Friday, April 25, 2008

Dee, on the run, but always able to stop a moment to cheer for crochet!

Running, running, running!  Ever have a day like that?  That's my day today -- but that's okay because I have my "eye on the prize!"  We're busy right now prepacking for tomorrow's Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival; this will be my CGOA Chapter's second time offering free crochet lessons and demonstrations.  I'm really looking forward to going as there is so much to see & do.

We're also packing up some items for the Crochet Clique, our second meeting, that will be at our local library tonight.  I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone has progressed since our first meeting.

And, speaking of progress, one of the girls in the after-school Hooks'n Needles Club approached me today.  She was holding a bag and quietly got my attention, "Mrs. Stanziano," she said softly, "I brought my crochet in to show you what I've been working on since Monday."  What a pleasant surprise!  She opened her bag and showed me a square she's been working on -- oh, I'm so proud!  As I looked over her work I could see improvement with each stitch.  Then she went back into her bag and said, "...and I designed this."  She pulled out a crocheted necklace with a crocheted cross on it.  I couldn't contain my excitement any longer -- I let out a huge Whoot & Holler of congratulations for being so creative!  Other kids came around and asked her repeatedly, "You made that?!!!  Wow!!" 

I loved watching her face light up as she received compliments on her work from her peers.  She promised to bring her work in to the next Hook'n Needles Club meeting to show all the members -- that's going to be one awesome meeting!

OH ... and I almost forgot!  A teacher asked to bring in my Irish Clones Lace piece to show the children in the third grade.  This is the same piece that has been shown at two museums.  The class is  'celebrating the potato' and part of the celebration is learning how the potato (and crochet!) played a big part in the Irish history.  I love that I'll be able to offer a little textural/cultural history to the kids with my crochet!  I'll be bringing in my work for them to see sometime next week.   I might bring in some tiny crochet hooks too ... we'll see.   For now, I've got to get back to running, running, running.  :)

1 comment:

wipforever said...

Wish I could attend your festival....or the CGOA conference for that matter.  Hopefully next year I'll be in a better situation to do so.

Congrats on more history teaching!  I'll bet you could entertain a class for a day with all that you know!

Take care,
Sheila