I know, I know, I was all smug about really truly posting yesterday, but I figured that if I waited a day, I could link up with Small Things yarn along – rationalization will get me every time! If you are popping in from the Yarn Along, and want to read about knitting catch up and the new Kate Davies club, click here.
But, now, crochet!
So my knitting bud KnittyD, she of the knit hippo, who doesn’t want to learn how to crochet, ordered a crochet kit. And guess who she asked to do her crochet bidding? You got it, crochet hippo girl. Eh, ok – I love me a good amigurumi!
How cute, right? Who wouldn’t want to spend their hygge evenings crocheting a Bumble?? By the way, I’m all about the hygge and the hygeligg after reading this article in The Times. I feel secretly Nordic in my soul, actually, as if what I’ve known all along is finally going mainstream. I’m sure it’ll be wrecked now. Darn that secret sharing!
Anyway, you can get kits like these – Rudolph, Star Wars, and Marvel Avengers at your local BJ’s – I picked up a Star Wars kit – and now, of course, I’m going to have to make a memorial Princess Leia – damn 2016, really. Soooooooo ready for 2017!
Let’s forget 2016 and take another look at Bumble and Rudolph –
I had a lot of trouble with the felt that came with the kit – a stingy stingy little square – and of course, I didn’t have any felt in my stash, so this is actually quilt batting. It got the job done, so it’s all good.
Anyway, Bumble and Rudolph put me in the ami spirit, so I went off to the Fresh Stitches website to poke around, and discovered that she has a new club as well, the Ami-club. A few years ago, I was in the first iteration of the ami club – every month you got a pattern, yarn, and a goodie, like stitch markers or tiny scissors. I have to admit, I didn’t love it. I ended up tossing most of the kits aside, not motivated to make a leaf, or a snowflake, or a maybe a fish, and I eventually cancelled my subscription. This time around, the club is completely digital. Each month you get a pattern, a few e-guides (this month we received a guide to traveling with crochet, a guide to crochet hooks, and a guide to charity crochet), access to a club forum, a crochet-a-long, and a swap. For I think $6/month I was in – no worrying about not liking the pattern, or the yarn that came with the kit – if I don’t like the pattern of the month, there’s still plenty to do for my $6. Unlike the Kate Davies club, to which its forum calls Ravelry home, Fresh Stitches is trying to move her base from Ravelry to the Ami-Club Forum hosted on her own website. I’d say there’s a bit of resistance – the Ravelry forum is still much more active than the club forum. I’m not sure what she’s going to do to about it – the Ravelry forum is pretty much self-sufficient, organizing it’s own swaps and cal’s. I think she’s going to have to release some really special club exclusive patterns and sales if she wants to put a nail in the ravelry forum. But you know, I have no idea what her business model is – maybe she wants the Ravelry forum to keep on keeping on, and selling her larger patterns through Ravelry. Maybe her business plan accounts for both bases. I really don’t know. But, I do know that I’d like to see more activity in the forum, and more people participating in the events. For instance, the first swap was an easy one, a holiday card. I made this:
The card pops open, and there’s a hanging circle in there stamped with Cheers and a message. I mailed it last week with my own holiday cards, and I know that the card was delivered because it has tracking on it, and no one has even gone on the forum and thanked me. It’s a handmade, crocheted card! Now, I don’t make cards to get a thank you – that’s not my meaning. My meaning is that if this were a truly active community, there’d be tons of cards and thank you’s posted.
And, while I loved the first pattern, Bentley bear:
I don’t know if this was the super special thing you wanted to get the club started with. But, again, what do I know?
The bottom line is I really like the concept – I loved the bear, I like the new forums, I like the organized swaps – everything – I just hope more people get on board once the holiday season is over.
So, that’s the crochet in my world right now. Once I finish the Kate Davies cardigan, I’m going to spill out my Lotus Moon Tiles , figure out what yarn I need to get moving, and well, get moving.
On the reading front, I’m reading The Nix:
I love this novel. Its about a failed novelist, bored college professor, who is addicted to a game that is essentially World of Warcraft, as he’s sucked back into his own life when his mother, who abandoned him at 11, suddenly becomes national news when she commits an act of political protest, sort of. Anyway, the novel moves in time, and the characters are really richly drawn. The chapters are not stand alones, but are short stories in a sense – I read this book a chapter at a time, and when each chapter is done, I feel really fulfilled – like a just ate a piece of really good chocolate. Anyway, that’s what I’m reading now, and I highly recommend it. Hope it doesn’t have a crap ending, like this year. Buh bye 2016.
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