Monday, January 17, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kathryn Vercillo

Let's face it. I'm swamped. I need help.  I put out a call for help and my Crochet Friends have responded.  Here's the first post from a guest blogger.  Some of my guests are new friends who I am just meeting along with you!  Enjoy. 

Crochet Circles Meet Book Clubs
I recently read a really interesting article about a crochet and knitting circle that is also a book club. The group of women gathers together to discuss the book that they are currently reading. The books are all related to needlework like crochet and knitting. As the women discuss the book, they also do their own crochet work or knitting.
Some of the things I love about this idea:
•                Books, especially novels, about crochet and knitting are always really interesting to me. There are a lot of stories out there about how this type of work can really help you forge friendships and get through tough times. My favorite one that comes to mind is The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood.
I think it's great that there are people out there who are focusing on reading these types of books. I would love to have a group to not only discuss those books with but also to get crochet book recommendations from!
•                Crochet circles are making a comeback these days. I have seen many examples of groups of people who get together to crochet or knit in the same space. This adds a social element to a craft that can be too solitary at times. It's great because it allows people who may feel weird about new social situations to have a focus for their meeting to reduce that anxiety. It's great, too, because it allows people of all skill levels to share their crochet knowledge with one another. I haven’t actually participated in a crochet circle myself but have been thinking a lot about it lately.
•                Combining a book discussion with a crochet circle is great for multitaskers. Many of us who enjoy crocheting do it while doing other things like watching TV. Why not discuss books at the same time that we're working on our projects?!
•                The books likely inspire new projects. The act of combining discussions about crochet books with the art of crochet is sure to inspire new ideas for different projects. Not that any of us are lacking for inspiration! Nevertheless, new sources of it are always terrific. I imagine just the energy of being in this type of sharing space would inspire new project ideas.

Would you join a crochet circle that was also a book club?

This is a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo, a professional blogger who has just launched a brand new crochet blog named Crochet Concupiscence. The daily blog features crochet news, crochet artist profiles, crochet tutorials and more.

1 comment:

Natalia said...

Great idea. I would. About multitasking... we could also have some wine while crocheting and discussing... :))