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About dorischan

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  • Birthday 06/17/1954

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  1. Yes, angelfire! Downloadble pdf file. Go to the Birthday Girl pattern page to see it.
  2. DJC2: Birthday Girl is the first offering in my new pattern line for girls, tweens and teens. This twirly party skirt is sized for girls 6-16 and juniors 0-7. The 32 page pattern booklet offers full instructions in two gauges (sport and DK weight), fitting guides and stitch diagrams. Please visit the DJC Designs pattern page at DesigningVashti.com for details. Enjoy! Yours, Doris Chan
  3. This week I've launched my new line of crochet designs sized for girls, tweens and teens, DJC2. First up is a twirly party skirt, DJC2: Birthday Girl. The 32 page booklet includes instructions for a drawstring waist skirt in two gauges for sizes girl 6-16 and juniors 0-7, and offers fitting guides and stitch diagrams. Please visit my pattern page at DesigningVashti.com for details.
  4. May I introduce you to my new line of crochet patterns, DJC Designs by Doris Chan, available exclusively at DesigningVashti.com. My friend Vashti Braha has just opened the doors to her amazing website, the ultimate crochet destination and pattern boutique. She generously offered my pattern line a corner of her site to call home. The first two designs are DJC:Triangular Shawl, a set of variations on a lacy, beaded shawl in virtually any size/any yarn, and DJC: PlayPlaid, a collection of five projects in a big plaid stitch pattern. Coming soon, DJC Designs, Too!, my pattern line sized for tween girls. Enjoy! Yours, Doris
  5. Hey philosgal, Thanks for your interest in this design. I'd like to help you get through this. Give me a chance to look at the pattern as published and compare it with what you are doing. I don't believe there are any pattern errors, but one never know, do one? Yours, Doris
  6. Here's a link for downloading the free pattern for All Shawl, a quick and easy rounded shawl with a pretty lace edging. This fat pattern offers suggestions for yarn and gauge substitutions and alternate endings, so you'll be able to make yours in virtually any yarn, any size. Enjoy! Yours, Doris
  7. The CGOA 2010 Design Competition needs your creativity. Here’s a chance to show the best of what crochet can do. Whether you are a published or professional designer, a talented amateur hobbyist, or a total crochet-a-holic, you are invited to enter your most amazing original creations for consideration. Judging will take place on Thursday evening, July 8th, at the gala Awards Ceremony during the CGOA 2010 Conference in Manchester, NH. You don’t have to be there to win, but you’ll definitely want to be part of the excitement and see the eye-popping display of entries. Thanks to generous grants from our sponsors, including Coats & Clark, Caron International, Boye Needle, DRG Crochet! Magazine, and Interweave Crochet, we have thousands of dollars to be awarded: one grand prize of $1,000 plus, in each of six judging categories, $300 first prize, $200 second prize, $100 third prize, and special awards to be announced. This year’s categories are more inclusive than ever: --Fashion, Adult Eveningwear and Special Occasion, including gowns and dresses --Fashion, Adult Daywear (for women and men), including sweaters, tops, skirts, jackets --Baby and Kid Stuff, including clothes, toys and other small wonders --Accessories, generally small pieces, including wraps, socks, scarves, hats, bags, jewelry --Home Décor, both functional and decorative items, including afghans/throws, wall hangings, kitchen/dining accessories --Thread Crochet, any design made in any super-fine weight thread material, generally using tiny gauge and steel crochet hooks. The competition is open to CGOA members only. All entries must be original designs. All crochet techniques are encouraged, using any materials you like. Other fiber, needle and crafting arts may be incorporated in your design, but the overall impression must be crochet. Entrants will not be required to furnish written patterns. Please see the official entry form and information package for complete rules and details. Entries must be shipped to arrive at the collection location between June 1 and June 15, 2010. So grab that hook and get to it. Visit the CGOA site at crochet.org to join, or log on as a member to download your entry package. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 15, 2010 Email questions to: DesignContest@crochet.org Submitted by Doris Chan, Chairman, CGOA 2010 Design Competition Committee
  8. I so totally appreciate all who have posted about liking my books. I have just completed book three. WHOO-HOO! The book introduces some traditional crochet techniques that are new to me. I was so excited over learning this stuff that I had to leap right in and play with designs. The photography is done and everything looks SOOOO good. We are going for a gorgeous, classy, high-fashion appeal with this one. At the moment we are still battling over the title. I think they are winning. Am working on edits and rewrites now. ETA for release is Spring 2010. Will give up more info as things progress.
  9. This event has been cancelled, shucks. But I have moved my world teaching premier to another venue, the Fiber Summit Series Abroad, during a 10-day crochet adventure in the Italian Alps, late September 2010. Karen Whooley and I will be doing crochet workshops and classes between drinking wine and swooning over spectacular scenery. I will be starting another thread and spilling more details soon. Yours, Doris
  10. Hey MaryPat, You have mistaken our cruise with another. We are going to Canada, not China. Big difference! Our crochet cruise is a sweet deal and very doable, with absolutely NONE of the tourist problems you've described.
  11. Come and join me, Doris Chan, and co-host Mary Beth Temple, on a crochet cruise to Canada, July 4-9. We have awesome classes and activities planned. Check the Lace Wings site for more information and book soon. This will be my first ever cruise and my first ever crochet teaching gig; I'm not sure which scares me the most!
  12. Oh, and BTW, the reason there may be an extra corner increase in the center back (for one time only) for your size is because: --- Shaping the raglan shoulder using pattern stitches limits you to a certain progression of increases at each of the four corners. To make the body larger also means you make the armhole/sleeve larger at the same time. In order to maintain human proportions, some sizes have to get bigger in the body to a greater extent than in the arm, and it has to happen somewhere. Starting with a bigger neck would be an option. I do make the necklines of plus sizes a few stitches longer and perhaps a few rows/rounds lower. However, there is a limit to how much you can do this. The most attractive solution was to create increases in the center back and a matching one somewhere in the front, usually at the joining or shaping of the front neck. ---YES to marking your increase corners. If this is not made clear enough in the instructions, please try using a length of contrast yarn for a wrapped marker. Flip the end back and forth across the rows as you go, creating a dotted line through the corner. That way you can see where you've been! And can see where you should be going in case you miss wrapping the marker. Hope this helps Yours, Doris
  13. I wish I had more time to check out my favorite crochet sites for these kinds of questions about my books and designs. I am so pleased that many are attempting to crochet stuff from Everyday Crochet. Really, once you get the hang of the construction, you should get through it. The point of the book was to present a few basic garments and show different things you can do to them to suit yourself. The introduction to the book tells about why I chose to do these designs using variations of shells. I appreciate how crocheters here are helping each other figure out the wonky bits. I lurk here occasionally, but if I don't catch your questions and comments, please feel free to send a private message through this board. Yours, Doris
  14. Hey Everyone, My ears must have been burning! A friend tipped me off to this thread and I felt I should respond. I can understand the confusion. Our names are similar, and to add to the confusion, when written in Chinese characters, our names could actually BE the same. The currently accepted method of turning Chinese into English is called "pin-yin" or say-spell. Done in pin-yin, my last name today would read "Chun", I think. Whatever. Before pin-yin there was an older way, Wade-Giles. Sort of like how they changed "Peking" to "Beijing". I have no idea where "Chan" came from or when, but now I am sort of stuck with it LOL! For unknown reasons, many people are compelled to put a "g" at the end of my name for "Chang". I used to say "Chan as in Charlie Chan", but today nobody knows who Charlie Chan is. For a while I could say "Chan as in Jackie Chan". But that is not working out too well, either. At conferences and events I have been mistaken for Lily Chin. She and I laugh about it, but I think I am more amused than she. Although Lily is a decade younger than me, she has been building a massive career since she was a teen. Don't tell her this, but I was sort of a Lily wannabe at first. She certainly is a role model and a dynamic force in the industry. Anyway, I have never sold finished crochet garments or pieces on a professional level. My first paycheck earned by crocheting came from Lion Brand Yarn when I sold them a shawl pattern in 2002. I sold hundreds of designs to Lion Brand over the ensuing three years. Today I am pretty much a hired gun. I work for anyone who asks (and who will pay!). I am a professional crochet designer in that I come up with ideas for crochet, I make a sample garment, write a pattern, sell the package to magazines, yarn companies, book editors. Now I am an author of my own crochet design books as well. I do not have a website, alas. Me not technically inclined. But anyone here can reach me through PM. Does this spilling of my guts help settle the controversy? Yours, Doris
  15. Mermaiden, FABULOUS JOB. Yes, block it and it will make the pattern "pop" even more beautifully. Also, blocking makes the stitches hang better, the shawl may grow to a more generous size as well. The best way to make a bigger shawl is to bump up the gauge. This may be accomplished by either working the same weight yarn but use a larger hook than listed. Or use a thicker yarn (but as lofty and light as possible), more of a medium to heavy worsted weight. In any case, keep your work relaxed and BLOCK. See how it expands. Good luck! Doris
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