Mother’s Day 2017

March 1, 2017 marked the beginning of my 8th year blogging about crochet, and today — not only is it Mother’s Day — it is also the day that I am publishing my 1773rd blog post.

Over the past seven years, unlike my crochet hooks, the tools I use to blog about my beloved craft have changed a lot.

I have switched internet providers and blog templates, and late last November, I began my most extensive and challenging (for me) crochet related non-crochet project.

When I began blogging there was a lot I didn’t know, not the least of which was why I shouldn’t upload photo files directly from my camera SD card onto my computer and then into a blog post. It turns out that is a very data heavy, user-unfriendly way to do things, but do it I did.

It was a mistake I made thousands of times, and even though I eventually improved my practices, I did not go back and correct the original error.

However, I was determined to get my digital house in order as best I could, and I began the slow (v-e-r-y s-l-o-w) process of remediating my blog photos to better comport with best practices.

This projet has required that I spent a lot of time going through blog posts past — and while I am  still several hundred images from completing this task  — I have been reminded of several projects that I consider seminal in some way to my development as a crocheter.

One such project is a crochet tote known as “The Mamy Bag.”

Here it is, finished and ready for adventure:

mamy crochet hexagon bag
My Mamy bag filled with a few necessities for a desert island adventure

and here are the thirteen blog “episodes” of how this project finally came to be.

Another project that taught me a lot was the project I cam to think of as “The Afghan that eluded me.”

Seen here lounging on Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina:

crochet granny squares crochet blanket crochet afghan
The afghan that eluded me

this project is perhaps one of the most instrumental in my formation as a crocheter, and I wrote extensively about it as I worked my way though my first iteration of it, and if you have time, you can read all thirty-six blog posts that detail the trials, tribulations, and ultimately the thrill of getting it right after so many years.

When I began writing this blog, I never dreamed that I would still be at it after seven years, but the adventure continues, one stitch at a time.

2 thoughts on “Mother’s Day 2017

  1. It’s been at least five years, probably longer, that I’ve been following your blog. During that time, my health took a big hit from which I only partially recovered and I now remain mostly homebound and partially bedfast. I have come to depend on outside sources for communication, entertainment, and company since it can be very detrimental if I pick up a stray germ. Your faithful blogging is something I look forward to regularly. I know there will always be something to get my attention and often it leads me to googling and learning about new things. Besides all that, your friendship and support are gifts I cherish. Congratulations on 8+ years and 1773 blog posts and here’s to many, many more.

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