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

Next meeting will be Tuesday, May3, 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 will be adding a new row or two and then assembling the afghan towards the end of this year. Each meeting approximately at 6pm 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 May meeting it will be catch up on your mystery afghan blocks because the new part for this month is only 4 clusters added to your 20 blocks. That should give everyone that is working on this afghan time to catch up this month.

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.

For those participating in the mystery afghan, they will need to bring their A color for this months 2 rows.

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. I managed to take a few pictures from the March meeting and will try to get them posted soon.

Each month I will edit this post to show the next meeting.

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.

This past year and this year are pretty busy. I am behind in everything work related, including this blog. Since the contract has been awarded for the new building and construction is beginning this month, I am hoping I can play catch up. To start the new year I thought I would post all the Show n Tell pictures that have been taken over several months this past fall and late summer meetings.

It amazes me all the variety of homemade items. Yes, including the banjo, baby doll purse (you have to look for the purse when it is open), so many to mention. Below are several items that have two pictures about them. Enjoy

 

 

 

100_3738I can’t believe after all this talk about the new building that the groundbreaking has already happened this past September and we can drive by and seem work being done. We should be able to move in the spring of 2017. (I would not want to move in the winter anyway.)

We hopefully be able to have pictures and/or video of the going up of the building on our website. Check the new building page for updates.

As part of 2016 we are making changes to our Chat n Craft meeting. The major one being the night we meet on. We have had several members let me know that they could no longer come on the Monday we met. Some did not remember we changed the Monday in December because all of us were working on Christmas gifts and were busy getting ready for this Merry time of year.

I emailed the group and asked for their input and checked the Library calendar to find a night that would work. Hopefully the 1st Tuesday of every month will allow more of our blog followers and Chat n Craft members to attend the meetings.

Since I did not hear back about many classes they would like to see for this year, I thought a mystery crochet afghan would be fun for us to see what colors we are choosing and how it turns out. We normally have 6 classes a year. We will still have some classes. With me figuring out how to make the handouts for the afghan, I am running out of time to figure out that many classes so I can post them for you this month.

I hope to see some of the popular coloring pages being worked on during our meetings. One or two meetings will be on quilting. I will have several quilted throws, quillows and might even bring in some of my other quilts for a mini quilt show. If others are interested in bringing in their quilts let me know and we will firm up which months this is going to happen. I am leaning towards early summer at this time.

January will be the first of the mystery crochet afghan. Start thinking about the 4 colors that would look good together. Handouts will give you more info and I will demo the stitch.

Plus in January besides your other Show n Tell, please bring your favorite crafting tool. Anything for any type of craft. We will go around room to find out what your favorite tool is.

Like one of our members said, we should call our meeting – Chat, Craft & Laugh. We do have a lot of fun.

I know I have been asked where some of our Show n Tell are. Here are the last two months:

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The benefit of having two months of pictures is you will see a pink hat in the making one month and finished the next month. You also see the beginning on my variegated tunisian crochet above.  I am working on a sailboat in the tone-on-tone washcloths similar to the rocking horse and house above. Wondering what all of you are working on????

We had an interesting meeting on Quilting Basics. The first quilt shown below is over 30 years old. I always caused them Puff quilts because you stuffed each square and then sewed them together. The lady is going to be doing sewing some repairs. In the back left corner of the tables is the laptop of our first Skype member, Linda. She was able to watch and participate in our entire meeting.

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