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.

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.Β  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.

July’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

 

 

 

These are the pictures of items brought to our last 3 meetings. Pictures can not show all the detail of their beautiful work. You do see several of the mystery crochet afghans that were worked on this past year. 2017 we will bring back every other month classes. Look for the blog post for the classes to see if there is one you can’t wait to do.

 

We have several members let me know that they could not be there. I have handed out several patterns from previous months of other members that have had to miss. Hope everyone is enjoying some relaxing handwork of some kind. I know several that are working on Christmas presents and having some fond memories of those they are making them for. This year has been crazy busy for me and unfortunately have not worked on some of the projects that I was hoping to. On the plus side, I have not added any UFOs to my list this year. πŸ˜€

Does anyone know what this animal is?Β  I do! I do!

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.

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 yardsΒ Β Β Β  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.