Now, don't get me wrong, I love both, but I'm a bit miffed with all the "hey, we've discovered crochet" articles lately! There was an article just the other day in the Washington Post Express magazine here. Now, again, it's awesome that crochet groups and guilds (I'm a proud member of CGOA and Crochetville!) are popping up everywhere and that people are drawn to trying crochet and utilizing it in all sorts of different ways. But, for those of us who've been doing it for a loooooong time, we know the mental and physical benefits of crochet, and yours truly here has been talking about them for 10 years now. In fact, I'm realizing we just passed Many Creative Gifts' 10th Year Anniversary on April 5th. Wow, well, stay tuned for some special celebrations throughout this month ;-)
But, I digress. My main point is that we Americans seem to need to take ancient practices (yoga has been around for millenniums, and crochet is centuries old) and make them new and trendy. And then we tire of them and have to find the next big thing. Well, I know my dear readers, both new to crochet and old hats at it, appreciate the virtues of crochet and are not approaching it as a passing fad. Each crocheter has her or his reason(s) for taking up the craft: for relaxation, to do something tangible and useful with your hands, to give or donate special mementos, and on and on... Whether you crochet by yourself for yourself or in a large group for charitable reasons or a bit of both, crochet means whatever it means to you, and as long as it remains meaningful to you in whatever way, please continue to embrace it no matter whether it's the latest trend.
Ok, off my soap box and onto the celebration! For the month of April, I'll be having some really great specials in my Ravelry store and through this blog, so come back on Friday and see what's here!