March 1, 2017 marked the beginning of my 8th year blogging about crochet, and today -- not only is it Mother's Day -- it is also the day that I am publishing my 1773rd blog post.
Over the past seven years, unlike my crochet hooks, the tools I use to blog about my beloved craft have changed a lot.
I have switched internet providers and blog templates, and late last November, I began my most extensive and challenging (for me) crochet related non-crochet project.
When I began blogging there was a lot I didn't know, not the least of which was why I shouldn't upload photo files directly from my camera SD card onto my computer and then into a blog post. It turns out that is a very data heavy, user-unfriendly way to do things, but do it I did.
It was a mistake I made thousands of times, and even though I eventually improved my practices, I did not go back and correct the original error.
However, I was determined to get my digital house in order as best I could, and I began the slow (v-e-r-y s-l-o-w) process of remediating my blog photos to better comport with best practices.
This projet has required that I spent a lot of time going through blog posts past -- and while I am still several hundred images from completing this task -- I have been reminded of several projects that I consider seminal in some way to my development as a crocheter.
One such project is a crochet tote known as "The Mamy Bag."
Here it is, finished and ready for adventure:
and here are the thirteen blog "episodes" of how this project finally came to be.
Another project that taught me a lot was the project I cam to think of as "The Afghan that eluded me."
Seen here lounging on Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina:
this project is perhaps one of the most instrumental in my formation as a crocheter, and I wrote extensively about it as I worked my way though my first iteration of it, and if you have time, you can read all thirty-six blog posts that detail the trials, tribulations, and ultimately the thrill of getting it right after so many years.
When I began writing this blog, I never dreamed that I would still be at it after seven years, but the adventure continues, one stitch at a time.