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Thursday, October 31, 2013

BOSTON STRONG and the BOSTON RED SOX !

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series at home in Fenway Park!

 
Baseball is a great American sport.  I have wonderful memories of watching games on TV with my dad and going to several Yankees and Mets games in NY with him.  When I moved to New England, I started to root for the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics along with my husband who has been a lifelong New England fan.  It has been fun to watch our New England teams win so many championships in the past 12 years including the Bruins.  This one this year is especially triumphant after the tragedies that occurred at the Boston Marathon in April.
 
It is inspiring to hear the players talk about their teammates and how much they care for each other.  Their teamwork, hard work, character and heart are what earned them the great win.
 
About this piece:
I created this piece as another entry in this past summer's National Arts Program.  It hung in City Hall for two months as a reminder of the victims of the Boston marathon bombing and the great efforts of so many quick-acting and selfless people who helped those hurt that day.
 
There are 3 knot sections to this piece - an intricate star knot made of Aunt Lydia's silver metallic crochet thread, a larger circular knot made of Red Heart's With Love yarn in red and a thick braid made in Red Heart's With Love in white.
 
 

Friday, October 11, 2013

I Love Yarn Day!

I love yarn so I decided to celebrate by installing some new yarn graffiti overlooking a beautiful river over which I often ride my bike. (see photo to the right)

I made it in these colors as a tribute to the military men and women who serve, sacrifice and give their lives to protect our freedom.

How are you going to celebrate?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Connemara Beauty - CGOA Design Competition

CONNEMARA BEAUTY

Photo by Doris Chan -
www.dorischancrochet.com
 
Here is my newest Celtic Knot design.  I entered it in the annual CGOA (Crochet Guild of America)'s Design Competition in the Fashion Category.  It won second place!  I was thrilled to hear this news from my crochet designer friends who were attending the Knit and Crochet Show in NC last weekend. 

A list of all the winners and photos of all of the entries can be found on Doris Chan's website:  www.dorischancrochet.com.  There are some wonderful designs showcased there and a great deal of talent represented.  A big THANK YOU goes out to Doris for all she did to make the Design Competition a success.

I named this design after the Connemara region in Ireland that is filled with beautiful sparkling lakes.  This is one of my favorite colors of blue.  I crocheted with the Marina Blue colorway from the Key West Karibbean Kotton found at The Sassy Skein - www.sassyskein.com. (This is the same yarn I used for the Kerry Shrug - see published designs list on page to the left for where to find its pattern and photos)  This yarn has a lovely sheen and being cotton, can be appropriate for summer wear.  Another big THANK  YOU goes out to Mary Bonnette (owner of The Sassy Skein) for quickly sending me more yarn even while she was on vacation.

This sweater has 9 Celtic Knots - Long twists (on the sleeves and lower half), one large flower-like knot and one smaller version of the flower knot (on the front).  Here is a view of the front taken beside a pretty lake near my home:


Someday it would be great to wear my Connemara Beauty in Connemara, Ireland!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Blue Ribbons at the Fair for Crochet Coral Reef!

Fall is in full swing here in New England and it's time for the traditional and fun state fairs.

My daughters and I created a crocheted coral reef for a school project last spring after studying coral reefs and the creatures in them.  We had a great time experimenting with various yarns and stitches.  For this year's Deerfield Fair we added some new projects made out of paper and fabric.

 
We were thrilled to see a blue ribbon hanging from our project while it was on display in the School Building.  Please see the page on the left titled, "Our Coral Reef" to see more photos of each creature we included.

 
Here is the coral reef we completed in March - 100% crocheted.