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I agree with your assessments, and actually like to alternate between easy and difficult patterns just to keep my interest .
One thing you didn't mention, was if you're trying to improve your brain function (cognitive, memory, etc), or keep it at the level it's at and not decline, then reading and doing complicated patterns is great for that. That's what I started doing to combat "chemo brain".
2 years ago on Are Simple or Complicated Crochet Patterns More Healing?
I liked your 365 days...., but I think you definitely needed more people, clothes, etc. to keep it up. Your style is a little funky for what I'd wear, but that's ok. You're younger and funkier than me anyway. That's how it's supposed to be. Everyone should have their own style.
I never visited that site, and I generally like more positive things too. But sometimes, I do look at something and think - Just because you CAN make it, doesn't mean you SHOULD! HA HA That's just me. I still love seeing what people make. It's more odd color combinations that drive me nuts.
2 years ago on Ha! Site Makes Fun of My Crochet Style (and 365 Update)
I just love lace. I thought it might be complicated, but sounds like it's not. Can't wait to try it. I followed u on facebook and put it on there, I al ready follow u both, so I retweeted u on twitter, and tweeted about the giveaway also.
2 years, 1 month ago on Ellen Gormley’s Learn Bruges Lace (with Giveaway)
How do u use or make up the codes? I'm guessing you must have to pay someone to do it?:)
2 years, 2 months ago on How Crochet Lovers Can Use QR Codes
Congratulations on your book. You should be proud to put out such a thought provoking book. And it's so true!. Actually I would have commented sooner, but it hit two nerves I don't like to think about.
You may remember, I told you my story when you recently asked why you started to crochet. I started during my Cancer treatment. I definitely needed something to keep my mind off the whole thing, and it helped with that and lots of the other things you mention that go along with a devastating illness. When I started, I did things for cancer awareness, and made flowers to take to chemo for other patients to put on their hats, etc.
I also recently lost my father to a long illness, and crocheted a lot at his bedside. It did help. He loved his "man shawl" afghan, and used it every day. At the end, I made a big warm poncho for myself (for my son's early baseball games). The more upset I was, the faster I crocheted:( It was very comforting, and I was glad I had the distraction, as I couldn't have started a new project then or right after he passed.
I read some excerpts from your book, they were spot on. So much so that right now, my father's passing is still too fresh to read the whole book. But when I'm able to, I definitely will. In the meantime, I want to thank you for putting it out there. Lots of times it's so hard to see what you need when you're in the midst of a life changing situation.
And I'm really glad you found crochet when you needed it the most.
2 years, 2 months ago on Amazing Crochet Health Stories from the Google Archives
I don't understand why designers aren't forthright about whether it's crochet or knit. Either way it's beautiful, and inspirational. I know you like things to be exact, so maybe you could call it something like "Inspirational Designer Crochet and Openwork (crochet like) Knit". You know what I mean. You could come up with something better. And I know I wouldn't hold it against you having openwork knit. It does look like crochet, and they are trying to imitate crochet with those stitches,
A side note, it would be interesting to know which items are hand knitted or machine knitted that look like crochet. (I don't knit either).
2 years, 3 months ago on That Popular Pucci Crochet Dress Isn’t Crocheted
I just made 3 "Spider web" beach cover ups. 2 adult, 1 for my gdtr. (of course). I have to figure out where to post them so u can see them. They're really cute. Design is by the Double Stitch Twins, Debbie Stoller, Redheart (I think I got all the credits right). Can also be worn over clothes. I had to adapt the pattern for a 3T-4T, but it turned out pretty good. But you can see the original I just checked, it's called "Trippy Tunic". If you download the pattern, be sure to get the corrected version.
2 years, 3 months ago on 5 Unique Crochet Items from Swimwear Designer Anna Kosturova
I made my grndgtr. crochet pants last winter. They were ok, but the diaper kinda spoiled the look. I'm hoping now that she's not wearing diapers, that they might still fit and look better now. I'll let u know.
2 years, 3 months ago on Crochet Pants Really Can Look Cute. These 20+ Examples Prove It!
I hate having knots in my work. Like in the middle of a skein, and all of a sudden there one is! GRRR! Makes me so mad. There should never be a knot nt yarn you by. That said, I still hate putting knots in my work, but can't say I'm above that. Ye,s I have done it before, but only if it could really be hidden,. I don't even like the joins looking like knots. So I try differnt ways to avoid them. But sometimes the yarns just begging you to knot it and get it over with. LOL
2 years, 3 months ago on How Do You Feel About Putting Knots In Your Crochet?
I was wondering when you would sign in on the USOC controversy. I agree that companies have a right to protect their trademark. Albeit sometimes it seems an unwarranted situation. I also agree with those that wonder how they actually got rights to a trademark that began hundreds of years ago in Greece. (I understand about partitioning the courts and all, but can't believe anyone thought they had the right to own it).
I was very upset by the derogatory language the USOC used. It was absolutely not necessary to put down our craft. I also think they missed a huge opportunity to create allies with all crafters that they dissed. And some of those other groups were to directly benefit our athletes. Basically, "they cut off their nose to spite their face".
Then they added insult to injury with their apologies. Let's face it, heads had to roll over all the bad press this whole thing created.
After all that, I have to honestly say that I had an exciting day seeing the magnitude of response from our fellow crafters. The speed of the social medias we used to express our feelings. And best of all, the camaraderie I felt as we all came togeather to voice our opinion.
And now I think this has created an opportunity for us to use our voice to our advantage. Whether it be by educating people of the value of our time, and our craft, or getting support when our copyrights are violated. I know others have recognized this, and though, I'm not the type to just wait to see what others will do, I'm still new to all this. In this case I think there are several blogs better able to bring about some changes (such as @Crochet Liberation Front, @Aberrant Crochet, @Ravelry and @Crochet Concupiscence - or course) to name a few.
In the meantime, I'd hate to see the Olympics or their sponsors boycotted, as that will only hurt our athletes, and certainly help no one. And I do think we should nix referring to it as the geeks vs. the jocks. Way too much generalization there. I don't know if I'll participate in any games or races during the Olympics, but I will be crocheting while I listen/watch. And just knowing that thousands of others will be crocheting and knitting at the same time makes me feel good.
As always, thanks for listening, and giving me a place to voice my opinion. Love the versatility of your blog.
2 years, 4 months ago on Overview of the Olympics, Ravelympics and Trademark Protection Issues in the News
2 years, 4 months ago on My Crochet Home: Circle Vests = Wall Art
@CrochetBlogger Yes, I actually have Dora Ohrenstein's new book. I am very excited about it also. Just haven't had enough time to do more than look through it. Seems like I always put down what I'm crocheting for myself to do projects for others. ie. doing a bathing suit cover up for my son's girlfriend instead of finishing my cashmere shawl for an upcoming wedding. :)
2 years, 4 months ago on Ashley Nell Tipton: Crochet Details for the Full-Figured High-Style Chick
@ Marly Bird @ Craftsy also has a nice online class teaching you how to adapt patterns for the full figure. She also shares some patterns and has a book I believe it's called @Curvey Crochet. Although the sweaters and vest are simple patterns, I loved learning how to adapt or write my own patterns to flatter my style and figure.
Did you see the @"Interweave Crochet" summer 2012 issue? I just pinined picture of the @Coogee Bay Dress by Jenny King. Beautiful lace dress to wear as top layer. I can't wait to make it. It's a plus size. I'm trying it in different yarn, which is on order. Love it! I think you'll find me under Joyce Armstrong or Joyannerose if you want to check it out.
Love the jean jacket, skirt and shorts! Jeans and lace, awesome combination!
2 years, 4 months ago on 10 Ideas for Upcycling Denim with Crochet
I love the variety of your articles. You've opened my eyes to many sides of crochet that I never thought about.. Especially crochet as an art form in itself. Being practical by nature, I like that it's beautiful and useful.
Although I love to read, I sometimes do skim over an article to get to the pictures. But that's cause I'm so addicted to crochet, especially lace.
As far as learning, I need to read each part of the stitch step by step so I can get it. It's only been in this past year that I discovered the beauty of diagrams. I love them. It's so much easier to "get" what you're doing when you can see it. I hate patterns that don't tell you where you're starting, or are so wordy it gets confusing. So I tend to use both (to satisfy the perfectionist in me).
My Grammy taught me how to crochet when I was young, but I never sat still long enough to get into it. When I got cancer five years ago, my son told me I needed a hobby to get my mind off the treatment and all the anxiety that goes with it. So I started making jewelry. It was ok, but very tedious. About that time I also realized I needed something more challenging to fight the "chemo brain" I had. I figured if I could read crochet patterns, then I could keep my brain functioning. So I started crocheting jewelry. It wasn't long before I got so hooked (no pun intended) that I wanted to make everything I saw! I loved having my hands being so busy (especially since my body no longer could). I'd love to get into it as a business, or start a crochet group, or yarnbomb something, anything. So far, I haven't gotten that far as I can't wait to finish one project to start another.
In the meantime, I tell everyone, crocheting is an excellent and rewarding way to fight "chemo brain" and anxiety.
And keep writing all those thought provoking articles (with the pictures). :)
2 years, 4 months ago on Not All Crocheters are Visual
I love pinks, teals and purple/lavender. I do like brown, black and white and gray used as contrast for these colors, but have a terrible time seeing when using black. I do like rainbows in the sky, and as decorative kids, party type things. But I have a real pet peeve about mixing colors that do not match. (At least to me). Brown and pink, teal and brown, teal and gray, pink and gray, are all nice combos. But I can't stand seeing, say, orange and red, or pink and red, The trend of green and pink is hard for me, but I am getting used to it. I like things that I can mix and match or different shades of the same color or a neutral color to contrast it.. .
2 years, 6 months ago on Crochet Blog Week Day One: Color
Hey Birthday Girl - I got 6 more tweets in. Can't wait to check out all the things i tweeted. :) From Birthday Girl aka @Joyannerose (Joyce Armstrong)
2 years, 6 months ago on The Huge “Spread The Word” Crocheter’s Dream Giveaway
I've been busy, but you know I'm still new at a lot of these social networks. I tried posting a lot more than I actually did. Anyway. I know I Pinned 3 of your 365 ways to wear crochet. I pinned 6 of your art/designers and and Liked all 6 for FB (Not sure if that's what you meant for us to do). Definitely put 1 on facebook. Tweeted 5 of your list. Also tweeted about your blog as it wouldn't let me put any more of your list up right now?! I also followed you on FB and Twitter, and friend req. you. (I don't have a blog (yet), so I thought the tweet would help. Wow, not much for 3 hours on internet. But I found lots of interesting things. (Most of my pins are copied frrom you).
Everything should be under Joyannerose. Happy Birthday again.
Kathryn, you are so inspiring. I do like this site. (Even though the phone app gives me grief sometiimes). I'lve kind of wanted to try tweeting, so maybe this is a chance to do it. However, I'm still working on Pininterest. Anyway, I wanted to tell you Happy Birthday. You have a great birthday, it's mine too! And on Friday the 13th even!! That's ok, us Aries can handle it! LOL Have a good week., And you'll definitely hear from me. It's a great package you're giving away. (Now my comments are out of the way) LOL
I did it. I posted 6 from the magazine. I even lost half my bookmark bar (which is still gone), but I managed to get another pin it button. Thanks for introducing Pinterest to me. I do everything under Joyannerose, so I guess that's where you'll find me. lol
2 years, 6 months ago on Pin It! Crochet! Magazine Giveaway
I think it's me. you got me interested in it when you had that discussion on it., a few weeeks ago. I signed up, but didn't really know what to do so I've mostly been following people. But I think I got 2 posted (finally) last night. None of my kids have tired it yet, so they're no help. I think I get so wrapped up in crocheting, I don't really want to take the time to figure it out. So if I don't get it right away, I feel like I'm wasting my crocheting time. lol Anyway, its a cool site, and i'll try to post some more. I guess it's under Joyannerose.
I love the sweaters. I've been trying to pin them, but I seem to be having trouble. I'll try again in morning.
You make an excellant point about lawyers being taught to value their work (maybe too much :) And people thinking crochet is a hobby is definitely going to make it harder to seek payment. I guess we have to try to keep pushing it as "one of a kind, hand crafted item". Guess we still have a long way to go.
As for the cashmere, thanks for checking into it. I was going to do similar things, and I have books from Robyn Chachula and I think Doris Chan also, so I'm glad they have some patterns. Ralvery kinda overwhelms me, but I've been trying to get back on it, as I know they have great info. I can't wait to use the cashmere. I'll probably buy an outfit just so I can make a shrug! Which is kind of backwards I know. lol
2 years, 7 months ago on Should You Be Paid for Your Crochet Knowledge? (Friday Open Discussion)
Is this topic any different than the doctor that's constantly solitited for advice? Or the lawyer, nurse, carpenter, etc... I think we have to handle it in the same manner. If they're asking general, interesting questions in a social situation, then I don't think there's anything wrong with having the discussion. Depends of what type of person you approach also. Some people like to talk, give advice, and share their passion. Others do not. But when it comes to specifics, we need to adopt their way of handling it. Such as you suggested, where they could look to find and answer, or to "make an appt." type of answer.
I do however feel that if someone openly gives advice on a regular basis, and asks people if they have any questions, there's nothing wrong with asking one. Again, the recipient of the question has the right to suggest that this would be too detailed (or whatever) of an answer to answer in her forum, and would she be interested in a private consultation?
I do strongly believe that if you offer a pattern (free or paid), and part of the deal is "if you have any questions, just ask and I'll help you",
they you should absolutely check it frequently and answer the questions that are listed. Many a time I've seen questions gone unanswered.
Now, not to incur any wrath, I recently asked someone about crocheting with some cashmere yarn I bought. So I'll throw it out there and you can answer or not, or tell me if it's inappropriate, or direct me to resources. I never crocheted with 100% cashmere and was wondering how the drape would be for a sleeveless shrug . I have several books on yarns, and I'm trying to learn about the different yarns, but I just wanted someone's opinion that has worked with it before. Either way, thanks for listening.
Two points to consider. First, due to the sexual nature of the crocheted items, I don't think men would take this as a serious political move. I tend to think they'd make fun of these items instead.
Second, and actually more important to me, there are cancer support groups that promote cancer awareness for those "below the belt" cancers that are often overlooked. To that end, crocheted female sexual organs are made, anatomically correct, in an attempt to teach women about self awareness, to know what normal looks like, and to help open discussions on the different types of cancers, symptoms, research, cures, etc..
So I guess I'm saying, I don't want something that can be a useful tool turned into a joke. I realize this is not anyone's intention, and that there may be little awareness of this use for crocheted sexual organs. I just felt this is a fact that should be taken into consideration before deciding if you want to participate or not in this movement.
2 years, 7 months ago on Discussion: Sending Crochet Vaginas to Our Government
I read all the comments with interest, as I have had some of the same feelings. I also don't like to repeat the same pattern unless it's really quick and small. And though I don't mind crocheting for charity, again I like it small and quick. I also feel like I have so much I want to crochet and so little time, that I want to crochet for my pleasure. The pointers on crocheting for family were good ones. I want to crochet everything for my 2 yr. old granddaughter (I have all sons). But ..... I find I need to crochet to her parents taste, or they won't put it on her. (Unless I say to put it on her when I'll be watching her, which I do). Thing is, she loves when I make her things. And she puts them herself (like playing dress up). Which is ok too, but darn it, I want to make it and have her wear it. And if I ask her Mother her opinion ahead of time so she will put it on her, she wants to change things up, so sometimes I just don't make it then. It's worse if it's for her, so everyone got crocheted things at Christmas but her. Oh, I did do a make -up remover pad set, and I don't have to know if she uses it or not. lol Glad I found this site.
2 years, 8 months ago on Friday Open Discussion: Crochet Resentments