About the Collaborative

The Crochet Collaborative was established in July 2006 to promote an interest and skill in and appreciation for crochet while serving the community. We've grown into a diverse group of crocheters who have banded together to work collaboratively to learn new techniques and solve age-old thorny crochet problems (skipped or tight stitches, ever-widening rows, flubbed patterns, you name it). The only requirement to becoming a member is a willingness to learn. We will teach you the basics -- in return you agree to make something for charity.

We've collaborated on several charity projects, including crocheting baby blankets for Project Linus, and small hats for Caps for the Capitol. We've also donated blankets to a local infants home. While we all have our ongoing personal projects to bring to meetings, we're always open to new special project suggestions.

So, who are we? We are more than co-workers, more than colleagues. We are a community of friends who share a passion for crochet. The Collaborative is totally unstructured, totally free, totally fun. If you crochet, are experienced or just learning, grab some yarn and join us. The Collaborative meets every other Tuesday for lunch to sit and chat while we work on favorite projects and share our passion for the art of crochet. Most members work in the Federal Triangle, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Gathering of Collaborative Members

Well, it is hard to get together but we managed. Last month three of us met with our retired member at her house and worked on some new projects. It was fun to meet face to face instead of over our phone calls. We even had coffee and dessert and you can't do that over the phone. Soon we will try to do it again. We focused on finding patterns and on showing our newest 'hooker' how to make a hat. It isn't easy for some of us afghan makers to hunker down and measure distances to be sure the hat fits. I can't tell you how many times I started, switched hook sizes, and started again. Ugh!!!! Very frustrating. I finished one for an adult and found out it wouldn't fit anyone but a 3 year old. I am an experienced afghan maker but can't for the life of me make a hat the first time. I'll keep trying. I prefer the afghans--you don't have to worry about the fit! As you can see, my dog, Lexe, adobted a new lap. She is fickle!!! As the retired member of the group, I just enjoyed the friendship of the visit. It is fun to crochet with others.

1 comment:

VicJoRob said...

Virtual collaboration is tough. I too enjoyed the face to face and look forward to meeting again.