Monday, August 21, 2017

I'm back!

Hello, my friends! Sorry to be MIA for so long, but life intervened. I've freed up some time now and will be posting more regularly. So what have I been up to in the meantime?

Chain Link Conference 2017

In July I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Chain Link Conference. That's the annual conference of the Crochet Guild of America.  If you ever have the chance to go, do it, do it, do it! It's the most fun a crocheter can ask for. There are wonderful classes, a great yarn market, and the camaraderie of fellow crocheters. This year it was in Chicago. Here are some photos of the fun.

Some of the beautiful entries in the design competition 


See the CGOA web page for the list of winners and a slide show.


Interesting crochet and crocheters

The Queen Bee of Crochet complete with flowers, birds and insects

An ingenious head mounted yarn swift

Kathryn White and I show off our banquet attire. Both her jacket and my shawl are Kathryn's designs.

You've got to see the back. Kathryn's fabulous jacket won grand prize last year.


The fashion show 


I didn't get any photos of the show because I was otherwise occupied (i.e. I was drafted into modeling), but the couple below lead off the show. In my photo, they hadn't changed into their show outfits. See if you can pick them out in the CGOA slide show.

Lots of social crocheting


There's more than one use for a yarn bowl.

Toasting with "red coffee" (Hint: Think another red beverage.)


The marketplace!

A beautiful wall of yarn from Stunning String Studio

A book signing by Laurinda Reddig

Yumiko Alexander and her lovely DanDoh Designs booth

Mugs with attitude from Pawley Studios


And best of all, friends.


I'm already excited about next year's conference especially because it's in my own back yard - Portland, OR! I hope you all can come.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Crochet for a Cause

Crocheters make a lot of projects for charity. We've probably all made a chemo cap or blanket to donate somewhere. Project Pussyhat is a little bit different. On January 21st, the Women's March on Washington is taking place in Washington, DC. Women and men are coming together in a show of solidarity and strength to counter the vile rhetoric of the recent Presidential election. The march supports civil rights for all people - women, people of color, native peoples, the disabled, the LBGQTIA community. 

In support of the march, the Pussyhat Project was started. Knitters, crocheters, and sewers are urged to make a pink hat with "pussy ears." You may have seen other hats with this design. Instead of decreasing in size from the brim to the crown, it's the same circumference all the way up. The top is seamed straight across so the two points form "ears" when you wear it.

The hats are being sent to Washington for marchers to wear or being worn at local sister marches on the same day. They'll not only keep the marchers warm, they'll present a dramatic visual statement. Pink is considered a feminine color. We're hoping the marches will be a sea of varying shades of pink to symbolize the power of all the gathered women. Any of you who know me, know that pink isn't my favorite color, but I made a hat and will wear it at my local march. 

There are several crochet patterns for this hat. Some are linked from the Pussyhat Project website. I found one on Ravelry that I really like. It's the Crochet Pussyhat by Gina Langridge. We only have 10 days left, but there's still time to make a hat and either donate it to a march or join a march yourself. Make 2 hats and find a friend to join you!