Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Crochet Defines Me

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Or at least it feels like crochet defines me. It's what I do; it keeps me busy.

When Antonio, our friend from Mexico came to visit a few weeks ago, I forgot to post this pic. Here is is with daughter, Bethany.
His mother was so sweet to send along this colorful afghan as a gift to me:











Last week I met my friend, Ashley, for her weekly challenge. She has asked 52 of her best friends to give her a challenge to carry out weekly during the year that preceeds her 30th birthday. Mine of course was for her to be learn or at least be exposed to crochet by MOI!! We met at the LYS nfd truthfully, she was a great student and learned well. She enjoyed it too and found it relaxing right away! Yay, another crocheter is born into the world!












We were out of town for the weekend at a family reunion and then a quick visit to see the grandchildren.
JACK
CHLOE



I got home too late on Monday to go to my new Fibonacci study group; oh well, I will catch up next week.

Tuesday morning as always, I have my fuzz-along at the LYS (local yarn shop). It is a busy and happy group. I ran off from there to teach crochet to some 9-13 year olds at an after school program that my friend, Rita, assits with. Sorry to say, I was so busy teaching that I didn't get any photos. The kids were great and learned some of the basics of crochet; not bad for just 1 1/2 hours. Rita was quite pleased and especially proud of one little girl who, after her initial self-doubt, really took to it. Rita says she rarely sticks with anything. The kids asked if I was going to come back next week. That felt good.

Today I am in Greensboro, NC, after a long day of travel that started at OHare at 5 AM. I went west to Dallas to come back east to Greensboro! That's how they punish you for using "frequent flyer points!" I am at the Chain Link Crochet Conference and I have a class tonight-"Full of Bullion (Stitch That is!)". I chose the class because of the humor!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Thursday, September 15, 2011
As I mentioned last week, I had a lot of projects in the works and they were bound to come together sooner or later. Here's what I've finished since last we chatted.
Nellie Necklace. Made with stash yarn, this mixed-media necklace is embellished with a polyclay flower by "Nellie." I don't remember who Nellie is or where I got it, so it is particularly thrilling to finally put this beautiful flower to use!
Earrings for Sylvia. She and I are bartering Crochet for knit!






Earrings for Deb. She bought the focal bead and seed beads and commissioned me to make the earrings.
Bear-themed diaper cover & hat for Jack!

Coin Purse for Sylvia. I owe her big time! She uses Noro!

Tonight I will bring a new crocheter into the world. My young friend, Ashley, is turning 30 next June and she is expanding her horizons in the 52 weeks that precede this momentous occasion. She calls it "365 days of Ashley." She called on 52 of her best friends to provide her with a challenge that she must carry out each week. She drew my challenge this week and we are meeting tonight at my local yarn store for her crochet lesson. I definitely believe that learning to crochet will expand Ashley's horizons in ways she can't even imagine. She does happen to be anurse so she will definitely ujnderstand and appreciate the therapeutic benefits of crocheting. She has a high-profile job and will definitely find this the perfect way to wind down and relax after a hard day at work!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Social Benefits of Guild Membership

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Sometimes we get a little restless and complain about the business end of the local guild meetings. However, if it weren't for the National Guild: CGOA, the meetings, the organizing and the volunteers there wouldn't be a chapter AND I wouldn't have met Boston Bobble and Beady Buddy!

Today we had a social outing and a mission to explore a bead store. These kind of social events are really the way to get to know chapter members and lots of fun too! Our destination was Bodacious Beads in Des Plaines, IL I've been there many a time; it was a frequent destination when I was a member of the Bead Society of Greater Chicago.

My cohorts were newbies and I was in charge of keeping their spending under control. As fate would have it, I came with a small list of things I reeeeally needed, so I got distracted from my duties. They surpassed the $100.00 mark, but hey, that got the 10% discount!! It is very easy to get distracted in a store of this kind; so much to see. By the looks of my friends' faces, they weren't all that disappointed in my lack of fiscal leadership!

Beady Buddy is also a Chicago hot dog officionado and lucky for us we were very near the Pup Palace! We stood in line for 10 minutes to get some really tasty dawgs and enjoyed an outdoor seat in the sunshine to eat and chat and compare notes on our exciting purchases.

Personally, I had strung up three bead projects last night and I came home with at least 3 more. I will be on a bead jag for a while and that's okay. I love crocheting with beads!

I can feel a wave of FOs (finished objects) coming on. I haven't finished any projects in a while and last night I finished a pair of cutie booties for Grand-nephew, Isaac.

This might just be the week when several come together, get finished and get posted on Ravelry!! Stay tuned!!