Greetings. I'm new to the group and looking forward to spending time checking everything out on this site. I learned to crochet about 40 yrs ago. I quit crocheting for 20+ years as I got very involved in showing my Westies I retired back in 2005 after working for the Fed Gov't for 36 years. Started crocheting again about 2 years ago and have been crocheting afghans, ponchos. doll clothes, baby blankets to donate, and dog bed pads that I plan on donating to my local ASPCA as well as Animal Control. I am a big time purple lover (my xmas tree, mini blinds, walls, dishes, pots and pans. etc are all purple.