I was trying to decide whether to give up this blog, since it’s been over a year since I posted, and my annual domain registration fee was due. Also I have been doing very little beading. Instead I’ve been obsessed with crochet lately. I first learned to crochet from my grandmother when I was just a child. Back then in the 70s, it was the era of ugly acrylic yarns and if there were any nice patterns, I didn’t really have the skills or patience to make anything beyond a scarf or granny squares. Eventually I moved onto other crafts. I knew things had changed a lot since then, but for a long time I avoided the temptation to take up crochet hook or knitting needles again.
However, it’s been a life long dream to make my own clothing. I have a long way to go to become proficient at sewing, but I still remembered the basic crochet (and knitting) stitches from my childhood. I started looking at patterns on the internet. I discovered ravelry.com. The allure was inescapable. I’m trying to stick with crochet for now, but I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m buying knitting needles as well. Here is a collage of some of the things I’ve made. Most patterns you can find on Ravelry. A couple are from the book “Crochet That Fits” by Mary Jane Hall. Currently I am working on a handbag of my own design. There will be more beading and crochet, and perhaps some hybrid of the two, to come.