Izzat and I drove from Bukhara to the town of Urgut, where I'd heard there was a particularly good bazaar and was hoping for some special finds. Urgut is near the border with Tajikistan, so it was arranged that we come on the last two days before crossing into Tajikistan.
I don’t know when my love-affair with motifs started. It can probably be traced to the day I was making a granny blanket from scraps in my mother’s yarn stash. I noticed that making a new color combination
for every square, and discovering all the possibilities as the combinations unfolded, was quite magical. Fast forward 25 or
more years and 100 blankets later, and I have written a whole book about motifs! I love the potential of
overlapping stitches and colors.
This beautiful afghan was instigated by a sad event: our friend and design colleague Pam Gilette (www.knottygeneraton.com) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. We all followed her online journal, where she wrote with great courage and eloquence about her experiences.
Have you ever walked into a yarn store, held a skein of something wonderful that would crochet up into that perfect project and wondered how, over the course of many millennia of human history, that ball of fiber wound up in your hand? Dr....
One of the most amazing experiences I had on my Central Asian adventure was spending a whole day with a Pamir family. There was crochet, food, babies, plus LIVE MUSIC and dance. Yorali, my Pamiri host, shot most of this footage with my little video camera. My talented brother-in-law Simon Surowicz edited it into a fantastic film. Click the Video button above left to view it, and make sure you have good speakers turned on! This music is not like any you've heard before!!
“Sold!” declares the auctioneer, banging his gavel down, and I grin with the delight of success. The bidding for “lot 46” has been intense, but I am the victor, and after the auction finishes, I will collect my booty and take the precious contents home.
When I was a young, impressionable girl of about 13 or so, I remember reading an article that aimed to explain why most of the geniuses of the past were men, with a very few notable exceptions. Leonardo, not Leonarda; Alexander Graham Bell, not Alexandra; Isaac Newton, not Isla.
It’s sad but true, crochet is too often not given its due. It still has an image problem. Why it’s such a struggle to establish crochet’s worthiness is a mystery, though some plausible theories can be advanced. In any case, it's my mission to bust those persistent, pernicious myths, once and for all.
Let’s look the enemy right in its ugly eye by stating the case against crochet baldly:
The autumn evening mist slowly settles over Saratoga Strait in Puget Sound. Whidbey Islandâ€™s wooded coast gradually disappears from view. At Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Washington, the line of small wooden cabins, workshop buildings, a small â€œfire hall/kitchenâ€, and the parkâ€™s store, stand, silhouetted by the evening sky, in a row along the darkening shore. The wide barn-style door of the Fire Hall slides open, spilling light and the sound of laughter out into the October night. ...
I am terrible at following recipes. There... I said it. TERRIBLE. “How? Why?” You might ask. “It's not so hard! It tells you exactly what to do, and you do it.” My problem, if you think of it as such, is that I like to tweak things. It's a compulsion. I can't leave it alone. For example, pretty much ANY pasta recipe is better with more garlic.... so I add it, even if the recipe didn't call for it....
I lead a charmed life. I am a lucky woman. I live life as an American Princess.
When I declare this publicly, my female friends at first disbelieve me. Once I show them the evidence, they start wreaking havoc on their own their families. I am unapologetic as I boast about the reasons for this enviable existence:
I have a Husband Who Cooks (hereafter referred to as HWC)
HWC believes I should have ALL the yarn my little heart desires, and
I found out the hard way that involuntary unemployment stinks! Being fired is such a blow to one’s ego. It saps the confidence right out from under you. Aside from the monetary issues that pop up rather quickly from this instantaneous change of status, the lack of a regular job presents new problems, not the least of which is yet another dilemma: now that I have all the time I need to work wonders with my fairly organized stash, I don’t have the time to crochet it all up!
My friend Cindy Frazier has just published a unique, inspirational book called Contemplative Crochet. This is the first full-length book that I know of exploring the connection between crochet and spirituality. It's an extraordinary gift to the crochet community. Cindy teaches us how to tap the deep wellsprings of creativity and love with our crochet. You won't be able to look at your yarn and hook in quite the same way after ingesting the soul-enriching contents of this book.
Gwen Blakely Kinsler, founder of the Crochet Guild of America, designer, author and teacher, shares an overview of this vibrant new trend in the craft world, and along the way discusses her motivation for starting CGOA.
Textile historians tell us that crochet is a relatively young craft. The time to put crochet on the map and develop this craft even further is at hand. As a teacher, and a lifelong learner, I want to encourage the reader to join, or continue (depending where you find yourself) the journey of learning more about crochet. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a flock of crocheters to raise the profile of our craft.