June 2012 Newsletter By Dora Ohrenstein

June 2012 Newsletter

By Dora Ohrenstein

Hello friends and fans!  It's been a while since my last communication, but I've been busy. Here are some of my most recently published designs. Kerala Tunic, is on the cover of Crochet Today! Another is in the spectacular Vogue Knitting Crochet magazine, it's called Lacy Tunic. The current issue of Interweave Crochet includes my design for a Traditional Oya Lariat, based on one I purchased in Istanbul last summer.  There's also an article I wrote about crochet in Turkey, where the needle arts have a very rich tradition.

This week we are celebrating a new book by Interweave: Unexpected Afghans. Wow, there are some really gorgeous projects in here, and Interweave has done its usual fab job with photos.  The book is authored by the wonderful designer and technical wiz, Robyn Chachula, and has designs by a slew of great designers, including Marly Bird, Simone Merchant-Dest, Annie Modesitt, Linda Permann and several more.  My project is a Tunisian sampler that has some very nifty stitches in it.

Would you like a PDF of this book, for FREE?  I'll be giving one away. To enter to win, just leave a comment responding to this newsletter at (click the link at the very bottom of this page).

I've also been blogging at Jimmy Beans Wool blog, where we have our very own Crochet Corner!  If you're interested, you can find entries on a variety of topics, most recently

Etsy is Inspirational!

with some photos of beautiful work: like the one on this page by lilithist.

Your comments on these posts helps the folks at Jimmy Beans gauge your interest in crochet, so please, if you have something to say, don't hesitate!  

Further down on the same page is my post on How to Succesfully Substitute Yarn.  Always a tricky issue, and I hope this post provides useful guidance.  My earlier posts (there are 5 thus far) can be found by clicking Older Posts at the bottom of the page. I will continue posting at Jimmy Beans Wool blog every other Friday.  If there are things you'd like me to cover please let me know.

As I write this, I am taking a vacation from New York City life in Northern California: at bottom is a photo of what's right down the road from where I'm staying in Mendocino County (if you view this page at, the photo will be larger).  As I type, there is a doe and her adorable spotted baby munching on the grass right outside the window  -- unfortunately,  if I attempt a photo they will certainly run off, but you get the picture, right?  

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