CEY Learns To Crochet

We all gathered in the office last week to learn to crochet. The entire staff participated – there were a few novices, a few beginners, and a couple of experienced crocheters (tasked with helping the newbies make a granny square). The goal? To make a Big Bad Granny throw.
Linda, Tonia and Jim crochet in the breakroom.
Edith was our leader. She had us crochet with two new colors of LibertyWool Print (Aquarius and Rendez-vous), along with two solid colors (Slate and Ash Gray). There was a lot of hand-holding, deep concentration, changing of hook sizes based on gauge (for some tight crocheters), and a lot of laughs!

Edith gives Jeff a hand.
 We have 10 squares completed, and the last two are almost done. Then we’ll play with the arrangement until we get it just right and sew it all together.

How to arrange the squares?
We’re pretty proud of ourselves, and have a whole team of new crochet “experts.”

As a group, we decided that the new throw should go to an LYS for all of its customers to ooh and aww over. Would you like your LYS to have this throw?

  • If you'd like your LYS to receive the CEY staff version of Big Bad Granny, leave a comment by 8:00pm eastern time on Sunday February 14th. 
  • We’ll pick a random winner and announce the lucky LYS on Monday, Feb. 15th. 

Tell us why your LYS is so special! An LYS can toot its own horn too - let us know how you plan to create your own CAL fun.


Now it’s time to go make more granny squares. We’re all addicted.

18 comments:

  1. We have several crochet students making Granny Sq and Ripple afghans out of Liberty Wool. We tell them to let the yarn do the work for them. This would help to get them excited about making more.

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  2. My LYS is The Genuine Purl in Chattanooga TN. It's an amazing place to be whether you knit or crochet (or both!). There are classes for both and you will always find someone around the table with a cup of coffee or tea and something good to eat chatting while they're getting help with a project or just spending time there working on something special. They would love to show this off to encourage everyone to learn to crochet.

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  3. My LYS is Kid Ewe Knot in Bridgeville PA. Heather and all of her staff are so helpful. They have a great variety of fibers, beading, accessories, kits, and samples. The classes are small and well worth it. Heather plans many outings and special classes.

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  4. My favorite LYS is the Fiber Factory in Mesa, Arizona. Not only is it the Southwest's most complete fiber source, it is a premier training location!
    The owners Terri and Susan are local, who live to give back to the community, (food banks, foster children, elderly)

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  5. My LYS is also The Fiber Factory, in Mesa AZ. It is a true fiber arts community gathering place, run by a couple of the most talented and giving ladies I have ever met. It is a place where creativity and creation are celebrated, and where we learn from the wonderful staff and from each other. yes, I even learned to crochet there :).

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  6. I too love the Fiber Factory in Mesa, AZ. The people are so welcoming and friendly there, not to mention all the great fiber arts that happen as a result of it! Having the CEY staff version of the Big Bad Granny would inspire many many people to create even more beautiful items from our favorite fibers, in addition to mirroring the warmth and creativity found there.

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  7. My LYS is the Fiber Factory in downtown Mesa AZ, I have learned how to knit, crochet and basket weave there as well as getting help with every mistake I have made (lots and lots). It is a true asset to the community.

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  8. How about Wool & Co. in St. Charles, IL? I participated in a KAL hosted by the store and was one of the winners. The prize was two balls of Liberty Wool. I was very pleased to receive those, and maybe the store would be pleased to receive this from CEY. :)

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  9. My favorite LYS and the store I think she get the Big Bad Granny blanket would be the fiber factory in Mesa Arizona. The owners are always so helpful with helping out the community with donations for events and participating in the downtown area. They offer it awesome classes and there's always someone to help out if you run into a problem in anything you're working on.

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  10. My favorite LYS and the store I think she get the Big Bad Granny blanket would be the fiber factory in Mesa Arizona. The owners are always so helpful with helping out the community with donations for events and participating in the downtown area. They offer it awesome classes and there's always someone to help out if you run into a problem in anything you're working on.

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  11. My favorite hang out is the Fiber Factory in downtown Mesa, AZ. The shop is warm and welcoming. When I was new to AZ and looking for a place to share my crafting, I knew I was at home with my first visit.

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  12. My LYS is Knitter's Square in Modesto, CA. They have a great gathering of Knitter's and crocheters on Tuesday and Friday evenings. We gather round the fire and enjoy everyone's projects and a great gabfest.

    I would love for them to get one of your throws.

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  13. A TV show from the 90's called Cheers had a catchy little theme song where "everybody knows your name". This made Cheers a place where people wanted to go because of it's warm and friendly atmosphere. I see my LYS, Fiber Factory in Mesa as a fibery version of Cheers. There is a true sense of friendship and caring from everyone there, and they do seem to know just about everybody's name.

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  14. I moved across country 5 years a go but I still feel like my local yarn shop is back in Corning, NY. Wooly Minded is a fabulous shop and jean the owner is so wonderful, knowledgeable and her shop is the friendliest place for anyone to visit!

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  15. I am now living in Yuma, AZ. But Unraveled sheep in Sandy,Utah is still my favorite store. Your afghan is beautiful.

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  16. My local yarn store is Yarn's End in Norwell MA and we'd love to showcase the Afghan to promote Liberty Wool and to encourage all our customers to follow our lead to knit for our favorite non profit DOVE, Domestic Violence Ended. We'll be donating lots of knitted and crocheted items including afghans all year long.

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  17. I am now living in Yuma, AZ. But Unraveled sheep in Sandy,Utah is still my favorite store. Your afghan is beautiful.

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  18. Knitting from the Heart inWooodbury, MN is my local yarn store. It is under new ownership. The love of yarn is shown to all who come in the door.

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