Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The 3RC blog hasn’t been updated since February?????  What slacker was supposed to keep it updated and totally failed to do so??

Oh, yeah.  That would be me, SciFi Chris.  My bad.  Sorry about that.  At long last, here’s an update.

Three Rivers Crochet recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary.  Way back in 2005, a group of folks decided to take a chance on meeting up with other random folks to see what happens.  What happened was a fantastic group of folks who have done many group projects, zillions of individual projects, and given a massive amount of time, hand made items, and dollars to charity. 

Amanda found a place for the 10th anniversary party, her canoe club which had a beautiful view of the river.  Diane organized the food, with Theresa, Amanda, Bertha, Original Chris, and Constance bringing extra treats.  Door prizes were donated by Robin and KJ donated a Panera gift card as the prize for the name tag decorating contest.  (If I left someone out, I’m sorry.  Just let me know and I’ll add you to the acknowledgement list.)

The first group project was the Pittsburgh cape.  A combination of free form and traditional crochet, those that participated each created a section to represent an aspect of Pittsburgh.  Look closely, you’ll see steel mills, Heinz ketchup, Mr. Rodger’s sweater, bridges, sports team logos, fireworks, and tons of other Pittsburgh landmarks.  The cape was taken to a CGOA convention and made such an impression that it was included in a book!

Another early project was the wire bra.  The 2006 CGOA Chain Link Conference had a fundraiser to support breast cancer awareness.  Donated crocheted bras would be auctioned off.  3RC’s wire bra won the Bravo award for being the crowd favorite.  The bra was bought back by 3RC to become part of our collection of keepsakes.

Here’s a photo of the original members that were able to make it to the 10th anniversary celebration.  Diane also gave us a brief 'history lesson' about 3RC.  It was very interesting to hear about all the group has done in 10 active years.

The name badge decorating contest.  Lots of new members were joining and it was a bit tricky to keep track of everyone’s name.  Carol suggested name tags that we could decorate and donated the tag bases.  Edith won the voting for best of show. 

So much good food and what an incredible view.  It was a beautiful, sunny day.

What do folks do at a 10th anniversary for a crochet group?  Crochet, of course.

Here's looking forward to another fantastic 10 years with Three River's Crochet!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Those Interesting Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless gloves have become popular to make and fun to wear. Here are some samples. Doug made a pair using metallic-looking yarn (a gauntlet look) but it doesn't show up well in photos. Pat has been trying to get together a pair, but I'm not sure there is a mate (yet). But she modeled her glove and someone else modeled a striped one by Ethlyn.
by Diane

Saturday, February 7, 2015

SciFi Chris here.  One of the things I love about 3RC is the generous nature of its members.  Diane recently posted about Carol's commitment to Project Linus and the amazing blankets she has made for them.  There is our annual fundraiser for Rwanda Knits and Pittsburgh Vets.  3RC has made hats and scarves for many, many different charities.  Most recently, folks in 3RC stepped up to make items for the Butler County Humane Society fundraiser on Friday, February 13th.  Doug coordinated efforts for the group, gathering up all the donations, helping organize them, and dropping them off.  He also took lots of great photos, which are posted below.

Have A Heart for Animals
Valentine’s Party to Benefit the Butler County Humane Society

February 13, 2015 6:00-9:00pm
Bottlebrush: A Gallery for the Arts
539 Main Street Harmony, PA 16037

Music by James and Debra Tobin, Pittsburgh
Food and Drink
Doggy Kissing Booth with Pickles
Love on a Leash Therapy Cat, Draven
Face Painting for Kids, Big and Small by Faces  by Christina
Silent Auctions ~ Scavenger Hunt
Door Prizes ~ Gift Baskets
Forever in My Heart Memory Wall
Meet Our Adoptable Dogs and Cats!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Some of Marisa's Projects

I was thrilled when Marisa and Kristin joined the group. People who crocheted thread!

Marisa crochets with any yarn and with any pattern. Just check out these projects she brought in last summer. I'm really slow about getting projects onto the blog (which is why SciFi helps out) and didn't want you to think that Marisa dresses inappropriately in cold weather!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Enduring Commitment

Previously we have blogged about Linus Project and our connection with them, Carol. Carol recently updated us that the local group had a yearly reckoning and the Linus Project in our area donated 12,145 blankets in the past year. I, for one, am truly impressed that an area of our size was able to produce and hand out so many blankets. (That's not adding in all the little groups I hear about, here and there, who are making their own charity work  items.)

Following is a smattering of Carol's contributions. She doesn't follow patterns and pretty much puts together her own ideas.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Butler County Humane Society is having its annual Have A Heart For Animals Valentine’s Day Party and fundraiser on Friday, February 13th.   The fun filled event will be at Bottlebrush Art Gallery, 539 Main Street, Harmony, PA 16037.  It starts at 6pm and goes until 9pm. There is no charge for admission, just bring an item for the animals at the Humane Society. 

Details about the event can be found here:

Three Rivers is donating many items, both for the silent auction and for sale.   If you are interested in helping out, please bring your items to a 3RC meeting by January 31 and give them to Doug.   He has kindly agreed to collect and deliver the items.

So what are the folks in 3RC making for the Have A Heart fundraiser?  All sorts of things.

 Carol and Doug are making leashes.  Carol is using a homemade loom, made from an old medicine bottle, nails and duct tape.  Doug is using something a bit fancier, a wooden lucet.  Both methods produce very spiffy leashes.

Rebecca has made a cat blanket, which can be used to keep cat hair off the furniture, warm up a crate, or just give a comfy place for a cat to lounge.

Oriana is making funny 'cat butt' coasters. She is also making a cat's eyes blanket.

Diane is crocheting a warm bed, perfect for either a cat or a small dog.

Constance made these for our "Winter Walkies" basket:  a reflective doggie sweater and treats for the dog's human, a coffee cup holder and chocolate bars.

This was an amazing donation.  Denise K. is not a regular member of 3RC, but she saw Diane's email about our collecting donations for the fundraiser.  She suddenly appeared, with two doggie beds she had made and a bag full of toys and treats for dogs and cats.  Very, very generous of her and very much appreciated!

Bertha made this adorable little shrug, for the fashionable dog.

 Amy's project reused and recycled old tshirts.  She made strips out of the old tshirts and crocheted them into a pet mat.  She also donated a cat collar.

This is one of several pet mats Nicole has made for the fundraiser.  She has lots of yarn she sets aside to use on charitable projects and she enthusiastically puts her talents to good use benefiting others.

SciFi Chris made a doggie shaped treat jar.

If you are interested in donating an item, just drop it off at the weekly 3RC meeting, Saturday 2pm to 5pm, Panera Bread near Magee Hospital.  Doug will be collecting them until January 31st.