Monday, October 12, 2009

Notes from the October HHCC Monthly Meeting

The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The HHCC, in wanting to recognize this, donated 55 Chemo caps, as part of the "Hats from the Heart" campaign to the Danbury Hospital yesterday. Breast Cancer is mostly known to women, but men can be diagnosed with it too.
Members of the HHCC have now turned their charitable efforts towards the Danbury Salvation Army, crocheting (and knitting) hats, scarves, gloves/mittens for toddlers to 18 year old children in need, along with a New (unwrapped) Toy drive. Please contact the HHCC for more information on this.

Elaine Brown was awarded her Ribbon and Sponsor Award she had won at The Big E. Elaine was thrilled, stating she created a "magic ball" of six different yarns to create the yarn she used in her hat & scarf combo. What will she buy with the WEBs $100 Gift Certificate? She's thinking of getting a yarn swift and a few other goodies... Congratulations Elaine!

HHCC member Kathy brought in the Nov/Dec issue of Crochet Today! magazine. During Show & Tell she described how she was flipping through the magazine when she noticed a familiar looking garment in an advertisement for Red Heart yarn. In fact, Kathy had seen part of the garment, a sleeve, being worked on at a "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" session during this past summer. She recognized the pattern belonging to fellow HHCC'er Dee Stanziano. Dee had no idea, and was pleasantly surprised to see it published so soon. The pattern is available for free on the Red Heart yarn website. Congratulations Dee!

Patty showed off pictures of her beautiful new grand-baby, and Karen announced a brand new "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" session to be held on the 1st Wednesday of the Month, from 10:30 AM to Noon at the Bayberry Kntting Shop in Plainville. And newest member, Deb Seda announced the birth of a brand new CGOA Chapter: The Creative Crochet Guild of L.I. of which she is the founder of. Congratulations Patty, Karen, and Deb!!

Many HHCC members are looking forward to attending the New York Sheep & Wool Festival next weekend, and the following weekend they will be volunteering at the Stitches East event being held in Hartford, CT.

Please note: The November and the December HHCC montly meetings are for MEMBERS only. Guests are welcomed to come to the January 2010 meeting, and to the "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" sessions. Please contact The HHCC for more information.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Details from The 2009 Big E

HHCC Member, Elaine, Wins $100 Sponsor Award for Best Use of ColorOn September 23, members of The HHCC traveled to West Springfield, MA, to participate in the Eastern States Expositon, well known as The Big E. September 23rd was Connecticut Day, and The HHCC was there to promote and demonstrate crochet.

The members displayed a vast variety of projects to highlight the many different types & techniques of crochet, and also provided free beginner lessons (and supplies!) to those interested. Casey, one of our Junior members, blogged about the Big E here.

The HHCC would like to welcome Linda into the fold; Linda became an official HHCC'er at The Big E!! Welcome Linda! :)

Prior to attending, several members entered their items in the Fair's Crochet Competition. Congratulations go to Casey, Chava, Dee, Elaine and Ruth for winning a variety of ribbons in many categories for Crochet! In addition to winning a Blue Ribbon for her hat and scarf set, Elaine also won "Best Use of Color," winning a $100 Gift Certificate from WEBs yarn store. And, according to the Big E Event Coordinator, this year there were more crocheted entries than knitted. This is a huge accomplishment as crochet was slated to be removed from the Fair barely 8 years ago due to lack of interest! Congratulations HHCC'ers!