Guess what, folks? We have a guest poster here today, my good (internet) buddy, Carol!!! I’ve known Carol for possible ten years now, via the internet, as she tells you below, and we are definitely meeting up at a marathon race very soon. [We are cheering, not running!!!]
Hi I’m Carol and I’ve known Sharon for quite some time now. Although having said “known” her, we’ve never actually met (something that is soon to be rectified though!!) Social media is a wonderful thing to find people, some of whom become lovely friends. I first found Sharon via her blog when she was designing digital scrapbooking product and would offer a freebie Friday. Then she opened a store and I became a guest on her team, and heck, just never left throughout that journey! And all the while have marvelled at her blog and all the photography and scrapping and quilting goodness.
So in thinking about what to write for this guest post, my thoughts were drawn to our various crafts, they come and go as our lives and moods take us, and it’s fun to rediscover crafts we once held so dear. Much like Sharon and getting back to all her beautiful quilting, I too have rediscovered a craft, crocheting, something I learnt at my Great Aunt’s knee when I was about 12 years old.
Combine crochet and my love of social media and it’s a match made in heaven.
Together with some digital scrapbooking friends, Doris and Steph, who were keen on crocheting, we decided to do a “crochet-a-long” (quite international at that, being that it was an Australian, a Canadian and American). We chose a pattern called the Ripple Blanket and via Instagram it was a wonderful way to keep in touch with each other’s progress, from selecting the yarn colours, to the blanket in various stages and places throughout the endless rows of crochet. We marvelled that how each of us produced quite a different blanket depending on our colour and yarn choices and our tension. It was loads of fun. We made sure we tagged our photographs with #crochetalong so we had an easy way to see each other’s work.
We have since finished that ripple blanket and our little crocheting group has grown to five and we’ve moved on to a chevron blanket, to which it looks like we have this tag all to ourselves #chevroncrochetalong.
Social media and craft – a fun way to hook up (no pun intended) with other people that in times gone by we may have sat together and done our craft over cups of tea and chatter. Well we’re still doing that, just worlds away.
And here’s some pics of the various stages of play of the blanket and how rewarding seeing your grandson all nestled in the blanket you so lovingly made for him. It’s like being wrapped in a hug.