Friday, June 21, 2013

Books, Book Signings and De-Stashing Yarn

Friday, June 21, 2013
It's been such a busy week; where did the time go? I was surprised and thrilled that my first copy of my book arrived quicker than I was told. It was so good to finally see it in print and it is all I expected and hoped for.

Here I am taking it out of the mail box. It's obviously a reenactment just for fun and dramatic effect!
Receiving the first printed copy from Author House is apparently the first step for me to begin my media campaign to encourage everyone I know or don't know yet to run out and buy the book.

I have now requested my free copies and lucked into a promo, so I got 5 extra ones free plus I ordered a supply to have on hand in preparation for book signings at the Chain Link Crochet Conference/Knit & Crochet Show.
I'll keep you posted as soon as I have the times for book signings locked in.

I'm really looking forward to the show in Indianapolis and excited about the 5 classes I will be teaching.

One of my favorite chapters in my book (well, actually I love them all!) is the story of Nathan Vincent, a young and very promising artist from New York City. He's such a gentle soul and was a gem to work with throughout the book's journey. He and I had a delightful meeting in Chicago where we met for the first time in 2009 at the Merchandise Mart where he was participating in a huge exhibit including many galleries and had been named an West Prize Acquisition Finalist. You can get involved in his next project-see below

Here's a look at Nathan's work which examines gender identities. This one is not in the book, so do buy a copy of the Fine Art Crochet to learn about his amazing inspirations and creations at

If you've been thinking of de-stashing all that yarn you don't need, or just want to be generous to this great artist, here's how you can help. Here's what Nathan told me when he asked me to pass the word: he'll take any yarn you don't want for his next big art project. "Over the years many of you have offered me your yarn stash (you know, that huge pile of scrap yarn left over from various projects that never seems to get any smaller) and while I have appreciated every offer, until now I just haven't had the space or need. 

That's all changed! My next project requires lots and lots of yarn- and it doesn't all have to be the same color/brand/type! If the ball is as big as your fist or larger, I can definitely use it!

I'll begin work on this project at my residency in Vermont starting August 15th, so time's-a-ticking.

So, if you are looking to divest of some yarn, and want it to be put to good use, send it my way! And please, share with your friends! The more the merrier! I will be forever grateful to those of you who participate!"

Send yarn to:
BCA c/o Nathan Vincent
135 Church St.
Burlington, VT 05401

Nathan at work in his studio


Monday, June 17, 2013

I've Come Full Circle

Monday, June 17, 2013
I really do enjoy blogging and like to  post each Monday. Life got in the way this past month as I got caught up in a whirlwind of downsizing, garage sailing, trashing, packing and unpacking. As I indicated in my post of May 15, The Cycle of Life, here:;postID=6240603971899533456;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=2;src=postname
we've moved. I think the "cycle of life" has come full circle. How do I know? Well, the boxes and packing paper have been picked up by the movers and I have baked chocolate chip cookies in my new kitchen! I can brush my teeth and sit on my patio to crochet! What else does one need in life?
We "warmed" our house last Friday night on the patio!

On a walk around our neighborhood we passed by Lakeview High School where I really enjoyed the mosaic-encrusted sculptures:

As the  sun was waning last night, I took a look straight up from our patio. Note the incredibly blue sky!

This building is classic Chicago greystone and was built in 1893. I was intrigued by the shadow play as I relaxed and enjoyed the last warmth of a wonderful day:
Because we have such a short growing season, I was determined to make filling my flower pots with colorful annuals a priority. I've been watching the peonies open one-by-one this week! Chloe and Nicole made this heart mosaic for my birthday. I'm so happy Chloe is interested in doing "crafts" at age 3 1/2!

I love my new patio!