Monday, December 6, 2010

1,000 Santas


What could be better than sighting 1,000 Santas decked out in full red garb running past me in the street as I arrive at the yarn store to teach a Saturday morning class?

A beautiful snow had fallen during the night and the police blocked the street so the Santas could take off running just as the store was opening. I didn't even mind having to walk two blocks from where I had to park. The sight was awe-inspiring; especially knowing from my friend, Linda, that the Rotary Club organizes this annual run to fund their national and international programs.

My class, a Crochet-Along (CAL) to make Doris Chan's Tokyo Vest in Tahki Cotton Classic Lite, has been going on for 3 months. My four students work pretty independently on the project and check in once a month with questions they may have and to get any help that is needed. Thank you, Doris! It has been a great learning experience for all of us! I truly wish Gail had not left quite so early because our picture would have been more colorful: the beige and gey you see her plus Gail's red version. Any color chosen in this fine yarn would be wonderful, but then I LOVE color!



Even though my younger daughter Bethany knows how to crochet and has made hat, scarf, baby hat and an afghan, she casually asked me to make her just one more thing before Christmas! "Or for New Years if Christmas is too soon." Well, it is a ying and a yang situation here: I am super-delighted that she loves the Crochet Crop Cardigan by Monica Brown well enough that she wants another one!
I made hers in color black Classic Elite Premiere for the Classic Elite KAL/CAL in the Fall at Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarn Store and it took me weeks and weeks, but turned out beautifully, was not hard to make and the best part, Bethany loves it. Now she wants one in grey!

I think the best idea is to suggest that she make it for herself. She can do it and it would be a great experience for her to learn to read patterns on this relatively simple top down top. I think I'll look into that!

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