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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.

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.

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.