>HOLY HANNAH! For once I am speechless (yeah, right, that won’t last long :D).
When one of the biggest yarn retailers on the planet, Michaels Arts&Crafts, chooses to spotlight and support crochet design and designers, you can bet your ball winder that it’s a grand day for crochet. Starting today my own designer page at the Michaels.com website goes live. I am so honored to be the first one there. Hey, I don’t mind being the guinea pig; at least not such a COOL guinea pig! Eternal gratitude to Suzi, Content Editor for Michaels.com, and Cari, Director of Fashion & Design for Caron International, for making this happen.
Skim over the lengthy biography if you must (when do I write anything that’s short and concise?) and get to the good part: the link to a collection of free patterns for my designs from Caron International. There in one place you’ll find some of my favorite garments made in Simply Soft.
Those who know me are not surprised that I need very little nudging (OK, no nudging at all) to model my designs in fashion shows. My excuse… uh, rationalization… is that nothing shows the beauty, drape and movement of a garment like sending it down the catwalk. No static image, not even the classiest photography on the most winsome fashion models can adequately convey the swirly, twirly, girly fun of lace. One case in particular is this duster I wore last summer at 2007 CGOA Chain Link. That night was totally hysterical. Kudos to Dee Stanziano for capturing the exuberant end-of-runway spin through her magic lens.
For me the challenges of modeling at CGOA fashion shows are twofold: maintaining dignity while all your guild buds are hooting it up, and teetering on 2 1/4″ heels, which are really high considering my usual footwear consists of various pairs of mismatched Converse All-Stars. Lucky for me I wasn’t required to chew gum at the same time.
YIPPEEE! The Caron Crochet Lacy Duster is one of the free patterns now linked through my Michaels page.
Doubledogdangit! The gauge was inadvertently left out of this pattern:
12 BASE CH/SC (aka Foundation single crochet) = 4”
In pattern, 2 repeats (SH, ch 2) body pattern = 3”, 5 rows shells = 4” as crocheted
NOTE: Weight of body results in substantial growth in total length when worn.