Friday, April 18, 2008

Craft Corner

Last night I went to the public library's "craft corner." The woman in charge called me the wrong name almost the whole night. I kept repeating my name, but she wasn't getting it. I really have to come up with a polite way of correcting people. Anyway, she finally asked me for my e-mail address, and when she saw it written, she started using the right one. Two librarians, two friends, and I were the only ones in attendance. The two friends were the kind of people that go to a public stitch in and then just talk to each other. Nice. Good thing you left the comfort of your own home. They only stayed for an hour. The librarians were super friendly, so I think I'll go back next week.

We got on the topic of this local yarn store that closed, and one woman said she didn't carry things that were that different from AC Moore. I cannot confirm since I never went to the store, though I meant to. Then they were talking about the bead store and saying they hoped she survived. The woman who said the Technicolor Sheep was like AC Moore said she had been in to the bead store but hadn't bought anything. I told them about the classes I took, and said they had a lot of stuff that you can't get at the craft stores. Which is totally true. It's just more expensive, and I suspect that that is really the underlying reason that these people think that the big box craft stores are good enough. But I am here to shed light not to condemn! Next week, I think I'll bring my beading projects to see if I can get them interested in actually shopping there. I also turned the younger facebooking librarian on to ravelry. It's just one good deed after another.

I ran out of Harvest Basket for my aunt's gift, but I do have some on the way from Jenna so I should finish up soon. I found some fabulous flannel for a pillow finish, but I was thinking I wanted to make a ruffle on the pillow. Then I thought I might use five fabrics (four different ones around the pattern and a fifth for the ruffle) so I've got to get more fabric for finishing it. This may be put off until June (my parents arrive for ten days 4/30 and my MIL for 14 days on 5/16).

I've substituted Curly Q Ewe for my travel project. But people I have just realized that my birthday exchange is rapidly approaching. Yikes! Gotta get on that! (Well, I've been buying things for it, now I've got to get to making things for it.)



Challenge
It looks like we have critical mass for the challenge. I'll start looking around for freebie patterns--if you have any ideas, just point me toward them. And I'm thinking about the prize thing. I'm a little wary of collecting money from people, and I thought it might be nice to have prizes for the top three...but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.

9 comments:

xsquared said...

People always get my name wrong - if they see my real name, they assume I use a completely different nickname of it than I actually do. Annoying. I also haven't figured out a polite way to correct them.

Barbara said...

Some people assume it's okay to abbreviate my name to Babs or Barbie, which just puts my teeth on edge. If there is one thing I am NOT, it's a Barbie.

The challenge is such a cool idea. I only saw it now - not sure how I missed it on Wednesday. What sort of freebie are you thinking of? Animal, sampler, Quaker, phrase, etc.?

Anna van Schurman said...

For the freebie it has to be small enough that we can get it stitched, but large enough so that people can think of ways to vary it. I'm thinking that something "pictorial" would work better than a sampler or Quaker.

Michelle said...

I love that you are bringing better crafting to the masses. I'm am sure they will ooh and ahhh over your beautiful beading!

Aussie Stitcher said...

I get Jo all the time, but that is okay with me. Your challenge sounds like a great idea.

Kate said...

Hey, Anna --

Count me in too! I'm up for a challenge.

Kate

Nic said...

I get name problems all the time - how hard can one syllable be? It's Nic, not Nicky, Nikki, Nicci, Nicki ...

I wonder if some of the charts at the Rainbow Gallery or Kreinik sites would be suitable, as there would be plenty of opportunties for fibre substitutions?

Ruth said...

Well, you did your best with an only semi-willing crowd.

Maybe if you switched your name for the one the leader kept using, she'd mistake her way back to your ral name. lol

staci said...

My name problems usually lie in incorrect spelling :(

I guess I missed the thing about the challenge~~sounds like you'll have a good time!