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Saturday, August 18, 2018

4th Saturday Meet-Up: Aug. 25, Mall of America

Our next 4th Saturday meet-up is Aug. 25 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 a meet-up if you're not a CTC member.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

CTC Goes to the City of Roses

Four CTC members (Joy, Alana, Julie and Gloria) made the trip to Portland, Oregon, for the annual Crochet Guild of America* Chain Link conference and all had a great time! As always, there were lots of great freebies in the various goody bags.

There were a couple of new yarns provided by sponsors that the ladies are eager to try: Red Heart "It's a Wrap" yarn and Lion Brand's "ZZ Twist" yarn. The description of the ZZ Twist yarn from Lion Brand's website is exciting - it was specifically designed with crocheters in mind! It's twisted the same direction as the yarn wraps around a crocheter's hook (don't you hate it when yarn unravels when you're crocheting?). Can't wait to hear what they have to say about their experience with this new yarn!

Everyone enjoyed their classes and especially loved classes taught by Pauline Turner and Edie Eckman. Both Pauline and Edie have several books that would make great resources.

All in all, it sounds like our members had loads of fun being fully immersed in all things crochet - connecting with old friends and making new ones. You can experience some of the fun of the CGOA Chain Link Conference by viewing their CGOA Facebook page.
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Start saving your pennies now...next year's CGOA conference will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, July 10 - 13, 2019.


*Crochet Twin Cities is a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Aug. 11 Meeting Preview: Garment Making - Getting Started

Garment making isn't just for advanced crocheters! At this meeting, CTC members Pauline, Tracy and Maxine will demonstrate some practical strategies for getting started with garment making. Even if you're a beginning crocheter, you can crochet simple and beautiful garments.

At this meeting, you'll learn about strategies for building skills for more advanced projects; skills that can be used by all levels of crocheters. We'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to bring any ideas you have - photos, sketches, or actual garments - to share with the group.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Aug, 11, 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 August Handout (Members: See the August email newsletter for the PDF; we'll also have a few extra printed copies at the meeting.) 
  • Approximately 2 ounces of yarn in your preferred weight (to create sample swatches). 
  • Appropriate size hook for your yarn. 
  • Tapestry needle, scissors and stitch markers. 

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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

4th Saturday Meet Up: July 28, Har Mar Barnes & Noble

Our next meet-up is Satruday, July 28, 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, July 7, 2018

July 14 Meeting Preview: Make and Take

Make-and-take projects are all the rage - where you make something during a short session and take it with you at the end. At this month's meeting, CTC member Andrew will share a fun and functional project he designed. It's the perfect make and take for summer: a crocheted water bottle carrier. We'd love to hear about other make-and-take projects, so be sure to bring your ideas or recommendations for other projects.

The meeting will be held Saturday, July 14, 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 handout. (Members: See the July email newsletter for the PDF; we'll also have a few extra printed copies at the meeting.)
  • Approximately 2 ounces of worsted-weight cotton yarn, such as Lily Sugar 'n Cream
  • Appropriate size hook for your yarn. Since this project will need to be crocheted fairly tightly to securely hold the water bottle, you may want to bring a smaller hook than you normally use for worsted weight yarn.
  • A water bottle you'd like to cover.  A glass water bottle is ideal for this project - the bottle will be reusable and the sturdy cover can help protect it from breakage.

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