Crocheted Lei by Christine
One hobby leads to the next! My interest in crochet and knitting has been around for decades...so has my interest in music! Last night was my third ukulele lesson at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Many of the students and our teacher have started wearing Hawaiian shirts to class. Our teacher, Steve Rose, even started composing a song, "...feels like ukulele weather to me....tra-la..." Playing the ukulele in this humid L.A. weather just feels right. It feels like Hawaii. Now, if only we had those pristine beaches and exquisite tropical plants around every corner!
Ukulele Instructor, Steve Rose
(notice Johnny Cash sneering at Steve)
Back to crochet. My friend, the lovely Christine, crocheted me a multi-colored lei last week. She used the basic pattern from Roberta E. Wong's "Fancy Hawaiian Lei in Crochet" book. The varigated yarn makes this crocheted lei look fantastic! This book was brought to my attention by M.K. Carroll, a fellow blogger. I own the previous book by Wong called "Hawaiian Lei in Crochet." Both books are great, excellent instructions and photographs....very inspirational. I tried my hand at crocheting a lei. I don't like my attempt as much as I like Christine's lei. I'm going to make another lei in a complimentary color and twist it with my first lei to give it some bulk. Hmm? Maybe I should make a few of these for my ukulele classmates?
Ellen's Skinny Lei
Uke class last night was fun, but challenging. Our teacher gave us a Hoagy Carmichael song ("Up a Lazy River") with lots of 7th and diminished chords....ugh! My fingers just won't bend that way! Must practice alot this week! There were a few absences, which gave us more room to move about in our cramped lesson quarters. Our last class is scheduled for next Monday, but McCabe's may be able to offer us an extension of two more classes. Hope so...I really like this challenge! Now, I want to learn some more strumming techniques and some hot riffs and licks! Watch out, Janet Klein, L.A. Ell is on her way to stardom!!
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