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Bobbles & Bikes!

Monday, October 11, 2011
It is Columbus Day and for many it means no mail and maybe even a day off work if you are a government worker. For me, semi-retired, it means pretty much the same: do the laundry and stay home and blog! Today is special, though; I met my friend Rita for a bike ride in Busse Woods (a forest preserve)
and we ended our experience with crochet lessons in our breakfast spot - Ritzy's.

Today was yet another incredibly gorgeous day and perfect for a bike ride. We do just under 8 miles in our route which takes an hour. The woods is loaded with fall color; the sites and sound of falling leaves and even a view of the Elk that live there. I am not one to count the days or pay attention to the weather; I refuse to let the weather get in my way! However, we have been having a phenomenon here in Chicago that must be counted: we are in at least our 9th consecutive day of glorious hi-70s and 80s temperatures with sunshine and not a drop of rain. Hallelujah!

Rita hosted me a couple of weeks ago to teach "her" kids how to crochet in the after school program. She says that seeing the kids learn inspired her to pull out her hooks and get started again. When we worked together at the hospital a few years ago, I was tutoring Rita on sock-making! As is often the case with crochet, Rita ran out of yarn before her scarf was finished, so she wanted me to give her some creative "oopsy" tips. I introduced her to the filet grid, little flowers and some bobbles. Being an art therapist, Rita will find the most creative ways to finish her scarf. I look forward to encouraging her along the way!

I'm immersed in flowers leaves and motifs myself this week. My work on my freeform scarf continues. I have it laid out on my ironing board upstaris and I am getting some good exercise as I walk up and down the stairs when I need to check on how the latest addition fits into the scheme. My Ravelry fan group started a new free-form Crochet-Along and I am "Designer for a Day" this week. I bet they were impressed at how early I got my instructions and photo up there this morning! Check it out and you are welcome to join us.

This afternoon the warm sunshine on the "crochet deck" will be calling to me. Here's what I have on the hooks: spider web doily, socks, freeform scarf, bead-crochet bracelet, shrug. Where do I begin?


CrochetBlogger said…
It sounds like such a lovely morning to enjoy nature in good company and good weather and then share your crochet experience, too. Wonderful!

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