Friday, November 28, 2008

Special Olympics Scarves

                                                                                                                                                                        All the Special Olympics Scarves are in now, I think. Quite a variety of patterns for just 2 colors.
These are the colors of the American team for the winter Olympics. Each participant gets a scarf.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Learning Something New

                                                                                                                                               Since Tricia Puskar visited with us, people are making preemie caps for the Knit One Save One program. I asked Roxann if she could make any but she indicated she didn't know how. I left if at that, but Roxann didn't.
She got Rebecca to show her how and wow!

She made 20 (and more at the last meeting) and working from suggestions from Rebecca on her own taught herself to make adult caps. The single blue was her first attempt but it was a bit small (good to donate for a boy) and then made 2 she is keeping for herself. She is quite justifiably proud of herself. And we are impressed by her.

Rebecca has made slips to put on the caps as a way of adding a personal note for new moms lucky enough to get a kit from Save the Children at a clinic. You can see it in front of one of the hats Roxann made last Sat.  

Monday, November 24, 2008

Theresa Goes to Stitches

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Theresa went to Stitches ( a knitting conference) a few weeks ago and came home with an Editor's Choice Award for this dress. It's not a design original by her but like everyone in the group she made changes. It's actually a lovely soft green but we had trouble getting a good photo of the stitch details let alone the color. Congratulations, Theresa!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Additional Donations

Besides scarves we've donated afghans, lapghans, baby blankets, hats headbands, baby booties, etc. Some of the scarves and lapghans have gone to the vets. Admittedly Lyn did many of the donations. She has a real talent for putting yarns together into something so attractive. I've mentioned her talent before and hope I'm not embarassing her. As you can see many of these afghans could be sold as some were at the Yarn Ball. We thought we had chosen the best, but these pix show some pretty nice work. 

There are no pictures of the donated yarn (from the Yarn Ball). Many times the donated yarns are supplemented from our own yarn stashes. So look forward to many new and interesting creations in the coming year.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Scarves 78 and counting

We actually reached the 60 scarves in 60 days but we kept collecting until we were sending off the items to the women's shelter. We'll be sending the special olympics scarves separately and I'll photograph those when they are all in and ready to be sent. Some of you will be able to spot your donated yarn or scarf (ves). 

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fashion Show : The End

Last but not least our darling baby in her fantastic knitted yellow sweater.

I apologize for the quality of some of the photos (missing heads, etc) but these people just didn't stand still! What kind of fashion show is that?

Finally we have Becky in the fabulous free form sweater crocheted by her mom Lyn. 
She was our fantastic hostess. Has done a great job three years running and still going full steam. We all thank her for a wonderful time.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fashion Show Part 4

                                                                                                                                                     The first two pictures are Karen and Bradley, a very yarn enthusiastic couple. Bradley learned to knit about a year ago and he made both these sweaters. I'm not sure about the green sweater, but I know he designed the gray one. Karen is wearing really cool socks. But I chopped off Bradley's head and Karen's feet!

Chris is wearing a shawl she crocheted and designed herself.

Lisa is unique. She really is a great crocheter, but who else can say it's made from her yarn from her own sheep? I'm not sure but she probably designed the shawl, too.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fashion Show: Part 3

Karen is showing off her beautiful shawl. Theresa appears to be attempting to get the item right off her back, but I suspect like all yarn enthusiasts, she is just petting the garment. Check out the awesome socks on her hands! Of course, you can't see the ones she's wearing on her feet.

This young man has just learned  to crochet and is showing off the scarf he is working on. WIPs are good in a fashion show, too. His sisters were in a previous posting.

Our little girl Sierra is showing off Grandpa Joe's handiwork. Looks comfy and glam all at the same time.

This is Susan's  knitted skirt. It's absolutely perfect. And fits perfectly. You can find the pattern in the magazine Knitty.  

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Yarn Ball: The Fashion Show Part 2

Well here I am in a jacket and designed by Dora Ohrenstein. Then I made a tank from the leftover yarn: knitted and crochetetd!

No one staued still for very long so on some of the pix we just
barely caught a look.

Shelli is wearing a vest she made years ago and has been
working mostly on gifts she has given away (can't wear those!). But she's making something for Larry (her DH) now; maybe he'll wear it next year?

Becky 's design shows much better without the the pumpkins peeking through! She's thinking of moving on to a sweater next. A group does that. Encourages and challenges you.

Lyn's wearing a design she basically changed so much it's really hers. Lace really becomes her.

Finally we have a lovely dragonfly vest that was made on a knitting machine. I've forgotten her name but she's certainly accomplished.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yarn Ball: The Fashion Show Part 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Beth is showing off her gloves. Are they from the dyed sock blanks?
Two sisters showing off their projects. A great potholder and then a timely tote. Sarah will be able to use that tote for the next 4 years at least! A rather advanced project.
Another advanced project that unfortunately isn't showing off its beading. Lisa made a wonderful lace shawl. 
Can you believe the quality of the projects being shown off?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Yarn Ball Part 1

Well we've all agreed that the ball was a success. 
You can see all the items that were for sale and being auctioned off. The entrance way where donations were collected. The area was a bit jammed. Then the really enjoyable trio, who were excellent. 
I didn't take pictures of the spread but it was awesome (out in the kitchen).