Things Bright with CraftSanity & on TV

9 December, 2011

in Crocheting & Knitting,Daily Life & Family Love,Learning: Read, Watch, Listen

Things Bright in CraftSanity Magazine

Hello, friends and Happy Friday to you!!

I’m so excited to finally get to show you a peek into the CraftSanity Magazine and my Tunisian Crochet projects!! 

I wrote a Tunisian Crochet 101 for the Tunisian simple stitch and then made a scarf and cowl using the same method, but achieving totally different looks. I wanted to show how even only knowing the basic Tunisian crochet stitch you could produce very different feeling items based on you yarn choices and stitch direction. For both projects I did the forward pass in gray and the reverse pass in the colors.

The scarf uses a bulky weight #6 yarn and the rows are stitched vertically with a repeating rainbow pattern.  The cowl, an excellent stash buster, uses all sorts of random yarns and colors, mostly worsted weight #4 and the rows are stitched horizontally.  The chunky wooden buttons coupled with the red trim playing off the gray makes for a great folksy looking cowl, while the scarf turns out a chunky, fun-loving piece.

CraftSanity Magazine

I had to show you some of my other favorite projects from the mag!

And then I realized they are all crochet-biased! Sorry. The rest of the craft mediums in the mag are great too, but I just soaked the crochet right up!

I’m excited about that hexagon afghan because it reminds me of this bedroom which I went gaga for on Design*Sponge & dearly love.  So want to make!  I thought the doily skirts were a clever take on spool dolls, loved the miniaturizing of the classic crochet chevron for a potholder.

And I was delighted to see my online buddy, Adaiha’s, 365 Granny-a-Day featured inside!  It’s a great December finish to be in CraftSanity with her, especially since I featured her in January here!

And then this morning, I modeled cowls! 

Because who doesn’t want to say they are a cowl model?  It slips right off the tongue and doesn’t sounds awkward at all….

Jennifer invited all the local designers to be on the Take 5 craft segment she does featuring the latest magazine issue. And since this one was geared toward cozying up for winter, she needed models for all the scarf/cowl/hat projects. (Nice screengrab of me, no?)

My two models, Eric my brother & my cousin Gwen getting ready.

I had to hunt around for a scarf model the other day and got my cousin Gwen to agree to come on with me. (That’s the back of Tunisian crochet, people! Doesn’t it look cool?) And then last night at the last minute snagged my brother Eric, who is in town from Colorado, to model items, too!

I’m super glad they could come, because it was a bit funny, and it was a great memory-maker with the two of them. It’s nice to have relatives who a game for anything!

Getting ready to show off our scarves & cowls on local TV w/ @craftsanity

Here we all are, backstage, getting ready and figuring out the line up.  Sorry for more blurry phone shots.  With the phrase “morning TV” I was more concerned with the “morning” than the “TV” part, fearing I’d still have the bleary-eyed “I don’t do mornings” look more than the cameras. It’s safe to say I still had those eyes when snapping this shot.

Howevah…Those are some amazing knitted cowls and scarves walking around back there. So nice to meet other crafters face to face, including Rita of Yarn Hallow, Cydney, and Ruby of Save Nine.

I feel especially blessed this week, not just because some of my work is seeing the light of day, but because I’ve gotten to share so much of it with my friends and family. I have so loved all the time I’ve gotten to spend with them lately and am really looking forward to the rest of the weekend with my brothers in town!

Check out the video and tell me what you are up to this weekend!

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