I cannot believe that last month we were concerned about the effect of Brexit. Now the concern is the coronavirus pandemic. However, I still maintain that the beauty of crochet is its ability to calm people as they work on a project, particularly one that has repetitive pattern. Then the rhythm of hook allows the crocheter to relax and enjoy being creative without having to tax the mind.
In addition during the ‘lockdown’ period, we have a chance to re-evaluate what is in our yarn stash, what our material/equipment collection comprises of, and what is sitting on the shelves (books, CDs, tapes we have kept prior to having access to readily available digital information and imaging). It is the perfect time to go down memory lane as we sort through those pockets of items we vaguely know are there but have not really had the time to return to them. Going through those things we have kept “just in case” we might need them, be ready to let them go by passing on those items that we will never use again. Ideally pass them on to someone who can use them, or when the lockdown is finished, give them to a charity so they can recoup money to spend for those in need. As a last resort, visit the re-cycling depot. What you are left with is a whole bundle of creative joy!
The new range of in-house books: ‘VINTAGE – Pauline Turner originals’ is a result of just this kind of revisiting little used sections either on a shelf or in a container. Each book has an insert explaining yarn equivalents and other notes where needed but in reality, the books already include an amazing amount of quality information. Finding the originals was a walk down memory lane being a precursor for the start of Crochet Design. The designs themselves are dateless. Price £6.50 each plus £1.00 for postage in the UK and standard postage for overseas. or all 4 for £25.00