Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meditation

When I need a break from crochet, I like to knit in the round. I find it very meditative. I tried a new yarn (new to me) ... Ella Rae Seasons. And since I can't stay away from crochet for long, I added a crochet edging. This yarn is a chainette construction and the extremely long color changes are great for crochet. I think this cowl is going to look great with my pale pink coat.


It's 1 degree outside but I went on the porch to take a selfie anyway. 


Monday, January 11, 2016

Broomstick Conclusion

I don't think I told you that I actually finished the black Broomstick Shawlette for Chickee's BFF.  I'm so proud of myself for getting it done on time! 

And she likes it! Woohoo! Spreading the crochet love.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Knit Night!

I knit in the round while sitting on a crocheted blanket as Minnie tugs at the yarn and Chickee practices keyboard. Life is sweet. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Is it bow time?



Minnie wants to know if she can play with the bows. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Shoot!

4" to go and I have run out of yarn. Time to re-think the edging! 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Chickee gets the lecture

Chickee gets her wisdom teeth out over Christmas break. Here she is watching the "warnings" video of all the bad things that could happen because of surgery.... great.... (insert sarcasm font here).

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Crochet

My sister-in-law's friend's mom crocheted this lovely Christmas village.


Do you have crocheted Christmas d├ęcor in your home? 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Working with Black Yarn

Working with black yarn is tough. It's hard to see, but I love it. Do you work with black yarn? 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Glenda!

I'm so happy! My step-father's wife, and my friend, Glenda are one and the same and here she is crocheting!

And yep, we are at IHOP in this photo. Doesn't everyone love a great breakfast/dessert?

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tao Te Ching Quote?

I don't know if this is a real quote or not, but I really like it.

There is no imperfection, only design decisions. ;)


Saturday, December 5, 2015

So Close!

But yet so far.

This is as close as Charlie and Minnie have ever been without fighting. This lasted mere seconds before the tussle began.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Catching Up!

I admit, my blogging pretty much fell apart in November. Life ebbs and flows, doesn't it? 
Well... This happened... 
And... This happened... 
Father /daughter dance at school.

And this happened...
Chief in the State soccer tournament. 

And this happened... 
Chickee at the early premiere of Mockingjay Part 2.

And this happened...
Chief went to camp with school. 

So, I guess we have been busy. Now, I need to wind some yarn because I found a crochet-worthy person for a Christmas gift this year. More on that later! 




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a truly Thankful Thanksgiving.

I hope you have time to relax with family and have time for stitching too!

Friday, instead of shopping, the Christmas decorations come out!

Don't forget if you want to get moving, you can join me in a walk/jog/run. See the details on this post: http://gocrochet.blogspot.com/2015/11/fitfam-challenge-movethemission.html

It's not a business for me, I don't make a penny.  As a crocheter, I spend lots of time... sitting.  At some point, I knew that I needed to move more. If you feel like you need to move more when you aren't crocheting... join me. The only goal is to move.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

FitFam Challenge, #MoveTheMission

I've been telling you all about my running exploits and many of you have been wanting to join me by becoming a little more fit. It's time to make a MISSION to Move. #MoveTheMission 

I was invited to become a FitFam Ambassador. The mission is to encourage people to move a little more. FitFam is both a forum and website where you can find races across the country. It's also a community that creates virtual events to get us moving!



If you would like to join me in January for a little Virtual event, I'd love to get some crocheters up off the couch. Walk it, jog it, run it, it doesn't matter. Just move. Anywhere in the world. Wherever you are.

I'm setting up a CROCHET MOVES ME team. 

How far? You can choose: 1 mile, 5K (3.1 miles), Half marathon. There are biking options as well.

When: Any time that fits your schedule the weekend of January 16-19, 2016. Indoors or outdoors.

Do you have to train? Not unless you want to ;)

What do you get? A t-shirt, a medal, and a participant bib/number to wear if you want.



Here's the EventBrite Invitation and join my CROCHET MOVES ME team. https://www.eventbrite.com/teams/1437753/

Register and use my friend discount for 10% off. (I don't profit, I just want to see you move!)
MOVETHEMISSION10

Here's more info:
FitFam, a Seattle-based startup building an online, turnkey platform for brands to host engaging virtual events. The service will officially launch on 11/10/15. People will be able to sign up for FitFam's first official event, the FitFam Challenge, and brands can learn more about how to host an event of their own.
FitFam creates and hosts virtual event experiences that inspire people -- of all ages and athletic abilties -- to live healthy and active. Participants commit to a fitness goal, connect with hundreds of others in a nationwide online community, get exclusive event merchandise, win awards and prizes, and benefit worthy causes.
In addition, FitFam virtual events allow brands to build brand loyalty through a unique experience, and increase their customer reach and engagement by empowering their fans to become vocal and passionate brand ambassadors.
 

WHAT MAKES A VIRTUAL EVENT UNIQUE

A virtual event is like your local 5K or marathon, but much more flexible -- participants can do on the event on their own time, with a gathering of friends or solo, and at a location of their choice.
Put another way, it’s a fun and easy, low-stress way to participate in a race -- not having to be at a specific location at 7am, while also connecting participants in a supportive, nationwide event community.
The experience has been popular with solo runners, friends, families (including kids and dogs!), and organizational groups alike -- proving to be a great way to get together, get out the door, and be active.
HOW A VIRTUAL EVENT WORKS
Participants pay around $35 to register for a themed, fitness-related virtual event -- often related to a fun holiday, pop culture favorite, and/or marketing campaign associated with a partner brand.
With this registration, participants get:
  • invited to a participant-only website and social media community, where they can learn about and meet fellow participants nationwide
  • exclusive swag in the mail to recognize their efforts and remember the experience
  • the chance to win awards and prizes through photo contests and merit-based categories (e.g. fastest 5K finisher)
  • lots of "feel-goods", knowing they: committed to and accomplished a goal, were part of a supportive and encouraging community of go-getters, and contributed to benefitting an non-profit cause related to the event’s theme.
Once the event weekend arrives, participants complete their activity (e.g. running, walking, or biking), submit their results online -- verified by their tracking app data -- and share their experience through photos and videos on social media.
Photo contest and merit-based award winners are also selected, winning prizes in the mail on top of merchandise given to all event participants.
FOR BRANDS
FitFam works closely with organizations to design and execute a virtual event from start to finish, providing insightful guidance along the way and a thorough post-event summary about the event community.
Partner companies pay a per-event setup fee to initiate the project, then receive a split of registration and sponsorship dollars (if applicable) at the conclusion of the event.
And, lastly, FitFam and its partners make a collective donation with proceeds to a theme-related cause.
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BACKGROUND ON FITFAM

THE MISSION AND SLOGAN
FitFam’s mission is, “To empower people to live a more healthy and active lifestyle.” FitFam’s slogan is, “Achieve your impossible.”
THE NAME
The name FitFam is a combination of the words “fitness” and (global) “family”. It's an inspiring, inclusive community of people helping one another improve one day at a time, with running and fitness as a vehicle.
 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Learn to Crochet! review

The lovely and talented Sharon Reinhart, teacher for Annie's paper classes, did a very nice review of my Learn to Crochet Annie's online class.

Go check it out and see Sharon's fascinating paper crafting site. Sharon also taught at the Annie's Craft Festival last weekend. My pal Glenda took her class and really enjoyed it!

Thank you Sharon!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

True of False?

1. Ellen just dumped out a Halloween assortment of candy bars in order to sort out and reserve her favorites.

2. Ellen has been eating Halloween candy since October 10th.