Monthly Archives: July 2012

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KNOWING HOW TO KNIT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN MAKE A SCARF My mom introduced me to a new yarn called Sashay. All of her friends are knitting scarves with the boutique yarn from Red Heart. I was so excited. I … Continue reading

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SEEKING SOMETHING NEW

SEEKING SOMETHING NEW On the way home from visiting my sister, my family stopped at the public library to pick up a book my son had on hold. While the ladies at the front desk helped him find his book, I … Continue reading

BASEBALL’S CROCHET LADY

BASEBALL’S CROCHET LADY

My son got homesick. We’ve been on vacation for three weeks, and we’ve only been to one baseball stadium – Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC, where we watched the Sharks lose 10-0 to the Peninsula Pilots.
He wanted more baseball.
So nine of us drove two cars over to Zebulon, NC, to watch the Mudcats vs. the Hillcats compete in a typical hot and humid summer afternoon game at Five County Stadium.
Soon, my mother, sisters and I were homesick for air-conditioning and thinking about all of the crafting time we were missing.
While we sat on the first-base side dodging foul balls and trying to keep the juice of our ballpark hotdogs from spilling on our summer skirts and crop pants, we looked for ways we could improve the game.
“We should have brought our knitted cup cozies for these sweaty drink cups.”
“Look at that lady’s outfit. Wouldn’t one of those knitted necklaces we make look good on her. We could hang a small baseball pendant from the peyote. It would look so cute.”
“I wonder how long it would take to knit socks for a whole baseball team. Of course, it would be my luck to knit a pair for the player who wears his pants all the way down to his cleats instead of the one who shows his socks.”
We were already into the fourth inning when we saw the person who would change baseball in our eyes forever.

She was way more important than the pitcher. She outshined the Mudcat mascots. Her call was much more significant than the umpire’s rule.
She was a crafter! She was sitting in the reserved seats behind the bullpen with her feet up and crocheting.
It was a light bulb moment. Yarn is allowed at the ballpark.
“Grandma, can we go to Durham to see the Bulls play tomorrow?” my son asked during the seventh inning stretch.
“Sure, sweetie. We’ll just have to stop at the yarn shop on the way there.”
That’s the ticket.
QUESTION OF THE YEAR: WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM A YEAR OF CRAFTING WITH FAMILY?
LESSON ON DAY 6: YARN IS ALLOWED AT THE BALLPARK.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Is it rude to knit or crochet at a baseball game?
PROGRESS: After the ballgame, we sat in my sister’s air-conditioned family room  and made more dishcloths.
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NO SHARP OBJECTS

NO SHARP OBJECTS Traveling in the car to my sister’s house, I’m a passenger and not the driver. This gives me ample time to work on a sewing project. My mother, who is also a passenger, has decided to knit … Continue reading

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PACK SIMPLE I am going to visit my middle sister for four days. A lot of outings are on the calendar during my stay. So I want to pack a simple craft. After much debate, I have settled on a … Continue reading

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PLAN B: BURLAP

PLAN B: BURLAP Usually, finding time to craft is a huge struggle. But today, the calendar was clear; the kids were occupied; and my mother and I decided this was our opportunity to get a few projects done. Time was on … Continue reading

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GENERATION GAP DISAPPEARS Tonight I’m trying something new. I’m sanding and painting Kiltz on three small second-hand tables with my 11-year-old niece. It’s really my sister’s project, but she is cooking a stir fry night now. As my niece and … Continue reading

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PREVENTING UFOs One of the advantages of crafting with family is that we can help each other save projects from the UFO (unfinished objects) pile. When one person gets stuck in the middle of making a craft, someone else can … Continue reading

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A YEAR OF CRAFTING KICK-OFF A new year of crafting has begun! Each July, my mom, sisters and I get together to plan craft projects we want to work on for the next 12 months. I am in awe of … Continue reading