I've decided to place an entry for this year's Coastal Carolina Fair, which starts October 28th (which is also my wedding anniversary).
I've never entered any of my work into anything that is to be judged, so this will be a new experience for me.
I'm working on what I hope to enter. It's a doily from a pattern book that I brought from Ebay over a year ago.
I basically brought the book for the doliy on the front cover. I love roses and pineapples, and I just fell for it.
I started on it yesterday. Here's my progress so far--so far, so good.
I'll take a better picture later, but I'm up to the base of the pineapples--all 15 of them! Then I have to make 15 more roses and 45 leaves and put them together, then throw in a picot edging, and while I like the look of picots, I really dislike making them.
Even though I've been crocheting for a long time, I started working with thread and making dolies only a few months before I learned to knit.
I know alot of people think that crocheting doilies is unhip and a bore, but I'm fascinated by very small needles and thread, and I think handmade doilies make great gifts. I'm all for them making a comeback.
You can check some more of my doilies on my website. Can you tell what my favorite type of doily is?
Tropical Storm Gaston
Most of you know that Tropical Storm Gaston hit the South Carolina coast yerterday. The rains started early in the morning, and we lost power for most of the day into the night.
For a tropical storm, this was a nasty one, and the near hurricane force winds and rain lasted for hours. Downtown Charleston (which floods easily) was under water for awhile.
We were lucky and suffered no damage although many others did. There were lots of trees and power lines down. As far as I know, no one was killed, but a few were hurt. I sat by the window and read, slept, or crocheted until dark.
Mostly, I was terribly bored. Once the storm ended, I went out to look for any damage. I didn't see any although the cars were covered in tree debris. I went out to get some snacks, and even though power was out for 14 hours in my neighborhood, there was power in the neighborhood just around the corner.
Patrick slept through the whole thing even as the winds howled and a worried squirrel sat shivering on our balcony! Go figure!
I'm so glad I have needlecrafts to calm my nerves. With this busy hurricane season, I'm going to need it.