I’ve been meaning to create a blog for quite some time now but I just couldn’t think of anything new that someone else wasn’t already blogging about. There are plenty of folks out there blogging about the latest project they are working on. There are quite a few that like to create their own patterns and post them up for others to enjoy. Although I am continually working on a project of some sort, they come rapid fire. I work the project, complete it, and it’s on to the next project. I have regrets about not taking more photos of certain projects. I didn’t generally take a lot of photos because to be honest, I’m not really the best at photography nor do I particularly enjoy it. However, in deciding to write this blog, I am going to have to learn to love it just a little. I’m also not a pattern designer. Sure, I can pick up a hook and a ball of yarn and whip up a hat or a scarf or the like without a pattern and sometimes I do just that. But that is where it ends for me. The item will be a one of a kind because I do not enjoy writing out all the instructions needed to turn it into a pattern. Call me lazy if you want but I find it much more enjoyable to have a hook and yarn in my hand than sitting there cursing my lack of technical skills when it comes to creating a PDF file for a pattern.
So, I buy crochet patterns. Lots and lots of crochet patterns. You could say it is an addiction if you like and if you crochet, you have probably experienced the same addiction. I have not actually sat down and taken a complete count of all of the patterns I have purchased but at this point I would guess it is somewhere around a few hundred. I have resisted the need to organize them all into the nice neat little folders I created for them AFTER I realized that my patterns were getting out of hand. Now I will have to pay for it. It will take me hours to locate and refile them into one central location on my computer. I have them in email, I have them in my Ravelry library, I have them in the Downloads file on my computer, I have them in duplicate folders that need to be combined. You get the idea.
By now you’re thinking, “Just why is she telling me all of these things? What does it have to do with crochet pattern reviews?” Well, reviewing crochet patterns that I purchase will force me to organize those files and create a document for each pattern to write notes that will help me if I make the pattern again in the future. It will also force me to take more photos so that progress of a project can be shown and hopefully that will help improve my photography skills (which would improve even more if I would just listen to what hubby says when he tries to show me how to use all the features on the camera!). Finally, it will provide you, the reader with a little bit of insight on what I, at least, look for in a pattern – and maybe you look for those same things or have ideas you want to contribute as well.
I also need to tell you this – I am terrified! I have not been able to find any crochet pattern reviews. I’ve found sewing pattern reviews, but not crochet pattern reviews. There may be someone out there doing them and if there is and you know about them, please let me know so I can go check them out. But perhaps the lack of crochet pattern reviews is due to people being afraid to comment on the design work of others. Surely I’m not the first person in the world to think of reviewing crochet patterns in a blog?! So, maybe I’m taking a huge gamble here. Maybe I’m opening a can of worms that should just stay sealed in the can but anyone that personally knows me will tell you that I’m not one to back down from a challenge – well, most of the time anyway.
In closing this first blog post let me tell you what I plan to enforce upon myself for reviewing crochet patterns – a focus on the positive aspects of the pattern, first and foremost, then a thought on what I’d like to see added to make the pattern more user friendly, and finally a number rating based on several criteria which I will post in my next rambling. I want this to be a positive experience for me and the designer, should they stumble upon the review. I will not allow myself or others to talk poorly of a designer. We can all use constructive criticism but none of us need to endure destructive criticism. Hopefully a designer can read my review and also the thoughts of others and use that to implement new ideas or fix problems so that they benefit from the review.
In my next posting I will be providing you with the criteria by which I plan to review. I am hoping that you will contribute as well by telling me what you look for in a good pattern. You will probably give me a few ideas that I haven’t thought of yet. Until next time, get your crochet on!