Happy Clappy Crochet

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Student Banquet at SMW 2018

On August 4, 2018, I attended the Student Banquet and Fashion show at Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg, IL. The Student Banquet is probably my absolute favorite event to attend, because the pride of creation is on every face who shows off their work on the runway.

This has been my 7th time attending the Student Banquet, and so far, it has been my favorite one. It’s my favorite for one reason – CROCHET! Not only were the first FOUR garments crocheted, but there were 11 crocheted pieces total. Also making a show on the runway this year – sewn and quilted pieces. Stitches just isn’t for knitters anymore!

One of the items that came down the runway has a very special meaning to me. My younger sister Kate, whom I taught to crochet when she was pregnant, modeled a lace shawl stitched from a pattern I released in March 2016 to celebrate being part of Internation Crochet Month. The pattern is the Terra Shawl [https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/terra-shawl] and it is special to me for being the first half circle shawl I designed, as well as helping to design the yarn colorway for the pattern. It was the first time I saw something I designed and published myself being worn on the runway by someone other than myself, and it brought tears of joy to my eyes.

So forgive my indulgence, but here are several pictures of Kate, modeling the Terra Shawl.  Thank you to XRX, Inc. for making these pictures available to share.

© XRX, Inc. 2018

© XRX, Inc. 2018

© XRX, Inc. 2018

© XRX, Inc. 2018

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Yep…I’m Still Here

It has been a long time since my last post – November 2016 to be exact. And with that knowledge I’ve come to a realization – I really stink at trying to blog on a regular basis.

It isn’t that I don’t have anything to say. If you have read any of my previous lengthy blog posts, you can see that writing isn’t the problem. Once I get started on a post, I can easily get between 200 to 300 words. What has been the problem, however, is motivation. Late 2016 / Early 2017 I pretty much lost the desire to create. That not only meant creating blog posts like this one, but crafting with yarn as well. There were some things that I HAD to crochet, and they got done, but they were the ONLY things that got done. The desire to sit and play with yarn just went away for a long, long time.

Part of the reason, to be honest, was politics. When you are on edge because the new office holder not only has no idea how to be a leader for a country, but also has no desire how to learn to become that leader, the day to day outrages add up. I didn’t have the energy to be creative with yarn because so much of my energy was spend being an active citizen. I’m still an active citizen, and will use this opportunity to remide you to register to VOTE for the November 2018 elections. If you are already registered, CHECK your registration on a monthly basis until election day. People in several states are being removed from voter rolls for no reason, and this impacts their chance to have a say in how they are governed.  (P.S. I will have not problem deleting comments and blocking people who want to start a flame war. I’m being honest regarding reasons why I haven’t blogged, but this is not an open invitation to attack me for it.)

Another reason crochet and yarn got less love in 2017 is that I found another avenue that did inspire some creativity. I was playing Dungeons and Dragons on a monthly basis with a group of friends. I found out that I really like the creativity involved in a role playing game, and I couldn’t wait for each session. The group I was playing with came to an end earlier this year, but I liked playing so much that I working on putting together a new group with a different set of friends, and this time I am going to run the game as DM (Dungeon Master, or GM for Game Master).

Then 2017 ended on a pretty high note, because several family members took a cruise to celebrate mine and my dad’s birthdays. That vacation, along with the knowledge that my middle sister was pregnant, helped me start 2018 with the desire to play with yarn again.

I’ll save my 2018 adventures with yarn for future posts. Most of them will have pictures, so you can see what I have finished.

I won’t promise to blog on a weekly or monthly basis, because I suck with that kind of schedule. Instead, I’ll post when the spirit moves me, and the posts may not always relate to yarn. I’m still all about Happy Clappy Crochet, but I’m not just crochet. I have other things that draw my interest, and may share them here as well.

Until the next post, may your joys outweigh your sorrows, and your laughter outnumber your tears.




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