Monday, March 15, 2010

March 2010 Meeting

The HHCC's March meeting was, shawl we say, full of shawl talk! Many members participating in the CAL turned in their shawls, much to the delight of Dee. In a matter of two weeks, the group has nearly completed the 30 shawls needed for the school drama club!

It was fun to see all the different shawls ... one shawl crocheted by Jennifer caught the eye of many members. She took a few moments to explain how her shawl was based on the granny square, a well known motif in the crochet world!

As part of the meeting's program, the shawls were used to demonstrate what a difference blocking can make to crocheted projects. Using Nancy's blocking board, Dee's blocking wires from and a household iron, many members, like Fluffy, exclaimed, "I never knew blocking my crochet work would make such a huge difference!!"

Why using blocking wires? Dee says they make her "... life, or rather, blocking, simplier and quicker!" And it was! She quickly inserted the wires along the edges of the shawls, pinned the wires in place on the blocking board, and then steamed the shawls with the iron. Within minutes the shawls went from looking homemade to hand-made! What a big difference!

As part of the demonstration, YarnBazaar offered HHCC members an exclusive discount (good until the end of the month) so they can enjoy the ease of using blocking wires too! Not a member of the HHCC? Go here to join!

NOTE: This meeting was also the LAST HHCC meeting that will be held at the Danbury Hospital. The group has grown so much it is time for us to move to a new location! While we await the announcement of where the new home of the HHCC will be, the April meeting is being hosted at Margaret's house. If interested in attending the April meeting, please contact us for more information. The HHCC would like to thank the Danbury Hospital for all the years they let us meet there! :)

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