Monthly Archives: October 2010

Crochet@Cama in Review ~ Photos and Fun!

 The retreat began with beautiful music by Don and Deb (Cerdeb) Burger of North Carolina, our LYSO (Local Yarn Store Owner) Sirkku Bingham joined in to play her sheep! Goody bags in hand, with crochet hooks at the ready, the first of many evening door prize drawings got the festivities kicked off!

The weather was unseasonably beautiful, and I’d love to take credit for it, but I’m not going to…beautiful sunny brisk days with gorgeous moonlit nights, and the water…Did I mention it stayed glass like all through the retreat? Eeriely fabulous!

From morning classes where folks learned new skills…

And yes...we bought yarn!

On Monday the local yarn store in Stanwood WA, Pinch Knitter Yarns hosted a wonderful luncheon party for our group of mad crocheters! Wonderful nibbles and fabulous yarn was had by all!

Monday night Andee Graves (Mama2Hands) gave an inspiring and intreguing talk about ergonomics and how to keep our hands, shoulders and necks healthy as we hook! Inspiring because she’s coming up with several classes for next year that will help crocheters on their road to healthy hooking and creative expression! I just can’t wait!!

Andee teaching us all about hooks, handles, grips and stretching!

Tuesday featured more classes! From free form to Commando Crochet to the dyeing of much, much yarn…

Bonnie Pierce free form crochet artist extraordinaire with Mary McDaniel

Many yarns were dyed on Tues

Jimbo and his giant hook "Dippy"

The Center For Wooden Boats' nautical afghan was nearly complete!

Deb Burger took on the charity afghan project. It’s not just any project, but a beautiful nautical themed afghan done in filet using Plymouth Encore. We finished all of the squares (20x20in) and just a bit of the border was left. More to come on that in future blog posts!

We had a great time trying on new stitches, and modeling each other’s clothes!

Group photo and ready for next year!

More retreat photos to come here on the blog and on our website! One thing for sure, we’re doing this again!! Mark your calendars for 2011! October 16-20 at Cama Beach State Park!!
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Hooks Raised! CLF SALUTE!

Today I was so excited to get a message from a good friend on Facebook, telling me they enjoyed the story run by the Everett Herald (Everett, WA) about the CLF  retreat!http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20101012/LIVING/710129999/1027 .Another good friend had contacted a reporter and told them they HAD to run the story because we’re too goofy upon which not to report!

So, I ran up to the store and bought me a copy of the Herald, and right after the story on the bedbug issue facing America, I found our retreat story…And I was reminded of something…We ARE dedicated to global domination of the hook!

Here I’ve been so dang busy getting ready for the retreat, and before that sitting in my little puddle of pity party that I forgot  our campaign to take over the world! Egads, where was my head at! Of course we’re aiming to take over the world with our crochet goodness! Can you imagine if bombs were just made out of yarn? And if all of our cookies were crocheted? (Well the short fibers can get stuck in your teeth, so I say we stick to the real deal with it comes to cookies.)

But seriously, the aim of our group is to make the world a little lighter and brighter, to empower ourselves and each other with our creative spirit! Using our crochet as the media to propel the world into a more mature discourse. How do you do that with a joke? Easy.

We don’t need anyone to think we’re valuable or real, or with it or hip or happening. We need to know that we are valuable, real, hip, happening and with it! We need to understand that what other people say about our craft is hooey and we can show it’s hooey, but we don’t have to. We don’t have to prove a darn thing to anyone.

We are liberating ourselves from the ignorant confines of those who have not studied or lived and breathed the hooks! We are liberating ourselves from outdated stereotypes, including that women’s work is inferior.

Oh sure the captains of industry and CEOs get all the glory (and take everyone’s money), but we take nothing…we give. We make gifts and create things for others, we make things for ourselves, but do we hurt anyone else in the process? Not unless we stab them with a hook, and we know that is only by accident, right? ummm…right? (Ok CLF clause 256b states firmly that all crochet hook stabbings must be accidental, any purposeful stabbings will cause the stabber to be immediately removed from the group.)

So, raise your hooks in solidarity…cause babies we got world dominating to do!

Hooks & Boats

 This is where hooks shall be whittled with Jimbo the greatest hook maker I know! The best part about him coming to the retreat (besides getting to see him cause he’s so awesome) is that he’s teaching how to whittle your own hooks, and both my hubby and my son’s best friend signed up to take his class! Hah! More hooks for me!

Fall has definately arrived at Cama, sadly we’re not getting huge amounts of fall color because of the way we were wet and then really dry, the poor leaves aren’t real sure about what to do! Yet we’re having the most glorious foggy mornings with crisp sunny days! WONDERFUL weather for a retreat! Now if the orcas show up like I ordered it’s all good!

I was taking care of details and logistics with Andrew from CWB and park staff yesturday. You wouldn’t believe how excited everyone is for the retreat to start! I brought Big Red the octopus, which I finally finished, just need to weave in ends, and they fell in love!

They are all plotting and scheming along side me about how to best do the exhibit and how to get as much participation as possible, and where to do fundraisers with it! It’s great to have our enthusiasm for our craft spill over to others! Ok, so most of these folks are like family to me, this park is really special and we have all put our heart and soul into it, so you know that makes a difference. But in some odd way I feel like I can finally bring two of the best things in my life together in one place! The CLF and Cama Beach, what a fabulous combo!

You still have time to sign up for the retreat but not much, I stop taking registrations Oct. 10. Even day pass folks get the fabulous goody bags so, if you can only make it for the day please come! To register go to our website!

Crochet Madness

We are sitting at 11 days until the retreat…am I nervous? Who me? Me? Nervous…nah…ok…well just a little bit. It’s a good nervous though, with donations pouring in from all over the place our goody bags, project supplies, door prizes and yarn tasting will be phenominal! It is indeed a crochet fantasy come true!

Just look at the list of donors to the retreat!

Plus Center For Wooden Boats for allowing us to partner with them in showing off their fabulous Cama Beach  Campus and for bringing in a Fancy Knotwork expert!  I also want to thank the gang at Laurell Hill for giving be a sweet deal on their wood hooks! AND Finally and certainly not least at all, to Sirkku and Pirk Bingham for all of their support and offering up Pinch Knitter Yarns on Monday of the retreat for a private party! Sirkku has been ever so supportive of the retreat, and me personally I don’t know how I would have gotten through August and September without her!

  It’s better than Christmas watching the goodies roll in!

Now if this isn’t just making you drool remember there are still a few more days to get your registration in for the retreat. We have room for another 4 or 5 people to stay at the retreat, and there are a few day passes left. To register go to the CLF Website, if you have questions please email me and I’ll get back to you asap!

Can you imagine four days filled with crochet, hooks, yarn? Making colorwork squares, playing the free form game, learning new skills, carving your own hooks, learning to dye for crochet? Can you imagine creating Puget Sound in yarn? All of that and so much more is on the agenda for the retreat!

By the way…remember that octopus I’ve been crocheting? Well Madame Cr-Octopus is complete 😀 She has approximately 285 suckers, and only part of her eighth leg, that one got caught in some mishap (or I ran out of that yarn…) it looks pretty realistic all told. Next I’m working on eel grass…straight lines sound good to me 😀

The Red Octopus created for the Puget Sound-Scape Project. This was taken before completion