Well, NatCroMo (National Crochet Month) is winding up. There are still a couple of days to catch Crochetville's NatCroMo event, a Tour Through Crochet Country. Every day in the month of March, they visited with crocheters from all over. Many of the crocheters had giveaways, some of which you can still win! So take a peek and see what goody you might win!

In my world, every month is National Crochet Month. How about you? Really, we should make this the start of NatCro YO!—a year of crochet!

One of the many things in my upcoming year of crochet is my first year as a member of the Board of Directors of the Crochet Guild of America. I'm thrilled to be a part of a group that is all about making your crochet world better. Drop by the CGOA website and see what we're up to–and let us know what you'd like to see happen.

Meanwhile, when I'm not working with crochet, I'm playing with crochet—every day! I like to have several projects going that fit along a spectrum of ease. Here's what's on my hook(s) right now:

This is almost done! It's mere seaming away from becoming a pillow for my newly spiffed-up office. The pattern is from the 2013 Crochet Day-to-Day Calendar. This is the bonus pattern for February. The yarn is three colors of Red Heart Eco-Ways, one color of Lion Cotton-Ease and a smidge of Malabrigo worsted (still working on that stash-busting!)
I was farther along on the Undefined Cowl by Janet Brani from the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, but I decided that the gauge didn't let the lace play enough. So I'm back to just a few rows on the new hook.
To help overcome the mild blues from the start-over, I went for an instant-gratification project. One episode of Psych and two episodes of The Big Bang Theory later, I was done with this chubby crocheted bag / basket! It's worked in Skacel's Tee Cake. I'll be whipping up another—on a Q crochet hook!—soon in Lion Brand Yarn's Zpagetti. Both of these yarns, made from repurposed textiles, are super fun to crochet!
And I'll be tucking this into the bag to head to my LYS to fetch more yarn. The yarn is Tristan and it's just perfect for the Andromeda Vest by Doris Chan. The crochet motif pattern is in Doris' new book Convertible Crochet. In this amazing book, Doris Chan takes crochet to the next level, with brilliant designs that convert from one garment to another, for instance from a skirt to a poncho. And additions to garments, such as a peplum, convert a short top to a tunic. The peplum is attached with a string, so really you've made two garments—three, if you string the peplum together to make a wrap. But the garment convertibility is only a facet of the brilliance—her construction methods are unspeakably clever. If you think of regular pattern collections as a short story collection, this book is a novel, with character development and theory evolving into actuality. Oh heck, just go get it already. You'll be glad you did.
Oh, and what is this, ah, melange? This may be most exciting of all! It's a pile of crochet swatches I'm accumulating as I proof patterns for the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet. The issue will be jam-packed with lacy lovelies, including several designs that incorporate the sublime lover's knot (or Solomon's knot) stitch.
So, what's in your crochet basket? Let us know in the comments below what you're doing to celebrate crochet every day!

Happy crocheting!


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