Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What Do You Do . . .

When you have a stomach flu? Crochet, of course. I spent yesterday in bed with a fever and periodic trips to the . . . well, you can imagine. So I started a sock for my girls. I've wanted to make a small sock for some time. I'm using Heart & Sole from Coats & Clark and the colorway is Spring.

Friday, November 21, 2008

CGOA Professional Status

Check over to the right. You'll see something new.

I am now a Professional member of the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America)!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sow's Ear to Silk . . . Hat

What do you do with those projects that are experiments that don't quite turn out the way you'd hoped? We all have them.

I put them "away." I stuff them into a box of other projects; I put them in a cabinet where they are hidden but not forgotten. Every once in a while, I go searching through those hiding places and stare at them, looking for enlightment.

Last night, I found one quite by accident. I was dipping into the bag of left-over Halloween candy and this little gem almost shouted to me. It was originally intended to be a carrier for a WebKinz, but it was too big.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

More Socks

Not since I met my husband 25 years ago have I fallen in love with something as much as I love socks (ok, maybe, just maybe there are 2 exceptions to that--MM & K).

I finished the World Series socks and there has been a void in my life for a few days. Last night I started a new pair in San Francisco, color # 206. The picture on the band shows a distinct striping pattern. But one of the things I love about crocheted socks is that the striping pattern develops differently. This means that there is ALWAYS a surprise in store for me and that the pure pleasure I get from seeing the project grow is magnified.

Back to that striping pattern . . . I'm not adverse to stripes; they just don't stir my inner sense of beauty. I would describe the pattern that develops as "mottled." Definitely variegated. The colors play and mix together rather than lining up straight as an arrow, shouting "I am purple" while another shouts "I am grey." They just seem to be more in harmony with one another.

And harmony makes me smile.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Knit & Crochet Today! on PBS

I have been really sad because the second season of the Knit & Crochet Today! show has not been airing on my local PBS station. I loved the first season!

I wrote to my local station but had not received a reply. Last night I decided I would order the DVD of the second season.

I just received an e-mail from the programming director stating that the second season will begin airing on December 11! Just in time for my birthday!

The show has a website that contains a wealth of information as well--episode listings, videos of techniques that have been demonstrated on the show, tips, and free pattern downloads.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Project Status

I'm making headway on my WIP's.

My World Series socks are about 75% complete. I'm still decreasing the gusset on the 2nd sock.

My knitted top in the Gedifra Mayra yarn is 90% finished. I've finished front and back and next to knit are the sleeves. I'll add a crocheted edging around the neck, sleeves and bottom. It has been a fun project and I can't wait to post the picture of the completed project.

I bought 2 hanks of Cascade Pistaza at Fiber Art, Inc. in September. I started a hat that I found in the February 2008 issue of Crochet World. I love to start a new project!

I will be teaching a class at Fiber Art making a Christmas Stocking the next 2 Saturday's. I'm looking forward to working on something for the holidays. I can't believe that Christmas is a few weeks away!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hairpin Lace Hat

This little project was fun to make and I've enjoyed wearing the hat to the bus stop in the morning. I used angora yarn that I purchased at Fiber Art, Inc. The pattern requires 5 strips that vary in length and one joining method--the cable join. I crocheted an edging of shells around the hat in the contrasting color and then I turned up the shells. Too cute!