Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's Needling U in Frisco, Colorado

As you know, I love visiting yarn shops when I travel. In June I was vacationing in the mountains of Colorado and got to visit a few of my favorites up there.

One is What's Needling U in Frisco, Colorado. It's a fun little shop where I found the yarn for my Cobweb Ribbons Wrap.

They're located on Main Street. I imagine they get a lot of people like myself who are visiting and need a project to do while sitting on the deck enjoying the mountain view.

Crochet Group

As I've mentioned before, I've become a part of a local fiber group called Front Range Fiber Artisans. It continues to grow and we finally have a fairly permanent place to meet every month. We've also started to see the study groups spin off and get going.

The crochet study group is meeting at my house every month and we had our third meeting about a week ago. We had decided to have various members take on the task of teaching something that others in the group want to learn and this month it was broomstick lace.

Here's the results of our evening.

We certainly had fun. While pulling through our loops and stitching in the single crochet we chatted and laughed and generally had a great time.

Next time we'll be learning how to read and use crochet symbols. We'll do the basics and a couple are going to bring patterns with symbols that are proving problematic.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lazy River Shoulder Shawl

I'm offering a new pattern for sale on Ravelry called Lazy River Shoulder Shawl.

This short shawl makes it easy to dress up a simple top any time of the year. The open pattern creates a lacy effect while the yarn has drape to shape it to your shoulders.

Crochet Symbols Chart Included
Yarn: Any light worsted-weight yarn, 
approximately 330 [410] yards. 
Model shown in Patons Silk Bamboo, 
70% Bamboo, 30% Silk, (2.2oz/102yds), color: Sea.   
Supplies: Size F-5 (3.75mm) crochet hook, and a yarn needle.
Finished Sizes: S[M]. Model shown in M.
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 22.5[28"]/57[71cm] wide 
and 23"/58.5cm long. Neck opening is approximately 10[15"]/25.5{38cm] wide.

It's also available on 

Craftsy, Kollabora, and Patternfish.