I intended to post this yesterday, but the day just got away from me completely and in the end himself and I simply sat together to watch a few shows at the end of the day. I was even gonna take the day off but I looked at my work calendar and realised that if I did that then all the conference calls arranged for Monday would simply be re-arranged for later on in the week which would simply increase the workload overall. So in the end it was a normal day with the usual amounts of love and laughter but with extra cards and roses on top.
Above is a picture of my valentines day gift to himself, or part of it anyway. I made a crochet heart for each day of the week.
Bunch of Valentines Hearts
The credit for the hearts pattern goes to Art of Crochet by Teresa and the Youtube link to the on line tutorial is here. There is a link to the written pattern under the Youtube video.
The idea for the bead decoration came from Lucy at Attic24 - her Christmas Bauble idea.
On a totally different topic the ladies on the Attic24 Ravelry group have been having a dicsussion about pattern copyright, pattern tweaking, pattern ownership etc which has been very interesting to follow. On a personal note I do always try to give credit for patterns and yarn that I discuss on here and make it very clear that I am not passing patterns I have bought or found on line off as my own. However, like all human beings I may forget sometimes and if its just a picture of something I made recently then I don't always see the need to go into details.
I was taught to knit, sew, crochet, embroider, cook, bake, wash and iron by my grandmother between the ages of four and eight. She taught my two male cousins too. I consider myself very fortunate in this and admit that I can look at a picture of finished item and usually work out how to make it pretty quickly. However, personally I prefer to buy my patterns, where I can, because it saves time, and it keeps pattern makers employed so they come up with more lovely patterns for me to try.
Like these from Gourmet Crochet Aren't they just gorgeous and the two booklets cost me the grand sum of $16. I am well thrilled with these little gems.
Of course the issue of vintage and out of print patterns is rather different and I am not sure where I stand on whether or not these patterns should be posted on the internet. On the one hand it is great to make beautiful patterns available for people to try and to enjoy. On the other hand are we stealing? One assumes royalties on such patterns are no longer being paid so where is the harm? Unlike reproducing a pattern from a book still in print from which the designer may be relying on royalty payments for their living. Maybe I'm just over complicating the whole thing. It was a very lively and interesting discussion that raised a lot of good points and tricky points and obvious points and points we folks just hadn't thought about at all.
Well that's my Valentines Hearts and thinky thoughts entry for today!
Take care all. Love O. xxx