Friday, August 28, 2009


This is a bump of yarn as opposed to a skein of yarn.
On September 19th, I'll be at Highland Alpaca to teach Tunisian crochet. We will be using worsted weight alpaca yarn to learn.
This bump is from a mini mill that some of us are touring tomorrow. There will be bumps for sale at the Tunisian class. I am going to try out some Tunisian stitches on my S hook on this bump and see what I get.
This "large" yarn is very in and suppliers are making the tools to work with it. There is a shawl being modeled in the vendor fashion show in a previous blog entry. Go back and see if you can spot it.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hats, hats, everywhere hats!

Last Tuesday a large group of people with a wide range of skills met at the Assembly of God church basement in Bloomfield (thank you) to make hats for Guatemala. Carla and Rebecca had assembled a neat group to make colorful hats. Not everyone could make it but they're working, too.
Amanda, being true to our attempts to take more interesting pictures got her kitties into the act. Great patterns: felines and chapeaux.
Becky C. was the first to finish a hat that night. The self striping yarn came out perfectly.
Lisa and Karen made the hats of the garden variety.
Everyone is really getting into the bright color thing!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Last but not Least

Theresa participated in the fashion show. Her dress was terrific and my photography does it no justice. Another item in the show that has all this great stitch work and it doesn't show up until you get close. It fit perfectly and looked lovely. I really tried to get a nice close up and succeeded in getting only the waist down.
For photos from Chain Link go to

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Design Contest Winners

There was an open design contest with at least 4 categories. As you can see besides items hanging from the draping there were many more items on the tables. I was having problems with my battery, so this is all I got of all the design items on display. There were so many more.

At the Saturday Night Dinner and Fashion Show they had some of the winners modeled. I'm pretty sure the dress hanging in the first picture is on the first model. Quite a difference when the item is on a real person.

The flamenco dress was a real stunner, too. We met Andrea ( AG mode) who designed the blue dress. It was not a very typical design style. I was blown away by the use of every type of crochet you could think of. For a crocheter the thrill was seeing the stitches up close.

Next you see the grand winner: freeform crochet on the strapless bodice. What great drape.

The people's choice was the bridal gown. The designer made her own bridal gown.(not shown). And now she has made a bridal gown for her daughter who is the actual model.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Bling Contest

This group of photos was from the bling contest. Each table could send someone up to be in the contest for the most glitz. There were wonderful bracelets, purses, etc. up to entire glittery outfits. We clapped for the winner...... very unscientific It was very close. The winner was Joan Davis's shawl, the very first picture, I agreed with that choice because I thought the glitz combined so well with the design of the shawl.
This was very informal with a lot of good natured ribbing.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Designs for the young set on Sat night

These young people are wearing designs made for them by their moms. I gathered that the kids had input to the designs as to how they should look.

Mary Jane Hall made this set of a tote and leg warmers for her Irish dancer, who gave a short performance for us.

These great teen tops were worn by two sisters.

Dee Stanziano's daughter and son modeled the purse and vest.
The vest has a back story: At the state fair there was some flap of knitting versus crochet; so the next year Dee put this vest in the contest at the state fair. She won in the correct category crochet, but some people thought it shouldn't have won. It was obviously knitted. It's done in Tunisian knit stitch, which is, obviously, crochet. Yes, crochet can look like knit. What's their point?
Dee's kids are getting to be rather professional-looking models.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More from the Sat Night Show

I don't know for sure that one or two of this group is from a vendor but I didn't think I'd shown them before. You can see Doris Chan walking away in the white sweater (sorry I only got the back); I'm unsure if this is one of her own designs.

Then take note of the people cape with hearts by Carol Ventura and worn by her. All her work has a message.

Monday, August 17, 2009

More from the Sat show

These are sets of 2 that I caught, mostly front and back. I really like the pink cardigan by Margaret Hubert.