Grandmother's birthday also happens to be I Love Yarn Day. When I was a little girl, my Grandmother, Iola Foreman, taught me to crochet a little chain and also taught me finger crochet. She was very patient with everyone and very gracious. My gram passed away when I was still a child but her legacy lives on. Therefore, today, I thought it would be appropriate to write about a fantastic crochet artist in honor of my Grandmother. She surely would have appreciated the resurgence of crochet and all the variants of yarn.
Iola and Floyd Foreman
Crochet has come a long way and at the same time remained very much the same. In the latest revival of the fine art of Crochet, artists have found great ways to integrate the new yarns to make traditional stitches look brand new. These styles will be appreciated for years to come. Stephanie, designer at Stitch Me In has a wonderful collection of classic lines, fresh designs, and wonderful yarn combinations. Fabulous!
On I love yarn day, I bought yarn, because what else would I do? I was cruising through the latest designs on Ravelry when up popped this fabulous baby blanket. I simply could not take my eyes off of the color combination and stitches. I clicked the link to the "Micah's Ladder Baby Blanket" immediately, to find a wealth of wonder designed by Stephanie. :) Aren't the color combinations in the Micah's Ladder blanket cool? Stephanie has a great eye for color and texture.
In honor of my Gram, there are a few designs on Stitch Me In I wanted to highlight that feature the combination of both sewing and crocheting. The days of the Great Depression and World War II taught people to use everything at their disposal. My family had a few pieces in which left over fabric was combined with knitting or crocheting to create home decor or blankets. I have a couple of small pieces using small sections of wool blanket as batting for a child's quilt. Stephanie combines the art of sewing with the art of crochet in both My First Crochet Quilt and the Crochet Joined Quilt With A Granny Edge. I love this vintage look and the modern color/fabric combinations are practically endless.
The fact is on this day when yarnnies appreciate our yarn stash, I confess, I have way too much yarn in children's or baby colors. LOL I know y'all are shocked. However, when I looked through the patterns at Stitch Me In I could see how all that yarn could be easily used up. (It would help if I had more hours in the day!) Along with Micah's Ladder Baby Blanket there is Piper's First Steps Baby Blanket to commemorate her niece's first steps (very cute idea). Piper is a very lucky little girl :) The combination of stitches and colors in Piper's blanket are fantastic AND if you are a little unsure of how to create the mesh look featured in the pattern there is a tutorial! YAY! Another pattern that has a bit of a vintage flare is Evie's Lapghan using Stephanie's, Penny's Willow Square pattern. The colors in Evie's Lapghan are beautiful! Stephanie chose perfect color combinations to create this lapghan for her own grandmother! There is a tutorial on the joining method Stephanie used to connect all the squares together. (Thank you!) I could see this in a little girl's room as the colors are muted and would go with just about any room decor. Kids love having their own grown-up blanket.
It's that time of year when a lot of us are taking stock of what Fall/winter clothes we might need or thinking about holiday gifts. (Of course our favorite charities will be looking for warm clothing donations especially with all of the natural disasters the USA has faced in just a few short months) Stitch Me In has created designs for both men and women. You know how hard it is to find good designs for men! You know you cannot go wrong with a good Basic Beanie/hat/toque. Stephanie has created different styles and sizes out of one basic hat. Cool! In late Fall my husband wears a nice, not frilly, scarf with his school coat. I know the travails of trying to create a scarf that was just right. Apparently Stephanie went through the same thing and it inspired her to create a pattern for a Men's Color Block Scarf. She liked the Men's Color Block Scarf so much she created a lovely version for herself, the Autumn Glory Circle Scarf . Both scarves would be perfect as gifts or for donation. If you are more the triangle scarf/shawl person, check out Kitty's Something New Scarf/Shawl, for sale on Ravelry. Stephanie sent her pattern out for testing and then displayed all the variations of the shawl on her website.
Stephanie's webpage has a lot of great ideas and designs I did not share in today's blog so click the links and check those out for yourself! Stitch Me In has a Facebook page which is updated with the latest and greatest designs from the hook of Stephanie. Please don't forget to say thank you for all the great work and free patterns! ;) Thank you for stopping by today and reading the blog. It is appreciated more than you know!
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