I have wanted to write about Elizabeth Mareno for quite a long time. I put it off because Bizzy Crochet has been in business since 2005 and in all these years Elizabeth Mareno has created many fabulous patterns. With 99 patterns on Ravelry, a blog, 2 groups and a business page on Facebook, a group on Ravelry, and top blogger credits on Allfreecrochet and Allfreecrochetafghanpatterns, plus her role as a wife and mom, the task of writing a blog about Bizzy Crochet seemed a bit daunting. However, I thought Elizabeth Mareno is a star designer for a reason, I thought it would be a good idea for me to familiarize myself with her work and to share it.
I don't write reviews as much as highlight blogs. I write about the aspects of crocheting and knitting with which I am most comfortable. Then I write about what grabbed my attention. I don't suggest any changes to the subjects of my blog, or do a "this vs. that". I feel like I am taking time to write to friends about why a certain designer is so fabulous. With Bizzy Crochet not only are many of her designs amazing (!), but we share a like, precious, faith. I'll have to work to keep the writing from becoming overwhelming.
Bizzy Crochet's, Elizabeth Mareno creates toys, dolls, and doll clothes. Those are not my area of expertise. I leave that to the beautiful and talented T.k. Wilson of Laterose Doll clothes and Doll Repair Abby.
The other day I was checking out some of the crochet-a-longs (CAL) on my friends were "buzzing" about when the Bizzy Crochet "Mermaid CAL", I sat there in stunned silence. WOW! Gorgeous blanket... well actually this CAL focuses on TWO blankets, "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl" If you are crocheting along with the group I read that there's a surprise involved. If you are not a Facebooker you can join the Bizzy Crochet group on Ravelry. Both blankets are simply breathtaking in my opinion. I wish I could just totally clear my schedule of everything and "immerse" myself in the Mermaid CAL... alas I cannot. If you are like me, and cannot join the CAL the patterns are available for purchase on Ravelry. Check out the details and close up photos on Bizzy's blog. Fabulous!
If you are looking for visually stunning blankets, look no further than Bizzy Crochet. (I do love making blankets that capture the attention) Elizabeth Mareno harnesses the genius of color and stitch choices blended to make people stop in their tracks! Of course then there's the problem of which to share?!
Bizzy Crochet is so much more than blankets so I'll force myself to move on :) Bizzy lives in Pensacola Florida so there may not be as much call for winter gear as there... still is... here in very Northern NY. (currently 28 degrees with freezing rain) Mercifully Bizzy doesn't leave us out in the cold. There are some super cute patterns in both knit and crochet to gift or keep!
All of you who read the blog regularly know I assist with a charity called Bangwe Babies Mission. Our job in the USA is to create baby clothes for the little ones born at the Bangwe Maternity hospital in Bangwe, Blantyre District, Malawi. (there are teams in the UK, Republic of South Africa, Malawi and our US and Canadian members joined forces :)) It's been a great joy. We just shipped our second box of handmades to Bangwe. Of course I am always on the hunt for great patterns to share with our volunteers. Elizabeth Mareno has made some perfect patterns available:
Elizabeth Mareno has a lot more to offer. I could not fit everything into one blog post if I tried hard :) She's very, very talented. (and has a great sense of humor) I hope everyone reading this today will take the time to visit Bizzy Crochet on Facebook, Ravelry, Issuu, and of course her blog and thank Elizabeth Mareno for her great work!
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.