Not the crocheted saddle. That would chafe, I’m sure.

Back in February was the ten-year anniversary of the launch of, and though I meant to write about it, my subconscious kept making me forget. I think it was too big a thing to tackle, so I didn’t even try. I will, eventually. I must.

It’s been over five years since I sold that site and stopped working exclusively in crochet. Though I do occasionally (rarely) teach crochet at a conference, and I certainly still do it for fun, I haven’t done very much work in it for a long time, which was actually one of my goals when I sold the site and quit my job at Interweave Crochet. I was burnt out on crochet, and, at the time, I was even fairly confident I’d leave the crafts industry entirely. I’m very happy I didn’t end up doing that. Very, very happy.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I got an email, and that email has led me to squeeze some serious crochet time back into my workday, and I’ve been enjoying myself immensely. Granted, it’s also created a… shall we say… challenge to the rest of my work routine, but the disruption is short and it’s for an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, so there you have it.

As you read this, I’m again out of town (it’s my third trip this month; yowza!). I’m on a set somewhere, recording a class related to all the crochet Instagramming I’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks.

As I write this, before even leaving town (insert bow to the gods of blog-post scheduling here), I’m excited about this project for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that it will enable me to introduce crochet into lots of people’s lives, which helps me fulfill the goal I’d set out to achieve so very many years ago. Arming people with knowledge and skills. It’s nice to have that goal front-and-centre again. I’m also excited to meet in person the people I’ve been in frequent touch with this last month, who have accommodated my insane travel schedule with grace and even enthusiasm. And I’m excited to see some colleagues I haven’t seen in years. And I’m excited to see behind the scenes, which is always fascinating.

I’ll bore you to tears about the result of all this when the class I’m recording is available in a few months, but for now, all the crochet:

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Doug Philips

So intriguing! Glad “to have you back” doing crochet!

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