All throughout the past week I had a wonderful time doing a cross-blog crochet conversation with Sara of Mom With a Hook. I hope that you were able to follow along as we went back and forth from my blog to hers creating a conversation about crafting and many other things. If not, here’s a summary of what we talked about and at the bottom of this post you’ll find links to all ten of our posts in order to get the full story of what we said.
I always find it interesting to learn about how crocheters got started in the craft and what keeps them going in it. Sara shared that she started crocheting when she was pregnant because she wanted to make something for the baby. I shared that I started crocheting a few years ago when dealing with a serious bout of depression. This led to a conversation about our various experiences with depression (me) and bipolar (her) and how crochet has been healing for both of us when dealing with emotional situations. I believe that it’s important to share these stories because it lets people know that they aren’t alone in their tough times, that there’s a way through to the other side and that crochet can be a huge part of that.
Sara also shared in her crochet history that she was happy to be able to use her skills to give back to others through charity crafting. She lost a baby in 1998 and one way she got through that was to start crocheting booties for moms who had lost babies (as well as blankets for pregnant women). This led to a really great conversation about crocheting for others and how that can be beneficial not only to the receiver but also to the person who is doing the crochet work.
Crochet Fiction / Literature
One of the lighter crochet topics that was really fun to talk about was our shared interest in reading more crochet fiction, literature and non-pattern non-fiction. Sara likes mysteries and was a fan of the first novel by Betty Hechtman (who has a crochet mystery series) but didn’t find the others in the series too compelling. I wasn’t as drawn in to Hechtman’s books as I wish I had been. I did mention that there’s another crochet mystery by Bendy Carter called Dying to Crochet that may be worth looking into although I haven’t read it. We have both read and laughed along with Mary Beth Temple’s collection of crochet essays titled Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot and agree that there should be more humorous crochet writing like this. And I want to check out the new young adult novel called Yes, which I’ve mentioned on this blog in the past.
Our 2012 Projects
One of the main things that Sara and I talked about during this conversation was the different projects that we each have going on this year.
Sara has some really cool things going on including:
- 365 Crochet Blog Topics, which is available to crochet bloggers on her site right now
- You can see lots of what she’ll have happening this year in her editorial calendar
- Granny Square Exchange
- Spotted blog posts which regularly showcase the talents of other great craft bloggers
- Upcoming crochet classes
- Compassion International fundraiser project
- FOTH video blogging about crochet
And I got the opportunity to share more about my 2012 projects which include:
- my 365 project and it’s corresponding Pinterest board
- 12 in ’12 Charity Crochet Project
- plans to turn my booklet, When Grandma Isn’t Crocheting She’s Hunting Big Game, into an annual series
- The Crochet Jobs leads that I’m now posting on my site and hoping to grow to help our crafting community
- #CrochetQuestionOfTheDay which I do on Twitter and G+ as a great way to stay in touch with the crochet community
- Friday Open Discussions, a new blog feature
Read It All; Links to the 10 Posts:
- Sara started
- I responded
- Sara answered
- I responded again
- Sara got back to me
- So I answered
- And then she answered
- That brought me to my Day 4 Response
- Sara wrapped it up on her blog
- And then I wrapped it up
Did you enjoy this cross-blog conversation? Is it something you’d like to see me do with other crocheters?