Join Us Sept 2017 – Mosaic Crochet

Time & Place

Sunday, Sept 24, 2017, 12:30-3:30pm – new time & format
Social time and show & tell from 12:30-1:30pm at Panera, Mass Ave., Lexington, MA
Business News & Program from 1:30-3:30pm
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

New Meeting Format – 12:30-1:30pm Social Time before the Program

We’re trying a new meeting format this month. We’ll be meeting an hour early at Panera down the street (walking distance) from the library. This will give us a chance to socialize and look at each other’s projects without cutting into our meeting and program time. It’s not mandatory to come to both parts of the meeting but we’re looking forward to trying out this idea. It will be great to see you!

Program – Mosaic Crochet – 1:30-3:30pm at the Library

We’ll be meeting from 1:30-3:30pm as we usually do at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA. If you can’t come to the social portion or go into auto pilot that day, this part is not changing! We’ll be in the same place as usual for the business news and program portion of the meeting.

Karen will be presenting on Mosaic Crochet. Mosaic crochet is a method of using multiple colors to make intricate patterns. Even though it looks like the colors are changed mid-row, the technique uses long stitches which only require color changes at the end of the row. The result is a thicker fabricExamples of mosaic crochet from google image search. The possibilities for intricate designs are endless. 

 

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the restaurant or the library.

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Join us Aug 2017 – Warm Up America Squares & Chain Link Recap

Time & Place

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017, 1:30-3:30
Fabric Place Basement, Natick, MA

Program – Warm Up America Squares & CGOA Chain Link Conference Recap

Warm Up America Challenge

The CGOA’s Warm Up America Challenge is complete! While we didn’t win the prize for the most blocks made, we did help CGOA make an impressive number of blocks for charity.

It is time for us to assemble the blocks we made for the Challenge. We’ve selected HugCrafters as our charity and will be assembling blankets for Spaulding Rehab. We will be making lapghans for folks in wheel chairs.

HugCrafters’ guideline is to make wool-free blankets that are approximately 3′ x 4′. Square is OK, but this rectangular size is more practical. 20 of our WUA blocks will make a 3′ square blanket, 25 blocks will make a 3′ x 4′ blanket.

Mary will bring the blocks we’ve been collecting so anyone who wants to help assemble blankets can pick thru and choose their colors. She will also bring some black acrylic yarn to share for assembly. If you have made any additional blocks, or have acrylic yarn of any color you’d like to donate to the project, please bring to the meeting.

CGOA Chain Link Conference Recap

Karen, Mary, Barbara, and Melissa went to the CGOA Chain Link conference this year in Illinois. Karen, Mary, and Melissa will be on hand to share some tidbits and exciting news from our travels. We came home with lots of ideas to help grow our membership and make our meetings more fun and interesting, but we’ll need everyone’s help to choose and implement these ideas.

Please Bring (optional)

  • Additional crocheted blocks, if you have them.
  • If you’d like, any color of acrylic yarn you’d like to donate to the project. This yarn will be used for joining, boarders, or filling in additional blocks to make complete blankets.
  • Any other completed charity items you’ve been working on.

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the shop.

CGOA Chain Link 2017 Conference

This display, entitled The Crochet Queen Bee by Gina Rose Gallina was just amazing! At full human height, it took up an entire corner of the crochet lounge. The entire dress, wig, flowers, bees, etc. were all crocheted.

 

A few of us Fishnet Crocheters went to the CGOA Chain Link Conference in Illinois this year.

Every year design competition entries are set out for all attendees to see. This year, the display was in the crochet lounge.

We took a field trip to Kinokuniya Books, a Japanese bookstore in the Chicago area to check out their selection of Japanese crochet books.

 

There are several design award categories and winners are chosen by experienced judges. But there is also a vote open to all attendees for the people’s choice favorite.

We took classes, crocheted in public, met other crochet enthusiasts. We saw items entered into the design competition and attended a crochet fashion show.

We also brought home a lot of new ideas for our crochet chapter.

 

Enjoy some photos from the conference design competition and crochet displays.

It’s a great place to see new techniques and materials. The item on the left was crocheted entirely of wire.

 

 

 

 

 

This free form crocheted wall hanging may have been the people’s choice winner.

CGOA Warm Up America Challenge 2017

The Challenge

The Fishnet Crocheters along with many other chapters participated in the CGOA Warm Up America Challenge this year.

We were tasked with making as many 7″ x 9″ blocks (per the Warm Up America guidelines) as we could between January 3rd, when the content was announced & July 1st, just in time for winners to be announced at Chain Link.

The Winners

Each chapter competed for prizes. The chapters with the highest average blocks per member won prizes. Red Heart sponsored cash prizes for each winning chapter which were awarded at the conference at the Excellence in Crochet event.

Fishnet Crocheters of New England did NOT win the prize for the most blocks made for Warm Up America, but Red Heart, as a sponsor, awarded each participating chapter with some yarn to help make more blankets.

Participating CGOA chapters made a total of 8,970 blocks, if you can picture that. The winning chapter, AStitch4You from Evarts, Kentucky, has only five members, who made a total of 716 blocks. Hard to compete with numbers like that!

Dona Cerule busily taking inventory of the completed blocks for the Warm Up America Challenge.

Our Charity

Due to the volume CGOA anticipated, we were asked not to use Warm Up America as an intermediary, but to choose a charity and assemble the blocks into blankets ourselves.

At one of our summer meetings, we selected HugCrafters as our charity and will be assembling blankets for Spaulding Rehab. We will be making lapghans for folks in wheel chairs.

Assembly

It is time for us to assemble the blocks we made for the Challenge. HugCrafters’ guideline is to make wool-free blankets that are approximately 3′ x 4′. Square is OK, but this rectangular size is more practical. 20 of our WUA blocks will make a 3′ square blanket, 25 blocks will make a 3′ x 4′ blanket.

Mary will bring the blocks we’ve been collecting to the August Meeting so anyone who wants to help assemble blankets can pick through and choose their colors. She will also bring some black acrylic yarn to share for assembly.

If you have made any additional blocks, or have acrylic yarn of any color you’d like to donate to the project, please bring them to the August meeting. This yarn will be used for joining, boarders, or filling in additional blocks to make complete blankets.

July 2017 – Crochet Edgings

Time & Place

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 1:30-3:30
Another Yarn, Burlington, MA

Program – Crochet Edgings

Karen will show us some crochet edgings great for borders on your crochet or knit items.

 

Charity

Please bring your charity items for donation.

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the shop.

Join Us June 2017 – Craftworks Summer Party

Time & Place

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 11 am – 4 pm
Craftworks, Northborough, MA

Program – Craftworks Summer Party Demos

We will be participating in Craftworks’ “Beginning of Summer Party”.

We will be demonstrating various crochet stitches and techniques, sharing some FOs (Finished Objects) and UFOs (Unfinished Objects), and answering questions visitors might have about our local group as well as the CGOA. We will also be collecting rectangles for Warm Up America, as part of the 2017 CGOA Chapter Challenge, so if you have any you would like to share, please bring ’em along! (Or plan to crochet one during the event.)

Craftworks has invited a number of vendors to the event, including highlighted participant String Theory, an independent hand dyer. Craftworks has promised a fun day of drawings, testing, camaraderie and food.

Warm Up America Challenge

Please share your progress on CGOA’s Warm Up America Challenge. See the Warm Up America Website for their requirements (7″ x 9″ sections) and sample patterns.

Charity

Please bring your Warm Up America rectangles for donation.

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the shop.

2017 Upcoming Meetings

Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA. Please note the earlier date this month, due to Memorial Day weekend. Karen will be presenting more Tunisian stitches in her program, Tunisian Beyond Simple Stitch.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Craftworks, Northborough, MA. We’ll be demonstrating crochet techniques at a table at the Craftworks Beginning of Summer Party and collecting rectangles for the 2017 CGOA Warm Up America Challenge. Come demo crochet, show your projects, crochet a rectangle for the Warm Up America, and enjoy the other vendors.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Another Yarn, Burlington, MA. Please note the earlier date this month. We’re meeting a week early because the CGOA Chain Link Conference overlaps with our usual end of the month timing. Karen will be presenting crochet edging techniques — suitable to add to knit or crochet items.

July 26-29, 2017 : Find us at the CGOA Chain Link Conference in Itasca, IL.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at The Fabric Place Basement, Natick, MA. We will be distributing the blocks from the Warm Up America challenge to make into blankets. We’ll also be giving a recap from the CGOA Chain Link Conference.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA
Program: Yankee Swap

Join Us Apr 2017 – Super Show & Tell

Time & Place

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017, 1:30-3:30
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Program – Super Show & Tell

For our April meeting we will have a Super Show Tell! Please come and share any current projects you want to show off or get input on. And anyone who’s attended Stitches United in Hartford, please share your experiences and any exciting purchases. Plus, please share progress on our Warm Up America Challenge — bring any pieces you want to show off or get help with, brainstorm ideas, etc.

Warm Up America Challenge

Please share your progress on CGOA’s Warm Up America Challenge. See the Warm Up America Website for their requirements (7″ x 9″ sections) and sample patterns.

Charity

Please bring your charity items for donation.

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the library.

May 2017 – Tunisian Beyond Simple Stitch

Time & Place

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1:30-3:30
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Program – Tunisian Beyond Simple Stitch

Karen will be teaching Tunisian crochet beyond simple stitch.

To Bring: 

Please bring some light colored worsted or dk weight yarn and a Tunisian hook sized to work with it (a size J or K will do). If you don’t have a Tunisian hook, a regular size J or K hook with a handle long enough to hold about 15 stitches will do.

Warm Up America Challenge

Please share your progress on CGOA’s Warm Up America Challenge. See the Warm Up America Website for their requirements (7″ x 9″ sections) and sample patterns.

Charity

Please bring your charity items for donation.

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the library.

Join Us Mar 2017 – Free Form Crochet

Time & Place

Sunday, Mar 26, 2017, 1:30-3:30
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Program – Free Form Crochet

Introduction to Freeform Crochet with Diane

Oh my gosh, look at that coat! It’s crocheted but not in the usual straight pattern. Colors and shapes go in circles and up and down. It’s exciting (or annoyingly unfathomable.) But you gotta know how they do it.

At Introduction to Freeform Crochet this Sunday you’ll see my Pinterest pages of freeform clothing and artwork, and at least three ways to put motifs (“scrumbles”) together. Then we’ll try a few techniques of freeform ourselves. Bring any yarn, sport to worsted weight is best, in several colors, plus an assortment of hook sizes. Add a few shiny or loopy texture yarns if you wish.

Homework

Optional: get a head start by making one or more circles or ovals about 4″ wide — to be added to in class. Be prepared for fun!

Charity

Please bring your charity items for donation.

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the library.