Learn To Crochet Class

I am offering a Learn To Crochet Class this Saturday here at the farm.  I’ll be teaching the basic crochet stitches and we’ll actually get started on a scarf using a bulky yarn called Snuggle.  I know practicing and making swatches is important, especially when making something that needs to fit, but I’m one that likes to see results for my efforts so we’re going to jump right in with a project!

Crocheted Red Alpaca Scarf

Using a fairly large hook and bulky yarn, this Fast and Easy Scarf works up quickly and is good practice at the same time.  The pattern calls for chain stitch and double crochet.

We will also make some of these cute little butterflies using Beginner’s Butterfly pattern by Erin Burger.  This will give us practice at chain stitch, slip stitch, double crochet, treble crochet, and How To Whip Stitch In Crochet.

Crochet (pronounced /kroʊ’ʃeɪ/) is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The word itself is derived from the Middle French word croc or croche, meaning hook.  Crochet is an extremely versatile and popular technique for making a variety of fashion and home decor accessories. To crochet, you need a hook
and yarn. Depending on the type yarn you use, you can create a variety of different fabrics. By combining crochet stitches and lighter weight or softer yarns, you create a delicate, drapable fabric; a thicker yarn produces a sturdy fabric. Beautiful textured and raised stitches are especially easy to make in crochet. You can also crochet with fine threads to create lacy projects like doilies or even string or cord.

No one would call it the art of crochet if it wasn’t first and foremost a labor of love. It’s an intricate art, it’s love at first sight, and it holds the lover’s attention for hours on end.

While preparing for this class, I found some links I would recommend if you are wanting to learn how to crochet.  Stitches – For Dummies has great pictures of the different stitches and simple, easy to understand directions.  At the Craft Yarn Council there is a Crochet Abbreviations Master List, Crochet Chart Symbols, and help for How to Read a Crochet Pattern.

If pictures and written instructions don’t work for you, the You Tube video below may help.

Are you left-handed?  My mother is.  There are Crochet Lessons for Left-Handers available on the Crochet Guild of America website.

Kids may have fun learning how to Finger Crochet…

If you find you just can’t stop crocheting once you have learned how, you could always Crochet for Charity.  There are many worthwhile causes and people in need that would benefit from the work of your hands.

Some sites I found with FREE patterns are:

Crochet Pattern Central
Lion Brand Free Crochet Patterns
Naturally Caron Free Crochet Patterns
Ravelry
– Just do a search for Free Crochet Patterns.

Of course, there are lots of good books on crocheting too!

Holiday Hours at The Farm

We will kick off the holiday season, Saturday, November 26th with extended hours from 12pm – 5pm here at the farm.

 

Give a gift just a little out of the ordinary… something handmade perhaps…something made from alpaca!  Visit the farm and see the alpacas that produce this wonderful fiber.  Get your hands on some of the incredibly soft and warm items made from this luxurious fiber.  Give a gift that has value Shop for …

Blankets

Hats

Scarves

Socks

Texting Mittens

Gloves

Children’s Hats

Baby Booties

Headbands

Eye Glass Cases

Cell Phone & Ipod Cases

Christmas Ornaments

Many Handmade Alpaca Items


See our beautiful NEW alpaca blankets!  Pick up alpaca socks for Christmas gift giving, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and many handmade alpaca items …

Get your hands on some alpaca fiber!  Luxurious, versatile, soft, warm, strong, resilient, natural and hypoallergenic, alpaca fiber offers many advantages and is considered by many to be the “miracle fiber”.   Once you get your hands on it, you will immediately understand the intrinsic value of everything produced from this fiber.

Alpaca Rovings for Spinning at Alpaca Meadows

Check out our brand NEW Fiber Studio full of gorgeous alpaca yarn and fiber, patterns, and fiber art kits.

Alpaca Meadows Farm Store

This will kick off our monthly Just Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin on the second Saturday of the month.  Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning, or whatever Christmas project you are working on.  Hang out with friends, relax, enjoy Christmas music, hot chocolate, and holiday refreshments!

Shop The Farm Store … Online, Open Anytime!

Did you know?

Archaeologists have discovered a great deal of alpaca fiber goods from graves and religious sites predating the Inca Empire
in South America, a true testament to the durability of alpaca fiber and its long history.

National Alpaca Farm Days

National Alpaca Farm Days is a weekend all across the country that alpaca farms will be open to the public.  Visit the website to see what farms are open near you.  If you’re in our area, hope you’ll stop by and see us!  We have moved and so have our alpacas … you can find us at
1200 Rock Road in Mansfield, Ohio … we are the first driveway past the bridge that crosses Route 30 as you travel north on
Rock Road.

 

We have many Handmade Items, including a large variety of Finger Puppets …  see our lovely NEW Alpaca Yarn, feel our beautiful NEW Alpaca Throws, shop for Christmas, stock up on Alpaca Socks for Winter!

 

Can’t make it this weekend?  The Farm Store will be open Saturdays from 2pm—5pm … OR we are open online anytime!

Matt and Julie Petty

Mark Twain Craft Bazaar

I am headed to the 26th Annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar this weekend, November 6th,
in Westerville, Ohio.

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It is being held at the Westerville North High School at 950 County Line Rd, from 10am-3pm.

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The Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is one of the most highly anticipated holiday bazaars in Westerville.

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As it enters the 26th year, the Mark Twain Craft Bazaar has grown to include over 125 unique artists from throughout Ohio and welcomed 2000 patrons last year.

All items are beautifully hand crafted.

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The pictures are from my booth at A Wool Gathering this year in Yellow Springs, Ohio and show a sampling of what I will be taking to Westerville.

I had to include a picture of my helper, my 13 year old daughter, doing what 13 year-olds do best…



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