Category Archives: Workshops & Demos

Join Us Oct 2017 – Nya Mosaic Blanket

Time & Place

Sunday, Oct 29, 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

The new meeting format worked well in September and we’re continuing with that format for October. 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. It will be great to see you however you choose to participate.

Program – Nya Mosaic Blanket – 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.

We’re kicking off our Year of Colorwork! Karen has challenged us to swatch some mosaic crochet and bring in questions/insights to share. The pattern Karen suggests swatching is “Nya Mosaic Blanket” by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk, better known as Lilla Bjorn. There is a free version of the pattern with photo tutorials on her blog. Mary has some suggestions on the yahoo group on various ways to do the colorwork.

If you haven’t already picked up a hook, there’s still time! What if you don’t have time to swatch? Come anyway! Learn from the discussion and/or contribute from past experience.

Please bring:
  • Your swatch from the Nya Mosaic Blanket (optional)
  • Thoughts/questions that popped up while working on the swatch (or other mosaic crochet)
Charity

Feel free to bring any charity items for donation.

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 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.

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.

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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