Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Book Review: When Grandma Isn't Crocheting, She's Hunting Big Game

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12-12-12: Nothing like this is going to come along anytime soon! Any of you who have followed my blog for some time know how hard I work at rambling on about how crochet is so intertwined with my life. Sadly, I must report that during our visit to the KrisKindl Market in Chicago, I was unable to make any connection, unless you count the lacy wood-carved ornaments I saw among millions of others. That's okay; it was nevertheless a wonderful way to stroll, get in the Christmas spirit with my honey and to get rosy cheeks in the crisp air!
Is that guy eyeing my purse, or have I lived in Chicago too long?
We bought authentic German Stollen and warm sugar coated pecans and cashews.
The millions of ornaments were handmade, beautiful and it was an overwhelming array!
You know if you read my blog that I am a bit quirky, so I'm delighted to review a quirky little book for you, When Grandma Isn't Crocheting, She's Hunting Big Game by my writing colleague, Kathryn Vercillo.
Only 44 pages, it is a quick but very rewarding read. Kathryn has found a unique niche to write about and she has a knack of bringing out the best in everyone especially when it comes to crochet. In these stories she honors elderly women who crochet and covers the stories of nine centenarians who still have something interesting to share. From there she goes on to cover thirty-three women in total and her chapter titles tell it best: Award Winners and Honorees, Givers, Adventurers and the Love Story which includes a husband and wife team of crocheters. No, there are no crochet patterns in this book, but the heartwarming stories of these wonderful elderly women who all made the news in 2011 shows us that our beloved crochet knows no boundaries of age. It has a way of staying with us as an important fixture in our lives until the very end! Available at Createspace.com/3739455 the book is moderately priced at $5.99.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crochet Joy!

Thursday, December 6, 2012 I usually blog on Mondays; where has this week gone? Have you ever been privileged to have a professional photographer us a blanket you have crocheted in a photo? It hit me like a bolt of lightening recently, when my daughter shared pics from a photo shoot she did for her Christmas card. There it was...the blanket I crocheted for her wedding gift. It was draped gracefully around her now precious family of four, some 7 years after I had gifted it. Low beautiful to see the filet hearts draping them in love. (I'm hoping we'll get a set of these gorgeous photos as a gift and then I'll post it here). Meanwhile, it got me to thinking of some other photos I have in which the photographer used blankies I had made. What fun and a lasting legacy of my crochet to which is quite an honor. The crochet is so beautiful as background as well. Try scanning crochet sometime. It makes for beautiful eye-candy and is great for your Facebook Timeline!
Jack, our grandson.
Sawyer, our dear friends' Millie and Mike's son, Sawyer Daddy is a pilot, by the way!