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This new reality is difficult for most people….whether it’s because they are isolated with no human contact or whether it’s because they have been asked to sacrifice their livelihood to this pandemic. But for those of us who suffer from depression it is especially difficult.  I’m sure many, like me, keep their depression under control most of the time but this isn’t that time.  Depression is real…and rears it’s head at the worst possible times….like now.  We have to recognize it…and fight it with all we can.  Today I am fighting by trying to relax….and breathe. I’m keeping my hands and mind as busy as possible.  Lincoln and I took a long walk this morning and cut a few flowering limbs that we are enjoying sketching.  And they make a nice background view while we crochet a little too.  Here’s hoping all of you are coping with whatever you are dealing with today.  Stay healthy.

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Knit and Crochet

20190127_063624.jpgCome to The Studio to learn to Knit and/or Crochet.  Both are great hobbies year round but especially in the winter months when you are inside so much.  All you need is the desire to learn and a little practice.  Check out knitting here…..and Beginning Crochet class here.

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Plaid Crochet

20190115_073939.jpgBeing home on these snowy days has allowed me to drag out projects that I started but haven’t finished….and I have a ton of them!  I finished this Plaid Afghan yesterday.  I can’t remember when I started it but yesterday it was finished!

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It’s fun to try new patterns when you crochet.  So join us on Tuesday, January 22nd at 5 pm to pick up this new pattern….the Star Blanket.  It can be made as a lovely baby blanket or you can make it larger and use it as a throw.  Nice!  Click here for more information and to register.

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When we think of Granny… Squares we think of the old-timey style that we saw at out grandparents homes…multiple colors…generally bordered with black or cream.  They still hold up today.  I love the traditional look of them…but there is more that can be done with the granny square stitch than just a square.  At our class on November 6th we will learn to make the traditional Granny Square but we will also learn how to apply that stitch to a Granny Stripe, a Granny Scarf, and even more.  Click here to register and join us to learn how.

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Crochet Granny Squares

Granny squares in White It’s time to learn how to do more than just chain stitch.  Let’s put it together and make something.  These are granny squares…one of the staples of crochet.  Many, many things can be made with granny squares….blankets, jackets, baskets, etc.  We will have a class on November 6th so you can add this design to your repertoire of stitches. Click here to register.

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Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama - 1961

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama – 1961

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90's

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90’s

Big Mama

Big Mama

NOTE:  I am repeating a post I made several years ago in honor of Big Mama’s birthday.  She was so special and I miss her every day. 

Anyone who has taken a crochet class (or almost any other type of class I teach) at The Studio has heard me talk about Big Mama and all that she taught me.

She was my maternal grandmother and a wonderful person who lived a good long life….almost 100 when she passed.  Today would have been her 110th birthday!  Everyone loved her.  Once I took some friends home to meet her and when they got back home to Kentucky they sent her a thank you note for the lovely lunch she made for us.  They didn’t know her name…only Big Mama.  So they mailed the envelope to “Big Mama, Offerman, Georgia”  and it was delivered without delay.  LOL

She taught me so many things….things I still use to this day and that I try to share as I teach.

I have written about Big Mama before to share some of her recipes…most recently when I made the Carrot Cake at Thanksgiving.  I also shared her recipe for Syrup Candy and talked about her in a Plum Jelly post.    I love her recipes and making anything that she used to make for us always brings back floods of memories.

Crocheting was the thing she taught me the most about.  She loved it and was almost always making something.  The amazing thing about her crochet was that she just kept patterns in her head.   When I would asked her to teach me to make a certain stitch or design she would just pick up a hook and start crocheting.  She would tell me what she was doing and I would write it down.  I think that is where I get my “making up” patterns from.  I think she would like that!

So today I am so grateful that I got to know all four of my grandparents and am especially blessed that Big Mama played such a big role in my life.  I wouldn’t be enjoying this creative life I am living with having known her.  Happy Birthday Big Mama!

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A New Shawl for Me!

20180207_0703491226158764.jpgMaking a new shawl/scarf to wear on my upcoming trip.  Hope to get it done in time.

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Crochet Compared

20180204_1835531726311175.jpgWe had a great crochet class this afternoon.  It was cold and rainy outside which is the perfect weather for crochet!  We learned the pattern for an asymmetrical scarf. Here are three different ones, using different weights of yarn but the same basic pattern.  (The borders are different).

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More with the New Yarn

I like the feel of this new yarn.  It works up really nice and the colors are beautiful.  The new scarf turned out great….the weight is perfect.  And the shawl I started earlier in the week is done.  You can see more about it here.

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