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It’s Crochet Today!’s one year anniversary and to celebrate, they’re offering a free crochet cake pattern. You can get it here: Crochet Confection, but just be sure you have a program that reads PDFs since that’s the kind of file it is. It’s cute, but I’m not big on crocheting food items. I saved it to my crochet folder just in case, though.

So far, I’ve not missed one issue of this magazine. Not all issues were totally awesome, but I’ve really not been disappointed with any of them thus far. I don’t like receiving my subscription issue days–sometimes weeks–after the same issue hits the newsstand, however. My renewal is coming up, which leads me to debating whether or not to keep getting them in the mail late or hope that they get their mail service to deliver in a more timely manner. Thinking about it, I know I’ll probably renew. At least that way, I know I won’t miss an issue, even though I may get them late. This last issue was fairly timely, so maybe it’s something they’re working on.

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A couple of weeks ago, I got my invitation to join the group of crocheters and knitters at Ravelry, and the site has been taking up my time ever since. It hasn’t been opened to the public just yet, as they’re still working on some bugs and making sure it can handle alot of traffic, but wow! what an awesome site. If you’ve not heard of it, click the link above and go take a look.

I didn’t realize I’d get an invitation to join as one of the Beta Testers when I sent in my name; instead, I thought I’d just get a message when they officially opened to the public. I’m glad I did, though. I’m having a lot of fun over there.

But I’ll be blogging again in the next day or so, as I still have things to talk about!

Also, I wanted to mention that the Viceroy Butterfly Shawl I’ve been working on is officially for sale now. You can find it >here<. It’s been a difficult pattern for me, but only because I’ve never done filet crochet before. Kathy writes her patterns very clearly, and she’s always willing to help if you ever have a problem. I’m still working on mine, but I hope to finish it soon.

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Annie’s Attic is having their Spring Clearance Sale, and I’m debating ordering a couple of the books listed, which brings me to the question: Can a person ever have too many crochet books? I’m starting to think so. I’m surrounded by patterns–patterns in books, patterns printed from the net, patterns in magazines, patterns in brochures. I have books with vintage patterns, books with modern patterns, books with patterns I know I’ll never make in this lifetime. When is too many crochet books really too…many…crochet…books? I think I actually have more titles than┬ámy local┬álibrary ever thought about having. Maybe one day, I’ll go through them all and donate the ones I know I’ll never use, but then, I’m pretty picky about my books.

I have a book shelf now that is full of my novels and books on writing. (Yes, I aspire to be a writer one of these days, but that darn hook and yarn get first choice everytime!) And I have another shelf right now that is overflowing with all of my crochet books & magazines, as well as one shelf dedicated to my many jars of buttons.

Buttons and books.

I’ve about decided one can never have too many of both.

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Crochet Wishes & Wonders is a great book full of over 70 colorful crochet patterns. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes more traditional patterns, like doilies and afghans, but there’s probably something in it for just about every crocheter.

It has five chapters, as follows:
Chapter One – Fashions and accessories.
Chapter Two – Doll dresses, a cute little pig, a snowman, and a few others.
Chapter Three – Afghans.
Chapter Four – Home accents & Christmas items.
Chapter Five – Some really beautiful doily patterns.

The book is, as of this post, clearanced on the Annie’s Attic web site for $5.99, which I think is a good price for so many patterns. Just click the link at the beginning of this post.

UPDATE: It’s no longer available at Annie’s Attic from what I could tell, but it’s possible to get it at Amazon.com.

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