Last night a big crowd gathered to start the fibre space installation of our Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. We estimate around 30 folks were in and out throughout the night. It was wonderful to see crochet novices join with experts and learn from each other. Several people dug some amazing novelty yarns out of their stashes for the project. Furry, frilly things make wonderful pieces of coral! We joked that this project was a great use of all the novelty from five years ago (that we all bought like crazy). This wonderfully ingenous person (Charles!) brought curling ribbon, which makes amazing red coral. Others brought shredded plastic bags, fun bright acrylic yarn in jumbo skeins and others used scraps of amazing luxury fibers that were left over from other projects. (we will have coral made from Madelinetosh Wren!)
I have never personally taught anyone to crochet (outside of edging), and it was really neat to help seasoned knitters move from “throwing” when they crocheted to using their hook more efficiently. The experience actually inspired me to start a crochet cami this morning. It is this stitch diva pattern. I bought the pattern and yarn years ago because my mom said that she would make it for me. When we were packing up her place last weekend I came across the bag of yarn again and remembered how much I wanted this little thing in my summer wardrobe. I am hoping that it doesn’t take more than another day or two of work…and from what I can tell, a darn good reason to crochet is how fast it works up!