Okay so every avid knitter, crocheter, cross stitcher, basically any fiber artist has their go to patterns, and at one time or another we've all had that unpleasant experience of having one of our favorite patterns disappear off the internet. Now I have hundreds of patterns printed off the net but it NEVER FAILS that the one pattern I need I did not print off. Probably thinking well, its a major manufacturer, my pattern isn't going anywhere. Just the time you think that, the company gets sold and the patterns disappear. Now what?! The Wayback machine on Archive.org may just provide your answer!
Maybe you've heard about or even used the Internet Archive. Its a great place to find a bonanza of old/vintage movies, music, books, magazines, photography, podcasts in short, a lot of stuff. You can access books listed on Project Gutenberg, a website that gives access to hundreds of thousands of old books. Now back when computer internet access was very young (yes I was but a child LOL. Ha hahaha) There was no internet archive available, and so when I lost a pattern it was just lost. However most of that is in the past. (unless of course the author of the website has blocked access to the old articles and patterns)
I used to watch Carol DuVall show on HGTV. She had all kinds of great ideas including some really great knitting patterns. They took the Carol DuVall show and all the free patterns off the HGTV webpage when the show was not renewed. Of course I was sad and upset that I could not access her great patterns and fun ideas any more. Then a friend said try this Internet Archive. At first it was unwieldy, not very organized, and well the front page just looked like a mess but check it out NOW! https://archive.org/ Much to my relief Carol DuVall's great patterns were still accessible and I was able to make the ever favorite knitted play ball that I give as gifts to charities. http://web.archive.org/web/20000815205144/www.hgtv.com/shows/CDS/cds-534.html
Another adorable pattern happened to leave the internet before I got a copy from Coats and Clark. Frustrated, and thinking no way Coats and Clark allows us access to the website I tried my luck on the Wayback Machine. I couldn't believe my eyes, there it was! The Internet Archive came through again! I love this pattern, its sweet and very "girly" http://web.archive.org/web/20120118200456/http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/BabyChild/LT1431+Baby+Poncho.htm
Now I'm going to turn the computer over to my daughter Tamra, she can tell you what she "mines" from the Archive!
I like to use Archive’s WayBack Machine a lot for my crafts as well. The Wayback Machine has a ton of old patterns for toys (less scary ones, anyway!) from internet websites available from nowhere else. These include scans of “retro” Barbie clothes from the 1960’s and 1970’s, an era where the clothes were simple, colorful, and not a pain in the neck to reproduce. You can certainly find Regency, 1860s, and other period clothes, but I find they just don’t look as good in crochet as they do sewn. When crochet, it looks like the clothes are wearing them!
Here’s a pattern for a cute “Hippie” dress for Barbie http://web.archive.org/web/20120108062900/http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/barout.html
On an insanely tiny hook!
Here’s a pattern for a belted, drop waist dress popular in the 60’s for Barbie. Once again, fun and funky for a classic look!
How does one use the Wayback Machine? Its pretty simple
1. Open Archive.org.
2. Type http://www.abigailgoss.com/sbonnet.htm into the Wayback Machine search engine.
3. You MAY be taken to a page with a calendar on it and a timeline at the top of the page.
4. Click the year 2010 in the timeline. A page with blue dots on calendar numbers will open.
5. Click the blue dot over the date March 5.
6. A new Page will open with the crocheted instructions for a bonnet.
If you want to see what the actual bonnet will look like finished you can open this page: http://www.oocities.org/gossgirl2/sbonnet.htm Its really cute!
Enjoy mining Archive.org!
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