So my dear sister, Cheryl, isn't walking so good after her stroke--not yet, anyway! Instead of thinking about what she can't do, we are concentrating on her progress. Here's a button to remind her that soon she will be back running in marathons. (my niece happened to pin it to a lap afghan I crocheted for my sister)

By Hand yarn shop closing!

My sister-in-law broke the bad news to me--one of my favorite yarn shops is closing. I'm sad to see By Hand in Sonora, CA going out of business this week. See a previous post and more pictures.

End of summer--almost...

I usually take a break in summer--it's a bit too hot to crochet. Plus I was at the beach a lot. I did happen to make a little something for my 7-year-old niece Allie and her doll. (It was inspired by one of Nicky Epstein's designs, with some additional input from Allie.) Okay, Allie, now you are famous!

Scardy Cat goes for a walk

It was a beautiful day, and Scardy Cat decided it was time to get over her fear and finally take a walk on the Coastal Rail Trail from Salisbury to Newburyport.

The sun was shining, birds were singing, flowers were blooming. Nature isn't so bad--not a single terrifying wild animal jumped out and said "Boo!" Why had she wasted so much time being afraid of that? What else might she be missing?

Scardy Cat was filled with joy that she was able to walk the whole trail, all by herself, and couldn't wait to do it all over again!

Display at the Library!

We have a lovely display case at the library, so popular there's up to a year or more on the waiting list. Finally, the month of June was here--my turn!

It just so happened, June is also Friends of the Library month. A huge information and sign-up table is set up directly in front of the display case for the entire month. Now, I can't be upset with the Friends--they do a lot of good for our library--but, I was a touch disappointed. So (silver lining) this is going to help fuel my sense of humor and sense of humility.

Update: there may be another opening in March--which happens to be National Crochet Month! So, I may have a second chance to show off. It's not often we get a second chance at anything.

On the road in Beverly, Massachusetts: Yarns in the Farms

I discovered a charming yarn shop in Beverly:
Yarns in the Farms 

Inside, was a happy friendly staff, and quite a few interesting samples knit up, notably some interesting skirts. I found some lovely novelty yarns for a project I'm working on. Outside there's a tented picnic table for knitting or crocheting al fresco. Very inviting!

If you are in the mood for a treat, across the street is an old-fashioned ice cream stand, Captain Dusty's. I had originally come to Beverly to go to the Art Supply Wholesale, an amazing warehouse packed full of art supplies of every kind in another part of town--you must check it out!--but, of course, had to check out any yarn shops in the area.

Arm Candy Bracelet

See my Arm Candy Bracelet in the summer 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet. Show off your crocheting in the summer! (Photograph courtesy of Interweave Crochet/Harper Point Photography)

This issue also has a lot of wedding related crochet, all quite beautiful--makes me wish I could get married all over again. To the same wonderful man, of course--Happy 21st Anniversary, Peter, my sweetheart!