Welcome! Wednesday, Mar 1 2006 

I remember the first time that I visited Crochetville. At first I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy being a part of a community that just discussed crochet. I was new to crochet and I wasn’t sure if I belonged where everyone seemed more experienced in the craft than I would ever be. The most terrifying aspect of it was that most of them had something called a “blog” and used terms like “frog”, “WIP”, and “LYS”. I was sure that I’d entered an alternate dimension of reality.

I have lost count of the number of hours that I have logged on Crochetville. I would never have thought two years ago that I would complete anything other than the basics, that my yarn stash would take over every free storage space in my home, or that I would ever feel comfortable designing my own patterns. Without Crochetville, I would not enjoy my craft as much as I do. I hope that all of you find as much joy in our little village because you are what make it a village– a community– and not just another message board.

On February 16, 2006, Crochetville celebrated its second birthday. In that time, we’ve jumped to 4,748 members, and have had 301,299 posts. Both of those numbers will have grown by the time that you read this message. It is because of the almost 5,000 members that Julie, Donna, and I keep working to make Crochetville even better for our members. I believe that Crochetville has made its mark as the message board for all things crochet.

To celebrate our first issue of ‘Round the ‘Ville, we want you to enjoy a special original pattern submitted by one of our members. Kathy’s (Katchkan) Tissue Tote is an elegant cover for your travel-sized tissue packets. Crochet away!

Tissue Tote (PDF file)

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Villager Spotlight on Member Faithpa76 Wednesday, Mar 1 2006 

Meet Faith a.k.a. Faithpa76!
Crochetville member since September 2004

Brief Bio: Faith lives with her husband, four children, and two furbabies in Rhode Island. Faith is pictured with her grandmother. Faith studied music education as a flute major at college, where she met her husband. She left after completing her sophomore year when she married.

Faith was selected at random to be interviewed from the top 10 members with the most posts. Currently, Faith has 6,424 posts to the board. She also is currently serving as the Single Crochet Secret Pal Swap co-coodinator. The question begs to be asked: Where does she find the time to crochet?

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I’ll bet you were wondering… Wednesday, Mar 1 2006 

…but were too scared to ask.

Were you ever curious as to just how busy Crochetville really is? When we moved from the old ezBoard site to the crochetville.org domain on March 18, 2005, Crochetville was home to 778 members. Since then, we’ve been mentioned in at least two national magazines and word of mouth from our wonderful Villagers has helped increase our membership totals to over 4,800 members. Over 4,000 members have joined in just under a year! I think we all can see that crochet and Crochetville are very popular right now, and a big reason for that in my opinion is all of our wonderful members. That means YOU! Thanks!

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Book Review: Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet : The Happy Hooker Wednesday, Mar 1 2006 

Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet : The Happy Hooker

By Debbie Stoller

 

A Book Review.. By Elizabeth Jacobsen

I think we should get the boring technical details out of the way. This book is 292 pages of pure fun! It’s a nice size to tuck into your project bag and comes in soft cover and hard cover form. Well there is rumor of the hard cover, I have personally never seen it but, of course that doesn’t mean it’s not real, right ? I had been envious of the knitters until now. This book takes a practical and fun approach to the basics and a little beyond. Of course, not every technique is covered and honestly, I don’t see how she could have covered every thing. In my opinion, if you want something to teach you every thing, you might try to find a few good reference books. If you want something fun, keeping you interested, this is the book for you . It contains 40 fresh patterns, a brief history of crochet, and “instructions so clear any one can learn to crochet-even a knitter!” (more…)