Putting my crocheting down for an hour to watch finale...

...of How I Met Your Mother. And it's a good thing I had some tissues handy, because anything heavier would have broken the TV screen when I threw it.

That's all I'm going to say...

March is National Crochet Month--kitten love!

Personally, I celebrate crochet every month!

Here's a kitten I made as part of a series I'm working on. The crocheted and embroidered background is inspired by the style of paper we used in first grade to practice our lettering.

Bunny Rabbit Wedding

I made this for a Ravelry swap, How I Met Your Mother, which is all about a wedding this season. The dolls are about 5" tall.

On the road, North Conway, NH, part 2

With a name like Nancy's Alterations and Yarn Shop, I fully expected the yarn to be an afterthought in a taylor's shop. I couldn't be more wrong; Nancy's has an amazing selection of yarns. I especially liked that the sample "swatches" were actually full-length scarves.

And the "swatches" for the sock yarn are actual socks.

If you get a hankering for yarn early in the morning, you're in luck--Nancy opens her doors at 8am or earlier. Her shop is behind the stores on the main road.

If you're hungry, stop by Chef's Market on the same block. There's something different in the display case every day--except Tuesday. Don't go on a Tuesday--they're closed.

On the road, North Conway, NH, part one

North Conway, NH has two fabulous yarn shops. The first one I visited was Close Knit Sisters--how sweet is that for a name?

The cute stuffed animals were checking me out as I checked out the skeins.

It's a friendly place, with people hanging out and knitting, and other people coming in and being greeted as old friends. The prices are great, lower than I'd expect for a tourist area.

If you're in the area, you'll find plenty of shopping opportunities close by--it's a mecca of outlets. Personally, that's not my thing--but I do like the local independent bookstore, White Birch Books. And for vintage-style fabrics at really good prices, you've got to make a stop at The Quilt Shop at Vac and Sew.

50 years ago...

I was just learning to crochet! 
Oh yeah, and listening to the Beatles for the first time ever.

On the Road-Newburyport, Massachusetts

Back home at my local yarn shop: Loom With a View.
Don't let the name fool you; Betsy may like to weave, but there's plenty--classes, tools, patterns, and kits--for knitters and crocheters. The samples change often and are extraordinary. Sign up for the newsletter for secret sales and previews of the next season's yarns.

Cozy, isn't it? You'll find it on Green Street, right across from City Hall and the police station. 

And if you're in the neighborhood and looking for a nice place to sit and crochet with your new yarns, walk down toward the waterfront, to a hidden away gem: Plum Island Coffee Roasters (note: it's not actually on Plum Island, but the views of the river are outstanding). If you are looking for an interesting lunch, try another one of my favorites: Middle Street Foods--the specials change daily, and the baked goods are exceptional.