Hello all you crochet maniacs out there!
Hope everyone is having a great summer! I have a few fun things to share, starting with my newest published design, Little Red Fingerless Gloves. These are available for purchase at Jimmy Beans Wool and are part of Jimmy Beans' Stitch Red campaign. Half of my proceeds for this design will go to support research in women's heart disease. The pattern is particularly recommended for those who want to do some pretty lace work with only a couple hundred yards of yarn. The original is worked in Madeline Tosh Lace, a divine yarn, and there's lots left over for another project.
Also published this month are my first two designs for Tahki Stacey Charles, one of the most AWESOME yarn companies around. They have been supporting crochet for years, have a huge selection of great yarns, and beautiful, stylish patterns.
Two new books have come my way that I recommend highly: one is Sharon Silverman's latest book, Crochet Scarves, published by Stackpole Books. As usual, Sharon's great sense of style is on display, and she has included a great variety of techniques, yarns, and levels of difficulty. There's a Tunisian cabled scarf, several lovely lace ones, Broomstick lace, more Tunisian crochet, twenty-one scarves in all. Big photos show all the steps involved, making it a terrific learning tool as well. Crocheters who want to up their stitching skills while working on very useful projects that are great for family and gifts -- grab this one and have some fun.
The other book, by Potter Craft, is called "Handmade to Sell." Written by Kelly Rand with 3 additional authors, all of whom are heavily involved in the handmade industry, it is a very informative book. Essentially it's a broad overview of the multifaceted tasks, skills and knowledge one needs to succeed: pricing, marketing, places to sell, publicity, taxes, and much more. I have no doubt that anyone seriously interested in selling handmade will gain much from reading it. For example, one page had a simple formula for calculating how many items you need to sell to make a profit. When I did the math based on my designing, I learned that I have to make 90 designs in a year to make a profit - no wonder I'm not rich yet! The graphics have a folksy playfulness that I love. So many disposable books being published these days, but this one is a real keeper.
We're giving one copy of Sharon Silverman's Crochet Scarves to a poster, so please post your comments to win! See more or comment at CrochetInsider.com