Do you Obey Crochet?

I certainly do. A couple years ago I found this quirky lady doing these fantastical drawings on Flickr under the name Obey Crochet. Every couple of days I’d check in and laugh at her sarcastic, and totally on point illustrations and I loved all of them. I loved the style, the simplicity and just how crochet-centric they were. Admit it, the yarn industry leans heavily towards the knitters and and it’s really nice when we feel the crochet love.

ChickenBetty logo designed by Stephanie Toppin of Obey Crochet

After talking myself out of it for a whole week I finally just popped her an e-mail and asked if she’d be interested in designing a logo for me. Shockingly she said YES and now I have my beloved little ChickenBetty in her nest of yarn.

Simply Crochet issue #25 - with free Obey Crochet 2015 Calendar

Well now you can own a small piece of Obey Crochet, if you can get your hands on a copy of issue #25 of Simply Crochet magazine. It’s published in the UK but it is available in the states, I’ve seen it at Barnes & Noble. In issue #25 you’ll find an Obey Crochet 2015 Calendar and STICKERS! Freakin stickers!

Obey Crochet 2015 calendar available in Simply Crochet magazine issue #25Go show my friend Stephanie some love at Obey Crochet. She’s straight hookin’, yo!

Same old, same old

Lots doing in ChickenBetty Land lately! The new book comes out in just over a month and I have a plethora of new things in the works for late 2014 and 2015.

Future project and some light reading from ChickenBetty

Before too many big things pile up on my plate I’m working to clear away a few little things. Storey Publishing is looking for pattern submissions for their latest 101 One Skein Wonders series of books and this time it’s crochet for little ones. I’ve dug out an older pattern that I never published and revamping it in gorgeous madelinetosh sock,  as well a playing with another idea. You can see the baby bonnet here, it will be part of that set, and the gradient yarns (Freia Fine Handpaints sport and Louisa Harding Amitola that I can’t decide between) will become something else.

If you have a crochet pattern for babies or kids consider submitting! They are happy to accept previously published patterns.

I also scored a great old, but new to me book, that might help me make sense of long draw spinning. Here’s hoping.

3" granny squares from ChickenBetty

The granny square project continues, I have enough yarn to keep going in until maybe mid-September, we’ll see.

I know exactly who you could be

I’ve been on a bit of a weaving jag lately.

Annie, myself, Kirsten and Amy, Team Designing Women!

Annie, myself, Kirsten and Amy, Team Designing Women!

Some friends and I pulled together and competed in the Fleece to Shawl competitions at the Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair. We came in 2nd place but had a wonderful time and the shawl is so beautiful!

2014 Fleece to Shawl draft - team Designing Women2014 Fleece to Shawl draft - team Designing Women

 

We warped my little 22″ loom with Harrisville Highland in some bright stripes and spun a lovely Romney fleece from Barberic Farm during the competition – thanks to Peony the sheep for growing it.

But once I was home from the fair I just couldn’t stop weaving. I made the next 2 scarves on my daughter’s 10″ Schacht Cricket loom.

Valley Yarns BFL Fingering on a 10" Schacht Cricket with an 8-dent reedValley Yarns BFL Fingering on a 10" Schacht Cricket with an 8-dent reed

First with Valley Yarns BFL fingering. I used Sherwood Forest for the warp and most of the weft and a bit of Neptune for stripes at one end. This scarf is SO soft! I love it.

Noro Taiyo Lace and 10/2 bamboo on a 10" Schacht Cricket with an 8-dent reed

Noro Taiyo Lace and 10/2 bamboo on a 10" Schacht Cricket with an 8-dent reed

Then I went stash diving and dug out a super old, partial skein of Noro Taiyo Lace and paired it up with some 10/2 bamboo. This freaking thing – I WANT TO MAKE SO MANY MORE! It’s gauzy and soft and beautiful drape and the colors – OH the colors!

AND I might have written a book. :)

How to Crochet by Sara Delaney - available August 2014 from Storey Publishing

For those of you who can’t come take classes with me at WEBS you can have a volume full of ME on your bookshelves! I’ll have more details in the summer but it’s up for pre-order now.

But some kind of madness is swallowing me whole

I have finally seen the light :)

Crochet madness, my friends, and I’m not fighting it. This has got to be one of the most happy and productive times in my life. I’m going to make a concerted effort to be here at least once a week going forward. Facebook and Twitter are great but limited, though you can follow me there as well.

And what crochet madness have I been up to? 3 Spring designs for Valley Yarns as well as a few I’ve put out on my own.

Riparia

Riparia is a quick and easy one-skein cowl that’s not too heavy for Spring.

frostlattice

Frost Lattice is a romantic little bag with serious vintage appeal.

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And I even did some knitting! Random Plaids is a great way to play with color.

You can check out all my designs on Ravelry, I’ve been busy!, I have a few more in the pipeline and lots more news in the near future.

I’ll be leading a CAL, Crochet-a-long, over on the WEBS blog starting on March 28th so keep an eye out for that and join in if you can.

Are you kissing the starry birds in the sky

Will you come and visit us down below

Dusting the old girl off.

Making plans to visit regularly.

I’ve been super busy, 35 designs in just over a year and I’ve got 5 or 6 more to give you before the end of 2012,  but I’m finally feeling a bit settled and finding time for things that have been neglected.

Also feeling slightly obsessed with the American west and Blue Grass.

Sneak peek!

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