We've had the 2nd gathering of my new knit/crochet group,Fellowship & Fiber, this morning at my church. The challenge of our new group is that the other leader and I are the only ones who knew how to knit and/or crochet. So this is very much a learn to knit/crochet group for starters, but the other leader, my friend Ginny, and I do plan on trying to get everyone to "give back" through a charity project or two. So far I've taught one person to knit, and helped 4 others learn to crochet. I've had to dust off my crochet skills to do that! Once we get everyone going on their first projects, I think it will be fun to fellowship with my "sisters." For now it's kind of quiet with everyone concentrating on their stitches. I also gave away 4 skeins of yarn, so double bonus!
I found the coolest web/blog for stashbuster type patterns: Attic 24. Home to colorful blankets and a lot of cool tutorials for learning different crochet patterns. If you scroll down the left side of the page you will find her list of patterns and tutorials. The writer is a mum who lives in England and she has gorgeous photos of their outings and such making me very jealous of the lovely Spring weather they are experiencing. If I hadn't already started my Sediment blanket, I'd be cranking on a Neat Ripple afghan with my stash of Caron SS. I'd probably have to go out and buy some yarn to round out the color combos, so it's a good thing I've got a Scrappy project on the hook.PS: Finished my first pair of Mitts of Steal yesterday using leftover Swish Worsted. I think I shall never buy plain ol' WOTA again! (unless I'm felting) What baby soft fiber that is!