Crochet Conference ~ Chicago

My daughter, Amy, and I spent this past week and weekend just outside Chicago, in Itasca (from July 26 through July 29).  We went down a day early to have time for a little sightseeing.  The train trip down to Chicago was a lot longer than advertised (by 3.5 hours or so..lol) and it was about 45 minutes to our motel, with 4 other ladies from our chapter that went down to Chicago via Amtrak).

The next day (Wednesday, July 25) we went to Chicago where we saw the musical Aladdin, which was beyond excellent.  I had almost as much fun watching the kids who were there to see the play as I did watching the production itself.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures while the play was on, but we snapped a couple of pictures outside the Cadillac Palace, which is fabulous all by itself.

                    

Amy and I had dinner at an old-fashioned diner across the street from the theater, and we then went to the Navy Pier where they’re having an exhibit about the Rolling Stones. We didn’t see the exhibit itself, but on the corner for everyone to see, was a tribute to Mick Jagger’s tongue. I couldn’t resist, and had Amy take my picture in front of the tongue.  lol

Rolling Stone Exhibit
Rolling Stone Exhibit

I was there to attend the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) but we went a little early to sightsee in Chicago, and on Thursday I jumped in with both feet (or maybe it should be hands?) lol.. I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but here are a few of the ones I did take:

On the next leg of our tour, the Navy Pier, we went on a boat tour of the Chicago River learning all sorts of things about the Chicago skyline.  When The Trump Tower came into view I noticed that everyone on the boat who had a camera was snapping a picture (including Amy and me). lol

 

The next day (Thursday) I started attending The Chainlink Crochet Conference, which is why we went to Chicago in the first place..lol.  I took lots of classes teaching different techniques and stitches, all taught by stars of the crochet world who create some of the beatiful designs we make.  I had a blast meeting some of the ladies I really admire, and it was lots of fun.

There was also a membership meeting, a PJ Party hosted by Red Heart, a design contest, and a fashioned show and banquet sponsored by Leisure Arts.  At each event, we were given fabulous yarns, and gave out some gifts we had made.   I even won the crocheted bowl filled with yarn center piece on our banquet table.  (There was also a “store” in one of the rooms that was my idea of heaven.)  Oh my, so much beauty in one little space…lol. We received some coloring books & colored pencils, hooks, knitting looms, a yarn bowl, a couple of yarn baskets and I’m not  sure what else.  I also bought some yarn made in South Africa that  I can hardly wait to start using.  It’s so light weight and so yummy!!  Here’s a picture of the yarn and other goodies I received that Amy managed, somehow, to stuff into my suitcase without having to leave my clothes behind..lol.

As you can see it was pure magic that Amy managed to get it all in..lol.

The biggest problem is that there weren’t any eateries in or around the building so we ordered in for most lunches and dinners.  Since the trip down to Chicago had been so long and, if I’m honest, hard on me, we flew home from O’Hare, in the first class section.  I hardly knew what to do receiving a cup of coffee while we were still on the ground.  After reaching 10,000 feet they brought me another cup.  It was a rare treat, and I’m eternally thankful for Amy helping me to get to the conference itself as well as our side trips and tours.

I have to go, now, to find someplace to store all my goodies..lol.

 

Wrapped in Warmth

I finished this shawl last night (7/17/17) and just love it.  Unfortunately haven’t been able to get a “good picture” (one that shows the silver thread), but all in all I’m really happy with the shawl, and the yarn.  I’ll be wearing this later in the month at the CGOA conference.  I can hardly wait!  🙂

 

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The pattern can be found at:

https://www.elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com/

 

 

Tropical Delight

 

Tropical Delight

I first saw this square about a year ago, but when I looked at the pattern decided it was way over my skill level.  I tucked the pattern away, not exactly forgotten, but definitely not on the front burner of my mind.  I pulled the pattern out about a month ago and started in, figuring at the worst I’d waste a bit a yarn, and at best I’d end up with my square.  Fortunately I was happy with the end product…so here it is…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tropical-delight

 

 

Tropical Delight

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Sneak Peek

I’ve been kinda bad about posting the projects I’m currently working on, or even the last completed one..lol.  However, I was trying to explain how to block my squares and took the attached picture using squares from another WIP.  I’ll post more (links, etc.) later this weeekend, but in the meantime…here’s a sneak peek:

 

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