Creating beautiful things with crochet has been a part of me since learning to crochet as a little girl.
I’ve ‘made things up’ over the years but didn’t realize until about a decade ago – I was really DESIGNING!
I just didn’t have the mechanics or understanding about all of things that go with true designing early on.
I started writing out (in long hand) some of my ideas as a teenager and into my adult life but was not fully aware
of all the technical aspects of writing a pattern.
Crochet inventing took a back seat during a 15-year period when my children were small, and I was working – just not enough time and not enough energy to be creative. I did make things but followed patterns. However, in
the last 10-12 years my creativity has blossomed. I’ve learned more about how to write patterns technically correct. I’ve learned to draw the schematics for those patterns, and I’ve enjoyed the thrill of getting a few of those ideas published. Now my goal is to write and publish a booklet of my own.
With all the advantages of the internet 😊, a website of my own and the ability to have a ‘virtual store’ in
places like Ravelry, Etsy even Amazon and Etsy – the only obstacle is me getting it done. There in lies the rub – ME making the time, having the focus and getting it done.
If anyone out there has gone through this process and has helpful advice- please email me or post a comment below.
Here’s to a new adventure. Stayed tuned…
(BELOW: schematics and blocks I've used in some of my classes)
Almost all of us have that health thing (I won't use the 'D' word), but yes, taking care of my well-being is more in the front of my brain as my body is telling me more loudly when it isn't happy. Growing older hasn't been a thing, in fact, I love that I now can claim I have 'life experience', LOL! Enough of that though, on to the fun stuff.
If you've been following me and visited my page in late December, you saw the ornaments I created during the holidays. I had rushes of ideas and couldn't create the designs quick enough. (And still more creative designs are flooding my brain.) So - I am in hopes, and WISH, to be able to write the patterns and publish later this year. I haven't worked out all of the details yet, but I will work toward having designs available - individually and perhaps even create a booklet.
There are so many details to work out until then: writing the patterns, tech editing, pattern testing, and schematic drawings to go along with the written patterns. I am very excited about this venture and will try to post updates along the way culminating with the introduction and launch of this project. I hope you will follow me. If you're really interested in this project - EMAIL ME!
I am thinking about doing a GIVE AWAY when I launch the project - are you interested?
Wing & A Prayer Farm - Shaftsbury, VT
Sept 21-24 - Vermont Colored Wool Retreat
Fleece Tent & Fiber Marketplace - Unity, ME
September 22-24 Country Fair
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival - Berryville, VA
Sept 23 & 24 - Fiber Fest
New Hampshire Wool Arts -
Oct 7 & 8 - www.woolartstournh.com/
Fiber Infusion Northwest - Monroe, WA
Oct 21 & 22 http://www.fiberfusion.net/
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair - Fletcher, NC
Oct 27 - 29 https://www.saffsite.org/
North Carolina State Fair Oct 12-21
Stitch & Pitch
Many cities and towns across the US host a special day at the ball park - Stitch & Pitch. Some are minor league parks and some even major league . What a fun way to spend a day with the family and friends and bring your stitching along. (Yes, I know - most of us bring it whether it's an 'event' or not, but..)
Here are a few I have found - just in case you're interested.
Saturday, June 3rd - Stitch and Pitch at the DAP - bring on the yarn!
Major league action - choose your team and stitch up a win!
The Giants have all kinds of events - Stitch & watch the Giants take on the Cleveland Indians
CGOA - Conference in Chicago
New England Fiber Arts Retreat
Yarn Crawls - Where & When
Triangle Area - NC
April 22 & 23rd
Click below for more details
Tentatively Scheduled for May 11-14th
Click below for more details
Smoky Mtn. Fiber Arts Festival
Plan a Crochet Trip
Cool website with all kinds of info on trips in the US and abroad
I have been wanting to do some kind of simple 'newsletter' for a couple of years. I have finally decided NOW IS THE TIME. It will be simple, a quarterly email newsletter with CoziCraft news about classes and endeavors. I will also try to incorporate local 'yarn worthy' info and events.
If you'd like to sign up for the letter - please click below and submit the form.
Thanks for following the crochet life of CoziCrafts.
It's been a week since uploading the FREE scarf pattern. I'd love to get some feedback. Please comment below and share your fashion statement. (And please LIKE of FB.) Thanks y'all!!
We'll, I'm 2 weeks into this new year, and I've already spent more time editing and working on my website than I spent in the previous 6 months. This is one of the 'Wishful' things I have for myself this year. I won't make a resolutions list because it seems that past ones rarely make it past the 1/4 mark of the year. Instead I am hopeful that I will use my spare time (as little as it may be) to be creative. To do things that I have been 'wishing' I had the time to do. I will plan my time better. Make a task list and stick to it. If I am successful - this theory should make it all work - creative time, work time, and those things that just have to be done every day in your life.
So here's to a WISHFUL LIST for 2017. Another thing - to make a post here with updates to see if this idea of being more organized works. Guess we'll all find out together.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Well - it took over 7 months to get through the whole process start to finish. From stripping the room, to repairing issues, to painting, flooring, cabinets, and finishing touches. Most all of the work was done by my husband and myself. I had some help from girlfriends picking out finishing touches and matching colors. But my special place is 98% done. There is some trim work needed in a couple of places, but I am in heaven!
The room off the kitchen was used for many things over the years including a classroom area for the kids when they were little; a work out room; a catch all room and then I claimed it for my crafts. It was a labor of love and a special thanks to my husband for helping me with something he knew was important to me. A shout out to Carolina Closets Plus who did a fantastic job with the cabinets (I posted on Houzz a few pictures for them).
NOW - to put this room to good use!
CGOA conference last month was a wonderful experience. I was able
to be there almost the entire week. I attended Professional Development
Day, took 2 classes, went to many functions and met more new friends who love
fiber arts both crochet & knitting.
One of the highlights of the conference is the dinner and fashion show. Rita Weiss was the key speaker after the show and was so entertaining and fun. I had a photo opportunity with her after the show.
Rita Weiss and Jean Leinhauser are two women who have invested their entire adult lives in the needleworks industries and have been instrumental in promoting the world of crochet. Jean a schooled journalist, started her journey as Design Director for Boye Needles Co. and from there went on to found Leisure Arts. (I think we all have books in our library published by Leisure Arts!) She went on to found another publishing company and was the editor & publisher of Crochet! magazine. Not to mention she is the author of MANY crochet books. Rita, an author, designer and teacher also has a list of credits to her name: Founder & head of Dover Publications needleworks division, Executive Vice President of the American School of Needleworks, served as President of the International Quilting Association, Chairman of the Craft Council, and also served as President of the CGOA for a spell too! WHEW! Then to top it off these two amazing women formed 'Creative Partners, LLC'. They are truly an inspiration. Sadly Jean is no longer with us; she passed away in June of 2011. But she leaves a true legacy and heritage behind her. Rita is still going like a
spit fire. I had the privilege of meeting her at the CGOA conference in Concord, NC in October. The CGOA - Crochet Guild of America is a wonderful organization started almost 20 years ago by Gwen Blakley Kinsler and has bounty of information and is a
treasure to those of us who have discovered this organization. I encourage any of you out there who crochet - no matter what your skill or age - to check it out. Click HERE to jump to CGOA.
Jody Witt - crochet enthusiast; newby designer; yarn-aholic.