I am teaching crochet at Michaels on the upper west side of Manhattan. You can go to their website to see what classes they are offering. If you see a class that you like please RSVP for it in advance either online or at the store. If there is some special crochet technique that you want to learn and do not see it being offered at Michaels then you should RSVP for the “Time for Crochet” classes and let me know in advance which techniques you want to learn so I can be prepared with a cool project using the stitches you will be learning. Like this cool camouflage cap made using Red Heart yarn. To my friends that are choking because they can’ believe they read this right yes I did say Red Heart yarn. I’m not all that much of a yarn snob – ok fine it’s the only photo I can find with me wearing something crocheted from a synthetic yarn. – That is one of my favorite hats too.
Summer 2014 went by so quick. This is the time of year I start thinking of who will be getting what. My mother had seven children and my mother in-law had 9. There is a lot of grands and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins in our family. And of course I don’t get to give everyone a handmade gift but somewhere in between the holidays, baby showers, graduations and birthdays I’m sure I will eventually get to everyone near and far.
So grab your yarn add in any scraps that you have too and start putting together some great gifts. You can check out my Brooklyn Crochet Pinterest Boards for some inspiration if you are not sure what you want to make check out my boards even if you know what you are going to make – you never know what you may find or learn. I made some Amamani Puzzle Balls this year for the NYC Crochet Guild Luncheon. I plan on making a few for my grandsons this year. They have a lot of pieces so if you don’t mind crocheting 24 plus parts and stuffing them. Then I would not recommend you crochet the puzzle balls. But you can always make up your own crochet creatures – I pinned a few that I found on Pinterest on my Brooklyn Zoo Pinterest Board
It has been a while since I have posted anything. Hoping this summer is better than my winter, on November 18th ten days after my birthday my Mother, Barbara Ann Sloan Hayward passed away.
She was a remarkable woman. She raised seven children in one of the roughest neighborhoods Fort Greene Projects. We are known as the “little Sloan’s.” I would always tell people I wanted to be like my mother when I grow up. We all ran track in some form or fashion. My Mom ran for the P.A.L. league and she was suppose to run track in the 1960 Olympics. And we all know that as we get older we find ourselves saying and doing those thing that our mothers do. She was an artist she would draw, sketch and painted beautiful oils, pencil, charcoal and, watercolor. Extremely resourceful she would stay up all night sewing clothes for us. Or redesigning our apartment, upholstering the kitchen and livingroom furniture. It is from her that I learned about fabric and sewing. My Mother was legally blind so I would thread the sewing machine and needles. Our winter coats, dress, pants, shorts and blouse were all made by her. Who needs a department store – my Grandmothers on both sides also sewed, crocheted, knitted, quilting, and did tatting etc. Together by now they’ve done some redesigning and fixing up in Heaven I’m sure.
Last summer me and my sisters Cynthia and Idell, had a lot of fun crocheting. I see they have fallen in love with crochet again. YES! mission accomplished. Sorry sisters that you can’t stop crocheting to start dinner on time. Can’t put the hook down and fall asleep because crocheting one more row or round becomes I might as well finish it now. This summer we are going to take it to the next level. We plan on getting together and having sister crochet circles and finish up all our UFO’s.. Together in person because we are usually on Skype and video phone calls chatting and crocheting till we fall asleep on each other. Hopefully, we are totally done with the cold weather though it’s not as warm as I like, yet we will be able to go out and crochet in the city parks and gardens. I always try to keep something to crochet in my purse that I can pull out at any moment and work on.
This year events are in full swing there is the, 2014 Knit & Crochet Show in New Hampshire is still on my wish list. Perhaps next year I will be in a better position to participate. Now that is one of my summer crochet plans for 2015. I am sure there are plenty of events going on in your town or nearby this summer. Don’t crochet or knit alone this summer get out and grab a sibling, friend or neighbor. If you are in Brooklyn you can join My Meet Up Site and see what we at Brooklyn Crochet Connection will be doing this summer. I have not posted any events as of yet but I am sure I will soon. Plan a yarn crawl check out the local yarn shops. I have been to a few since I moved back to Brooklyn and there are plenty more that I plan on checking out with my sister.
I urge you to join the, Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), and become a member of the local chapter NYC Crochet Guild or you can just join the local guild you don’t have to belong to the CGOA to join our guild.
Join Ravelry if you haven’t already. You will love it. It is like Facebook for people who crochet and knit. A great resource and tool to keep track of your stash, patterns, hooks and needles.
Whatever your plans are for the summer I hope you are able to get creative and “Free Your Art” and I promise not to stay away so long.
Peace, Love & Crochet
It was great this year. The weather was beautiful considering the forecast of rain. Thank Goodness because we had a little tent malfunction. This year’s Kings County Fiber Festival was so much fun this year. The weather was great and I’m sure we wasn’t the only vendors there hoping it would not rain. I did manage to walk around and take a few photos. I didn’t get everyone name or company name. Please post them or correct the ones I have if I got any wrong.
Surmounting my stash one-skein at a time. About a month ago I was ear burned by Marie, the Underground Crafter on Ravelry.com Surmount the Stash group. The question was about how many different ways I can “surmount the stash”
So clearly I am not the only one with this problem. If you are on Ralverly and are suffering from a stash that has taken over your closets, and probably under your bed or tucked away behind the drapes you should join this group.
Where is a one-skein pattern when you need one? After years of looking over One-Skein Wonder books for knitters and redesigning quick knitting patterns into a quick crochet pattern I am so happy to finally have a One-Skein book for crochet. This book is so cool I’m not just saying that because one of my designs is in it either. The pattern to my Tunisian Croc Rock Cap that I am wearing in the banner of my website is available in this book. Crochet One-Skein Wonder book has 101 patterns from designers all over the world. This is a great way for us crocheters’ to bust down our stash.
You will really appreciate the way this book is set up by yarn weight. A helpful tool for stash busting for sure. Gifts, gifts, gifts, these projects are great gift givers. Baby Showers, Birthdays, House Warming and Holidays too.
This book is available on Amazon.com. which is where I brought my Kindle edition. Barnes & Noble has a exclusive deal that is osocool, you get 5 extra patterns. So the rest of this year I can surmount my stash using my new Crochet One-Skien Wonder Book.
At the beginning of the year I wrote out a 2013 Crochet List. I included the numerous stitches I want to crochet, projects I want to complete this year before summer ends, designs and patterns I want to create, improving my sketching, ways to keep my grandchildren interested in crocheting and continuing teaching their classmates to crochet, projects involving Brooklyn Crochet Connection including a fashion show , workshops I want to give and most importantly classes I want to take.
Up until the past several years, my grandmother many, many years ago was my only crochet instructor. I won’t say how many let’s just say I’m at the top of the hill not over it. Needlesstosay, I was a little apprehensive about learning to crochet from anyone else. After all what could I possibly learn that my grandma had not already taught me. A lot there are so many aspects to crocheting and designing. And fibers – what types of yarn do you use to create a table cloth or a sweater or a seat cushion.
I tell people I am creating crochet fabric first and then turning it a garment or an accessory.. I meet people who refuse to use anything other than acrylic but wonder why their garment doesn’t have the same drape as the one I made out of a natural fiber or blend. This is where a class is needed or a book about fiber like Creating Crochet Fabric by Dora Orhenstein, she offers classes on website Crochet Insider I have taken two classes with Dora. One in a classroom setting and the other online. I have also taken a online class with crochet and knit designer, Charles Voth aka Stitch Stud
I read a article by Charles on Dora’s website titled Crochet for the Lifelong Learner. Check it out I’m sure you will be inspired to learn more.
Barbara Van Elsen, Playingwithstring is teaching a beginner crochet class at Kingsborough College. She is also teaching a Crochet Sweater workshop. Here is some more information about her classes/workshops
. . . .If you can crochet a cardigan, you know just about all the crochet skills you need to crochet anything. Crochet yourself a cardigan with us in a special class at Kingsborough. Each participant will design a sweater or modify an existing design to suit her own body and then we will crochet and finish it together in the course of 8 weeks. Skills covered include swatching, gauge, pattern reading, seaming, button holes, edgings. Class will be either Monday or Wednesdays (tbd) from 6.30 to 8.30 pm starting the week of April 22nd, cost: $110. This class is not in the catalogue, so please email Barbara@PlayingwithString.com for registration information (or more information).
WHILE THE WALT WHITMAN LIBRARY BRANCH IS BEING FITTED FOR SELF CHECK OUT MACHINES, BROOKLYN CROCHET CONNECTION WILL CONTINUE TO MEET AT THE BROOKLYN HEIGHT LIBRARY BRANCH. MONDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 2-4 P.M.
WE ARE STILL CROCHETING FOR ON OUR HURRICANE SANDY PROJECT.
THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY BRANCH IS LOCATED AT 280 CADMAN PLAZA WEST, BROOKLYN N.Y. 11201
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COMPANIES & CROCHETERS THAT HAVE DONATED YARN & CROCHET TO OUR PROJECT AND THOSE WITH DONATIONS STILL ON THE WAY. MUCH MORE YARN IS NEEDED TO BRING CROCHET HAPPINESS TO THOSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF RED HOOK AND CANARSIE WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY.