This entry will be about patterns. I LOVE knit and crochet patterns. I order them from catalogs, on-line from sellers on Etsy, etc. and print them off the internet. I have file cabinets full of patterns. I have plastic storage bins full of patterns. And I have a pile under the coffee table in the living room and patterns and a pile of patterns on top of the coffee table. And I have crochet magazines piled on top of the coffee table in the family room. Does anyone else have as many as I do????
I wish I could say they were all organized. The ones in the file cabinets are. But alas, the piles are not. The closest to being organized are the ones in a pile on top of the coffee table in the living room. That's where I've been putting the ones that are for things I really want to try soon. It's only about 7" high. So today I was going to pick a new craft project to start on. I decided I should go through that 7" high pile and narrow it down to ones that I really want to do now and would be appropriate for the season or things that I think will sell. I figured I could narrow it down to a few things to concentrate on. WRONG. The new pile is still about 2 inches high. I guess I'd better get busy!
And to top it all off, in today's mail came the Patternworks catalog. I love looking through that catalog. Most of their patterns are for knit projects, but they have some crochet ones too. And they have lots of very nice yarns. I marked a few patterns I want to order! If you haven't seen their catalog before or their website, you can find them at www.patternworks.com.
Some of my other favorite pattern places are www.knitpicks.com, www.anniesattic.com, www.lionbrand.com (lots and lots of free patterns), Bernat and www.bernatcares.com. There are also a lot of sellers on Etsy.com who sell their patterns and there are some really cute ones. Very creative people there. Joann.com also has project patterns but I find their's rather hard to search and find what I'm looking for. Herschners and Mary Maxim also have a lot of patterns that come as kits with the yarn.
I'm always looking for new patterns, so if you have a favorite place for patterns, please post them in the comments.
I also have to mention a new website I found courtesy of a seller on Etsy. I bought a pattern for a crochet bath mat from her and she used 8 ply Peaches n Cream cotton yarn. Now the only place I ever see Peaches n Cream cotton yarn anymore is in Walmart. And our Walmart barely has any yarn or craft items anymore--maybe 1/2 an aisle's worth. They eliminated all their fabric and everything. And the only Peaches n Cream they have is 4 ply which I use for dishcloths. I asked the seller where she bought 8 ply Peaches n Cream and she directed me to this website: http://www.elmore-pisgah.com/. They have regular 4 ply and also 8 ply in balls and cones. The price doesn't seem to outrageous. So I've ordered some and I'm waiting so I can start that bath mat!
I also have to plug that I sold a trellis necklace on ArtFire today (thank you!). And I listed a new pink crochet headband. It's really a pretty pink and is just the right color to promote breast cancer awareness. Here's some pictures: