Well you can blame the "Call the Midwife Inspired Blanket". I had some perfect yarn for this project and needed a pattern written in modern English which then led me to JonnaMartinez.com! I found a website with plenty of pictures, patterns and videos. With the first post to this blog in November of 2015 this blog has had a professional polish since day one.
Jonna Martinez is a "Raveler", has accounts on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, and an Etsy shop. (Etsy is a dangerous place for yours truly) The links for these pages can be found here: www.etsy.com/shop/sienasmainedesign?section_id=14597458 Designers who remain independent and true to their love for their art are an inspiration to me. Jonna Martinez is no different! Living in Maine, USA, Jonna Martinez is a busy mom of two boys. She also cares for 2 horses and 2 cats according to her profile on Ravelry.
Some designers specialize in certain types of projects or stitches. They become the "go-to" experts. Jonna Martinez is what I would call my "go-to" expert on the "Virus Stitch" (I understand her instructions and with pictures it's even easier!). I LOVE this stitch but I do not follow crochet charts well. I do not know why I have such a hard time with crochet charts but I've never quite gotten the knack of using them. However, Jonna Martinez solves that whole problem with video tutorials, picture tutorials and easy to follow instructions. She's designed tutorials for ponchos, and 2 differently shaped blankets, you can find the patterns listed here. The second pattern I'd consider my "go-to" pattern is the stunning "Beautiful Shells Blanket". Amazing. You can find YouTube videos for the blanket in two colors, and a rectangular shaped blanket. Now credit where credit is due, Jonna Martinez made the YouTube videos based on MyPicot's quilt pattern and this pattern from Miranda Baak. However, Jonna Martinez' "Beautiful Shells in One Color" is so lovely because it focuses the eye on the stitch pattern itself.
Recently jonnamartinez.com has showcased some really beautiful accessories for the cold weather. Even though Spring is coming to a lot of the USA, there's plenty of winter chill to be had so the Seashell Crochet Infinity Scarf, Cowl, Ear-Warmer and Hat will be very welcome gifts or charity donations! For more accessories and photo props be sure to check out Jonna Martinez' Ravelry page where you will also find the patterns for both ponchos made with the "Virus Stitch". My favorite poncho is the "Virus Stitch/Two Corner" found on Ravelry, and on jonnamartinez.com.
Being a Facebook-er myself, I'll be following Jonna Martinez here. However do not forget to check out Jonna's other pages and her blog. Even though it has only been around about the same length of time as my own blog, you'll find plenty to keep you busy! Thank you for reading today and if you stop buy and of Jonna Martinez' pages be sure to thank her for her hard work.
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