Monthly Archives: April 2007

Thread Coasters

I did these 2 thread coasters for the last round of the CL Doily & Coaster exchange, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out! These are only the 2nd coasters I’ve ever made, and I’m pleased! I got the pattern from the Pattern a Day calendar, kinda modifying it a bit so they would be 4 inches in diameter in order to meet the exchange guidelines.

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We’re gearing up for round 2, and I’m planning a special surprise drawing for one lucky winner!!!! If you like thread, you should join today! Get yer thread on! : )

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Incredible Hooks!!!

while chatting with three of my great online friends from Secret Crochet Pals, Carole shared a link to Vermont Woodwork. Their hooks are *lovely* and I could not help but buy 2 of them. I got a size G in african rosewood and a size H in a pressed indigo. Arent they stunning!

These hooks are amazing! They glide seamlessly through yarn and are a delight to hold. As you can see, they’re plenty beautiful, but practical, sturdy, and well made, too. Of course I had to begin 2 new projects just for these hooks; a fun fur/thread handbag with the H and a chenille handbag with the G.

I am totally impressed with the excellent customer service offered by Vermont Woodwork; they immediately responded to my emails, answered all my questions, and kept me posted on the progress of my order. The hooks were custom made for me to the size I chose (my favs, G and H), and the creator offered to design the handles if I had any preferences. Overall, my shopping experience was par none, the service was outstanding, and the shipping was honest and very fast. I highly recommend this seller and these hooks!!!!!

The Enchanted Unicorn

DH and I went out to do our taxes at the same place his company does their payroll and whatnot, and of course I took some 6″ squares to work on for the CL Granny Square Exchange. While I was there, our tax lady (who was awesome, by the way!) suggested I go by this place called The Enchanted Unicorn, which was nearby. For some unknown reason, DH said he’d subject himself to yarn shopping (maybe he hit his head that morning? Had a fever? Either way I was tempted to ask him, “Who are you, and what have you done with Daniel?” However I shut my yap as I can recognize an opportunity when I see one!) Anyways, back to our story about The Enchanted Unicorn.

It was a neat store full of exquisite fibers from cottons to wools to silk with everything in between. I saw for the first time in my life a Chibi needle, which everyone raves about on CL, I saw a swift and winder, which was cool (I still wind hanks as Gramma taught me – over 2 chairs and by hand), I saw a gianormous needle for broomstick lace and learned a little more about hairpin lace, which I am on fire to learn. I handled tons of lovely yarn, so soft, with bright colors, and I browsed their magazines and pattern books.

However….. and this is a BIG however, one lady kept following me around the store bugging me to learn to knit. I explained to her that I was an accomplished crocheter of 29 years and very dedicated to my handiwork, and that I’d even learned to knit but didnt like it at all. I explained that I have a healthy respect for knitters but that I was thoroughly dedicated to my art of crochet. The result? She continued to follow me around the store, telling me that I should reconsider and take knitting classes and that she would teach me properly. No matter how many times I said, ‘No’ to this woman, she would not let up. I was thoroughly miffed! I felt like my talent as a crocheter was not encouraged nor welcomed at the Enchanted Unicorn.

Boo!!! Hiss!!! Although that store was jam packed with stuff I truly want to acquire, I’ll not go back. Not till I get an apology (yes, I emailed them from their website) and a promise that I could shop there, without harassment, as a crocheter.

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