2019 Monthly Meeting Dates
Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 16*, Apr. 13, May 11, June 8, July 20*, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 2*, Dec. 14
2020 Monthly Meeting Dates
Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 21*, Apr. 11, May 9, June 13, July 18*, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 21*, Dec. 12.
* = not on second Saturday.. Our meetings are generally held on the second Saturday of the month, except for those indicated by asterisk.
Yarn Swap & Program Planning for Year.
Val Snipes gave us tips on how to use Ravelry, an online knit and crochet community, with various organizational tools, including yarn & pattern databases for knitters and crocheters.
Crochet Showcase – 10 AM to 2 PM
Chapter members demonstrated a variety of crochet techniques, and displayed completed projects. This event was free and open to the public.
Sally Bassett and Pia Thadani presented the program on amigurumi m(ah-mee-goo-ROO-mee), those cute crocheted toy animals. We used 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, one medium color and one lighter, to make a crocheted bunny.
Mary Hannon and Diane Passarelli taught Beginning Tunisian crochet, the Tunisian Simple Stitch, and how to make a Tunisian Simple Stitch cup cozy.
June Leuthner and Val Snipes taught how to make Snowflakes with crochet thread.
Trudi Handzel and Nancy Reil presented a border stitch clinic. We learned border stitches to use as edgings on afghans, throws, pillows and other crocheted items.
Results of the Annual Dana Kahan Benjamin Chapter Challenge:
1st place, Crochet City, Sally Bassett:
2nd place, Starfish Shawl, Mary Hannon;
3rd place, Gray Purse, Pattie Aaron;
Honorable Mention, Green and Gray Cowl, Nicole Hall.
The design challenge was to use Tunisian crochet to create an original crochet item. There were 9 entries.
Special Treasures Show and Tell: Chapter members brought crocheted items that had special meaning to them, and shared the memories that the crochet held for them.
Mandalas and Pillows
Val Snipes and Sharon DeCaro demonstrated how to make a crochet mandala, which is a circular geometric design with spiritual roots. We then learned how to apply the mandalas (or any other motif or piece of lace) to a finished item, such as a pillow or tote bag.
Pam Oddi and Pia Thadani shared how to make a coaster using Intermeshing (Interlocking) crochet, a technique of working 2 layers of crocheted mesh together. We used two contrasting colors to create a coaster with a Zig Zag geometric design.
Mary Jo Burke will lead discussion about Hand Health, including exercises for our hands, and ergonomic crochet hooks and other tools.
Pattern Exchange – bring original patterns (no photocopies). For example, a book, magazine or leaflet that you purchased, or a free pattern leaflet from a store.
Holiday Party and Gift Exchange. Please note we are starting an hour early (at 12:30 pm) with our holiday party. Members should bring appetizers and desserts to share. Chapter board members will provide a sandwich tray. To participate in our gift exchange, bring a wrapped anonymous handmade crocheted gift, cost of materials $10-$15. You may include other items with the crocheted gift if you like (for example, a travel mug + cup cozy, basket + sweets, etc.)