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Behind The Stitches: Ashlee Elle of The Dream Crochet

B efore we get into this interview I want to say a big thank you to today's guest. When I first joined the yarn world there were a few makers who welcomed me with open arms and today's maker was one of those creatives. Ashlee Elle is the inspirational maker behind the account @TheDreamCrochet . Her crochet projects are amazing but what really makes Ashlee's work so special is the dream world that she has built for her creativity to live in. Ashlee is an incredible  maker and on a personal note, I'm extremely excited to have Ashlee's story on the blog today.  Without further ado let's jump into today's BCH chat with Ashlee Elle of @TheDreamCrochet !
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A Gambit, The Queen, and The Brooklyn Museum

N etflix just gave us the gift we didn't even know we needed! This past weekend I fell in love with a new limited series show. Netflix's The Queen's Gambit might be my favorite thing to come out of 2020. Second, only to I May Destroy You. The story was so well rounded, and each character felt like a real person. The character of Jolene was wonderful (you'll see what I mean when you watch it). But more than anything, the costumes of this show were spectacular, particularly the knitwear and embroidery work.  If you enjoy period pieces and particularly The Crown, you will probably enjoy The Queen's Gambit. Ok, you can go watch the show and then come back for this next part.  I'll wait So glad you're back! What did you think??? If you really did go and watch the show before finishing this post, then you get a gold star. The reason I'm writing this post today is that Netflix just released a virtual exhibit with the team at The Brooklyn Museum that includes c

The Knitwear of Emily In Paris

G oing into Emily In Paris, I assumed that it was going to be similar to shows like Sex and The City and Gossip Girl but I couldn't have been more wrong.  Emily in Paris is the story of a gallery girl named Camille who has a fateful run-in with social media marketer Emily Cooper. Emily has just recently moved to Paris. Despite giving off a friendly first impression, Emily has a dark motive, and she slowly weasels her way into Camille's life. By the end of the season, Emily has found a way to cheapen Camille's family Champagne business, slept with Camille's boyfriend, and also her 17-year-old brother. And for some reason, no one is talking about the two biggest mysteries of the series. One, what happened to the former social media manager Patricia who was the only person to see Emily for who she is. And two, Emily's wardrobe is MASSIVE, but we only see her moving in a few suitcases to her apartment at the beginning of the show. And in the last episode, we learn that

Ur F.O.: Crocheting Promise

O ne of the many reasons why I love crafting so much is that two makers can start with the same pattern but will end up with completely different FOs by the time they weave in their ends. The creativity that each maker brings to the same number of stitches is inspiring. One project that I've been wanting to start for almost a year now is the Promise dress from Heather of @HGDesignsCrochet. I stumbled across this project while researching another U.R. FO post. The maker behind this incredible dress, Heather, has a new post up on the blog  today where she wrote all about the back story of this project. But in this post, you'll get the chance to see how four different makers who tested this dress tackled it in completely different ways.  The Promise dress is now available for purchase here:  https://www.hgdesignscrochet.co.uk/patterns/p/promise Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links "I made granny square after granny square, the repetition soothing and grounding"

Promise By Heather of @HGDesignsCrochet

H ey everyone, I am Heather of HGDesignsCrochet and I design granny square garments for the modern maker and I am also the author of a series of workbooks taking a hobbyist to successful crochet designer, coming soon. I have been a crocheter for almost a decade and I have come to realise that I reach for my hook even more so during life’s trials. Promise is my latest design, a dress made entirely of iconic granny squares. You can style it with converse and a denim jacket, thick tights and biker boots, or a with heels and a set of eyelashes. Where it in your style, in whatever colour combination you please and share that granny square goodness. Promise has a huge personal back story that I am going to share. PROMISE (verb) is defined as: to assure someone that one will definitely do something or that something will happen, give good grounds for expecting; and, to have a particular quality or be a particular thing, showing signs that it will have that quality or be the thing

Story Time: The Gremlin & The Granny

H ow my inner gremlin almost kept Bobble from being nominated for LoveCrafts.com’s blog personality of the year (humble brag), doodles, and other short stories. The other day Instagram reminded me that I just passed the second anniversary of my very first event and the first anniversary of the Blog. Can you believe that? I honestly can’t. Building Bobble has been an incredible roller coaster of emotions. I think that it’s easy and comfortable for me to only share the high points when building a business. I know that I feel much more comfortable sharing successes than I do while sharing my failures. But both the successes and the “failures” have made me who I am today.  I call the negative voice in my head my inner gremlin because like a troll that lives under a bridge it pops up out of nowhere to keep me from reaching my goals. My inner gremlin is full of riddles and questions like “Do you  really  think you should post that?”, “Is that  really  how you wanted that project to turn out?

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T o The Makers Featured In This Post, I want to thank you for your inspiration. You are a constant source of creativity. You challenge me to be better, create more, and never stop dreaming. You are magic and you are not alone. .......... To The Other Makers Reading This Post, This list wasn't difficult to put together. It took longer to format than it did to track down. And could have been much longer. Continue to challenge yourself and expand your circle. 

Crafting Horoscopes: July 2020

H ello Crafters! I haven't done these for a while and it's weirdly fitting that I'm writing these in a time when nothing is predictable. It is also the first month of my 30s, which still feels strange to say. It's probably for the best that I haven't done one of these in such a long time. There is no way I would have been able to give anyone an accurate horoscope for the beginning of 2020. But I was talking to my best friends the other day and out of all the many posts I've made, the horoscopes were the ones we talked about. And it made me realize something. I love doing these. They are so much fun to write and in through here I just want to do what I can to spread some happiness to all of you.  Also, I left my 20s behind on July 2nd. So July is my Birthday month! This crab is inching her way closer to the other side of the hill. I've often joked that the older I get the less ironic my elderly millennial tag line will become. There will come a day when I wil

I May Destroy You

I do want to give a trigger warning at the beginning of this post. If you are not familiar with the premise of HBO's new show I May Destroy You I suggest you look into that before continuing to read. I'm not going into depth on this topic but you should have the choice as to whether or not you want to read more. All photo credit for this post goes to I May Destroy You "I honestly don't know where to begin". That seems to be the answer that flows most freely from my lips when I'm asked to think about the last few weeks. I couldn't find it in me to write anything at all for the longest time. I'm disappointed but not surprised. I'm exhausted but I cannot allow myself to rest. I'm outraged and terrified, and disillusioned, and determined. Or as Black people call it, a typical Sunday night. But that isn't what brought me to finally pick up my computer today. No, I was pulled to write this post from a place of hurt caused by HBO and their choi

Stay Home + Knit With Clinton Hill Cashmere

L isten, I know that I am a hoarder. In general, I am a hoarder but I am particularly a hoarder when it comes to yarn. I knot memories into each skein. Winding them into each fiber until they become more than the inanimate objects that they should be. I can no longer tell you the color name but I can describe to you where I was when I first saw it and can tell you all about who I was with when I bought it. I can walk you through the entire day in precise detail. On the one hand, this sounds like a useful superpower. But it's actually my new project kryptonite and can prevent me from finishing & starting WIPs.  I go to knit a new project and I'm no longer casting on with a hand-dyed speckled yarn. I'm knitting with My First Trip To Rhinebeck and no project seems to be good enough for the memory. This is the case with my first ball of yarn from the Clinton Hill Cashmere Company . Becky, of CHCC, sent it to me after we worked together on a sponsored post for *B*CH las

Behind The Stitches: Sarah Neubert

S elfishly, I have several interviews that I have not had the opportunity to publish on the site. These haven't been published for one reason or another, the timing wasn't right, my schedule was too crazy to transcribe it, or simply and most honestly I wanted to keep them to myself. Sometimes an interview changes me and I'm not ready to talk about what I've learned from it with the rest of the class. But in the time of quarantine, I thought it would be good to revisit those interviews, finally, share them with all of you, and also test out this new interview style. Let me know in the comments below if you prefer to just read the transcript and maybe when things go back to normal so will these posts. Up first is an in incredible weaver named Sarah Neubert. I'm going to break down our conversation into four essential parts in hopes that you'll walk away with as great of an appreciation for her and her work as I did. Social Media & The Mutual Reciprocity O

Yarn & The City: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

S o I've wanted to share this for a while, but I'm anxious that this is going to be taken out of context. I in no way want to minimize what is happening in the world and I'm not narcissistic enough to believe that what I'm about to say isn't problematic and privileged in a big way. Hopefully, you all know my heart by now and know where I'm coming from with this.  I am an  extroverted introvert.  It was a term that I first heard a few years ago and the second I heard it I was like "yep, that's me!". An extroverted introvert also known as a social introvert is often confused with being an extrovert. But for me being in highly social situations drains my tank. For example, after VKL NYC this year it took me about a month before I felt like myself again. Being in social situations takes a lot out of me but while I'm in those social situations I can come across as a more extroverted personality, particularly when I notice others in the group mig