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Saturday, July 13, 2019

4th Saturday Meet-Up: July 27, Har Mar Barnes & Noble

Our next meet-up is Saturday, July 27, 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're able.

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 13 Meeting Preview: Market Bag Basics

Crochet market bags are the perfect summer project - lightweight, portable and easy - and you end up with a versatile eco-friendly item when you're finished. At this month's meeting, you'll learn tips and tricks for making sturdy market bags and some ideas for embellishments to make a one-of-a-kind project. Our co-instructors this month will be Andrew, who designed the Heavy Duty Market Bag, and Gloria, who tested the pattern and has lots of ideas for embellishing.

The meeting will be held Saturday, July 13, at the Textile Center, 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:

  • A printed or electronic copy of the Heavy Duty Market Bag pattern, available as a free download on Ravelry. (You can download the pattern even if you aren't logged into Ravelry.)
  • Members may also want to review the Market Bag Basics handout and bring a printed or electronic copy. (Find a PDF of the handout in the July newsletter.)
  • At least three skeins of worsted weight cotton yarn, such as Sugar 'n Cream. (The bag needs six skeins total - you'll hold 3 strands of yarn together as you crochet.)
  • Crochet hook: K10.5 (6.5 mm) or L11 (8 mm). 
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, and stitch markers
Monthly meetings are free for CTC members, $5 for guests.

NOTE: If you've made Crochet for a Cause items, please wait to bring them until the August meeting. Kathy won't be at the July meeting, but will attend in August. Thank you!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Tunisian Crochet Workshop, June 29

What do you do when a month has five Saturdays? Why, you find a way to enjoy extra crocheting, of course! This year's calendar shows June 29 as a Fifth Saturday and to make the most of it, we've decided to plan an extra education event, a Tunisian Crochet Workshop.

Everyone who is interested in learning the basics of Tunisian crochet is invited to join us on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Program Room at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville. (The Community Program Room is on the first floor near the entrance that faces Hamline Ave.) There is no charge for the workshop.

This workshop will be very informal and hands-on, with several seasoned Tunisian crocheters from CTC available to help. We’ll show you basic stitches: simple stitch, knit stitch and purl stitch. We will also help you get started with any beginning Tunisian projects you have in mind. And there will be a special show and tell table with sample Tunisian projects and examples of different types of Tunisian hooks.

Please plan on arriving promptly at 10 a.m. when the library opens. We'll use the first 15 minutes for organization and introductions, then jump into a quick demo (another 20 minutes or so), with the rest of the time for practice and individual help.

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

  • Approximately two to four ounces of worsted or bulky weight yarn.
  • A hook suitable for Tunisian for your yarn. You do not necessarily need to purchase a special Tunisian hook; several of the beginner projects can be worked on a regular crochet hook as long as the shaft does not have a thumb rest. For Tunisian, you will need to work with a hook one to three sizes larger than you'd use for regular crochet.  
  • Tapestry needle, scissors and stitch markers
  • Any of your Tunisian questions and ideas!

If you have a Tunisian pattern in mind that you'd like to begin, bring an electronic or printed copy with you.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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

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

Sunday, June 2, 2019

June 8 Meeting Preview: Bruges Lace

Bruges Lace is named after the place it originated: Bruges, Belgium. In the 15th (or 16th or 17th, depending on the source) century, the city of Bruges was famous for the bobbin lace it produced. Bobbin lace is created in strips using a multitude of wooden bobbins and requires years of experience to master. Bruges lace crochet was developed to imitate the very intricate and expensive bobbin lace.

While you may think of this technique as something that can only be done with fine crochet thread, at this month's meeting you'll learn the basics of Bruges crochet and see how it can be used with any yarn weight to create fun and fashionable hats, scarfs, shawls and clothing.

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

  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. - Open crochet
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Introductions and business
  • 11 to 11:45 a.m. -  Show and tell
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Break
  • 12 to 1 p.m. - Crochet education
  • 1 to 2 p.m. - Open crochet & committee meetings

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

  • A printed or electronic copy of the class handout. (Members: See the June email newsletter for the PDF.)
  • Approximately 2 ounces of yarn in your preferred weight (to create sample swatches). 
  • Appropriate size hook for your yarn and a hook one size smaller.
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, and stitch markers.
Monthly meetings are free for CTC members, $5 for guests.