Obviously I am a bad, bad blogger. I mean, look at this: no posts for over a year! I haven't finished writing any new crochet patterns in almost a year, either, so I guess you could say I've been on hiatus.
Not that I haven't been crocheting. I've done quite a bit this past year, most of it for me. Sometimes it's good to take a break and be a selfish crocheter.
Most notable were:
Once upon a time, in my childhood full of high-top sneakers, baggy tshirts, and stirrup pants, there were leg warmers. (And the best, weirdest cartoons in the world, but that's not why we're here.) Leg warmers were not only a quintessential - if not somewhat ghastly looking - fashion statement, they were also practical during the chilly Pennsylvania winters.
At the end of 2010, I took some time to step back and evaluate LikeClochework, the result being that I have made some huge changes that make me extremely excited. Instead of making you read through a long post detailing all these changes and my reasons behind them, I'm going to lean on my tech writing background and give you - drumroll, please - a bulleted list.
Now that winter is upon us, soup season is officially open! Soup is one of my favorite things to make, not only because it's warm and comforting but also because you can throw any number of items together and a dish that's incredibly tasty. I recently had an amazing vegetable soup at a local restaurant and decided to recreate it at home with a few changes (like meat!).
The holidays seem to bring out the craziness in everyone; long wish lists and long lines add up to short tempers and stress. That is why, for the past few years, I've avoided the malls and made special gifts for my close family and friends. For those who are not as close but to whom I'd still like to give a token of appreciation, I've been giving tea. You see, I blend my own chai and have become rather well known for it; certain friends far away now look forward to their packages of chai every year!
I am really loving these block prints, etchings, and monotypes by fellow Pennsylvania artist Diane Podolsky. Not only is her work amazing, but it's also affordable and each piece is original!
This morning I met up with my partner in crime, Jodi Bello of Stitch Sprite, to discuss our upcoming trunk show at Hello Bluebird in West Reading, PA. We are getting really excited and had a fun time brainstorming our display! The show will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 4-8:00 during West Reading's First Thursday event. All the shops and cafes will be open, and many will have special discounts or freebies.
Felting (or fulling) is a huge part of my hatmaking process, and I thought it would be appropriate to post a tutorial for those of you who are curious as to what goes into it. First of all, let me clearly state that what I do is different from what a milliner or commercial hatmaker might do. Typically, felt (usually from animal fibers) is wetted and stretched over a hat block to shape and allowed to dry. The felt has a basic, very loose hat shape the begin with.
Welcome to the new home of LikeClochework! I am excited to partner with my friend at indiemade.com to bring you all the usual LC goodness all in one place. The shop, the blog, the giveaways, and more are now just clicks away! So do a little exploring and enjoy, my friends.