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Monday, October 8, 2018

Oct. 13 Meeting Preview: Yarn Tasting featuring LYS All About Yarn

One of the best things about living in the Twin Cities area is the variety and number of local yarn shops that offer beautiful yarns and accessories, as well as a place to socialize with other yarn enthusiasts. At our October meeting, All About Yarn, a crochet-friendly yarn shop located in Coon Rapids, will give us a chance to see, touch and test a variety of yarns.

All About Yarn will have items for sale and can accept cash, check or credit cards. Even if you aren't in the market for adding to your stash, this will be a great opportunity to try some new yarns and learn more about the events and activities this LYS has to offer.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, 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. - Yarn Tasting
1 to 2 p.m. - Open crochet

Note: The $5 attendance fee will be waived for non-members for this special event.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Cold but Rewarding Day at the Farm(s)

Several CTC members braved the wintry cold the last weekend in September and demonstrated crochet at four local farms during the North Star Farm tour. Judith was at Windswept Hills in Farmington, Julie was at Rush River Fiber in Bay City, WI, Kathy R. was at Sutton Ridge in Jordan, and Kathy B. was at Rach-Al-Paca in Hastings.

Everyone reported having a great time and seeing a lot of people who expressed interest in crochet and CTC, especially in the informal Fourth Saturdays with CTC. Visitors ranged from kids to experienced fiber friends, including knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners who were intrigued by the crochet demos. Many left the experience inspired, saying, "I'll have to get back to crocheting again!" One little girl was in awe that Kathy R. had actually made the things she was wearing!

There were lots of cute animals on display, including two baby goats at Rush River Fiber who were sporting sweaters! Some of the farms had sheep shearing demonstrations. CTC member Felicia watched a spinning demonstration and learned a helpful tip about wool socks - always wear silk liners and then you won't have to wash your socks as often. Felicia got to pet an angora goat, who had the softest, curliest coat, and a donkey. She especially loved the miniature Sicilian donkey, even though they don't produce any fiber, they are super adorable and are striking because of the distinctive cross on their back.


Left: Judith demonstrating at Windswept Hills
Right: Kathy R. demonstrating at Sutton Ridge

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Llamas, Alpacas and Yaks, Oh, My!

Want to meet the critters – and farmers – who produce your fiber? Check out the North Star Farm Tour, Sept. 29 and 30, 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This self-guided tour of Twin Cities regional fiber farms connects people to farmers who produce local, natural fibers.

On the tour you can shop for locally raised and processed wool, yak fiber, alpaca, angora, flax, handspun and locally milled yarn, and more! Many sites feature guest artists and demonstrations. Plus, the following CTC members will be volunteering at four different farms:
  • Judith, Windswept Hill Farm 
  • Julie, Rush River Fiber 
  • Kathy B., Rach-Al-Paca
  • Kathy R., Sutton Ridge Farm
Explore the North Star Farm Tour website to plan your fiber adventure!

Special preview tour for Textile Center members
The Textile Center is hosting a private day excursion for its members, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. This special preview of the 2018 North Star Farm Tour is a one-day exclusive for Textile Center members and their friends. Learn more on the Textile Center website.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Crochet Fun and a Special Discount at StevenBe!

StevenBe is hosting open crochet time at their store, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join the fun and take advantage of the special discount they're offering to Crochet Twin Cities members for the month of September: 10 percent off yarn, supplies and classes.

Find more details, including information about the store's location, on the StevenBe website.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

4th Saturday Meet Up: Sept. 22, Har Mar Barnes & Noble

Our next meet-up is Satruday, Sept. 22, 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!