Friday, October 31, 2014

CAL Fashion Show and Slip Stitch Crochet: Nov 8 Meeting Preview

This year we've had a  CAL (crochet-a-long) project and this month we hope to see everyone who has participated strut their stuff in a gala Fashion Show! So far, we have seen glimpses of projects like this photo but now we get to see the finished sweaters. If you've made a CAL sweater, please bring it to the meeting but don't wear it - we'd like you to put it on just before the Fashion Show.

After the Fashion Show, we'll have an education session featuring slip stitch crochet. Think that slip stitch is only used for things like joining rounds, closing picots, or seaming? Well, think again because all items in this photo are made entirely of slip stitch! In this session, you'll learn how some innovative designers have turned the slip stitch into a whole family of stitches - and get a chance to practice slip stitch crochet yourself.

The meeting will be Saturday November 8 at the Textile Center of Minnesota, 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, with the following schedule:.
  • 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Open Crochet
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Show n Tell and Business
  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Fashion Show followed by Slip Stitch Crochet
Important schedule information: 
The U of M Minnesota Gophers football team has a game at 11:00 AM that same day at TCF Bank Stadium, which is only a few blocks away. The area will be crowded so plan accordingly - take public transportation or car pool and if you drive, come early and allow extra time to find parking.

To get the most out of the slip-stitch crochet session, bring along the following supplies. Note that there are two hook sizes that you'll need, we will have some extra in the larger size so don't worry if you can't find that size.

  • Smooth worsted weight yarn in a light or medium color - wool, acrylic, or blend but no cotton. Cotton does not have enough "springiness" when you're learning this technique.
  • 6.50 mm hook (J-10.5)
  • 10.00 mm hook (brands vary: N, N-15, or P)

If you're participating in the Fashion Show, be sure to wear something that will show off your CAL sweater to best advantage - perhaps a turtleneck in a solid color.

We hope you can join us!