Category Archives: Fish Tales

Fishnet Crocheters Win at the 2016 Big E!

Join us in congratulating Fishnet members Ali, Allison, Barbara, Karen, and Michele who won awards for entries in the Big E.

Big E Creative Arts Results

Ali, Allison, Barbara, and Karen placed for their crochet creations in various categories, including Baby, Scarves/Cowls, Sweater, and Wearing Apparel categories!

Our multi-talented members also entered in non-crochet categories. Barbara placed in the Dolls competition and Michele placed in the Knitting competition.

We’re pleased to be so well represented!

Results are announced before the Big E begins, so there is still plenty of time to go and see these and other creative arts projects in person. The Big E runs from Sept. 16 – Oct. 2 in Springfield, MA.

August 2016 Meeting Agenda – Hyperbolic Crochet

Time & Place

We will be meeting at Auntie Zaza’s in North Easton, in their lovely classroom space at the back of the shop, on our usual last Sunday of the month.

Sunday, August 28, 1:30 to 3:30
Auntie Zaza’s Fiber Works
104 Main Street
North Easton, MA
http://auntiezaza.com

Program: Hyperbolic Crochet & Coral Reef Art

On display in the shop will be some of the pieces from Zaza’s “Coral Reef”. We will be hearing some of the story behind this art display, it’s previous installation, and a bit of the story behind the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project.

We will also explore hyperbolic crochet and try some techniques ourselves. Barbara will bring her “Brain Hat” and Mary will bring her “Brain Coral Flower” for inspiration. There will also be links to other patterns that have been used in the Coral Reef Project.

Perks:

Auntie Zaza has offered us a 10% discount if we want to shop while we’re there.

Charity

Bring your charity items to pass.

RSVP

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

January 2016 Meeting Agenda

Time & Place

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 1:30-3:30
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Program: Tunisian Mitres

Karen will be demonstrating how to make Tunisian mitres.

Prep Work:

Try to review the Tunisian simple stitch (tss) aka Afghan stitch via your favorite print source of basic crochet or online videos. Google Tunisian crochet videos or try one of these:

Or review via your favorite print source of basic crochet.

Materials

Please bring:

  • some smooth worsted weight yarn in a lighter color
  • J or K hook.  You will not need a Tunisian hook (unless you want to use one) because there will be a maximum of 15 loops on the hook at one time, just bring a hook with a fairly round cross-section, i.e. no large grip or big thumb indent.  Bamboo hooks work well, as do the inexpensive plastic ones.  Clover gold hooks and many comfort grip hooks have too short a throat.

Charity

Bring your charity items to pass.

RSVP

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

November 2015 Meeting Announcement – Ravelry 101

Time & Place

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 1:30-3:30 pm
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Program

Jean will introduce us to the wonderful world of Ravelry, the online network for crocheters and knitters, where you can:

  • find patterns
  • track your projects (project notes, deadlines, yarn used/using, hook used/using, photos)
  • queue your next project(s), notes on what you plan to use
  • inventory your stash
  • catalog the patterns & pattern books you own
  • list the hooks (& needles) you own
  • find pattern errata, other crocheters’ comments on patterns & their pictures, user pattern ratings (like/dislike, easy/difficult, etc.)
  • find online communities for yarn & project swaps, charity donations, tips, and more…
  • connect with designers, many are available to answer questions about their patterns
  • post & sell your own designs
Materials to Bring:
  • If you have a tablet or laptop, you can follow along.

Charity

Bring your charity items to pass.

RSVP

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

Fishnets Announce Meeting Programs through January

Mark your calendars for the following programs!! All are at the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

 

October 25, 2015 – Program: Snowflakes with Elizabeth

November 29. 2015 – Program: Ravelry 101 with Jean

December 27, 2015 –Program: Tunisian Miters with Karen —  moved to January

January 31, 2016 – Program: Reversible Entrelac with Mary — moved to February

 

You can see an entire years schedule of meeting dates & times at 2015 Meeting Calendar and 2016 Meeting Calendar.

 

Charity News

We are supporting some additional charities!

Please bring charity items to our monthly meetings where Deb will collect and distribute them to many locations, including:

  • Cor Unum Family Soup Kitchen, Lawrence MA
  • Holy Family Hospital Methuen MA
  • Lawrence General Hospital Lawrence MA
  • Pregnancy Center Haverhill MA
  • Prescott House Care Facility North Andover MA
  • Saint Vincent DePaul at St.Michael Parish, North Andover MA
  • Spaulding Rehabilitaion Center, Boston, MA
  • Sunbridge Nursing Center, Methuen MA
  • Veterans Hospital, Manchester NH

Use acrylic yarns or washable wool yarn or washable wool blend yarn. The following items are needed by the many charities we support:

  • hats of all sizes
  • scarves
  • mittens of all sizes
  • car seat size baby blankets approximately 24” square or similar dimensions in a rectangular shape
  • lap robes of approximately 42” square.

October 2015 Agenda – Flurry of Snowflakes

Time & Place

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 1:30-3:30 pm
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Program

Elizabeth will walk us through creating her beautiful snowflakes. Tips and tricks on how to crochet and block them! In the session, we will be making, gluing, and pinning our snowflakes.

Homework: Don’t worry – it’s fun! 

Those of you who were at the September meeting received thread to make a snowflake. Those that did not get thread should use a #10 size cotton (e.g. Aunt Lydia’s classic #10 or other similar crochet cotton).

Download the free Flurry of Snowflakes Patterns and choose to make either style #1 or style #4. The other patterns will take too long to finish in the time we will have allotted in the meeting. Also you will have a limited number of pins and those ornaments take 20 or fewer pins to block out.

If you want to crochet up your ornament in the quiet of your own home please feel free to do it and consider your homework done. Don’t forget to bring it to the meeting!

Materials to Bring:
  • Flurry of Snowflakes Patterns free on the Red Heart website.
  • Your homework (above) if you’d like to get through the gluing & pinning process OR Size 10 crochet thread & a 1.5mm [US 7] crochet hook
Materials We’ll Have on Hand:

All who RSVP to the meeting notice will be getting everything needed to do this project (thread, pins, glue). Although, there’s no guarantee that you will have time to get to gluing and pinning at the meeting if you have not made up a snowflake prior to the meeting, but you will get a demo and can finish it at home.

Charity

Bring your charity items to pass.

RSVP

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

Fishnet Crocheters Win at the Big E!

Join us in congratulating Barbara and Michele who placed for their crochet creations in the Wearing Apparel and Toys categories!

Big E Crochet Results

Barbara also placed in the Dolls competition and Michele also placed in the mixed media competition. We’re pleased to have such diverse talents represented in the group!

Results are announced before the Big E begins, so there is still plenty of time to go and see these and other crochet works in person. The Big E runs from Sept. 18 – Oct. 4 in Springfield, MA.

Greater Boston Yarn Crawl & Freedom Trail Shawlette

The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is September 17 – 20, 2015
Self-guided tour of yarn shops in the greater Boston area. Giveaways, door prizes & specials.

We’re pleased that Fishnet Crocheter Mary Westland was asked to create the official crochet “Freedom Trail” shawlette for the event. Several Fishnet Crocheters tested the pattern and we all loved the results! Pattern available on Ravelry.

August 2015 Agenda – Conference Report

Time & Place

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 1:30-3:30 pm
Fabric Place Basement, Natick, MA

We will be in the “back room” so you might need to ask a staff person where to go, if it’s not obvious when you first walk in. In the winter it can be a bit cool, but in the summer it should be pleasant!

Program

Members who went to the CGOA Conference in San Diego this July will report on what it was like! Check out the CGOA Blog for updates on award winners.

Charity

Save your Warmer Winters donations until September but feel free to bring your Oddball Baby Blankets to pass.

RSVP

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