Celebrate the Day
March is National Craft Month and the second week of March is National Crochet Week. Crochet is a needlework technique performed using a crochet hook plus fiber (yarn) or other similar material. Most popular items that come from crocheting are afghans, baby blankets, baby booties, scarves, hats, granny squares, shawls, purses and tote bags. Some theorizes that crochet evolved from traditional practices in Iran, South America or China, but there is no decisive evidence of the craft before its popularity in Europe before the 19th century. Crocheting is similar to knitting. It consists of pulling loops of yarn (or other fiber) through other loops, but additionally wraps the working around the hook one or more times. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one stitch is active at a time, and a single crochet hook is used instead of two knitting needles.
How appropriate for us — one of our favorite clients is Quilts, Inc. Our client has a new show called Quilt! Knit! Stitch!TM that will be happening this summer, August 14-16, in Portland, Oregon. This show will bring together lovers of fabric and fiber, thread and yarn, needle and hook in one place…where you can make new friends, learn new techniques, and shop for great new products. They’ll have unique lineup of classes, exhibitors, events and displays not found at any other show. Go to http://www.quilts.com to learn more.
What can you do this week in honor of Crochet Week?
- Teach someone to crochet (or learn yourself)
- Donate your crochet work to a charity
- Make a gift for someone special
- Learn a new stitch
- Learn about Yarn-bombing