Saturday, August 24, 2013

Drawing Winner

I couldn't get the random number thing to load this morning, so Penny and I did it the old fashioned way - paper in a bowl.  She pulled a slip out, I chased her around the house to get it from her, and I could still read the winner's name despite the fact that it was half chewed!

BillieBee wins a $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.  Congratulations!  I hope you'll let us all know what you choose with your gift certificate!!  Please email me to confirm your email address so I can order your certificate!

I had a really nice day so far.  I had a hair appointment first thing this morning in downtown Claremont.  That is such an adorable town!  Anyway, I overheard another lady in there talking about quilting to her hairdresser.  She came over after and we chatted a bit about quilting. But the best part, she used to work at the yarn shop that I first inquired about crochet lessons.  I told her I hadn't heard back from the teacher, so she recommended to go to another one just around the corner.  The shop is Phoebe's in the Packing House.  I was there when she opened the door.  I asked about scheduling private crochet lessons and she said, "How about right now?"  Gulp.  I actually panicked for just a moment, but put my game face on and just did it!

Oh, my, the gorgeous yarn in that shop!  Of course, I'm starting out with "beginner's yarn"!  She told me to cast on and do a chain stitch.  I got that mostly right.  We pulled it out and started over.  Then we went over the single crochet and double crochet.  About halfway through she moved me up one size in hook and my stitches were much better, not so tight.  This is definitely a practice piece, but I'm going to go ahead and finish it into a scarf.  I was worn out after 3.5 hours, so we'll get together again soon to go over the triple and decreasing stitch.  What a fun day this was!


I went ahead and picked up two more colors since it was so inexpensive.  That will give me plenty of practice yarn.

Happy birthday to me!!  I was dreading my birthday on Thursday!  I had two MRIs that day, and was feeling a bit blue.  But a couple of very dear friends took me out for a scrumptious dinner that night and all was well in my little world!  Yep, 62 ain't half bad!!  So far!!!

Heading into my sewing room for the rest of the weekend.  Well, I need to stretch out a bit first.  I was fairly relaxed sitting in the yarn shop, but my back was a little kinked because I sat there for so long.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment for the drawing.  We'll have to do this again soon!




16 comments:

little acorns said...

Okay, you made me 'snort' when I was laughing when reading your first paragraph! I was picturing you having to run after Penny to get the slip of paper... !!! :o)

Happy Birthday!!! I hope this entire year is filled with wonderful things for you!! You deserve it! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Your crocheting looks good to me, Vicky! Good for you for jumping right in there with it.
I look at the yarns in the shops and go just about as "gaga" over those as I do fabrics for quilts. They plan it that way, you know! LOL! Eve in GA

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Happy Birthday!! and thank you Penny for picking my name. I've sent an email, but here's my email address again.

bigmick at austin dot rr dot com

bigmick@austin.rr.com

Erica said...

Happy birthday to you and I'm glad you have tried crocheting - my mom taught me how to crochet when I was a young girl, and I enjoy being able to make things like scarves for my daughters!

Congrats to BillieBee!! I hope you have lots of fun shopping.

Karen said...

I think learning to crochet is easier than learning to knit. You will have it down pat in no time at all.

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Belated happy birthday!

Carol said...

Your crochet looks good, I'm glad you found someone to give you lessons. I like your yarn colors. Happy Birthday to you. That must have been fun chasing Penny around the house to get that paper.

katie z. said...

Happy birthday!

Kathie said...

happy happy happy birthday!!!!!
been thinking of you.
Kathie

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Happy Birthday to you! I'm glad you had a good day! It looks like you are taking to crocheting very well. Great job! Have a relaxing day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! Love your blog! Lisa in TN.

Karen said...

Remember the birthday rules; just before, during, and just after your birthday, no doctors appts, no dentist appts, no downer appts.
Same timeline, do fun smily things.
I go out for lunch and or dinner with hubby and or friends. Visit at least two quilt shops, or more. If a cake is not provided, go pick up your favorite. And definitely purchase something special for yourself.
Then spend the weekend in your sewing room creating something wonderful and fun.

I do hope your doctors visit nets you a good result.

Carolyn said...

I'm glad your birthday was good...I hope your tests are okay. Once the crochet becomes second nature to you, it will be easy. I don't know if you have trouble with your wrists, but don't overdo it with crocheting. I have carpal tunnel and I can knit for hours with no problems, but once I start crocheting, my fingers get tingly and wrist becomes painful. I developed a cyst on my wrist when I mad the baby blanket for my great niece in the spring. It's gone now but I haven't crocheted since then. I just wish I could knit as fast as I crochet!

InfinityQuilter/Knitter said...

Happy belated birthday!!! Be careful, yarn can be as addicting (and expensive) as fabric!!! Kudos to you for accepting her offer to take the lesson right away. Welcome to the dark side!

PJ said...

swicern14Hope your Birthday was good one, sending you belated Birthday wishes. Penny is such a cutie - I can imagine you chasing her . . .

CitricSugar said...

Happy belated birthday, dear!!