A Note From the Ed­i­tor

Crochet! - - Blogger Spotlight -

There are so many fun and lux­u­ri­ous trends in the cro­chet world right now! While they have the look and feel of deca­dence and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, they don’t have to break the bank. Ligh­tas-air drape, rus­tic chunky feel and ter­rific tex­ture are the hall­marks of this win­ter col­lec­tion.

De­sign­ers Jill Han­ratty and Juli­ette Be­zold have cre­ated amaz­ing weight­less projects with the Twist of Lace Belted Pullover and the Portsmouth Poncho. Both are light enough to be com­fort­able with­out bulk but are heavy­weights in the style cat­e­gory. The deca­dent tex­ture of the Tu­nisian stitch­work in the Portsmouth Poncho re­minds me of the first bite of ex­cel­lent choco­late. Both projects are on my short list to wear for hol­i­day gath­er­ings this win­ter!

Rus­tic, chunky feel is the squishy tex­ture and mega style char­ac­ter­ized by Jen­nifer Pionk’s Lazy Dazy Braided Rug. The huge yarn just screams abun­dance and com­fort, the cool cream whis­pers el­e­gance, and the whole project comes to­gether in one show­stop­ping fo­cal point for any room.

Ter­rific tex­ture abounds in mul­ti­ple projects in this col­lec­tion. Fall in love with the pop­corn stitch again with the Flower Fringe Shawl. Bub­bly pop­corn stitches in the mo­tif are com­ple­mented by the pop­corns in the fringe. To­gether they carry the project into the “spe­cial oc­ca­sion” cat­e­gory. The hint of mo­hair in the yarn cer­tainly helps el­e­vate the sta­tus of this sim­ple shawlette.

I hope you find abun­dance and com­fort in your life this win­ter. I hope with these projects you’ll feel in­spired all sea­son and be­yond!


I had the fun honor of get­ting to know blog­ger Mary Jane of Mary Jane’s Mary Janes! Read our re­cent and re­veal­ing in­ter­view! C!: Tell us about your­self! Mary Jane (MJ): My name is Mary (aka Mary Jane) and I’m a Chris­tian mama and wife. My blog is called Mary Jane’s Mary Janes. My mid­dle name is Jane. That’s how the name kind of came about! C!: How can read­ers find you? MJ: www.mary­janes­mary­janes.com I mostly blog about cro­chet and knit­ting but have re­cently started adding in some more posts about my life­style and other ran­dom things.

C!: What will read­ers find on your web­site? Pat­terns? Tu­to­ri­als? In­spi­ra­tion? Tips?

MJ: You will find al­most all of the above! I have free tu­to­ri­als and pat­terns that I love to share. I also like to share links to other cro­chet re­sources, web­sites or blogs.

C!: How did you get started cro­chet­ing?

MJ: I ac­tu­ally started sit­ting to­gether with my cousins at my grandma’s house. We all ven­tured out to the craft store and each took on a dif­fer­ent yarn craft. My mom and I tried to fig­ure it out but it just didn’t click! Fi­nally, maybe about a year later, I got my­self a book and learned how to do ev­ery­thing on my own.

C!: Can you share a photo of your craft­ing space or your yarn stor­age sys­tem?

MJ: I just started us­ing a fun cart for all of my craft sup­plies (see photo) C!: Do you cro­chet in pub­lic? MJ: I def­i­nitely have! I can re­mem­ber sit­ting in the wait­ing room cro­chet­ing a red scarf while my hus­band got his wis­dom teeth taken out.

C!: Are there other hob­bies or top­ics you also cover on your blog?

MJ: Yes, def­i­nitely! I also like to talk about my faith, fitness, mom life and other life­style top­ics. I plan on shar­ing more about fitness and shar­ing my per­sonal weight loss story of los­ing over 100 pounds in 18 months. All with­out a gym mem­ber­ship or fancy diet. I want to share any knowl­edge I have learned dur­ing my own jour­ney. My goal is to en­cour­age oth­ers to live a more healthy life!

C!: Would you like to share how cro­chet sup­ports your men­tal and phys­i­cal well- be­ing?

MJ: I find that cro­chet­ing has been a great way to slow my mind down. With two kids and other things keep­ing me busy, when I cro­chet I get to turn my mind off and just focus on one thing.

C!: Thanks, Mary Jane! I can see how your well- rounded ap­proach has won over so many fans!


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