Monday, June 28, 2010

What a month!

I started this month feeling pretty puny.  But there was way too much happening to keep me down for long.  First was the San Mateo county fair.  I think everyone should get involved in their county fair in one way or another.  Of course, my way is all about crochet!  But, they have a category for everything:  flowers, homemade beer, woodworking, and all the different needle arts.  And don't forget the livestock.  Pig races and all!
I'll let you pop over to the chapter's blog to catch up on what we did there. 
The Sunday after the closing of the fair, we were involved in the 1st annual Oakland Fiber Fest.  What a great day!  So many nice people came by our booth.  and it was fun to check out the other booths at the fest.  I spent some time with Gracie of the Lace Knitters Guild.  She is going to teach me to tat.  I have my grandmother's tatting shuttle, but have never learned how to use it.  She showed me a quick stitch and I am going to try to practice it a little between now and then.  You can read more about the fest at the chapter blog.
Probably the most exciting thing that happened to me this month is I was contacted about being one of the reviewers for the CGOA Masters of Stitches program.  I am so honored to be on such a team of highly skilled crocheters.  My first portfolio arrived over the weekend, and is the first thing on my agenda tomorrow to work on.
Been a busy month.  And I feel so much better at the end of it than I did at the beginning.
BTW, I am working on Peter Franzi's Swellegant Elegance Sweater in Saucon Sock Yarn, color Loganberry, for moi`.

Friday, June 11, 2010

I'm so excited!

The San Mateo county fair opens tomorrow.  My CGOA chapter will have a table at the fair for 5 days where we will be demoing some different stitch patterns.  We have a couple of take and make projects for people to do at the table.  We will have a daily raffle for kits for patterns and yarn to crochet. We will be handing out info on our chapter, on CGOA, Project Linus, and Warm up America and the Oakland Fiber Festival.  Should be a full and busy 5 days.  I think I have everything together that we need to take.  I sure hope so!
I spent 2 days this week setting up the displays for the knit and crochet entries.  That is the first time I have ever done this kind of volunteer work.  Very fun, but also very tiring!  I pretty much had free reign in how to display the items.  The folks in charge were very helpful in providing supplies I needed, dress forms, styrofoam heads, etc.  I am very anxious to see what people think of the way the displays are done this year.  I found out that they have not had a knitter or crocheter volunteer before to help.  No wonder we find an afghan inside out or a hooded scarf upside down.
If you are in the Bay Area this next week, come by our booth on Sat, Sun, Tues, Sat or Sun, and say Hi.