Category Archives: Workshops & Demos

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.

 

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.

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.

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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).

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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.

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Limpet Stitch

Once again, April was a fun meeting. We were treated to delicious cookies made by Elizabeth. Lots of wonderful show and tells, following a lesson on the Limpet Stitch. The stitch was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Crochet! Magazine. Thanks to Karen for her excellent leadership.

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Marathon Scarves Project

Blue & gold scarves were collected for the Old South Church Marathon Scarves project. Scarves will be distributed to Boston Marathon runners by Old South Church during the annual Blessing of the Runners service.

Crocheting & Sharing

March was a relaxing meeting to just crochet and chat and share our FOs and WIPs. Here’s a peak at our goodies:

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And another temperature scarf completed.

Spinning with a Drop Spindle

February’s meeting was a special program — An Introduction to Spinning Your Own Yarn!!!

Our own Shawna Beaudoin presented a wonderful interactive program, giving all who wanted to play an opportunity to try their hand at spinning with a drop spindle. Shawna shared some interesting tidbits of spinning history. She taught us about spindles and the basic physics of the different ones, how to turn the spindle, different fibers, skeining, plying, and twist. It was great fun. Shawna is an excellent teacher and we are very grateful to her for sharing her talent with us.

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Two Temperature Scarves have been completed!!! They are LOOONNNGGGGG!

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Photographing Your Crochet

Fishnets ushered in a new calendar year with another fun meeting filled with show and tell, new faces, cookies, and time to crochet. We were treated to a fabulous presentation by Bob Williams on photographing our crochet to its best advantage. Many thanks to Bob for sharing his expertise with us.

In looking ahead, meetings will continue at the Cary Library in Lexington through May. We will be ‘on the road’ for the summer, hoping to visit a couple of yarn shops and attending the Chain Link Conference in Manchester, NH in July.