Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July Meeting

came to order on Saturday, July 17.  We met at Piedmont Yarn & Apparel.  In attendance were Anita, Ed, Cay, Penny and Peter.  As we had no visitors or new members, we headed straight to Old Business:
   a) San Mateo County Fair
        We discussed the things we learned and the things we want to improve for next year.
  • We will sponsor a $50 Best of Show Award for Crochet next year.
  • We will be located nearer the crochet entries and away from the door.
  • We discussed doing a raffle for a crocheted item similar to what the quilt guilds do.  If you have any ideas on what this item could be, please share.
  • We want to acquire a literature display stand and a larger poster for our booth.  16" x 20" poster is approx $10.
  • We would like to display items using different techniques-entralac, tunisian, hairpin, felting, wire, tapestry, etc.  If you like one of these categories and would like to do an item for display next summer, please let Cay or Peter know.
  • Seniors Day was fun but not productive.  Many seniors are not online and will not cross the bridge.  We referred several to the chapter that meets in Redwood City.
  • Last day of fair is Mexican Heritage Day-we need to schedule a Spanish speaking member to staff the booth that day.
  • Dates for the fair next year are 6/11-6/19/2011.
   b)  Oakland Fiber Fest
  • location was excellent after a brief turf war with the Lace Knitters.  We had both been assigned the same spot.  They graciously moved to another location as they had their own canopy and we did not.   Even though it was very hot, we had a nice breeze and our banner could be seen from the welcome booth.
  • Did not have many stop for the make and take table as they were in the sun.  Need to rearrange the tables in the canopy or provide another umbrella for the tables next year.
  • Lots of traffic and interest.
   c)  Dues
  • $20 annually or $5 per meeting, members choice.  Please advise Peter which method you prefer.
  • Due in July for current members
  • Date of joining for future members.
We moved right on to New Business.
  • Treasurers report will done each month.

  • August - 8/21- will be a regular meeting held at PYA, from noon to 3 p.m. Cay will be teaching linked and herringbone double crochets.
  • September -9/18- we will hold our quarterly Crochet Soiree.  Lunch will be Mexican in one of the local restaurants.
  • October- 10/16- field trip to Brook Farm Alpacas in Glen Ellen-Each person bring a sack lunch and we will hold biz meeting while eating in the meadow. We are inviting MWC Ravelry members to join us.  If you have a crocheter you would like to bring, let Peter know. We need to limit our group size to approx 20.
  • November- 11/20-  will be a regular meeting at PYA.
  • December- 12/18- we discussed the possibility of taking the Holiday Soiree on the road, maybe a nursing home or convalescent hospital, shifting our focus from kids to seniors or disabled.  Instead of a gift exchange, making shawls or lapghans for wherever we choose to go.  If you know of a place in your neighborhood, please check with them to see if this would be welcome and find out how many we would have to serve.  Please bring this info to the August meeting so we can prepare.
  • Discussed setting up a booth at the Alameda County Fair next year-the fair runs approx 3 weeks and starts within a couple of days of the closing of San Mateo. More research needed.  Would need commitments from more members to be able to accomplish this.
Show and Tell
  • Anita is working on another large granny square blanket made of the Simply Soft Brites.  She must have bought a truckload of this yarn.  
  • Cay is working on the Swellegant Elegance in Saucon Sock Yarn, color Loganberry.
  • Penny is assembling a granny square afghan for Project Linus using various size squares.
  • Peter is making progress with the twin set he is designing.  The shell is done and he is working on 2nd half of the front of the short sleeve cardigan.
  • Anita and Mattie brought ghans for Project Linus.
We ended the meeting with a little crochet and chatting, and all went home about 2:30.


  1. I just became a Two year member and claimed the Men Who Crochet Chapter as my chapter, Woohoo!

  2. Excellent job on the minutes, Cay! Thanks again for all the hard work and effort you (and Peter) put into our chapter.

  3. Hi all, I will be joining (i.e. paying!) next month, but wanted to toss in a few comments on these EXCELLENTLY written minutes:
    1. I think a raffle at the fair next year is a great idea. What about something make collaboratively, like a square from each of us made into a scarf or afghan?
    2. Next year I could bring something felted for the Fair display; I made some great Halloween treat bags that look like candy corn.
    3. I am still trying to envision the turf war between MWC and the Lace Knitters! Priceless!
    4. I will be teaching crochet at Woodside Terrace, a senior residence here in Redwood City this fall. I could ask them about the Soiree there but are you looking for something closer to Oakland?
    5. I would be happy to volunteer to work at the fair next year.
    I guess I am one membership dividend of the 2010 SMCoFair!
    Cheers, Jennifer

  4. Hooray, Andy! You are now officially a Hooker!