Since we can’t comment on our JPL Chat n Craft webpage on our JPL website, I am resurrecting our old CnC blog so everyone can comment here. I need your feedback on what you would like to do while we do not have our meeting rooms open.

I have heard from a few of you about missing our monthly meetings so I have been trying to see what I can come up with.

Does everyone know how to Zoom?

Did you check out our JPL Chat n Craft webpage for the pattern for the Blossom Stitch washcloth?

I am thinking we could post a pattern and youtube video for us to try something and then Zoom on a specific day so we can see how everyone is coming along and all pitch in to help if someone is stuck. Plus our Show n Tell’s of course. I will have to learn how to get pictures off of Zoom so we can get our pictures on JPL CnC website.

I have no idea when we will be able to open the meeting rooms again. Especially since we are seeing drastically increasing covid numbers this month. We need to have some fun times to look forward to.

Let me know what ideas and what you think on here.

I will edit this post with more details after I have talked with the teachers a bit more.

February – Miniature Needle Felting – we will have some supplies on hand so you can see and try. Our teacher will demonstrate how she has done some of her pieces.

April – Mosaic Knitting

June – Paracord Braiding and Macrame

August – Viking Knitting

October – Bavarian Crochet

I will try to have the new bookmarks completed by the December 2011 meeting. Look for them in the library on the bookmark wall (end of the magazine racks).

For those of you that don’t have a bookmark and want to see what the monthly schedule is for 2012:

January 16th – Bring your own project to work on

February 20th – Needle Felting

March 19th – Bring your own project

April 16th – Crochet Entrelac

May 21st – Knitting Entrelac

June 18th – Double Knitting

July 16th – Bring your own project

August 20th – Crocheted tree skirt, multiple patterns will be given out in July so you can make a choice of what to work on in August.

September 17th – Bring your own project

October 15th – Crochet Crocodile Stitch


November 19th – Bring your own project AND plan classes for 2013

December 10th – meets the 2nd Monday, bring your own project AND stuff for the White Elephant Exchange

Yes I know this is late but I’ve had several requests for what classes are we having when. So here they are:

Jan – Bring your own project

Feb – Tunisian Crochet

Mar – Bring your own project

Apr – Quilting Tips – sashing, sandwiching, hand quilting and machine quilting techniques

May – Bring your own project

June – Knitting Basics Part 1

July – Knitting Basics Part 2

Aug – Fingerless Mittens

Sept – Bring your own project

Oct – Crochet Old & New (help in reading patterns)

Nov – Bring your own project

Dec – White Elephant trade, have something you no longer want that is crafty related, bring it to swap with others. We usually have kits, yarn, patterns, you name it and we have probably had it.

Debbie's Orangutan without his arms

You are always welcome to bring your own project to work on, even the months we have classes on something else. We almost always have wonderful Show n Tell (though I have been bad about getting them up on this blog, if you were here, you would see them). Plus you can get help with just about any craft or learn a new one. The group is great about jumping in and trying to see if they can solve a crafting problem.

Yarns and....

Yarns and....

We were lucky enough to have Lorene Van Buren from the Yarn Basket in Pittsburg, KS to bring some of her luxurious yarns and lots of projects she has completed for our Show n Tell. You should have been there. Here are some of what you missed. There is no way I can describe how the yarns felt. Wool that was similar to silk. Linen yarns (I didn’t even knew existed). Just to feel them was an eye opening experience.

Small projects, some 3D

Small projects, some 3D

Some of the smaller projects had a to be looked at from different angles to be able to see the hidden pictures in them. Love all the different color combinations and yarn types. Way more variety then we normally see in the Joplin stores.

Can’t wait until a field trip to see what else she has in her shop. Have you been there yet?

Yarn Basket, 703 N Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS
Her phone : (620)-235-1152

Check out her blog for her hours and more:

Black Shawl

Black Shawl

Just look at this shawl and how it drapes. Wish you could have felt it when she passed it around. So many of the yarns and projects just felt sooo soft. No matter if it was crocheted or knitted.

Do you want to see a close up of this shawl…just keep reading and looking.

Close up of the black shawl

Close up of the black shawl

Thanks Lorene for modeling all of your wonderful projects. And then passing them around so each of us could feel the various types of yarn and get a close up look.

So many choices and so many colors where would a person start! I’m wondering how many that were at this meeting have made it over to the shop yet and how could you possibly make a choice of what project to do with what yarn.

Do you want to see it in red?

Do you want to see it in red?

This red looks pretty festive, don’t you think?

How about a different style and color?

How about a different style and color?

What do you think of this?

What do you think of this?

This is going to be exciting to see what the group comes up with. I’m looking forward to see what new URLs they will find that we can all benefit from checking out. All the ideas and show n tells to see. Woohoo!!!