1 - They say that idle hands are the devil’s workshop. I’m not sure I agree with that completely. I believe that it is good for the soul to take a little time off now and then and just do nothing. But I must say that it is difficult for me to watch television if I don’t have something to do with my hands. I’ve quilted in the past, but these days I’ve been crocheting. It’s just a bit easier and more portable than quilting. I’m going to show off some of my latest projects here.
2 - This is a scarf made from Red Heart Boutique yarn. The color is "Parrot." I like this yarn quite a lot. It’s soft and comes in wonderful variegated colors. This particular scarf is done in the alligator or crocodile stitch. It’s a fun, easy stitch and goes together quickly. I’m donating this project to an auction in May.
3 - A little while back, I picked up a book called Contemporary Celtic Crochet by BonnieBarker because I love the look of Aran knitting, but I don’t knit. This book has some great projects in it and the instructions are clear and precise. I’ve only managed to finish one project so far, but I had a great time doing it. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for this project. This one I’m keeping for myself.
4 - Now and then, I go with my daughter Carrie to Webs Yarn Store in Northampton, Massachusetts. OMG! If you like yarn and you’re ever in Western Massachusetts, you have got to go to Webs. Of course, you can order from them on line and here’s the link, but being there in person is just a yarn lover’s dream. The colors alone knock me out! And, of course, I have to touch everything. The problem for me is that I can’t afford a big project with the yarn they sell there, so when I’m in there, I buy a few balls of something for a small project. The last time I was there, I picked up this gorgeous Plymouth Yarn Monte Donegal to make yet another scarf. It feels like heaven and it’s hand-dyed, so the color is fabulous! I will continue to have the warmest neck in town next winter. I decided that I would do it in a Tunisian stitch. When it gets long enough, I will stop and go on to something else.
5 - Sometimes I think that Olive, the pug, sheds enough that I could probably make a blanket or something out of her leftovers. She thinks I’m full of soup!