Leaves Fall, Raking is Optional! HAPPY FALL TO ALL!!
I think that is my motto for crocheting...maybe for all things. I was wandering (lurking) around the pages of my favorite yarn site, http://www.ravelry.com and saw a pattern that I absolutely had to have. It was an afghan pattern using lots and lots of textured stitches which would be lovely, be a real stash buster, and help me empty my yarn closet. Well, I saw where it was published several years ago in a favorite crafts magazine so I set about trying to track it down. The first place I tried was on the Internet but nothing could be found. All mentions pointed back to the magazine so I went to their web site to see back editions but none were listed and no pictures were available. All that was provided was a phone number. This seemed very low tech to me but I called anyway. A real person answered and said that they had no copies available but I should call back in a few weeks. No offer to take my name, credit card, or to suggest any other source. I was about to decide that I would just get a different pattern but something in me said to go back to the picture on ravelry and see if I could track it down. I did and was able to get a copy. At the same time I subscribed to the magazine to see if that would gain me access to the archives in case I found another old pattern...I was told there was no archive but that back copies could be ordered by calling this number. Been there, done that. So, I am now working on the pattern and still waiting to receive the first copy of my new subscription. Maybe I am impatient but this little exercise seems to cry for electronic archives where past publications can be purchased electronically. We are all willing to pay for our hobbies aren't we? I know I am.