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!

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!

Team Flaming Hooks: FO of the Day

FO? What’s that? An FO is a Finished Object, as opposed to a UFO which is an Unfinished Object 🙂

Today’s FO in the Spotlight is by CLF Member Traciecrochets, aka Tracie Barrett! Tracie participated in the CAL hosted by noneother than CLF member and online radio Diva, Mary Beth Temple for the Beaded Thistle Shawl.

Tracie finished this piece for the WIP competition  Short Track Shawl competition. Meaning Tracie completed this in three days! What a hooker!  Works in Progress were given their own category. What a stunning entry, what a fabulous pattern, and great Design from Mary Beth.

Stay tuned to the CLF for more yummy, gorgeous, or down right inventive FO features!

Ravelympic 2010 updates…

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a little distracted by all the exciting things happening on my television set! I was crocheting alone, and then the Mogul competition got going and I forgot to keep crocheting and lost what row I was on…Thank heaven’s my big project for the design a published pattern is a pretty easy to remember stitch repetition for the base of it!

So, far I am not the only Team Flaming Hooks member to face an injury, after the attack on my finger, fellow team mate and all star crocheter, Crochetexaminer, had the wind come out of no where and slam a door on her finger…I tell ya, it’s a conspiracy…Of what? By whom? Who knows…All jokes aside, it’s so much fun to do this, it’s exciting to crochet for the stretch of it, stretching our skills, our speed, our talents, our knowledge base, that’s the best part!

With over 50 projects listed on our Team Flaming Hooks group projects page, most of them finished, this appears it will be an active games! I will be featuring these throughout the week…For now, I’ll feature the one I made impromptu yesturday for my neice, Wonder Princess Gwen…A heart shaped pocket purse (that came with some yummy bon bons)…Just in time for Ravelympics and Valentine’s Day! WHOOT!

Let the Games Begin!

At 6pm Pacific Standard Time the Ravelympics kicked off! Team Flaming Hooks, the official team of the Crochet Liberation Front, started the games in fine form. Balls were wound, hooks polished and at the ready. The team had limbered up with stretching exercises and yes, those fabulous finger exercises that really wiggle and loosen you up!

This team member, Fearless Leader, has begun the games with an injured index finger. That’s right, Thursday evening while cooking dinner a can lid jumped out an attacked my finger. So, far it doesn’t look like it will impair my abilities in competing!

So, far I have completed a child’s neck warmer, and am working on a valentine’s day themed scarf for my daughter, I have the stitch pattern worked up and the wrap I am designing for the pattern writing event ready to go, and today I will be out with hubby all day driving from book store to book store, so should get a fair amount completed on that drive. I am hoping to complete the It’s a Wrap and pattern in a few days. It’s a simple stitch pattern, just working on the dimensions, but as with all things simple, ever mistake can show, so working on keeping up the polish.

Also in the works, a vest to go with the cutest blouse I bought the other day…Isn’t that why we buy clothes?

Don’t forget that you can root for our team, we need cheers and cheerleaders for the CLF!!

Hook on my friends! Hook on!

ETA:  I thought perhaps listing the wacky events might inspire some cheering and participation! For more information go to Ravelry.com  to the official Ravelympics Group Page for rules etc…

  • Aerial Unwind eventaerial (Frog those poor unloved projects to reclaim that yarn. (This event only: requires a WIP or FO pic and frog pile pic)
  • Bag Jump eventbagjump (Bags, totes, pouches)
  • Beading Biathlon eventbead (All things beaded and embellished)
  • Bobsled eventbobsled (All things pets)
  • Cable Cross-Country eventcable (All things cables)
  • Charity Curling eventcharity (Projects for charity)
  • Designer Biathlon eventdesignerbiathlon (From a swatch to published pattern in 17 days sample completed and pattern released on ravelry – swatching allowed before torch lit)
  • Designer Original Dance eventdesignerdance (Create your own design sample from scratch in 17 days {swatching allowed before torch lit}; pattern need not be written])
  • Designer Pattern Skeleton eventdesignerpattern (Create a publishable pattern (sample can be already knit); do what you feel is necessary to produce a publishable pattern testing, editing, etc)
  • Downhill Dyeing eventdyeing (dyeing yarns – this will only create stash)
  • Felting Freestyle eventfelting (All things felting and fulled)
  • Fleece to FO Long-Track eventfleece (Start with fleece or roving and create a finished object)
  • Flying Camel Spin eventflyingcamel (Just spinning…lots and lots of spinning)
  • Free Dance eventfreedance (Don’t fit into any other event? This is for you)
  • Giant Slalom-ghan eventgiantslalomghan (Afghan, blankets, throws)
  • Hat Halfpipe eventhathalfpipe (All things hats and heads)
  • Holiday Jump-Start Skiing eventholiday (Projects to be gifted/given in Dec 2010 and holiday-themed items; also any gift-giving projects qualify here )
  • Junior Olympics eventjunior (garments/accessories for kids and babies {toys have their own event})
  • Labyrinth Weaving eventweaving (All things woven)
  • Lace Luge eventlaceluge (Lace patterns and laceweight yarns)
  • Mitten Moguls eventmittenmoguls (Mittens, gloves, anything that covers hands/wrists/arms)
  • Nordic Colorwork Combined eventnordiccolorwork (Colorwork, intarsia, fair isle)
  • Platter Lift eventplatter (Home and décor projects)
  • Samalog Machine Skate eventsamalog (Machine knitting)
  • Scarf Super-G eventsuperg (Scarves, cowls, neckwarmers, smokerings, scarflettes…all things neck)
  • Short Track Shawls eventshorttrackshawls (Shawls, stoles, wraps, shawlettes)
  • Single Skein Speed Skate eventspeedskate (Projects of just one skein/hank)
  • Skelegurumi eventskelegurumi (Toys and amigurumis)
  • SnowCross eventsnowcross (Projects that combine knitting, crochet, needle-felting, embroidery, sewing …; minimum of 2 crafts combined together)
  • Sock Hockey eventsockhockey (All things socks and slippers)
  • Stash Compulsory Dance eventstashdance (Use of long-neglected stash purchased at least 1 year ago)
  • Sweaterboard Cross eventsweaterboard (All forms of sweaters, vests, cardis, pullovers, boleros)
  • WIPs-Dancing eventwipsdancing (WIPs/UFOs and only these; Projects not touched since Jan 12th)