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Conference Time Again!

How'd it get here so fast?!?!?!  Oh my, I guess my mom wasn't kidding when she said once you have kids the time starts flying faster than you can keep track of!  I just want to know who said it was ok for the planet to start spinning so fast to get the days done!  Ack!

Anyways.....The CGOA Conference is going to be held in two places this year: this week in Minneapolis, MN for the summer version, adn in Greensboro, NC for the fall version.  I just saw an email that posted next year's conference as a two-parter, also!  Back in Manchester, NH for the summer, and in Reno, NV for the fall.

And since I'm originally from WI, I'm going to MN tomorrow, then Hubby and Missyboo are coming to get me and we're going family visiting.  Niece will be coming back with us, too, for a couple of weeks, so Missyboo is thrilled with that news!  Good thing Gramma will be here to hold the fort!  :D

I can't believe it's conference time already!  I still have a few ideas floating around in my head that haven't made it to paper or yarn yet, and it's already time!!  Guess I'll be busy with paper and pencil on the plane!  Speaking of which, I'd better call to find out if I can bring my hooks and needles on board with me!  I'd hate to have the yarn for my project in hand and have to no way to work on it during the flight if they'll be tossed in the trash before we even take off.


102nd CT Sheep and Wool Festival

My CGOA chapter, The HHCC, was invited back to the CT Sheep and Wool Festival for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate various aspects of crochet.  We brought along all sorts of goodies for display, and again, had a lot of comments such as "I didn't know you could do that in crochet!" That was crocheted?? But like the old saying, the proof was in the pudding!  Everything we had hanging up or displayed on the table was done with a crochet hook with one exception.  A free form jacket that Margaret Hubert lent me for the display was a combination of knit and crochet. 

I was surprised this year at the amount of people we had stopping at our table!  I don't remember being swamped for the better part of ALL day like we were!!  So during the lulls, we all took turns going out to explore and see what we could, such as the little guy in the picture below.  He was quite interested in seeing everything he could! In one of the barns, a pen 6 week old Pygamy goat going for a walk.had been set up for some sheep.  There was one poor guy with no coat in the middle of the herd, but he managed to keep warm by worming his way into the middle of the herd and surrounding himself with the others' coats.  I wonder if they minded?  Hmmm..... What do ya mean it's not summer?

And of course, there were vendors selling lots of yummy yarns made from alpaca, wool, silk, etc.   I bought a couple hanks that had some sparkle to them because of a very fine silver filament that was mixed with the ply.  Missyboo doesn't know yet that it will be her new "sweater" for this year.  Glad she likes the colors! 

Have a good night!  :D


Margaret Hubert

I had a nice change up to my schedule today.  My friend Margaret Hubert was giving a talk at my local library today, and I decided I was going! The library had "advertised" for the week prior to "Come meet the author Margaret Hubert April 28", and one day shortly after the sign was put up, Missyboo and I were driving to town.  She saw the sign and asked, "Mom, is that the same Margaret Hubert we know?"  When I told yes, she was all excited.  "I know an AUTHOR?!"

Margaret was giving a talk on free form crocheting and knitting, and had brought lots of samples with her for all to see.  It always amazes me to see the finished, final project done in free form.  I can admire it all I want, but I just cannot bring myself to actually do it.  It's too chaotic for me for some reason.  I like and prefer making something balanced from start to finish.  Even though lots of free form projects have balance to them, too!  Maybe it's the thought of all those ends to be taken care of!!  lol

I thought these slippers were cute.  Missyboo would love a pair like them herself!

I also found out there's a local Knit and Nosh that meets on Thursdays at the library, and when it was mentioned that I should come to the meetings, I replied, "Thanks, but I'm a crocheter who knits."  The response to that was one lady pointing out different people that were there and telling me, "she's a crocheter who knits; she's a spinner and weaver; that lady over there spins and dyes her own yarns; and the rest of us are knitters who crochet."  So..........maybe I've found a place to go on Thursday afternoons for an hour or so!

I'll be going to the 102nd  CT Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, too.  My crochet club has had a booth there for the last three years to demonstrate crochet and have some lessons for anyone interested.  We all bring lots of neat projects with us for display, and of course, they're all made from natural fibers of some sorts.  A lot of the people that stopped by to look were really surprised at some of the items we had.  A lot of the comments were along the lines of "Wow, I didn't know you could do that in crochet!"  Hey, one festival at a time!!  lol

Have a good night!  :D


Who Keeps Stealing the Time?!?!?!

My goodness, I didn't realize how FAST time has been flying past me lately!!!  It's almost July again.  Time for getting ready to go to another CGOA Conference!! There will be two this year, one in July in Menneapolis, MN, and another in September, in Greensboro, NC.  I've got my classes all set for going to MN.  First time there for me!  I've been to Manchester, NH twice and Buffalo, NY once.  Should be interesting though.  Since I'm from WI, it only made sense to go there rather than NC so Hubby and Missyboo can join me the last day in MN, then we can go visit family in WI the week after classes.  Hubby was talking about us driving out there, stopping in WI to pick up my niece, dropping me off at the hotel in MN, then they would continue on to see Mt Rushmore and do some sightseeing in the Badlands, but I don't think that's going to pan out too well.  Niece takes a lot of summer camps and Missyboo wants to do a summer reading program.

I've been busy doing model making projects for several different designers since last July, and trying to work on different projects of my own in between.  One of them is teaching myself to knit better with Silver Nights jacket, which can be found at  In previous postings about this project I made comment about how bad I thought my wraps looked.  I finally found the secret that works for me when doing garter stitch, and NOT on a pair of socks, either!!  Looking on Youtube showed me a lot of wraps, but just about every one of them was dealing with socks.  So by playing around, I figured out a way for me, that I think works.  But I finally figured it out when doing the body/back section.  So......that means when I finish the body/back, the sleeves will be ripped out one more time (I think that will make it the fourth time!!) and redone.  I'm thinking this time I won't make it quite so flared either.  So here's the latest picture on my knitting journey for this jacket.  The bottom of the V is center back, and then the sides come up and around to the front chest sections.  When I get the shorter side up to the longer side size, I get to add the upper back/sleeve section.  Then the only thing left to do knitting-wise is the collar, and done!  I'm getting closer!!  :D

I've also been working on getting three hat and neck cowl sets put together.  I've got the pieces made, but still need to get the patterns written up.  After that, I'm going to send them out for charting.  Fingers are crossed that I can get that done by the end of this month.  I know, just in time for summer, right?  lol


Lands End Feel Good Campaign

Land's End donated lots and lots of yarn this year to knitters and crocheters to make squares and blankets for Warm Up America.  My CGOA chapter, The HHCC, placed an order for some cones, so did I.  Our November meeting was devoted to making up as many squares as we could, and we came up with one whole blanket's worth.   I managed to finish one of the blankets from the cones I received, too.  Our blankets went to Elizabeth House, a battered women's shelter in Danbury, CT.

I also finished off my second blanket from the cones.  I made up the pattern for the first blanket, and used a variation of that pattern for the second one.

copyright NLS Stitches

Let's see if I can get pictures to work today!  It's rainy, gray, and cold.  Perfect for me not to be able to get anything done right the first time!  Ok, looks like success for the first one here!  Yay!  lol  

The second blanket's variation simply placed main body's stitches alternately one row to the next.  The first blanket's main body stitches were stacked one over the other.  It gave a nice pattern, with subtle variations to it between the two blankets.copyright NLS Stitches  I made some "stripes" to divide the sections from each other, and it makes this a reversible blanket, too, because on one side, the stripe has a bit of raised texture to it, on the other, it's flat.  But as you can see in these pictures, the stripes show up fine on either side.   I sent the second blanket to Warm Up America.

Time to make some chili before the games get started today, so.........have a nice, warm and toasty day!  :D