Honorably Mentioned

You guys!

I was mentioned! With honor! My Crunchy Granola Baby Blanket received honorable mention in the Home Décor & Afghans category of the annual Crochet Guild of America Design Competition. Yay!

Crunchy Granola Baby Blanket | Webster Fiber Arts

I created this blanket as a way to showcase my plant dyed yarns. In this piece there are fibers I dyed with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, tea, dandelions, and the leaves of violets.

Crunchy Granola Baby Blanket Detail | Webster Fiber Arts

I chose to crochet hexagons with my yarn because I love them. I toyed with doing some half-hexie shapes to make the edges even, but I liked the ragged edge when I put it together, so it stayed that way. I went with a baby blanket size because that’s the amount of yarn I had (some decisions are easy to make).

Until next time,
Annie

I Went to the CGOA Conference!!

Minty Mountains Wrap | Webster Fiber Arts

You guys!

Last week, I headed out for Charleston, South Carolina to attend the 2016 Crochet Guild of America Conference. It was awesome! I had a great time and am completed exhausted now that I am back home.

I drove out to Charleston over two days and got to my hotel last Tuesday night. My room even had a sweet spot to store yarn:

Yarn Storage at the Hyatt Place in Charleston, SC | Webster Fiber Arts

My yarn is pictured with Rod Carew, who got the American League batting award named after him at the All-Star game. That game was a pretty big for the Royals All-Stars, and I apologize to the people staying in the room below me for the crazy happy-dance noises coming from above as Hosmer and Salvy hit their home runs.

On Wednesday, I attended a session about the CGOA Master’s program. I’ve mentioned before that I have been working on my swatches for the program, and it was nice to get a little inside info. I also went to a session with Tara Swiger that was about businessy things like getting more done in the day.

Thursday, I took two classes from Mary Beth Temple: Geo-Metric for Crocheters and Creating with Crocodile Stitch. I don’t seem to have any swatches from the Geo-Metrics class, but it was all about math and yarn, both things I love, so I was a happy girl. I the crocodile stitch class, In made these two swatches:

Crocodile Stitch Swatches | Webster Fiber Arts

Look at all of that texture! I have all sorts of plans floating around in my head for using those little petals, or scales, or whatever you want to call them.

Thursday night was the CGOA business meeting and a goody bag! A serious one:

CGOA Business Meeting Goody Bag | Webster Fiber Arts

There is so much good stuff there! Patterns, coupons, hooks, stitch markers, a coloring book (!), other stuff, and YARN! So much yarn!

Friday, I took two classes from Susan Lowman: Playful Polish Star and Intermeshing. (Susan is the designer behind the Skipping Stones strip of the CGOA Crochet Along I showed you earlier in the year.) Both of these classes involved some nifty stitches with color changes. Here’s a swatch from the Polish Star class:

Polish Star Swatch | Webster Fiber Arts

And here is a couple from the Intermeshing class:

Intermeshing Swatches | Webster Fiber Arts

I’m excited to do more playing with both of these techniques. I think there are some cool color possibilities with the Polish Star, and there is all sorts of fun to be had with the lines and squares of the intermeshing.

Friday night was the announcement of the crochet design winners. I entered a piece I call “Minty Mountains”:

Minty Mountains | Webster Fiber Arts

This is a loooong scarf made from bulky wool roving. I crocheted this with some very tall stitches and some short ones to create the gray and charcoal mountains, and used three different textured stitches to add the mint green accents. It is fluffy and wooly and I love it.

There were 92 entries in the design competition, each more impressive than the last. You can see all of the winners here (and you really should go take a look at them—amazing!).

There was another goody bag at this event:

CGOA Design Winners Presentation Goody Bag | Webster Fiber Arts

More yarn and coupons and yay! You know I like that Caron gray yarn, as I have made this and this with it in the past. Woo-hoo!

Saturday was Marty Miller’s Shawls from All Angles. I don’t have swatches to show from this one, either—most of them were tiny little shapes that I will someday size up to an actual shawl. I have one that is already underway using the techniques from this class. We also got more free yarn:

Rowan Yarn Gift from Shawl Class | Webster Fiber Arts

I ended my classes with Darla Fanton’s Double Helix Bead Crochet Necklace & Bracelet. LOOK WHAT I MADE!

Double Helix Necklace | Webster Fiber Arts

I made a crocheted beaded necklace! Isn’t it pretty? Darla had the bead pre-strung for us, so that helped a lot. I had never done bead work before, nor had I worked with such a tiny hook. It took me some time to get in the groove, so I didn’t work on the bracelet in class, but I was so proud of my necklace that I wore it to the closing banquet and fashion show that night. As you might have guessed, there was another goody bag at this event:

CGOA Banquet Goody Bag | Webster Fiber Arts

That Lion Brand catalog is like the best catalog I have ever seen. So much yarn, and so much yarn that I don’t normally see at Jo-Ann and Michael’s, like that 24/7 Cotton.

Whew! This is a long post, and I haven’t even shown you the new yarn I picked up from the vendors at the show. I will save that for next time.

Until then,
Annie

CGOA Crochet Along: Squares of Happiness

CGOA Squares of Happiness | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

Squares of Happiness is the third strip of my Crochet Guild of America’s Across the Board Crochet-Along. This strip is made up of 11 granny squares.

Squares of Happiness Strip | Webster Fiber Arts

I changed the colors on this one ever so slightly. In the pattern, those stitches that square off the square are in a coral colored yarn. I made mine the reddish color because I had a bunch of it left from my previous strip.

Squares of Happiness Strip Close Up | Webster Fiber Arts

The next strip in this project is done in Tunisian Crochet. I don’t have a lot of experience with Tunisian, so I have been doing a little practicing. Yesterday I spent some time with Jennifer Hansen’s Tunisian Crochet class on Craftsy. The final garment for this class is one I have been admiring for a while, so I decided this was a good time to watch the class. I am enjoying it!

The pattern for this afghan is free for members of the Crochet Guild of America. Information about joining CGOA is available here.

Until next time,
Annie

CGOA Crochet Along: Skipping Stones Strip

CGOA Skipping Stones | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

Last week, I showed you the first strip of my Crochet Guild of America’s Across the Board Crochet-Along. In that post, I had a picture of the beginnings of my second strip, Skipping Stones. Here’s what that meshy strip turned into:

Skipping Stones Strip | Webster Fiber Arts

I love this one. Those little waves of double crochets that ripple out from the bobbles in the middle are just so cool.

Skipping Stones Strip Close Up | Webster Fiber Arts

I even like the back side of this one.

Skipping Stones Strip Back | Webster Fiber Arts

The pattern for this afghan is free for members of the Crochet Guild of America. Information about joining CGOA is available here.

Until next time,
Annie

CGOA Crochet Along: Diamond Trellis Strip

CGOA Diamond Trellis | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I’ve been working on the Crochet Guild of America’s Across the Board Crochet-Along. This project will eventually result in an afghan, with a strip made every two weeks. I was drawn to this one because it looks like there are some really cool stitches involved. I’m less concerned with finishing them in the official crochet-along timetable than I am with learning the stitches.

For example, I’m a little slow in getting photos of the first strip posted. This is the Diamond Trellis Strip.

Diamond Trellis Strip | Webster Fiber Arts

Isn’t it cool? I just love it! I’m usually eager to pick my own fibers and colors, but I really like the purples used in the pattern, so I went with it. I think this could also look pretty in a couple of different shades of gray for a scarf, but that’s a project for another time.

The second strip is called Skipping Stones.

Skipping Stones Strip - Mesh | Webster Fiber Arts

This is just the beginning of this strip. It turns into something pretty amazing with the addition of some more stitches. You’ll get to see it soon!

The pattern for this afghan is free for members of the Crochet Guild of America. Information about joining CGOA is available here.

Until next time,
Annie