We all know that sometimes when working for charities we sometimes run a little dry on ideas. Internet archive is a charity crafter's rescue. Out of ideas. Well let me introduce you to a gold mine!
We've talked about internet archive before. My daughter wrote a great piece on the archive for this blog but I did not realize until recently that there are literally volumes of patterns available. Has your favorite pattern website gone down? No longer available? One of my favorites known as "Groovy Crochet" went down a few years back, it contained a skirt pattern that I very much wanted to duplicate. Okay so I'll grant that Groovy Crochet is a bit of a flashback to my years as a kid growing up. I remember my my friends and family making some of the projects available on the site especially the ponchos. I was a bit upset when Groovy Crochet was hacked by teen porn :/ awful. INTERNET ARCHIVE to the rescue! So how did I use Internet Archive to find my patterns? First the main page here. Then click the link for the "Wayback Machine" its an amazing internet time machine! Once you click the link you'll be taken to this page. The page looks like this:
At the top there is a search box. In my case I typed in Groovy Crochet's address like so:
This is the page you see when you click "Search History" link:
If you want to see the pages saved one clicks the toolbar at the top in this case year "2001". Click the blue "dots" on the screen which brings you to a page that looks like this:
Though I'll admit the page is very "hippie" but the poncho patterns are pretty cool! The links on the page are clickable though some of the pictures may be missing. By clicking the link to the "Groovy Ponchos & Shawls I was taken to this page:
As you can see this is a VERY handy index of patterns and websites that have been taken down for various reasons. If you are missing your favorite webpage for crocheting or knitting patterns why not check internet archive? I found this great page for lots of fun ideas!
Another reason to check and support internet archive is that the site is constantly growing and adding new content. Today I found something really exciting while investigating Internet Archive. A tool entitled Archive-It where I found a collection of knitting pattern sites. Turns out that these pages were saved by a college!
Looking through the many resources and books can be a bit tricky as some of them are LONG out of date so the terms for the crochet/knitting stitches, tools, and yarns have changed. However with a little digging... you can find great and more recent reference materials to use for free! Like this little magazine. Download as a PDF for free!
One more free idea before I close up this Blog entry/tutorial check out this bonanza! Pretty incredible isn't it? Well that's all I've got for now. Please let me know how you do if you choose to mine the depths of knitting and crochet on internet archive!
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