Friday, October 31, 2008

Becky's Shawl

Becky doesn't get to the group as often as she'd like because she works most Saturdays. She has made a shawl for the yarn ball in filet crochet from Paton's Brilliant. It has a metallic effect that gives the yarn a glittery effect, which really doesn't show well in pix. Becky wore her Halloween tee so it shows through the shawl. This was a tricky pattern because it was constantly decreasing while also carrying a design through the shawl. Look for it again in the Yarn Ball pix soon to appear in this blog!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

First Snow

For those who live in other climes, Southwestern PA experienced its first snow yesterday. I haven't even built in the habit again of wearing a coat/sweater on my way out. When I am I going to get to wear those ponchos I made?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Save the Children

We were really lucky last Saturday to have Tricia Puskar stop by Panera's and tell us all about the Knit One, Save One program. Last year we participated in the Caps for the Capitol program. It was quite a success. The preemie caps are being continued this year until  the end of the year. They will again be part of a kit  for new mothers in extremely poor areas  of the world. Many infants don't make it through the first day, let alone the first year. So if you wish to make preemie caps, too, go to for more info. We will have a few handouts at the Yarn Ball on Saturday. We found patterns at the website for knitters and crocheters last year.
Even though things seem very unsettled in the US right now, a small gesture can mean a life in another area of the world. We will be sending ours as a group. You can join with us ( or send on your own.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

60 Scarves in 60 Days

We rounded up what we have so far. Then took pix. I think maybe Lynn has given up sleeping. She has done the greater numbers of scarves. She has also managed to do these designs from donated yarns! Not that the others of us aren't doing our bit, too. Count the scarves. What number do you get? We're not done yet!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rwanda Knits Project Benefit

Tonight at 11 p.m. EST Rwanda Knits will be auctioning off the samples of many crochet designers that were sent in and used by publications and yarn companies. The pink duster is by Doris Chan and will be auctioned. Just one example of what is available. Go to for a link or sign on to ebay and search for Rwanda Knits Project Benefit. Hope you get lucky.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Haloween Costumes



I spent last week making 2 Pumpkin costumes; each for a grandniece and grandnephew. The pumpkin hat is basically from a design on Crochet Today a few copies back. The basic outfit was cobbled together from ideas found in about 4 publications, some quite old. 

I gifted one already and you can see Maddie in her pumpkin hat. The outfit was made from Red Heart Super Saver in pumpkin and paddy green. It's pretty heavy but I thought a softer yarn wouldn't hold a pumpkin shape. Hope it's cool on Halloween!    

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Gift at Three Yarntini Luncheon

The Three Yarntini Luncheon will be on Feb 14 at the Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. All the proceeds beyond the expense of the luncheon go to Rwanda Knits and the Pittsburgh Women's Shelter. The members of Three Rivers Crochet are donating their time, and other expenses. This is a picture of the basic pins that are going to be given out as thank you gifts for attending our fundraiser. No one leaves this fun event empty handed!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Faraway Member Visits

Sorry to catch you eating, Randy. Randy did really have out yarn while she visited with us from Seattle. I have to admit she didn't come in just for us. She really came to see her mom, Pat. But it really is true that you can be part of the group and not come to meetings very often or not at all. We are always happy to see Randy. 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What needlefelting looks like

These are examples of the needle felted items using cookie cutter forms. Our expert Rebecca did the one with an R.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Needlefelting on Saturday

Saturday was sunny and needlefelting was taught outside.

Activities at Highland Alpaca

 The alpacas are so cute you can spend all day looking at them, but our group did provide some activities to celebrate National Alpaca Days, too. Karen organized a needlefelting activity, and Theresa provided beading. We showed people and kids how to needlefelt alpaca fur onto a piece of felt using a cookie cutter form. Kids had alpaca fur to take to school the next day and quite honestly the adults seemed to be fascinated. Beading? Anything Steeler colors was a major hit.
Jenny and Fay had a spinner demonstrating her skills. When Chris wasn't showing someone how to crochet, she was talking to the spinner. I think she also is fascinated but with spinning.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Rangling Alpacas

                                                                                    All the long blond hair you see is Theresa. Couldn't keep her away from the alpacas on either day. You can see Jenny and Fay the owners of Highland Alpaca with the animals, doing what needs to be done. You'll see their beautiful homestead with a yarn store downstairs. Isn't that a lovely description of the perfect home for yarn enthusiasts?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008