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  • Birthday 08/12/1975

A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    Amie Hirtes
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  • 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.
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    photography, designing, the beach
  • Occupation
    Do I have to work?
  • Favorite projects
    wearables and handbags
  • Crocheting since...
  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. Just one hour left on this!
  8. I'm going to be picking someone RANDOMLY using random.org, so the responses aren't going to play a factor into the decision. I just wanted to know what someone would do with it. So feel free to put your name in the hat!
  9. Hey all, I’m doing a giveaway on my blog for a handbag, if you’re interested. Giveaway ends next Friday night at midnight, EST. Amie
  10. Hey everyone, I’m giving away a free copy of Dora’s newest book, “Custom Crocheted Sweaters” on my blog. Pop on over to enter yourself and to see what I had to say about the book. See you there!
  11. And the winner of a FREE copy of Robyn Chachula's "Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia" is...(wait for it..aren't I a tease?)...
  12. ENTRIES FOR THE GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who participated! I enjoyed reading all your responses. A winner will be selected at random tomorrow. Good luck everyone!
  13. I did a review of Robyn Chachula’s cool new stitch dictionary, “Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia” on my blog. The book is really full of awesome. The publisher has agreed to let me give one copy away to some lucky crocheter! To participate, leave a comment on this post on my blog by midnight, EST. on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 telling me how you’ve used stitch dictionaries in the past or, if you’ve never owned one, how you might use one in the future. You can also leave a comment on my Facebook page or tweet about the giveaway (be sure to include @NexStitch in your tweet). Who doesn’t love free stuff? ETA: Make sure you comment on the blog post…ON THE BLOG or tweet or FB for a chance to win. Comments made here won’t count!
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