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I Love Yarn day, October 14, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I was super-excited about this event and while there with all my crocheting buddies, I totally forgot to take pictures!We met on October 14, the day designated by the Craft Yarn Council as I Love Yarn day.

To me it was a no-brainer: what a perfect way to spend a day, celebrating our love of yarn, our love of the fiber arts and our love of edible treats.

I arranged for us to meet at Portillo's restaurant in Vernon Hills, IL and I posted it on the Northern IL Chapter of CGOA Ravelry page as well as the Ravelry events page. I also let the Crocheters of the lakes Chapter know about it. We had representatives from both chapters and we had quite a contingent of bi-stitchers who do both crochet and knit.

We shared tales of local yarn stores, we shared characteristics of the yarns we were working with and we shared french fries! It is amazing how our strands of yarn bind us together as almost instant friends. There is something about the fell of yarn running through your fingers and the opportunity to share creativity that brings a group together.

After two hours and having had lunch, we needed to be on our separate ways, but we vowed that this was a great idea and that we should do it again!

Here are some reports from my online crochet friends about what they did to celebrate the day:
-learn a new stitch-the Siberian stitch
-do yarnbombing for the very first time
-have an online mini-contest and crochet some pumkins
-work on a new design to be published as a pattern

My weekend in Indiana was full of family events and I was so thrilled to have my entire family together. Seeing grandchildren, Chloe and Jack was a super-sized bonus! Jack is almost 3 months old already and has come out of his "fog". He is growing like a weed and starting to get a personality and smile. Chloe is a dancing machine and has no fear. She is precious and sweet and oh so smart! (and I am not exaggerating!)

Niece Sarah's wedding reception was a lovely affair and we had a great time.

The next day we headed south to Frankfort where Alan's family was gathering for a reunion of sorts.

Sister Alice was in town from California as well as Cousin Connie from
Seattle. There are newborn babies, so it is a good occasion to get together.
We had a great carry-in meal
and after a lot of visiting and catching up, we headed to the farm where we relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon just visiting with Alan's siblings.


CrochetBlogger said…
Looks like a terrific time. I've definitely also had that experience of rapidly bonding with a group over crochet / yarn / crafting.

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