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1 year, 2 months ago on 20 Crochet Style Examples from 1971 McCall’s
Hi Kat: Wow, some of these pieces are terrific! Love the two piece green suit at the beginning and the lacy dresses. I don't suppose you know where I could find patterns for any of these?
I don't have pictures but I just used free patterns from Ravelry for little dogs-I measured him first and made tiny adjustments. The cutest one was one I made using faux fur yarn. It's pretty torn up now though!
1 year, 7 months ago on Betty in Blue (crochet for dogs)
Very cute! I have a big dog (Buddy), who thinks my little dog Charlie's sweater is somesort of a carryall. Little Charlie gets cold in winter so I put his sweater on and soon after, Buddy is trying to pick him up using the sweater as a handle. I've gone through 3 adorable sweaters so far this winter!
This is a wonderful article! I am a crochet designer who writes patterns for magazines. If I had my way there would be much more info in patterns at all levels. Unfortunately, magazines are limited to a certain amount of pages- so my patterns have to adhere to their specifications. The good news is that most are very happy to answer questions for readers and print corrections online. Thanks for this informative piece Kat.
1 year, 8 months ago on Making Assumptions When Reading a Crochet Pattern
Thanks for posting this review Kathryn-I ordered the ebook on Ravelry as soon as I read it. I was a needlepointer for many years before I focused on crochet and have recently been trying to figure out how to do some work that looks like bargello. The book goes far beyond anything I came up with and I'm thrilled!
1 year, 9 months ago on Not Your Nana’s Needlework: Bargello Crochet Pattern Book
Thanks to Kathryn and Underground Crocheter for all the great info.!
1 year, 10 months ago on Join the Ripple CAL Hosted by Underground Crafter and Win Prizes!
Marilyn Murphy, publisher of Interweave Crochet (etc.). was the first person to take an interest in my work-way back in the 80's when she was the owner of The Weaving Workshop in Chicago. She asked me to do a little show in the shop-which was my 1st. I'm sure she doesn't even remember me after all these years but she is my HERO.
I always think of her and the amazing yarns and world class classes she offered when I need inspiration.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Honor of Being Compared to CLF
I destash things when my church has a yard sale or I know someone can use something-I have no problem giving away furniture, appliances, artwork, clothes, etc. but I (like pepperann) cannot part with my yarn. The amount of yarn I have is obscene but I always think I might need it. At my advanced age, I worry about what will happen to my stash when I die-I want it to go to someone who will appreciate it! I can't believe I just admitted all this!
1 year, 11 months ago on Decluttering: I’m Drowning in Crochet
Thank you for your uplifting story. I can relate because I have a neurological disease which causes intense pain when it flares up. At other times, I'm just "in pain" which I don't really even consider to be pain anymore-just part of my life. Crocheting is the only thing that can keep my mind off the extreme pain when it occurs-It just shows the amazing power the mind can have!
I can crochet and suddenly realize that I've forgotten about the pain for a decent period of time.
I related to your mention of having to wait for someone to pick someting up for you if you drop it. I used to be fiercely independent and would rather suffer than ask for help. I think one of the reasons God has allowed this to happen to me is to humble me. I'm learning to take from others rather than just trying to control everything myself. It's very hard for me-but necessary for me to become a better person.
I will pray for you and hope you have many many years of happiness from crochet!
1 year, 11 months ago on Pain of Neurological Failure Reduced With Crochet
Wow-I had no idea there were so many crochet-themed fabrics out there! I know how to sew but I really truly hate using a sewing machine-one hook or needle is the limit of my patience. But I have to admit- these fabrics do give me a lot of ideas!
2 years, 1 month ago on Fabrics Designed with Crochet Lovers in Mind
My heart goes out to Laura-what a brave and beautiful story. I also have so much admiration and respect for the fact that Laura shared her story with others, especially after rejection from friends who couldn't deal with her loss.
I believe a key element in almost all crochet survival and healing stories is in one way or another linked to the idea of service to others. Although Laura was in terrible mental pain-she still was able to lift herself up by shaing her work with others. In addition-the fact that some people were willing to purchase her work had to be an enormous boost to her self-confidence.
I read that in general, crocheters most often make pieces for gifts and charity. I think that says a lot about the crochet community and why I'm proud to be a tiny part of it. Thanks to Laura and to Kathryn!
2 years, 1 month ago on True Story: Crochet Helps on the Psych Ward
Sharon Silverman is such a good designer-her work is so well thoughtout! I, on the other hand, am working on a crochet thread design for a boho style window valance. I've already chucked the first two attempts-hoping the third will be the charm.
2 years, 1 month ago on Sneak Peak: Scarves, Scarves and More Scarves
I'd been crocheting for over 30 years (off and on) and was retired from my career before I got the confidence to submit a pattern. Unbelievably-the first one I sent in got published! Since then, I've had my share of rejections and I feel like giving up every time I get one-but then another one gets accepted when I least expect it. We all have our own pace and our own inner timeclock-don't give up-your time will come!
2 years, 1 month ago on Emerging Crochet Artist Issa Abou-Issa
I have to agree with the other commenters that felt Olek's comment was being lost in translation. When I read it I felt proud to be a poor crocheter! I have seen poor people crochet with anything and everything they could find and it just lifts my heart to the sky. I own an amazing crocheted basket made with red, blue and white electrical wire left behind by work men in Jamaica. I bought the basket from an incredibly talented and incredibly poor woman living in a shack by the side of a road. I also own a beautiful rug that a poor woman crocheted from what was left of her husbands old work clothes. I treasure these pieces because they remind me that no hardship, no loss or poverty can silence the creative spirit.
While it is possible to crochet amazing things when you have money-the true crochet artist emerges when everything has been taken away and all that is left is the unstoppable, burning desire to create.
Crochet is the peoples' craft!
2 years, 1 month ago on Is Crochet For Poor People? Olek Says So.
I'm a big fan of street art and Issa about Issa's pacman crochet pieces are quite witty. They are a crochet homage to Space Invader who is a pioneer of the street art movement. Early on, Space Invader's street art consisted of small tile pictures in the shape of the Pacman icon.
If you haven't seen it and you love street art-watch the Banksy documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" (Netflix) It's a fascinating portrait of the early street art movement.
You've probably seen the hilarious "OBEY CROCHET" graphic with the fist holding a hook-well, that's a take off of Shepard Fairey's (a.k.a. OBEY) early work featuring Andree the Giant with the word OBEY underneath.
I love seeing crochet connect with art-thanks Kathryn.
Well, I know how I'll spend the rest of my day now! Quick question for Kathryn-tell the truth-do you ever sleep?
2 years, 1 month ago on The Best Crochet Blog Posts of the Week (Link Love!)
All I can say is this story is a portrait in courage.
2 years, 1 month ago on Crochet In Treating Schizophrenia: Aurore’s Story
So glad you plan to include this in your marketing down the road-I am really passionate about finding ways to help people with mental illness. Probably because I'm one of them! I'll let you know if I get any feed back. One thing I'm concerned about is that they don't allow hooks on the locked wards. I'm thinking that they might accept some of the big big hooks made of wood-but if anyone has a better idea I'd love to know about it!
2 years, 1 month ago on Crochet Helps with 3 Phases of Bipolar Disorder: Depression, Hypomania, Mania
Hi again! Once I start reading you posts-I can't stop. I'm wondering if the mental health community has embraced the use of "crochet groups"? Also do you know if crochet is being suggested to bi-polar patients by health care providers? I've been thinking about sending copies of your book to my addictionologist and to some in-patient Behavioral health facilities I'm familiar with. Do you think this would be something that would be welcomed?
Another fascinating blog Kathryn-I mentioned in another post that I was an interior designer before I retired and began some serious crocheting. You brought back a lot of funny memories-I was once working on a hospital remodel and we met with the CEO. He had red/orange hair and was wearing an orange shirt. The conference room was done in-you guessed it-orange. His secretary came out with coffee and she had red/orange hair. As we toured the hospital, everything was orange-the carpets, the upholstery, the drapes-nothing was spared! The only room that was different was the emergency waiting room which was painted RED-yup-red.
It was obvious we had to handle this color situation with delicacy. We finally presented a cheerful blue/soft orange color scheme which was approved. Betcha there weren't any cases of underactive thyroid in that hospital!
2 years, 1 month ago on Choosing the Right Color Yarn to Elevate your Mood
I had not heard about Meniere's disease until now. I'm also blown away by the fact that crochet can help schizophrenia. It made me recollect a conversation I had with a young woman and her husband in the emergency waiting room of a hospital. The woman had a large quantity of beautifully colored yarn with her in a bag and was crocheting. Naturally I asked her about her work! As the conversation progressed, she explained to me that she was a schizophrenic waiting to be admitted to the Behavioral wing because of a serious episode she recently experienced. Her husband told me that she didn't go anywhere without her yarn and hook but that she wouldn't be allowed to keep her hook and yarn once she was admitted due to "safety" restrictions. I felt so bad about that because it was obviously so comforting to her. I never forgot her story and hope she and her husband are doing well.
2 years, 1 month ago on 5 Unususal Illnesses that Can Be Healed With the Help of Crochet
Kathryn, I was reading through all of your wonderfully inspiring blogs on crochet and healing this week when it suddenly hit me that your new book "Crochet Saved My Life" is the crocheters equivalent of the AA Bible called The Big Book! Most people have heard of the 12 Steps but The Big Book is probably most familiar to AA and NA members. It is an invaluable book that's been around for many many years. It consists of stories of severe alcoholics who were not only saved but lifted up and redeemed by AA.
Each story has special meaning for individual members. There is always one story that knocks you off your feet because it's YOUR story. There are special Big Book meetings where each week another story is read aloud and discussed by members.
As I read the stories in your book, more than a few hit me so hard that I began to cry. Although I did not write them, I suddenly realized that I was reading my own story. This is a transformative experience. It lets a person who is isolated and in pain know that no matter how difficult their life is there is someone else who suffered as they are suffering and came through on the other side.
It lets us know that in this "valley of tears" we are not alone. Thank you thank you thank you.
2 years, 1 month ago on Crochet Saved My Life
I think you're one of those people whose right brain is as well developed as their left brain! If there is such a thing!
2 years, 1 month ago on Top 10 Reasons Crochet Can Help You Heal
Congratulations Kathryn on another incredible blog post! I can relate to every one of your BIG 10 but I didn't truly understand how crochet was helping me- I didn't connect the dots like you've done so beautifully. All I knew was that something deep inside drove me to want to crochet when I was in pain, going through depression or avoiding the desire to use drugs to block the pain and depression.
I also knew it almost always lifts my mood to communicate with other crocheters online but I really didn't dig much deeper into my thought process.
And yes to boosting self-esteem and every other item on the rest of your list!
As they say-"the unexamined life is not worth living" and you are helping us towards that noble end. I'm sure you are touching many lives in ways you may never know. God bless you Kathryn.
I'm a retired interior designer from Chicago-fashion was everything in those days and I would have gone straight for theTams. I am presently living in a little copper mining town in the mountains. All I could envision when I looked at the Toms were the thousands of microscopic pebbles that cover my yard popping happily through all those pretty little lacy openings-Ouch!
2 years, 1 month ago on Krochet Kids Vans Crochet Shoes
My aesthetic preference goes to Toms. But which one would I actually wear-Vans. It's a lifestyle choice for me.
I don't think I have ever seen anyone knitting at a meeting. I've always been interested in what makes someone prefer crochet over knitting-there seem to be certain personality traits that crocheters exhibit that knitters don't and vice versa. Of course there are some who do both and traits that the two groups have in common but my gut tells me healing and crochet are joined at the hip.
2 years, 1 month ago on Introduce Yourself Here
You might also like to know that when I attend open sessions of AA there are even more hooks there- I guess recovering alcoholics as a group are more traditionally craft oriented (just kidding maybe). Love what you do Kathryn!
I adore M. Vionnet- I think her work is timeless-thank you for this post!
2 years, 1 month ago on Designer Crochet: Madeleine Vionnet
Hey Kathryn, my name is Barbara Worn-Wurtz and I'm a crochet designer. My Ringtoss Afghan is on the cover of the August 2012 Crochet World Magazine! Some of my other work is on Ravelry. I read your blog daily and am a big fan. I also follow your pins on Pinterest. I ordered your new book and can't wait to read it. I'm a CROPROmember of the CLF which I love and also read daily.
I told you a little about my story on your blog. I"m a recovering addict. I became addicted to opiates after a car accident left me in pain from a back injury. After years of drug abuse I finally found a Doctor who talked me into checking into the detox ward of a hospital. All I took with me was my yarn and crochet hook. I attend NA meetings and there are always a few of us with yarn and hooks.
Even though I crocheted for many years and designed my own patterns, it was only after my rehabilitation from drugs that I was able to start submitting my work to magazines.
I crochet a lot because I love it. It keeps my mind off my pain and any negative thoughts I might be having if I didn't have my trusty hook in hand.Your blog is also a life line for me-it keeps me feeling connected since I spend so much time alone crocheting. Thanks so much for keeping me up to date on the wonderful world of crochet and congrats on your book!
2 years, 2 months ago on Introduce Yourself Here
You have done something incredibly important. Crochet saved my life and continues to hold me together. It means so much to know that I am not alone. Reading the stories of women who have survived and triumphed over similar "storms" is beyond inspirational. I am grateful for your vision and can't wait to read the book!
2 years, 2 months ago on Meet the Amazing Women who Hook to Heal
I submitted a story to Seventeen magazine when I was a teenager-they used to have some kind of competion. I was devasted when I didn't get selected. I hope your victory is sweet!
2 years, 2 months ago on Crochet Link Love: First Week of July
Crocheting can help with severe addictions to drugs as well. I'm a testament to this. I was addicted to opiates for many years. When I finally listened to my Psychiatrist and checked myself into detox I only took 2 things-a crochet hook and yarn. I've been clean and sober for 4 years now and have had some of my designs published in major crochet magazines. The process of designing and making crochet is my lifeline. There is a lot more to it-like my FAITH and support from AA and NA members but crocheting was and is a major component of my recovery. Thanks for the article!
2 years, 2 months ago on Crochet as a Tool to Beat Addiction