Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Crochet Love

Maybe it's the cold weather, or maybe I really have become a spinster. All I want to do is crochet. It might be a phase, because I have been through other phases, like the time I was making so many quilts that I couldn't look at clothing in stores without imagining how the fabric would look in a quilt. Recently I've been collecting vintage crochet patterns, like this special issue of Ladies Home Journal from 1976, because they are filled with such unique dresses and sweaters. I even found a pattern for a crocheted swimsuit (I think this was a DON'T pose on America's Next Top Model, though) and a wedding dress! I found this on and I love it because it not only has some great crochet patterns, it has detailed instructions on how to do "old-world peasant" embroidery, applique, and the ancient lace technique called "filet guipure." Somehow I have taken it on as a life's mission to keep these dying arts alive. But it's not just the old magazines that have been charming me. I found myself perusing the crochet magazines at Borders today on my lunch break, and I had to buy one for the most darling sweater pattern inside. (Not to mention the crocheted gingerbread house that I would love to make just to taunt Peter with. He was telling me one time about how he doesn't understand why anyone would make a gingerbread house--why not just eat the cookies and candy as they are? Well, if he can't understand that, a completely inedible crocheted version will surely blow his mind! Cue evil maniacal laughter.)

It seems like the European crochet booklets have all the interesting dresses and sweater patterns. I have so many on my to-do list that it's going to take a long time to get to all of them, and before I make things for myself, there are so many things I want to make as gifts for Christmas. I'd better get busy! Actually, I'm almost finished crocheting a sweater vest for my nephew, and next I'm going to make some booties for the new baby of a co-worker. Meanwhile, I really need to make a few hats. Today was the most blustery windy dry-leaves-scuttling-along-sidewalks October day, reminding me that winter is just around the corner. Luckily, I've got plenty of patterns to choose from.


m.o.m said...

In reference to your last blog about apples, I went to our local fruit stand on old 86 to admire all the varieties of pumpkins and had a very pleasant conversation with the old timer there, but that's another story....anyway, he introduced me to the most delicious apple I have ever tasted. It is call "honey crisp". So next time you are near a grocery store, look for a honey crisp apple. It is very delicous. I do know that whole foods has them. Well..happy crocheting!

Elin said...

make me that one dress with the big holes in it like the lady is wearing in the picture!