Welcome! Please browse through this blog to see my latest crochet projects, classes and designs.

On the left you will see a list of extra pages full of project photos, class descriptions and other things.

On the right you will find information about the classes I will be teaching.
Please email me if you have any questions or would like to sign-up for a class.
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Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Flower for a Friend Necklace

Have you seen the August issue of Crochet World?

I am very proud to say that my daughter, Catherine, has her first published design inside!

It is the Flower for a Friend Necklace.

Catherine came up with this necklace idea last summer.  She has been crocheting several years now and loves to use crochet in very creative ways. Catherine is also great at making all kinds of jewelry so including beads in her design made sense.  She used Nazli Gelin Garden 3 thread in a pretty purple and dark green.  Inside this necklace is a very unusual addition that you wouldn't normally use in jewelry but you'll have to read the magazine to find out what it is! (www.crochet-world.com)
Carol Alexander, the Editor of Crochet World, was very kind to include a photo of Catherine and I next to the instructions along with a paragraph about us.
You can read more about our crochet endeavors with children in our interview with Carol on the Crochet World blog here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

CRAFTOURS and Annie's

I was sitting at my local Barnes & Noble sipping on a hot cocoa and thumbing through a bunch of crochet magazines when a particular add caught my eye . . . "Craftours" . . . a vacation tour where you get to explore another country and take classes in your favorite craft. Sounded like a great idea and one to keep on the 'back of my mind.' . . .

Well, wouldn't you know, that just a few weeks later Annie's Publishing Inc. contacted me. (They sell all sorts of great craft supplies and publish a wealth of magazines, books and DVD's - such as: Crochet! magazine and Crochet World - www.anniescatalog.com) They invited me to go on their very first partnership with Craftours!

I will be touring and vacationing with all the other crocheters but will also be giving 3 special workshops on how to incorporate Celtic Knots into crochet (more on those later).

And guess where we will be going?

Here's a hint:

Yes, you guessed it - IRELAND!!

Ireland Craft Tour!

I have always dreamed of going there - it is such a beautiful country with so much that inspires my Celtic Knot crochet projects.

I have been there once before a loooooong time ago for just a few days but it made a big impression on me.  The photo above is of  me with my brother and sister in front of Bunratty Castle.

Have you longed to visit Ireland? Would you like to learn how to work Celtic Knots into your crochet? Would you like to see the beauty of Ireland face-to-face and share your love of crochet with other vacationers?

Then now is the time to sign up!  Visit www.craftours.com
for more info and to see how to join the tour.

(Here is a direct link to this trip's page: http://www.craftours.com/trips/?page=ireland_crochet_0616 )

Friday, August 7, 2015

DIY Wedding Projects - Interweave Post #2

Here are 3 more DIY projects for a wedding (or an anniversary party) using a lacy heart and simple mesh stitch:

I love mason jars - their classic look and simple glass element can be used in a variety of party and home d├ęcor.  This mesh stitch works up quickly to make an elegant table centerpiece.

This simple heart crocheted with contrasting colors and in various sizes makes for special lapel pins for every guest.
The same heart here has a lacy edging and pearl bead accent for the cake topper.  These could also be used with shorter skewers and decorate cupcakes.
Remember, all of these project are inside the Summer issue of Interweave Crochet magazine available on a newsstand near you or on-line at www.crochetme.com.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

DIY Wedding Projects - Interweave Crochet

Inside this summer issue of Interweave Crochet are SIX DIY wedding projects that I designed.  In addition to the instructions for each project, I also wrote an article detailing how to incorporate these projects into your wedding and how to get them finished in time for the big day.
You can find this magazine in bookstores and craft stores now or on-line here.
Here are 3 of the designs (Check back in a couple of days to see the other 3 designs):

A bridal bouquet made of crocheted roses, silk leaves, ribbon and glass pearl beads
A wrist corsage made with coordinating flowers and embellishments.

And a boutonniere for the men made with similar roses, flowers, beads and leaves.
When I got married there were many DIY elements in our day. I thought you would like to see some of them: 
My mother and grandmother made all of the flower arrangements for the church decorations and each bridesmaid wore their corsage-like accessory in their hair.
 The men wore handmade boutonnieres as you can see here in this photo of my mom and dad.
Similar fabric and silk flowers were also used in the bridal bouquet along with some real coral roses.
My mother also re-designed her wedding gown to fit me and include the features I liked.
 As I look back on all of my wedding photos, I am reminded of how beautiful all of the flower arrangements and decorations looked. 
All of these special DIY projects are still around today and have become treasured keepsakes of our wedding and the people that shared in it with us.
My grandmother and grandfather at our ceremony

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ladies Night Out Crochet Class - Spring 2015


This spring we had a great group of ladies who made beautiful Friendship Shawls.

We all worked from a free pattern called, "Half Granny Square Instructions" by Ambar E. Rivera.

Everyone loved how the shawl worked up quickly and the increases in each row were simple to figure out. 

We used Red Heart's Unforgettable yarn
 in a variety of colorways.

Jenn crocheted this shawl using the  "Springtime" color (#3932) and some beautiful glass beads.

Mona made this shawl in the "Dragonfly"
(# 3935) and added some perfect blue-green glass beads.

Pam crocheted this lovely shawl in "Cappucino" (#9942) and gave it to a young woman recovering from injuries due to a bad fall.

We added the edging that you can find here in the free pattern by Doris Chan called, "The All Shawl". 

The shawls look great from the front and back - the yarn creates the change in color all on its own.

Here are some close-up photos of the details.
(Be sure to check out the Student Gallery page to the LEFT for more photos of these projects and others!)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Mandala Wall Art

In the current June 2015 issue of Crochet World you will find the pattern to make this crochet art project.  It is also the Winner's Circle design for this issue.  The issue is on sale now in bookstores and craft stores or you can buy it on-line here.

I crocheted it in some vibrant colors of Omega Sinfonia yarn which is a cotton fiber that is thinner than the usual cotton yarn used for dishcloths.

Image result for omega sinfonia yarn
Of course, this project can be made into a doily that lies on a table but in my house that would put it at too great a risk for getting something spilled on it! I love the fact that crochet is so versatile that it can be mounted onto a metal ring and hung as a unique summer decoration on your wall.  Please send me a photo of your finished project or post it on Ravelry - I look forward to seeing your color choices!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Feileacan Shawl - Gaelic for "Butterfly"

I love butterflies.  Their grace and beauty always catch my attention and I smile as I watch one flutter by.  If I have time, I run to grab my camera and try to photograph the visitor - I never tire of the challenge it is to catch them in a photo frame.  This is a gray hairstreak that visited our backyard earlier this spring.

For the 2014 CGOA Design Competition I decided to incorporate the butterfly shape into a new Celtic Knot design.  I carefully created the butterfly motifs with the over-under woven details. (Feileacan (pronounced "Fay - leh - kahn") means 'butterfly' in Gaelic.) Then I linked them together so they would cascade down the center of the back of the shawl.  For each side I came up with a stitch that mimics the patterns found in butterfly wings.

I was thrilled to have this design and my Celtic Coral Charm selected as the Technical Merit Award winner sponsored by Designing Vashti.
Now you can make a Feileacan Shawl by following the instructions in the Summer 2015 issue of Crochet! magazine.

I used the new Lotus Yarn by Designing Vashti in the Teal Glimmer color.  I love how the yarn has a unique sparkle in the bright sunshine.  You can purchase this yarn here.

Make sure to check my Ravelry page (here) for this design since there are corrections to the printed instructions.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Crochet for Charity

When I was preparing for the big Yarn Bomb we displayed during last year's Knit and Crochet Show at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH (in honor of CGOA's 20th anniversary), I was contacted by Pat Heinrich.  She generously offered to help me install the knitted and crocheted pieces and even took many pieces home with her before the event to help me stitch them together.  Once it came time to install the yarn bomb, she came with friends who were all a great help to the project - I couldn't have done it without them!

It turns out that many of these friends started out as Pat's crochet students.  They've had a fun time in her community classes and continue to crochet with her for their own projects and for others.

Peg Welch, Jean Marks, Pat Heinrich and Sandy Keeple
Holding a blanket made with a pattern Sandy, Jean and Pat "designed" and crocheted by Chris Clement and Darcy LaBrosse

Last fall I visited one of Pat's crochet groups and met these women. They were finishing up another blanket for charity and figuring out who was going to take home some squares I brought from the yarn bomb project.  They had already put together several squares into a blanket.

I admire these women for all of the time, skill and heart that they put into the blankets they make for others.  It is heartwarming to see how crocheting for others as brought them together and fostered caring friendships.  Here is what Pat has to say about her special group and their endeavors:

The blankets made with the yarn bomb panels went to the Canaan School District or to BAE Independence Hall in Manchester. 

As a group, we "specialize" in putting whatever together with whatever else, but we do like things to look like they were intended to go together.  Ergo the pattern we designed - meant for a team of two to easily create one harmonious afghan.   I now have three+ variations of our pattern:  Don didn't like the large color band in the middle of each panel, so I designed another version with a smaller center panel - and then I got an idea about scrap variations of mixed sc and dc rows.  And so it goes to keep things interesting. 

Besides Canaan School District and Independence Hall, this past year we donated mittens to a Reeds Ferry School (Merrimack) classroom mitten box Girl Scout project and afghans to Camp Allen (Bedford).  We have also donated afghans and scarfs to Dalianis House (Nashua), purple infant caps to NH Click for Babies, scarves to last year's Boston Marathon and baby blankets, shawls and other crocheted items to Angie's House (Manchester).  We are thinking about comfort shawls for the various chemo wards at local hospitals as well. 

We try to have project concepts that anyone who joins us will find something to be interested in - and for anyone with no specific project, we ask they simply donate squares each week they visit us. 

And we all take time to work on personal projects - plus this winter many times, people just popped in to chat.  We have gone on field trips to WEBs (coming up again soon) and we have gone on "crochet-aways" to Maine and Conway, NH - a weekend of rest, crochet, fun, reading - whatever - and no phones or TV.   

Here are more of their recent blankets - just wonderful!
Congratulations on your excellent work and finishing so many for those in need!

Pat's group expertly edges each square from the yarn bomb display with the same color - once it all is stitched together, it looks great.

This design is done in panels so several crocheters can work on it at the same time.

Another colorful throw made from yarn bomb donated squares.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Kerry Shrug for a Bride

Yes, it is already April and the National Crochet Month has ended but our celebration of crocheters has not! 

Last fall a bride-to-be contacted me about the Kerry Shrug - she was hoping to wear a version of it over her wedding dress in October.  I was very busy with several designs and projects so I referred her to Corinn Barnum of  Meraki Designs (an Etsy shop).  Corinn made a beautiful shrug for the bride in a rich red color.

Here are some photos and thoughts from the bride.  It looks like it was a wonderful day and I love how her shrug turned out.

"I have a lot of Irish blood in my family and I have always known I wanted to have a Celtic piece to my wedding day. I carried my great grandmothers four leaf clover handkerchief that my mother had given me that morning, all my jewelry was Celtic knot work and I made a Celtic heart knot of my own with a back ground of a red wooden heart to wrap around the giant Oak tree we were married under.
My husband and I are fortunate to have a wonderful friend who happens to be a internationally known bagpiper and an ordained minister. He married us with beautiful heartfelt words from the Anam Cara and a brief history of the Claddagh. We both have rings that bear the emblem of Friendship, Loyalty and Love, and we live our lives by those words everyday. Our kilted friend then played us a beautiful tune to walk down the isle as Mr. and Mrs. 
 . . . we were married in October in Oregon and we were not expecting it to be 80 degrees. I had in mind when I ordered the shrug that it would be cooler. Alas it was not, and I never got to wear the shrug on my wedding day, although since then I have worn it many times and absolutely love it. I have received many compliments on it every time I wear it." 
Mrs. Schmitt

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Celtic Knot Scarf

Last year Gayle contacted me about the Celtic Knot Scarf pattern that was published in Crochet Today - March 2012.  Gayle made it into more of a stole that can be worn over a minister's robe.  As Gayle and I emailed back and forth about the pattern, I learned about Sarah for whom Gayle was making this special stole.

Sarah comes from a strong family of faith that has had it's share of hardships and challenges.  Yet, through it all they have trusted in God and continued to serve others.
This Celtic Knot stole was made in honor of Sarah's ordination last year - I think Gayle did a great job with it and it looks wonderful on Sarah.
Congratulations to both of you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Celtic Knot Bracelet

Last year in honor of the Crochetville Designer Blog Tour I published a free pattern - The Celtic Knot Bracelet.

Soon afterwards Jen from Sage Yarns in N. Falmouth, MA contacted me about the pattern and using it in her shop as a fun crochet kit.  Her friend, Celeste Young, put together a photo tutorial on their blog showing how she made the bracelet.

You can check that out here: https://sageyarn.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/celtic-knot-bracelet/

There are many beautiful yarns for sale at the Sage Yarn shop and they just completed a Winter Knit Along to make a gorgeous sweater - Visit here for more on their shop and projects.

Thank you, Celeste, for your photo tutorial!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Here is another accessory pattern to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - The Roses and Shamrock Necklace.

This pattern has been published in the February 2015 issue of Crochet World - The magazine can be purchased here.

Crochet World February 2015
This necklace uses traditional Irish crochet techniques for making roses and a shamrock.  It is made with the lovely Nazli Gelin Garden 3 Egyptian Cotton crochet thread.  Here it is shown with a simple white band that makes up the necklace length in between the motifs but I think it would also look great with simple strands of large white pearls.

Today my friend, Bonnie Barker, is one of the featured designers for the Crochetville National Crochet Month Blog Tour - be sure to check out her post.. Her new book (Contemporary Celtic Crochet) is a wonderful tribute to Ireland and filled with great instructions to make a variety of projects using crocheted cables. (See my review of this book here)

(If you are stopping by for the first time with the Blog Tour, make sure you scroll down to see the post from March 10th to find the link to a new free Celtic Knot pattern.)