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:

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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:

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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.