Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Beginnings

Crochet Cabana has grown beyond my wildest dreams when I began it in 1997. So many years. I myself sometimes forget what I have on there. Right now, I am looking for a new program to use to design the site as my 2003 Front Page is so outdated that I'm having trouble making changes.

Regardless of what happens with the main site, I hope to always continue to have a web presence and share my love of crochet and whatever small bits of knowledge I can impart, as well as those things I can sell to help with expenses of keeping the site up and supporting my terrible yarn habit.

To that end, I'm beginning this new blog, in association with the web site. The first order of business will be a crochet-a-long. I will be making squares from my various books and I invite you all to join in. Comments/questions are welcome. I considered starting a yahoogroup, but I just don't have the time to do all the work that is involved in an active chat group AND crochet too.

I will put links up to online squares when I choose those. If you decide to join in, you can do as little or as much as you like. Your finished squares can be sent to charity or used for gifts or whatever you want to do with it. It is entirely your choice.

The first pattern I am working on, and which I've already made a number of, is a Teddy Bear filet square I found online. I will be making enough for two small afghans. One in Red Heart Kid pink yarn and the other in pastel colors using the pounder yarns, either Caron or Lion Brand. Maybe both. Heh I have already posted photos of some of the squares at Crafty Corral, but I thought this would be a nice start to a crochet-a-long. My squares made with the Red Heart Kid yarn come out about 11". The ones with the pounder yarn come out about an inch smaller. I use an H hook for both.

I will try to change the square pattern every week.

To give you a heads up - After I finish with the teddy bear squares, the book I will personally be working from is The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet: *All You Need to Know to Crochet *The Essential Reference for Novice and Expert Crocheters *Comprehensive Guide to ... Charts, and Photos for 200 Stitch Patterns. This is a gorgeous book. I just love it. I got it originally from my local library, so if you want to start in, you don't have to buy it. Check it out first - and hope nobody else in your town joins us. LOL If you DO want to buy it, please click on the link above as I get a few pennies from sales. If I have to purchase a new web design program, that will be very helpful. :-)

That's all for now.

Happy Crocheting!