Tuesday, November 13, 2007

2nd Annual Yarn Ball A Success!

A success, indeed! For some of our favorite charities, including Project Linus and the Pittsburgh Women's Center and Shelter, the night's festivities produced many handmade, crocheted and knitted items:

20 blankets
17 scarves
2 hat/scarf sets
10 hats
4 purses
1 baby sweater
2 pairs of slippers
And 132 balls of yarn to be made into even more items!

In addition, between the afghan auction and cash donations, we raised $450 for Rwanda Knits!

Thanks to everyone who made this such a huge success! Also, thanks go to Becky for hosting the event again at her house. And as you can see from the pictures below, there was something fun for everyone!

Hand crafted items were on display at every turn...

Sharing, chatting, and crocheting and knitting were enjoyed by many...

The Yarn Ball Fashion Show featured treasured items made by or for the wearers...

Entertainment helped set the festive mood...

Stories kept the younger attendees enthralled...

The silent auction winners were announced after a flurry of last minute bidding...

And of course, there was tasty Yarn Ball Cake!

If you couldn't join us this year, we hope you'll make plans for next year's Yarn Ball!

Also check out more pictures at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/three_rivers_crochet/ (You may need to register to see them.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Three Rivers Crochet Presents...

Yarn Ball Afghans for Auction

In what is becoming a beloved annual event for our crochet group, this year's Yarn Ball features beautiful crocheted and knitted afghans for auction. The group decided, somewhat late in the game, to do another group project that would benefit a favorite charity, Rwanda Knits (www.rwandaknits.org). We quickly decided that squares and rectangles we would piece together should allow us to create at least one afghan and maybe two that we could auction off in time for the event. Well, the response to our request was overwhelming! Everyone dug into their stash and donated swatches from previous projects or made new ones especially for the event. Some members even solicited friends and co-workers for squares that they had around the house.

Well, OVERWHELMING is indeed a great word for it. We were able to piece together five beautiful afghans, plus have a bunch leftover for next year's Yarn Ball!

Pick out your favorite and then don't forget to bring your checkbook to the Yarn Ball to participate in this wonderful auction for charity! See you there!

Aran Rhapsody

Frilly Little Miss

Sweet Dreams