Happy Clappy Crochet

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Crochet Love on Twitter Pt 1

on March 9, 2015

This morning, I decided to go through my list of who I follow on Twitter to share the crochet love. My hopes were that lots of the names would be familiar to you, but maybe you’d find one or two (or ten) new people to follow, and that would be a great way to help celebrate International Crochet Month.

Well, I started writing down names, and kept writing down names, and started a second column on the page, and at the end I had 59 Twitter names to share. That’s quite a lot of names for one post, and frankly, that would be pretty boring to read. So, I’ve decided to break things down into a couple different categories and spread it out over a handful of posts. Hopefully, you will join me for the whole journey, and maybe I’ll introduce you to a new favorite or two.

 

Since tonight is one of those “Final Rose” nights, I thought it would be great for the first category to be The Men of Crochet! In no particular order (except for history of how I started following them), here they are!

@thecrochetdude is the Twitter handle for none other than Drew Emborsky. Not only does Drew design crochet patterns, but he works with Boye to produce a line of crochet tools and he has his own yarn line.

@StitchStud is the moniker for Charles Voth. Charles designs patterns for both crochet and knit, and he really knows what he is doing because he is a technical editor of patterns as well. Want to learn how to read crochet charts? Let Charles teach you in his Craftsy class.

@FranklinHabit is none other than Franklin Habit. Franklin is known for his knitting, so what is he doing on a crochet list? What you may not know is that he has a wicked sense of humor and a love for 18th and 19th Century handknit and crocheted items. If you ever get the chance to hear him lecture – do it! Besides his blog The Panopticon, Franklin also monthly column for Lion Brand Yarns.

@strongandstone is the Twitter I.D for Rohn Strong. This southern gentleman has a passion for creating crochet items that combine a vintage style with a 21st Century flare. He also produces amazing crochet patterns that really flatter fuller figures.

 

My next category is going to be Crochet Friendly Yarn Companies, because we cannot do this craft we love without that essential fiber!

@LionBrandYarns puts their money where their mouth is when they say they support crochet. Vanna White, their yarn spokesperson for for over 15 years, is big into crochet. Lion Brand is also a big supporter of the Crochet Guild of America. For the month of March, Lion Brand is posting a link every day so you can learn a new crochet stitch pattern.

@KollageYarns carries yarns with great fiber blends. Not only will you find yarns with cotton and bamboo, but recycled denim, milk, and soy as well. If you are allergic to wool fibers, Kollage gives you some great alternatives to use. Kollage is also the creator of the square handled crochet hook. I have several of the original hooks and I love them. They recently came out with hook version 2.0, and I see a new hook collection in my future.

@RedHeartYarns is another major yarn company that supports crochet. They are also very active in supporting the Crochet Guild of America – in fact, they are sponsoring the DAILY prizes that are being given out for the Crochetville Blog Tour. They are also a sponsor for the Crochet Awards.

@websyarn is a big supporter of the art of crochet. Not only are they currently hosting an afghan CAL, but they often feature fantastic crochet designs created with their Valley Yarns line. They blog about crochet. Kathy Elkins talks about crochet on their weekly podcast. They even have Doris Chan as their 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence. Lots of crochet love here!

@TSCYarns is the handle for Tahki Yarns. With four yarn brands and several pages of crochet patterns available on their website, Tahki Yarns has supported crochet and crochet designers to bring stylish and fashion forward clothing and accessories to the public.

@CascadeYarns has stepped up their crochet support over the past several years. Not only have they invested in patterns from big name designers, but they also gave brand new designers (like myself) a chance to create patterns for a major yarn company, and the result has been a true gift for crocheters. Patterns range from beginner to advanced, and Cascade offers them all for free on their website. Cascade has made being a crocheter a win-win.

 

Okay – I think I’ve given you enough to think about today.  I hope you check out the different links and you find something you will enjoy.

Stay tuned for Part Two!

 

P.S. Is there a favorite male crochet designer or crochet friendly yarn company that I haven’t mentioned? Post a comment and share some crochet love yourself!

 

ETA: If you are looking for more information about the people listed above, please click on the link and it will take you to their Twitter page, where a link to individual websites are provided.

Disclaimer – while I follow all of the people and companies I have listed, and many of them follow me back on Twitter, none of them knew I was doing this in advance, and I am not being paid to promote them in any way. I just wanted to share some Crochet love with lots of my favorite people, and it seemed appropriate to do so during International Crochet Month.

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Crochet Love on Twitter Pt 1

  1. 🙂 So much hooky talent, so little time. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kate says:

    I never knew that there were so many guy crocheters out there!!! It’s nice to know. But the really fun part will be looking all these people up and finding some great new designs to make.

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