Weekend Best: Meet the Designers of Unexpected Afghans Blog Tour Weekend & Giveaways!
Every year at about this time in the summer, I love going on weekend architecture & home garden tours or visiting historical homes to see how other people adorn their homes, landscape and of course their craft room. I am always on the lookout for crocheted afghans and pillows. It's an exercise in design voyeurism (in a good way), and I always walk away feeling a little creative rejuvenation and inspiration.
For those of you who also enjoy visiting other's creative spaces, I have a treat for you! This weekend we're hosting a Meet-the-Designers Blog Tour to celebrate the launch of Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques by Robyn Chachula.
Unexpected Afghans presents 29 innovative interpretations of a favorite crochet essential, the beloved afghan, from Robyn Chachula and her team of expert designers and crochet masters. On this exciting tour, you'll get a peek inside the homes and design inspiration of 19 of the book's contributors.
Robyn Chachula writes in the book's introduction, "My initial approach to this book was that pure sense of just being nosy-what do other crochet designers have in their houses? That then morphed into, what would an afghan look like at Leigh Radford's house or in Drew Emborsky's studio? And finally, how amazing would it be to have all the masters work on one big canvas to showcase our craft so we all can decorate our homes?"
"The results are astounding," says Robyn. "I asked each crochet designer to use the afghan as a vehicle to showcase their favorite aspect of crochet. Some went colorful, some turned to granny motifs, and others came up with intricate stitch patterns. Each project highlights the beauty of crochet cables, colorwork, lace, granny motifs, or Tunisian crochet. Plus, every project has the intimate stamp of the designer's unique inspiration."
This weekend blog tour kicks off right here on Crochet Me, and we have some exciting giveaways for our readers. Every blogger is giving away a free Unexpected Afghans eBook on his/her blog, including us! Interweave is giving away 20 eBooks in all!
Plus, we're giving away to 5 lucky readers here on CrochetMe.com enough yarn to make Robyn Chachula's Elan Waves Pillow pattern, a fun pillow that is a wild experiment in color combinations. Each of the five winners in this exciting giveaway will receive six skeins of Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's Choice in colors #144 Magenta, #99 Linen #171 Fern, #194 Lime, #146 Dusty Purple and #125 Taupe (thanks Lion Brand Yarn!).
Leave a comment below and tell us which is your favorite afghan in this book to be entered into our random drawing to win! You can check out all of the afghans on our Crochet Me Facebook page.
Kicking it Off: CrochetMe.com (you're right here!)
Meet the Author: Robyn Chachula – Crochet By Faye
Annette Petavy – Annette Petavy Design
Annie Modesitt – Modeknit
Carol Ventura – Tapestry Crochet
Diane Halpern –Three Rivers Crochet
Dora Ohrenstein – Crochet Insider Newsletter
Doris Chan – Everyday Crochet
Drew Emborsky – The Crochet Dude
Edie Eckman – Edie Eckman
Ellen Gormley – Go Crochet
Jill Wright – Wool Crafting
Kim Guzman – Wips N Chains
Kristin Omdahl – Styled By Kristin
Linda Permann – Lindamade
Marty Miller – Not Your Granny's Crochet
Mary Beth Temple – Addicted to Alpaca
Megan Granholm – Loop de doo
Simona Merchant-Dest – Stylish Knits
Tracie Barrett – Tracie Barrett
The designers' blog posts will be appearing throughout the weekend, so please check back and don't forget to leave a commentby 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, July 4 to be entered into our random drawing on CrochetMe.com for the eBook and yarn prizes.