Miss July, 1993

For as long as I have crocheted, I have tried very hard not to have more than one or two projects on the hook at any given time.  I know several people who keeps LOTS of projects going, each in their own little work bag.  Those people have always amazed me!  I have a hard enough time remembering which row I was last on for just one project, unless I’ve marked it somehow, let alone five or six projects.

Since I limit my WIPs, I have an ever-growing list of patterns and ideas of projects that must be made.  I don’t know a single yarnist who doesn’t have more ideas and patterns than she has time to make them.  So while I’ve finished up my forever-thread project, I’ve steadily added to my list of want-to-be WIPs list.  Baby jackets and hats for my daughter and for my friend’s twins (our girls were born less than two months apart), a fuzzy bathmat with 3-dimensional stitching, endless petals pillow, the Sophie’s Universe CAL from Look What I Made….. my list just keeps growing.

Thankfully, my current project is finished and I can start something new.  This is from Annie’s Calendar Bed Doll Society, Miss July 1993.  Size 10 crochet cotton in red, white & blue, with DMC gold.

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Beyond the hobby

This post won’t be in the same vein or tone as some of my others.

People use crafts and hobbies for many different reasons.  In most cases, the reason isn’t nearly as important as the fun and satisfaction one gets from proudly completing something new.  People sew, knit, crochet, are woodworkers, quilters, potters, painters, musicians, for nothing more than the simple joy those activities bring to themselves and those around them.

For others, crafting is more than a hobby.  Some people are able to establish entire careers around an industry that they love and contribute to daily, influencing the trends and methods.

And for an even smaller population, crafting is a life-line.  A way of coping, and dealing with personal problems.  The friendships formed in the craft communities through social media, blogging, and YouTube are real and hold deep meanings for people suffering with depression.

The crochet community lost one of those contributors last week.  She designed mandalas and contributed greatly to a CAL in 2014.  Her blog, with an entry from her sister, is here.

Another crocheter has designed and asked for submissions to honor Wink’s memory and to help raise awareness for those who suffer from depression.  Details about the crochet art installment can be found here.

If you or someone you know has battled with depression, please consider participating in the #MandalasForMarinke project.  Mandala patterns, both free and for purchase, can be found on Marinke’s blog site and her Ravelry page.