Category Archives: Conferences & Field Trips

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.



July 7-10: Chain Link Conference

The Annual CGOA Chain Link Conference, held in Manchester, NH, was attended by many, many Fishnet Crocheters. In addition to attending events, shopping at the market, Fishnets took many classes including Venetian Lace, Fair Isle Crochet, Tunisian Crochet, Intermeshing, Finishing Techniques, Broomstick Lace, and many, many more.

Our Chapter President showed us all how to have a good time:


Fishnets spent a few relaxing moments together:

And then headed off to class with Lily Chin:

The banquet was great fun:


And the fashion show was a delight to watch:


Seed Stitch Field Trip & Stacked Clusters

Fishnet Crocheters were fortunate to travel to Salem, MA for their June meeting where they were hosted by the Seed Stitch Fine Yarn shop.

Crocheters brought books for the shop owner to review and consider as one of her shop offerings.


We were joined by the shop’s crochet teacher for a time of sharing and crocheting.

After show and tell, Fishnets got down to work on their new stitch: Stacked clusters