Okay I'll save you all the obligatory Happy New Year, Auld Lang Syne bit, and go right to the what's going to be happening on the blog. Cutting directly to the chase, I want to announce a new feature on the blog. I think all of you will appreciate. (I hope anyways)
A while back I wrote about the beautiful pattern written by Amy Brewer and Doug Speeckaert cooperative effort on the "Meandering Paws Over the Rainbow Bridge" afghan. (an tribute to our furry friends who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge) Amy continues to inspire me through her work and personal comments on my Facebook page. She is incredibly thoughtful and kind. Since writing that blog however, I have had the opportunity to get to familiarize myself with Doug's work through Instagram. The quality and the quantity of Doug's crocheting is stunning. Not only is he a crocheter extraordinaire but a fine gentleman as well.
While reading through my Instagram feed one day I ran across an afghan that Doug crocheted that very much reminded me of one my Grandmother had in her home. One of those timeless, but not trendy, pieces you know will contain a lifetime of memories in each stitch. I have to say so many beautiful memories came flooding back. That one visual sort of began an idea percolating in my brain. (that happens from time to time. LOL) I have a large assortment of vintage fiber arts magazines that have been given to me by friends and family over the years. They are SO cool! I thought, for variety, I might tap into a trend highlighted in one of those magazines, share some relevant tips or tricks, or look into the past charitable work of knitters, crocheters, and sewists. These vintage magazines are really a treasure trove of ideas and encouragement.
I will continue to do Unallied Artist and the Charity Idea OUTpost features however, I think these "Classics in the Parc" blog posts will appear randomly throughout the year lending a new dimension to the blog. Perhaps sparking new ideas that feature classical fiber arts elements. I hope that all of you will enjoy the writing and pictures included with these blog postings. I simply cannot do the blog posts about these vintage magazines without adding the occasional picture.
I know for some, the articles, patterns, ideas, and photos will hold memories. I have wonderful memories of my grandmothers and aunts knitting or crocheting away at projects while chatting about the latest in our lives. These will always be cherished memories and the inspiration for what I do today. I hope I make my family proud.
The past, the present, and the future here on Out of the Parc Designs Blog in 2018. I hope you'll join me, my daughter, and perhaps some guest writers this year on Out of the Parc Designs. Thank you all for a wonderful 2017!
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