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Sometimes the new young Mums don’t like crochet things, or so I thought.
My Niece Katie is expecting a baby in 6 weeks, so I thought I’d ask if she wanted something crocheted. It’s a random thought as sometimes the new young Mums don’t like crochet things or so I thought. But 2 days before asked I her I noticed a young Mum who was camping close by who had a a crocheted blanket on her 6 month old boy. When I asked her if she liked it she said she loved the fact that crochet is so breathable with its holes she was reassured that it if ended up covering her little boys face during the night he would be able to breathe. That is not something I would have thought of as a positive for a crocheted blanket. I love crochet in all its forms. The slow fashion aspect, the love in every stitch and having something made by my hands would have been on the top of the list though. But never the safety angle. I don’t have time to make a blanket before Katie’s baby arrives as I’m designing things for the CGOA conference in USA , making samples for classes that I’m teaching, and I’m emceeing for the opening Mardi Gras night so I have to make something in Purple green and gold to wear, and I need to finish that thing I promised I’d make for Scheepjes yarns as I’m meeting up with them at the conference too. So for now I’ll look at ideas that she has sent me, gather the yarn supplies and pick a design that is a TV watching project so that once the conference is over and I’m sitting on the plane back home I can start. She wants a bright coloured blanket and her favourite colour is yellow, which is great as we don’t know whether she is having a boy or girl. What fun to go searching for ideas and choose the colours. So far she likes the idea of a chevron, otherwise known as a ripple blanket. And a bobble one or a checked one. She has been on Instagram I think so I’ll go and check this out. Apparently crocheted blankets are really trending. Yeah! Doing a happy dance. I’m off to explore more ideas
There are so many times when I’ve received an email from Churchmouse Yarn( This is store on Bainbridge Island WA in USA that one day I hope to visit) only to see that we have very similar taste. They knit in Yummy yummy yarns and I Crochet.
Today in my inbox was their Modern Wrapper and it reminded me of the Amy cardigan. The Amy cardigan has a band around the outside edge which changes it slightly but the concept is similar. It is meant to be open at the front to show the garment underneath to give that longer line. Or that taller feeling that I’m always hoping to achieve.
They also have the Two Point Cowl which is similar to my Collared Poncho which is an adaptation from my Collette which was an adaptation of my Diamante poncho back in the day. Supre (a clothing store here in OZ) had a poncho that shape and I chased a girl down in the shopping centre to find out where she bought it. I think I still have the original tucked away in a cupboard here. I can’t bear to throw anything away. The shape was so Modern and as it turns out so classic and timeless.
You will notice most of my garments are lacy and open. When the sun is shining here in tropical Queensland and the humidity is horrendous with temperature in the 90’s , I wish I was somewhere like Bainbridge Island feeling cool enough to put on a wrap.
Perhaps I live in the wrong place.???????????
Maybe Churchmouse would like to swap places too when it is in the middle of winter. I’ll have to ask them.
Once you hit on a great design you can keep on making it in every yarn and in all other stitches . I need to work on my photos but gradually I’m getting better.
I’m better with a hook than a camera for sure. So if you knit where it is cold go visit Chruchmouse.
Sometimes I feel like Robinson Crusoe. There is amazing talent here in Australia especially in the crochet world and I’m delighted to say there is so many talents emerging with the aid of the internet. But when I first travelled to USA on my own in 1999 to attend a Crochet Conference some people thought I was brave. As far as I was concerned it was a job that had to be done. If I was serious about Crochet I just had to go. The internet was still dial up then and most homes didn’t even have computers.
So on one of these necessary adventures I had the pleasure and delight to room with the author of this book, Susan Huxley. Sadly Susan is no longer with us but her legacy remains. Susan was a book packager as one of her many “hats”. She contacted Martingale Publishers and with the help of the CGOA committee they put together this book. I was the only Australian member of the Guild who was invited to design for this book. And if that wasn’t a thrill enough, 2 out of the 3 designs were selected to be on the Cover. This book was published in 2003. That was a day for much cheering from my island paradise.
Since then I have had my designs on many front pages. Here are a few dating from 2003 to Christmas 2017, some more sensational than others.
My first time happened over 20 years ago now when our daughters were only 9 and 11, Australian Crochet magazine came to interview me.
Here is my very first 2 page write up in a magazine.
It is the best photo of my wedding gown that I crocheted and wore 37 years ago. I have it stashed here at home with a few other boxes that have had to be labelled historical crochet as I have been creating for so long. One day I can have a” Historical review of Crochet as captured by Jenny King” as have so many pieces that I couldn’t ever part with. The only thing I don’t seem to have kept is the first poncho I made when I was 10. Featured in this article were my delicate beaded bags and some of the garments featured in my book Summer Collection. The top Anthea is wearing could be reworked and worn today. But she would need the grown up version NOW!
I took this magazine when I first travelled to USA for the CGOA conference in Seattle ,Washington.
This year is CGOA’s silver anniversary and I will be teaching every class allocation possible. I’ve come a long way since the first newspaper article and magazine article and I thought I would take a walk down memory lane over the next few weeks with your permission.
2018 is a new year and a time for new beginnings. It has a great feel to it don’t you think? I’ve taken over what once was the family room in our house as my new sewing, craft room, office. Sorry kids it is all mine. Our son has a new job, our daughter has just settled into her brand new unit and my husband is retiring so we finally went to Tamworth Country Music Festival in our new caravan and that was brilliant. Life is good. Happy Valentine ’s Day to you. I hope you have a wonderful day on the 14th and everyday this year.
And finally I can draw breath about Kids Squared. I know I launched it on you just before Christmas when everything was a hectic blur, but now, like me, you may have a chance to take a look at the preview. I made my first top down matinee jacket 34 years ago when I was expecting my first bub.