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June 19, 2019

June 19 - July 8, 2020

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Charlene Hatfield

(517) 546-0769 shop or (517) 404-1477 cell

charlenehatfield@sbcglobal.net or stitchintimemi@gmail.com

www.grouptoursite.com/charlenehatfield

Group Reference # 66216799

Johannesburg & Victoria Falls

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A Journey of Discovery!

Hello!

You may or may not know I went to Africa in 2018 and as my friend Barb said…Africa is life altering. Several of us didn’t even have it on our short list. But now that we have be...

June 8, 2019 is designated this year as World Wide Knit in Public Day. It's a chance to demonstrate just how many knitters there are in this world, as well as to unite with others around the world in this creative and peaceful act. I strongly encourage you to join in the act!

It's a Saturday in the spring and I am mother to a baseball player, so I will be joining in by knitting at the fields. It's a tournament, so I have no idea yet how many ball fields I wi...

When I first learned to knit, I asked what I was knitting. My teacher replied, "Fabric!" Three weeks later, she showed me how to take my two garter stitch rectangles and mattress seam them into fingerless mitts. I was WEARING a Finished Object [FO] three weeks into being a knitter. I was officially smitten with the prospect of knitting items to wear, use, or enjoy. 

In the scant six years since that fateful spring, I have learned so much more than that first...

April 27th is "LYS Day" - a special time when crafters are encouraged to shop at their Local Yarn Store(s). I've had some people ask me why they should shop at such establishments when they have at least three 40% off coupons to one of the chain craft stores. I have several answers at the ready for such Sally Cynics, as similar conversations happen in the world of paper crafting (another of my hobbies), and I understand from friends who are musicians and ar...

March 19, 2019

There's a terrific meme featuring Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess from "Downton Abbey" that declares, "A lady never discusses the size of her yarn stash." While I love the meme, I realize that there are merits to creating an 'inventory' of one's yarn stash (and, at least for me, none of them means that I cannot add to my stash). Many fiber crafters I know look at me in horror when I suggest that they should add their stash to their Ravelry account...

February 21, 2019

In the book "Bowling Alone," author Robert Putman said the greatest social epidemic in American life is loneliness. I have long known that one doesn't have to be alone (physically isolated) to feel lonely, and in our world of social media and video chatting capabilities (on which my family relies when my husband is traveling for work) it is possible to be connected with others despite any distance. The true importance is that sense of connectedness, of shar...

January 14, 2019

Happy New Year! Everywhere I look - on social media, in my email inbox, and in every form of advertising that crosses my path - someone is proposing that the new year is time for a "new me." It happens that I am quite satisfied with the "me" who currently exists. Of course, I recognize that I can improve habits, behaviors, and even knowledge. This isn't something new for me; it happens almost every day of every year of my life. 

Makers of all varieties seem...

December 14, 2018

If you've paid any attention to this blog or interacted with Charlene at Stitch In Time, you know that she is a travel maven! She coordinates some spectacular trips to amazing places and manages to find fabulous fiber (and food!) wherever she goes. There is no substitute for such a wonderfully planned and prepared grand trip, but what if you are just planning a quick getaway and want to make certain that you can make the most of the local yarn scene? (My fa...

December 3, 2018

Knitters around the world have been taking up their needles and yarn with an almost singular goal: to finish (or start) projects for holiday gifting! Here in the Northern Hemisphere - and in Michigan in particular - the weather has cooled so thoroughly that having layers of projects on our laps has the added benefit of helping us keep a little cozier too.

Stitch In Time does a marvelous job of showcasing the accomplishments of local knitters via social media...

October 10, 2018

In the last couple of blog posts I have referenced different ways to utilize Ravelry, and in this post I intend to fulfill the promise to share some details! Every week I seem to learn another aspect of Ravelry. Its founders and staffers do an amazing job of providing tutorials and tidbits, but you have to know where to look to find these. My first piece of advice is to take some time to look and click around. (Explore away! You aren't going to hurt anythin...

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