Crochet Circular Cast on

Crochet Circular Cast on

The intoxicating inspiration of FiberCamp 2014 spawned new project ideas, friendships and improved techniques in crochet, sewing and knitting.

In heady fumes of the moment, I imagined writing several blog posts about the weekend. In reality, I’ve only written on Tactile Travel. Erin from Knitting in Beantown has a lovely round up from her perspective.  Any one else? I’d love links to your impressions.

One of the weekend highlights was the Designer Showcase, organized by Julia Farwell-Clay. The Guild did a fabulous job spotlighting this Handknit Runway. Now that I’m finally writing, I’m sure I could go on and on and on…


Today I want to share the great way Jennifer creates a circular start in crochet. I’ve traditionally started granny squares or other circular items by chaining a few stitches, linking the chain to create a circle, then beginning the first round. There’s always been a gap in the center of the circle, but Jennifer’s method makes a nice tight beginning. Watch this!

P.S. Jennifer, if you have a web site or other way we can credit you, shout it out!



Ignite Craft 2011

image, Carpe Diem, quilt in silk, cotton, linen and viscose by Alanna Nelson

Carpe Diem, 2005 by Alanna Nelson

The Common Cod Fiber Guild hosted their first Ignite Craft in 2011.  “Ignite” events feature 5 minute slide shows, each slide on the screen for 15 seconds.  You get all kinds of viewpoints on a subject.  It was quite the entertaining and inspiring evening… if I do say so myself.  I was Secretary of the Guild last year and took the opportunity to share a few of the quilts I’d made.  Thanks to Brilliant Video, you can see both the 2011 and 2012 videos!