Saturday, April 5, 2014

Just laying about...

A couple more eggs in our raised bed garden.

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2014 Class Schedule

Here's a post for the Edmontonians.  With my lack of posting these days, I haven't had a chance to write out my 2014 class schedule.

I'm doing it rather differently this year.  It takes a bit to explain, but it does make things a lot easier!

First, I am still teaching at the Clareview Michael's.  I am only teaching up to 4 Thursdays a month, and I have two class times available; an afternoon class from 3-5:30 and an evening class from 6-8:30.

On the Micheal's calendar, they are all listed as the open "Time for Crochet" class, however anyone interested in a particular class can sign up a day/time slot for whatever class they wish to take, on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The staff member registering the class for you will check if a class is already scheduled, mark your choice down in my calendar and pass on a print-out of the class syllabus, so you know what materials you need for the class.  If someone else is interested in the same time slot, they can sign up for the same class, but if they want to take a different class, they will have to choose a different date and/or time slot.

There are the dates I have available.

April 10, 17, 24
May 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18

All of those dates have the two time slots of 3-5:30 and 6-8:30.

The classes themselves have been changed up.  Here are the descriptions:

Crochet Beginner 1 - Skinny Scarf or Phone Cover
     Formerly: Single Crochet
     This class is great for the absolute beginner, or someone who hasn't touched a hook in many years.

Crochet Beginner 2 - Pillow or Scarf
     Formerly: Tall Stitches
     A beginner's class for people who already know the basics and how to work in Single Crochet and want to start working on half-doubles, doubles and treble (triple) stitches.,

Crochet Advanced Beginner - Cloche or Scarf
     Formerly: Textured Stitches
     A good class for those who already know the basic stitches, but want to start picking up shells and puff stitches, working in the round (the cloche hat) or more complicated patterns (the rippled shells of the scarf).  Pattern reading becomes far more important in this class.

Crochet Advanced Beginner - Granny Square Scarf or Market Bag
     Formerly: Granny Squares
     Good for those who know the basic stitches but want to work on changing colours and working in the round.

Crochet Advanced Beginner - Hooded Baby Blanket
     Formerly: Hooded Baby Blanket
     Using basic stitches, create a textured baby blanket with a triangular hood insert.

Crochet Advanced Beginner - Granny Throw
     Formerly: Granny Throw
     Take the granny square and kick it up a notch by working a rectangular blanket.

Crochet Intermediate - Lace Wrap
     Formerly: Lace Wrap
     Using basic stitches to create an open and airy wrap, worked in two halves from a centre seam.  This class includes reading from a pattern diagram.

Crochet Intermediate - Tote Bag
     Formerly: Tote Bag
     Learn how to use the half-double stitch to make a larger and sturdy bag, with matching handles.

Crochet Spring Bunny
     Make a stuffed toy using single crochet and working in the round. 

Crochet Coasters
     Just a few rows worked in the round, a person with basic crochet knowledge should be able to finish at least on of these, if not more, in class.

Crochet Flower Beanie
     A baby hat in two colours, with ear flaps and a flower.

Crochet Flower Scarf
     This scarf is worked in very long rounds, finished with a flower to sew on later.  Covers shells and working front/back loops.

Of course, the Time for Crochet class is still available; this is the class to book if you need help with something specific.  When signing up for this class, make sure the person helping you writes down what it is you want to work on, so that I can prepare for it in advance. 

The classes are all 2 1/2 hours (2 hours in class, 1/2 hour yarn tour) and cost $25, though there are often discounts during Open House events.

There currently are no $5 Yarn Nights.  I will start them up again if there is any interest.

Egg Bomb

I finally got a chance to lay a few eggs.  ;-) 

A little splash of colour in the middle of a raised bed garden near our home.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

My First Ever Get Crafting Challenge!

One thing about living in a Northern climate is that spring can be pretty darn ugly.  Everywhere, there are great piles of snow that, as they melt, become increasingly black with street grit.  The melting snow reveals all sorts of garbage and oddities in the process.  Even the trees are dull from dirt and dust. 

We need some cheer.  We need some colour.

So I've decided on an experiment.

I have just put up another free pattern on my squidoo pages.  It's another photo how-to with a basic pattern for making crochet Easter Eggs.

My challenge is this.

Make lots and lots of these eggs.  Then, take them with you as you go out and about during your day.  Strew them here and there for others to find.  Hang them from trees or tuck them into planters.  Leave them on benches or at your favourite coffee shop.  If you wish, add a little tag to them, inviting whoever finds them to take part in the Get Crafting! Easter Egg Challenge.

After finding a place for your egg, feel free to take a photo.  If you wish, email photos to me at gottagetcrafting @ (minus the spaces), along with the name I should credit it to and general location, I and will post them here.  Or, post them on my facebook page.  If you have a bunch of photos online, send me a link and I'll post that.  Or leave a link in the comments.

Not a crocheter?  No problem!  Make eggs with whatever materials or methods you wish (just make sure it's nothing that will harm anyone or anything when left outdoors).  Send me an email or leave a comment telling me about your crafting method.

I hope you have fun with this challenge!  Share this post, leave comments and otherwise let me know how it's going.  If you have any ideas for my next challenge, please let me know!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

That was weird

I finally got around to doing a post, then checked my own page to make sure it showed all right.  It's been a while.

Imagine my surprise to find 3 posts I didn't make.  Google made them.  Apparently, some activities of mine got translated into posts automatically, basically adversiting stuff on their behalf.

I have removed them.

I am not impressed, Google.  I am not impressed.


My blog may be quiet, but that's just a reflection of how not-quiet my offline life has been.
Crochet therapy is a wonderful thing.
Here is the result of trying a new cotton yarn I found, together with seeing how far I can take the perfect circle with it.
Rather pleased with the result.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Check it out!

A simple hat made with the new Reflective yarn, first with no flash and regular incandescent lighting, then in a dark room and a flash.
This stuff is pretty dramatic! 
It was also decent to work with, though some care needs to be taken not to catch the reflective strand.  We shall see how it handles wear and washing.

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