Sunday, September 21, 2008

crochet me

Is it Sunday already? Wow - the week's flown by. I got some good stuff in the mail - my Colourmart silk/cotton (fingering/4ply).

I bought 2 cones - enough to make the Apres Surf Hoodie. But I'm having problems getting the right gauge. Ack!

I'm in the middle of hand quilting the pink/purple tilted log cabin quilt. I've got about half of it done now. I took it to knit nite to work on instead of a knitting project (yeah, blasphemy!). I got really hot sitting under it because the lights were right above me. I also felt self-conscious because people were watching me quilt. But I'm pretty used to it because I often take my knitting to my quilt meetings.

Hubby had Fri off (he has every Fri in Sept off) so we relocated the small compost bin and installed a new bigger one. Yay! I have somewhere where I can dump leaves and bigger items. I'm still using the little one because I need to keep my kitchen scraps under a lid and away from rodents.

Yesterday, I worked. Yes, I got a job at Black Sheep Yarns. My training was Wed and I worked the entire Sat. Believe it or not, I didn't buy anything. I was soooooorely tempted... That's not to say that I didn't come home with yarn. I did. I made this yesterday night:

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers; col 9326; 1 skein
Pattern: Queen Anne's Lace scarf by Khebhin Gibbons
Hook: 6mm
Notes: Pattern calls for more yarn but one skein was enough to make a 6ft+ long scarf.

This is a store/class sample. I am going to be teaching a beginner's crochet class and this is what the students will be making. The owner wants to offer crochet classes and the grand opening for the store is next Sat so I needed to get the scarf done post haste. Now that it's finished, I'll take it to the store and figure out which days the classroom is free. Then I'll need to make up notes for the class. Eeek! The designer of this pattern has kindly given me permission to use it so that's one thing I don't have to worry about.

I went to a quilt show today. There were lots of wonderful quilts and a great merchant mall. Pictured above is a Kaleidoscope quilt using a technique by Ricky Tims. I don't know why but I found it quite intriguing. Below is a design by Karen Stone. It's a quilt that I want to make. I have all the foundation paper pieces cut out and I'm still collecting fabric for it.

This year, the merchant mall was bigger. Yay - more shopping for me. There were 2 new vendors - one that sold lots of Australian designs and another selling colourful African batiks. I didn't buy anything from them (not that I didn't try - the first booth had sold out of a pattern that I liked and the other one needs to call me back tomorrow about some fabric that I need by the yard rather than in FQs) but I still ended up with some cool stuff:

I think I'll take a little snooze before making supper... Don't wake me.


Bea said...

Beautiful projects. Love the scarf!

PurlingPirate said...

Busy beaver you are! The scarf looks awesome! Good luck with your class.
Love looking at the quilts. I can't believe you hand quilt yours! So impressive!

SooZ said...

too cool. I did some Ricky Tims patterns (Convergence). They made great christmas gifts.

You teach/taught Crocheting??? My daughter wants to learn, so I've been helping her stock up to get started.

Where were/are you teaching the course? Beautiful scarf btw.