I’m Back!

Whew! It’s been a busy, crazy, fun-filled 2 weeks.  I just got back from the Reno Knit and Crochet Show last night and today is all about catching up.

I really just want to play with my new yarn and practice the cool stuff I learned from the classes I took.

I was in Vashti Braha’s Introduction to Slip Stitch on Thursday. Which was just as incredibly inspiring as I expected. I can hardly wait to explore the options for the fabrics we were creating in her class. Will definitely be designing more using these stitches in the future. You can learn more about Vashti and her amazing fount of crochet knowledge on her website Designing Vashti.

Then took 2 Hairpin Lace classes with Jennifer Hansen on Saturday. I didn’t expect much from myself for learning hairpin lace, but Jen proved to be the amazing teacher she always is and I am now a hair-pin lace crocheting stitcher. Wooot! Honestly, if you’ve never taken a class with Jennifer Hansen/Stitch Diva treat yourself and get into one ASAP. She really breaks down what seems complicated and confusing into manageable bites. You can learn more about Jennifer Hansen at her website Stitch Diva Studios.

I promise more photos and news from the Reno Chain Link very soon.

When Hairy met Lily

First off, credit where credit is due, the lovely Shari White came up with that title.

If you have never met Lily Chin you haven’t really lived.  She is an amazing teacher who knows crochet, knitting and design backwards as well as forwards.

Her classes are not for the faint of heart, she covers a lot of material and your brain will be firing with loads of ideas…whether you are a designer or just love to crochet. But if you want to learn the ins and outs of crochet (or knitting) take a class with her.

If she isn’t teaching a class in your area, find her books. Her “Couture Crochet Workshop” is one of my very favorites, both informative and inspiring. And her Crochet “Tips and Tricks” book is full of information that even experienced crocheters can benefit from.

The other thing Lily can be is a complete riot.  At Chain Link in Manchester this year she was toting around the most outrageous bag I had ever seen.  So I said I had to get a photo of it. In response she gave me the pose in this photo. We were all laughing so hard that it is a miracle that I got a shot that wasn’t blurry.

Lily’s bag is named Hairy, it has a middle name too…but I’m too bashful to repeat it here for all my innocent readers.  If you figure it out on your own you are clearly not as innocent as you’ve been leading me to believe.

Tomorrow I will share with you some pictures of my loot from the marketplace. I was pretty darn busy with the Design Competition stuff, so that slowed down my shopping. Of course I still managed to do some damage to my budget anyway.

Dude!

Since today is my Birthday I got to sleep in a tiny bit, and woke up to this lovely gift from my family.  In honor of the day I’ve decided it is a good day to share the gift-giving with one of my lucky readers (no, you don’t get the hearts…something better).

At the Greensboro Chain Link on Professional Development Day I won only one Door Prize.  This lovely” The Crochet Dude” Crochet Organizer Case created by the Boye company.

Drew Emborsky - The Crochet Dude

Now many of you know of the Crochet Dude, aka Drew Emborsky, and have been following his design adventures on his blog for ages.  If you haven’t read his blog before click on the link above and have a look.

Drew generously donated a number of items to the door prizes at Professional Development Day.  The tickets that are sold raise money each year towards a chosen charity.  This year the charity was the Marcia Rivkin Center (for Ovarian Cancer).

So how do you get a chance to win this lovely organizer case? Just comment on this blog post by Noon on October 20th, leaving your name and why you are trying to get organized.  I will then have a random number drawing that afternoon and announce the winner.  Unfortunately, I need to restrict the drawing to only folks in the USA, as mailing out of country can get a bit steep.

The Dude is Tall, especially next to Short Me.

I leave you with one last photo of myself with the Dude. Unfortunately it came out a bit blurry, somewhat flattering to me as it removed my wrinkles, but I had to take another photo later so you could see that the Dude really isn’t that fuzzy.

An Inverse Operation

Today I am attempting to catch my breath after a whirlwind week of work and fun at the Greensboro Chain Link show.  Last you heard from me I was packing up to head out.

I spent most of this past Monday traveling home. As my husband drove me home from the airport I was amazed to see all the Autumn color that had made an appearance on our mountain in such a short period of time.  Even down in the plains around Denver and Boulder there were dashes of fall color in the foliage.

My Front Yard

Now comes the un-packing (the Inverse Operation mentioned in the title), the piles of laundry from my travels as well as the accumulation of dirty clothes from my family to be dealt with.

Once I get that all ticking along I’ll be taking some pictures of the yummy yarn that came home with me as well as other tales of Chain Link. Though, still respecting Doris Chan’s rule that “What happens at Chain Link, stays at Chain Link”. 

Amazing enough, I didn’t consume gobs of chocolate this time, was far too busy to actually remember it. Must do better next year.