Tuesday, January 1, 2013

December 2012 meeting

The December, 2012 meeting started off with some announcements.
  • The Board is still seeking a Treasurer and a Recording Secretary.  Please contact the Guild if you are interested in either position.
  • The January 3, 2013 meeting will be the Guild's holiday party and gift exchange.  Don't forget to bring some tasty treats!  New, unused handmade or crochet-related gifts can also be brought for the gift exchange.  The minimum value should be $10-$15.  (More details are available in the December newsletter.)
  • Lily Chin provided a brief overview of her upcoming workshops.  In the Double-Ended Circular Tunisian Tapestry workshop, you will learn her technique for creating a Fair Isle effect with no floats and no seams.  The required hook can be purchased at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio using the 10% discount for Guild members.  In the Color Composition, Scale, Stitch, and Pattern in a 2 Dimensional Design workshop, Lily will use an afghan as a primer for looking at crochet from an artist's point of view.  The workshop location is wheelchair accessible.  Members can still sign up at the January meeting.

Then there was time for show and tell.  Many members shared designs made with Noro yarns.  
The featured speaker was Carla Scott, the Executive Editor of Vogue Knitting and the Editor-in-Chief of Knit Simple.  Carla has been with Vogue Knitting since 1982 and has been crocheting and knitting since childhood.

Carla Scott with Madame President.
Carla shared a slideshow about the new Crochet Noro book, published by Sixth & Spring.  She talked about how they tried to include several crochet skill levels and project sizes in the book.  After her talk, members were invited to take a closer look at samples from the book.

Members also donated over 100 hats, scarves, and mitts which were delivered to Streetwork in December!

Finally, members were encouraged to check out the crochet classes at Vogue Knitting Live, which will take place at the Marriott Marquis from Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20, 2013.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Reminder: Guild resources

Did you know that anyone can attend their first New York City Crochet Guild meeting for free as a guest?  The Guild's website, Facebook page, Ravelry group, and Tweets are also freely available to the general public.

Dues paying members are invited to join the Guild's Yahoo group for electronic access to the monthly Guild newsletters and information about members-only events.  For more information about upcoming events, members can download the December, 2012 newsletter here.

Don't forget our next meeting is this Thursday, December 6, 2012.  For more information about our guest presenter, see this post.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Save the Date: Lily Chin Workshops!

The Guild will be hosting two workshops on Saturday, February 16, 2013 by designer and teacher extraordinaire, Lily Chin: Double-Ended, Circular Tunisian Tapestry and Color, Composition, Scale, Stitch, and Pattern in 2-Dimensional Design.

Workshop fees will be $65 for one class and $125 for both classes for members, and $75 for one class and $145 for both classes for non-members.

More details will be posted as we get closer to the classes.

Update (12/2/2012)

Lily Chin is offering two workshops on February 16, 2013.  Lily Chin is a renowned knit and crochet designer, author and instructor.  She has written 8 books and completed 2 DVDs, and is a regular contributor to many of the major design publications. She is a long-time member of the NYCCG. 

Double-Ended Circular Tunisian Tapestry
Learn this fascinating and new technique of creating a moirĂ© effect in crochet. Create projects without seams. Make pictures or motifs in 2 colors without stranding. This is a ground-breaking, never-before-seen way of using Tunisian employing a short, double-ended hook.  

Proficiency Level: Intermediate.  Please know basic tunisian, including tunisian knit, purl and reverse tunisian stitch.

Supplies:  Must have Clover short double-ended hook beforehand in size of your choice (more than one would be good), article #1305-1308.  At least 2 colors of yarn appropriate to hook size (make sure yarn does not split).

Color Composition, Scale, Stitch and Pattern in 2 Dimensional Design
How do you create enough variations on an afghan in order to fill a book with over 40 different and unique designs? Get a feeling for the selection process when seemingly endless possibilities must be narrowed down.  Find out what works, what doesn’t work and why when creating larger crochet pieces. Making afghans may seem easier than garments because there is no sizing involved, but other sets of problems present themselves.  This is a good art primer since doing afghans freed me up to concentrate on more purely visual aspects rather than on garment-making aspects.  

Proficiency Level: Open to all with an open mind

Supplies: List will be supplied at registration.

Cost for members:  $65 for one class and $125 for two classes.  
Cost for non-members: $75 for one class and $145 for two classes.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Announcement: Guild meeting changes

As you know, the Guild's November meeting was cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy and the guest speaker was postponed until the December 6th meeting. 

Trisha Malcolm, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Knitting, will be presenting Noro's first crocheting book, Crochet Noro: 30 Dazzling Designs at the Guild's December meeting.

Guests are welcome and the book will be on sale for $15.00.  (Ravelry members can preview all 30 designs here.)

The Holiday party and gift exchange will be postponed until the January 3, 2013 meeting.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Welcome to the NYC Crochet Guild Blog!

Hello!  My name is Marie Segares and I've been a NYC Crochet Guild member for several years.  In the past, my work schedule has made it hard for me to get to meetings so I approached the Guild's board about writing for this blog.  My hope is to bring you a taste of the crochet scene in New York City by sharing information about Guild meetings; local yarn shops and crochet events; and the projects, designs, and classes of the Guild's many talented members!

If you would like to be featured or interviewed, or just want to share some crochet news on the blog, feel free to contact me.