Category Archives: Crochet Groups

News and more on Drape Competition!

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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Hookalicious Wrap!

CLF Member adr1enne made this gorgeous wrap using Motif 6 from Edie Eckman’s book Beyond the Square.

This wrap wins our hookaclicious award! I love the motifs, I love the colors and I love the wrap.

If you haven’t checked out Beyond the Square by Edie Eckman it’s a fabulous book of motif patterns, with suggestions in cartoon for for project ideas! I bought the book when it came out, but haven’t had much chance to use it, since my daughter took it for her own use and I am probably gonna just have to knuckle under and buy myself another copy!

Once again I shall say, I LOVE THIS WRAP! It should exactly what we can do with a simple idea, some hooks and some yarn! Congratulations adr1enne!

Check out her project notes on Ravelry, for they too were excellent!

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/adr1enne/motif-6

Weaving in ends…a never ending task.

Weaving in ends is the chore I hate the most. I hate weaving in ends so much, that I have been known to crochet over them as much as possible, or create a fringe to incorporate all the loose ends…there are many creative ways to avoid weaving in ends; unless you can’t.

I just finished the skirt I designed for my teenage daughter, and am thinking of submitting for the design contenst for the CGOA (if I’m not too late). I have spent all evening weaving in ends, and then I still didn’t like the skirt. I realized why once I wove in all the ends, or at least part of the reason anyway; I resented it. I resented the skirt for being that kind of project, you know the kind…the kind where I have to weave in the dang ends. So, I put it down, walked away, had a cup of tea, ate a salad, and came back to it.

Oddly enough, that brief moment of walking away made me look at the skirt in a different light. First of all the daughter loves it. Secondly, the real reason I didn’t like it, is that it needed just a little “something” to finish it. When I figured out that the little something was a really quick and simple fix, I did it, wove in the ends, and voiila. I actually like the skirt now.

Weaving in ends is kind of like the details of life. The little chores we don’t really enjoy doing that make everything else just look better, or at least allow for the space to see what is the real issue. So I am here to say that this week, I will be weaving in some ends in the CLF to do list.

I don’t ignore those ends, there are just a lot of them, and I am only one person. I will be getting in touch with a few of you in order to get some help on some minor details that I do not have to do on my own. But, sadly, some of these things are up to me, and me alone. I don’t mind it, I don’t avoid them, they just pile up, and I’m working through them while staying current on the dailing stuff. So, last week I worked on the website, this week tying up some other loose ends to do with CLF stuff, and I will get back to working on book two.  One of my top priorities is getting a day planner.

What? I don’t have one? Nah, I threw out my old one 10 years ago, swearing I would never own one again (that and a watch), and sigh…here I go getting one. Never say never.

Some results…and FROGGIN’

Hey there minions and ring leaders!

Today I was checking out our “Charts/No Charts” thread on Ravelry, and so far we have 151 readers (so um…if you haven’t checked in wanna do it), and so far here are the results:

77 are for
24 are in the against/don’t care camp.
1 person feels strongly enough to disagree (which wasn’t really an option, but we get your point. You don’t like charts 🙂 )

Now down to doughnuts…I have to FROG…

I don’t mean a little frogging, but a lot of frogging. I have to take a part my “stupid” Fearless Leader Vest. The front panels aren’t going with the back at all, the shaping is not working…and I’m just annoyed. I won’t have it done for Portland, but I have a cute little bolero number that I finally finished to make up for it.

SIGH….The front panels will end up in a different sweater entirely. The back will be a SUPER FEARLESS LEADER CAPE! Cause dang it, it’s too cool to just leave unfinished. But, I only have about two weeks until Sara and I hit the rails south to Portland. I may take it to work on, though it’s pretty heavy.

I think I’ll just leave it home. I mean when you have to carry your own luggage you start thinking about things like that.

Back to the bolero…ooooh it’s cute 🙂 I put brass bells on the bottom of the vest, so if you hear jingling in Portland it’s me 🙂

Get your historic copy of the Crochet Liberation Front First Ever Book!

Drum roll please…

THIS IS HOW WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY!!!
You can now purchase the book!! It’s available on both our createspace.com e-store and on Amazon.com. If you want the special CLF Member discount join our group on Ravelry.com, we have a locked/stickied thread with your extraspecial discount code.
For LYS purchases and other book sellers I have a special wholesale code for you too (no minimum purchase either) please email me!! and I’ll send you YOUR SPECIAL code.

So here are some of the pretties that are in the book…

Broomstick Lace Wrap by Tracie Barrett (aka Traciecrochets)

Sea Horsin’ Around by Jennifer Reeve (Craftkitten)

Veritas, Equitas by Danielle Krasner (Laracroft) Not only is there a killer pattern here with color chart, she also has TWO photo tutorials on this phenominal technique!!

Yin Yan Ball Keychain by Mimi Alelis (mimicat)

There are 36 fabulous patterns, 13 articles all by crocheters FOR crocheters!

That’s right folks, we are crochet lovers and we show it!

Everything from Purple People Eaters to beautiful fingerless gloves, smart sweaters and funky doodle socks!

We rock…and this book shows just how hard!

International Crochet Day: September 12

ATTENTION ALL CROCHET ENTHUSIASTS!! Are you READY!?

Beloved master hook enabler and hooksmith Jimbo (of jimbosfrontporch.blogspot.com fame) decreed Sept. 12th of each year to be International Crochet Day!

How are you going to honor this illustrious day of crocheting goodness?

Here are some ideas Jimbo has offered on the CLF Message Board:

  • Crochet in public
  • Teach someone to crochet
  • promote Internatinal Crochet day in your blog

Other members have said they shall parade the streets of where they live festooned in crocheted lovliness!

What is Fearless Leader doing for International Crochet Day?

HAH! I am in Portland from the Knit and Crochet Show (I know it should be Crochet and Knit show but you know….one day we shall over come such sad titles of events)…

Come by booth 514 at the Oregon Convention Center to liberate your hooks!! We’ll crochet loud and proud (or quietly with elegant ease…either way works)…

Thank you to our dearest Jimbo, hook maker extraordinare!! In fact he is one Hookalicious Dude…and I now honor him with the Hookalicious Award for outstanding, bodacious, awesome hook enabling!! Congrats Jimbo!!

More about DA Book!

Ok, I got the first proof back today (the one I knew I would have to edit again due to a jpeg resolution issue)…

WOW it looks like a real live book people! I’m very happy with the layout, the paper quality, and the print quality (where I didn’t under-resolve graphics…)…

The next proof should be here in a week…and once I’m satified with that, we’ll have the book up for sale! Fingers crossed….I have to say I’m very happy with the imprinter…

I’m so ready it’s not funny! So folks, in Portland at the CLF Booth hopefully I will have the correct proof, but if not I will have the first sample proof (which is a little different) and we’ll at least show how clean and awesome the layout is!

And we’ll have post cards!! Now let’s see if I can get more t-shirts ordered in time 😉