Sunday, February 9, 2014

Is this your artwork?

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Yep, I was asked that last night.  I was also called an "artist".   :)
I have to admit, I was a bit overwhelmed but excited and happy all at the same time!

I'm used to being in the background.  Last night was definitely a big step out of my comfort zone.  But I am very grateful for the opportunity.  I was able to talk to a lot of people and apparently even missed some people who were looking for me.  I'm sorry!

I was very  happy to have 2 of my children, 2 of my grandchildren and Nikki with me and people who are true friends. I met new people and even sat for a while to just enjoy the event.

It was nice to see people looking at and even taking pictures of my artwork.

I hadn't seen how my chairs were displayed so imagine my surprise when from the 2nd floor I look up and see THIS on the 4th floor.  The other chair is on the other side of the escalators


So I treated myself to a full night of sleep and today I'm back at it.  I have items to make for a baby shower on Thursday, Two crochet cowls to finish for myself, 2 hats to knit for my sons, a hat to crochet and ruffle scarves to knit and crochet before next weekends classes at Michaels.  IF people follow through, I may have some orders for the crochet dolls that I displayed.  It's a good thing I'm fast at knitting and crocheting!  And at sewing.  The dress I  wore last night, I made in an hour- from start to finish.  And no, you can't find the pattern anywhere. It was designed as a short sleeved scoop neck dress but as you can see I made the sleeves long and ruched at the bottom and added a turtle neck.  I wanted the vest (that I knitted) to be the focal point. Mission accomplished.

Many thanks to the Indianapolis Public Library's African American History Committee for this well known Meet The Artists XXVI event.  I never in my wildest dreams imagined myself being called an "artist" and having items displayed at such a great venue!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

One benefit of the cold and snow...

I'm sure there are many of you asking what in the world can be good about this winter's extreme cold and near record setting snow.  There seems to be a renewed interest in people learning to knit and crochet!

I had a new knit student on Tuesday and received a call about someone wanting to learn how to crochet this morning.  I think that's a good thing!  So this week could turn out to be my busiest teaching week in a long time.  This past Saturday I taught a friend how to knit.  It was exciting to see her excitement.  That's what I love about teaching others how to knit and or crochet.  It was also good to see the other ladies who joined us for the College Ave Stitchers.  We get together the 1st Saturday of each month.

I should have 2 students on Thursday, we've been trying to schedule their class for 3 weeks now.  And my 9 year old student will be back for a class on Saturday.  Lots of creativity going on!  Last Thursday I didn't have anyone scheduled for my class at Michaels but I went in anyway and helped 2 crochet students.

If you're interested in learning how to knit or crochet, remember that I'm a certified
 knit and crochet instructor.

I lead 2 free groups each month.  The 1st Saturday of each month at the College Avenue Library from 11:30-1:30 and the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Haughville Library from 6:00-8:00.  At these gatherings, YOU are responsible for your own supplies including patterns.  I will answer any questions that you have or you can share your knowledge with others.  We always have fun. There hasn't been anyone coming to the Haughville branch so if no one comes this month, I will discontinue.  I know I said that last month too :)

At Michaels, classes are $25.00 for each 2 1/2 hour class.  Again, you need to bring your own supplies BUT I do provide handouts and patterns.  Most people get what is equal to 2 classes for 1.  I will 'take you' as far as you're comfortable going.  There are usually only 1-2 people in each class so it's basically a private lesson.

I offer children's crochet classes 3 Saturdays each month at Michaels also. That is a $15.00 1 1/2 hour class for children to learn the basics.

Beginning Saturday, February 15th, I will have Yarn Night at Michaels.  From 4:00-6:00 for the low fee of $5.00, we will gather for a fun, social time of knitting and crocheting. I will be available to provide assistance with your projects that you bring.  If this turns out to be well received, we can think about extending it for a longer time period.

So you have plenty of opportunities to learn how to knit and or crochet for a variety of price options. For more class details, click on the calendar to the right. Remember that I do not set the prices at Michaels :)

I hope to knit and or crochet with you soon!