Behind the Scenes: Accessories 2011

For this special issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011, we have a special blog about the behind-the-scenes action. Editor Marcy Smith and Assistant Editor Sharon Zientara teamed up to tell all.

From Marcy: Sharon was in London during our photoshoot for Accessories 2011, so she wasn't able to join us. We were super sad about this, but we sure enjoyed reading about her yarny adventures in England. When she returned, we filled her in on all the behind-the-scenes action.

From Sharon: How do you pull together the largest issue in the history of Interweave Crochet? It's a complicated recipe! Start with about sixty projects. Add one giant crochet hook named Dippy, stir in three Fancy Ladies, sprinkle some adorable kiddos, and voila! (Okay, not exactly voila.There was a LOT of hard work to make the recipe come together, but you get the picture.) And although no one's going to take pity on me for missing this shoot to be in jolly old England, I was very sad to miss this special shoot. But Marcy helped fill me in.

Sharon: This photoshoot looks like it was a lot of fun. What was most memorable?

Marcy: Wow! Hard to say! Maybe it was the sight of our wee intern Amanda escorting Dippy down the sidewalks in Fort Collins. The hook is as big as she is! One memorable moment was given to us by Tallie the Wonder Dog. We dressed her up in her fetching coat, then brought her to the door of the photo studio to take her outside to the sidewalk. She looked up at us. Then she looked outside. She stuck her nose out the door and looked both ways, to ensure that there were no other dogs to bear witness to her wearing a coat on a rather warm day. Then, finally, she made her way outside, but verrrry slowly.

Sharon: Tell me about the most difficult part about photographing all those projects.

Marcy: The most difficult part was that there were ALL those projects! We opted not to shoot everything in the studio. We wanted to show the projects out in the wild. The most ambitious part of the shoot was The Kingdom of Crochet, a Renaissance Faire-inspired story. We found the perfect tree down by the Poudre River and as soon as every one was in place, it was pure magic! We were just swept away! The toughest part of that story was dealing with the hordes of mosquitoes.

Sharon: What would we be surprised to know about the Accessories photoshoot?

Marcy: If I told you that, I would have to kill you. And I need you.

Sharon: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

Marcy: Yes, more water on Day 2.

That's all? Well, if that's the only thing to change about a shoot, I think we can call it a success! Thanks for filling me in, Marcy! Upon my return, I lived the shoot vicariously through all the great images captured on set. Take a look at some of my favorite behind-the-scenes candids from Accessories 2011:

Kidding around with a couple of the adorable hats in Tops for Tots. Leo and Harper were marvelous!

Our talented designer, Susan Hazel Rich, and our intrepid Yarn Group Intern, Amanda Williams, shape a shawl for the Style Wrap Up story

The ladies of the Ladies Fancywork Society of Denver had a ball (or two) modeling for the shoot.
Dippy the Crochet Hook also had an excellent time.

The result of all of this hard work is a generous helping of crochet goodness for you all to sink your teeth into. For more on the projects you see here and all the rest of the treats from Crochet Accessories 2011, take a look at the preview for the issue and pre-order or download your very own copy. At less than 25 cents a pattern, we think it's our best confection yet.






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