Skip to main content

A Photo Essay of My Week

Monday, January 17, 2011

It takes a lot of planning and thinking to move thousands of miles from home for three months! I am finding out how convenient it is to have a lifetime of collections at my fingertips at "home." I have lots of time to crochet here, but I am finding that with each project I start, there is some little niggling thing that hangs me up: the gorgeous "Fat-Bottom Purse" in linen-no handles; Anniversary Miser Purse-no plastic ring to connect the chains (that one was resolved at the hardware store-yay! commplete!); cute little scarf from Vicki Howell, but didn't have the right yarn. No matter, I made it anyway.
It turned out too big, but that's okay. It will make a nice gift one day when I need one in a hurry. As they say here, "asi es la vida." (Such is life).

I'm not complaining. In April when I am back in my studio, I will have a week when I rangle all those niggling little things together and I will look like a Super-Crocheter finishing so much in one week!

Here are a few photos that show a bit of our life this week in Ajijic.
Our Casita

While we were on a walk, I spied this very dead-looking vine clinging to a wall. "Perfect for yarn=bombing," I thought.

The Queen adorning Mother nature with crochet

Close Up: Flowers in black (death) with a touch of pink (hope). The lady sitting nearby on the street selling candy and chips was convinced that this vine will flower again when the rains start in May. Let's hope so. Meanwhile, it is a study in texture and fiber.
We went to an art show at a gallery. The murals on the walls were as interesting, if not moreso, than the art! Picture this mural running up the wall and then continuing overhead. Impressive!!

While walking in our neighborhood, we were admiring the bougainvilla and the owner saw us. She invited us in to see her garden. WOW, she has a GREEN thumb. I was most impressed with a piece of volcanic rock that had a small hole in it which she filled with the tiniest of cati (1/2"). One even had a bloom. Miraculous!
Poinsettas grow wild here!
I am watching my bougainvilla grow by the inches everyday! Note the contrasting colors over the neighbor's wall against the sky.
Bottle Brush plant
Art Show on the Plaza
Both Americans and Mexicans participate.

After the show, we went to LaBodega Restaurant where they were holding a fundraiser for the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon. A woman from here drives there once a year and delivers blankets which are donated by the community. Apparently they go down into the canyon in winter to stay warm and still it is very cold for these cave dwellers. We gave a really heavy blanket in hopes that it will warm someone this winter.
The pasta buffet wasn't exactly what we were expecting, but we enjoyed it, especially the guacamole! A portion of the meal sales went to the Tarahumara also. To learn more, there is an easy read on Wikipedia:


Kara said…
What a beautiful part of the world you are able to live in Gwen! I especially love your yarn bombing of the dead looking vine, I think it will come back to life also. A little crochet magic works wonders.
Anonymous said…
I am loving the vine you decorated! How wonderful!!!
Anonymous said…
What a great idea with the vine!

Popular posts from this blog

CGOA Celebrates 20 Years ~ Part 3: Juried Crochet Art Exhibits

Saturday, March 29, 2014

In August 1994, I hosted 90 avid crocheters for a weekend conference at De Paul University in Chicago that included classes taught by Bill Elmore, Joan Davis, Arlene Mintzer and more;  a Keynote Address by Sylvia Landman (Crafting for Dollars); a lecture by Annie Potter; marketplace, meals together, door prizes a plenty. An optional tour of Lake Michigan on the Spirit of Chicago was offered along with an optional post conference workshop with Pauline Turner. The most ambitious of all during the weekend was the Juried Exhibit of Crochet Art.
At the time, I firmly believed that crochet art was an amazing way to educate people about the vast possibilities of crochet. It is amazing to see what can be achieved with just a hook and flexible lines from many, many materials. Today I still hold the same belief: crochet is as varied as the crocheter who does it. Crochet art, however, moves and amazes even the most seasoned professionals when they see how artists apply t…

Wartime Crochet With Attitude, Part I

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Karen Ballard and I have a mutual love of free form crochet. We met for the first time in a class taught by Prudence Mapstone of Australia at the Chain Link Crochet Conference 2011. I admire Karen's vast knowledge of needle work history and am grateful for her willingness to share with us as my guest blogger this week.
World War 1 Attitudes About Crochet by Karen Ballard
In 2008, I coined that term, "Workbasket Campaigns" to describe the organized efforts during World War I (WWI) and World War II (WWII) coordinated through the American Red Cross {ARC} and the Navy League to create needle crafted items.  These items were mostly knitted but also sewn, quilted, and crocheted for, or in support of, the military, wounded, allies, refugees, and the patriotic home-front. This effort was a significant: contribution of enormous numbers of needed items to those in war-torn areas and of improved morale for those on the home-front.  
As a crocheter, I real…

Craft vs. Fine Art: How is Crochet Blurring the Lines

I was awakening to the world of crochet in 1972,a time of immense artistic expression through fiber arts; and crochet was not the “ugly stepchild” at the time. In fact, Ferne Cone Gellar who I admire as a successful fiber artist said in “Knitting: The Stepchild of the Fiber Arts?” (Fibercraft Newsletter 1978), “Has knitting been slighted among the areas of the fiber arts? The very word ‘knitting’ evokes images of the little old lady in tennis shoes. Over the years, I’ve learned to ignore all those jokes.” Cone Gellar went on to publish Crazy Crocheting in 1981 and encouraged her readers to create more than bedspreads, providing ideas such as “things to play with or to display on a shelf or hang on a wall.” A photo of single crochet from bread wrappers served as inspiration. 

In 1972 in her book, Creating Art from Fibers & Fabrics, Dona Meilach wrote:
“Why are fibers and fabrics becoming increasingly appealing to artists? Most artists agree that because the materials are so varied, t…