My Newest Leaflet "Bags and Backpacks" is here!


After many months of waiting, I can finally share with you some really fun and quick designs to finish out the summer! The leaflet Bags and Backpacks is published by Leisure Arts and is soon to be available in craft stores and on-line. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon here. Included is eight new designs: totes, technology covers, 2 backpacks and a Celtic cabled messenger bag. Several are made using 100% cotton yarn.

One of the backpacks features a stitch that I an really excited about: broomstick in the round with BEADS! You can watch free instructional Youtube videos to help with this leaflet including this technique here. Or, you can find the video you need to help you with any of the stitches that may seem challenging on this site (in alphabetical order) under "videos".



Here are some more photos of the designs...


Technology covers can be sized to fit your device...





This is one of my personal favorites...a backpack trimmed in jeweled beads!  I used paracord for the straps and love the way it turned out.  You can vary the color of paracord to contrast with the color of the bag.



The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Conference 2015

Greetings from the TNNA Conference in Columbus, Ohio!  This is the first time I've attended this trade show and with the help of my daughter Becky and my newly graduated son Joseph, we are learning a lot and having fun along the way.  I want to share some of our day with you...

While visiting with Mrs. Chester (of Cestari Yarns) today, we found out that this lovely lady met all of the members of the Beatles when they were on tour in NY many years ago!  


A tee pee made of yarn anyone???  What a fun idea for a play fort or a mommy escape!


Some of the books published by my publisher, F + W Media/Interweave...


At today's book signing...


It was so much fun meeting people at the F + W Media/Interweave booth today!


And for the record, we found WALDO!


No trip to Ohio would be complete in our family without some Cincinnati chili!  This was Joseph & Becky's first time to visit Skyline Chili.


A "Three-Way" spaghetti, and a "Coney" hotdog.  Mmmm...


 Yes, these were delicious!  


The 2015 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

The weather was glorious for the 2015 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival today! This is my second year of attending this event in our home state, and it did not disappoint. After a lovely drive through the beautiful countryside, all of our senses were treated to all the amazing colors and textures that could be viewed, touched, and purchased! I even attended a sheep auction, but to my husband's delight, I did not try to bring one of these woolly creatures least not this time.  (I really want a couple of alpacas instead!)


Wool in any stage - from a freshly sheared flee, to yarn all ready for your hook - were available for sale at the festival...


Both of these sheep won champion ribbons!


Glass crochet hooks anyone? (Yes, that number is the price in US dollars.) And no, with the rate at which I routinely loose hooks, I refrained from investing, although it is free to admire...


Here are the more "economically" priced versions...


A pretty lady selling pretty buttons...  These are handmade porcelain buttons by Melissa Jean.  You can find her wares here.


And even MORE lovely fibers...  Yes, it was hard to resist, but I stayed within my budget today!


This gentleman is always sporting the most amazing hand knit socks! He also sells double-pedaled spinning wheels. 


A look at the huge crowd in attendance today...


My sweet neighbor and friend Terri and me...



National Crochet Month Blog Tour: Book Giveaway!

Happy St. Patrick's Day and welcome to my crochet corner of the world!  To continue our celebration of National Crochet Month, I want to give away a signed copy of my new book, Contemporary Celtic Crochet.  To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is either comment on my Bonnie Bay Crochet Facebook page or send me an e-mail at and tell me which projects you like to crochet the most!  I will draw one name at random and will post the winner on March 18. PLEASE be sure to check my facebook page tomorrow for the winner!  If you contact me via e-mail, I will contact you directly if you are our winner.

I also wanted to remind you of our charity for the tour this year:  Halos of Hope. This organization seeks to bless cancer surviors by providing stylish hats & caps. Should you feel inclided to help in this way, I encourage you to learn more at the link provided.

Should you be interested in taking your crochet to the next level, I also encourage you to join the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA).  You can learn more here.  

Just for fun, here is my most recent video on my Bonnie Bay Crochet Youtube channel:  Bonnie's Basket Check!  Want to stay up to date will all my new videos? Just subscribe to my channel and you won't miss anything!  Happy crocheting!


March is National Crochet Month!  

Well, looks like I'm just a tad bit late on posting this.  Seems the month of March snuck up on me this year! I'm happy to say that I will be participating in Crochetville's Crochet Designer Blog Tour once again.  Click here for the list of designers and the day that they will be featured.  If you want a day by day reminder, just like my Bonnie Bay Crochet Facebook page where I will be posting daily links for you!  Click here if you want to check in with the page for their frequent give-aways!

My day will be on March 17th, so be sure to visit my Bonnie Bay Crochet Facebook page that day for a very special give away and perhaps some other goodies!

Come on spring!!!