Tuesday, October 24, 2017

My Needle Arts Journey

Good Morning Everyone,

Just recovering from my fabulous weekend at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. So many happy people in one spot is surely a very uplifting sight.  I saw many old friends and also made so many new ones. After talking to so many people (my hoarse voice the next day was proof of too much talking), I realized that people were curious and asking me many questions as to how I got started etc. 

 I did a blog post for another blogger quite some time ago, they acknowledged receiving it and told me that they would let me know when it appeared, and I have not had another word since. 
The post took quite an effort on my part to put together, so I thought that I would post it here.




Margaret Hubert
My son likes to say, “My mom is an overnight success after only 40 years in the business.” This is not far from the truth. My life in the fiber world has been an odyssey—a long, adventurous journey, woven throughout with beautiful textiles. The journey began when I was about 5 years old and my mother taught me to knit. My mother, who was born in Italy, also learned to knit as a very young child.
She told me that their knitting was done strictly for utilitarian purposes and she was knitting her own stockings when she was about 9 years old. The beautiful yarns of today and the fabulous garments that are made from these yarns, always surprised her. My mother and I made all the garments for my first book.

I have no memory of these early lessons, but my sister recently told me that I would sit for hours making doll clothes. As I grew older I learned to crochet, sew, and quilt. I loved it all. 

While I initially learned all these crafts at a very young age, my successes in the world of knitting and crochet came much later, with helping hands from lots of people. Through the years I have owned a yarn shop, I was a needlework instructor for Bloomingdale’s, and a partner in a hand knit sweater business.

At Bloomingdale’s, a yarn representative from Brunswick Yarns, saw a sweater that I had designed. He was impressed by my work and gave me the names of several editors and encouraged me to show my work. The very first day that I met with editors, I sold 5 designs. I was elated, and opened up new possibilities for my journey, which continues today.

My work has been a great source of pleasure in my life and I feel very fortunate that I love what I do, and at my age, I can still do it. In 40 years in this business, I have published over 30 books, countless designs in magazines, and contributions to many other publications. As I write this, I am working on another new book. My first book, One Piece Knits That Fit, published in 1978, was a big hit, and I still get letters about that book to this day. For the past 15 years I have worked with Quarto US, and editor Linda Neubauer, who is the best ever. Linda, along with my family, has helped me navigate the transition to doing everything digitally—years ago I did everything on a typewriter and had to mail all entries into editors, or take a trip into the New York City to have meetings in person. During this process, my brain was often overloaded, but I am getting better at it every day.

I think part of my success is the fact that I am very versatile in my designs. I have designed everything from doggie sweaters to men’s extra large - but my main focus has always been women’s fashions. I get genuine pleasure from the feel and texture of the lovely materials available to us today. 

One of my favorite things to do is teaching workshops. About 16 years ago I was invited to speak at Professional Development Day at the Crochet Guild of America Conference in Chicago. This was a huge eye opener for me. I had no idea that these events even existed. Seeing so many avid crochet fans, gathered in one spot, taking classes, sharing stories, enjoying each other’s company, it was mind boggling. The following year I proposed classes to teach at several venues and another whole new world opened. Many students tell me that, while they love the idea of making a uniquely handmade garment that fits and flatters, either for themselves or as a gift, they find the process difficult. I love teaching them how to achieve this. One of my most popular workshops is “Customize your Knitting or Crocheting.” The response has been so great that I recently did two books on the subject. I get emails from students all the time telling me of the great satisfaction they feel when they can accomplish this. They always include pictures of their work, which brings me joy. My other most popular workshop is Free Form Knitting and Crochet. Students love this class and we have so much fun creating fabulous items. In the Free Form workshop, I give students some homework to complete before class, and something really unusual happens. Fifteen people, working from the same set of written instructions, come into class and every one of their pieces is totally different. I have actually been criticized for writing instructions for “Free Form”, but I feel by giving people a little jumpstart, their imagination takes over and amazing things begin to happen.

There is something very calming about working with your hands, and it has helped me immensely over the years. It is very therapeutic and can be a great stress reliever. Many tell me that their handwork helps them to cut down on various addictions. At the end of a busy day, what could be better than picking up some knitting needles or a crochet hook, some beautiful yarn, and creating something lovely.


My books, written since 1978 to present, include such titles as:

ONE PIECE KNITS THAT FIT
WEEKEND KNITTING
WEEKEND CROCHET
MORE WEEKEND CROCHET
HOOKED HATS
HOOKED BAGS
HOOKED THROWS
HOOKED SCARVES
HOOKED FOR TODDLERS
KNITS FOR MEN
KNIT OR CROCHET HAVE IT YOUR WAY
PLUS SIZE CROCHET
RUNWAY CROCHET
THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO KNITTING
THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO CROCHET
THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO KNITTING SECOND EDITION
THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO CROCHET SECOND EDITION
THE GRANNY SQUARE BOOK
GRANNY SQUARE FLOWERS
10 SQUARES 30 BLANKETS
10 SQUARES 30 BAGS
CUSTOMIZE YOUR KNITTING
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CROCHET
LACEWORK FOR ADVENTUROUS CROCHETERS
CROCHET BAGS, TOTES AND POUCHES
LOVELY LACE CROCHET
CROCHET SHAWLS
QUICK CROCHET HATS
CROCHET BLANKETS
TODDLER SIZE CROCHET
FIRST TIME TUNISIAN CROCHET
CROCHET FASHION SCARVES
CROCHET ESSENTIALS

Some samples of my work:

My first Free Form Jacket, combining knitting and crochet.

 Crochet Quilt done for Alchemy Yarns


Autumn in New York Shawl

Made the cover of CROCHET! magazine


My experiment Embellishing a mesh base, Using several different yarns, making a lighter weight free form garment.


I hope that you had fun taking my journey through the years.

Have a great day!

Margaret





Monday, August 28, 2017

CGOA Conference 2017

Good Morning Everyone,

We are enjoying a beautiful late summer day in New York, and I am busy working on a new project. I know that I am late with this, but I just wanted to post some fun pictures from the recent CGOA conference that took place in the Chicago area. Next year the conference will be held on the West Coast, so I hope some of you will be able to attend this great event.  I also wanted to announce the giveaway of a copy of my latest Granny Square Book Second Edition. To be eligible just leave a comment below (be sure to leave your email address). There will be a random drawing on Sept 12, and if you win, I will contact you for your mailing information. Sorry, but this offer is only open to US and Canada residents.


Be sure to leave a comment and your email address to eligible for drawing.

Have a great day

Margaret 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 18, 2017

Hi Everyone, it has been such a long time since I did a blog post that I almost forgot how to post.

Its been a rough couple of months. Lets just say that I was not sorry to see 2016 end, but 
unfortunately 2017 is not beginning much better. 

We are having a crochet guild meeting tomorrow, and since I have not been able to attend in quite a while I really wanted to go. We are collecting chemo caps and I had not even made one, so I decided that I better get busy. I started out making a really plain one, but somehow it took on a life of its own and turned out to be a really cute little hat. I really liked the way it turned out, so I wrote down the instructions and decided to share them. I only wished that I had made it in a little brighter color, but this is what I had on hand. I could not figure out how to add a PDF to my blog post, so I just added the instructions to bottom of post.

In spite of all, I am still working on another new book, and just about 3/4 way through, I will be very happy when it is done. 

 I hope that you enjoy making this quick, easy little hat.

Margaret





RUFFLED CHEM0 CAP                                      MARGARET HUBERT © 2017
CROCHET HOOK SIZE 10.5
GAUGE: 12 DC = 4 Inches
YARN: 1 skein Berroco Inca Tweed, 3.5 oz/100 g or any #3 weight yarn to get gauge.
Starting at Crown: (Note: all sc and dc worked from back loop until ruffle)
Ruffle worked through whole stitch.
Foundation: Ch 4, join with a slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: 8 sc in ring, mark beginning of rounds, carry up marker after each round, do not join after each sc round.
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around (16 sc).
Rnd 3: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (24sc).
Rnd 4: * 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (32sc).
Rnd 5: * 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (40 sc).
Rnd 6: * 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (48 sc).
Rnd 7: 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (56 sc).
Rnd 8: 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (64 sc).
join with a sl st to first sc, this completes crown, start dc rounds for body of hat.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc around, join with a sl st  to 3rd ch of beg ch 3 (64 dc).
Rnd 2: Ch 3 Cts as first dc, skip first dc, 1 dc in each dc around.
Rep Rnd 2 6 more times.
Ruffle:
Rnd 1:Ch 3 (cts as dc), skip first dc, 2 dc in next dc, *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * around (96 dc), join with a sl st to 3rd ch of  beg ch 3.
Rnd 2: *1 sc in each of the next 3 dc, 2 sc in next dc rep from * around (120 sc), join with a sl st to first sc.
Rnd 3: Work 1 row reverse sc all around, fasten off.

Small Flower:

Chain 4, join with sl st to form circle
Ch 1, make 10 sc in circle, join with a sl st
*Ch 2, make 3 dc in next st, ch 2 slip st in next st, repeat from * 4 times more (5 petals ) join with a sl st, end off






Friday, March 18, 2016

Crochetville Blog Tour March 18, 2016

Good Morning Everyone,

Its been quite a while since I did a blog post. I was kind of busy, working on 4 books over the past year. As I write this, I am in the process of ordering yarn for my next book. When Amy, from Crochetville, asked me to participate in the Blog Tour honoring crochet, during the month of March, I said that I would love to.


The Four new books are CUSTOMIZE YOUR CROCHET, 10 SQUARES 30 BLANKETS, 10 SQUARES 30 BAGS, and CUSTOMIZE YOUR KNITTING.

I have lots of special things for you today, a free pattern and several great prizes. All you have to do is leave a comment, and leave your email address, so that I can get in touch with the winners. The winners will be chosen at random.


The free pattern is one that I usually sell, but today it will be free for anyone who wants it. I tried to make it so that you could download it, but could not figure it out, so you will have to copy and paste. In addition to the free pattern, there will be five books and one Free Form Crochet DVD for 6 different winners, and one grand prize, which all entries will be eligible for.







AND THE GRAND PRIZE


This is a sweater from CUSTOMIZE YOUR CROCHET, it is a medium size, chest measures 37/38, everyone who leaves a comment and their email address will be eligible to win.

The Free Pattern is:



Thanks for visiting today, enjoy the rest of the tour.

Margaret



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More Amazing

Good Morning Everyone,

First day of July, gorgeous blue skies, everything around me bursting with color, I love the Summer.


In keeping with my blog posts about all the amazing people in my world, I would like to introduce you to my friend Stephen Haggerty.  I met Steve through my Shakespeare Club, and when he told me that he wrote poetry, I was immediately intrigued.

Stephen has written his first book called COWS IN THE FOG, and I love it. I asked Steve if I could interview him for a blog post.  I told him that my blog was mostly for knitters and crocheters, but that did not bother him at all, he said that he would be “honored” how’s that for a real gentleman J


MH: When did you realize you had a gift for writing poetry?

SH: In general, I realized I had a gift for writing in grade school. My father was a musician editing Broadway Musicals at the time, and he encouraged me to write. In first grade, in fourth grade, I won the class contest.
In college, my writing professor for poetry and fiction had me stay after class and told me I had the ability to be a successful poet and fiction writer. She liked a poem I wrote about a character in Vermont. I wrote with a spirit of enthusiasm, and was creative in coming up with ideas.

MH: What was your schooling?

I graduated from Greenwich High School in Conn. I received my bachelor’s degree from Southern Vermont College in Communications with a minor in English Literature. I went to the University of South Carolina on a full scholarship to the College of Journalism. There I studied with William Price Fox, who was known to be one of the top fiction writing teachers in the U.S. (He taught with Kurt Vonnegut at the U. of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, known as the leading U.S. writing school.)

During college, I wrote articles for the Bennington Banner in Vermont.

For my first job, I was selected as one of 40 students for the American Society of Magazine Editor’s Internship Program in New York. Upon completion I was chosen as one of three American students by the Vice President of McGraw-Hill Publications as a trainee.

I worked at McGraw-Hill Publications as a reporter, writer and staff editor for magazines, and have also edited published inspirational magazine articles. I wrote and edited many pieces.

MH: What inspires your poems?

My poetry was inspired by the fact that I love to read poetry. On still evenings when snowflakes are falling, or on quiet evenings listening to the brook flowing and to crickets chirping, I like to enter into a poem and to be swept away by its feeling.

     For this book, I was inspired by my childhood summers in Vermont. We lived secluded summers working on family dairy farms six miles back on a dirt road working for people whose families had lived there since the 1700s. I spent many afternoons walking up mountains, strolling through meadows and streams. At night, we would walk in the dark down country dirt roads. Writing poetry takes me out into nature.

Writing poetry also gives me warm connections to people. I am sharing my life, and learning about other people. I enjoy reading my poems to groups to do this. 

Here is a photo of Steve reading some of his poems to our Shakespeare Club.




   Here Stephen is posing with his new book, and I added my great grandson's visiting flat Stanley into the photo. Steve was such a good sport and got a kick out of it.

Cows in the Fog will be available on amazon.com very soon.

Stay tuned, I know a lot of interesting, fascinating and truly amazing people.

Have a great day,

Margaret