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Saturday, February 10, 2018

New Location for Next 4th Saturday Meet-Up, Feb. 24

The west-side 4th Saturday meet-up is on the move. For Feb. 24, we're trying a new spot: the Mall of America.

Where: MOA north food court, 3rd floor
When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (same time as usual)
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.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Feb. 10 Meeting Preview: Circles

Crocheting "in the round" is a technique used in a variety of patterns. Name any kind of crochet project and you'll probably find a crochet pattern that starts with a circle. Crochet circles can be solid and sturdy and used to make bags, baskets and toys, but they can also be lacy and open and used to make vests and doilies.

This month is the first in a series on circles designed to help everyone approach circular projects with confidence. We'll learn the basics at the February meeting, including several methods for starting and ending circles so they look tidy.  We'll also tackle basic circle formulas, so that you can create your own circular projects "on the fly."  In March and April, we'll learn how to apply these basics to two types of projects (circle vests and hats) with tips and tricks for designing our own projects.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Textile Center, with the following schedule:

  • 10 to 11 a.m. - Open crochet
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Announcements, show and tell
  • 12 to 1 p.m. - Education
  • 1 to 2 p.m. - Open crochet 

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

  • A printed or electronic copy of the class handout. (Members: See the January email newsletter for the PDF; we'll also have a few extra printed copies at the meeting.) 
  • A 2 oz or more ball/skein of yarn in your preferred weight. If you're a beginner, we suggest worsted weight in a light to medium color. You're welcome to bring multiple colors and types of yarn for experimenting.
  • Corresponding size hook for your yarn.
  • Tapestery needle and scissors.
  • Any circular projects you've completed that could be inspirational for others.

Reminder about the new show-and-tell format at the meeting: Please mark your items with a tag that provides a brief description of your project, such as the yarn, the pattern name, etc. (or just your Ravelry name and project name, if you've already added your project).  Blank tags will be available at the meeting.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

4th Saturday Meet-Up: Jan. 27, Barnes & Noble

Our next meet-up is Jan. 27 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!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Jan. 13 Meeting Preview: Hairpin Lace

Hairpin lace is a crochet technique that uses a special hand-held loom, yarn, and a crochet hook to
make open lacy strips of fabric. While there are many variations, basic hairpin lace uses only single crochet to achieve a unique and stunning look. In this session, you'll learn basic hairpin lace terminology, as well as tips and tricks for handling a hairpin loom, by creating one or two sample hairpin lace projects.

Please note that you don’t need to bring a loom to this class - we have approximately 25 looms made from simple household materials, so everyone will have a chance to try their hook with a hairpin loom.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Textile Center, with the following schedule:

  • 10 to 11 a.m. - Open Crochet
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Announcements and Show and Tell
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Education Session
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Open Crochet

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

  • A printed or electronic copy of the class handout. (Members: See the January email newsletter for the PDF; we'll also have a few extra printed copies at the meeting.) 
  • An ounce or two of yarn in one or two colors. While any weight yarn will work, a smooth worsted weight yarn in a light or medium color is recommended for learning hairpin.
  • Two sizes of crochet hooks. The larger hook should be the normal size you’d use to work the yarn and the smaller hook should be two or three sizes smaller.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Hairpin loom (if you have one).

Sunday, December 24, 2017

5th Saturday Meet-up at StevenBe, December 30th.

StevenBe has offered to collaborate with CTC to host a 5th Saturday crochet meet-up at his fun Minneapolis yarn shop in south Minneapolis.

There will be open crochet time from 10 am to 4 pm, with coffee/ tea and some pastries.  People are welcome to bring their own snacks, as they have a full kitchen.

It's similar to our regular meet-up - bring a project to work on, plus you'll have the opportunity to meet the staff and hang out in the store.

 Of course, there is also all of that yummy yarn there to ooh and ahh over!  The store does not open to the public until 11 am, so crocheters will have the store to ourselves for the first hour.  The event is open to the public - feel free to invite your friends to join you.

Date: Saturday, December 30th
Time: drop in anytime from 10 am to 4 pm
Location: 3448 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407 (click for map)
Phone: 612.259.7525

Facebook: 5th Saturday Open Crochet