Northern Harbor Tank

Read a behind the scenes look at the Northern Harbor Tank on designer, Jennifer Pionk’s blog!.


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Annie’s Summer Love is HERE!

The much anticipated Summer Love collection is now available!

Find the whole crochet and knit collection HERE.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of my favorite crochet patterns in the collection. See if you can find it in the look book

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And here’s the link to the lookbook where you can do your “Where’s the pink flower seek and find”.

Which pattern do you want to make first?



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My New Intern?

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I have a new helper at my Crochet! home office. This is Theo.  Can you guess what yarn he is cuddling with? You will see it in an upcoming issue of Crochet!

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Stitch Away Stress!


That’s the message the Craft Yarn Council wants to share in recognition of National Stress Awareness Month which is observed during the month of April.

With so much information and research on the health and stress relieving effects of crochet and knitting, the Craft Yarn Council is doing their part to get the message out! Check out their Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages throughout April to find fun and unique ways to #StitchAwayStress. You may also want to share how you use these crafts to feel your best. Or unwind by stitching and squeezing away stress with an adorable Lemon Stress Ball pattern from creative genius Twinkie Chan.

Here are other important Stitch Away Stress dates and details

April 1 – SAS Launch: The CYC will launch its second annual Stitch Away Stress social media campaign and Social Media Lemon Drop on Facebook and Instagram inspiring people to “make lemons into lemonade.”

April 1-30 – Social Media Lemon Drop: The CYC invites you to make a lemon stress ball and “drop it” to someone who may be stressed out or could use a dose of sunshine and a smile throughout the month or on one of the most stressful days of the year, Tax Day, April 18th!

Here’s how you can participate:

MAKE IT   Download the crochet or knit version of the “when life gives you lemons” lemon stress ball pattern. Attach a tag to the lemon with a note that states why you crochet, or how it makes you feel, why you picked up the craft, or just a happy word or two that will brighten the someone’s day.

SNAP a photo of your completed lemon with tag. Or take a selfie while you’re crocheting, or “dropping it” to the recipient.

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DROP your completed lemon stress ball off to someone who may be stressed out or might need their day brightened; think co-worker, boss, child’s teacher or principal, friend, family member, doctor.

POST your selfie or photo on social media along with the hashtags #stitchawaystress and #CYClemondrop. You can also share what you wrote on your tag in the post, or another inspiring message in order to spread the joy and inform others about the stress-reducing benefits of knitting and crochet.

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And don’t miss the fun on April 18! Look for the CYC on the Today Show in NYC and share the news about the CYC being at the Today Show and handing out 2,000+ lemon stress balls at the Penn Station Post Office to help de-stress taxpayers on one of the most stressful days of the year, Tax Day!

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It’s Crochet A Long Time!


Designer, Kathy Lashley is leading a Crochet-A-Long (CAL) of her lovely Tori Crescent Shawl! Get all the details on her blog, HERE. The CAL will be held for free on her Ravelry page.

Get the pattern in the new summer issue of Crochet! Subscribe or purchase the download HERE.  The summer issue is on newsstands next week, look for this cover:


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National Crochet Month

Did you know that March is National Crochet Month? There is a HUGE blog tour going on!  Please check out my personal blog today for my stop on the tour. Check out Crochetville as they are hosting the whole tour with all the details on all the stops!


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PowerPurls Podcast and GIVEAWAY!

Don’t you love podcasts? And podcasts about our favorite hobbies are the best because you can stitch away while listening! It’s very efficient crafting!

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Kara Gott Warner, editor of Creative Knitting, interviewed me recently for the Power Purls Podcast. We talked about many great things including some TRENDS that I see happening in crochet.

Here are some highlights:  Ellen’s eureka moment that led to a crochet design career.

  • Lesson learned- don’t go against your grain.
  • How a $100 investment turned into the beginning of her designing career.
  • The pay off of persistence– 1 year and 100 designs later led to a big payoff. Persistence is everything!
  • Why it’s important to study pattern books and magazines of publishers you want to work with.
  • Keep going until you get a YES.
  • A look behind-the-scenes at the fast and furious pace of the Annie’s PBS television series, Knit and Crochet Now!
  • Ellen shares the details about her “bridge from knit to crochet” scarflette design in Creative Knitting magazine.
  • Why Ellen considers herself more of a curator rather than editor.
  • Instead of finding work/life balance, Ellen refers to this as “taking turns.”

Click here for the interview and the details on how to enter to win a 1-year subscription to Crochet! Entries are due 3/21, So HURRY!

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Happy Reveal Day!

The summer issue of Crochet! has been revealed! Check us out on Facebook, check out the current issue contents, look at the gorgeous cover! Annie’s Signature Designer, Lena Skvagerson created the beautiful cover project. It would also look fantastic as a shell under a jacket for work or a cardigan for an afternoon party. Just beautiful!


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Crochet Dreams Come True

As you know, Crochet! is going to Ireland this summer with me and Jennifer Ryan!  It’s currently SOLD OUT!

But what about next year? What about 2017? You have time to save and plan… where would you like to go in 2017? Vote by placing your choice in the comments!