A Note From the Editor
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!