Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in the West Community Room at Joplin Public Library, 5:30pm – 8:00pm or any part of that time you can make it.

We are going to have a class on making storage bins/boxes. More info on that to come.

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.

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

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I forgot to take a picture of my chunky crocheted sweater that I made from the class last month. At least one other finished hers and gave it away already. The green one I am working on for my 2nd one is in the pictures below. I used the bulky yarn they recommended this time and a larger hook than the pattern called for. Can’t wait to see how that is going to come out. I plan on working on it during the Olympics this month.

One lady was working on knitting two socks at one time. She was not very far along this month but we are looking forward to seeing how for she got next month. Hopefully will be able to get a good picture of them. Something that I have been wanting to try.

Our first class for 2018 is going to be this crocheted sweater – chunkysweaterpockets

I will have handouts with the instructions at the meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Pattern is written in size S/M with L/XL and 2XL/3XL written in parenthesis. S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL). Sample shown is a size S/M. Because of the oversized style of the sweater, choosing a size is less about exact chest size and more about how loose you want your sweater to fit.

The oversized nature of this sweater will accommodate many body types. The sample pictured is a S/M on a model with a 36” bust.

Bust Size //  Length of Sweater from collar to bottom edge

S/M: 34-38.5” // 30.5”

L/XL: 39-44.5” // 33”

2XL/3XL: 45-50” // 35.5”

The picture above was made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal (Weight:5/bulky – 124 yards, 4 oz). They recommend buying 7 skeins for S/M, 9 skeins for L/XL and 10 skeins for 2XL/3XL. I went with a yarn that is not as bulky and figured out the yardage for the size I want to make and make sure I have enough yarn.

If this turns out to be as comfortable as it appears, I will be making more and will try different weight yarn. I look forward to seeing your color choices.

They recommend a size N (10mm) crochet hook

The full set of instructions –

https://makeanddocrew.com/dwell-free-pattern-chunky-crochet-sweater/

For those of you who had to miss our January meeting this is the link to her video –

https://makeanddocrew.com/dwell-easy-crochet-sweater-video-tutorial/

I found that I needed to watch the video a few times as I came to a different part of the pattern and I referred to the printed instructions often.

I crochet tight so I am making some modifications and I am going to make a 2nd one in a different color using a different size hook to see how it turns out.

As you can see from the Show n Tell from above, we have been busy working on pinning together a quilt, make some bows, check out some new mesh wreaths, work on some crochet, knit and other quilt projects. What are you working on?

This year has been crazy with us moving to our new building. Since my normal job at the library is IT (technology) this has been an extremely busy year. I am very thankful for our regular Chat n Crafters. Planning for the meetings have been a great stress reliever for me. The new building has some issues, that I have been told is normal for a new building, but the kinks are being worked out.

I am sure there is a bunch more items that are being worked on by our group (there are a bunch of us that can not make it to the meetings every month) the following are the items that were being worked on or brought to the last two meetings we have had.

It is that time of year when we post what our classes are going to be for the new year. This year is going to be different in that we will be moving into our new building sometime in the spring. We are scheduling the Grand Opening for the new building for June 3, 2017.  With the hopes that weather will be nice to us and allow the completion of the building on time.

That means we will be starting the classes in our current building, 300 S Main St and then sometime in the spring be having our classes in the new building. This might mean that we have to switch a class for a month or two but will be posting on this blog and emailing the group as necessary. We do not want someone showing up at the old building if we are in the new building.

January’s class will be Crochet Pooling – supplies you need to bring – one skein of variegated yarn and a few crochet hooks so you will have the right size to get the look you are going for (G, H, I)

March’s class will be a crocheted corner2corner pillow.

May’s class will be a beading project, more details to come. I still need to talk to the teacher about this one.

August’s class will be making a mesh wreath.

September’s class – vintage button bracelet, start looking through your button collection and find one or a few that you would love to turn into a bracelet.

Supplies for each class will be coming. I will post them here and on the Meeting blog page so you know what to bring.

You are always welcome to bring your own project (BYOP) any month and the months between classes everyone will be bringing something to work on. This year I do not know how many handouts I will be able to get together before each class but hope to have at least one besides the class project handout.

Hope to see all of you this year.

Lee

Joplin Public Library

 

 

 

As our new building gets closer and closer to completion, the excitement is thick. It is also keeping staff very busy, keeping the current library running and handling all the details of the new building. Many staff have hobbies of various types including handwork. The items below are from the January and February and are current projects working on as well as a few completed items. Some are from the crochet planned pooling class that we had in January.