Category Archives: Conferences & Field Trips

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.


All are welcome. RSVP to 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.

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!


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.


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


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

NH Sheep & Wool – May 9 & 10

Some Fishnet members are heading out to the NH Sheep & Wool Festival. Discussions on who’s going and when are happening on the Ravelry group events forum – so chime in there.

More information about the festival:

May 9-10, 2015
New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival
Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, Contoocook, NH
A great family event, including educational programs, special workshops. dog herding demos, fiber show, fleece show & sale, breed display, youth shows, vendor auction,, sheep quiz bowl, 100+ vendors, food, sheep equipment.

For other crochet-related events, see our listing of Events of Interest.

Registration is open for the Knit & Crochet Show! 

The Knit & Crochet Show will be in San Diego, CA this year.
More information:

CGOA Chain Link Conference (Manchester, NH)

A large contingent of Fishnets attended the annual CGOA Chain Link conference. We are so fortunate that the conference comes to Manchester, NH so often. We attend classes, shop the market, and generally have a good time together.

This year, 2 of our members had items on display in vendor booths.


Yarn bombing is all the rage:

And the design competition is always inspiring!

Wearing our finest crochet!

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And hobnobbing with the incomparable Doris Chan!


Trip to Coveted Yarns, Gloucester, MA

In June, Fishnets traveled to Coveted Yarns in Gloucester for their first summer meeting. We spent time collecting and tagging items for another window display at the Woolpack in Acton. After exchanging contact information and schedules for the upcoming CGOA Chain Link Conference in July, we shopped till we dropped. Coveted Yarns is a fabulous shop and owner Robert was very helpful to us to be sure we were happy with our purchases. Here are some of our show and tell items for the month.

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Spring Cleaning Swap

Our last meeting before the start of the summer season was held a week early due to the upcoming Memorial day weekend. Show and tell included lots of fun projects and patterns.


Some of our folks had gone to the NH Sheep and Wool Festival the previous weekend. Despite the rainy start, it turned out to be a fabulous day! Lots of goodies were procured in addition to some fun time chatting over lunch (lobster rolls -yum).


After show and tell, we joined in a Spring Cleaning Swap Meet. Crocheters brought in no longer used or needed yarns, tools, and patterns. Everyone had a chance to find something of interest. Anything left was packed up to donate to Warmer Winters for their use.


Field Trip to the American Textile History Museum

Fishnets traveled today to Lowell, MA to tour the textile museum exhibits. The group was small, but we gleaned lots of interesting information — do you know where the term ‘raising hackles’ comes from? Do you know what the precursors to women’s pocket books were? In addition to tidbits of information, many exhibits were studied with appreciation for the talent and skill which created them. Some were sources of inspiration for our own future creative endeavors. And still others were simply a cause for merry laughter.


Chapter Mascot Dona Cerullee joined the group. She tried her hand at weaving on the loom set up for visitors to experience.


And, she made a new friend with the lobster hooked into a rug that was a stair runner.