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About tracy.joyner

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  • Birthday 07/31/1969

A Few Things About Me

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    Tracy Joyner
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    Hello, I am TracyAnn :)
    Crochet Happy is a website and blog, that together, are The Ultimate Resource for Crochet Enthusiasts.
    I am also the Bog Editor for Crochet Savvy Magazine, a Moderator at Linky Love Blogspot, a Volunteer Editor for Ravelry and occasionally a crochet designer.
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    Gallatin, TN
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  • Crocheting since...
    since 1973
  1. I'll jump in here! I've got an Intarsia Wedding Afghan to get busy with...plus...a grandbaby coming from that union due in July! It would be nice if they could get their wedding ghan before the baby! I think it's going to be a little of a challenge for me. I might need you all's great support to get this one done! I wanted to add a pic of the charted pattern but couldn't find the option to add one?
  2. I fee like a heal...the post and run kind I got busy and basically abandoned my post! I'm fixing that with a schedule I've set up for myself. I'm really sorry to you all who responded so informatively to my article then heard absolutely nothing from me! With all this new information, I think I must do a follow-up article for the blog including all your great input....I'll be sure and let you each know when that happens since I'm sure I will be using some quotes from you. TracyAnn
  3. I've got some awesome Pinterest boards! You can find me here.. http://pinterest.com/tracyann3369/
  4. Amy was there enough response to get this scheduled? I live in Gallatin..(filled out the survey long time ago) ..just wondering if I can plan for the event or not?
  5. Hosted by www.CrochetHappy.com & Sponsored by Galler Yarns We are starting 2013 with a Crochet A Long (CAL) I'm inviting you all to join us.. We will be working Calm Cowl by Suzana Davidovic The CAL will start Jan.01 and run through Jan.31 You can join at any time during the event with the goal of having a completed project before Jan.31. Galler Yarns has generously offered 5 skeins of their Prime Alpaca yarn to be awarded to the "winners" of our CAL. Winners will be chosen at random from among the projects completed by Jan.31, 2013 To Join: CLICK HERE and submit the form at the bottom of the page. *Participation in the CAL is not limited in any way..but the Giveaway is limited to US participants..."I'm Sorry"
  6. My search for online charting software for fiber artists came up surprisingly .. well, ineffective. I found options for commercial use but the cost and usability of those make them unreasonable options for most of us. There is one option available for hobbyists from Stitch Works Software. Stitch Works Software was created in 2011 by Brian Milco. Brian created software for the fiber arts community.. "..designed to be easy enough for the hobbyist to use, and powerful enough for the professional. " The software is full of features any crocheter would LOVE and is available for purchase for, a very reasonable $50 HERE I did find ONE online option to recommend. microRevolt is a "fiber movement" ..their mission is to "investigate the dawn of sweatshops in early industrial capitalism to inform the current crisis of global expansion and the feminization of labor." On their website is knitPro, a Free Web Application that "translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns." This software is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL. Using knitPro, you have the ability to create a charted pattern in three different sizes and three separate formats. Your results will be in pdf format that you can print and save to your computer. I could do anything I wanted with my newly created pattern except create an image that I could use here to show you the results. I certainly have no reservations recommending this tool ~however~ There is a Clear Advantage to Purchasing Your Own Software... ..Once you've bought it, it's yours and so is everything you create using it. Happy Charting~!
  7. I love the Aran Hearts too..maybe I could work the other colors into a nice border?
  8. See the Aran Hearts is my favorite too. I had the same thought about the Treble square but it is SO PRETTY! The Double Wedding Ring is all pieced together using blocks too..that would be a lot of blocks! So far everybody loves the Aran Hearts throw and I'm sure I could find a way to work in all their colors. THANKS FOR THE HELP!
  9. My oldest Son is getting married and I am planning /designing a special afghan for the couple. They are a young, hip couple so I'm not sure that the traditional Double Wedding Ring pattern is the right one. I like the Aran Hearts Throw but it doesn't utilize all of their colors. I am in LOVE with Julie Yeager's "In Treble" square...Help Me Choose! I really need some fresh ideas...
  10. Since posting "Copyrights & Thieves" on Monday, I have received a lot of comments, and spoken with, crafters, crocheters and designers who are so concerned about theft that they do not publish, post, share or even start blogs of their own because of their worry that someone might steal their work. ...Please click HERE to read the rest of this article where I offer my answer to this very important question: How much of our time and creative energy are we going to allow these thieves to rob us of? Much Love for You All...
  11. I posted this article on my blog this morning and very much want to share with everyone. http://asktracyann.crochethappy.com/2012/10/inspire-me-monday-my-journey-thieves.html'>http://asktracyann.crochethappy.com/2012/10/inspire-me-monday-my-journey-thieves.html I thank Crochetville for setting my feet on this path ... Here is an excerpt... "When I started the website, I had no idea about photo copyrights or why crochet project photos would / should be copyrighted. I could understand if your business was photography, that your photos would carry a copyright..but crochet projects that are freely shared online? Yes, they are covered by copyright and I now understand why. " ...PLEASE FOLLOW the link above to read the full article. This was/is a "game-changer" for me and my site. TracyAnn http://www.crochethappy.com http://asktracyann.crochethappy.com/
  12. This is an article I posted on my blog this morning and I want to share with everyone. When I started my website and blog, I read that it would be insightful and a personal journey..that if you weren't growing on a personal level, you were doing something wrong. I wasn't sure how a crochet themed website and blog would cause me to embark on a "personal" journey, but I welcomed it if that was the case. I can now tell you, just 6 months later, that it is indeed the case. Yes, I promise, this leads to Inspire Me Monday. When I started the website, I had no idea about photo copyrights or why crochet project photos would / should be copyrighted. I could understand if your business was photography, that your photos would carry a copyright..but crochet projects that are freely shared online? Yes, they are covered by copyright and I now understand why. You see, there are people out there in the world who slurp your photos off the web and then present them as their own work while charging innocent consumers for products that may not look anything like the photo presented..and that's just the beginning. It's bad enough that people are selling their work, that may be sub-par, by using top shelf photos of someone elses' work. It's a lie. It's misrepresenting yourself and the product and it's stealing. It's just plain wrong. An even greater injustice is being carried out online. Designers, both large and small, are struggling to protect themselves against these thieves everyday! Their work is being stolen and resold by others on the internet..both their photos and their designs! So how am I Inspired by this? Well, if you have visited http://www.crochethappy.com, you know that I like to use a lot of pictures to make the information eye appealing to my readers. I mentioned that I was ignorant of photo copyrights when I started...can you see where this is going? Thankfully, I've had no serious issues regarding the photos..particularly the project photos for all the patterns I have listed. The copyright issue was brought to my attention in August of this year by the very helpful, and informed, folks at Crochetville. I had no idea why others might get their knickers in a twist about it, but if it was an issue I was determined that I would not knowingly "infringe" on anybodys' rights. That's just not me. So began the journey... I meticulously requested permission from every single individual and designer to post their project/photo/design. Everyone has been very gracious to me and I have made a great many friends in this process. Only a couple wanted me to remove their work from the website...literally two out of hundreds. I still hadn't journeyed to the point that I understood what the problem was, but I removed their information immediately and without question. Then...a couple of aspiring designers in a group I belong to became the targets of thieves as I described to you earlier. "What?" it was shocking!,..and it was right there in front of my eyes. The assault continued as I saw more of my online friends become the victims of this! My eyes were opening... Then came the day/week that I began contacting the designers of patterns I had listed in the "Babies, Infants, Preemies" category of my website's pattern collection. There is an entire page of designers "for sale" work available here. Thankfully..and I seriously mean "Thank you to them"..they did not blanketly object to having their work presented, but asked questions of me instead. Answering those questions, and/or seeking the answers to them, opened my mind to the clear understanding of what they go through on a daily basis to protect their designs! At their suggestion and with their assistance, I am now working with them to replace their photos with their logos or replacing their "For Sale" designs with their Free designs instead. Here is where I get Inspired... I'm angry that they have to go to such lengths to protect themselves from what is pure and simple thievery! It de-rails their creative energy from what could be spent designing beautiful and lovely items to share with the world.. but is instead forced to focus on protecting their designs from terrible people! We ALL lose. Designers creative spirits are hampered by this causing them to repress instead of let loose their creativeness into the world. We, as their consumers, are offered less. And what they already have made public is being "hidden away", so to speak, in an effort to protect it, instead of being made available for all to see. Yes, that makes me angry! I'm also tech savy and learn very quickly what I don't already know. I can make it so the photos are impossible to slurp, copy or edit. They will NOT steal from us and my website will, hopefully, become known as a safe place on the internet to display crochet designs because I will protect them! So, I am Inspired this week and this Monday...(I feel like saying "I solemnly vow" at this part) To learn how to protect every single submission to my website. I will create a safe haven on the internet for crochet designers to share their work with the world. Thank You Genuinely to all those who have allowed me to present their work. Please know that it is because of you, and your struggle to protect your work, that I begin this mission to create a safe place to present it.
  13. How are you celebrating? Please comment w/your activities. I am celebrating by hosting a Blog Hop/Link-Up on my website. If you would like to Show The World How You Celebrate..you can LINK UP HERE!
  14. This makes a tiny, soft topper for our Preemie babies http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-style-preemie-beanie
  15. This pattern comes with instructions for 2 sizes: Toddler & Child http://www.ravelry.com/projects/tracyann3369/granny-style-toddler-child-beanie
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