Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy Hookers

"I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." – Mark Twain

A friend of mine used this as her status on Facebook this morning and I think it sums everything up that I'm feeling about recent international events beautifully.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  We went to the Liberty Antique Festival on Saturday.  I'm afraid I didn't take my camera, but it was a beautiful day and the vendors had a lot of amazing stuff....most of which was out of my very practical budget. Sunday was spent crocheting.

Have I mentioned lately how I am really beginning to enjoy Tuesday nights.  After a long day at work, because lets face it they are all long, I head home and fix dinner for my men. Then I grab my yarney bag and head over to Panera's for some hooking fun.  It's so wonderful to spend time with these ladies!  And guess what?!?!  Dawn and I are turning two knitters into hookers!!  That's right folks, they are coming over to the dark side!  I love watching their enthusiasm and excitement as they are learning and achieving!  Granny Squares and wash clothes abound.

The knitters are going to return the favor and tomorrow I get to venture into new territory and get my first lesson on sock making! I am so totally over the moon at the prospect.  I was in the store this week-end to get my needles and sock yarn and there are sooo many cool sock yarns. Such great colors and textures. Mel makes such great socks and she's going to get me started on magic looping, whatever that is.  I'm sure it will be magic if I can figure it out.  I don't know why I'm so intimidated by knitting, but I am. 

As many of you know, I've been working on gifts.  You've gotten little glimpses here and there, and today is no different.  Alice has been making these beautiful cowls and she has inspired me to do the same.  Mine is a little different and is for a VERY special person. This person LOVES the color red, so....

This picture does not do the color justice.  A friend said that it's like the color of roses, which I think is perfect for the recipient. The yarn used in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo in Rouge. It's 80% Bamboo and 20% wool and it's yummy and soft.  It splits just a little if you aren't paying attention, but looks and feels gorgeous. 
The pattern is in the May/June Issue of Crochet Today! As you can see, it's a rather lacy, feminine pattern, which I also think is appropriate as this person is always a lady.
 The pattern is the Infinitiy Scarf by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. It's a four row pattern repeat that once you get the hang of it works up fairly quickly. This is a good thing because in order to get the length needed, you have to repeat the four row pattern forty-eight (yes, that's 48) times.  I'm a little over a quarter of the way through. So I have a lot to get done in a little time....though I'm not going to tell you my deadline : )

Well, I've got to get back to the real world.  I will let you know how things turn out tomorrow night. Hopefully you won't feel my frustration vibe across the yarn world!  Have a wonderful afternoon!


  1. Very pretty scarf and the recipent is a very lucky girl. I still feel excited to learn something new in the crochet world. I made a pansy last week and I was over the moon :) I would love to find a knitting/crochet group close by, none of my friends are interested.
    x Sandi

  2. Yes, that is a gorgeous scarf, I do hope you photograph it and share it when you're done. Good luck on the socks. My younger sister made some socks and insisted I follow suit. Many times during the process I could have smacked her (JK!), but I finished them. Never to make another. The worst part is I have sensitive feet and cannot wear them as I can feel each stitch. I hope you have better luck! :-)

  3. You are going to love magic loop! that's how I do my snowmen, and their's so much fun!

  4. Hey girl:) Love the scarf..beautiful! I just seen that mag yesterday! I put it back though, trying to learn restraint :) Don't think I'd have the patience for thos 48 TIMES! no way! Can't wait to see it completed.
    I'm so glad your going to try knitting! I hope you do well. I've tried several times and can't get it..don't like it, as much as I want to.I'm sure you'll do extremly well!
    Thanks for your comments..ours are about the same "babys" will be 13 and
    Have a great time!!xx

  5. Opps..almost forgot..LOVE your Mark Twain quote..AWESOME!!! Couldn't have put it better myself!

  6. I saw that issue of CT, and loved the cover piece! Your cowl is looking lovely, very delicate and airy. I am starting to enjoy projects like that more and more. I'm about blanketed out at the moment. I'm jealous (but happy for you) that you have a group to crochet / knit with! Sounds like a lot of fun. Can't wait to see how you do with socks. I have only just learned to knit, and am eager to move ahead with it!


  7. that scarf is going to be GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I love the lacy pattern and may need to buy that mag and make one too!!!!
    As for the socks, I hear magic loop is hard, you can find patterns for two needles and that might be a nice one to start with! Or else, google hiyahiya and they sell tiny circulars just for sock making! my LYS sells them and that are so tiny and cute!!!
    Hope the recipient loves her scarf! (how could she not!)