Back from vacation!

November 16th, 2004 · 19 Comments · FOs (Finished Objects), Hooks, Swaps

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.
golf cart crochet

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…
Susan Bates plastic hooks

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.hook size labels

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.
crochet booklets

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 bracelets

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. :-)
flower choker

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…


More beach.
more beach

And a sunset.

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Heather // Nov 16, 2004 at 9:52 pm

    Glad to have you back. What a nice vacation you had. I am glad you enjoyed yourself so much and what fun to be able to share crochet with someone. What part of Florida? I moved from Gainesville to Texas in 97. Welcome Back! :)

  • 2 Luvtocraft // Nov 16, 2004 at 8:29 pm

    Glad you had a great time!! Welcome back!

  • 3 Chelle // Nov 16, 2004 at 9:00 pm

    Glad you’re back! Missed seeing you around the board :o) Happy to hear you had a good vacation, thanks for sharing the pics! Beautiful beach and sunset!

  • 4 Shaima // Nov 17, 2004 at 2:35 pm

    Great beach pics!Glad you had fun :)

  • 5 Beth // Nov 17, 2004 at 5:05 am

    great pics .. thanks for sharing.. as for my crystallite hooks.. i love them and have just memorized the sizes by colour…

  • 6 Jenn // Nov 19, 2004 at 6:41 am

    Great pictures…I wish I was some place warm right now…although the scarf and hat dreams are keeping me warm, lol.

  • 7 Mouse // Dec 9, 2004 at 2:20 pm

    I taught myself how to crochet with the book on the left of your post.. and I’ve lent it out many times to others who wanted to learn. I think kids books are a great way to learn without over-complicating something. Great pics.. makes me long for the beach!

  • 8 Chie // Nov 17, 2004 at 12:48 pm

    I’m glad you are safely back. :)))
    Thanks for sharing all the nice pictures! :) I like the choker, and the beach is beautiful.

  • 9 jen // Nov 19, 2004 at 10:36 pm

    i’ve never had a problem getting my hook collection (all aluminum) on the plane — they’re chill with them and every major airline will allow them on board. i’ve even gotten pointers on my projects from the stewardesses.

  • 10 sUsAn // Nov 17, 2004 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely beach photos! The crocheting in the golf cart cracked me up! Thx for sharing your trip.

  • 11 Rachel // Nov 16, 2004 at 11:52 pm

    Oh yes–I forgot to mention that dog is CUTE. (I’m looking over my shoulder to make sure my dog didn’t hear me say that. :o)

  • 12 rebecca // Nov 17, 2004 at 2:50 pm

    sounds like you had a nice vacation. too cute choker for your niece!! beautiful pics of the beach.
    aren’t golf carts FUN!?! — gee, how old am i–12? LOL

  • 13 Jayme // Nov 18, 2004 at 11:45 pm

    Welcome Back!
    I’m glad you had a nice relaxing crochet-filled vacation… those are the BEST!

  • 14 Rachel // Nov 16, 2004 at 8:01 pm

    Welcome back! Sounds like you had fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  • 15 Vera // Nov 17, 2004 at 4:38 am

    Welcome back.

    Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. The beach photos are beautiful.

    Do you like using the Crytallite hooks?

  • 16 Jenn // Nov 18, 2004 at 3:58 pm

    Welcome back. Sounds like a really fun trip. I think I’ll pick up the “Cool Stuff” book for my 11 year old dd. She really wants to crochet more but has a farily short attention span with it. Also it would be good for her to have her own reference to look at how the stitches are done. :D Thanks for sharing! Great Pics!!!

  • 17 Michelle // Nov 16, 2004 at 8:45 pm

    Welcome home! Though it sure looks nice in your vacation photos…….

    I HATE trying to see the size on the crystalite hooks. I feel like I am 150 years old and blind on top of it. I tried rubbing chalk over the raised numbers/letters to see if it helped, but it only helped a little. Glad I’m not alone!

  • 18 Julie // Nov 17, 2004 at 12:05 am

    Yay! It looks like you had a great time. I love the little choker, how adorable. :)

  • 19 Stacie // Nov 17, 2004 at 11:46 pm

    You were in my neck of the woods. Nice and warm isn’t it :)

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