Monthly Archives: February 2010

Team Flaming Hooks FO of the Day! Branching Leaves Scarf


leaves done

Originally uploaded by dna diva

CLF Team Flaming Hooks member Dnadiva made this great scarf for the Ravelympics. I love how pretty it is, with the delicate lace work, warm AND beautiful! Now that’s where it is at!!

Made from seductive silk & bamboo this baby would just be heavenly around the neck!

Goooooooooooooooo Team Flaming Hooks!

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Team Flaming Hooks: FO of the Day!

CLF Team Flaming Hooks member zoesarcadia made the cutest headband, better yet for herself! YAY…got to love self gratification, and we all know we need to do that as handworkers!

This is a fun accessory that is the perfect reminder in winter that those spring flowers are INDEED just around the corner!

 

Go TEAM FLAMING HOOKS! WHOO HOO!

CLF NEWS: Retreat Update

Ok crochet fans…Just a reminder that I’m working on the webpages for the retreat. I’m ALMOST done. It’s not hard to make the pages, but I was trying to figure out the logistics of how to set them up, and I have finally figured out the simplest route.

Now as you know this retreat is a bit different, people will register for their classes with the individual instructors after they sign up for the retreat…making the pages work so that you didn’t have a GAGILLION pages to surf through was my issues, and I think I have solved it 😉

The retreat will only have three hours of formal class time in the morning, but the rest of each day will be full or creative crochet opportunity with a fun packed program each night!

Teachers will be:

Deborah Burger (cerdeb on Ravelry), Bonnie Pierce (Nationally reknown freeforming Diva), Jim “Jimbo” Price (Hook maker extraordinaire), Laurie Wheeler (aka Fearless Leader), and Karen Whooley (Nationally known crochet teacher and prolific author).  Guest speakers will include, Andee Graves, Jim Price and myself and we’ll have a yarn tasting!!

Big thanks to the Center for Wooden Boats for partnering with us on this event! Remember to book your cabins or bed and breakfast accomodations now! You can find more information on our Website, and I should have everything ready for registration by the end of  this coming week.

Featured FO of the day! Car Blanket

As the first week of Ravelympics mania has us all glued to our hooks and yarn, the projects have slowed down a little in the group. If you are like me you whipped out a few quickies, and then settled into the long distance projects!

This car blanket by CLF Flaming Hooks member camelvineyard is so lovely! A great  way to stash bust!

Well done! Hook on peeps…Can’t wait for more FO’s to post about!

And, as we speak about awards and competitions…know that I am busy making the survey’s to conduct voting for the 2010 Flamie awards. It will be a little while before I’m done, but it’s the worth the wait! Stay tuned and be ready to vote when I holler GO 🙂

Team Flaming Hooks Featured FO of the Day! Flower Cuff

Originally uploaded by Crafty Kitten

 

CLF & Team Flaming Hooks member Amanda Lynn made this really cute Flower Cuff using Motif 40 & Motif 36 (which is underneath the wrist)  from Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square.

These cuffs are super hot fashion items right now! Actually they have been with the hipster/teens in my area for the past year and a half or so! I can’t count the “orders” my daughter has gotten from friends to make them, and how cute they look!

These are the perfect project to spruce up your spirits, get some immediate gratification WHILE improving your skills or learn new stitches, or…even better, just make something fun!

Well done Amanda Lynn!

We interupt the current programming for an important message! Yarn Stores LISTEN UP!

Recently one of the members of the CLF sent me a letter about his crochet activism. He’s been busy contacting companies, both online retailers of yarn, and yarn companies asking for more on the crochet side of the aisle. Amazingly he’s met with some great success. In fact, recently he got an online store to feature crochet more prominently, but in their response to him they stated that they were hard pressed to find attractive crochet patterns to feature on their web site. He relayed this to me with a standard, thoughtful crocheter answer, “Yeah, maybe we do need to step up to the plate more…”

My response was this; We can always step up to the plate more, but the “no attractive” patterns line has gotten very old to my ears. I can think of a dozen designers off the top of my head who make beautiful, practical, elegant and fashion forward designs in all realms of crochet goodness. The time of the ugly has long passed, and beyond having attractive designs, we are surpassing our old knowledge base and adding to it at rapid speed. In fact, I can think of no better time in history to be a crocheter, our materials are excellent, our access to information is beyond the pale, and our pioneering efforts are only just beginning. We are in a time of innovation and exploration, it’s a great time for crochet, and there are many designers meeting the challenge on a daily basis.

When I looked at the website he had contacted I saw that they in fact had many good crochet designs on offer, by a well known crochet designer. (Cough…cough…and Ahem….) Hair pin lace? Yup that’s crochet, Tunisian? Yup, that’s crochet. DUH. Broomstick lace? Yup that’s crochet, too.

But, in reality what I saw was a lack of designs on offer by the yarn companies that store features. Is that the designers’ fault? No, I tell you it is not. It is the fault of the yarn companies for not hiring designers to create fabulous designs for them.

Yarn companies, listen up and listen good, if you want crochet clientele then having attractive, up to date (at the least) garments will get you that clientele. Not offering more than a scarf pattern here or there is ridiculous, especially when you offer so much for other crafts in your pattern line. So, I thought I’d give the information any business wants to hear: the bottom line.

Designing a crocheted garment takes time, but not as much time as one created in pointy sticks. Crochet works up faster, therefore the initial design concept as well as any testing takes less time to make. Does it mean it takes less skills? Nope, the fabric is just created faster, it still takes plenty of technical skills and math skills to make a damn fine pattern. But you could get 10 patterns out of a crochet designer far faster than in another craft. Second of all, if you pay a designer a decent fee, and don’t make them sign their life away you’ll have a designer loyal to the core and quite willing to promote your product. That, too, is worth it’s weight in marketing budgets.

So before you start dissin’ the crochet designs out there, take another look. We long ago and far away proved there are beautiful crochet patterns out there, unless you live in Mythlandia, and if you reside there, then you only know what you have heard.

Yarn companies, come on, start hiring on the crochet designers, it will be worth your while.

FO of the Day! Stroll to the Market ~




Bag Jump Finished

Originally uploaded by SF Yarngirl

CLF Member Summergirl, made this fabulous market bag for her mom, and as an entry to the Ravelympics Bag Jump event.

Good on you Summer girl! I love this bag design. It appears you did this design yourself, no pattern (patterns? We don’t need no stinkin’ patterns…)…Love it!