Sunday, March 2, 2008

Snow Days are Play Days- Chicago

Februrary 23, 2008The Museum of Modern Ice presents unique family friendly activies in Milennium Park and inside the Chicago Cultural Center all during Februrary. Teaming with the city, the Windy City Knitting Guild sponsored a craft event each Sat. in Feb. called "Color your Winter with Crafts." Not only do they have Polly E. (Esther) Cotton on display for stitchers to add their creativity to, but members are sharing their talents by teaching others.

There was a call for volunteers, so I volunteered to teach Free Form Crochet. I was greeted by some enthusiastic crocheters already at work when I arrived and I joined them at their table. I had used my car, the El and my feet to get there from the suburbs, so I was a little late, but that didn't stop me from jumping right in to show these knitters-turned-crocheters the beauty and ease fo "no-rules crochet."

I walked them through the first few steps to get them started then "set them free" to create as they wished. There was ample yarn and hooks available, donated from companies; so anyone who happened by could give it a try.

A mother and daughter team just happened to be in the Cultural Center and saw the enthusiasm emanating from our room, so they came by. The college age daughter wanted to learn crochet and the mother had no interest. In about 30 minutes time, I had the young lady crocheting while another woman set across from us catching up with a non-stitching friend. As they talked and talked, she turned her free form otif into a beautiful pill-box hat!

I found the knitters very open to crochet and friendly and I have been invited to teach Freeform crochet to their members at their monthly meeting in October 2008.