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