CGOA Member Spotlight: Pia Thadani

Thursday, May 26, 2016

I'm Marie Segares from Underground Crafter and this is the fifth post in a monthly series for CGOA Now! where I shine a spotlight on a CGOA member and share a bit of her story with an interview.
Pia Thadani.
This month's interview is with Pia Thadani from Stitches'N'Scraps. Pia's been crocheting since her mom taught her as a child. She also knits and has dabbled in cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, rug hooking, and scrapbooking. Pia is a crochet and knitting designer who can be found on Stitches'N'Scraps as well as Craftsy, Facebook, Ravelry, and Twitter

All images are used with permission and are © Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps. 

Blueberry Hill, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first get started crocheting? 
Pia: My mom taught me when I was very little. I think I was about 4 or 5 years old. At first she taught me to make chains by hand. For a while, I just made dozens of very long chains and then braided them together to make jump ropes. It was probably another year or so before I started actually crocheting with a hook.

Crocodile Stitch Pixie Hat, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
UC: When did you start designing?  
Pia: In 2013, I published what I consider my first real pattern, my Crocodile Pixie Hat. To this day it’s still one of my most popular ones!  
Hugging Tree, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
UC: How long have you been a member of the CGOA? What’s your favorite thing about being a member? 
Pia: I joined the CGOA in 2014, and I’m so glad I did! I can’t really tell you my favorite part, because there are so many good things that have come from my membership. I found a local guild chapter which is very active with monthly meetings, workshops, fun activities, and an annual retreat. I went to the Knit and Crochet Show last year, and found that the discounts on classes and events more than paid for my annual dues. I also completed the Master’s program – which I’ll tell you about next.
 
Round the Mulberry Bush, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
UC: You completed the CGOA Master's program. Can you tell us about your experience? 
Pia: When I was looking into the Knit and Crochet Show, I learned that they have a little ceremony each year where Masters graduates receive their pins. I decided right then that I would get my pin at my first show and it would be awesome (and I did, and it was!) The instructions seemed deceptively easy, but I soon found out the reviewers really are looking for perfection, and I had to redo a few of the swatches. The hardest part of the whole process was waiting for the reviews. Somehow, I ended up a lot more emotionally invested in it than I thought I would be, and it was torture waiting to hear back. The review notes were very thorough, and I did learn a LOT about my strengths and the areas where I need to take more care. The Masters committee is made up of really friendly, encouraging people who do actually want you to pass, and are happy to help you get there.  As nerve wracking as the process was, the satisfaction and pride in completing it feels amazing. I wrote a little more about my experience here.
 
Simple Crochet Balls, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
UC: Last year, you wrote a great post about attending the Knit and Crochet Show for the first time. How has going to the conference impacted your work as a designer and blogger?   
Pia:  I was lucky enough to have some on-line designer friends who helped me with what to expect and what to bring with me to make the trip successful from a business standpoint. Getting to meet some of them in person was one of the best parts of the trip. I made some great contacts, and I feel like I came away with a better overall understanding of how the different aspects of the fiber industry (like yarn companies, publishers, and designers) all work together. I learned some of the “who’s who” of different companies, and put some faces to the names. I also spent some time just watching what the veteran designers were doing and who they were talking to.  It wasn’t all business though, I had a lot of fun and made some new friends. It was such a great trip that I plan to go back every year if I can. I feel like the more I go back, the more valuable the experience will be each time.
Pacific Sunset Mitts, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.  
UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for relaxing? 
Pia: I like working with sport or DK weight yarn. A relaxing project for me would be something made all in one piece, without a lot of ends, preferably in a stitch pattern I don’t have to concentrate on too much as I’m usually watching tv at the same time.

Dew Drop Necklace, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for challenging yourself? 
Pia: Thread or complicated lace is challenging for me, but I also don’t particularly enjoy it. My favorite challenge is actually working out a new design. Figuring out how to make the yarn do what’s in my head, preferably in a way that’s easy for someone else to follow, is a little like solving a puzzle…and I love puzzles!
Ribbed Fingerless Mitts, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects to give as gifts? 
Pia: Non-size specific items. These stretchy, Ribbed Fingerless Mitts are one of my favorites because they fit everyone. Shawls and scarves are another go to. Hats can be ok if there’s enough stretch that they can fit a variety of sizes.
Twilight Reverie, free crochet pattern by Pia Thadani/Stitches'N'Scraps.
UC: What are you working on in 2016? What's next for you? 
Pia: A little bit of everything, really. It feels like 2016 was already filled by the first week! I’m excited to have lots of opportunities to work with other designers and groups this year, including a contribution or two on this blog. I’ll also be designing a pattern for the Holiday Stashdown CAL, and one for the Moogly Afghan CAL. I would like to work on getting some patterns published in print publications as well if possible. Other than that, I plan to focus this year on developing and sticking to a more regular blogging schedule, including writing more patterns. I found I didn’t have a lot of summery handmades to wear at the show last year, so some of those new patterns are likely to be wearables as I try to build my personal wardrobe a bit.

Thank you so much for sharing your love of crochet with us, Pia!

Across the Board CAL: Loop the Loop

Monday, May 23, 2016

Welcome to Part 7 of our Across the Board CAL--and the final strip in our Across the Board Afghan! For those of you just joining, everything you need to know about the CAL can be found on this post

This segment is brought to you once again by Unicorn Fibre. This is your final chance to win their Baby Unicorn gift set! It contains 4 oz each of their Fibre Wash, Power Scour, and Fiber Rinse products, all topped with a sweet baby unicorn plushy. This prize is being shipped directly from Unicorn, and is available to be shipped in the USA only.



Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Entries will be accepted from May 23rd through June 5th, 2016, and a winner will be selected on Monday, June 6th.


This segment's strip is Loop the Loop by Delma Myers, an accomplished designer and author known for her afghan patterns.

“Delma has chosen the colors of jade, perfect pink, orchid, and shocking pink to create a strip featuring twisted chain loops. Each chain is twisted and pulled through the chain loop just below, creating a simple, easy way to make three surface rows with vibrant color changes and interesting texture.”

Once you learn the chain loop technique of creating a surface braid effect, you'll be wanting to incorporate it in all your projects! The pattern can be found on page 14 of the Across the Board 2015 booklet.

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Book Review - Granny Squares & Shapes: 20 crochet projects for you and your home

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Title: Granny Squares & Shapes: 20 crochet projects for you and your home
Author: Susan Pinner
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps


I've always thought the granny square was the perfect design for a new crocheter to learn. They're fast and easy, and can be joined to make almost anything. This book puts a colorful, modern spin on the granny square and takes it to a whole new level.  It introduces a variety of new techniques and shapes, all used to create 20 stunning designs. The patterns and pictures explore a variety of color combinations, from bright and bold, to more muted and neutral.

Granny Squares & Shapes - Cover


A few of the projects are small, fast, and perfect for craft fairs - there's a shawl pin, headband, purse/bag, and a pretty decoratvie bowl. Other designs are wearable, including slippers, a hat, a wrap, and a couple of different tops. There are also eye-catching home accent pieces like a pillow cover, stool cover, rugs, a giant cushion, and more!

Granny Squares & Shapes - Page 2


This is a great resource for beginners too. It takes you through all the details, starting with what tools and notions you need and how to choose them, followed by a discussion of different yarns and yarn weights, and tips on tension / gauge. Next is a series of illustrated tutorials on basic stitches and techniques for joining and seaming.

Since this book was published int he UK, it uses UK terminology which is different from US terminology. For example, what we call a single crochet in the US is a double crochet in the UK, and our double crochet is their treble. Here's a conversion chart that shows the differences. With the step by step, illustrated instructions provided though, it's always very clear which stitch is being referred to by a particular term or abbreviation.

There is also some valuable information about blocking, care instructions, and some tips on how to deal with common problems you may run into. This first part of the book ends with instructions on how to create the basic granny square designs in various shapes. Now that you have the basics down, the book gets into the actual project instructions with all their fun variations.

Granny Squares & Shapes - Page 5


If you're a brand new crocheter, looking to take it up a notch with some fun new ideas, or even if you just love granny squares and motifs, this book is a must have! It would also make a great gift, as there's something in it for everyone.


Disclaimer: A free review copy of Granny Squares & Shapes:  was provided by GMC Publications . Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of interior pages were provided by the publisher and are used with permission. 

Where You Like to Crochet and May's QOTM!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Well, hello there!  The response to April's Question of the Month was fantastic and it was fun to hear everyone's favorite places to crochet.  Without further ado, let's get into it!

Right here on the blog, we had two fantastic commenters sharing a common crochet place.  Both LilPhanie and an anonymous commenter shared they love crocheting at home.  The anonymous commenter has a special crochet corner, while LilPhanie prefers a comfy chair, although she will crochet around town, citing a few different places.  
Other home crocheters included Dvora, Jimena, and Angeles on facebook.  Angeles shared, 
I love getting up early on weekends (when everybody is still sleeping) to crochet in the living room. I usually get to see hummingbirds at the feeder!!
Hummingbird image modified from siamesepuppy via Flickr.  License

Home is where the hook is for more crocheters on facebook, like Linda, who uses crochet to enjoy those precious few moments alone.
Sitting in my LazyBoy Recliner Sofa, with soft music, and a beverage, with nobody home.
Martha, Jan, Michele, Agatha, Stacy, Cindy, and Linda W. also crochet in the home, whether it be in a comfy chair or a favorite room.  Some like Netflix on the TV, while others prefer music.  Good lighting is a consistent theme.  Stacy set the following scene.
Cat and dog happily sleeping in their beds, my very comfy recliner with 2 lamps on the sides, a movie On Demand or binge watching shows on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon and some chocolate.
Sounds good to me.  Others like to crochet while outdoors or on the go.  Lonnie says,
I love crocheting in a nice comfy chair outside listing to the birds sing and the dogs play."
Dvora mentioned she used to crochet on the subway, and Kathy the Crafty Chica also crochets while in transit.  She wrote,
[My favorite place to crochet] is in the car on road trips! I always pack a bag of yarn and aim to finish a scarf by the time I get home! 

Fabulous!  My very favorite comment was from Jean, who loves to crochet ANYWHERE!  

For this month's question, we'd like to know about what inspires your crochet.



My crochet is inspired by community.  Crafting and sharing my love of crochet with others.  But what inspires you to crochet?  Please comment here on the blog, or on facebook and you may be featured in the next QOTM post!

I need to know what makes your crochet tick, so let's keep the conversation going.  Are you inspired by patterns?  Yarns?  History?  Nature?  Please leave a comment here on the blog, and let's connect on social media!  I can be found on facebooktwitterPinterestInstagramTumblrGoogle+,  and YouTube.  Join my monthly newsletter about crafts, crochet, and education. I'm now on Snapchat, too.  Lots of fun!  Thanks for reading!

Across the Board CAL: X's & O's

Monday, May 9, 2016

Welcome to Part 6 of our Across the Board CAL! For those of you just joining, everything you need to know about the CAL can be found on this post.

This segment is brought to you again by Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts. For those of you who coveted their new Reinvent yarn from the Skipping Stones segment, you have one more chance to win with this segment's giveaway!


Reinvent is designed to appeal to the environmentally conscious customer who desires a luxury yarn that respects our planet. Made from reclaimed new fibres this beautiful yarn incorporates multiple trends in the knitting world, dyes beautifully, and provides a fabulous knitting, crochet, or weaving experience. With lots of yardage this yarn is suitable for a wide range of projects, and is competitively priced. Fiber content: 49% Wool / 34% Mohair / 11% Nylon / 4% Acrylic / 3% Silk. 400 meters / 437 yards per 100 gram / 3.5 oz skein.

The winner will have their choice of colors from their new Denim Collection set of color ways.



Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Entries will be accepted from May 9th through May 22nd, 2016, and a winner will be selected on Monday, May 23rd.


This segment's strip is X's & O's by Susan Sullivan, current president of CGOA! 

"The soft jade background of Susan Sullivan's design lends an elegant simplicity to this strip. Susan has used surface embroidery embellishment in lavender, coral, and shocking pink to add small accents of bright color every 8 rows, making up the "O"s. With the title of "X's and O's," an afghan made from this strip would be a perfect gift for someone on whom you want to shower with lots of hugs and kisses.”

Susan's strip gets back to basics with the soothing rhythm of traditional stitches. While the pattern alone is stunning enough to justify being worked in solid color, Susan adds pops of color in the form of French knots for a finishing touch. This pattern can be found on page 13 of the Across the Board 2015 booklet.

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Reason to Join a Local CGOA Chapter #2: Special Guests

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Post by Stacy Vaka of Crochet Kitten.

Welcome back to my blog series on what it's like to join a local CGOA chapter! I joined the Prince William County chapter of CGOA back in January, and I've been writing about what the experience has been like. You can find links to the whole series on this post.

Honestly, I've been having so much fun with this venture that's it's been quite difficult to prioritize my top 10 reasons to join. However, next month our chapter is excited about the opportunity to welcome Lion Brand® Yarn Ambassador Shira Blumenthal to our monthly guild meeting!


This is absolutely an opportunity that we could not take advantage of without being involved in a local chapter, as Lion Brand requires a minimum of 100 guests before they'll send their ambassador out for an event. And not only will we all have the chance to play with Lion Brand yarns, rumor has it each attendee will get a special gift.

UPDATE: Our little guild's visit from Shira was a roaring hit! (I say "roaring" because Shira's Twitter handle is @ShiraRoars.) We did get a wonderful little goody bag stuffed with a tape measurer, notebook, Laugh with Lola comic book, reusable shopping bag, a catalogue of Lion Brand's complete line (including their premium LB Collection, which is only available online), and a skein of their new Shawl in a Ball in our choice of color. Just one skein is enough yarn to make a whole crochet shawl! I can't wait to try it out on my Clapochet pattern.

Oh! And check out the second photo from the bottom in this blog post from Shira. That's me with Shira, both of us wearing sweaters made from Vanna's Glamour! She's wearing Lion Brand's Curvy Girl Drop Stitch Pullover and I'm sporting my Dolled Up Blouse. What a fun evening it was! And I just want to give a big thank-you to Shira and Lion Brand Yarns for their visit.

Across the Board CAL: Perfect Peony

Monday, April 25, 2016

Welcome to Part 5 of our Across the Board CAL! Can you believe we're halfway done already? For those of you just joining, everything you need to know about the CAL can be found on this post.

This segment is brought to you by Unicorn Fibre, whom you should remember from the Squares of Happiness and Diamond Trellis strips. Once again they are providing a chance to win their Baby Unicorn Gift Set, which contains 4 oz each of their Fibre Wash, Power Scour, and Fiber Rinse products, all topped with a sweet baby unicorn plushy. (And if you don't win this time--stay tuned! There will be one more chance to win this sweet prize in week 7!) This prize is being shipped directly from Unicorn, and is available to be shipped in the USA only.



Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Entries will be accepted from April 25th through May 8th, 2016, and a winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th.

This segment's strip is Perfect Peony by Bobbie Matela, who in addition to being a crochet designer also blogs regularly for Red Heart.


CGOA Member Spotlight: Mistie Bush

Friday, April 22, 2016

I'm Marie Segares from Underground Crafter and this is the fourth post in a monthly series for CGOA Now! where I shine a spotlight on a CGOA member and share a bit of her story with an interview.
Mistie Bush.
In this month's post, I'm talking with Mistie Bush from American Crochet. Mistie is a wife and mother of five. She considers herself blessed and extremely fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom. Mistie started crocheting in 2004 while pregnant with her youngest and later started writing a few patterns. She soon realized that crocheting and designing were her passion! Mistie is a crochet designer and blogger who can be found on American Crochet and well as on EtsyFacebook, G+InstagramPinterestRavelry, and Twitter.


All images are used with permission and are © Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

Storm at Sea Lapghan, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first get started crocheting?

Mistie: My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 16 years old but didn’t really start crocheting until 2004.

Color Block Dragonflies Scarf, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

 UC: When did you start designing?

Mistie: I started designing in 2005.

Enchanted Mirrors Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

UC: How long have you been a member of the CGOA? What’s your favorite thing about being a member?

Mistie: 3 years. I like learning from those who are more experienced.

Last Minute Open Weave Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for relaxing?

Mistie: Blankets, scarves/cowls, and shawls, like the Color Block Dragonflies Scarf and the Last Minute Open Weave Baby Blanket.

Springy Top, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for challenging yourself?

Mistie: Clothing, like shirts, jackets and such, like my Springy Top pattern.

Gracie's Shrug, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for warmer weather?

Mistie: Skinny, light weight scarves, open shawls, light weight tops, and shrugs, like the Enchanted Mirrors Infinity Scarf and Gracie's Shrug.

Twist-Ago Washcloth, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects to give as gifts?

Mistie: Shawls, blankets/lapghans, scarves, and items for the home, like the Twist-Ago Washcloth, Stained Diamonds Wrap, and Storm At Sea Lapghan.

Stained Diamonds Wrap, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush/American Crochet.

UC: What are you working on in 2016? What's next for you?

I’m currently participating in Wonder Crochet Blanket CAL

I have a few surprises in the works: blankets, putting together a few more CALs that will gear towards fall/the holidays and summer, patterns for charity, and a few other things.

I want to get my CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques, start making tutorial videos, get published in major crochet magazines, and hopefully publish a book.

Thank you so much, Mistie, for sharing your love of crochet with us.

Crochet Geometry by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crochet Geometry by 
Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
         Book review by Mary Jane Hall
                           
Crochet garment books are my favorite! I try to buy as many crochet books I can because I do believe in supporting fellow designers, especially when they design garments, my favorite projects to design. Crochet Geometry by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, did not disappoint me.  He is also the author of another best selling book,  Designer Crochet, which has all 5 stars, I might add!. As I started looking through the pages I found a nice variety of colors, many of which are cool and vibrant. Nothing drab or uninteresting here. I know other people havd different tastes, but I'm turned off by a book that has all drab, muted colors.

Shannon has come up with 15 interesting designs, and even the pickiest person should find something they can get excited about. I think the first thing that stood out to me was the nice texture in his designs. This is a huge interest of mine and in fact, I have a Pinterest board titled "Textured Crochet".

Circle T-Top - my favorite
 
  Highlights of this Book

1. It has an index - many don't have this.
2. Smaller and larger models which makes it easier to imagine how it would look on a plus size. I'm pretty sure plus sized people would love this feature. The pictures are taken outdoors, which is always more interesting to me. I love nature!
3. He uses a variey of stitches. Nothing boring here.
4. Skill level and finished measurements are stated - a must for most people. Skills are easy, intermediate and experienced.
5. He uses a variety of yarn sizes - # 1 lace wt, # 3 dk and # 4 med worsted.
6. Many stitch charts and diagrams, something readers have come to expect  in a crochet book.

Sleeve Shrug - Isn't this gorgeous?
7. He has come up with some simple designs, but many are more intricate, so you can be challenged if looking to expand your crochet skills. Some designs are closed weave and some open weave, so you have several styles to choose from.
8. Some styles reflect current trends but others are classic shapes that will always be around
9. Sizes small to 5x, which is rare with today's crochet pattern books.
10. There is a conversion table - US and UK terns. He thought of everything!

Split Circle Wrap -  Unique!

11. There are a variety of styles, such as cardigans, shrugs, wraps and pullovers.
12. The reason for the title, Crochet Geometry, is that all the designs are made up of squares, rectangles, circles and half circles.

And now for my favorite designs!

My favorite is the Circle T-Top, shown above. I'm crazy about the Malagribo Sock yarn in this gorgeous color - Tiziano Red, but I love the slit on the sides that the half circles create. Let's face it gals, most of us like a slit to make room for our tush in the back. In fact, I'm kind of the classic pear shape, with a smaller waist, and I have to admit, I put a slit into the sides of almost all of the tops I buy for myself, so they will flatter my figure. I've never liked that squared off look in a top that is boxy - very unflattering. The sleeve length is perfect too. I don't like short sleeves and I don't like long sleeves, because they drive me crazy. My arms are a shorter, petite length, so I make sure all my tops are elbow or 3/4 length, even if I have to cut them off!  I promise you. If I had time to make this top for myself, I'd do it in a heart beat, but who am I kidding? I'm a designer and don't even have time to make my own designs for myself.

Rectangles Top

My other favorites are pictured here, either because I like the texture of the stitches or shape of the garment, not to mention the beautiful colors of the yarn.

I think you would not be disappointed in this book and the beautiful, unique designs. To see all the designs, and many, many more beautiful creations from Shannon go to his Ravelry page here.
To buy this book you can go to Amazon here.

Mainsail Wrap - Nice Texture




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Book Review & Giveaway ~Twinkie Chan's Crocheted Abode A La Mode: 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home~

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hi, everyone!  I'm going off schedule to bust in here and offer up something really special to you!   I am fairly certain you have already heard of Twinkie Chan, but if not, get ready!  She is a fun and inspiring crochet designer, and you're going to have a chance to win a copy of her latest book not only here, but on two other crochet blogs!  


All images in this post are property of Twinkie Chan and are used with permission.

For the uninitiated, Twinkie Chan is a creative mogul with plenty of crochet activities - including a popular blog and YouTube channel, two books, a series on Creative Bug, and collaborations with some of our favorite publications and companies!  Recently, I've seen her lemon stress ball pattern prominently featured to help us weather tax season.  The free pattern was a result of a collab with the Craft Yarn Council. Without a doubt, Twinkie Chan is a crochet powerhouse, and I've been fangirling over her since 2010. 

As I wrote on Crochet Spot, "Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode ~ 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home  is chock-full of joyful, exuberant, delicious, crochet fun."  Paging through the book is like shopping at your favorite, specialty supermarket for all of the best things to eat.  My enthusiasm for this book is BIG, and we're lucky that the publisher is allowing me to give away not one, but three copies!  I'm giving one away here on CGOA Now, and two on other blogs. Read to the bottom for full giveaway details.


If you are like me, you'll want to crochet everything in the book.  The only problem is where to start.  This book will inspire you to dress your home in new and interesting ways using crochet.  I decided to begin with the Allsorts Licorice Afghan.  It's not because I love that candy.  In fact, I don't really like licorice.  It's because I loved the simple, bold, graphic design.  Instead of dropping everything and driving directly to the craft store, I tempered my enthusiasm and shopped my stash.  As is often the case with stash-busting projects, I will need to buy just a few balls of supplemental yarn to round it out, but it has been BIG FUN doing this.  It feels great to crochet Twinkie Chan patterns!


After the afghan is done, I'll do the Cherry Zipper Pulls, followed by the Cherry Pie Seat Cushion & the Carnival Pen Covers to jazz up my office space!  Since a lot of Twinkie's projects use colorwork or don't require much yarn, they are a great way to use up oddments. You can browse all the patterns in the book on Ravelry.


The best way to experience this book is in person, so please enter to win not only here on CGOA Now, but also on Art, Like Bread and Crochet Spot.

I am running each giveaway until May 30 so that there is plenty of time to enter. To enter here, please use the giveaway widget. To enter elsewhere, visit the blog, search "Twinkie Chan" and follow instructions on the correct post.


If you want to get started crocheting your fun foodstuffs now and simply can not wait, just visit Twinkie's website for any of her scrumptious free patterns. Other Twinkie linkies are: Her active Ravelry group, her blog, her YouTube channel, and her clothing line.

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget above. 


This crochet is full of flavor, so let's keep the conversation going.  Have you ever crocheted food-themed items?  Which patterns make your mouth water?  Please leave a comment here on the blog, and let's connect on social media!  I can be found on facebooktwitterPinterestInstagramTumblrGoogle+,  and YouTube.  Join my monthly newsletter about crafts, crochet, and education. 
 
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