Monthly Archives: March 2010

We bid (Inter) National Crochet Month Au Revoir…

But, not adieu!  March has come and gone oh so quickly! (Inter)Natcromo has been a wild and wooly time on the CLF message board, on Ravelry for the Crochet Party, and the tweets have been fabulous! (You can follow the CLF on Twitter, CrochetLibFront )

I know many of us were inspired to crochet more, or expand our crochet skills. I found myself crocheting at break neck speed, I’ve done three blankets, some unique squares for the local LYS, and a baby hat, currently I am having an adventure with plarn. Yes, plarn. I’m making easter baskets out of the billions of shopping bags I have at home, that I am so sick of stuffing into drawers, even when I remember to reuse them as shopping bags they multiply. I’ve invented a fun little design to make my very eco-conscious teens some pretty cool baskets out of this plarn, and that is my contribution to Natcromo.

I’ll feature the free form stylings that the partiers on Ravelry.com have been hard at hooking through out the month of March. If you missed out on the party, never fear they have the instructions for the Free Form Game up for posterity, give it a try!! It’s so much fun.

The Flamies went exceedingly well, with 30% more voting than last year! Amazing, thousands of votes!! Thank you for participating, and thanks to the nominees for their gracious participation! I look forward to announcing the winners on Getting Loopy on April 19th, 2010!

What did you do for Natcromo? Did you learn a new crochet skill? Did you crank out the gifts? Are you ready for Christmas already? Never mind, don’t answer that, I don’t know that I’m quite ready to hear from folks that organized!

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CLF NEWS: Crochet Award Nominees for Best Indi Crochet Hooks

As promised the blogging about Crochet Award nominees continues! With once again a reminder to tune into Getting Loopy with Mary Beth Temple on April 19th, 2010 at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern! You can find out who the winners are then, with special guests and hilarious (promise) commentary!!

Today we’ll feature the nominees for Best Crochet Hooks made by an individual. Indie hooks offer us some of the most unique hooking tools! All of these are wonderful hook makers and have done so much to make beautiful and useful objects to brighten our crochet days! Please check out their websites and wonderful hooks, all of these are beautifully made, and wonderful tools. I actually own hooks from most of these makers, and I love them all!

Turn of the Century Hooks: Fine hand turned hooks in a variety of wood, and styles.

Brain’s Barn:  featuring Custom Handcrafted Wood Crochet Hooks and other Wooden Needlework Items created from a variety of domestic & exotic hardwoods.

Jenkins Woodworking: All Fiber Art tools are made by Ed’s hands in his home shop without the use of computerized machine or sophisticated tools.

Ernst Glass : Our glass crochet hooks are individually handcrafted by Sheila & Michael using the flameworking technique. They come in a hard shell gray or black case for safe and easy storage. (With a no questions asked lifetime waranty.)

Jimbo’s Hooks : Hand turned hooks for sale by auction on Jim’s blog.

 Also please don’t forget to register for the 2010 CLF Retreat “Crochet @ Cama” more details on the CLF Website!

CLF Happenings…

The CLF Message board is a very busy place, sometimes it’s dizzyingly busy! But recently we’ve had several topics come up that are quite interesting.

The first of note is a discussion about standards in crochet, and there are some out in the world floating around, but nothing really staunch. And well, maybe it’s a good thing, and maybe it’s not. What is a great thing is the wonderfully mature discussion happening about the subject. I invite you to weigh in on the topic here in this thread 😉

Also interesting was some folks asking where to get things with the CLF logo, a button, bumper stitcker, stickers or something! Well we do have something available in our Zazzle storefront, so if you want to brandish your CLF pride, go to our store and grab something 😉 I don’t promote that as much as I should, but mostly cause I don’t want to irritate you all with it!

Also, are you interested in being part of the 2011 Flamies nominating committee? I will be posting more information in the coming weeks, but think about it! I will have some criteria created and we’ll accept nominations on the CLF board as per normal, and then we’ll make make our final decisions 😉 This whole Flamie thing is kind of a big deal now, one more fun idea that took off! Never ceases to amaze me 😉

CLF News: Activism Pays Off!! Success!

Dearest CLF Members and Crochet Lovers,

After two and a half years of ceaseless struggle, and positive proactive action, I am proud to share a success with you! As you know, we crochet lovers have complained bitterly for years about the lack of crocheted samples in yarn stores, and big box craft stores. Tonight, I saw first hand that our pleas for equitable treatment have been answered and I want to first thank you for remaining ever vigilant, and secondly thank the yarn brands and the store for finally offering us samples of yarn worked up in crochet!

Lily Sugar n Cream as well as Michael’s store brand of yarn, both had large samples of crocheted pieces on display, well in view, with their yarn at Michael’s in Smokey Point, Washington. I know this, because I went there tonight on a last minute I need yarn for washcloths run. I was stunned, I was surprised, I squeed in glee. I floated and bounced, and even my 16 year old daughter was tickled and did not admonish me for practically skipping through the store!

I am so happy to see this! It was wonderful to see the work in plain sight, for all the world to see. And they were PRETTY samples, well crocheted, in nice stitch patterns, they showed off the yarn, and were finished…yes, the samples were finished…

As you know I have taken Michael’s to task here on this blog, and you also know I am all about fairness. So, here it is…Michael’s I know I told you before that you had made “Little Timmy cry”, but tonight, you made Laurie giggle in crochet glee. Thank you so much for listening, and we hope to see so much more! (I bought even more sugar n cream that I had planned, just to support the samples!)

CLF News: 2010 Voting, results are in…

Yeah, isn’t that a tease, cause I won’t say who won, not just yet…but the results are in! Voting ended last night at 11:59pm Pacific as planned. Winners will be announced on Getting Loopy, Monday April 19th!

If you are a winner you will be hearing from me this week, to all of the nominees I congratulate you on being nominated by your peers in crochet, and know  that too, is a winning vote!

Now, I promise to continue blogging about the various categories that I couldn’t get to before the vote, and I shall. I do want you to know that frankly the blog posts influenced the voting very little. I also want to tell you that next years process is going to be different. I will be forming a nominating committee and we will take suggestions from the CLF, but I figure two or three people to work with me, will help make the process a little more well rounded and fleshed out 😉

Thanks to all who participated in the process!

Nominees for Best Podcast:

Getting Loopy

The Yarnthing Podcast

The Crochet Side

All of these are fine podcasts, and even though Mary Beth Temple is our Flamies host, I can tell you I personally enjoyed all THREE of these. Though sadly The Crochet Side has been put to bed.

CLF NEWS: 2010 Crochet Awards Nominees for Best Crochet Designer: Home Decor

Well, if you haven’t voted you have until 11:59pm Pacific tonight to do so! We have had a huge turn out in voting with more than a 30% increase in total votes over last year! Thank you so much!

I would like to put a huge thank you to Knit and Crochet Now (On PBS Television throughout the Country) for featuring the CLF and the Flamies in their latest news letter!

It’s been a fun race to watch and there some still very very tight races, every vote counts so if you haven’t voted, please do before the deadline tonight!

Without further ado the nominees for Best Designer: Home Decor are…

Treva McCain

Marty Miller

Karen Ratto Whooley

Regina Rious Gonzalez

CLF News: 2010 Crochet Awards Nominees for Best New Designer

Hey there CLFers and Crochetiers! Don’t forget that voting ends on March 22, this coming Monday! Then mark your calendars to find out who the winners are on the Getting Loopy Podcast with Mary Beth Temple on Monday April 19, 2010.  The show will be live and crazy, and we will make every effort to avoid technical difficulties, but no promises! (And for you Loopyites, yes there really is the “Evil British Lady” talking into your ear when you are a guest on that show, it’s not just a figment of MBT’s imagination!)

Best New Designer is my favorite category! Many of these people have crocheted for a long time, but have only recently started selling their designs. Others are young and tenancious getting out there early in life! So cool to have nominations in a variety of areas, from fashion and accessories to amigurumi! Way to go CLF for remembering that our craft is vast with potential! So, let’s just have a huge virtual round of applause for starting your publishing career to these folks! It’s not easy to write good patterns, and I think we should all be more appreciative of those who do!

Karen Drouin  Aphrodite Shawl for Caron International Yarns

Kimberly McAlindin  Moss Fern Wrap featured in Interweave Crochet Fall 2009

Melissa Horozewski Drop StitchDrama from Stitch Scene

Chelsey Norquay  Pretender from Inside Crochet, Issue 1 April/May 2009 

Dawn Toussaint  Scarecrow bear from dawntoussaint.com

Vickie Lewis Dodo from Birds and the Bees (Etsy Shop)