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capital The Kids Art Class did a wonderful job painting the capital building this week.  Don’t you think?

small Popcorn flower

small Popcorn flower

Granny Stripe

Granny Stripe

Large double petal flower

Large double petal flower

We are having a “Granny Square Crochet Class” at The Studio soon (check it out here) and here are a few of the patterns we will be learning in addition to the traditional Granny Square.

Why don’t you get out your hooks and join us?!

Prickley Pear   Throwback Thursday!

Hard to believe it was in the Fall of 2009 that I visited Arizona and then painted this when I got home.  You can read about it here.

Photo from Gizmodo- 3/18/15

Photo from Gizmodo- 3/18/15

Twenty-five years ago this week the largest art heist in history took place in Boston.  You may remember that I posted about it a couple of years ago.  (Read that here.)  I have visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum several times and get an eerie feeling every time I come across an empty frame.

There are many theories about what happened to the art valued at $500 million and this interesting article in Gizmodo lays out a few.  Take a look here.  

What do you think happened to it?

Granny Square with Flower made by Big Mama

Granny Square with Flower made by Big Mama

Traditional Granny Squares

Traditional Granny Squares

Different Granny Square patterns from Mes Favoris

Different Granny Square patterns from Mes Favoris

Crochet is BACK!  It’s cool again and so many people are rediscovering this fun (and addictive) hobby.  We have been having classes in crochet at The Studio and so many people are learning how to crochet.

One of the standards in crochet is the Granny Square.  You can make so many things from squares from blankets to ponchos to hats to sweaters and more.

Here are some samples of traditional granny squares as well as a pattern chart for some “not so traditional” squares ( from Mes Favpros Tricot-Crochet website) that we will be looking at in our next crochet class on April 12th.  Consider joining us.  Click here for more info on the class.  

Of course, one of my favorites is this floral granny square blanket that Big Mama made me many years ago.  I treasure it.

Vest in cotton yarn

Vest in cotton yarn

Vest in bulky yarn

Vest in bulky yarn

I found a super Lion Brand pattern for a crochet vest that I really love.  I made it with bulky yarn (as the pattern called for) and was so pleased when it was finished.  It’s REALLY heavy.  And I like the design so much that I reworked the pattern to make it in cotton so I can wear it in the spring.  Here they are!

And here is the link to the original pattern.  Enjoy!

March Pet PartyWe had a super fun “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Party yesterday at The Studio in Front Royal.  Everyone did a superb job!  I love seeing people paint portraits of the pets they love so much and hearing their stories.  It is so much fun.  Consider joining us for the next one.  We have a Pet Portrait Party every 3rd Saturday.  Why don’t you come?