Thursday, February 7, 2008

BOOKMARKS!



Hmmm...is it "bookmarks" or "bookmarkERs"? I can see either word used, but which word do you use to describe an item that keeps your place in a book?

I'm a member of a Yahoo Group called Crochet List. I've been a member of it since 1996, I think, or thereabouts. Wow - that's a long time. Within the group, there are exchanges that members can join and one of my long-time favorites is the Bookmark Exchange. I've made a lot of bookmarks over the years and have received a good many, too. I always love to see what kind of bookmark will land in my mailbox each month. Even after all these years, I rarely receive a bookmark just like a previous one. Of course, there have been times that I've received bookmarks made from the same pattern, but everyone lends their own color and style even to those so that each one is still a unique bookmark. It's a really great exchange and if any of you are interested in joining reading more about it, check it out here. I have been reminded, however, that one has to be a member of Crochet List to join any of CL's exchanges, such as this Bookmark Exchange. If you enjoy crocheting and aren't already a member of CL, be sure to read more about it here. It's a great community.

January's exchange found this lovely creation from Joan P. in my mailbox, along with some extra goodies, a pink fuzzy pencil and a sheet of ladybug stickers, along with a sweet note. (Thank you again, Joan!) When I first saw the turquoise bookmark, I thought the style reminded me of a "Sampler", a piece incorporating various stitches like the traditional cross-stitch "Samplers". However, Joan has a cuter name for it and that is "Doodle". She just made it up as she went, like a doodle! Isn't that cute? It turned out very pretty and unique. I can tell you that I won't get another one like this from another exchanger...this is all Joan's creation!


Joan was the partner to whom I was assigned to send, and after reading that one of her favorite colors is yellow, I made a bookmark from one of my favorite patterns and in yellow thread. I'd love to share the pattern link with you all, but unfortunately I cannot find it online anymore. It was from the magazine "Fast and Fun Crochet", the Spring 2002 issue, but I understand from my searching on the internet that the magazine's last issue was the Fall 2002 issue. Thankfully, I had printed out a paper copy of the pattern back when it was easily available online. It really is one of my favorite bookmarks. So much so that I made another one at the end of January!
Blossom Bookmark



With bookmarks on the mind, here is a collage of bookmarks I've made over the years. Not all of them, of course, but some that were lucky enough to get their picture taken before I mailed them off. (Hover your cursor over the picture to read about the picture. Also click on it for a closer look.)

Loved making these bookmarks... Juli's Angel Bookmark Bookmarks for a Crochetville Bookmark Swap 2005 Another of my favorite bookmarks to crochet!  I beaded the More bookmarks I've made. And More... Bookmarks I Crocheted Valentine Bookmarks! I loved this stitch and decided to try a bookmark with it. CLBMX June 2005 to Joan P. A Christmas in July theme - This was one of my favorite ones I ever made! CLBMX August 2005 to Theresa G. Love these bookmarks! CLBMX to Christal Loved the end result of this bookmark - very lacy.



And here is a collage of some bookmarks sent to me through the years.

This was actually a RAK Bookmarks for CLBMX Gorgeous! CLBMX May 2005 CLBMX July 2005 CLBMX September 2005 CLBMX October 2005 from Maria L. CLBMX November 2005 from Dorothy S. CLBMX February 2006 from Sandy L. CLBMX March 2006 from Theresa G. CLBMX April 2006 from Nicole C. CLBMX May 2006 from Kathy B. CLBMX June 2006 from Joan P. Great Bookmark Exchange August 2006 from Lucy CLBMX September 2006 from Karen B.


I hope you enjoyed that Bookmark Extravaganza! I did. It brought back fond memories pulling together pictures of past exchanges. And through the photo journey I realized that Joan P. and I have swapped several times over the years. Did you notice that YELLOW Butterfly bookmark up there? Yep, that was one I crocheted for her. Her color preferences haven't changed I see.

For this month's exchange I've been paired with a lady I've not exchanged with ever before! Won't that be a sweet treat! Get ready Sue P.!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

See some handcrafted and crocheted bookmarks on: www.miragebookmark.ch