Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Two days of Crochet

Wow oh wow! What a great response to our invitation last week to join the Fellowship of Fibers and Threads group on Facebook. We have 100 new friends! Jules and I are really looking forward to seeing what everybunny has to share.

Today I wanted to share a little adventure I recently had. You see, sometimes one just needs a little break from their work to go and do something different. Don't you agree? I'm one who never tires of learning things. There is so much out there to do and see. Plus, it really clears my head and gives me fresh eyes on creativity.

Here in Wilmington, NC, we have a wonderful shop downtown called The Noble Thread. The owner, Caroline, is just the sweetest and kindest lady. Plus, she is Parisian, and is simply delightful to listen to. ;)

I have been drooling over the high quality yarns in her shop for a long time and decided to take a crochet class. My Grandmother showed me how to crochet when I was a little girl and my mom loves to crochet, but I haven't touched it since I was about 7 years old. Also, I knew I would be better at it than knitting because all my friends said it is much easier to rip out a mistake in crochet than it is in knitting. Well, that had me right there. ;)

I still have all my crochet hooks from when I was a child, so with them in hand, I set out for The Noble Thread. Caroline had me create a sample piece with single, double, half double, some ridges and some post crochet. Here's how it turned out.

I love how the yarn looks. It's all hand dyed and sooooo soft! Caroline then showed me how to block my finished piece to make the edges straight, which I still have to do. Then I'll add a big button and turn into a cowl.

Caroline said that normally the two classes are to teach the stitches, but she said I was a natural and must have remembered everything my Grandmother taught me. So instead of another week of learning stitches, she taught me how to read a chart. FUN!

Here's the next piece I'm working on. It's a long shawl, but I will make it into smaller wrap as Caroline laughed and said, "You are so tiny. You should make it smaller or you will look like a child carrying a blankie." LOL! She also recommended I use a finer yarn. This is what I chose as my wardrobe is black, white and grey tops with bluejeans. ;)

Once I finish this, I will try to tackle making some sort of cardigan sweater. Caroline has open stitch days at her shop where friends can gather, chat and get help on their projects. Sounds perfect to me!

Hugs and see ya next week!


Jeanette said...

Love your crochet. Looks wonderful. Can't wait to see your shawl. The yarn is pretty. Hugs,xx


Oh how delightful to be 'relearning' an old craft!!!
I can crochet--but I really love knitting so stick with that--and talking about a shop--I so miss the yarn shop in NY and learning and getting together there to knit with everyone--you don't find yarn shops in FL at least not in this area--guess I will just move back to NY!!!
enjoy the moments, diane

tink's mom said...

Hi, Love what your doing with the crochet. I knit on occasion but always go back to the crocheting. Much less stressful. Sorry not to have joined your facebook group, I would love to but I'm not on facebook. Didn't want you to think I didn't care. Can't wait to see the finished shawl.

Janet said...

Good for you...this will be so lovely when you've finished it...I hope you post a picture 😊

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Constant learning is a must - we must gift ourselves. Your shawl looks lovely and what a great start.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous crochet!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour! Next time you see Caroline, tell her, "Bonjour, Madame!"

Isn't it fun to find a shoppe where the goods are well-made and special? LOVE THAT! And my mum showed me how to crochet when I was little, and I loved it. That shawl.....oh my....

Shell, have fun. My new mantra for going back to school (next week) is to HAVE FUN while learning.

Hugs to you dear friend!

RG said...

Hmmm ... cardigan sweater - large - forest green with accents! Perfect! Geeze - thanks!

(Don't go getting all crochetty now!)

Createology said...

Beautiful crochet work and the yarn really does blend nicely. How fun to have a wonderful shop and teacher to help you bring back your Grandmother's teachings. I prefer crochet over knitting also. Lovely shawl you are working on. Crochet Bliss...<3

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

Crochet is so much fun! I think that shawl will look fantastic!

Kris said...

Wow, Shell, I am totally impressed!! But then I know just how talented you are!! Your "sampler" is fabulous and your new shawl is going to be exquisite!! You go girl!!

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