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Book Review: Step into Crochet: Crocheted Sock Techniques from Basic to Beyond by Rohn Strong

When I first picked up Rohn's book, I had the attitude that very little could be added to the information out there on making socks. Boy, was I wrong!

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Have You Ever Met an Alpaca You Didn't Like?

Just when I thought my visit to long-time firends, Bob & Sherry, in Mansfield, Ohio couldn't get any better, Sherry Googled yarn shops in the area; and was pleasantlty surprised to find thatAlpaca Meadows is a mere fifteen minutes from her house. She had never been there and knew I would enjoy it, so she made an appointment for us to check it out.

We were warmly greeted by Julie Petty who has owned this adorable Farm Store and studio which specializes in alpaca yarn for 10 years. Classes are offered for students to learn new skills in needle-felting, crochet, and knitting. The store is abundantly stocked with beautiful crochet samples made from alpaca, and crocheted by Julie herself. With her huband Matt, they own 20 alpacas, and she has a line of yarn from her own herd as well.

Although small, we easilybrowsed the store for over an hour. It is chocked full of color, fiber andf all manner of fiber-related crafts that would delight any fiber-enthusiast.




Since I am in a "co…

Love More

Recently I ordered a yard sign online that simply says, "Love More."  It can be interpreted in many ways  by whomever wishes to give it some thought as they pass my house.




The sentiment is helpful to me as I work on trusting in my own thoughts and beliefs while at the same time accepting any and all differing attitudes as the right of those who have them.


Third Annual Letter Y

Last week as I walked into school to attend little Chloe's musical, Stone Soup, I was greeted by a staff person who ask if I was there to "yarnbomb." I guess my reputation has preceded me; and I'll take that! "No," I replied, "Not until next week."

I am so pleased that I was invited back again this year to talk to the kids about yarn and yarnbombing; this is the week that they are learning all about the letter "Y!" When Chloe was in Junior Kindergarten 2 years ago, I was there; and this year Jack is in "J/K," as they call it, with the same wonderful teachers, Mrs. B and Mrs. S.

 Jack was a great help and so excited to be "on stage."


First-grader, Chloe, joined in too, as my assistant.

Since March isNational Crochet Monthsponsored by CGOA,,the timing is perfect for me to contribute my time, my enthusiasm for yarn/crochet, and my displays of yarn-related items to inspire youngsters to get involved with yarn crafts.


On t…

Art is a Happy High

I've been thinking a lot lately about how keeping busy, exploring new avenues and attending art exhibits brings me to my happy place. This past week in particular had lots to offer. It seemed like many a venue had openings of exhibits that I was interested in.

I've mentioned the Stutz Business & Art Center before <Link> and they had an exibit called "Red." Everything in the multi-media show featured red primarily. It was veried and interesting.
The locale is a huge warehouse which was originallt the Stutz Bearcat showrooms. Many artist studios are also there. I look forward to the Open House they will hold in March which will be much bigger and feature working artists in their studios, food and music.

Located within a straight shot of each other, I was able to take in two exhibits on Saturday.
The Indiana State Museum held its Annual Indiana Artists Craft fair and I was delighted to find a wonderful hostess gift for my cousin who I will be visiting in Phoen…

Six-Month Check-up

There is a thread connecting us all as humans. A loop of crochet has me intertwined to many in different and satisfying ways. I am all about crochet. It lays on the coffee table in the living room and drips from the arm of the couch ~ works in progress abound. To-Do projects fill a basket and UFOs wait on my desk. As the introduction of my blog says, "My life and my crochet are inextricably linked." It is uncanny how I can often weave a connection between mylife experiences and how my crochet is a part of it. First off, I so firmly believe in the value of crochet as a therapeutic tool and healthy activity.

I learned to crochet 46 years ago and I had been married to Alan for forty eight and a half years when he died on July 1, 2016. We were together when I learned to crochet while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Honduras, Central America. I learned from the aides who worked with me in the clinic I started in our small village.

Although Alan is no longer with me physicall…