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Friday, April 13, 2018

Textile Center Garage Sale Postponed to April 21

The Textile Center Garage Sale has been postponed to Saturday, April 21, due to weather. The sale will open an hour earlier (at 8 a.m.) and will run until 4 p.m. Learn more on the Textile Center website.

Monday, April 9, 2018

April Events

This month we do not have a Second Saturday meeting. We will have our Fourth Saturday meet-up on April 28 at the Mall of America. Our monthly meetings will resume May 12.

Here are some other yarny events to attend this month...

Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop (April 5-8)
The 12th annual Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop is scheduled for April 5-8. 15 yarn shops are participating in this year’s event. Check out the Shop Hop website for all the details: Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop

Textile Center’s Textile Garage Sale (April 13-14)
The World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale is April 13-14. Donations will be accepted on Thursday, April 12. The sale is Saturday, April 14, with a preview night on Friday, April 13. Find all the details - including volunteer opportunities - on the Textile Center’s website: Textile Center Garage Sale

4th Saturday Meet-Up: April 28, Mall of America

Our next 4th Saturday meet-up is April 28 at the Mall of America.

Where: MOA north food court, 3rd floor
When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Parking: The best place to park is near the main entrance on the west-side ground level. Elevators and escalators can take you to the 3rd floor.

If you need coffee or a treat, there is a Starbucks in the north food court. There is no cost to attend a meet-up if you're not a CTC member.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 2, 2018

CTC Mends Hearts

In February, CTC received an email request from a single dad seeking help.  He was desperately trying to find someone who could repair his six-year-old son's beloved blanket. This little boy had literally loved his blanket to pieces. More than half of the blanket was in tatters. Most of us can relate - either from our own childhood or the childhood of someone we love - to the importance of a special blanket. While this loving dad's request was seemingly simple ("I need to find a caring crochet repair person who can fix it”), the job of fixing the blanket was not.  It was important to them that we keep the look and feel of the blanket the same while maintaining the integrity of the undamaged parts of the blanket. So finding a similar sort of yarn, in similar colors, and using a similar stitch was the challenge.

Luckily CTC has many members who are more than happy to rise to such a challenge. With Judith sussing out the rather unique stitch, Kendra set to work finding the perfect yarn and repairing the blanket. She was able to keep all of the rows and blended in the repairs so expertly that the end result was practically seamless.

Both the little boy and his dad were thrilled with the results: "Kendra did a fantastic job," said the boy's dad. "When I look closely at the blanket, I'm amazed how she repaired the blanket so beautifully. The work was incredible!" Not only was this dad appreciative of the end results, he also expressed how touched he was by the speedy and warm response he received from our CTC members. It was a heartwarming experience for everyone involved.

Below are before and after photos of the blankie and a close-up of the stitch.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

4th Saturday Meet-Up: March 24, Har Mar Barnes & Noble

Our next meet-up is March 24 at the Barnes & Noble at HarMar Mall in Roseville.

The meetup will be from 9 a.m. (when the store opens) until  noon. We meet at the cafe in the center of the store - we'll be the crowd with the crochet hooks.

Meet-ups are our informal gathering each month - open to all crocheters with no fee for attending - with a special welcome extended to new crocheters. Bring a project to work on - or not, if you just want to chat or ask questions - and come when you can and stay as long as you're able.

We hope to see you there!