I was looking at my bookmarks for crocheted basket patterns when I came across the "Trio of Grande Baskets" patterns by Eye Love Knots. I thought to myself, that would make a great blog but I'm sure I've already highlighted Alexandra Richards. To my shock (and a little bit of horror if I'm honest) I had NOT covered Eye Love Knots for my blog... WHAT? Of course today I will attempt rectify that oversight.
Speaking of sight Alexandra Richards has a very specific reason for naming her blog/business Eye Love Knots and it's important. I'll quote from the Eye Love Knots Ravelry page introduction:
"I chose the name Eye Love Knots in honor of the Burckhalter/Lindhorn family (my very close cousins). Our family has been affected by Retinoblastoma, a cancer of one or both eyes which occurs in young children. There are approximately 350 new diagnosed cases per year in the US and affect about one in every 15,000 births. Although children may be born with retinoblastoma, it is rarely diagnosed at birth. As a rapidly growing cancer, studies of the bones, bone marrow and spinal fluid are also performed upon discovery. If the tumor is contained within the eye, more than 95% of patients can be cured. For those children with tumors in both eyes, close to 70-80% of the eyes can be saved, although many of them need radiation therapy, or possibly even chemotherapy.
Fifteen percent of every purchase made from me will be donated to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases. Donations go to the National Retinoblastoma Research and Support Foundation headed by Dr. Timothy Murray
If you aren’t in need of any of my handmade treasures but would like to make a donation today, please email me so I can set this up for you."
In a way this blog will be both an indie designer blog but will also be a blog supporting Alexandra Richard's work with the National Retinoblastoma Research and Support Foundation.
Alexandra Richards has been crocheting for 4 years give or take. However, as a multi-crafter she's been playing with yarn for about 10 years! Starting out with plastic canvas she progressed in her art until now she's been published several times in "Happily Hooked" Magazine. (congrats!) Her designs are full of "life" if I may use that more antiquated term. They are timeless and practical but with a sense of enthusiasm. That being said, let's get right into looking at some selections of her patterns because there is something for everyone. (I still can't believe I didn't cover her work on my blog before!)
We all like to think of home as a place where we create our own style. However, most of the time crocheters are creating pieces for someone else. Alexandra Richards offers the kind of patterns that will be at the top of your "go to" favorites list!
Now winter, in my opinion, has been giving the Northern Adirondack Region a hard time. Apparently temperatures are to dip back down into the 30 degree mark again tonight (as of the date of the writing of this blog post). So now what's a crocheter to do if the temperatures just won't leave off? Make lightweight hats, scarves and shawls, is my reply.
I am always looking for great small gifts for Operation Christmas child or to give to local charities like homeless shelters, group homes and battered spouse shelters. Alexandra Richards has designed several items that would be perfect for those projects!
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