Sunday, 25 March 2012

Park Your Yarn–Wolverhampton

Yesterday I went to one of the Park Your Yarn events that have been going on in Wolverhampton over the past month (and which come to an end on 5th April). I am quite shy and quiet in new company and was relieved to be able to just slip in unobtrusively under the canopy, popping the knitted strips I had already completed on the table and sit down to knit in the glorious sunshine, listening to the others as they either taught or learnt how to knit and crochet
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After a while a lovely lady called Mandy sat beside me and “recognised “ me from this blog ….. it felt so weird and I was a little embarrassed, but it broke the ice. She even remembered the old pictures of me in what I used to affectionately call my shopping lifting coat and handbag!!!!!
Park Your Yarn.
Then, Mandy offered to show me how to crochet, something I have never attempted before.  All I can say is she is a VERY patient teacher ….. I admit that I am a very slow learner and just couldn’t get my head (or fingers) around holding the yarn, ….. so we didn’t progress further than making a chain BUT something did sink in because when I got home I was still able to add some more links to my chain!!!!! So I will keep on practising chains as Mandy advised  and then when I am confident I will get my daughter Lucy to show me the next step., so perhaps in a little while I will  be able to make a square.
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Mandy also knew all about the Monkeys, so even more ice was broken as we both took lots of pictures of them getting stuck into the crocheting too, although they hardly took their eyes off the custard creams!!
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I bought home a couple more balls of wool.  I was sort of tempted to use some of my own, but thank goodness I didn’t because the installation is only going to be in pinks/white and creams, so my efforts would have been wasted.  I can’t wait until it is completed to see where my strips will end up!
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xxx THANK YOU MANDY for making my afternoon so enjoyable xxx


marc said...

Great to get involved and fab that your blog helped break the ice well done big love Marc

misteejay said...

Sounds like you had a good time and how lovely to be able to sit out in the sun knitting - all for a good cause.

Toni xx

Pamela said...

Sounds as if you and the monkeys had a great time. I'm the opposite to you. Can knit if I really tried but don't enjoy it. But crochet, that's another story, I love doing it! Now you've got the basics you'll soon pick up how to do the various stitches. Mandy sounds a lovely person, well done to her for helping the afternoon go so well.

Anj said...

aww - lovely story - crochet is a fab craft and, I'm sure you will love it once you get the hang of it, look forward to your first little flower - bet one ends up on a card soon! x

Anonymous said...

Hi Helen!
it was so lovely to meet you in person yeasterday at the 'Park Your Yarn' event next to the Art Gallery in town. Thank-you for all the lovely things you said about me in your post. I enjoyed teaching you to crochet and am sure you'll be moving on from 'chain' very soon (good to have your dd to help). I have some lovely photos of the afternoon and the Monkeys are so cute!! hoping we can stay in touch.
your (new) friend,

lynda said...

Sounds like you had a really good afternoon and how lovely that Mandy recognised you from your Blog!! I can and do knit but unsure about crochet - I would love to crochet some little flowers for embellishments. Thanks for posting the link to Mandy's Blog - it was really intersting.

Lynda xx