Wednesday, October 13, 2010

HHCC Celebrates Ninth Anniversary

HHCC Founders: Clockwise:
Kay, Hilda, Ruth & Dee.

10-10-10, as in October 10, 2010, was a very special date indeed: it was the celebration of the HHCC's Ninth Anniversary!

In 2001 five ladies, who loved to crochet, decided they wanted to start a crochet club in the Danbury area; Dee was asked to "...look into it."  Dee found the CGOA, became a member and learned about how to start a Chapter.  Shortly thereafter Ruth Arbitelle (deceased), Hilda Nichols, Kay Perna, Dee Stanziano and Ruth Young made it official: The Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club, Connecticut Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America, was started!  ... and the fun hasn't stopped!

Members gathered Sunday at the Courtyard by Marriot in Danbury to celebrate, bringing many different delicious entrees and desserts such as Casey's Cucumber Salad:
1 package of Persian Cucumbers (6-8 in a package)
2 large seedless Cucumbers
1 large sweet onion
Himalayan Pink Salt, ground
Fresh Black Peppercorns, ground
Rice Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Peal and thinly slice cucumbers and onion. Place in large bowl. Add pink salt, peppercorn, rice vinegar and olive oil to taste.
Allow to marinate for at least 1 - 3 hours; stirring gently on occasion. Enjoy!

Crista listens to members color choices.
Crista Grasso and Jeremy Pollack received a warm welcome as the HHCC's Special Guests

Crista kicked off the Anniversary meeting by teaching members how to create unique jewelry stitch markers for crochet and knit projects, as well as beautiful beaded pins, great for wearing with shawls and wraps!  Crista also had on display a large variety of beautiful earrings, bracelets and necklaces from her Collection.

Jeremy autographing his book
for Candy
Jeremy did a fantastic presentation on "Product Photography," discussing how photography is really the art of collecting light.  He provided a live demonstration of how a light effects a photograph and provided tips on how to get richer looking texture for crochet (& knit) pieces.  Afterwards the members were invited to try the techniques. 
Crista helps a member w/wire
bending while Andrea and Anna work. 

HHCC's President, Grace, said, "I think everyone had a fantastic time; I know I did! Jeremy and Crista did great job, and I got Jeremy to autograph my book!"  Grace also purchased one of Jeremy's prints of a sunflower as a birthday for her daughter.  "Oh!  She absolutely loved it!" Grace exclaimed when asked.

Anna said, "I had a great time and the guest speakers were great. I love my pin and my earrings. They are beautiful. I look forward to many more meetings with such a great group."

HHCCers celebrating Ninth Anniversary as CGOA Chapter.
 Irene Tweeted: "Jeremy & Crista did great presentations for  The HHCC 2day! You guys rock!"
Along with the Guest Speakers and yummy food, there was also cake and a drawing for prizes.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The HHCC: On the Move Again (Re: New Meeting Location)

Back in July the HHCC announced that The Hampton Inn would be our new home.  As with all nine-year-olds, growth spurts happen.  This means that The HHCC is now calling the Courtyard Marriott of Danbury our new temporary home for the months of OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2010

3 Eagle Road
Danbury, Connecticut

Please note meeting time change: 
The HHCC Monthly meetings will run from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM


  • From I-84 East to Exit 8 - Turn right onto Newtown Road, turn right onto Eagle Road.
  • From 84 West to Exit 8 - Merge onto US 6W, turn slight left onto Newtown Road. Turn right onto Eagle road.
Parking is free.
 (Note: image of Courtyard® by Marriott® used with permission.)

Friday, October 1, 2010

HHCC Plans to Celebrate Ninth Anniversary!

The month of October marks the HHCC's Ninth Anniversary. For the October meeting, open only to current members, The HHCC is pleased to welcome two guests:

Crista Grasso studied art in college at both The University of Connecticut and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Art has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember, and with the urging of family and friends, she created her AmberTortoise Creations business in 2005, featuring her unique hand-made jewelry.

Crista draws inspiration from the world around her, primarily from the beautiful and sometimes surprising color combinations and textures in mother nature. Crista says, "Jewelry says so much about a person! It reflects your personality, your mood, your interests... It can say I am bold and adventurous, I am a little quiet and reserved, I am a happy person who loves life, or maybe that you are all of those things~ I know I am!"

Crista will be teaching The HHCC members how to make unique jewelry stitch markers for their crochet and knit projects.

HHCC Members will need to visit this webpage and pre-order their bead kits:

Jeremy Pollack, co-author of Photographing New York City Digital Field Guide (Digital Field Guides),  is a Connecticut-based photographer with a wide range of interests. Growing up in the woods, his first love has always been nature photography which he started shooting with his father's Canon FT QL. As his passion grew over the years, so did the breadth of his interests. Today he shoots commercial and fine art photography, selling prints at art shows and online.

Jeremy will be offering Club Members instruction on how to create their own homemade Light Boxes for taking better pictures of their crocheted, and knitted, projects.  Jeremy will include discussion on why the biggest enemy is a flash right in the line of the camera, provide hands-on interaction, and a demonstration of importing, sorting, uploading -- and more!  Jeremy will be happy to autograph his book for HHCC members who bring it to the Anniversary Meeting.

HHCC Members will need to visit this webpage for their Light Box materials list: