And another 6 months has gone by……

Maybe I just felt that there was nothing happening that would interest crocheters? Let’s see, what has happened in my crochet world? I had a “crochet depression” that lasted from last summer around Christmas, and No crocheting at all during that time. It happens! But since then, the hook has been busy. A Minion hat for a great-nephew, a few doilies, 5 baby blankets using some vintage Susan Bates sport weight yarn, and now a runner using an old Coats & Clark pattern. The runner is the center of my crocheting right now, although not the only piece I’m working on right now.  Because I have made some adjustments to the pattern, this is a good place (along with Ravelry) to post my notes.  Here is a scan of the center of the piece:

Center of runner

Center of runner

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My latest obsession

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With tiny appliques!

With tiny appliques!

Some of the first ones.

Some of the first ones.

More tiny ponybeads.  Love how they show up in the variegated threads!

More tiny ponybeads. Love how they show up in the variegated threads!

Yes, it’s been well over a year since my last post. I had one of my “off” years of no crocheting, which comes around about every 10 years but usually doesn’t last this long. Considering that crocheting (doing, collecting, and selling) has been such a big part of my life since my mother taught me when I was 12, it’s hard to believe I just quit cold. But now the bedspread for a cousin, which had only 3-1/2 rounds of border to finish when I quit crocheting, is finished. Now to sew in all the ends and take pictures. Hopefully that will be inspiration to finish the oval pineapple tablecloth and start on the next tablecloth in line.

But what got me back in the mood was a mention from my daughter-in-law that she had not even had time to crochet some sock trims for her young nieces. So I told her to mail them to me, and I would have some finished for her when she visited in a week. The socks (and beads) arrived, and I start a hunt for patterns with Ravelry. If you’ve been out of the mood like I was, that’s a great place to go and get back in the mood.

Besides the fellowship of like-minded knitters, crocheters, and other fiber-fiends, Ravelry is a tremendous search resource when hunting for ideas, sources, patterns (for sale and free) that just isn’t found anywhere else. Looking for one more skein of that discontinued yarn to finish a project? Put out a request on the In Search Of forum or browse stashes to see if anybody has some they would be willing to sell. Looking for the pattern for that bedspread a beloved aunt crocheted back in the 1950s? Do a pattern search and then narrow down the parameters and see if a picture pops up. It’s amazing!

So, I’m exploring Ravelry and find some cute sock trims that somebody crocheted and there’s mention of the pattern source, Crochet World February 2013. Ooh, I have a subscription and that entitles me to use the electronic edition on their website! After the first pair, made with beads instead of buttons because I didn’t have enough of one kind, I was hooked. And because of Ravelry I could get in touch with the designer of the pattern and thank her for her inspiration. After the first few pair, there was the need to do “something a little different”, and the search was on for motif/applique/fridgie patterns crocheted with yarn, that would be tiny crocheted with thread.

So, here’s what has come off the hooks so far. but I’m sure there will be plenty more. My neighbor has several young girls in her life, and she will be bringing me socks. I have 2 small great-nieces who might like them. The list is probably going to expand LOL

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Still loving the potholders

My goal was 52 this year, one per week, but I’ve made over 40 already. They’re like the dessert of crochet!

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The “western” ph

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Have I been busy or what?

It’s raining potholders!

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And more potholders….

Be prepared, I’m on a potholder binge. And until it runs it’s course, I’ll be “finding” potholders in all kinds of patterns. But first here are a few more that I’ve crocheted in the last few days. The rose is a vintage pattern and can be found in a lot of places, and the starburst is also vintage in lots of variations.

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Where does the time go?

It’s been months since I posted, and the baby blanket is still nicely rolled up beside my Crochet Spot in the den! My husband has decided that I miss the interaction with my customers and that I need to start going to the craft shows again after 20 years, so we’ve been going to a little flea market about 20 miles from here. Papa D’s on Facebook, if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

That means that I need to start crocheting marketable things again, and that hasn’t been done for so long that my mind just goes in circles trying to think of things to sell. What sold the last couple of months was girly hats for little girls. And Christmas stuff. And the ever-popular baby blankets, the same pattern I came up with back in the 30-plus years ago. But what I’m in love with right now are thread potholders. You know, those things that are really not serviceable that your grandmother had hanging on her kitchen wall, and she threatened you if you dared try to use it. “Aunt So-and-so made that for me, and I love it – don’t use it!” Those potholders… Here are a couple that I’ve made since the New Year.

And here is the potholder pattern that I actually use, the only one I use in the kitchen because it is double thick but made in one piece.  No, it’s not “that” one, but this one:

The potholder pattern is about 1/2 way down the page.  I bought the pattern set back in the very early 1980s, but Sally George’s daughter put the patterns up on her own web site free in memory of her mother.  The potholder is a little tricky to start, but once you get in the rhythm of it you’ll love it.  It’s my take-along project for road trips because I don’t need the pattern anymore!

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