Hooray for Crochet

October 22nd, 2004 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

This seems to be the month for crochet magazines, doesn’t it? ;-) Better Homes and Gardens came out with the long-awaited second issue of Simply Creative Crochet (the first was in 2003) and Woman’s Day published the premiere issue of Quick & Easy Knitting & Crocheting. There are even a few crochet patterns in the Holiday 2004 issue of Family Circle’s Easy Knitting. The popularity of every craft waxes and wanes over time and we are waxing now!


I learned to crochet the last time it was the big thing, in the 70′s. I was in grade school. I made all sorts of little things–wallets (yes crocheted wallets!), those little covers for the arms and headrest of a chair (ugh, in lime green, no less!), a purse (which, incidentally, wound up being used to store my yarn-label patterns), and lots more I can’t remember. But my first big project was, yes, indeed… you knew it wad coming… a poncho. Gosh, I wish I still had that! It was baby blue with a white ruffle around the bottom. I asked my mom to see if she could dig out a photo of me in it, but she didn’t find even a single one. I was sad about that. Oh well, I did so many crafts when I was a kid that my parents probably got burned out on taking photos of them. :-P

Back to the magazines… I bought the BHG mag at Books-A-Million, but I’ve seen it lots of other places–seems like everywhere. Thank you to Tiff for picking up a copy of the Woman’s Day issue for me. I couldn’t find it anywhere. (Wouldn’t you know? I saw it at the checkout stand at Walmart a couple of days after I received it from Tiff.) Thanks also to Julie for sending me the one from Family Circle. I’ve quite enjoyed reading it, but crocheters should note that this one has only a few crochet patterns, several knit-and-crochet, and the rest knit. [It's a good magazine, but I didn't want to lead you astray.]

So yesterday I said I picked up a free pattern leaflet from Walmart for a cute Fun Fur Christmas stocking. Here’s my progress! Okay, maybe it’s not looking all that cute right now, but it’s hard to be cute when you’re just a rectangle. :-)


Speaking of Walmart… the jar I bought for my corks went back to Pier 1. I stumbled upon one nearly twice as big, for $12 rather than $15, at Walmart. And it’s more attractive because it doesn’t have the big plastic seal around the lid.

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jenn // Oct 27, 2004 at 5:58 pm

    How cool that you corcheted when you were young. My daughter (11) pics it up occasionally, but has yet to finish a project. LOL.

  • 2 Brenda // Oct 25, 2004 at 5:41 am

    I agree, it’s great to see decent crochet magazines out there.
    I too am a child of the 70s. My first projects were a purse, and a vest made of two large granny squares. I still can’t quite believe 70s stuff is back in.

  • 3 Tiffany // Oct 24, 2004 at 5:18 am

    I can’t wait to see your stocking finished, Donna! :) I really need to make a run to my Walmart to see if they have that pattern.

  • 4 Anastacia // Oct 27, 2004 at 1:36 am

    I have all these mags, too! I want to get interweave crochet, but I don’t want to spend the $.

  • 5 Vera // Oct 24, 2004 at 9:49 am

    I’m so glad that there are magazines with with interesting crochet out there.

    I crochted Christmas stocking for my nieces and nephews last year, but will make a couple to keep this time around. I just found my leaflet with the pattern.

  • 6 hanne // Oct 27, 2004 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for the past month, and I have to say… I hate tomatoes, but I looooove yours!
    My daugther ( 15 years old) often wishes that I still had my clothes from the 70′s, I was at her age back then ( wasn’t it just yesterday:O))
    have a great day and keep up those tomatoes!

  • 7 Julie // Oct 24, 2004 at 3:50 am

    Oh, that is so going to be a cute stocking. Now I definitely can’t wait to see it.

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