Yarn Bombing!

Yarn bombing outside the convention center during last week's Chain Link Crochet Conference.






#HatNotHate

Lion Brand yarn company is promoting an anti-bullying campaign. Make a blue hat, or wear a blue hat in October to show your solidarity.



Check out the website here:




Thank you, Ravelry!

Ravelry.com, the knit and crochet international online community with 8.5 million members, posted this yesterday:

New Policy, effective immediately

We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry. We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is unambiguously support for white supremacy. For more details, read this document: https://ravelry.com/content/no-trump

Pride Month  

Happy Pride everyone!

I have a lot that I want to say about why it's important that we recognize and celebrate Pride and talk about it here on Ravelry. I'll be able to do that next week. Right now I just want to speak to the LGBTQA+ folks that make up our community: 

We see you, we love you, and we support you 🏳️‍🌈✊🏿✊🏼✊🏽✊🏻✊🏾

--Casey

































































































































































































Yarn!

I got to see wool being processed into yarn at Harrisville Designs, a small yarn mill in New Hampshire.

Fibers being mixed for tweed here, and white roving being spun there.

Yarn plied and wound onto spools, then spools wound into skeins.

Watching this process gave me an insight on why yarn can be expensive--it's very labor intensive to produce skeins of yarn. Harrisville Designs sell their own yarns in a lovely shop down the road from the mill. They also do custom orders for other companies. The history of Harrisville yarn mills date back to the 1700s. (For more about their fascinating history, check out the link below).

We grabbed lunch at the general store next door--the best sandwiches! If you want to visit this beautiful community nestled among the hills and streams in a quaint part of New Hampshire, or if you would like to order some of the gorgeous 100% virgin wool yarns of Harrisville Designs, check out their website:














Fairy Houses!


My community held a Fairy House walk this weekend, and this is my contribution. I crocheted some tiny doilies to cover some stones I collected at the beach.

It's so much fun to see the kids running on the mile-long path through the woods, discovering the 200+ fairy houses. Many of the kids dressed up with wings or gnome hats. The walk raises money for the local elementary school. I am so proud to be a part of this yearly event!
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How are you celebrating National Crochet Month? I'm displaying some of my work at the Salisbury (Massachusetts) Public Library--pics to follow!

Drawing Mandalas!


A poster for a workshop I'm teaching next month at the Salisbury Public Library: