All has been quiet on the blog for a while now. I wont bore you with too many details, but one of the reasons behind this silence is that I have been dating! Yes, Dating!
After being single for over a year, I met a wonderful man.
He is an Author of Children's books. If you are curious, you can find his blog and his books here.
Anyway, the 1st of November marked the start of National Novel Writing Month so DC is, for the majority of the month, going to be holed up in his sanctuary dementedly writing a book!
In the lead-up to this insanely optimistic challenge of stringing 50,000 words into coherent sentences with various characters and plausible (and often hilarious) plot-lines; the creative outpouring of ideas is inevitable. It was during this time that I had the (possibly idiotic) idea of showing my support for his work by setting a goal of my own:
To develop 12 original crochet patterns during the month of November!
And so I started pouring over my Vintage (and one or 2 new) Needlework books and patterns, trying to find inspiration for something new.
I fawned all over the Bargello (sometimes called Florentine) embroidery patterns on canvas. The patterns are so beautiful and colourful.
I dreamt about them.
I woke up and the images of Bargello in CROCHET were still stuck in my head. So by hook or by crook, I was going to develop something new! Chevrons that were a combination of different heights and widths, that had a 'pixelated' look to them AND had great colour combinations.
And that I have 2 years worth of Technical Writing under my belt!
And Praise God/Allah/Buddah/Mars the Bar God that I have a fantastic team of pattern testers from all over the world, with differing levels of experience to check my work! They are amazingly patient, forgiving, helpful, excitable and fun to work with!
With the input of the lovely men and women who 'like' The Crochet Case on FaceBook, the 12 pattern series has quickly been converted into the challenge of creating an e-book; or 2 or 3!
You can find more sneak peeks of Bargello Crochet on my Facebook Page.
Until we meet again,