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.  Diane 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. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Always Busy

Everyone in the group is always working on something. Bea has been seriously working at reducing her stash.
However, at our first meeting this year, Bea lamented needing to purchase something at Michael's after the meeting and said: "I just know I'll walk out of there with yarn."
A little something she crocheted from "leftovers".

Sunday, December 28, 2014

SciFi Chris here!  Hoping your holidays were merry and bright, and your New Year will be full of colorful yarn and no major tangles!
Three Rivers Crochet’s annual charity fundraiser at the Wilkins School Community Center raised $2488 for Rwanda Knits and Pittsburgh Vets.  Many, many thanks to the folks who bought items at the sale, made items for the sale, and worked the sale.

3RC isn’t slowing down in the new year!  Our next charity contribution is donating items to the Butler County Humane Society fundraiser.  We are making items to be sold at their February 13th event.  Some items will be sold outright and some will be raffled off.   Donations can be brought to the weekly 3RC meeting at Panera Bread near Magee Hospital.  Items need to be brought in by Saturday, January 31st.  What type of items?  Things for pets, stuff for pet owners.  For example, dog coats for walkies on cold days, doo bag holders, cat toys, and pet beds/mats. is a superawesome place to find patterns for pet items.

Of course, 3RC folks also make items for themselves or their friends and family.  Here’s some photos from the December 27th meeting.  
 Carol is making an afghan for her grandson.  She makes stripes and then sews them together, rather than making many little blocks and sewing them together.  The paper is her plan for how the color blocks will be placed.

 Original Chris was given some hand dyed yarn from (I believe) Guatemala.  The top yarn was dyed with carrots, the bottom with beetles.

 In Nicole's neighborhood is a memorial for firefighters.  Included is a statue of a dalmatian holding a firefighter's helmet.  Some of the local kids were concerned that the dog statue would be cold and so therefore needed a scarf.  Nicole kindly agreed to make this colorful scarf for the dalmatian statue.

 Pat is working on a ruffle scarf, in a gorgeous sparkling blue.  Diane is assisting in the trickier than it looks project.

 Doug, wearing the very spiffy steampunk style gloves made by Theresa with yarn she dyed, is working on his latest project, finger crochet.  Just like the name implies, its crocheting using your finger instead of a hook. 

 New folks, Sarah and Katrina!  Always exciting when new folks find us.  Katrina is working on a hat in a lovely, soft, subtly variegated black yarn.  She also showed us photos of an 'ugly' Christmas sweater she made, which won her office ugly sweater contest and an adorable vampire doll she made. 

 Projects, lots and lots of projects!

 Edith, finishing up a beautiful lace top for her sister.

As always, we meet every Saturday at the Panera near Magee Hospital, from 2pm to 5pm or whenever.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Its time again for the annual Holiday Sale at Wilkins School Community Center!

There will be many, many vendors there.  Find the Three Rivers Crochet booth for wonderful, handmade items that make great gifts for someone special or yourself.  All proceeds from items purchased from Three Rivers Crochet go to Rwanda Knits and Pittsburgh VA. 

What's Rwanda Knits?  (From their website)  Rwanda Knits provides hand-operated, American-made knitting machines, technical, and business training to low-income Rwandan women. Our program enables them to increase their incomes through economically sustainable knitting cooperatives, through which they produce garments for their domestic market and export markets.

FREE opening party on Friday, December 5th, 7pm to 9pm, with FREE food, drinks, and music

WHEN:  Friday December 5, from 5pm to 9pm
             Saturday Dec. 6 and Sunday Dec. 7, from 9am to 6pm

WHERE:  Wilkins School Community Center
                7604 Charleston Ave
                Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SciFi Chris posting information about a fun upcoming activity. 

What:  Indie Knit & Spin Fiber Arts Festival
When:  November 15th, from 11 am to 4 pm
Where:  Wilkins School Community Center
             Regent Square
            7604 Charleston Ave, Pgh, PA 15218

Saturday, November 15th is the annual Indie Knit & Spin Fiber Arts Festival at the Wilkins School Community center.    Many local crafters will have items for sale at the marketplace.  In addition to being able to buy yarn, knitting/crochet supplies, and craft items, there are several classes to sign up for.  Among those offering classes is 3RC’s very own Rebecca.  Here’s her bio from the Indie & Spin website:

“Rebecca DeSensi has been crocheting and knitting for more than a decade. She works for a nationally-known, Pittsburgh-based, crochet designer and author, providing technical editing, pattern support, and sample creation for books, magazines, DVD workshops, and TV shows. She also has worked independently as a technical editor for publications and as a designer for a large national yarn company. She’s tried every technique and stitch out there, so it was a natural progression to jump into the business side of yarn. With her friend Karen, they dye and sell yarn as Amelia and Wiggles.  Their booth can be found in the marketplace.”

Rebecca will be teaching a class called Don’t fear the pool; Jump in with variegated yarns!

Here’s the course description:
Indie Knit and Spin offers so many choices in variegated and hand-dyed yarn, but are you afraid to work that beautiful skein? Worried that the vibrant colors will mottle into a pool of unattractive patterning? We’ll discuss the types of variegated yarn; factors that affect the finished skein including fiber, hank circumference, type of dye, and the dyer’s style; and the pattern types that emerge when the yarn is crocheted or knitted. We’ll explore blending, texture, and stitch patterns for knit and crochet as ways to randomize the colors in your project. If time, we’ll talk about planning your designs around the pattern types to take advantage of the skein’s natural tendencies.
Bring a variegated ball or hank of yarn (or two) from your stash to analyze. Can be commercially dyed or hand-dyed.

Class fee:
$5 for handout and mini skein of hand-dyed yarn from Amelia and Wiggles.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hiya all!  Scifi Chris here.  Hmmmm, apparently even the twice a month posting goal was a bit ambitious for me.  Once the school year starts (I'm a teacher) my time gets much more occupied and this school year's schedule is a bit more filled than I've had in the past few years.  Add to that some family birthdays and a trip to the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and somehow the entire month flew by without a post.  Excuses, excuses. 

Diane posted a few weeks ago about the Skull Shawl challenge some of the 3RC folks are participating in.  I did get some photos posted over on our Facebook page.   Here's a link.!/threeriverscrochet/posts/278272205701743

Since then, a few of the shawls have neared completion.  Original Chris is almost done with hers.  She plans on wearing it on her trip to Paris, when she visits the Catacombs and takes a ghost tour!  Aren't those the perfect places to wear a skull shawl!  Original Chris has said she will send some pics of herself, wearing the skull shawl in Paris.

I decided that I was going to put some stripes in my skull shawl.  Well, that turned out to be a bit more challenging than I originally thought it would be.  I had figured that I'd just make the color change on row 17.  That would mean that the tops of the skulls would be the second color, but no big deal, right?  Wrong.  The longer I looked at it, the more it bugged me.  Finally, I decided to frog it and do the color change around the skull, so the skull would be one color.  Gack.  Unravelling fuzzy yarn.  This was not a fun or easy task.  It took me about three hours.  However, once done and re-crocheted, I was much happier with the results.

It looks like the skulls are wearing little hats.

Each color change I ended up doing differently, as I searched for the best way to do it.  The first color change was simply switching colors as I crocheted the row.  So many ends to weave in.  I couldn't just carry the yarn, because it would show.  On a one sided piece, like a hat, that wouldn't matter.  However, since both sides of a shawl show, I couldn't carry.  It had to be changed.  There had to be a better way.  I also want to note that the fuzzy yarn had the benefit of hiding my sometimes clumsy color changes.

Next, I tried finishing the skulls all at once, then just attaching the second color as I worked my way across each row.  Less weaving ends, but still lots of weaving in.   Finally, I figured out to just finish the skulls and the lace inbetween skulls, working several rows at once.  Then, at the joining row (row 13) do the complete row in the second color.  If that didn't make sense, hopefully the photos will clear it up.   The last color change, from a design stand point, I probably should have made the color change lower, so the tops of the skull stood out more, but frankly I had no desire to do several more rows of color changes.  I can live with the top as it is.  The stripes looks cool, in my opinion, but I'm not sure I'd make that kind of effort again.  If I do another skull shawl, it will be all one yarn.  Although I have a multicolor yarn that might make a cool looking skull shawl, with the idea that it looks sorta like sugar skulls. 

I had taken a photo of new 3RC member Ashley in her skull shawl, but I now can't find the photo. Sorry about that.  Next time I get to 3RC, hopefully more folks will have their finished shawls.  I do have some photos of Carol, wearing a sweater she is almost finished with.  Its not a skull shawl but it does look fantastic!

Don't forget, 3RC meets every Saturday at the Panera Bread near Magee Hospital.  Folks are there from 2pm until 5pm.  Everyone is welcome!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lost Souls Skull Shawl

by Diane
Three Rivers Crochet is starting a Crochet Along(CAL) for the Lost Souls Skull Shawl which is a free pattern on Ravelry. During a crochet along everyone works on the same pattern at the same time. They share their thoughts, progress and snarls.
If you are interested you can join the Cal (not everyone at 3RC is doing the shawl since we have a just do what you want policy. )
You should be able to download the pattern even if you don't belong to Ravelry (Why don't you?)