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Saturday, December 8, 2018

4th Saturday Meet-Up: Dec. 22, Mall of America

Our next 4th Saturday meet-up is Dec. 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 a treat, there is a Starbucks in the north food court. And if you haven't had a chance to visit the new(ish) Knit & Crochet Store at the MOA, it's not far from where we meet! You'll find it on the west side of the 3rd floor, across from Nordstrom Rack.

There is no cost to attend a meet-up if you're not a CTC member. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dec. 8 Meeting Preview: Destash Extravaganza

It's December, which all members know is our annual meeting. It's open to CTC members only...because we'll be holding our annual Destash Extravaganza!

The meeting will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Textile Center, with the following schedule:

  • 10 to 11 a.m. - Open crochet and destash sorting
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Intro, show and tell, board report, view destash
  • 12 to 1 p.m. - Team crochet trivia
  • 1 to 2 p.m. - Distribution of remaining destash

Sign in please: Please remember to check in for the destash event at the front desk when you arrive and to wear a name tag (blank tags will be available at the front table). Members will be given a table number when they enter. Members will sit at their designated table and will work with their tablemates as a team during our new crochet trivia game.

Stash drop-off: There’ll be a table at one end of the room for receiving and sorting the destash contributions.

Stash contributions: You can contribute books, magazines, and tools, as well as yarn, to the destash. Yes, please bring any unwanted or unloved yarn! Or even your loved but no longer needed yarn! If you’re donating yarn, please package the yarn in advance, ideally in plastic bags with labels briefly describing the yarn: fiber content, yardage, yarn type (such as fingering or worsted). Basically, the information you would want to know.

Let's crochet: The day will start with open crochet.

Show and tell: Next, we'll have show and tell, which we'll do from our seats (you'll keep your finished objects with you).

Review the stash: We'll take a break, a good time for a look at the all of the destash contributions. There will then be drawings for those who contributed to Crochet for a Cause and demonstration volunteers, so they get first dibs at the available goodies.

New this year - crochet trivia: At noon we’ll test our knowledge of obscure crochet facts and earn points as a team (with our tablemates). Teams will get to pick from the destash in order of points received (starting with the team who has earned the highest number of points). Trivia question developers will also have an opportunity to choose.

Distribution of the stash: The remaining items will be offered to everyone, and we’ll have drawings if more than one member is interested in an item.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

4th Saturday Meet Up: Nov. 24, Har Mar Barnes & Noble

Our next meet-up is Saturday, Nov. 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!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Nov. 10 Meeting Preview: Free Form Crochet

Free form crochet has many definitions. One thing these definitions have in common is that it's all about expressing your creativity and imagination through crochet without being confined to a specific pattern. At this month's meeting, Gloria and Julie will introduce us to this exciting technique and share examples of projects they've created with this method. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at a project and find out first-hand just how much fun it is to crochet free form.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 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 November email newsletter for the PDF; we'll also have a few extra printed copies at the meeting.)
  • Some favorite yarns. Free form is perfect for using up those bits and bobs in your stash that are too lovely to throw away, but too small for a regular project.
  • Hooks suitable for your yarn.
  • Tapestry needle, scissors and stitch markers.
Monthly meetings are free for CTC members, $5 for guests.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

CTC Demonstrating at the Fall Fiber Festival

CTC will be demonstrating at the Fall Fiber Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins. Vendors will be selling yarn, fleece, roving and other fiber-related products. Many of the vendors raise the animals that produce the fiber.

Admission and parking are free, an on-site cafeteria is available and everyone is eligible for door prize drawings.

For additional information about classes, demonstrations and location, see the Fall Fiber Festival website.

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