Well, it is hard to get together but we managed. Last month three of us met with our retired member at her house and worked on some new projects. It was fun to meet face to face instead of over our phone calls. We even had coffee and dessert and you can't do that over the phone. Soon we will try to do it again. We focused on finding patterns and on showing our newest 'hooker' how to make a hat. It isn't easy for some of us afghan makers to hunker down and measure distances to be sure the hat fits. I can't tell you how many times I started, switched hook sizes, and started again. Ugh!!!! Very frustrating. I finished one for an adult and found out it wouldn't fit anyone but a 3 year old. I am an experienced afghan maker but can't for the life of me make a hat the first time. I'll keep trying. I prefer the afghans--you don't have to worry about the fit! As you can see, my dog, Lexe, adobted a new lap. She is fickle!!! As the retired member of the group, I just enjoyed the friendship of the visit. It is fun to crochet with others.