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It’s a good day to Dye…

I keep getting asked, “So what does the retreat fee cover?” Now, granted I do have the schedule up on the website, which details the activities. But, I thought I might inspire you all, both those that have registered and those who have yet to do so, with the “GRAND PLAN!”…

In answer to the question, the retreat fee covers the purchasing of supplies for the workshops, and anything else I can’t get donated for our wonderful retreat goers. Morning classes are separate from the retreat fee, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have learning opportunities if you just sign up for the retreat!

In the mornings we’ll be working on a Puget Soundscape. Crocheting the underwater eco-system that exists just feet from the shores of Cama Beach. I will be working on that in the next few weeks, and will start posting my pictures. A local business will host a party in the Winter or Spring (we are just creating the plan) which will be a fund raiser for a local environmental educational group, and we will use the Puget Soundscape as the center of the party!

In that experience you can learn new stitches, work with new fibers, I’m providing the yarn! Our experienced staff and volunteers will be on hand to share some of their knowledge and experience. You won’t be alone in this adventure! It’s going to be fun!

The Dye Workshop on Wednesday will be awesome, I’m going to try to have some light colored yarns, but please if you are coming if you can bring something you want dyed that would be great! I’m providing the dyes, and pots, and the expertise! I will teach you have to make long repeats of color for crochet, how to set your dyes, and how to make “mottled” or colorful yarns that will not pool into splotch city.¬† I will teach several methods of dyeing including kettle dyeing and my secret recipe will be unveiled for oven dyeing!

Our games will be Pass the Swatch and the Free Form game, both designed to teach us about our yarns, hooks, and stitches. Each game is designed to expand our understanding of crochet and to help us with various issues! We’ll also be making each other souvenirs in this fashion…so imagine a motif with five or six people’s work…when you go home it’s like having an autograph book! “Look at what Bonnie did on row 6! I love those stitches!)

Nature walks or bringing nature in to the buildings with us (if it’s too icky outside), we’ll explore textures, and colors. Wow, sounds like a class? Yeah, we’re calling it a workshop ūüėÄ

Sounds like a bang for your buck to me!

Plus we’ll have music and speakers, and an opportunity to give back to Center For Wooden Boats who have generously partnered with us! We’ll be making afghan squares in nautical motifs for the project.¬† Don’t know how to do color work? excellent time to learn, and we’ll be on hand to help!

So you see, as much as these are experiences, they are learning experiences as well. Yes, we will play and have fun. But it’s kind of like my “Craziest Yarn” competition at the Stanwood Camano Fair, if you can spin the weirdest, wildest yarn, and get feathers and foamy bits and straws to stay in your yarn, the next time you go to spin a sock yarn you’ll find it that much easier .

There is always method to my madness!!

So, come on JOIN US! You know you want to!

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Crochet @ Cama! Classes & Activities

Ok, be prepared, my mind is solely focused on the Crochet @ Cama¬†Retreat! You will be hearing a lot about it from now until the end of September. Why? Because I am a) excited b) I talk about things I’m doing.

Todays post is featuring the work of our fabulous teachers, Karen Whooley, Deb Burger, Jim “Jimbo” Price, and Bonnie Pierce, and yeah me Laurie Wheeler.

There is still time to sign up for classes, I would hate to have to have any cancelled due to a lack of sign ups, and I would also hate for you to miss out because the classes are full!  You must sign up for the retreat or purchase a day pass (coming soon) in order to sign up for the retreat! So do it today!

¬†Karen Whooley will teach a class on Fair Isle Crochet. You’ll be making a swatch, not this huge afghan but I just love this photo! If you click the photo it will take you to the project page on Ravelry. Karen is a gifted crocheter and a wonderful instructor, she has a very clear and concise way of teaching and infinite patience!¬†

Karen is also teaching a class on beginning crocheted lace. Whether you’re working in yarn or thread, you can learn some very simple stitching techniques that can lead to beautiful objects like those pictured above!

¬†How to crochet socks from the toe up are also being taught by Karen at the retreat! Don’t miss an opportunity to learn Karen’s tips and tricks! You’ll love it!

Internationally celebrated, Bonnie Pierce is a gifted crocheter¬†and Free Form Diva! She is offering a three hour class on Beginning Free Form crochet that you just don’t want to miss!

Photographing you Finished Object! With Deborah Burger. Deb is a great photographer, and is teaching this short class on photo techniques for crocheters¬†twice at the retreat! You want to sign up if you want your photos to pop online in your Ravelry¬†projects page, or if you are trying to get published professionally, and especially if you sell your own patterns independently! Deb is also a gifted and talented crocheter and instructor with vast amounts of teaching experience! She and her husband are coming all the way from North Carolina to join us at the retreat, so sign up for her class! Trust me you’ll love the experience!

Whittlin’ is what Jimbo does best…or so he says, I personally think he does a great many things well! I have played with his hand turned hooks, and own a few ūüėÄ Jim is offering two fabulous classes on how to whittle your own hook and our most subversive class yet! How to turn a bamboo needle into a hook! I can not wait for that one!! ¬†This is me and Dippy crocheting together ūüėÄ Dippy is accompanying Jim to the retreat…you too can crochet with Dippy ūüėĬ†Check out Jim’s blog to see his stunning work and know that we’ll be in safe hands when we learn to whittle!

And me “Fearless Leader”, Laurie Wheeler am teaching two courses: All About the Yarn, and Commando Crochet, Let’s Go Patternless!¬† You can learn to do and make things like

¬†This pirate outfit or a motif jacket or a bag or purse or scarf…Yes, I did NOT use a pattern to make that over coat ;D I’ll give you some really easy and simple information to take your crochet into confident new territory!

All about the yarn will help you get there too! Learning about your materials is important! In fact to add to that class experience if you go to my lulu.com store you’ll find the Secrets of Yarn Guide which is the platform for the All about The Yarn class ūüėÄ It’s inexpensive¬†and ¬†really useful!

I’ve found a further activity for us, as a member of the community on Camano Island expressed interest in the Coral Reef Project, well heck we’re on Puget Sound, we can make a Crocheted Sound-Scape! How cool is that, and man do I have lots of yarn to share with you all!¬† So imagine this: We’re having a “Yarn Tasting”, Crochet Fix It Clinic, Dye Workshop, Afghan Making for Center for Wooden Boats (Our partner), our local LYS in Stanwood, WA Pinch Knitter Yarns¬†is hosting a private party for us on the Monday during an extended lunch time!!

Can you believe all of this? Plus evening speakers and games, it’s all crochet, it’s all the time…Heck it’s a forward kind of retreat!

Now to take these fabulous classes you MUST sign up for the retreat! So do it quick, the price goes up to $95 on Sept. 2! Get your early bird deal NOW!!! Only $75!

Retreat News & Blog Forecast

Well, I finally have a moment to blog. I tell you the middle of July through August are crazy times for this crochet fanatic!

It’s even more crazy as I scramble through the late stages of the retreat planning. I would like to remind you all that I have NEVER organized¬†a retreat before, but I have done lots of work with groups. I hear getting the place is the hardest part, but for me that was the easiest beings I live next door practically to Cama¬†Beach State Park. (No you will not be camping! I swear it! It’s way too comfy a place. I do NOT do camping.)

We still have room for about 10 more people, and if we want those morning classes to happen we need to get registered. You KNOW you want to!

This retreat will be a mix of education and expansion of crochet skills. Building community, and friendships and bolstering our creativity. Did I mention how fun it’s going to be? I’m thrilled and excited to be able to do this with people. I’ve kept the prices low to make sure people of all income brackets can participate.

On top of that I have some friends with some pretty special talents wanting to come up and offer massage and other self care techniques; I still have to work out the details, but if this is of interest to you let me know.

Please remember even if you are staying outside of the park, that the retreat fee is in place, this covers the cost of renting buildings and some other fun little perks.

My local yarn store is hosting a party for us on Monday. In fact remind me to change the schedule, we’re going to do that during the lunch break, and I’ll have a separate yarn tasting that evening. Sirkku¬†just brought in some fabulous crochet stitch markers that are awesomely made and priced! (Can you say pretty and affordable? I knew you could.)

Anyway, if you haven’t registered PLEASE PLEASE Do check out the retreat here, contact me with questions!

Also, I just got my review copy of Linda Permann’s book, Crochet Adorned today. I’ve only had about ten minutes to flip through it, but wow…great photos and from my initial glances some really cute projects. I’ll delve into it tonight and let the daughter weigh in her two cents as well. She is a great critic ūüėÄ

So stay tuned, that review is on it’s way!

Picot Freeing Beret!

  

Originally uploaded by mortaine
 

Ok, this blog post is combining two goals in one! YAY…¬†

First of all, I want to say that my 3rd issue of Handknit Heros¬†arrived in the mail and I’m thrilled to see it! CLF¬†Member Mortaine¬†is the owner and evil genius behind the hip and edgy comic. Crochet aficionados¬†fear not the name “Handknit” one of the superheros in this comic is indeed a hookster like us!¬†

My kids (teens) adore the comic, and the patterns are well written for both knit and crochet. Yes, that’s right I can read the knitting patterns even if I can’t knit. I really like the diagrams in the last issue, they are well done.¬†

This leads me to the Set My Picot Free award, which goes to none other than Mortaine! CLF Member extraordinaire, a true handworking super hero. I urge you to look at her projects page on ravelry because she does it all! I particularly love this hat, but also her tatting efforts (gorgeous!). 

Mortaine, (aka Stephanie), you Set All our Picot Free with this cute and fun beret/tam. Love it! 

CLF NEWS:2010 Crochet Awards Nominees for Best Designer, Free Form

Yay, what ever little code gremlin was interfering ¬†with my Ravelry usage has been fixed! Crochet be praised! Now we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming of showing off the work of the nominees. Now, I knew I couldn’t get through all of the categories before the voting ends on Monday, March 22; however that will not stop me from posting information about the various categories.

And I have a thought for next year, I will have two new categories, so please remind me, or I’ll remember to just put them in the Nominations group ahead of time. I’m going to split pattern books into “Compilations” and “By an individual” because really they are different animals entirely.¬† I am also going to have a category for the best non-pattern based design…I haven’t come up with the name, but as you all know many of us who crochet DO NOT USE patterns, and it’s not all free forming, some of us just go “Commando” in our crochet and do without patterns. I think those people should be applauded too…so, that’s for the 2011 Awards ūüôā

Also, another quick note, any one may suggest nominations for next year, but I think I will be creating a nominating committee as well, because frankly we could have had a LOT more participation in the nominations (some people were very diligent however!), so once the committee is formed I will post about it here on the blog and you can suggest your nominations to the committee as well as on Ravelry.com. I think it will make the whole thing a lot more stream lined and I won’t have to scramble so hard next year. After all, I may have a day job then, and I will need a lot more help?

Day job? What is this about a day job? LOL That’s another blog post my friends, and well I have to get an interview first, so on with the Flamies’ show!

The nominees for Best Designer: Free Form are: (Please note these photos are merely a single representation of the designer’s work.)

Karen Barnaby

Miroslava

Amal 

Renate Kirkpaatrick

Ellene Warren      

Margaret Hubert

Prudence Mapstone

Myra Wood

Holiday Crochet: Crochet as Art


crochet circle

Originally uploaded by dizziebizzielizzie

Not all recipients of our gift giving are into clothes, or cuddlies. Some of them may be into objet d’art!

CLF member bizzielizzie made this gorgeous piece using her free form skills!

It’s amazing what we can do as crocheters with found objects, and scrap yarn! Pull out your stitch dictionary and play!! Pretty bobbles, stitch markers (especially those pretty ones made for the other needle art!) and buttons make great embellishments in our work!

This is definately an idea for those hard to buy for folks on our holiday gift giving list!