Time Warp

Seems like it was just yesterday that I came home from my trip to VA. It’s been two weeks. Two weeks?

Oh that’s right, I caught a minor cold, had a pain flare, and worked a ton at the shop. No wonder everything has been a blur.

I have hook related news to share this time around. Hip Hooray for crochet!

I’m going to be teaching a class here and there at the Woolie Ewe over the next few months. Quick things mostly and not very difficult. I spent most of yesterday working on samples and writing up patterns that would be usable by folks just starting to crochet.

The first class I will likely be teaching is a class on bracelets.

They are really quick to make and great for using up odds and ends.

I did have to re-write the pattern into something that was understandable. Standard crochet notation was not used and even I had to stare at the directions for a solid 10 minutes to figure out what it was trying to say. Poorly written/translated instructions indeed.

However, now that I’ve re-written it, no one in the class will be able to say they don’t understand what a FP dc (front post double crochet) is – if they do then they slept through the class.

The second class I am going to teach is all about owls! I know I know! Owls have become all the rage this year. (I liked them before they were cool.)

So this little guy is going to be felted. By in large the pattern is straightforward if somewhat confusing in the order in which things are done. This may also require an edit before the class is offered.

He looks a little creepy without eyes right now. I don’t have any in my stash. And though I’ve already tried to felt the owl once, it didn’t shrink as much as I thought it would. Likely it has something to do with my washer being a front loading one. I’ll be handing this fella off to someone else to see if we can felt him a bit more.

I’m also going to be teaching a class on how to make baby blocks. Currently I am trying to decide if I need to hold my chosen yarn double or not. There’s a whole process to this…

In the knitting category I finally got around to starting a test knit.

I offered to test knit a beginning knit class “Reading Scarf” designed by the teacher.  Think scarf with pockets able to hold a paperback or an e-reader. When I saw this yarn – Mille Colori by Lang – I had to get some and to further encourage the purchase I decided to use it for the test knit. (Like I need encouragement right?) Loving it so far and I have to say I am going to have one awesome looking reading scarf when it’s all done.

I have to say that it’s been really nice to pick up the hook and do some crochet again. I am looking forward to teaching these classes. This might just be the impetus I need to join the CGOA…

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