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NexStitch

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About NexStitch

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  • Birthday 08/12/1975

A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    Amie Hirtes
  • Ravelry ID
  • Short bio
    My name is Amie and I’ve been crocheting since I was 9 years old. My great-grandmother taught me to both knit and crochet, but crochet stuck with me. I enjoyed the immediacy that crochet provided.I am a teacher and crochet designer, and owner of NexStitch which features free crochet videos and articles. If you’re struggling to learn crochet, please stop by my site to check out my free instructional videos.
  • Location
    NJ
  • Hobbies
    photography, designing, the beach
  • Occupation
    Do I have to work?
  • Favorite projects
    wearables and handbags
  • Crocheting since...
    1984
  1. I hope I’m not overstepping my bounds in posting this here but I’m trying to reach the widest audience possible. I sent out a newsletter two nights ago with the following: Dear Fellow Crocheters, The last several days have been a trying time for many people in the tri-state community after the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy, namely on the Jersey shore. Having been raised in the small, beach tourist town of Point Pleasant, NJ myself, I’ve witnessed firsthand how this storm has impacted the everyday lives of people. I’ve been fortunate to not have any personal destruction to my home. And yet I’m having a hard time going back to life as usual, to picking up my hooks and yarn, when I’m literally surrounded by others in need. And I know many in the knit and crochet community feel the same way and want to help but are unsure how to make a personal impact when they are a distance away. I have a solution, if you will lend your ears and hearts. The small enclave, bayshore town of Union Beach, NJ was hit the hardest by Sandy. Two hundred plus homes were completely destroyed, with several , and the only school in town, Memorial School, took on several feet of water as the storm raged throughout this 1.8 square mile town. The children have been displaced from their school (and won’t be returning for another few weeks) to a temporary building until theirs is fixed. And the school itself is in need of repair, with many things lost. The tide took with it many things from peoples homes but not their spirit. I’d like to help get back some of those things, starting with the school. From now until November 30th, every NexStitch crochet pattern will be marked down to 50% off. Use coupon code “SANDY” at checkout. All money collected during this time using the coupon code “SANDY” will be used to purchase items from Union Beach Memorial School’s Amazon wishlist. Additionally, if you’d like to purchase something directly from their wishlist, that would also be wonderful. So a school kid gets a backpack, paper, and pencils and you get a crochet pattern as well as good karma for having helped out. Sound like a good deal? START SHOPPING, now! Thank you sincerely, Amie
  2. I LIVE for Pinterest! Here I am: http://pinterest.com/nexstitch/ I follow mostly crochet & knit boards.
  3. Thank you everyone! I think this is my favorite design thus far.
  4. Just released last week: Milk Thistle Shawlette! Check out the inspiration behind this shawlette here. This shawlette is made with Tilli Tomas, "Plie" and can cost a lot of money. No worries though. I've scoured the internets for some yarn that would be much cheaper, made from bamboo, without losing the lovin' feelin' of the wonderful drape from Plie. "Flirt DK" by Sirdar - $6.95 a skein - and it comes in a similar palette as the orginal design "Silk Bamboo" by Patons - $6.49 "Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK" by Sirdar - $6.95
  5. Newly Published! The main shell stitch pattern is illustrated in a large stitch diagram and the steps to create the upper portion of the bag are clearly laid out in several illustrations. Link to pattern.
  6. Newly Published! The entire scarf has been translated into a large stitch diagram! There should be no hair-pulling moments crocheting this scarf, rest assured. Link to pattern.
  7. WOW, a CAL! This is awesome. I mentioned it in my latest newsletter. Hopefully more people will join you.
  8. 71 people have purchased Pam's Comfort Cables. How awesome!
  9. Thank you to the many people - 65 last I saw - who purchased this pattern booklet!
  10. FYI for those who have purchased this booklet: You caught us. There's an issue with the copyright image that Knit Picks attaches to their pdfs: it's blocking the pattern text, as some of you have noticed (and that isn't pretty, is it?). To receive a new version of Pam's Comfort Cables - without the copyright blocking the pattern text - please contact Knit Picks customer service at: phone: 1-800-574-1323 email: http://www.knitpicks.com/cfhelp/EmailForm.cfm?subject=7#top I appreciate all your patience and willingness to assume to best in us designers, as we're not trying to give you an inferior product!
  11. Thanks everyone! It was a total group effort and an absolute pleasure to do. As for the person inquiring/mentioning the location of the photos. I felt like I scored BIG TIME in that my mother has a client with an amazing home at the Jersey Shore in an affluent town. It's a Shore house through and through. My mother happened to be working there the day I was scheduled to take pictures of the blanket and wound up using the house. There were so many great places to take pictures in this house. It was endless.
  12. A group of designers got together to create a cabled, granny square afghan for Pam Gillette, a crochet designer who was diagnosed with breast cancer last Fall. After making the afghan and sending it to her, they each wrote up the directions for their square and I took the pictures and laid out the booklet. It's now for sale at Knit Picks, who graciously donated the yarn for this project. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Pam Gillette to help defray her medical costs. There's more of a backstory about my meeting Pam several years ago on my blog. Check out Pam's -Ghan! [attach]39596[/attach] [attach]39597[/attach] [attach]39595[/attach] [attach]39598[/attach]
  13. A group of designers got together to create a cabled, granny square afghan for Pam Gillette, a crochet designer who was diagnosed with breast cancer last Fall. After making the afghan and sending it to her, they each wrote up the directions for their square and I took the pictures and laid out the booklet. It's now for sale at Knit Picks, who graciously donated the yarn for this project. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Pam Gillette to help defray her medical costs. There's more of a backstory about my meeting Pam several years ago on my blog. Check out Pam's -Ghan!
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