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Book Review: When Grandma Isn't Crocheting, She's Hunting Big Game

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12-12-12: Nothing like this is going to come along anytime soon! Any of you who have followed my blog for some time know how hard I work at rambling on about how crochet is so intertwined with my life. Sadly, I must report that during our visit to the KrisKindl Market in Chicago, I was unable to make any connection, unless you count the lacy wood-carved ornaments I saw among millions of others. That's okay; it was nevertheless a wonderful way to stroll, get in the Christmas spirit with my honey and to get rosy cheeks in the crisp air!
Is that guy eyeing my purse, or have I lived in Chicago too long?
We bought authentic German Stollen and warm sugar coated pecans and cashews.
The millions of ornaments were handmade, beautiful and it was an overwhelming array!
You know if you read my blog that I am a bit quirky, so I'm delighted to review a quirky little book for you, When Grandma Isn't Crocheting, She's Hunting Big Game by my writin…

Crochet Joy!

Thursday, December 6, 2012 I usually blog on Mondays; where has this week gone? Have you ever been privileged to have a professional photographer us a blanket you have crocheted in a photo? It hit me like a bolt of lightening recently, when my daughter shared pics from a photo shoot she did for her Christmas card. There it was...the blanket I crocheted for her wedding gift. It was draped gracefully around her now precious family of four, some 7 years after I had gifted it. Low beautiful to see the filet hearts draping them in love. (I'm hoping we'll get a set of these gorgeous photos as a gift and then I'll post it here). Meanwhile, it got me to thinking of some other photos I have in which the photographer used blankies I had made. What fun and a lasting legacy of my crochet to which is quite an honor. The crochet is so beautiful as background as well. Try scanning crochet sometime. It makes for beautiful eye-candy and is great for your Facebook Timeline!
Jack, our g…

Book Review: Crochet Saved My Life

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Do you spend time in online crochet communities? Is spending too much time lurking or surfing the Net your weakness? I disagree with those who insinuate that spending time on Facebook means one has “no life.” Sometimes a stand-out person comes along in an online version of a cocktail party and the sharing of our interests/passions and knowledge creates a sort of click that resonates with the heart. Kathryn Vercillo is that "click" for me. I can’t remember where or how we “met", but I do remember that in December 2011 she honored me with her “Awesome Crochet Blog Award” for Free-form Crochet on her blog, Crochet Concupiscence. What’s not to like about Kathryn for doing that for me? Seriously though, I feel as though by virtue of our interests and our spirit of needing to shout crochet from the rooftops, we are friends even though we have never met face to face. When I did the following interview with Kathryn by phone, she was working on her l…

I've Arrived at a Crochet Crossroads

Monday, November 26, 2012 Even though it was a terrifically busy weekend, that has never stopped me from fitting in crochet. This time, however, I'm at a Crochet Crossroads! The massive Christmas surprise for Chloe is done and well ahead of schedule. Jack's Notre Dame colors cap is done. Now, I either start the next project on my to-do list or I buckle down and get to the basement and start painting on the crochet art project that has been in my head for quite some time. There is also a bead-inspired art project swirling around in my head. It is time to do art! Our Thanksgiving weekend was action packed. From sitting around watching the "Rumba" chase the kids to the Carrie Underwood concert at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis, with lots of turkey, our granddaughter's third birthday and our 45th Anniversary thrown in, it was truly a fantastic whirlwind. Here are some highlights: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with apricots, brussel sprouts and…

Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin

Monday, November 19, 2012 I had so much to say last week that I left out the part about our visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, WI. I love Frank Lloyd Wright: his architecture, Prairie-style decor, his designs, his story. Living in Chicago, I have a sort of nostalgia about him and have designed some FLW-inspired jewelry pieces. Brooch and Earring Set Brooch with Vintage Bar Inspired Brooch 2 Last week while in Madison,I thoroughly enjoyed walking through this design of his and have some interesting photos to share. Back Side of Unitarian Meeting House This is how the first picture looks on the inside. A bell designed by FLW for the meeting house but taken down because it swung so wildly it almost caused structural damage! An interesting wooden cabinet; origin unknown.

Busy Crochet Month

Monday, November 12, 2012 Veterans' Day Thoughts of you Dad.
You are a hero from World War who landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day and risk your life to make the world a better place!! You are very humble and don't like to talk about it much, but I know that I have every reason to be very proud of you and at age 92 you amaze me! I wrote about patriotism and crochet in politics in my current Talking CrocheteNewsletter which is live now. You can read it here: http://www.crochet-world.com/newsletters.php?mode=issue&issue_id=548&department_id=5 AND just so you know, even though an image of a Barack Obama finger puppet is showing on the article, read on. I am not promoting one party or another. Just having fun trying to tie crochet to every aspect of life! It has been a couple of busy weeks with many events relating to crochet that I was fortunate to be able to attend. Vogue Knitting Live: Chicago. I came up with the idea of the "Crochet Clinic' and V…