In my last blog post I noted that one of my goals in blogging about crochet was to educate people as to what crochet is, and in that goal, I think I have been reasonably successful. I know that part of it is the zeitgeist, but I also know that I have reached people who would have otherwise missed out on this crafting renaissance.
One of my other goals was to document my crochet, and while I have succeeded in part, writing about how crochet fits into my everyday life and how I fit crochet into my life every day, I have fallen short in my efforts to write patterns for many of my original designs.
So this past weekend when I had gotten through the things on my “to-do last weekend” list, and I was eventually able to resume work on my crochet.
My first order of business was decorating the Day of the Dead granny square I had made that I could move forward with the tutorial that was nearly, but not quite complete. Part of making it complete required that I decorate the square to that crafters could get some idea of the potential of this pattern:
Once that was done, I decided to work on writing the pattern for what I know think of as my “Original Cookieghan:”
I made it for a friend I met in the third grade and I think of it as the “original” cookieghan because it was the first in what ended up being a long line of crochet cookie projects, and while have at times thought I should write one of the “simpler” cookie crochet project patterns first, I have never gotten any of those done either, so I decided to tackle what for me is that thing lurking in the back of the closet of my mind — the one, the only, the original cookieghan.
My original effort included a cookie based on the Girl Scout Caramel DeLite cookie and evoked, more than replicated it. It was — and continues to be — a good cookie design, but it is dependent on being able to get your hands on exactly one type of yarn that you can buy only at Michaels:
For this to be a piece that can be made anywhere in the world, I really needed a worsted weight alternative to offer, and after a long desert of no ideas, I finally had a moment of inspiration that I was able to turn into this crochet cookie which appears like this from the front:
and like this from the back:
Moving on from there, I reworked the jam-centered cookie. At the time I designed this, I had not yet learned about a technique known as the “jogless join,” but the advantage of waiting a half a decade before writing something up is that you learn things you didn’t know before, and I was able to make this revised jam-centered cookie:
and I even took notes and wrote out the pattern as I made it!
And here are the two “new-ish” cookies basking in what there is of the afternoon sun on the first day of Standard time in quiet awhile:
I never know where my crochet adventures are going to take me, but I can honestly say, “have hook, will travel;” I just don’t know where.