 women how to crochet last night. Thank God! (really!) for LibrianaAnna, who knows competent sign language, because I am language challenged! We had one student who uses sign language and without Anna, I would have been in a pickle. Still, it was a good class. I think everyone had mastered sc by the end and learned some important concepts that will carry with them through their crochet addiction. I brought my camera, but then I was too busy to take photos! The students marveled at all the unusual fibers I brought to show.

Here is a photo of Captain, playing play-doh with our Niece. Too cute.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Design Journey: Chickee's Dress

I want to make Chickee a First Communion Dress. That in itself, means that some of the design process is a "given", like it will be white. Sometimes when I am designing, I have nothing at all in mind when I start with hook and yarn. This will require some planning. Here are some preliminary sketches with thoughts and questions scattered around. There are a few different top ideas and different skirt options.

I have made some goals to give myself direction...

I already know the color, that's a given. But if I didn't know the color, I would be thinking about what would be flattering with Chickee's coloring, what colors she likes, what colors are available in the yarns I want, etc.

Yarn: Her First Communion will likely be in May or late April. In Ohio, that means that it could be cool or it could be pleasantly warm (or there could be snow, lol). I will rule out wool, I am going to think more like, cotton, linen, or blends. I'd like something not too expensive. Because it will likely be all the same yarn, I think I will rule out corn, because while I love it, it's easy to care for, it tends to get "weighty" when you use a big quantity of it. I want something DK weight or lighter, maybe something the weight of Lustersheen. (But I'm not sure I want acrylic....)

Style: With spring, I'm thinking sleeveless, but with wanting some modesty for church, maybe a removable bolero/cardigan topper. I think that I want something simple on the bodice and more elaborate/decorative for the skirt that can be repeated in the bolero somehow to tie them together. Obviously, nothing too lacy (see-through would be bad), but some laci-ness on the lower rows of the skirt might be ok if done in an "eyelet" kind of way. Generally, around here, dresses are usually more knee to mid-calf length, not floor-length, and not higher than the knee.

Time to keep thinking about the neckline and shapes and maybe choose some yarn for swatching...

Monday, September 8, 2008

What's new?

We have been super busy, and our schedule is almost, almost, calming down. Tomorrow I start the "Crochet and Chat" series at the local library. Me, and librarianAnna (on Ravelry) will be at the library for the 2nd Tuesday of each month for Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec. I am excited. I am preparing for a variety of crochet friends to show up. Maybe some brand new beginners, maybe some intermediate crocheters, maybe some lefties. I am now confident with my left-handed crochet, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to teach any lefties without the usual frustration and awkwardness. Last night I worked to make some "starter" kits so that each student will have INSTANT success! I also finished a funky hat that I may teach. I made it in 4 different colors so that the students can see which area of the hat corresponds with each lesson. Secretly, I'm hoping that there will be a HUGE variety of people with different skill levels there so that some people can be working on their own projects and socializing while some are learning and uh, getting addicted. I'm also bringing a bag of great yarn to tease them with! I'll keep you posted. Any tips out there from you veteran crochet teachers?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Driftwood Cap

I know, I said I wouldn't write until Monday, but the preview of the new issue of Interweave Crochet is out!!!! The top photo belongs to them, and of course, my photo below. Check it out at Interweave Crochet, Fall 2008

This little hat has incredible stretch! That's the coolest feature about it. It is modeled after this one worn by Chickee. Oh, I can't find the photo. It's the same hat, only it has a ruffled brim on it. I designed in last fall when my buddy, Aimee, requested a hat.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Chief with cat

I'm out today, super busy, I'll be back Monday! Anyone in Southwest Ohio area, Tuesday starts my teaching gig/gathering at the Miami Township library. E-mail me for more info at
Ellen at

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Inspiration from downtown Indianapolis

This is the West? face of the War monument on Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis. This particular side of the monument was sculpted by one of Captain's great-grandfathers. Legend has it, that the woman being assisted by the soldier, there at the bottom, was modeled after his great-great? Grandmother. It is made of limestone. you can see a man standing there on the bottom right, so you can see how massive this structure is.
Now, speaking of crochet inspiration! Look at this door to the Indianapolis Capitol building. I can totally see this as an afghan. Can you?

This woman was "spotted" walking near the monument. See her crocheted garment! I didn't get to see the front, but by looking at the sleeves, it appears it was a cardigan rather than a poncho. It is a simple chain and shell stitch. I think the "wrinkle" on her left shoulder blade is an attempt at increasing. The yarn appears very small, which likely helps its drape (good choice).

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Crochet Inspiration at the Children's Museum

Of course, I'm talking about the fantastic Indianapolis Children's Museum. It is very well done. There are interesting things every time you turn around. There is a huge variety of interesting things for the kids and adults to enjoy. There was a display of miniature doll houses/rooms. The above photo is one of those miniatures and I had to notice the granny-square blanket! It was probably not bigger than 6" square if you unfolded it. Each "square" was probably about 3/4". It looked like it could have been made with sewing thread.
Here are photos of the awe-inspiring Chihuly sculpture and it's base that can be viewed from above, or from below, like in this photo. Here's the coolest thing... below this ceiling, in that room was hundreds of plastic twins to many of these pieces and a few armatures to put your own "sculpture" together again and again. Absolutely, the kids loved to mix and match the colors and be the sculptor! Very, very cool to take the art to a new experiential level.

This is the top of the sculpture which is about 40' tall. It totally looks like it could be freeform crochet, don't you think? Does it inspire you? I love the organic shapes. That is one of the challenges of crochet, getting organic shapes, but freeform is the perfect method for that!
Chief's favorite part of the Children's Museum was the comic book/superhero section. We had to pry him away from there! Chickee's favorite part was the "tunnel" that showed scenes of different animals that live underground. She must have gone through there a dozen times.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Crochet inspiration at the Indy zoo

Before we get to the crochet inspiration at the zoo, I first have to share a few of the highlights. Above, is me, FEEDING a GIRAFFE. Whoo Hoo! Giraffes hold a special place in my heart. I was so moved I nearly cried. (sniffling doesn't count as crying right? Because if it counts, then I was so moved I cried.) Dave, if your reading this, you may want to skip the rest, there two more photos then there is a photo of a S__ke.
Another highlight was watching this elephant get a bath. Then, the kids and I were able to go pet her while Captain stayed a safe distance away to get the photo.

Now, for some crochet inspiration. Look at the colors on this bird! (I'm sorry, I didn't note what kind of bird it was). All these years I have had a kind of bias against bright colors, in favor of "earth tones". But, really "earth tones" in the sense of brown, green, black, gray, is just silly. This lovely bird comes from the earth and it's bright, multi-colored and beautiful! I don't know if I'm ready to put ALL these colors in one project, but it is inspiring!

The reptile house was amazing to me this year. Finally, looking at the snakes with all their gorgeous color schemes and patterns. They truly are works of art in themselves. Again, I was too fixated on the pattern to note what kind of snake this is, but isn't he gorgeous? Look at the mosaic looking patches of alternating color. The cool thing about the snakes was the huge variety of interesting colors and patterns. Hmmm, I may have to do some snake research for a project soon!

Jellyfish! Look at these little flexible critters. I feel a design idea coming on....
Tomorrow, Crochet inspiration from the Indianapolis Children's Museum!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Strapped For Bags

The Straight from Today's Designers group has done it again!

This bag book has 7 designs, available on Ravelry (and here at GoCrochet) any day now. This book includes designs by Pam Gillette, Margaret Hubert, Carrie Sullivan, Gwen Blakely-Kinsler, Noreen Crone-Findlay, Christy McMahon and Myra Wood. This says 'Volume 1', because there are MORE volumes coming! I have a bag in volume 2, and there is rumor of a third volume. Wow, crochet friends, you are seeing history in the making. You are seeing the industry changing right before your very eyes! Designers joining together for a mutually beneficial project getting designs to the consumer faster than ever. Fantastic.

The Captain and I took Chickee and Chief to Indianapolis this weekend for a quick trip to the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Children's Museum. I have lots of crochet sightings and crochet inspiration to share with you! This is what's coming in the next several days!