Interweave Crochet Summer 09

By now, most of you have probably seen the preview of Interweave Crochet Summer. I got my copy in the mail a few days ago as well. It has a very feminine and romantic feeling this time, which I thought was nice for summer.

Of course, my stuff did not fit in that box at all. I was totally channeling big, bold, and loud for summer. Not that there is anything wrong with romantic, I just was on a different wave length completely. (Not too surprising, since I always feel like that nowadays)

My two projects in the issue are the Aragon Tunic and Island Earrings and Necklace.

The Aragon Tunic was a mix of inspiration. I love my Dream Motif Tunic so much, I wanted to create another top with that easy wearabilty and "grab'm" look. While swatching, I had been listening to the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series (recommended by Annie- thank you!). I love the main characters look at traditionally built women (hallelujah!) and totally used that out and proud spirit in the design. My cousin, Rebecca, helped me crochet the top by crocheting all the fuchsia body, then I crocheted the edging. I did this mainly b/c I really was not sure what edging I wanted. My gut always goes to straight lines, but I just didn't think that would be right for Mma Ramotswe (that's the main character). So I jazzed it up a bit, and just fell in love. The top is made with Cotton Fleece, but you in no way have to use that for yours. It would hang and flow great in any bamboo or soy blend too. (oh and the button on the belt band, totally should stay offset. I think it just looks funny centered on that poor model. Now don't I sound all bossy- guess I am really a designer afterall?) Here was the sneak preview. And Here are more of my photos.

The Island Necklace and Earring (Or Cavtat- as I called them originally) were totally taken from a necklace that I really wanted, but at 200$ was way out of my league for jewelry. So as usual, I crocheted one instead, with the same big and loud motifs. The necklace and earrings are really lightweight, so it makes for easy wearing in the summer. They are all joined by jump rings, mainly b/c I was lazy after I crocheted all the beads and motifs and just wanted it together fast. I like the way it turned out with the jump rings, so three cheers for being lazy! Here was the sneak preview, and here are more of my photos.

Hope you enjoy the issue and are enjoying crocheting pool/lakeside this summer!


caroline said...

Got my issue a few days ago and, as usual, your designs are two of my faves. I'm planning on making the necklace ASAP. The tunic will have to wait for now; I've got a backlog of projects at the moment! (Tiny projects; several of my friends find themselves in the same condition as you!:-))

Great work as usual.

Jennie C said...
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Jennie C said...

You're totally right about that button. What were they thinking?

BFromM said...

The first thing I do now when I get a crochet magazine is look for your designs! I love the necklace. It's in one of my favorite color combinations. Strangely, I'm having problems find stores that have crochet thread in interesting colors, let alone the 4 colors for the necklace. I've managed to find an acceptable royal blue and a green. It seems silly to mail order $5 worth of crochet thread, so I think I'm going to try a needlepoint store, and get a spool of pearl cotton.