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Blue Cat Needlework

Monday, April 18, 2011

My first entry

Well, here I am starting my first blog.  We'll see how it goes.

I love to crochet, embroider, cross-stitch, and tat.  Tatting and crocheted are the only laces I make.  Most of my crocheting is afghans, with the occasional sweater, shawl, slippers, lace, and baby layette thrown in for special occasions.

Since a blog is about sharing, I will share some crochet sites in this entry.

I recently found CrochetSpot.com.  Rachel has some wonderful tutorials for those who want to begin to crochet.  There are also tutorials for those wishing to go beyond the basics, most of which I have printed to PDF (look up "cute PDF writer" for a free program), and stored on my hard drive.  There are many free patterns and helpful tips.

I also found  Ravelry.com. It is for knitters and crocheters, with places to keep track of your hooks and needles, yarn stash, and projects.  You can share your info, and look at what others have and the projects on which they are working.  I am on Ravelry.com as loriannj.

One of my favorite shopping sites is Lacis.  The store is located in Berkeley, CA.  However, they do much more business via Internet shopping.  I have ordered a few times, and my information has been safe, and I received exactly what I ordered - no surprises.  Lacis has books and supplies for almost everything to do with any type of lace-making.

That's enough for this entry, I suppose.  Not bad for the first one, really.  I even provided links that work! (I tested them.)

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