Hello my lovely readers.
At the beginning of March my landlord notified my roommate and I that the housing market has turned, and he planned to sell our house in sixty days. Many of you either know someone or have experienced this situation for yourself, and needless to say, it’s a pain in the butt. I hate moving.
So life has been more hectic than usual, but summer is here, and I’m looking forward to creating and yarning in my new place. And with all of you!
I’m at Twiggs without my camera, but I do have pictures from another project on my computer that I would love to share.
Two apartments ago I lived off an alley that was frequently tagged by graffiti, so I decided to liven the unattractive cement wall with a mural. The neighborhood children were eager to help and began painting colors faster than I could mix the old house paints. The background was laid in, but I hadn’t counted on their help with the details, although they were more than willing to volunteer.
To keep us all happy I invented little projects for them, and it was really fun and rewarding. I rolled out some paper and they created their own mural. Another time I collected palm fronds and we painted masks. Those kids were such a pleasure, and I miss them.
Hello my friends,
The calendar has been quiet these days because I’m a bit overwhelemed with classes and work. I am going to move the regular class to an undetermined weekday evening, but in the interim, I am excited to be hosting a granny squares workshop at the University Art Gallery next Tuesday.
We'd Love Your Company
We’d Love Your Company is a project with Ethan Breckenridge and other collaborators at the UAG, and the Crafts Center Community is taking advantage of their open proposals for workshops and demonstrations. Besides spreading the craft of yarn, I try to support and increase awareness of the Crafts Center in any way I can. It was the source of my beloved pottery studio before it abruptly closed this fall.
My class will be a beginning to intermediate granny square workshop on Tuesday March 19th from 6:30-8:30pm. The cost is $5 and includes all supplies. Depending on your level, we will begin with a basic granny square.
Many thanks to Adaiha for this photo and detailed tutorial.
And for the experienced, or the daring, we will also have this cute project going, courtesy of Repeat Crafter Me.
Hope to see you all there!
My sincere hopes that Prachi’s daughter has not been waiting for this post, because I am 2 weeks overdue! A bit of innocent pregnancy humor to mask my embarrassment that I have waited so long to share this event.
What a heart felt and amazing experience it was to be a part of Keyo’s baby shower. Thanks so much to Prachi for organizing everything, especially when she was so close to having her daughter. Prachi warned me that she might not be able to make it, and later at the shower joked, “Please don’t let me have a Super Bowl baby!”
I was admittedly a bit nervous to teach ten women how to crochet, but I couldn’t have asked for a better group. I immediately felt at ease and also had a few experienced crocheters who were quite enthusiastic to share their knowledge.
We pushed the coffee table out of the way and gathered on the carpet. The goal was to make granny squares for a blanket and also crochet some flowers for a headband. Yarn was everywhere! The best part was that nobody gave up, and as they got the hang of it, some of my gals started getting pretty creative. It was wonderful.
We even had one square that started to get taller instead of wider, and I was so impressed by how it was transformed into this adorable hat.
The blanket was still in granny pieces when I left, and Prachi shared with me the finished product. How beautiful and filled with love it is! Do you notice that the corners are granny square flowers? Amazing.
I can’t contain how truly proud I am of their accomplishments in one afternoon. Ten women now know how to crochet, and Keyo’s daughter will have this blanket forever.
As is often the case, I get project envy. When Terry came to class last Saturday wanting to make these cute market bags, suddenly I find myself on the granny square kick again.
But my downfall with g squares is always this: weaving in all those dang ends! And finishing enough squares for a project.
I was inspired by this slipper pattern on Ravelry, which is just way too cool not to attempt. 11 more squares to go!
I think this is a good example of how our attention spans deviate when it comes to various types of projects. I can spend countless hours crocheting a skirt, but sometimes making a bunch of quick granny squares becomes overly tedious. You have to find the right amount of challenge and monotony to keep yourself interested, while still finding the project enjoyable and relaxing.
Stay tuned for pictures of Allegra’s skirt!
It has been quite a hectic few weeks, so I haven’t been blasting my class over internet as I would have liked. But! And I know it’s last minute, but there’s a class tomorrow, Saturday, from 3-4pm. I have also filled in the calendar until the end of the year. So stop on by with all your holiday projects and questions!
Wishing you the best,
Class was fun today. I worked with Lily on her crocheted squid, written by Trish at Genuine Mudpie. We found this pattern through Ravelry, and if you haven’t been on there yet, you are in for a treat. It’s a seriously great resource.
Lily also schooled me in a little pop culture with Gangnam Style. Hilarious.
Hello yarn lovers!
The next class is tomorrow, Sunday Dec 2, from 2-3pm. At Twiggs! Hope to see you there.