Happy Clappy Crochet

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

Adieu, Getting Loopy!

Mary Beth Temple, host of the Getting Loopy podcast, just announced that the last podcast will be on December 5, 2011.

I discovered the Getting Loopy podcast in the summer of 2009.  I think it was mentioned on the YarnCraft podcast, so I did a Google search and found it.  I was really happy when I found it on iTunes, as I could go back and listen from episode one.  I spent many a happy day listening to older episodes of Getting Loopy while at work.  While I may have been too busy typing invoices and quotes and doing other office stuff to actually have a hook and yarn in my hand,, and least I got to listen about it and that made the afternoons go by so much faster.

I participated in my first ever CAL through the Getting Loopy Ravelry group.  It was the Rosewood pattern that Mary Beth designed, and I was the first one (technically, the only one) to get it done in the month time frame.

We extended the time by a few more weeks, and someone else finished as well.  I really enjoyed making this pattern, and ended up making one more – so both of my sisters now own this top.

Getting Loopy also led to my first bit of Crochet Activism.  When Mary Beth had announced that fees were increasing quite a bit for hosting the podcast, I started a fund-raising campaign.  I just felt it was very important to keep a positive voice for crochet on the air, so to speak.

And then something magical happened.  Mary Beth and I struck up an internet friendship, and it was great.  I was super happy to cheerlead for whatever she needed supported, and she became a mentor and a friend; someone who helped me in so many ways as I found my voice in promoting crochet.  What a priceless gift her friendship has become.

So now the podcast is ending, but I can’t be too sad.  We all need to evolve and take those next steps.  I know Mary Beth will still be a big crochet voice next year – she’s got an amazing book coming out plus some awesome classes on Craftsy.com which to look forward.

So that’s what I’m doing – looking forward.  Mary Beth Temple, I salute you for all you have already done for the craft of crochet, and I so cannot wait for the amazing things to come.  Thank you.


First Happy Clappy CAL

I am quite please to announce that the first Happy Clappy Crochet-A-Long (CAL) will be the Lily Blanket, designed by Amanda Perkins for The Natural Dye Studio in Suffolk, England.

This is a FREE Pattern, and you can download your copy here http://www.thenaturaldyestudio.com/absolutely-free—lily-blanketafghan-pdf-crochet-pattern-7076-p.asp .

We will be starting this CAL in January 2012 in the Happy Clappy Ravelry group on http://www.ravelry.com/.  If you are not a member of Ravelry, it is free to join, and it is a fantastic resource for anyone who likes yarn.

Check it out and please join us in 2012!

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A Bit of a Cheat…

I’ve posted three very long entries on my other blog regarding my current activeness in crochet, and the easiest way to connect you to that information would be linking them here.

So, for your crochet reading pleasure, here are the three links, in order:




By reading these three entries, you will get some idea of my evolution in crochet and why 2011 is really becoming the Year of Crochet for me!

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