Monday, July 18, 2011

Now for where I made those hats!

This past week my family and I went to the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention. To learn more about it go here  This is a wonderful place to be if you play the guitar or if you just enjoy listening to guitar music. This was our second time attending.

There are two main stages with performers playing every 45 minutes. There are also smaller rooms with workshops going on and special times where you can get to hear the performers in a close up session. There are vendors there, too. There is music going on all the time. Some of those who attend bring their own guitars and have impromptu jam sessions here and there. At one point during our time at the convention I decided to go to the lobby to do some things on my computer. There, not to far from me, were several guitarists enjoying playing together. They were playing quietly and it was so enjoyable just to sit there and listen.

Mr. Gretch was there. It was hard to get a picture of him. He seemed to be on the move all the time. I managed to get this picture while he was setting up his display table.

One of our favorite performers is Tommy Emmanuel. If you ever get the chance to seem him perform you will not be       disappointed. You will be amazed  at what he can do on the guitar and he has a wonderful sense of  humor.  One               suggestion, if you get the chance to hear him play. Don't take your eyes off of his hands. He does some pretty incredible things that you won't want to miss!                                                                                                                                                      


Another performer I really enjoy hearing is Edgar Cruze. Unfortunately I never got to hear him. I was hoping I would get to hear him the last night at the big concert but he didn't perform. I was very disappointed. I guess I will just have to go back next year!

For a more detailed account of this event go to the Loomy Tunes blog. Carol wrote a whole lot more than I had time to do and she gets to see if from a different perspective.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hat picture

I thought you might like to see the finished products from this weekend. I didn't have any yarn left with me that I wanted to make a third hat out of so I went to Hobby Lobby and found some thick verigated yarn. I like the results! I am thinking that I will use my handspun yarn next.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Busy work

There are times, when I travel, when I want something to do that will keep my hands busy. A weaving loom sure would be nice but not very practical. Even my smallest table loom is kind of big. Here is the next best thing. It isn't very big, is light and will fit in a small tote bag. I call it knitting for dummies. I hope I don't offend anyone by calling it that. I call it that because I am the dummy! I can't knit. I have been taught but I just can't do it. This I can do! Here is a picture of a hat in progress. I finished it this afternoon. I haven't taken a picture of the finished product yet.

Here is the backside.

My friend Karen got me started on these a couple of weeks ago and now I carry one around with me everywhere! It is very relaxing to do and I don't have to think about what I am doing.

I bought a couple of these hoops several years ago but they now come in plastic versions.

Well, that is all I have for today. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!