Hello, World.

For the time being, I’ll just stick with the generic and lame default first-blog-entry-title that WordPress provides.

Hello, World.

So, a website for my crochet stuff. When I already have a Facebook Page: Crochetophile’s Parlor? I am not sure why, and I am not sure where I am going with this – maybe it’s an attempt at attracting the crowds in a different manner than Facebook can provide, maybe I need a different kind of outlet (- with more words attached! I love words!), maybe it’s a first step down a road to bigger and better things, maybe I’ll just trash it again if it doesn’t do what I think it should do for me.

But mostly, it will be a collection of and showcase for my crochet work, d’uh.

On Facebook I don’t much feel like talking about the process of crocheting my stuff too much, it’s mostly just a display for finished things. Occasionally other people share their work on my page as well. The two platforms should complement each other in a way, but bear with me – I am still trying to figure it out.

For right now, I am just going to do a quick run-down of my most favorite WIPs at the moment:

Moogly’s 2015 Afghan Crochet-Along

First and foremost, there is my biggest project for the year, Moogly‘s 2015 Afghan Crochet-Along (CAL). If you haven’t heard about it (- or don’t know what a CAL is): every two weeks a new pattern for a 12″ granny square is being released, and everybody and their mothers frantically crochet along with it – hence the moniker. At the end of 2015 we all hopefully have a kick-ass afghan to show for our efforts.

We are currently into pattern #07, and I am making two of each (- and then some) in order to get a 2m x 2m blanket in December. A throw for our bed, to be exact. I am going to share the links to the patterns and my own creations (and their processes) here in future blog entries.

 Tapestry-Crochet Pillow Cases

Queen-themed, actually. I love Queen passionately, and have done so ever since I was 12 or 13 years old. A couple of months ago I have had the absolutely wonderful opportunity to see Brian and Roger live in concert – and it’s brought my love for them to a completely new level. (Tears were shed, you people. Many, many tears. I still can’t believe that I have been in the same room with my idols of 20+ years… so grateful.)

For those of you out there who love Queen nearly as much as I do, here is a video that The Husband took during the concert. It’s Love of my Life (Olympiahalle Munich – February 2, 2015) and while he was filming, I was right next to him, bawling my eyes out. I never thought I could react in such a way at a live concert… but there I was. Sobbing and crying. I’ll never laugh at hysterically screaming teenie-boppers anymore, I promise.

Actually, looking back – it’s one of the happiest, most perfect moments of my life, and one of the places I mentally go to, when I feel down and need some inner peace. Enjoy.

But I digress.

The topic was crochet. I have actually never tried tapestry crochet before, so I decided to bring the two together. Pixel-Stitch is a website, where you can convert just about any photo into a cross stitch embroidery pattern – which also happens to serve just fine as a pattern for tapestry crochet. I picked a cool black-and-white photo of the band ca. mid-eighties and went to town with it. Here’s my Freddie pattern:

Freddie

(Now go make your own! It’s so easy!)

(…but I can’t do it
So risky – But I gotta chance it
It’s so funny, there’s nothing to laugh about
My money, that’s all you wanna talk about
I can see what you want me to be
But I’m no fool…)

Sorry, couldn’t resist. 😀

Nevermind the fact that The Husband isn’t exactly happy with the thought of Freddie, Brian, Roger & John royally adorning our couch… either he’ll eventually come around… or I will make him. *insert evil cackle here*

Of course there is no real crocheter who doesn’t have at least 12 WIPs laying around somewhere on a pile… so obviously there is a lot more in my basket to talk about – as well as planned in my head. But for now I’ll throw this entry out into the ether and see what’s going to tickle my fancy next, word-wise.

I just love writing, that’s pretty much the gist of it –

(I actually do operate a blog that gets quite some traffic, the most successful one I’ve had over the years. It’s written in my native language German and documents my experiences and academic struggles/achievements at University. It turned out to be quite the resource for aspiring students, and kind of a portal for advice and exchange – I absolutely love it. But I am keeping it strictly about University life, so it doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for personal or creative writing, which is something I crave doing.)

– and this is all way too much for a simple posting on my Facebook page, wouldn’t you think?

Cheers!

The Crochetophile

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