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Churchmouse Yarns

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 tasteamy (3). They knit in Yummy yummy yarns  and I Crochet.

https://www.churchmouseyarns.com

 

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 Ponchocollette (1) 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 yarnponcho 001 and in all other stitchescity chic poncho (2) Snowy lace (2). 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.alana poncho (3)

 

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Front and Back Cover

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. covers (2)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.covers (1)covers (10)covers (8) covers (7) covers (6)covers (5) covers (4) covers (3)

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My First Time

My first time happened over 20 years ago now when our daughters were only 9 and 11, Australian Crochet magazine came to interview me.

publicity blog (1)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.publicity blog (5) 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. Tpublicity blog (4)he 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!publicity blog (6)

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. publicity blog (2)

 

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2018 has Arrived

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.

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New Get Squared designs coming – and they are just for Kids!

Do you have a little one coming into your life either as your brand new baby, grandbaby or a friend’s baby then I have the most exciting news. Or do you want to make some simple yet trendy garments for you older children? If so I have the solution. I have used the ease of the Get Squared ® technique to create a children’s range of crochet garments that require no seams, are worked from the top down, and like Get Squared ® require you only to know the age of the child or their chest measurement to complete the garment. Simple repetitive stitching, no wordy patterns, no seams and quick easy garments are a promise.

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Some of my Favourite designers

I am running a competition about your favourite designs, and I tried to entice you to share them by offering you FREE yarn! It occurred to me that perhaps I should lead the way and share some of my favourite designers and their designs. Funny, most of them are knitted.  Please remember that I don’t knit but I have tried to emulate many of their designs and translate their sense of style into crochet patterns so that we crocheters would not feel left out. Some of these designs I’ve been able to secure the permission of the knit designers to try my hand at the crochet version, and some I have finished and some are in progress. And if ever there is a 10-day week I may get them all done. So here are some of my favourites. and I’m still want to know yours so please share them with me by posting to my

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Jenny’s Got Yarn

I’m back in the yarn business again. I wasn’t going to, I know, but I just couldn’t help myself. I love beautiful yarns. I can’t in all honesty say it was against my will. When I was given the opportunity to design them to my very own specifications in the colours I desire I was like a moth to a flame.

I’ve always been in the search for the perfect yarn, aren’t we all?  Normally my first choice would be wool and there are many wools that I love but let’s face it I live in Queensland, Australia and there are only 6 weeks a year I can wear it, and even then I  would have to stand outside,  on the football field, after the sun goes down to wear it.

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