Category Archives: Techniques

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.

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.

 

Adding Beads to Crochet

October was another full house and another meeting filled with fun. First up, show and tell was a treat with amigurumi and baby items:

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The bulk of the meeting was spent with Fishnet Crocheters exploring many various ways to apply beads to their crochet. Worsted weight yarn and large pony beads were used so that crocheters could easily see what they were doing. Techniques included pre-stringing beads and applying them as you crochet. Crocheters were able to practice with the chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and picots.

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Stitch Demo: Catherine Wheel

Meetings resumed at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington. We will continue to meet here during the coming school year unless otherwise posted. We enjoyed another session of show and tell, learned information about more charity projects for us to participate in, and then learned a new stitch, the 2 color Catherine Wheel.

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We also tagged items for our window display at the Woolpack yarn shop in Acton. Crocheted items from the group will be on display through the month of October. Please visit the shop!

Congratulations are in order for several members of the Fishnet who won ribbons for their work at the Big E. In addition to entering crocheted items, some Fishnets entered in other categories as well – dolls-making and weaving.

Linked Stitches

Many thanks to Fishnet Karen for leading us in a demonstration of linked stitches.    Charity items were collected to be distributed in time for Mother’s Day, including this shawl.

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Crazy Stitch

Crocheters gathered back at the library for another round of fall and winter meetings. Stitch for the month is the Crazy Stitch.

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