September 2017

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Sep 062017
 

Hey, y’all.  It’s time for another blog post…ok, I’m long overdue.

Now that the kids are going back to school and we’ve had a few cool days here and there, it’s time to get into some heavy duty yarnin’!  I crochet all year round (love thread and cotton when it’s warmer), but as long as I have a/c or a fan, I can work with anything!

It’s almost time for the New York City Yarn Crawl again, in which Slip Stitch Needlecraft will be participating again, so be sure to stop by…especially if you haven’t been there yet.  It’s my local yarn shop in the heart of Bed-Stuy! From out of town?  Make it a day trip 🙂

For my DC37 peeps and former students, it’s time for crochet classes to gear up for Fall; contact the office at 125 Barclay for details!  Be sure to register in advance starting this weekend and share with friends, family and former classmates!!!

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Fabulous Friday!

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Jul 292017
 

So…Friday is one of my favorite days, which probably goes without saying for most, but it was an especially good day for a variety of reasons…some of which I’ll share. 🙂

It started with what is now the typical cat-and-mouse game to see if I can get to work on time without having any train troubles (side-eye for you MTA), which I lost…again.

Lunch was one of my faves: chicken wings…yeah, baby!

It was a pretty quiet day at work and I was looking forward to Stitch & Kvetch at my Local Yarn Shop, Slip Stitch Needlecraft, to meet with like minds of my hive / yarn tribe.  I finished my hair tube with overdyed yarn from the Yarn Dyeing class last weekend.  Socializing, munching and sipping is the perfect way to end the day/week/month! 🙂

Didn’t hang out too late, and left with one of my buddies so we could travel together.  (B, that express turned back into a local five minutes later).  Turns out transit wasn’t done f’ing with me for the day.

While waiting considerably longer than usual for my next train (thanks again, MTA), I spotted a gorgeous tshirt in my periphery and interrupted the wearers’ stride to ask about it because it looked familiar.  I was right…it was a Sue Rock Originals tie-dye tshirt, of which I have the collarless version and it is the SOFTEST tshirt EVER!  We chatted for a few, then he and his friend went along their way.  (Hey DeVon and Mike!)

Finally had to take the local and change to yet another train to get back to my hood, then missed the bus and was too tired to make yet another stop for dinner (which became garlic plantain chips and vanilla coke).  At that point, I decided to cut my losses and take a cab from there because the next time I got up I wanted to be at my door.

All in all, it was still a fabulous Friday! 🙂

 

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Crochet Pattern and Symbol Reading Class

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Jul 082017
 

Hey peeps!  Check out my new class:  Crochet Pattern and Symbol Reading!  Please register at Slip Stitch Needlecraft’s Verlocal page:
https://www.verlocal.com/event/brooklyn-crochetpatternreading

FYI:  my students are aware, but as a reminder / disclaimer:

Due to allergies, I respectfully request that students refrain from wearing fragrances.  Thank you! 🙂

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Stitches United 2017

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May 012017
 

So…Stitches is back on the East Coast; it’s now inclusive of other crafty ventures (sewing, quilting, etc.) and referred to as Stitches United.  Thanks to all the sponsors and everyone who had a hand in putting this back together!

‘East’ was the most convenient of the Stitches events for me.  It made for a great and affordable day trip, especially with a car full of yarn fanatics!  It was great to have the ‘new’ show back, but my focus remained on yarn and beads.

I took a couple of classes with The Shibaguyz, made new friends, saw some familiar faces, finally met FRANKLIN HABIT (yes, shouting because I was excited to meet him; LOVED his talk #FollowYourBunny) and some of my online friends IRL!!! I also got a chance to catch up with some my favorite vendors, and meet a few new ones, too; looking forward to ‘tasting’ my new finds!  I’m rejuvenated and looking forward to cranking out some more crochet designs!

Welcome back home, Stitches!!!

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Save the Date: June 17, 2017 – Yarn Dyeing Workshop at Slip Stitch Needlecraft

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Apr 202017
 

Like to play with color?  Ever thought about having your own colorway?  Mark your calendars for this upcoming class; see this link for details!

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Slip Stitch Flash Sales

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Apr 102017
 

Sadly, Slip Stitch Needlecraft is closing its doors.

Here’s the link to the first Flash Sale; get yours…‘cause they’ll be gone in a flash!

From NOW (Monday, 4/10/17) through Wednesday, 4/12/17 at 9:00 a.m.

Susan Bates and Clover knitting needles are 50% off; remember to choose either low-cost shipping or in-store pick up.

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DC37 peeps and former students

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Apr 032017
 

Greetings, DC 37 peeps and former students!  Sending out a last call / reminder to sign up on Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8.  Advance registration is required for crochet classes starting on Saturday April 15 for ten weeks (excluding Memorial Day weekend).

DC37 Saturday Activities Spring 2017

Share with friends,  family and former classmates!  Contact the office at 125 Barclay for details.

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No Foolin’…New Pattern!

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Apr 012017
 

Well, March has come and gone, and I didn’t quite celebrate National Crochet Month in my usual weekly fashion.  However, I did manage to finish a new design 🙂

This is not a joke…I’m running a limited time promotion for April Fools’ weekend on my Ravelry page: free until Sunday at midnight using coupon code April 1.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mobius-dickie

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National Crochet Month Granny Square Demo

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Mar 142017
 

Hey, yarnie peeps…it’s not too late to register for my free demo hosted by Slip Stitch Needlecraft for one of my favorite things:  Granny Squares!!!

The one-hour demo will include my techniques for color changes and joining-as-you-go.  Please register here.

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Happy Second Friday of National Crochet Month 2017!

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Mar 102017
 

Yeah, I know…cutting it close again 😉

Today I have a stitch pattern for you featuring front and back posts which alternate to make a reversible fabric.  I also had the brainstorm to try something different:  using an extended sc for the first row; hope y’all like it…pictures and formal pattern is forthcoming!

Reversible Post Stitches

ext sc:  insert hook into ch, pull up a loop, ch 1, yo and pull through two loops to complete stitch.

fpdc:  yo, insert hook around st from front to back under next stitch one row below, pull up a loop around post of stitch, yo and pull through both loops.

bpdc:  yo, insert hook around st from back to front over next stitch one row below, pull up a loop around post of stitch, yo and pull through both loops.

Ch 27

Row 1 (wrong side):  extended sc (ext sc) in 3rd ch and ea ch across.  ch 1, turn.

Row 2 (right side):  sc in first st; fpdc around first ext sc, [bpdc around next ext sc, fpdc around next ext sc] across, sc in last st.  ch 1, turn.

Rep Row 2 to desired size, ending with a wrong side row.

Final (right side) Row:  sc in each st across; fasten off.

 

 

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Happy First Friday of National Crochet Month 2017!

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Mar 032017
 

Well…it’s later than I planned, but technically it’s still Friday, so…I got the idea to try something different!

My goal is to share as many types, stitches and techniques of crochet as I know of in the hopes that it will encourage and inspire the urge to learn something new.  I’ll likely have to update it over the course of the month…but here goes!

Bead Crochet

Bavarian Crochet

Broomstick Lace

Bruges Lace

Camel Crochet

Crochet Pooling

Crochet Cables

Entrelac / Tunisian Crochet

Granny Squares

Hairpin Lace

 

 

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Happy National Crochet Month 2017!

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Mar 012017
 

Once again, one of my favorite times of the year has come around again…National Crochet Month!!!

Every year I make an effort to stretch my crochet boundaries.  My goal is to learn something new, refine what I’ve learned or try and catch up on my projects! 😉

This year I invite you to join me for crochet demos at Slip Stitch Needlecraft, my local yarn shop.  Please see the shop’s Verlocal link for schedule.

In addition, I plan to post something crochet-related here on the blog every Friday to give you some inspiration for the weekend…and you could always check me out on Ravelry!

Happy Hooking!!!

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