Friday, April 14, 2017

Turning Toward Happiness

I cannot believe it is already mid-April. Where, o where, has the time flown?

I am, however, really pleased that we are just about six short weeks away from the #happinessmakealong2017 - you know, the world-wide making event associated with the Progress, Hope and Happiness Summer Collection that I have been curating/organizing. All of the designers finally have received their yarn (our designer located on the Asian sub-continent was the last to receive her yarn, but it has finally made the long, successful trek to her).

As you will see below, I am working with some wonderfully dyed, original-to-this-collection colorways. Two from a U.S.-based dyer, A Hundred Ravens (which I blogged about here), and a third from an indie dyer in Switzerland, Mulberry Cottage Yarns. I think Franzi did a fantastic job, and on two bases, this vivid, summery blue, entitled "naiads," pops with hints of green. I will let Franzi tell you about the colorway in her own words, from her original colorway submission: "The blue ... is named after a group of water(well) nymphs and is mostly turquoise with specks of yellow-green and some more blueish parts - like a deep, clear pool with some waterplants in it." 

While the collection's release will officially kick off June 1st (and definitely look for more information on that in about a month), the 8 brand new colorways will be available for worldwide purchase by mid-May, so that makers wanting to use them during the along will have time to receive their yarny packages in time for the collection's release. If you are curious about the remaining colorways, as well as sneak peeks of some of the designs in process, definitely check out the hashtag #happinessmakealong2017 on Instagram and Facebook. Don't be shy about reposting any of the colorways and designs that are striking your fancy. The participating dyers and designers will be so thrilled you showed them some reposting love. Independent artists and designers all put their respective heart and soul into their creations (myself very much included!), so receiving positive feedback, in whatever form, really means a lot.

For myself, it is more than merely positive design feedback. Everyone's willingness to participate in the making of this collection and event is a turn toward happiness, and cultural and social expansion. It absolutely takes effort and dedication to willingly seek out worldwide artistic and maker connections - but I think it is more than worth it. Thus far, the dyers and designers have been engaged behind the scenes, working with a lot of mindfulness to create something of which we can all be proud. My heart just swells with the knowledge of this combined effort. Of course, great color and summer design thrown into the mix also doesn't hurt. 

I hope everyone will join us on June 1st. The worldwide maker along (being hosted on Ravelry) will last for six weeks, and you know there will be prizes, surprises, and loads of maker community across many continents and both hemispheres. I pinch myself just thinking about all the awesome possibility.

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Wee Crochet Tour Stop

It is coming to the end of National Crochet month, and today I am one of the featured designers over at Crochetville. Big thanks to Amy and Donna for coordinating this month-long crochet party for the fifth consecutive year.

I thought I would take this time during NatCroMo to self-release a spring-into-summer poncho design that was initially published by a third party e-zine last August.

I am totally thrilled to share with you my 
Seasonal Mist Poncho. Worked in Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s Rustic Fingering, just two skeins is all it takes to make this lovely adjustable-sized poncho. Not only does this design celebrate two of my favorite crochet techniques: lace and tunisian ribbing, but the construction is easy yet fun.

Also, don't ever let it rain on your photography parade. It rains a lot here in spring, so waiting for sun could be a futile effort. Instead, we leaned into the rain, used an umbrella, and got some awesome shots. Take that, Mother Nature.

To celebrate NatCroMo, The Seasonal Mist Poncho will be 50% off the regular price of $5.00 between now and the end of the month. Feel free to drop it into your Ravelry shopping cart, and the discount will be automatic - no coupon code required.

Also, make certain to check out Crochetville's daily give-away today, since yours truly is sponsoring it!