As mentioned on the Designs by KN Facebook page, I’m currently re-reading (for the fourth time!) the fun-filled “Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoller. It’s such a good read, colorfully and cleverly illustrated, and an excellent compilation of instruction, history, inspiration and patterns to keep crocheters amused and busy for quite some time. Even if you already know how to crochet, you will find the author’s writing style entertaining, informative and humorous, and may pick up some useful tips along the way.
This week has been one in crochet mode, which is probably the reason I pulled “The Happy Hooker” off my bookshelf the other evening when searching for something to read before bedtime. FOs completed include an assortment of Vintage Wheel Squares crocheted with stash leftovers of Tahki “Cotton Classic” accumulated over time. Some of the squares will be used as home dec coasters or doilies, but I will probably assemble a number of them together into a larger piece such as a colorful patchwork table mat.
Earlier in the week, I used another stash yarn (Red Heart “Symphony”) to create this Shortie Shell Capelet. I wasn’t really following my own finished pattern, but rather some first-draft scribbled notes in one of my design journals. After completing and photographing this version, I realized it doesn’t quite match the finished version shown on the pattern page but it’s close! I was having so much fun crocheting round and round that I just went off on a tangent until I felt it was long enough to serve as a shoulder-hugging, soft and light-as-a-cloud accessory.
On a sad note this week, my heart goes out to the victims of the wildfires currently raging in our region’s foothills. I imagine there will be a need for comfort items for those who have lost everything, so will be ready to donate knitted/crocheted pieces or whatever is suggested, once the needs are known. Thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been affected by this disaster … also praying for some rain to alleviate the extremely dry and warm conditions that have turned our state into a tinderbox.
Hook yourself a good read at your local library, or find one through the vast assortment of downloadable titles now available online. After all, reading about knitting and crocheting can be just as enjoyable as the stitching!