Marcy's Crochet Resolutions for 2011

Jan 3, 2011

For the past couple of years, my Crochet Resolutions for the New Year have been all about you. And, frankly, this works for me. Because making you happy makes me happy. So, here are my Top Resolutions for 2011, as channeled through Beatles song titles.
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Yarnball woman is ready
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Come Together

Meet more crocheters. I love talking with you all. It's a little tough, what with there being lots of you and just one of me. But we can link up through Twitter, Facebook and CrochetMe, plus email of course. Drop me a line (crochet@interweave.com) and I'll drop one back! (You can start by leaving a comment to this post!)

Believe in Yesterday

Crochet a "vintage" Interweave Crochet pattern. I'll be browsing through back issues of Interweave Crochet to sleuth out a classic design. Much as I love flipping through the magazine, I do also love clicking through the DVD of past issues, with all those plummy images moving before my eyes. (BTW, a reader just wrote asking for a replacement for page 32 of the Fall 2008 issue-her kitty "edited" a pattern she was working on. This doesn't happen with DVDs. Just saying.)

A Hard Day's Night

Tackle a new crochet technique. One of the joys of editing Interweave Crochet is that designers send projects that push the edges of the yarn ball. I am constantly floored by what they can do with a crochet hook. The first challenge I have in mind is a gorgeous Tunisian sweater that will be in the Spring issue (full disclosure: because of the production schedule, I actually begin planning New Year's resolutions in July). You will LOVE this sweater, too, with it's four different Tunisian stitches creating fabulous shaping. It will be perfect for my daughter.

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Here, There, Everywhere

Reduce the yarn, yarn, yarn in every room of the house. Some yarn is entangled in projects, but most are chubby balls and skeins tucked into tidy boxes. Here's the plan: Transform the yarn into projects that can be given away by making one quick-and-get-it-out project a month. This dovetails with my ongoing commitment to give away crochet.
 
Kaleidoscope Eyes

Re-imagine Interweave Crochet. We're working to bring you a smarter, prettier magazine, with more editorial features, while maintaining the same volume of fabulous patterns. Tricky business, but we have clever people working on it. Meanwhile, I'd love to know what you want to see in Interweave Crochet - drop me a line (that way I can work on Resolutions 1 and 5 at the same time!)

I hope 2011 is off to a fantastic start in your world! And I'd love to hear about your crochet resolutions for the New Year!

Best,


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wannabear wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 6:46 AM

When the kitty "edits" the DVD, will you send out a new one?  I don't think so.  

I'm very tired of opening emails every day that do nothing but push electronic versions of your products to me.  DVDs are less permanent than magazines.  They are susceptible to damage that renders them useless if care is not taken.  The problem for me is that nothing can replace the actual print editions of books or magazines for me, and you seem to be running as fast as you can in that direction.  When will you stop printing the tangible editions entirely?  

I realize that cost is probably a big inducement for you to sell as many electronic versions as possible.  For me, the format is alien and uncomfortable.  As long as real print editions are available, that is what I'll buy, and I don't think I am alone.  

plantdoc wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 6:57 AM

Oh Marcy, It is great to share with other infected (affected?) individuals! I have an unbelieveable amount of yarn - I "rescue" orphaned bits, fall for great sales, have a lust for fine fibers, especially silk, angora, llama, alpaca, qiviut, etc, and on top of that have a weakness for new recycling projects. So, my home is also full of "plarn" in various stages of deconstruction and construction, and now my latest mania: t-shirt yarn, etc. I say etc. because I salvage the panels for the goal of personalized t-shirt quilts for the family, and cut of the ring at the bottom which I convert to balled yarn for rugs, bags (hubby calls them "t-bags") or ???, and worse yet, now cut the rest into strips with which I intend to hook rugs (to match the quilts? lol).

I carry at least one project at all times. Each year I try at least one "new" thing. Last year I learned tunisian crochet and am still working on a sampler afghan of long strips using various stitches (it worked - I learned the technique!). and this year I hope to.......

1. finish some things (i.e. tackle the UFOs)

2. make Klein battle hats and mobius scarves for the guys in my life

3. do more fair-isle type stichery

4. actually finish my crochet instructor coursework and get some classes taught,and

5. make myself at least one gorgeous item.

Thanks for letting me share,

Julie Gold Steinberg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

on Jan 3, 2011 7:03 AM

As a fulltime RVer I look forward to seeing you provide more digital resources that can be easily purchased and downloaded to my computer for instant use wherever I am.  There is a pattern in the Fall 2010 issue I would love to have (I haven't been able to find the magazine) and I can't wait until the pattern/magazine is available digitally. I know ordering the magazine is an option, but paying postage and waiting for me to catch up to my mail is frustrating.  Many thanks for providing your resources in both print and digital media.  Can't wait for the more recent issues to be available in the digital immediate download format.  Have you considered a digital subscription in addition to the print subscription?

Dustynsmom wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:14 AM

Marcy, I am a very very new crocheter and I love your posts as well as you website.  I have found so many things I want to try to make, but as of yet I haven't really made anything.  I am having a difficult time learning some of the stitches.  I can do a single crochet and it kind of looks like a double crochet, but I get confused when I try to put it all together.  Oh well, I keep trying and asking questions and getting amazing response from the other crocheters on her so one day it will just click, I'm sure.

Thank you again for being out there in cyberspace for people like me and obviously scores of others.

Cattina wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:20 AM

As you revamp Interweave Crochet, please ask designers to provide a full range of sizes for adult women: XS to 2X or 3X. It's OK to omit plus sizes for bikinis, daring cutout designs, teeny minidresses and anything else that's skimpy, but there's no reason that most sweaters, vests, jackets and other women's garments can't be made in smallest-to-largest sizes. Yarn companies (Berroco, Bernat, Paton's, Lion Brand) do this for their free patterns, which are getting more plentiful and stylish all the time. Give all of us a reason to buy the magazine -- I don't want to pay for a handful of patterns (accessories, home decor) I can use while being offended by all the ones you or your designers don't think I deserve to make.

coloharpare wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:33 AM

Marcy--

Interweave Crochet is my favorite magazine!  The only one I subscribe to.  I love your idea of making a small project to give away every month--think I'll make that one of my resolutions!  Gotta bust that stash!

One thing I'd like to see is a photo index--a page or two with pics of all the projects in that issue.  You did this in the Accessories special, and it's great!  It would make it so much easier to go back to an issue two or three years later and find just the right project.  Frankly, after much time goes by, I'm not going to remember the name of a specific hat or scarf, and would love to be able to just glance in the back (or front) of each of my stack of back issues.

Anyway, keep up the good work!

Sheila

Ann LouiseR wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:34 AM

My grandmother taught me (many years ago) to crochet and to knit.  I've been doing knitting pretty exclusively until I saw the shrug in yesterday's post!  I've bought the pattern and hooks and the thread is on order.  I'm one of those people that get grabbed by the end result.  When I saw the shrug, I immediately thought of 4 exchange student "granddaughters" . . . the fact that help is available if I get stuck was a great comfort.  Looking forward to learning with you all.

lilylady19 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:54 AM

I started onaa resolution just before the new year..I saw instructions on Peruvian tapestry crochet on youtube.  Loved the woven look of the product.  I have been practicing since and have the left hand crochet down now, the problem is?  I am losing a stitch after 5 or 6 rows.  Really tough getting that fixed, I am a crocheter of 55 years for goodness sakes!  Any ideas ?  Also wanted to say I too resist large digital products.  Took my World Crochet subscription out this year digitally and have not done one project in it because I find it too hard to acces from my rocking chair!   And why print it?  Because I cannot just download the print!  

I love love love my Interweave magazines!  Thank you for a great product.

Emly Dye wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:55 AM

Hi!

Do you know of any patterns available that I can download to my Kindle?

Thanks!

Emly

becky d wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 8:19 AM

Oh Marcy, you are reading my mind.   Too much yarn, too little time.  BUT  this year is starting out with a bang to tackle all those well organized boxes and bins of pretty soft colors.  Love the magazine.  Not sure I could improve on it, but looking forward to the new issues.

South Carolina hooker

BeateS@3 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 8:20 AM

Oh, yeah, I have to reduce my stash as well ... but there are always those "terrible" temptations at my LYS (which hosts a knitting group). The latest issue is great as always, and helps giving me ideas how to reduce the "heap" of yarn.

Personally, I don't have any resolutions because I know I won't fulfill them ... but I have a few more for Interweave Crochet: 1) a digital subscription - I live in Germany and I'd like to save the shipping costs; Australian customers would be very happy, too, 2) more diagrams(!) - I've received serveral diagrams from designers themselves which were not published with the design in IC! The reason why Japanese patterns are so popular is they are "equipped" with diagrams you don't need any  knowledge of Japanese for.

I really appreciate the patterns e.g. in Tunisian Crochet. What about other crochet art forms like Irish Crochet, e.g.? It's very difficult to understand that there seems to be nothing despite many Americans of Irish descent. I'd appreciate future designs and bios of Máire Treanor (Ireland) and Antonina Kusnetsova (Ucrain), who seem to be the only modern day designers dedicated to this art of crochet.

There is another kind of crochet which has huge stashbusting potential: freeform! I'd like to read more about that and ladies like Margret Hubert, Prudence Mapstone and Jenny Dowde!

Please, also explain little known stitches like the bullion stitch (including the trick with the tapestry needle!).

I've heard numerous times "Oooh, how beautiful!" from the knitters of the group I'm attending when they looked at the designs in IC. Keep on the good work ...!

Happy New Year and best wishes!

Beate (Frankfurt/Germany)

jmscrochet wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 8:24 AM

Hi Marcy, I would love to see more doily patterns in 2011.  I do love your magazine & look forward to receiving it.  I'm a Crochet Artist of 47+ years & am passionate about my crochet.  I love making doilies, especially the antique Pineapple Doilies.  

Thank you!

Jeanne M. Sprague

jmscrochet

KyleT@2 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 8:26 AM

How about 6 issues per year of Interweave Crochet?

Plus, I love your digital offerings.  Keep them coming!  

I agree with the commenter who requested that most designs be sized up to 2x or 3x.

Thanks for a wonderful magazine!

CarlotaV wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 9:07 AM

Love your beatle resolutions!  I'm  a big fan too!

All you need is love!!

A happy New Year!

anana wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 9:11 AM

dear marcy:

bonne année from France.

I can share with you my resolutions

I would like to succeed traanslating a pattern (from english to french or spanish) and crochet a vest. I'm answering your resolution number 2 and 5: we need more diagrams in the magazine : It's very difficult to work without it, Im trying to knit the Szechuan sweater (fall 2009) but it would be easier if there were a diagram; and I think that it takes less place, so you could publish more patterns: everybody will win!

well say me good luck,in my new adventure

happy new year

dearose wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 9:18 AM

Marcy-

I would LOVE to see more e-mags. I'm kind of a messy youngin' and i would hate for my magazines to get messed up in the black-hole that is my living space. Im eager to see, in particular, the Summer 2010 magazine in digital form! I'm an absolute sucker for shawls and pretty lace pullovers, and that edition of Interweave Crochet is the imbodiment of my weakness!

PLEASE consider making the Summer 2010 in digital format, i can see it was a HUGE success, and would think it couldn't possibly harm Interweave Crochet to make it digital.

Pretty please???

-regards: Deanna. Springfield, Illinois, USA

dearose wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 9:19 AM

Oh! and i almost forgot: love the Beatles references :]

calltab wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 9:39 AM

I really want to take pictures of everything before and after blocking, put in my label right away, log the yarn and the needle size used.  I find that on the times when I start a project from a pattern I never use the yarn or the needle suggested.  Patterns are a starting point for me and I use them as a catalyst for my own creativity.  In the spring I am going to find some lacy pattern and follow it to the letter to see if I come up with what I am supposed to.

meadowlark3 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 10:19 AM

Hi Marcy,  I would love to see alternate yarns that can be used for the patterns.  Some of the yarns are way beyond my budget as a retired person on social security.  I have made some of the patterns with alternate with good results however others have not worked out.

Please do include all sizes in the patterns and do not stop the magazine.  I do not crochet in front of my computer and the cost to print all of them out is expensive.  The media does not last forever and can be damaged where the magazine can be stored almost forever.  All patterns should include written instructions and charts.  That way you can follow the written instructions and compare them to the charts to be sure they are the same.

Thank you so much for listening to us.

rbgold wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 11:07 AM

Well, I'm a knitter, just getting started in crochet.  I downloaded 6 hats, made the earflap beanie and it sort of looked like Harpo Marks.  Luckily I found a brother-in-law who wanted a 'sleeping hat' and wasn't particular.  I find patterns really complicated to try and read.  I'd like charts and schematics and 1X,2X,3X for every pattern. (well - ok to leave out the bikinis LOL!) I also would like 'more recipies and fewer patterns.'  If I can learn something about how to design a flattering garment, then I can excecute as I go.

I like the idea of downloading to my kindle - I know I'd lose color, but I love the portability. And lack of mess!  

My wish is for designs that can be reconfigured as I gain and loose weight.  I was thinking of making some rectangular motifs strips (horozontal)  and attaching them with chain zigzags so I can redo the top after I gain/loose enough weight to make it nescessary.  Is there a crochet counterpart to 'big girl knitting?' I'm a 2x, and would like to learn more about shaping, and lacy openwork layers.  I do get hot easily!

Let's face it - the written patterns usually have mistakes in them. Or stuff I just can not understand (the second hat in the 6 free patterns totally mystifies me - if I can't understand your free patterns, it doesn't make me want to buy patterns!  Recipies and techniques go a lot farther.  My knitting friends joke that I knit everything 3 times, until I get it the way I like it.  That's fine for small projects, but makes me afraid to try larger commitments.  

I also wonder if there are other folks who like the idea of projects that about half knitted and half crochet.  I  just made some slipper-socks that way and they are so comfortable!  Crochet from the toe as if making a clog, and Knit (ribbing) up from there to keep the ankle warm.

As you can see I like objects that I can try on as I work.  Crochet has some obvious advantaces in that department - stiches don't fall off the needles while trying stuff on!  

Smiles,

RB

dpenzera wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 11:24 AM

I reduce my yarn stash by crocheting or knitting blankets for my local dog shelter.  You can mix yarns, colors, and stitch patterns - the dogs don't care.  I make most of the blankets the size of a baby blanket.  Not only do the dogs have a blanket to ball up and snuggle into, they get to take the blanket to their new home when they are adopted.  It gives the dog a familiar object to make the transition to a new place smoother.

ajsaylor wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 11:30 AM

I'm sure this is a resolution many crocheters make, but I am resolved to finish all my UFO's!

I have two felted purses that just need a lining, one purse that just needs the motifs sewn together, a cute lacy summer top, a green chenille 'renaissance' blouse, a gorgeous rayon summer shell, three afghans, and I'm sure many more, just can't remember them all right now!

I just get so excited when I see a new pattern that I love, that I have to start it right away, and the currect project gets shelved. I think I have ADCD (Attention Deficit Crochet Disorder!)

NanaBardsley wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 11:39 AM

I love to crochet and found a really cute hat pattern that works up fast.   The pattern is called Peek-a-Boo Flower Hat, by Kim Werker, I just leave off the flower.  So, going with your "reduce the yarn" resolution.  I made a bunch in early December and donated them to my local domestic violence shelter (through the police department).  They loved them and I am going to continue to send them some every month.

on Jan 3, 2011 12:38 PM

Hi Marcy, I'd love to connect with you too! I'm an avid crafter and crocheter, and am blogging at creativejewishmom.com, where I share my love for all things creative, and raising children in a creative home. I love simple crochet projects, and in the past year have enjoyed crocheting with bags, t-shirts, sheets and twine. I love using crochet in unexpected ways, and am always trying to get my readers to give it a try! Thanks so much for everything you do, and all the best in 2011!

JaneR@2 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 1:34 PM

A Tunisian sweater...with shaping...I'm excited!

One of my resolutions will be to make at least one crocheted garment before the Chain Link Conference in July.  Jane

saw730 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 1:53 PM

Hi Marcy, thanks for the invitation to contribute ideas!

My #1 suggestion is PLEASE include symbol diagrams for all the patterns in the magazine.  That can really make a difference as to whether I make a pattern or not.  Since I know space in print editions is at a premium, I would also be happy if the symbol diagrams could be available as a printable online add-on, free to subscribers.

Please include more vests as that's my favorite item to make and wear.  I also love shawls and scarves.

Please encourage designers to send patterns with interesting stitches.  Some recent patterns have included lots of unbroken double crochet, which is a little dull.

I'd also like to second some other great ideas from previous posts:  extend sizing ranges on patterns, consider going to 6 issues a year, and include a photo index.

Thanks!

sibilum wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 2:40 PM

I would love to get a digital subscription. We can save paper and print only what we will really make, and it would be much cheaper, specially for international subscribers!

on Jan 3, 2011 2:50 PM

I just want to say how much I love getting the newsletters in my email. I feel like I am getting a encouraging note from a friend who is also interested in crochet!

I have enjoyed reading of others' new year resolutions and have some planned for myself this year. I am trying to take the sensible route of breaking the bigger goals down to smaller steps. As with many others, stash busting, donating and trying a new technique are there. For me it is also to finish organizing and making useful my "new" crochet room, (a very small bedroom in our house.) Along that line I'd love to see some organizational articles!

Keep up the wonderful work and thanks to you and the whole staff for sharing your experiences and skills with all of us. Have a happy, healthy new year!

Mary Ann wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 3:02 PM

The problem with emptying out all the yarn from all those hiding places is THEN I BUY MORE YARN TO REPLACE IT!  I can't seem to avoid a good yarn sale (or even a bad one).   Isn't it great to be able to make something wonderful out of a straight pc of "string"!     HAPPY NEW YARN  oops I mean YEAR!

fathpycat wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 3:28 PM

Hi Marcy!

Your new year resolutions are great! I love the one about reducing the yarn... i have finally managed to corral all my yarn into one area.. but I think i will try your idea of making one-a-month giveaways for my friends and family!  And of course interweave helps me tackle new crochet techniques that I never thought could be done with a crochet only needles..:)  I seem to crochet faster than I knit.  thanks and Happy New year!

Maria

proberts33 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 3:44 PM

Dear Mary, I love being a new member of Crochet Me and the Interweave Community. In you article today and several previous articles, crocheting for charity (to give away to an organization of some kind) has ben mentioned. I would love to get involved in a project such as this, but can never seem to find a list of opportuunities, i.e. organizations, what they do and what they needand where to send it/ As we begin this New Year, would you consider adding a list such as this to your website? Thank you so much, pr33

PS and please let me remind everyone that any cancer treatment center would love to have cloche type hats, non-itchy, for those undergoing chemo for *** cancer or any other type cancer. Some University hospitals even have hat contests with prizes and all hats going to chemo patients, of course.

avidbeader wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 4:22 PM

For 2011 and beyond, I would love to see more exploration of crochet techniques, rather than the knit-with-a-bit-of-crochet -- my first subscription issue was quite a disappointment in that regard. There is so much crochet itself can offer without looking beyond it.

I support a photo index for each issue -- much faster when one is looking for that particular pattern.

I support advancing digital subscriptions and offerings - more use for my new Nookcolor!

I support expanding the sizing of garments.

How about more exploration of just what people can crochet with? I have friends who make sturdy cases for eyeglasses or hooks or other random things by crocheting strips of plastic shopping bags. I am about to take a pile of un-donatable jeans (my son is hard on knees) and turn them into strips for a crocheted throw rug. I realize that you have yarn to advertise, but you could include options like crocheting with multiple strands and an S hook for the throw rug and suitable sturdy yarns for cases while encouraging recycling in creative ways.

stacymaur wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 4:34 PM

Hi, I'm new to the blog/forum scene and I need everyone's help!!! I'm wondering where the bet sites to buy yarn for projects or sugestions for yarn substitutions when I can't seem to find the colors I'm looking for. I look forward to hearing from you all very soon.

Stacy

on Jan 3, 2011 5:28 PM

To get my crochet teaching certificate, teach some classes, and design my own patterns.

on Jan 3, 2011 5:29 PM

Dear Marcy, IC is by far my favorite magazine ... I look forward to every issue, and have made many projects from it. Thank you for a fantastic publication. I really like your emphasis on garments and hope that you keep that!

Here is my "wish list."

I am a "very experienced" crocheter and would love to see a pattern now and then that is a real challenge. I don't mean focus on this. I like simple patterns, too, but sometimes want to stretch my legs a bit.

New and different stitch patterns would be great.

More vertically constructed sweaters.

Articles about design would be great. In particular I would love to know how to create stitch diagrams, as i have some designs I would like to share but want to create diagrams, not just written instructions. Many semi-pro designers do this but I have never been able to find out how they do it. What software to use, etc.

To me crochet is the most versatile and also challenging of the fiber crafts. There are so many different ways to make stitches and create fabrics. Showing off the amazing diversity of crochet techniques would be fantastic.

MeggieSuzel wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 6:08 PM

Marcy,

It is nice to hear you like to connect to other yarn fanatics.  I've been getting the Interweave emails for some time and wish I had the spare cash in my budget to get a subscription to the magazine.  I love the hands on feel of the paper patterns, but also like the availability of patterns via the web that I can save for a rainy day, print out to carry with me (and reprint when I lose the first one).  That said I am in the inbetween generation that is very comfortable with paper, but is also in love with their computer and very interested in new technology like the e-readers.  The more options the better, but in all hope that magazines don't go away for good.  

In recently returning to school I've begun to think about setting my own developmental goals over time, and on a personal level, learning more about crochet and participating more in not just making projects to give to friends and family but more for myself and for charity as well has been entered on my developmental plan.  Finding the crochetme.com web site opened up a door to the crochet world that I did not know existed!  I makes me want to learn all the new techniques I'd never heard of and maybe some day try my hand at designing as well.  I hope this year to finish an afgan for a retirement present and then to start on some of those learning goals I've set for myself.  Here's to hoping I find the time!

Happy New Year!

mjb215 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:07 PM

My crochet resolutions for 2011

Finish something started before starting something new. Make something from stash yarn before buying more stash. I don't want "less" stash- I want DIFFERENT stash.

Perhaps Interweave Crochet can occaisonally publish or make available partial ball projects. I don't want to call it "scrap"- that sounds dowdy.  And I have many "partial balls" in various weights. What do you do with various dibs and dabs of laceweight-

on Jan 4, 2011 2:00 AM

I haven't been getting on the site last yr much, but my goal is to get on more and talk and make friends. I have been wanting to try something new, guess it will be the interweave. at least I am going to try it. God bless. jobell65

color865 wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 8:26 AM

what you want to see in Interweave Crochet:

1. More - more issues - more IC wonderfulness

2. More stitch diagrams

3. Digital, digital, digital is great - I love Inside Crochet from YUDU.

CarleneP wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 11:30 AM

Marcy, I'd love to see some more worsted or bulky weight projects suitable for charity donation.  Warm, practical socks, hats, neck warmers, mittens, sweaters, etc.  Because I don't know the people receiving the items, exact fit is not an issue.  But making a warm wearable garment is important.  Fancy trims and airy/holey designs are not appropriate.  I need real workhorse patterns that can be made easily and produce good results with minimum fuss.

Warm Hands, the charity I send most of my stuff to requires wool and I was feeling very left out during the recent socks campaign as I have yet to find a decent pattern for practical crochet socks.  Most of the patterns seem to be ankle length bed socks, not real winter socks like the ones needed for these charity projects.  Meanwhile the knitters were turning out worsted weight socks with no problems.

ciarajc wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 2:08 PM

I know about the balls of extra yarn everywhere, As do most crochet-er's. lol Thanks for the tip, it's a great idea!

MimiD wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 2:45 PM

I'd like to see less (actually, NO) knitting projects  in Interweave Crochet.  Thanks!

on Jan 4, 2011 4:42 PM

And don't forget Ravelry! I do most of my hook-related chatting on there, specifically the Crochet Liberation Front group.

AliciaKaye wrote
on Jan 5, 2011 1:41 PM

I LOVE being a part of this group and on FB!  It has kickstarted my love for crochet again after years of not really doing much.  For your vintage "fix" here is a phenomenal site which is going to be my go to for vintage afghans this year!  You just don't see many patterns like this anymore!

freevintagecrochet.com/afghans.html

Thanks!

color865 wrote
on Jan 10, 2011 10:44 AM

I'd love to see announcements of upcoming events that offer crochet classes.

SharonT@20 wrote
on Jan 12, 2011 7:08 AM

I  love nothing more than flipping pages in  a magazine. That being said, I have enjoyed Interweave Crochet since the first issue, it satisfied my longing for fashionable crochet comparable to knit. I can see that you are now joining the ranks of the majority of crochet magazines with crochet  for beginners with patterns for household items and nit-knacks. Soon I will be in search for another publication for experiences crocheters.