Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Meeting Hightlights: Substituting Yarn

Happy National Crochet Month!  Joan, Julie, Maxine and others started the March meeting by telling us about their experiences with setting up for the Start Seeing Crochet exhibit showcasing work by Crochet Twin Cities members.  Check out Maxine's blog to read all about it.

Carol attended Leslie Pontz's 3-D Crochet class and shared some of her observations on Leslie's methods and use of math.  Leslie is the visiting artist whose Shaping Space exhibit is being featured in the Joan Mondale Gallery at the Textile Center through the end of May.

If you attended the March meeting, you were also party to a engaging conversation about yarn substitutions. Carol had us considering not only guage, weight, yardage, fiber content and garment structure, but also thinking about how the color effects, care requirements and other factors should be accounted for when choosing a yarn for a pattern.

Julie brought two cowls made from the same pattern in different yarns to illustrate just how much difference a choice of yarn can make in your completed project. These two purses are another example.
Another example can be seen in the gallery show - Theresa & Carla followed the same pattern for the tunisian crochet cat purses, but the resulting sizes vary due to use of different yarn/thread weight. Theresa & Stephanie each brought in skeins of the Lion Brand Recycled Cotton in rose coral and sunshine from the CAL sweater pattern, so others could touch as well as see the yarn and colors in real life.

Due to a large event being held at the Textile Center, our April 12 meeting will be at St. Catherine University (Couer de Catherine, Room 495).  See St. Kate's website for directions, campus maps and parking information.  Parking permits for on campus parking will be sent out prior to the meeting. Details will be also be included in the preview post. Watch for details about the 4th & 5th Saturday meet-ups soon. Contact ctclist@gmail.com with questions.