Sunday, November 16, 2008

Crochet With Paper Raffia

Paper Raffia is IN STOCK in the Crochet Shoppe at And. . .

In case you're wondering how Paper Raffia works up as a crocheted fabric, it's absolutely wonderful. Take a close look at the four photos above. Those are all made from Paper Raffia and a size I Boye aluminum crochet hook. The stiff nature of Paper Raffia makes it perfect for accessories like handbags, hats, belts, baskets, luggage, portfolios, and laptop bags (to name a few).
This "fun stuff" comes in 18 gorgeous and fashionable colors on 100 yd spools. Most of the patterns require only one, two, or three spools to complete. And, of course, Paper Raffia is available in our Crochet Shoppe - $4.95/spool.

The Crochet Shoppe carries 18 Colors . . .

Right now, the Crochet Shoppe carries 18 colors of Paper Raffia. And there are eight patterns currently available, designed by M.E. Nolfi exclusively for use with Paper Raffia (or a combination of Paper Raffia and a double strand of cotton in DK or worsted weight).
If you are a creative crochet crafter, looking for a unique experience with your crochet hook, I am absolutely positive that your encounter with Paper Raffia will not only be totally fulfilling, it will be just plain FUN !!! Check it out at

Just a Few of my Favorite Crochet Books. . .

Contemplative Crochet by Cindy Crandall-Frazier (Skylight Paths Publishing Co.)
Are all of you crochet fanatics familiar with one of the latest crochet books just released in the marketplace? This book is a new twist on our creative relationship with hook and fiber AND how it all works to keep us in touch with the spiritual side of life; each of us on our very own individual, but very creative spiritual journey. It is definitely a "must read", especially if your creative spirit has been a part of your existence since childhood (like mine has been). Or, even it hasn't been.

At this particular time in the history of mankind, many of us seem to be re-evaluating, or even re-discovering who we really are, as well as how we fit into the greater scheme of things from a spiritual standpoint. Contemplative Crochet is a collection of thoughts, theories, AND crochet patterns that help to put all of our re-discovery revelations into a new and very personal perspective. Besides that. . . it helps to validate our very own intimate connection to our beloved world of crochet. Available online at Barnes and Noble,, and Books A Million - $?

Crocheting on the Edge / Crochet Me

Another crochet book that is an excellent addition to your collection of crochet stitchery information is Nicky Epstein's Crocheting on the Edge. It is a comprehensive study of tried and true crochet edgings that have been beautifully brought into the new millenium with Nicky's very upbeat, trendy interpretations. Ms. Epstein not only creates a wonderful, whimsical collection of traditional edgings from her own perspective, she also adds several of her own very original and charming designs that make any crocheter's fingers "itch" to pick up a trusty hook in pursuit of the perfect project to add on an edgy Epstein embellishment.

In my opinion, Crocheting on the Edge will become a timeless favorite for all crocheters; neophytes and seasoned fanatics alike. It's simply a fabulous book. Available everywhere. . . including our Crochet Shoppe - $29.95.

Crochet Me by Kim Werker (Interweave Press) is a stunning derivative of the already popular crochet website of the same name. Kim Werker's marvelous journalistic jive is a terpsichorean effort at turning a phrase. She literally makes her words dance on the page. It's sheer pleasure to peruse through the thoughtful essays, the designer profiles, and the exceptionally creative crochet patterns.

The book is jam packed with informative, enjoyable crochet entertainment. It's a definite must-have in anyone's collection of crochet books; and is also happily included in the Crochet Asylum Crochet Shoppe. $21.95

Learn a Stitch, Create a Scarf

I would like to include a quick review about a book of my own designs, just released by Leisure Arts Publications. It is a stitch primer that features 22 pattern stitches with a variety of edgings, tassels, and simple fringes in a fashionable collection of twelve scarves, shawls, and wraps that pay homage to crochet's versatility, as well as it's identity as a simple creative process that can still yield very beautiful fashion patterns with plenty of texture and style. (I love every single design in this book.)

Available online at, and (of course) in our Crochet Shoppe at - $12.95.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I am a crochet fanatic, pure and simple. I am also an independent spirit. Which means that I don't follow the conventional route to anything. I love working with non-traditional fibers like paper raffia, hemps, nylon cords, and all kinds of cottons. My patterns run the gamut. But I particularly like designing fashion accessories and fashion toppers (which includes jackets, coats, sweaters, tops, tunics, and wraps of any nature). My design capabilities allow me to design patterns that are easy to follow for the more experienced crocheter AND beginners alike. I especially like to design finished products that do not look "homemade". I get a kick out of people asking, "Where did you get that?". And then I love the look of disbelief when I answer, "I made it myself." It's truly a wonderful experience to design or create ANYTHING. So, as you can see, I am not just a crochet fanatic. I am also a design fanatic. And I absolutely love it!