End of another year!

As the end of another year approaches, we’re all turning our thoughts to Thanksgiving and Christmas, especially those extra special gifts we may still have time to make for family and friends. This issue includes several fairly quick projects to make, from a purse to a shawlette and even a quick toy for a favorite puppy.

Since this issue is later than I’d planned, there aren’t any specific Christmas items included, so I’ve added a tutorial on making “Quilted” Christmas Ornaments, no sewing required (just make sure you have plenty of straight pins available). These ornaments only take about an hour to put together, once you’ve cut all the squares that is, and are fun to make. Kids enjoy making them as well, as long as you trust them with sharp objects!

Now on to something a little more serious … Some of you may have noticed that the site was down for a few days at the end of October. According to my site host, there was a script on my index page that was taking up too many resources so they shut the site down. I updated the software and that seems to have taken care of it for now but if it goes back up, then the site will be shut down again. They’ve suggested that I move to a dedicated server but that would be $90 per month minimum rather than the $10 or so I’m paying now … way out of my budget! In addition, my hosting fee is coming due before the end of the year and that will be $190, which I’m not sure I can come up with.

If you’d like to see Crochet Uncut continue being published, please do what you can to help support the site. There are several ways you can help, either by purchasing products from my Artfire and Zazzle shops or donating directly via PayPal. On Artfire (Canada and US delivery only, outside Canada/US contact me to make arrangements), I have aprons, stitch markers, row counter bracelets, reversible project bags, and needle/hook rolls (my fabric stash is going way down lately!). Zazzle has t-shirts, hats, bags, and more with the CU logo, in addition to prints of my paintings.

In addition, I usually upload upcoming items to my Flickr gallery, including my new needle/hook rolls that I’ll be adding in the next few days – My Flickr gallery.

These links are always available on the Support this site page available on the front page.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Darlisa Riggs