December 29th, 2008

Winter IC!

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In the mayhem that is holiday/year-end sale at the shop, the Winter issue of Interweave Crochet showed up on the scene.  I always get excited when the new issue arrives – you all know I *heart* crochet and can’t wait to see the projects.

I know, there’s always the sneak peek on the Interweave site, but there’s just something about seeing the actual magazine all together that is magical.  Plus, this is issue is the second to last one under the direction of editor Kim Werker, whom I also *heart*.

We are often asked for yarn for various projects and usually given the lead time, I’m surprised to see a publication that has a project featuring our yarn.  Time goes fast, I forget. . . . This issue of IC provided just that kind of surprise!  Here are the Instant Decor Pillows designed by Janette Higgins:

Yeah, I *heart* these too.  I’m not sure I would include the glitz (I know, I can barely believe I’m saying this myself) but I love the concept.  It is pretty crazy crocheting – up on a size U hook, but I did a felted mat a few New Year Eve’s ago and was on a Q and was done in just a couple of hours.  I love the instant gratification.

As much as I love the pillows, I’ve got to say, this issue is PACKED with great projects:

This is the Dragonfly Shawl designed by Lisa Naskrent.  Isn’t it lovely?  I can totally see adding some gorgeous beads to the edging.

This is the Elinor Cardigan designed by Robin Chachula and knit in one of my favorite yarns, Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk.  This is such a classic design and could easily be dressed up or down.

*Gasp*  I’m not a fan of working with fine yarns, but this might just be the design that pushes me over the edge.  Amy O’Neill Houck designed this Frostbite Scarf and it truly took my breath away (thus the gasp at the beginning).

Author and designer Kristin Omdahl created the Golightly Tunic.  I love the length and treatment at the top.  Very innovative and proves once again that crochet can be extremely versatile.

Lastly, I was simply tickled when I saw the designer on this darling Peppermint Hat & Scarf set!  The amazing Marilyn Murphy!  Former shop owner, current President of Interweave and one of the smartest people in our industry.  Where does she find the time??

Besides these designs, here’s a little something that paraded through the office before the holidays that just made me smile:

 

What do you think of this issue?  What projects are you adding to your queue?  Tell me what’s inspiring you in the world of crochet these days.

Kathy

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  • http://chickenbetty.wordpress.com/ ChickenBetty

    They were a blast to make and all based on patterns from Amigurumi World – except the monkey – he is an actual pattern in the book :) Oh and I lurve the sweater on the cover though I’m not sure about the big bow.
    Toots

  • http://www.lisaward.blogspot.com Lisa W.

    You left off my favorite, the cover sweater with the bow! I’m looking for a substitute yarn (hint, hint) because the yarn used is too scratchy and warm for California. Happy New Year!

  • http://www.yarn.com Kathy

    Sorry Lisa! I like the cover too but I was feeling like I was listing everything :)

    The 10 ply Naturelle Aran knits at 5 sts on a #6-#8. We’ve got several options, but here are the ones I think are best:

    Berroco – Inca Gold or Ultra Alpaca
    Cascade 220
    Classic Elite Inca Alpaca
    Elsabeth Lavold Bambool
    Misti Alpaca Suri Silk
    Valley Yarns – Stockbridge, Northampton, Hadley

    I tried to keep price in mind. If you think one or two of these might work, let me know. I think it will be very important to swatch first on this project.

  • http://www.yarn.com Kathy

    Chicken Betty – they were all so adorable! Awesome!

  • http://www.crochetgarden.com Lisa Naskrent

    I am so honored to have you mention my Dragonfly Shawl!! Thank you so much :) I had so much fun designing this pattern, and I hope people love the end result as they work it up.

    Each day I keep learning about new yarn places… and yours is one of them.. I must now go take a peak!

  • Dena

    I knew when I saw the Frostbite Scarf, I had to make it. I have a skein of Mongolian Cashmere in my stash that I’ve been waiting for something special to use it for. I think we have a winner.

  • http://www.yarn.com Kathy

    Hi Lisa! You are absolutely welcome. Hope you like what you see :)

  • http://www.yarn.com Kathy

    Dena – I hadn’t even begun thinking about yarn yet, but I have have some luscious cashmere I picked up at Stitches West a couple of years ago – and it’s black! Need to dig that out and see if I have enough.