Saturday, June 21, 2008

podcasts / new venture

Happy Saturday Everyone,

Sometimes I am really overwhelmed by the power of the Internet.  I know that I say it all the time, but how can one brain hold so much information.

 Last night I received a lovely e-mail from a Ravelry friend, telling me how much she enjoyed my interview with Kelly from Knit Picks.  I did not even know that the interview was on.  I was told that it would appear sometime by end of May beginning of June, but I did not hear anything else.

I asked said friend how I could go about finding the pod cast.  After following her directions I managed to listen to it (warning, it is kind of long :-)  Any way if you are interested go to
click on staff blog, then on pod cast.  I am the first one on the list.

Another fun thing happened yesterday - our first group venture book was launched on Ravelry.  If you are a Ravelry member
it can be ordered

below is a picture of my entry

Have a great weekend


Friday, June 20, 2008

Ravelry etc

Good Morning Everyone,

After all the rain this past week, the whole area is
greening up!  Yesterday, blue skies, big white
 puffy clouds against the tall, leafy green trees,
 what a gorgeous day!

I don't know how many of you are on
but if you are, Dee
has started a group for ME.  I cannot believe that I
have my very own group on Ravelry, but if you would
like to join us, it is called MHDesigner-Hooks and Needles.
Ravelry is so amazing, each and every day I learn something
new.  I have been having so much fun reading the posts.

One of my friends posted a link to my interview on
Crochet Insider and I have been getting some very
nice e-mails from people who had not seen it before.
Thanks Dora for a great forum and thanks Barbara WH for
the interview.

I have been working feverishly trying to finish up my
fashion show garment for the July conference.  Just one
month away, and the fun will begin.  I hope that I will get
to see some of you there.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Good Morning Everyone,

The time is flying by and soon knitters and crocheters from all over the country, and some from other countries, will be meeting for our National Conference.  The conference is held in Manchester NH, from July 23 through the 27th.  Many of us will be arriving on Tuesday the 22nd in preparation of attending Professional Development day on the 23rd.

I will be teaching  4 classes, Crochet Intermeshing, Free Form Knit and Crochet Combination, Crochet Embellishment, and Knit and Crochet Beyond Scarves.  I have been very busy getting my handouts ready for my classes and finishing my fashion show and contest entries.  Still lots to do on my fashion show garment.

Attendees will be arriving at different times, getting ready to attend classes, visit the market, and participate in the festivities.  In addition to the fashion show and dinner on Saturday evening, many groups plan individual meetings and dinners.  Impromptu gatherings in the lobby are such fun.  I am so looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and meeting lots more new ones.

For quite a few years, Knitters and Crocheters have been putting their hands and hearts into projects designed to help others.  Groups, such as Warm up America, collect items to help victims the nation over.  Our chapter, The Happily Hooked on Crochet group in CT, have donated hundreds of Chemo Caps, preemie hats, scarves, hats, and gloves to Danbury Hospital and the Salvation Army. 

My local yarn shop, The Yarn and Craft Box in Pawling, NY, is collecting scarves for the homeless, to be distributed by our own Resource Center in Pawling and to shelters in New York City.  Marie Stewart, shop owner, just put out the call a short time ago, and has already received more than 150 scarves. 

It is a wonderful thing to be using our skills to help others less fortunate.

The Helpful Hands Foundation is devoted to passing on these skills to the younger generation.  Conference attendees have been asked to donate gloves and mittens to be auctioned off at the conference.  The monies raised will go to help further this effort.

The Happily Hooked on Crochet Chapter is cooking up a surprise entry.  Its still under wraps, but Dee
Has asked us all to crochet lots of faces.

At the meeting last Sunday, I was able to
complete two faces.  I love my curly top!

The imagination of our members is mind

Starry eyes and smiles.

Don't you love the masked beauty?

Be sure to look for our entry at the auction.
I'm sure it will be a standout.

Wild weather, storms and power outages
seem to be over for now.  As bad as its
been, we have been lucky compared to other
parts of the country.

Have a great day!


Saturday, June 14, 2008


Happy Saturday Everyone,

I was getting ready to run out the door for an appointment and decided to check my mail once more.  I checked ravelry too, and clicked on "forums"  There I see a new group with my name on it.  What a thrill!
I thank Dee
for starting it up.  I have a bunch of new friends and a lot of fans that have been around for a while (I didn't want to say older ones).
Thank you all its an honor.