New changes for the last year in our current library building (2016).

Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in the large meeting room at Joplin Public Library, 5:30pm – 8:00pm or any part of that time you can make it.

We will be meeting the 1st Tuesday of every month.

This year, for those that want to participate we are doing a mystery crochet afghan. We started at our January meeting. The first month was 20 granny square blocks. The remaining months are adding a new row or two. June and July is assembling the afghan together. Then we will be doing the border rows over a few months after that. Each meeting approximately at 6pm Debbie and I will demo the stitch/row or rows and give everyone time to work on their blocks and everyone will receive the handout instructions for that month.

For the September meeting the mystery crochet afghan will working on 2 more rows of borders. You will need your A & B colors.

Some will be still working on joining the blocks together so you can come with your squares and learn how if you were not able to make it to the last meeting. You need to bring your B, C & D yarn.  If you are even further behind you can still come and get your patterns for the months you are missing. You might want to bring all 4 of your colors so you can work on the next row.

In November it is possible to have completed the afghan. Just in time for a Christmas gift  to someone in 2016. If you are interested in some color variations or other info about it go to our blog post –

https://chatncraft.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/mystery-crochet-afghan-2016/

The only hint I am giving is that it is somewhat 3D when you are done.

You are always welcome to BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) that you are working on. Plus bring any of your projects you would like to for Show n Tell. In July we had one bring their sewing machine and work on piecing a quilt top, one crocheting with thread, another beading besides the ones that were working on the mystery afghan.

Each month I will edit this post to show the next meeting so please check this blog page monthly.

It was nice to be able to spread out while we worked on our projects. Several of the ladies brought some of the recently completed projects too. Enjoy!

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We had several of the Mystery Crochet Afghan blocks this month plus some projects that are work in progress as well as some completed items. I am excited to see how everyone is progressing and hope next month more will be able to bring theirs.

We have several doing the Mystery Crochet Afghan at home with us and this month you get to see some that have been able to come to the meetings. Including some that are working on the next months which is joining the squares together.

You can also see some of the other projects some are working on.

baby afghan Mystery Crochet Afghan crabby mystery crochet afghan mystery crochet afghan coaster jellyfish

seahorse

worm

Yes I am finally getting a moment to upload some pictures so those that could not make it can see some of the wonderful Show n Tell we have had at the meetings.

We got to see a HUGE doll house among some of the other Show n Tell. We had a few members that had not been with us for a few months. Christmas time can be rather busy for most of us. You will see some of the above craft projects again when they are completed.

It is always nice to see members come to laugh, tell stories and work on our craft projects. One member could not be at the meeting but wants to stay up on mystery crochet afghan so I met her at a sports bar. I am pretty sure they have never had a couple of crocheting ladies there before.

 

You will need to come to the monthly meetings to pick up the handout and see the demo of the stitches for that month.

Here is the initial instructions so you know about how much yarn you will need:

This was a 10 week course by Yarnspirations.com but I have changed it to monthly because we only meet once a month. I know that you will have other projects you are working on during the year. I suggest you find a bag large enough to keep all your yarn and your project as you work on it. That way you can bring it to our Chat n Craft meetings every month. ;D

At the beginning of each monthly meeting (5:30-6:30) I will have a handout of that month’s instructions and I will have worked some of mine myself, so you can see what you will be doing. I suggest you bring your own and work on the first block or two during the meeting. Then whatever else is scheduled for our meeting will start at 6:30. I will put mine over on a side table during the rest of the meeting so those that have to come in late will have a chance to see what theirs will look like.

For this first month, most of you will not have your colors picked out yet. I mentioned that you would need 4 colors but did not tell you how much of each. I can tell you that I used what I had for the one I did, but I had some of those huge balls of yarn for my main color, which is A.

Here are several of the color combinations that Yarnspirations.com suggested, plus one set that was the colors I used for my mystery and one set is the colors I have chosen this time. I am not giving the exact names so you can choose your shades of what you like.

A – White, B – Yellow, C – Green, D – Orange

A – Black, B – Grey, C – Brown, D – Cream

A – Blue, B – Cream, C – Grey, D – Dark Grey

A – Beige, B – Gold, C – Cream, D – Blue

A – Purple, B – Red, C – Peach, D – Bone

A – Black, B – Blue, C – Green, D – Cream

A – Dark Grey, B – Red, C – Blue, D – Light Grey

You will need a total of oz/yards for each one:

A – 24 oz/1,260 yards     B, C & D – 12 oz/630 yards each color

I also suggest you write down what each color is going to be. That will be helpful later on.

The first month you will be making 20 blocks. It will go quicker then you think. You get faster as you repeat the same stitches on each block. You want to obtain the proper gauge so you should do a test with the H hook and see if you should use a different size hook. I tend to crochet tight so I had to choose a larger hook size.

Remember we are meeting the first Tuesday of every month at JPL in the Large Meeting Room. See you there.

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