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Submissions for the Fall into Christmas 2016 crochet contest are now over, but before the voting begins tomorrow, let's meet the contestants with names starting with A-C. Get to know them, see what inspired their project entries and if there are patterns available for them too!
THIS POST IS FOR CONTESTANTS WITH NAMES STARTING WITH A-C.
See more project entires by checking out:
Meet the Fall into Christmas 2016 Contestants - PART 2 (Names D-K)!
Meet the Fall into Christmas 2016 Contestants - PART 3 (Names L-N)!
Meet the Fall into Christmas 2016 Contestants - PART 4 (Names P-W)!
These contestants will ALL be in the running to win incredible prize packages from 25 crochet businesses, including three FIRST (50 patterns), SECOND (26 patterns) & THIRD (15 patterns) places in each of the three voting categories!
Additionally, select contestants (depends on their country) will be in the running to win crochet stitch markers and / or an amazing $50 - yarn pack from Red Heart.
You can help them win by casting 5 votes in each category DAILY from December 5th - 19th, 2016. So, check back each day of the voting to cast your votes again!
Let's Meet The 2016 Contestants with A-C Names!
Some projects have free patterns, some have premium patterns, some may have patterns in future and others have no available patterns. Projects with patterns will link to where the pattern may be found.
TREASURED - means the contestant used one of Rebeckah's Treasures' crochet patterns.
INSPIRED - means the contestant used a crochet pattern for her project entry.
UNIQUE - means contestant used her imagination or drastically modified a pattern for her entry.
TOY, STYLE and REST refer to the voting category, where the entry belongs.
"Italic text" - means I am quoting the contestant's words.
Are you ready to see these outstanding entries?
Scroll through post to see a specific contestant (*Contestants are listed alphabetically):
Amber Frey's project entry is:
Amber has been crocheting less than a year. She started knitting about 4 years ago and then just taught herself crocheting through YouTube videos.
She says, "I love crochet because it's faster and there is so much freedom to made whatever shape you need with the stitches."
Vote for Amber's entry - VOTE TOY!
Amy Warner's project entries are:
Vote for Amy's entries - VOTE TOY!
Anna Andres' project entries are:
Anna has been crocheting for 41 years - she learned to crochet in high school Home Ec.
She says, "Crocheting is a great stress reliever. I also love it when my DH asks, 'Is that for me?' - he is my biggest fan!"
Vote for Anna's entries - VOTE REST and VOTE STYLE!
Anna M. Smith's project entry is:
Anna has been crocheting for 36 years, since she was taught at 9t.
She says, "I LOVE CROCHETING, it really is rewarding and it relieves stress. I'm in my own little world."
Vote for Anna's entry - VOTE REST!
Audrey Odom's project entries are:
Audrey learned to crochet about 8 years ago, when she was 23.
She says, "I love being able to turn yarn into beautiful things, and being able to give those things to people who also love them. It is also a great way to relax."
Vote for Audrey's entries - VOTE REST and VOTE STYLE!
Berta Cohen's project entries are:
Berta says, "For all three projects, I used Artiste #10 thread, a 1.75 mm Clover Amour hook (with the exception of Winifred in which I also used a 1.25mm Clover Amour hook, and homespun yarn for her hair), safety eyes, polyfil, embroidery floss, and jewelry wire to create an armature for the Ami which made it poseable."
"I made all three because the characters were and still are 3 of my favorites of all time. I was very lucky to test 3 fabulous patterns."
"Currently they are part of my Ami collection. I can't wait to add more to it!"
She has 37 years experience crocheting. She was a wee 7 year old when her Aunt taught herhow to make doilies.
She also states, "I love seeing how something that is pure imagination can come to life! I am always in awe of the multitude of interpretations that one pattern can produce, all of which hold the unique character of the designer and the unique style of the person crocheting it."
Vote for Berta's entries - VOTE TOY!
Beth King's project entries are:
Beth says, "I designed these blankets to celebrate the birth of two precious babies. I used Bernat baby yarn with a "Q" crochet hook. The pattern is very simple, I started with a chain foundation row of 40 (depending of preferred size of blanket) and then the second row was single crochet. I repeated the second row until it reached approximately 40 inches long (depending of preferred size)."
She learned how to crochet appoximately 3 years ago, when she was 22.
She also tells us, "I love to crochet because I enjoy making handmade gifts for people. Most of my projects are gifts for people especially for a new baby."
Vote for Beth's entries - VOTE REST!
Beverly Cutsinger's project entries are:
Beverly learned how to crochet when she was 9 with a carved wooden hook and bread sacks cut into strips making rugs.
She says she loves crochet because, "It's calming & brings back many memories of mom & grandma. As well as I am doing something that others can enjoy also."
Vote for 's entries - VOTE STYLE and VOTE TOY!
Brandi Aldrich's project entries are:
Brandi has been crocheting for over 20 years. When she was 13, her granny taught her.
She says, "I love to crochet for several reasons, the fact that it is calming, and the best is that when I am done making something, I have something beautiful that I made with my own two hands to give to someone I love."
Vote for Brandi's entries - VOTE REST and VOTE STYLE!
Britta's project entries are:
Britta started crocheting in school, and had not done any crochet for about 25 years until she started again 3 years ago and has no plans stop crocheting again.
When asked why she loves to crochet, Britta said, "It gives me so much opportunities of being creative and helps me to relax :-)."
Vote for Britta's entries - VOTE REST and VOTE TOY!
Brittany English's project entries are:
She says, "None of my projects were made for anyone in particular just things I wanted to make."
Brittany has 2 and a half years experience in crocheting, and started when she was 22.
She also tells us, "There are many reasons why I love to crochet, the main one being how happy it makes my kids when I make them something."
Vote for Brittany's entries - VOTE REST and VOTE STYLE!
Calena Welch's project entries are:
Calena started crocheting when she was 14. Her sister taught her, but she stopped after a while because she couldn't get the hang of it, but she says, "Something clicked when I found out I was pregnant with my first child."
She also tells us, "I love crocheting because it's a way to escape without having to leave your child. The amount of things you can make amazes me. I see everyone's beautiful creations and it truly inspires me. Why not but a skein of yarn and turn it into a beautiful piece of art? "
Vote for Calena's entries - VOTE REST, VOTE STYLE and VOTE TOY!
Cassandra Bibler's project entry is:
Cassandra started crocheting when she was 8 years old or so, but really got into it more around 12 years old, when she figured out how to read basic patterns. She's been going ever since!
She says, "I like finishing projects. There's a certain accomplishment and feeling that's just great. Also, it keeps my hands busy, which I like."
Vote for Cassandra's entry - VOTE STYLE!
Cathy Padgett's project entries are:
Cathy has been crocheting for two years.
She says, "I love crocheting because it is extremely relaxing."
Vote for Cathy's entries - VOTE REST and VOTE STYLE!
Catrina Eyre's project entries are:
Catrina says, "The baby waves dress and the point shoes, I made for my newborn for her blessing/dedication at church. She is my third girl, and I made a dress for each of my girls when they were blessed. This will happen on the first Sunday in December, and I am so excited!"
Catrina has been crocheting since she was about six, so around twenty-one years!
When asked why she loves to crochet, she had this to say, "Several reasons. I love to create, it is relaxing, and I am pretty darn good at it!"
Vote for Catrina's entries - VOTE STYLE!
Catriona MacAuslan's project entries are:
Catriona has been crochet around 3 years. She learned as a child and restarted again after finding knitting made her shoulders ache.
She says, "I love to crochet and tweak things a little bit here and there. Plus it keeps my hands busy and I eat and drink less. Bonus!"
Vote for Catriona's entries - VOTE STYLE and VOTE TOY!
Cheryl Chandler Jacobo's project entries are:
Cheryl says, "Fell in love with these patterns, I used Red Heart Super Saver."
She has been crocheting for about 40 years.
Cheryl's response when asked why she loves to crochet, "Love creating, peaceful, keeps me busy between taking care of the grandsons!"
Vote for Cheryl's entries - VOTE TOY!
Chris Ellis' project entries are:
Chris has been crocheting on/ off for well over 50 yrs ;)
She says, "I enjoy making all sorts of projects, but tend never to use anything I make with the intention of it being made for me! I usually end up giving it away or selling it at the craft fairs around the holidays! But I do enjoy working on many projects at any given time, keeps me from being bored while husband is working LOL."
Vote for Chris' entries - VOTE TOY!
Christine Mendis's project entries are:
Christine first started crocheting when she was ten years and has been doing it for 40 years.
She says, "Crochet gives me immense pleasure to see it after I finished it. Also gives lots of happiness when others like and comment on it."
Vote for Christine's entries - VOTE STYLE and VOTE TOY!
Christine Nault's project entry is:
Christine has over 30 years crochet experience.
She says, "I am a thread crocheter at heart."
Vote for Christine's entry - VOTE REST!
Cille's project entries are:
Cille has 55 years experience crocheting.
When asked why she loves to crochet, she responded thus, "What else is there?"
Vote for Cille's entries - VOTE STYLE!
Cindy Schaffer's project entry is:
Cindy has been crocheting for 31 years. She says, "It's relaxing for me."
Vote for Cindy's entry - VOTE STYLE!
Crystal P.'s project entry is:
Crystals tells us, "I been crocheting for about three years now, I think? I don't keep track. I just picked up a hook and a some yarn one day from the craft store and started to crochet."
She also states, "Like the quote on a tote bag I have 'I crochet so I don't kill people' LOL It's my stress reliever. It helps me focus on something and not on the chronic pain of migraines I get."
Vote for Crystal's entry - VOTE REST!
What do you think? Aren't these entries outstanding?
Personally, I am really impressed by all of these fantastic projects and I just want to wish each contestant the very best in advance. Your work is so inspiring to see and I am truly honoured that you chose to participate in my second Fall into Christmas Crochet Contest with me this year.
Do you have a crochet story? Share with us below!
REMEMBER to check in every day from December 5th-19th, 2016 to CAST YOUR VOTES!!!
AND, be sure to checkout MORE contestants, who submitted projects this year here:
PART 2 (Names D-K) | PART 3 (Names L-N) | PART 4 (Names P-W)
Help your favourite contestants have a very Merry Christmas this year...
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