Friday
Apr072017

A Garden of Shawls, by Karen Whooley

 

I am so happy to introduce Karen's new book to you:  A Garden of Shawls! This is Karen Whooley's first indy-published book under "Occhi Blu Press", and is filled with delightful shawls to crochet. 

 

Like this beautiful shawl named "Breeze," all of these designs are very approachable for all crocheters, even for beginners! Karen also includes very clear stitch diagrams to hellp you through edgings as pictured above, so there is no doubt as to where to crochet your next stitch. I also like the clear and easy to read print of the directions.

 

The names of these designs, including the above "Enchantment" shawl, were inspired by Karen's love of Italian lace, as well as the simple pleasure of walking in a garden. How fitting for the photography to reflect just that!

 

 

Of course you can't have a garden without the sun, hence "Solar" shawl...

 

As I peruse this book, I am so thankful for the picture style table of contents at the front which makes finding the designs so quick and easy!  This shawl is called "Briar," which isn't prickly at all, especially when worked using an elegant lace-weight yarn. 

 

Foliole, crocheted in an early spring green, has a lovely leaf-like texture, and a beautiful edging...

 

 

One thing I absolutely LOVE about most of these shawls, is that they can also be worn as scarves! The scarf/shawl above is called "Incipient."

 

I really love the look of "Ecliptic", and find my self hard-pressed to pick out my favorite design from this book, especially since they all have such unique features.

 

But since I enjoy adventure with my crochet hook, I think I will start with "Palisade". Just the name alone reminds me of my family travels in Rome, plus I would be learning a new crochet technique with the fence-like edging.

There are 4 more beautiful shawl designs in this book to enjoy. You can purchase a copy of Karen's book from Amazon here. It is available as a book or as an e-book.

I will be giving one e-book copy away (courtesy of Karen Whooley)! To be entered, just send an e-mail to bonniebay@me.com and simply say "ENTER ME!"  I will post the winner of this e-book tomorrow, April 8th. 

Tuesday
Mar282017

Introducing: TEXTURED SUPER SCARVES!

I'm so happy to introduce this new little leaflet of 4 new Textured Super Scarves! This will soon be available from Leisure Arts for only $3.99! You can also preorder this from Amazon here. These were so easy and fun to design and crochet, and I think you will find them easy too. 


Cascading Lace has three-dimensional texture trimmed with traditional, lacy pineapples. Wear it out while on the town, or as a casual elegance with jeans. Either way you will look lovely!

 

This super scarf in shades of brown was inspired by a dear crocheter friend who had made one of my poncho designs using these colors.  I was so struck by this combination that I had to give it a try in a super scarf! This texture is so easy and the pattern moves along very quickly!


 

This self-striping yarn was the inspiration for this scarf.  The long repeats makes this scarf look as if you changed the yarn for each row, but don't worry - you won't have to do that at all with the Puzzle Yarn by Premier.  This scarf also crochets up very quickly, and the bobbles are fun to make!

 

 

 

This is the most challenging pattern in the leaflet, but also my favorite! I originally designed the raised maple leaf motif for a charity blanket for a Canadian friend. The leaf is subtle, but I love the way the Lion Brand Scarfie yarn reminds me of the changing color of the leaf in the fall. I thought often of all you wonderful Canadian neighbors while making this scarf. I hope you will enjoy giving this one a try!

Tuesday
Mar212017

HAVE CROCHET BOOKS...WILL TRAVEL!!


During my family's spring break get together this past week, I have the pleasure of hanging out with the wonderful ladies at the Knit N Purl in Myrtle Beach, SC! For 2 afternoons, I was able to enjoy their 9th anniversary celebration combined with St. Patrick's Day and a Celtic Cable Crochet book signing and stitch demonstration. Here are some photos from this fun time...


Visiting with my friend I met last summer at CGOA, Marie Proudfoot. 

 

As you can see, the shop was really hopping! This was on Friday and many came by to help celebrate the 9th year of the Knit N Purl...

 

This is Ingrid (of Ingrid Knits), but she is also the crochet teacher at this store. I also met her for the first time at last summer's CGOA conference in Charleston, SC. It was a joy to visit her and talk about all things crochet! 

  

Here are the movers and shakers who work hard to make Knit N Purl a great store! It's not always a given to find a knit store that is friendly to crochet, but this store is welcoming in every way!! I can't recommend it enough!

If you would like to host yours truly for a book signing and/or a special class & stitch demonstration in your area, or know a store that is interested, please contact me at bonniebay@me.com or through this website under "contact".


Friday
Mar172017

Welcome blog tour...and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I want to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day as we continue to celebrate National Crochet Month!! Special thanks to Donna Hulka and Amy Shelton of Crochetville for another wonderful year all things crochet.


To help celebrate, I have released a new free instructional tutorial on the Crocheted Cabled Cowl. The free pattern (courtest of Cascade Yarns) is also free and can be downloaded here. If you like the instruction in this video, please consider subscribing to my Bonnie Bay Crochet channel! I promise that WEDNESDAYS will be WONDERFUL as this is the day I will be adding new content to my channel. You will find small projects (cabled headband, watchband, etc.) as well as large (Aran Hearts Throw), and many more!

 


I am also giving away a copy of my latest book, Celtic Cable Crochet (interweave Press)! To enter, send me a short message to bonniebay@me.com telling me what you love most about crochet. I will chose one winner at random and post to my Bonnie Bay Crochet Facebook page on Saturday morning. Happy crocheting!

 

Update:  We have a winner!  Congratulations to Frances Feek, who is the winner of a free copy of Celtic Cable Crochet!  Thanks to all who participated and sent in such thoughtful, wonderful reasons why you love crochet.


Monday
Mar062017

2017 National Crochet Month Blog Tour Underway!

Thanks to Amy Sheldon and Donna Hulka of Crochetville, the 2017 National Crochet Month Blog Tour is running! Those of you who follow me on Facebook have hopefully already enjoyed some of the many offerings provided by Crochetville. Each day in the month of March you will be able to meet and learn about a new designer (or two or three!), enjoy a new pattern for free or a reduced discount, and put your name in the hat for a giveaway! If you check in with Crochetville at this link, you won't miss a thing! Feel free to check evey day in the month of March.

Please be sure to check in with this blog page (here at BonnieBayCrochet.com) on March 17th for a little something that I will be releasing. I may even be giving a book or two away...you never know!

You can follow me on Facebook for the day to day blog tour as well.  I will be posting a couple of highlights every day of the tour (except for Sundays....that's my day to worship God and rest).