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Yarn Tasting: What the heck is that?

Surely you’ve heard of a wine tasting?  Various wines are on display and you get to taste them, cleanse your pallette and move on to the next. Well, a yarn tasting is not that different, only it doesn’t involve wine, spitting or crackers.

At the retreat our opening night will feature a yarn tasting. In the spirit of fun yarns of various fibers, weights and textures will be on display, with various wooden hooks to use to test drive the yarn. You can try out your favorite stitches, or decorative stitches as you move about the room playing with hooks and yarns.

We’ll be using Laurell Hill hooks, because those are some of my absolute favorites, plus I just adore those guys! There company model is open, intelligent and sensitive to the needs of their consumers and the producers of their products. They are a local NW company based out of Eugene, Oregon. I love how they market their products at shows, having the hooks available to test drive with yarn! Rick gave me a killer deal on the hooks, and I can pass that on to the retreat goers after the activities that will require hooks! And someone may get very lucky and win one of these fabulous hooks!

I can’t wait to use my nice serving platters to display the yarn! It’s going to be too much fun!

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 2010 Retreat: Crochet@Cama

What a place to be creative?!

 

 Oh yes, this is where we are going to be crocheting! In fact, here’s some more pictures to entice you to come to our fabulous retreat! Yeah, it’s not until October 17-21, 2010, but I want to give you lots of time to think about what classes you want to take and make reservations for your cabins, find roommates and save your pennies for the trip!

Right on the Puget Sound. See Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mts as you step out of your cabin!

Morning Classes taught by Deb Burger, Karen Whooley, Bonnie Pierce, Jim “Jimbo” Price, & me Laurie Wheeler, as well as afternoon and evening activities. Games, nature walks, crochet treasure hunts, and a group project “Nautical Afghan” to be presented to the Center For Wooden Boats for their 2011 charity auction! (Thank you to CWB for partnering with us on the retreat!)

You can find more information about the retreat on our Official Website, or be sure to contact me via email with questions!

 

 This is where we will meet every morning for “Morning Coffee” (Or beverage of choice)…The “Store”…a great place to gather any time of day!

Picture this, a State Park with no vehicles allowed near the cabins! (A shuttle bus delivers you and your baggage to your cabin). It’s quiet except for the chattering of eagles, the giggles of people thrown back into a time of innocence, and joy at being a part of the natural world around them! It looks rustic, but has great modern features! Each cabin is well heated, with a microwave and a fridge. The waterfront cabins are without bathrooms, but the modern bathhouse has on demand hot water so your showers are NEVER cold! (That’s what I’m talkin’ about)…

Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers, dolphins and orcas, as well as harbor seals and california seal lions all call this slice of heaven home! There are also river otters, beavers, deer, and a whole host of other “critters” that can be viewed as you make and crochet your day away at the park!

This is the cleanest and most living beach in Puget Sound, one mile of cobble beach, is there to inspire and invoke awe at natures bounty! I can’t wait to share my home with you!

The "House"

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.

Fearless Leader’s Special Hook

I’ve been meaning to show off my special hook. My dear friend and CLF member, Jimbo creator of “Dippy” the world’s largest hook, created this fabulous hook for me. It’s so special and unique, it’s made from the core of my good friend “Dippy.”

CLF Certified World's Most Humongous Hook

Me (Fearless Leader) hugging on our Big Man about Town "Dippy the Wonder Hook"...

New Crochet Edict…Just talk about us.

Ok, back to dating analogies…

So, you’re out with this reallllly cute guy. I mean wow, jaw dropping, drooling, slaveringly handsome, voice to die for, he’s polite, employed, owns his own abode and pays his bills,he’s witty, funny, charming, (guys feel free to insert a female version of this fantasy in here), he even listens when you talk. As you get more comfortable sharing the wonderful triple chocolate and raspberry cheesecake he baked “just for you,” he starts talking about how different you are from his ex. That’s right, I mean she was a bit more flexible, but you’ll do fine, but she was double jointed, but you’ll be ok, and you know, she would rub his shoulders like this, not that you don’t do a good job… Getting a headache yet?

Every time we bring up the other yarn craft that uses hand held implements, we offer the opportunity to compare and contrast, in fact we invite it. So, no more talk about the sticks. If you must discuss crafts other than crochet, heck say you like crochet because it’s so much easier to mimic weaving than in other crafts. Woven fabric is held in much higher esteem in the fashion industry, so heck use that!

What brings on this crazy blog post? Well, ya see… I was reading a trade magazine, and though a few articles about crochet are here or there, NOT ONE of them could just discuss crochet WITHOUT letting the sticks horn in on the action. I mean for heaven’s sakes none of the articles that were purely stick orientated allowed the hook to horn in! And really, shouldn’t the hook get to horn in? After all horns have hooks! (Ok I’m being silly.)

In all seriousness, it made me mad. How on earth can we possibly tell LYSes that we want marketing to us, when the market leaders tell them what’s “hot” and “what’s not”. It’s scary to be a small business owner! You take some pretty calculated risks, and with the “experts”  telling you something is hot and something else is struggling, what the heck are you going to invest in! Even someone who was supposedly advocating for crochet, couldn’t help but mention the sticks…oh COME ON! STOP IT!!!

I am seriously considering a small industry tabloid to go out to stores we know are crochet friendly with indie designers, and book information from publishers etc…I don’t know how I can swing it. But be warned, I’m really thinking about it long and hard.

And no, there will be no compare and contrast…there will only be…LOOK HOW AWESOME CROCHET IS!

Celebrating Crochet

There have been a few close calls on our message board of late. Nothing invalid with the sentiments in them, people annoyed at fairly well known pointy stick personalities dissin’ the hook. The subject has been well hashed over at the CLF message board, and frankly we don’t like to mention folks by name. Mostly because a) it gets them more attention than they deserve for “good naturedly” bashing the hook, and b) because it doesn’t do us (The CLF) any favors.

Here’s the deal folks, if those so called experts actually knew two cents worth about crochet they wouldn’t malign our craft. It’s all just mumblings of the “I use pointy sticks, therefore I know more about yarn than anyone else” syndrome, and plenty of the pointy stick people have that syndrome; trust me.

So here’s our remedy to the situation:

a) don’t engage.

b) don’t buy their products

c) Celebrate the fabulous crocheters out there who have been working hard to showcase our craft, up our knowledge base, and give us wonderful designs to make.

I particularly like c) because it is proactive. Frankly, I don’t give a rodents derriere about what some pointy stick expert has to say about crochet. Why? Well, mostly I’ll never read those opinions anyway, since I do not purchase pointy stick reading paraphenalia, any more than I buy wood turning reading paraphenalia. I do not do either of those crafts so why purchase the reading materials? Meh.

Those folks who say what we do is ugly, or can’t do this, that or the other, are misinformed, misguided, and frankly full of the dung of many camels. So, why give them the advantage of bad press.

Remember all press is good press, including bad press, so just stop talking about them. Stop buying their products, and support the people who show love for the hook. Let’s focus on what is right here, and ignore the motherless daughters of flea ridden beasts and their spewing of untruths.