Yesterday was a most delightful day spent with some very special friends. They are members of the St. Louis Crochet Club. Some of us met here in Missouri and traveled the short distance to meet with others in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
The day was bright and sunny, which made for a perfect day to take a field trip. The company of long time friends and some new to me friends was most delightful.
Ronnie graciously gave me a ride both ways. The time spent visiting with her and catching up on each others lives was most pleasant.
I was fortunate to find some skeins of discontinued Caron Cozi. It will make some beautiful and warm scarves for winter.
For a much better account of the days events I refer you to Crochet News @ CraftGossip. My friend Joani tells the tale far better than I would.
All in all it was a wonderful treat and a great way to spend a Saturday!
This weekend proved to be very fun and interesting. On Saturday we explored a historic part of one of the nearby towns. It has several antique shops most of which are in some of the old houses. Our goals were to:
- Have a good time.
- Do some treasure hunting.
- Maybe learn some history.
- Have some good family time.
All of those things happened. We explored until we were tired and ready to come home. I found some soon to be containers for hooks and needles:
Sunday found us at a flea market a little less than an hour from home. My husband and I have been talking about going there for a long time. This place was much larger than we has anticipated so it turned out to be quite an adventure. It would have been worth the time if we had not purchased anything. My treasure was a bunch of needle arts books. Here are pictures of a few of them:
The lady from whom they were purchased said they originally belonged to a friend of hers who had to move out of her home. After a bit of negotiation, I paid $18 for more than one hundred books and magazines. As you can tell there are both knitting and crocheting books here. Some a newer and others are a bit older. Each is a treasure in its own right. Together they are an amazing find. 🙂
Yesterday evening I spent a bit of time going through some FO’s and took pictures of them. Here are some I would like to share, just for the fun of it and because now I can do so.
This was made using some scraps of yarn from my stash. It is an 8 inch square.
May each of you have a Happy New Year!!
I have been thinking about my goals related to knitting and crocheting for the upcoming year. This includes projects to finish and do; books and other items to buy; changes to make to my blogs; and new yarns/threads to try.
I would like to finish:
- Weaving in loose ends on and mail squares for a group project in which I am participating.
- The scarf on my needles for the Red Scarf Project
- The pair of socks started last year
- An afghan for myself started a couple of years ago.
Some items I would like to buy are:
Here is a list of books I want to add to my collection of fiber related books:
Most of the fiber related tools and books will come from a favorite LYS or nearby bookstore.
I want to try out some of the novelty yarns that I have not been able to purchase while I was not working. The list is long and will change as I explore some LYS’s and other places.
Another goal is to post to all of my blogs more regularly and often. Purchasing a digital camera will make it possible to post pictures of projects while making them and once they are done.
Some of the items I want to make this year are:
- Scarves for the Red Scarf project
- At least one more pair of socks after completing the unfinished pair
- At least a dozen dishcloths for my sister
- More dishcloths for my household
- Keeping up with the Monthly Dishcloth KAL
- Trying out patterns in my copy of the Mason Dixon Book that I have not yet tried.
This list does not include other items made that go to charities. My philosophy is to keep charity giving a private matter, with two exceptions. The first is my support of the Red Scarf project. The second is that I will discuss it with a charity related online group to which I belong.
Some techniques I would like to learn or improve my skills with are:
- Knitting lace. This might be a scarf or shawl. I don’t know yet, but my favorite LYS will be able to help with this project.
- Tunisian Crochet
- Sock making
- Use of double pointed knitting needles
- Intarsia knitting and crochet
The year 2007 promises to be a very busy people and fiber filled year. It sounds like fun. 🙂
What about yours?