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March is National Crochet Month

Tuesday, March 20, 2012,, Today is primary election day and I hope everyone is off to the polls, like me, to exercise your rights! March is also National Crochet Month. Started in 1998 by the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), it was first designated as "National Crochet Week" and was meant as a time for all of us crocheters to celebrate our love of the craft and treat ourselves to some special crochet activity, tool or just "me-time" to do what we love to do! The Craft Yarn Council and their various retailers were already celebrating National Craft Month in March, but we didn't believe that crochet was getting the attention it deserved. So, we hitched on to the them in March and celebrated crochet as an organization. At the Time Pam Oddi was the CGOA President and also the webmaster. As our organization grew and we wielded more influence, we expanded the celebration to a whole month. Shortly thereafter, organizations like the Craft Yarn Council jumped on …

Sweet Departures

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 As they say, "the closer to departing from vacation, the quicker the time flies." So it goes for us too. Tomorrow we leave and this week has been a flurry of both activity and anticipation. It all had to be fit in: the massage, that last manicure, gifts to take home, gifts to leave for friends here, crochet projects to finish and farewell lunches. Our taxi is coming at nine in the morning; not an unreasonable hour. So, the packing has started as well as the worry about overweight bags! As I wandered through my week, the following photos will describe what caught my eye and caught my fancy: Ajijic's Resident Donkey Chalk Drawing of Jesus for Tips on the Boardwalk at Chapala Someone's in Love in Ajijic! Bougainvilla Flowers gathered and Placed in a Heart Shape on the front Step of this House. A Lady Selling Fruit Outside the Grocery Store One Last Trip to the Crochet/Knit Group The Familiar Face of the Gatekeeper. Her Corona Apron cracks me up! One…

Warm Sun & Exquisite Shadows

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 There is a reason that crocheted scarves are so popular. Not only are they colorful, textural, and stylish/fashionable,; but they are also a quick and simple way to warm the whole body in a hurry without the bulk of a long sleeve garment like a sweater! It is really kind of amazing how just a narrow piece of crochet fabric tied around the neck can influence the temperature in the rest of the body. I never get tired of making scarves! Here in our village of Ajijic, Jalisco, the altitude is 5,000 feet! The weather is often described as "paradise." So true.....the sun is hot, yet we have a cool, refreshing breeze to keep it comfortable. As far as dressing goes, we are constantly aware of the need to dress in layers. The air is cool first thing in the morning and I seek the spot where the sun first lights on my shoulders to read my book and drink my coffee. As the day goes on I follow the sun seeking half sun/ half shade, peeling off layers only to put…