Monday, March 3, 2014

A New Skill and I LOVE IT!

Don't you just LOVE to learn new things.  I always have.  I remember when I was going to school for the very first time with my red plaid lunchbox in the big yellow bus.

I thought the teacher must be the smartest lady in the whole world and I soaked up everything she said.

I was so excited to LEARN.

I thought I was in Heaven to have pencils and crayons and papers and books and there was CHALK and a BLACKBOARD!!!

I wanted to BE THE TEACHER so much that whenever I was at home, I set up "school" outside on the patio and my siblings and friends were allowed to BORROW a pencil or a crayon to come to my school.  I collected them all when "school" was out.

Believe it or not, all my friends wanted to come to my cardboard box school.

What a shame the kids these days don't appreciate what teaching and learning are all about.

I loved it then -- and I still do.  I don't have a chalkboard, but I have 2 whiteboards and every color marker made to use on them.
FIRST OF ALL, however, I'm going to have to adjust to my new Windows 7 operating system on this computer.  This computer crashed, and Jerry had to erase its old XP brain.  He loaded Windows 7 on it yesterday.  I have Windows 7 on my laptop, and I am used to it there, but things really look different -- especially, in this blog -- on this giant monitor on my desktop computer.

it was Sunday and I wanted to do SOMEthing.  Jerry, as I said, was on this computer, so I had to find something else to do besides blogging and emailing and watching jewelry-making videos.  Actually, I did get the brilliant idea to REMEMBER that I HAVE a laptop, and I could bring it up here into my sewing room.  When I got it up here, I decided to watch some old classes I purchased when I first started making jewelry.

One of them was how to CROCHET WIRE WITH BEADS.  Sounds crazy, huh?  How can you crochet wire?  Actually, I didn't know if I could crochet ANYTHING at this point although I had done a little of it a thousand years ago when I was young.

BESIDES, I had been feeling really guilty lately that I purchased so much wire when I started this hobby, and it was all still neatly wrapped around all the spools just lying in the bottom of the nice box with one big drawer I purchased for it.  And not only that!  Phylly just gave me ALL of her jewelry-making supplies, and there was LOTS of wire included.  I thought, "I better make SOMETHING or have a wire sale on Ebay!"

Are you ready?

It turned out really good -- I think.

The wire is 28-gauge (very thin and fine) Sterling Silver.  The beads are just beads from my vast bead supply.

I crocheted 3 long strands and then wired them together into a silver clasp.

 Here is a close-up of the crocheted wire.  The loops are all different, which is supposed to be part of the charm of this style.  I'm surprised that my perfectionist personality likes it, but I do.

I've got to go.  I've been sitting in this chair way too much today, and I believe my rear end has now spread out another foot!  I'm going to go jump on the trampoline for a few minutes, and then see about making some matching earrings for this pretty necklace.

Hugs, Joy


  1. Beautiful necklace. I also have some wire somewhere, I think. I might find it and try this out.

  2. Oh, Joy Joy, it is beautiful! I love it! Who knew you could crochet with wire?

    Hugs, Phylly

  3. Beautiful necklace! Have you tried Viking knitting? Wire weaving is fun, too. Lots of uses for that lovely fine gauge wire if you get tired of crochet. :-)

    1. Thank you for the link, Denise. I sure will look into it.
      Hugs, Joy


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