Vacation is nice, but it’s good to be home. There’s no place like home.
I did indeed find quite a bit of time to crochet, but I can’t show you because it’s a secret! I know, I know, enough of the secrets. But this is a special gift for someone whom I’m fairly certain reads my blog. I should be able to share photos in a few weeks. I also brought along supplies to work on the 63 Squares CAL, but only worked about three quarters of a square.
Here I am crocheting in a golf cart. My husband and his parents played nine holes and I tagged along for the entertainment.
I bought these plastic hooks especially for the trip to avoid any fuss at airport security. However, on the last leg of our flight home, I noticed the woman sitting next to me had a huge stash of knitting needles in her bag. Looked like three rolls stuffed full of them. I asked and she said they searched her bag and wanded her, but let her through. She said they were all wood and plastic, but I clearly saw some colorful aluminum ones poking out. Hmmm…
After buying your first set of Crystalites, were you frustrated to find they weren’t labeled with the size? I know I was. If so, this photo is for you. All of the Crystalites and Bates plastic hooks are labeled at the bottom of the handle.
Anyhow, back to the trip. This was mainly a vacation with my husband’s family, but since we were in Florida, we spent a day at my sister’s house. During our last visit in April, I started to teach my 10-year old niece to crochet. Time was short and we didn’t get very far, each of us only one small swatch of a few rows. This time I brought two books to help us out.
We arrived during the day while my niece was at school. After my sister saw the Cool Jewels booklet, she said, “It’s perfect. Wait till you see what she’s wearing when she comes home from school.” And, much to my surprise, my niece wearing our two swatches from last time as bracelets! How cool is that? I wish I’d gotten a photo of them on her (they actually looked really good!), but here they are. The top one is hers and the bottom one is mine.
So about the books… Cool Stuff: Teach Me To Crochet is excellent. I highly recommend it. The instructions are clear with good photos and my niece wanted to do all of the projects. Well, okay, to be precise, she wanted me to do all of the projects for her. :-P
I found some of the instructions in Chick Stuff: Cool Jewels to be a bit confusing for a beginner, but I didn’t have time to read as much of it as I would have liked. My niece loved everything in the booklet. As a matter of fact, she talked me into making her one of the choker and bracelet sets before I left. Here’s the choker, on the young woman herself. :-)
And a close-up of the flower.
Another highlight of the trip–my sister’s miniature dachsund. Does it get more cute than this? ;-)
I’ll close this post with some trip photos…
And a sunset.