The First Ever

May 29, 2006

Have you checked out the discussion in the comments on my post about crocheters and knitters? It's really good stuff. I was away last week and haven't chimed back in, but I will.

Galiano IslandSo, where was I? Mostly at home, with my parents and brother visiting. But we also went off to Galiano Island for a few days. It was The First Ever Piper Family Vacation, and it was loads of fun. There was much trying of new things. Like kayaking for the fam; like building a fire for me; and, of course, like learning to crochet for my mom and dad.

They both took to it really quickly, but my dad lost interest - despite how much manic fun it looks like he's having. My mom, on the other hand, got halfway through a double crochet hat before getting bored and moving onto something more interesting. I took her to Urban Yarns, where she got some bright white Rowan Cotton Twist (on sale; that woman is a sale magnet) and a Rowan pattern book. Now, this is where my mom becomes a rock star. When we sat down to start a shawl pattern from the book, I slapped my forehead from not having thought about Rowan being a UK-based company - the crochet terminology was all different from what she'd already learned. So in addition to starting a lacy, triangular shawl after only crocheting for two days, my mom is also following the pattern with the aid of a detailed post-it note translating all the qtr stitches into ttr's, all the ttr's into dtr's, and all the dc's into sc's. I'm really, really pressuring her to start a blog. Don't you want to see her FO? I do!

Dad learns to crochet     Mom learns to crochet

I've got a bunch of posts in the works, along with the entire summer issue. That's right, kids. It may be cloudy and chilly here in Vancouver, but summer's coming in about a week.

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maryse wrote
on May 30, 2006 1:21 PM

that picture of your dad crocheting is hilarious. he does look a little manic.

crochetmeMom wrote
on May 30, 2006 3:21 PM

O.K. Fearless mom is going to work on my shawl tonightwhile manic dad does whatever. Was very frustrated that it was all in the luggage that did not arrive at home until last night! I am almost ready to start a blog as my next project, but have no idea how - so, crochet and net maven daughter of mine, HELP!

Molly wrote
on May 30, 2006 10:53 PM

Go crochetme Mom, Go! We all can't wait to see your shawl!

on May 31, 2006 10:57 AM

He's a skilled face maker.

on May 31, 2006 10:57 AM

I'm on it, mom!