Monthly Archives: September 2009

Class at Webs with Mary Beth Temple

Due to a majorly bad headache that scrambled all of my ability to think (or hold down food), I have made several erros on the announcement of Mary Beth Temple’s class.

So it’s Mulligan time:

The Class is THIS Friday at WEBS in North Hampton, MA (mass, not maine)…It IS FREE, and available to all crocheters who can get their hinnies down there! We want you all to represent, and it’s a great opportunity if you can get there!

More details can be found on Mary Beth Temple’s Getting Loopy website .

Sorry for the confussion, my fault, and yes, the headache is gone…

Deal of a life time! Mary Beth Temple @Webs!

Press Release: September 25 …Join author and designer Mary Beth Temple for the free debut of her newest workshop – Design It Yourself Crochet  FOR FREE on Friday October 2 from 10 – 12pm at WEBS. Even if they don’t want to design for publication, many crocheters want to design a project for themselves. While most are happy just doodling with their hooks until they get the results they want, doing just a little preparation ahead of time will make the whole process so much easier – while ensuring that you don’t run out of yarn OR patience! Handout with class notes included. If you like, bring some sketches, swatches, pencil and paper and/or a calculator to play with.


Now folks, this is the opportunity of a life time! I have spoken to Mary Beth on several occasions, been on her show, and organized an awards show with her. I KNOW she’ll be a fantabulous (yes, it’s a word, cause I say so!) teacher.

We complain about no classes, and this one is awesome. Obviously if you can’t get to Webs due to geography then you can’t make it! But you if you are able to go for the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS FUZZY…DO IT!

****NEWS****CLF Events!

This weekend I’ll be down at the Oregon Flock and Fiber checking out all the scrumptious fluffy goodness! If you are there look for me! Don’t feel shy come introduce yourself! Also, while there I’ll be inviting YOU and your friends to show up at Twisted on Broadway in Portland October 30th and 31st (yup Halloween).

International Fiber Artist and CLF Member Rockpool Candy has her mind set on getting crocheters and handspinners together to make a GIANT spider’s web that we will then felt somewhere, some how (workin’ on that). BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Jimbo will be present with his GIANT HOOK, yup we’re going to see if this HUGE HOOK will make it into the Guiness Book of World’s Records for the Largest USEABLE crochet hook! I can’t wait to see this!

Event times:

Friday October 30th all day or drop in from 5pm -8pm to enjoy some festivities!

Saturday October 31st special happening kicking off at 12noon going until  5pm!

I’ve already learned all of that…

I hear that a lot from my kids, as I homeschool them. “I already know all of that…” It doesn’t matter what the subject matter, or if they have learned all there is, and so I usually reply with, “So, did you know X?” (knowing they don’t, yet), then I begin the arduous process of helping them begin to “know all of that.”

What does this have to do with crochet? Well, I have been prone to saying (when looking at a class list), “But I know all of that!”

When I was talked into taking classes for the first time, I found out just how much of “all of that” I was missing in my repetoire. It didn’t mean I wasn’t as expert as I thought I was, it meant that I had the exciting proposition of still having much more to learn!

I had no idea how many different methods there were to achieving seams, shaping, and other people I thought far more experienced than I were interested in my often “backasswards” approach to crochet.

I think we need to be careful when we say, “I know all of that”…Especially when we have trouble specifying what we want.

When you get a group of inventive, creative, crafty people together there is always something new to learn!

I’m thinkin’ a lot about this subject these days as I plan the retreat 🙂 All of the folks on the committee are brilliant in their suggestions and ideas, and somethings I hadn’t ever thought about as a class! So, folks rethink the “I already know all of that!”

Hookalicious Happyness!

afghan crochet

Originally uploaded by carrosflickr

This afghan totally rocks! I am a huge fan of simple, clean lines. Black and white can do some of the most wonderful things in design, and this blanket proves it!

CLF Member carro, made this lovely afghan for the home out of Alpaca from Webs. I cannot find the words to express how delighted I was visually the moment the photo caught my attention! Carro designed this lovely piece after catching a glimpse of a similar thow in a movie.

This is a great testament to simplicity exuding excellence!

Carro congratulations you are duly awarded the Hookalicious Award for orochet excellence in design!

Classes…and a different question…

Ok, I asked the wrong question, or maybe I put it the wrong way. Or maybe I asked the right question in the right way for that moment, and I need to follow up with this question:

What kind of classes DO YOU WANT to take?

Inquring crochet minds want to know.

Disappointed…Why don’t you sign up for classes?

So, we whine,bitch and complain about crochet not being represented at various events, fiber festivals, and in local yarn stores. Here’s the rub, when they do offer crochet classes, often those classes get cancelled because of lack of sign ups…so what’s the deal?

Recently Myra Wood posted on the CLF message board that her classes had been canceled at the Oregon Flock & Fiber event to be held next weekend (not this weekend). I am so bummed! I was looking forward to seeing her, I am driving down from Camano Island, WA to Canby, OR to check out the event. I’ve heard it is fabulous. My dear friend & I are driving down to drool, and oogle over fibers, animals and yarn!

I am not a big class taker. I’ve had a few classes, including one by the fabulous Myra (and believe me you want to take her classes), and enjoyed myself. But, for me most of what is offered is stuff I have learned over trial and error…What I do want to learn is often not represented in the class lists, or even in my consciousness. I mean really, there are things out there I don’t know about that I may want to learn, I just have not heard of them!

So why don’t you take classes or go to these events? Why are we allowing the thought the crocheters are cheap, or don’t take classes etc to keep going? What is the deal? I want to know! Reply here people…

And speaking of crochet classes, Karen Whooley of KRWKnitwear Studios is offering a free trial class Crochet A Long on her website!