Stitchcation….a summer crochet challenge…MET!

I love the site The Crochet Crowd. It’s a lot of fun folks, great patterns and awesome tutes by the man who runs the site, Michael Sellick (Mikey). They run all kinds of challenges, CAL’s, and mystery events. I saw the one called Stitchcation and I loved it. This was my first CAL  (crochet a long) and I not only had fun, but I learned a LOT along the way. I knit and crochet both, but usually knit more often so this was a lot of fun to get my crochet chops back in practice. :)

Here is my submission. I call this Summer Garden because its all the colors of my garden. Young tender spring green, midsummer deeper greens, my favorite rose colors, bright yellow of sunny days and the blue of gorgeous summer skies, the brown of fresh tilled soil and my favorite colors of other little flowers. Enjoy!

my stitchcation afghan 2014

Once I finished that I got some canning done since the weather has been so cool and wonderful. I made 5 pints of Very Berry Jam which is strawberry, raspberries (from my bushes), peaches and sour cherries (from my tree).

Then I made 5 pints of Blueberry Apple Pineapple Cinnamon Jam. I think it will end up more of a thick jelly than a really thick jam but I don’t care. It will still taste wonderful.

After that came 7 pints of Dill Relish. My neighbor up the road gave me some zucchini and summer squashes out of her garden and I even ground those up and used them along with my pickling cukes. yum!

So I’ve not been posting much, but I’ve been busy doing summerish stuff.

How are you all doing this summer? How are your gardens? Getting ready for fall yet?

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Extolling the Intelligence of Crocheters and Knitters

Originally posted on crocheting with joy:

 For centuries, with little more than a steel hook and some yarn or even string, women have created beautiful blankets, clothes, intricate lace or just a functional dishcloth. I feel connected, historically, to the generational tree of women who have worked with their hands.   I love to crochet while talking, listening, waiting, watching. I just discovered  wonderful quotes by  Stephanie Pearl-McPheeAt Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.This woman extolls the intelligence of knitters (or crocheters). I  can’t wait to tell my kids, who think I am slightly nuts. .

“…the number one reason knitters knit is because they are so smart that they need knitting to make boring things interesting. Knitters are so compellingly clever that they simply can’t tolerate boredom. It takes more to engage and entertain this kind of human, and they need an outlet or they get into…

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Stories of Yarn Store Etiquette

Originally posted on ELIZABETH KAY BOOTH:

Those of you who’ve read my blog for any length of time know I work parttime at my favorite yarn shop. I love it and feel privileged to be part of it. However, like any retail job, there is the downside of dealing with rude people. Yarn shops have their own special set of etiquette questions, so in most cases, I like to think people may do something rude without intending to. In the interest of helping to clear up questions about what’s appropriate, I thought I’d share some of my experiences and what those of us who work in shops would consider good etiquette.

But first, allow me to dispel what I call the Friday Night Knitting Club myth. A yarn store, while indeed a wonderful place, does not have magical potion hiding in the corners to guarantee that you will find the social life of your dreams, become best friends with everyone who…

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