Did you fall off the blogosphere?!?
I am sure by now you are wondering if I fell completely off the blogosphere…..boy, have I missed blogging! It is as much of a creative outlet for me as crocheting itself.
The truth is, though, I have been too busy to find a few extra moments to blog. I have been SUPER busy tech editing some great patterns…..I can say, without a doubt, that there are some fantastic patterns coming out by some phenomenal designers and it is a pleasure to work with each and every one of them.
Also, for all those “dance moms” out there who can relate…..it is NUTCRACKER SEASON! So, my life revolves around Nutcracker rehearsals – not to mention piano lessons, swim practices, monitoring homework etc. Yep…..you would not believe how time-consuming it is to put together a 90-minute production with 100 dancers.
And, last but not least, I have been suffering from a back injury which has required numerous dr’s visits and some crazy meds that make me loopy.
I did find a few moments to review Interweave’s Crochet Accessories issue a couple of weeks ago. Initially, I was a little upset that this issue was not included with my standard subscription, but I made the extra trek to the book store anyway….what can I say? I am a crochet addict!….and the publication did not disappoint. It includes over 40 wonderful accessories patterns, many of which work up really quickly and could be done in time for Christmas.
Honestly, I could not pick a clear favorite pattern. But, I am dying to give Marcelle’s Fancy Neck Wrap by Sheryl Means (shown below) a try. I am off to the Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival this weekend, so I hope to find some great yarn to use in my wrap.
The best part of the issue, though, is a great article by Dora Ohrenstein on luxury yarns – my favorite topic! Ohrenstein does a splendid job of introducing crocheters to the beauty and benefits of working with cashmere, silk, linen, mohair, alpaca and yak yarn. And, I could not agree with her more – we need to treat ourselves to these finer fibers every now and then. Speaking of which, I still haven’t determined my budget for the upcoming alpaca festival. Considering the fact that I more than doubled my budget at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival last May, I am trying to be more realistic this go-round. Although, the good and bad news is that my husband will be there to keep me sane and constrained.
It’s good to be back! Happy stitching!