Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 22 Fourth Saturday Meet-up: Mall of America

Our next 4th Saturday meet-up is February 22 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 food, there are many options nearby in the food court.

There is no cost to attend these very informal meet-ups.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 8 Education: Broomstick Lace



Broomstick lace, also known as jiffy lace, is a unique crochet technique that highlights the character and texture of your yarn. It is formed by pulling large loops of yarn over a "pin" and then working off the loops with a crochet hook.  Originally, an actual broomstick handle served as the pin, giving the technique its colorful name. Nowadays, many people use a large knitting needle or other tool, such as a plastic ruler, to make the loops that give this technique its unique look. At this month's meeting, you'll get a chance to learn broomstick lace by starting a sample that can easily be turned into a stylish scarf or cowl.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

4th Saturday Meet-Up: Jan 25, Har Mar Barnes & Noble


Our next meet-up is Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Barnes & Noble at HarMar Mall in Roseville.

The meet-up 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 like.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

January 11 Meeting Topic: Magic Moebius Crochet (with homework)



Maxine's Moebius Cowl
Some of you may remember learning about the Moebius strip in geometry class by twisting one end of a strip of paper and then taping the ends together to form a loop with one continuous edge. In the fiber arts world, the Moebius construction technique can be used to create objects with an interesting twist and drape - think scarves, headbands, cowls, shrugs, and home decoration. At this month's meeting, you'll learn how to crochet a Moebius by creating a sample project that can be used as a decorative towel holder - the technique is simple but almost magical!

To prepare for the class, we strongly recommend that you complete the starting strip of the project, following the instructions below. That way, you can get started on Moebius construction during the meeting, where there will be many helpers to answer your questions.

The meeting will be Saturday, January 11, at the Textile Center of Minnesota (3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN) with the following schedule:

10:00 to 10:30 - Open crochet
10:30 to 11:00 - Introductions & business
11:00 to 11:45 - Show and tell
11:45 to 12:00 - Break
12:00 to 1:00 - Crochet education
1:00 to 2:00 - Open crochet & committee meetings

To get the most out of the meeting, please bring:

           Approximately one or two ounces of a smooth yarn in a weight you are comfortable with.
           Crochet hook suitable for your yarn.
           Ruler or tape measure
           Tapestry needle, scissors, and stitch markers.
           Completed homework, instructions below.

Class Project

Homework instructions: 


You have two options for completing the homework; select the option that you prefer.

Option 1: Using fdc (foundation double crochet), work a row approximately 10 inches long. Leave the yarn attached.  fdc stitch instructions: Ch 4; YO and insert hook in 4th ch from hook, YO and draw up a loop, YO and draw through 1 loop (foundation ch created), [YO and draw through 2 loops] twice; * YO and insert hook under foundation ch of the previous st, YO and draw through 1 loop, YO and draw through 1 loop (foundation ch created), [YO and draw through 2 loops] twice; repeat from * as many times as desired.

Option 2: Make a starting ch approximately 10 inches long, turn, then work dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across.  Leave the yarn attached.

Monthly meetings are free for CTC members, $5 for guests.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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

Our next 4th Saturday meet-up is Dec. 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 meet-ups. Hope to see you there!