Well, the holidays are over. Huge sigh of relief. They weren’t super stressful here in the Wheeler house, in fact they were nice and calm. However, now it’s time to get back to business! CLF Business.
1) We need nominations for the 2nd Annual Crochet Awards: Please make them here. I will close nominations February 3rd, 2010. I will then get voting up for a two week period. Voting is open to the public.
Also if you are in the “industry” and want someone (designer, author, etc) nominated and don’t want to do so due to wishing to remain anonymous, please feel free to pm me on Ravelry.com or email me, and I’ll the people/person/design to the nominations.
2) Retreat! Ok, time to book your accomodations! From now until May 2010 (may until June) our cabins are slotted for our retreat! If you want your pick of scenic views book today! Information on booking cabins at Cama Beach State Park, as well as alternative accomodations can be found at the CLF Website. Registration begins soon, book mark this webpage and check frequently! http://www.crochetliberationfront.com/retreatregistration.php
3) Stay tuned to the blog. This year I have a few new plans for the blog (more pages, new information) and will continue working on making our website special and prettified!
And yes, the second book will be coming out…still a bit more to do. Sadly, group projects have to deal with group schedules 🙂 And we’re all juggling as fast as we can…I can promise this: It’s worth the wait!
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Tagged 2010 Crochet Awards, Cama Beach State Park, CLF, CLF Crochet Awards, Craft Retreats, Crochet, Crochet Groups, Crochet Liberation Front, Crochet Retreat, crocheting, Flamies, Retreats, Washington State Parks, Women's Groups
Finally it’s here…I promised it was something special.
We did a lot in 2009! I know I promised at least one book this year, but I can promise it’s almost complete. My year was one of way ups and down. It started with my ex-husband passing away in January, and so we dealt with the kids going through the loss of a father they didn’t know well or remember well, but it was still a loss. This fall my father in law passed away suddenly, rocking our world…The CLF lost a big fan. I lost a great father in law, my kids lost a fantastic grandpa, and my husband lost his father. I rarely have a year I wish to see end…2009…GOOD BYE!
I have hope that 2010 will be far better than 2009.
Yet beyond my own personal “crap”…(I could call it loss, tragedy and other more descriptive nouns, but frankly, “crap” describes it better as to how I feel about it)… The CLF went from strength to strength this year!
In February the CLF helped my local community raise awareness and funds to help keep our library (my office) on the island! Hundreds of Curly Wurly Googly Eyed bookworms came to Camano Island to be adopted by our youthful library patrons. We didn’t set a donation cap, the kids could bring in a penny, or 1000 pennies to get their bookworms. One little boy (3 yrs old) was collecting a WHOLE FAMILY!…This effort definately contributed to the Sno-Isle Library Systems’ dedication to continuing our library into the future! Thank you CLF!
We sponsored the first ever Crochet Awards: The Flamies! A huge thank you to Mary Beth Temple for hosting the Flamies on her show! We’re doing again next year, right now we’re accepting nominations!
We went to the CGOA Regional in Portland! And many of you went to the National in Buffalo! I went to the Sock Summit, and found that most of the vendors were more than friendly, they were welcoming!
With Rockpool Candy and Jimbo we unveiled the world’s largest hook in Portland, and crocheted a giant spider’s web!
It was a good year for the CLF. Check out the video I made to represent all we did! You never know you might see yourself!
Posted in 2009 Crochet Awards, activism, blogging, blogtalkradio, Bonnie Pierce, Broomstick Lace, Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island Library, CGOA, CGOA Regional Show, Christmas Crochet, CLF, CLF awards, Fearless Leader, Feminine Handcrafts
Tagged 2009, CGOA, CLF, Crochet, Crochet Groups, crocheting, New Year, Podcast, Video, Year End
We interupt the regular scheduled programming of the Blog for an important announcement!
As you know I have offered to help Candi Jensen, Executive Producer of Knit and Crochet Today bring awareness to the public about the need for underwriting dollars and private donations.
Folks we’re starting to get down to the wire, and yes Candi has secured some new underwriting dollars, and yes the donations are beginning, but we are only about half way to where we need to be in order for Season 3 to hit the airwaves in January! By the middle of September we need to be fully funded! So, crocheters, knitters, yarn lovers if you can donate $5, $10, $20 or heck $50 to the show, you will be listed as a donor on the website and make history!
Did you know that the show is the number one rated of it’s kind in the USA? And it even got nominated for a Regional Emmy!
If you haven’t been able to see the show, you can check it out on the Detroit PBS Website! If you want a sneak peak of Season 3 check out this interview with Debbie Maccomber on the Knit and Crochet Today Website!
And to donate? Easy peasy just go here! http://www.knitandcrochettoday.com/donate.html
You can also sign up for the upcoming newsletter and register to get free patterns! YAY! Check it out!
If you can help please do! This is such a great show and Candi Jensen is a brave and talented woman for tackling such a great venture!
Posted in activism, Award Winning Crochet, candi jensen, CLF, crafting, Crafts, Crochet Patterns
Tagged Brett Bara, CLF, crafting, Crochet, Debbie Maccomber, Detroit PBS, Free Patterns, How to Videos, knit and crochet today, knitting, PBS, Television, yarn
CLF member Hapikamper shows us that indeed texture and drape work!
Ok, I agonized, I tossed, and I turned. It was so hard to decide who won the competition! All of the examples were excellent! Thank you to all who entered the competition! Many of those entries can be seen on our new blog page: Crochet & Drape.
Without further ado…The first place winner of the Baby Got Drape Competition (and recipient of our First Ever Book) is: Leslie P. aka Hapikamper!
Her Copenhagen Jacket is really fabulous! It shows that a solid, and textured stitch pattern can indeed be drapey!
Congratulations Lelsie, this is a wonderful example of drape!
My second pick (and recipient of a CLF T-shirt), is by Sarah C. aka Ms. Busyfingers, who used a Merino/Silk yarn that she dyed with Lichen to make this goreous dress. She designed the dress inspired by Angela Best’s Teal Leaves Sweater. She used a 3.5 mm hook with the above mentioned sock yarn!
- CLF Member Ms. Busyfingers proves lace and drape.
Thank you to all of those who submitted photos! It was hard to choose winners, because each entry was fabulous! Your wonderful work is on it’s own page now!
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Tagged awards, CLF, competitionl, Crochet, Crochet Awards, crochet cables, crocheting, Drape, Fabric, Lace
First Iwould love to share the great news that Mary Beth Temple’s Hooked for LIfe is going into it’s second printing! Hah, we kept saying the crocheters could read! Congratulatoins to Mary Beth Temple on that brilliant good news, and I have to admit that after the review here on the CLF Blog; I have read and read the book at least five times 🙂 Love it!
I WANT MORE LIKE THIS!
By the way, it’s Monday and that means Mary Beth Temple’s LIVE podcast happens at 9pm Eastern/6 Pacific at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mary-beth-temple! Don’t miss her show!
And more information about the competition!
Someone posed this thought/question “Is it not unfair to have lace entered or open work because they automatically drape?”
Nope. It’s not unfair, and one reason is that they do not always automatically drape. I make lace so tight I don’t need starch. And, if you use worsted weight yarn and a g hook you get stiff no matter what, you may end up with a “drapier” fabric that way, but it will not necessarily produce drape.
We want every kind of drape you can think of in crochet: Solid fabric, open work, lace, swatches of all of those…what ever. Send in your photos PLEASE!
The more PROOF we have the better, and I promise a WHOLE BLOG PAGE to the results!
Remember the competition ends August 9th! I want pictures!
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Tagged best sellers, Blog Competition, Blog Talk Radio, Books, CLF, competition, Crochet, Crochet Liberation Front, crocheting, Drape, Fabric, getting loopy., Hooked For Life, Mary Beth Temple
Call it a cozy, call it a bag, this is so darn cute!
CLF Member KAshmore makes these really cute bags to hold your Gadgets! The pattern is available for download at her Etsy store,
KAshmore pat yourself on the back! These bags have earned you the Kitschalicious Award for awesome crochet kitsch!
Hooks Raised, CLF Salute!
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Tagged cell phone cozy, CLF, cotton crochet, cozy, Crochet, crochet award, Crochet Liberation Front, crocheting with cotton, easy crochet patterns, Etsy, Kitschalicious, pattern downloads