Damaris Woodbury, NBC Chicago Street Team
With 2009 here, how many of us made resolutions of some kind? I won’t do this? I won’t do that? I’ll lose this? I’ll learn that?. Sounds familiar, huh? Well, I decided to not make any resolutions in 2009. My only goal is to honor my word. Do what I say I’m going to do and work to create huge possibilities in areas of my life that I feel may be “just good enough for right now.” That includes learning new things. One of the things I’ve wanted to learn is how to crochet. I know, I know, out of all the things I can learn, I choose crochet?! Anyway, I happened to be sitting in a cafe on Chicago’s South Side and saw that the cafe was being used by Erika and Monika Simmons.
The Simmons sisters co-own a business called Double Stitch, for which they crochet clothing and sell it to local boutiques. They offer FREE workshops on how to crochet and provide the tools to learn. Beginners and experienced crocheters (is that a word?) are welcomed. I was surprised to see people of all ages from teens to grandmothers in this workshop. Somehow, I had the misperception that crocheting was something young adults do. Erika and Monika are very good, patient teachers! And, they are authors of a book of patterns called “Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista.” They will be doing a book signing at Macy’s on State Street during their mini-trunk show event on February 18th and 19th from 11am-6pm. Come and shopt their clothing designs. Then, buy a book and ask them when the next workshop will take place!