Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Trying To Organize Myself

I was reading back through the blog to see where I left off. Apparently if you follow the blog, you have no idea what happened with the Yarn Ball! I did send out an email telling everyone to go to the .com to see a slide show. Now I'm telling everyone else I guess. Sorry I didn't say more at the time. We consider it to be a success, since we were able to raise $2,800 approximately. People chose their charity: either the VA community and hospital or Rwanda Knits. The proceeds were rather evenly split. Some of our members purchased afghans that were offered and then donated them to the VA. What great folks!

At the latest meeting Carol showed off another finished afghan for Linus project. Karen showed us a darling crusher she made for the Guatemala project. Amanda finished up a scarf that was very challenging (you can see a close up of the stitches) and will be a very nice present.

We were snowed out of our last meeting. Road clean up was difficult but everyone was getting around by the next day. We really didn't get blasted like the folks farther East. Well, I guess I finally have myself caught up. Now to enjoy the holidays!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Denise Comes Through

Awhile ago I offered my address in an email for anyone not able to make it to our group meetings but still wanting to make caps and hats for our current projects. Well, Denise K. sent these absolutely darling hats.

According to size, we'll place the hats with the correct group. 9" - 10" will go to Knit One Save One project and the hats will become part of an expectant mother's package with items designed to increase the chances that her child will survive. We include a tag that states well wishes and who made the hat.

Larger sizes will go to Guatemala with Carla ( a member of a dental group that cooperates with Children of the Americas). I like to think of them as "Smiley" hats because the children get a new smile. Guatemalans are a small people who need hats smaller than we wear.

I'm sure anyone would be glad to get one of Denise's hats. Don't be surprised if the darling hat with the earflaps becomes part of the Yarn Ball offerings. Or I should ask if Denise is okay with that? How do you feel about it Denise?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

We've Been Busy

So I've been busy; but it's contract work that is sometimes not that interesting. But Robyn's working on a new book. Shhhh! So I've been busy for that.
Now Becky started working on this sweater as a "maybe" for the cable contest. Take a close look. There's a very intricate cable around the neckline. She's been so busy with other things that I think it must feel really good to finish up a knitted item. It looks great on her and it's a great looking sweater. However, it is not her entry in the cable contest: she's still working on the sweater that she feels has the requisite amount of cabling.
Carol keeps making great baby afghans for Linus Project. She got the yarn for this cutie from Free Trade but had to add some yarn of her own. Nice design, Carol!
Then there's Roxanne who is making the biggest afghan I have ever seen. She's making it for a bed for someone in her family. Don't want to give away any holiday secrets. But every bit of someone will be covered when they wrap up in this afghan! I'm actually not sure if it was complete when I took the pic.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yarn Ball#5

Two baskets and a knitting machine are being raffled off. Buy lots of raffle tickets. You could get a prize far below the item's value. I did not put a picture of the knitting machine; it's in its box.

Yarn Ball#4

These items are from Cari Clement who sent us items from her book Embellished Crochet (which we have signed copies of for you to purchase). Thank you again, Cari, you and Caron were very generous. These are special items since you can say,"Look, I have the exact item that was photographed for this book."

Yarn Ball#3

These are not all the afghans. We have 5 or 6 that are being offered in a silent auction and 1 for outright donation. While I am trying to show you as many things as possible, some of the things were never photographed and some I'll just miss because I'm looking at so many pictures. While I'm trying to give you a good overview, there's just more than you'll see here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Yarn Ball #2

The top two pix are of new items: a Highlands Bear, knitted braided scarf, and bobble necklaces.
Only the newborn size frog hat, and certainly not the baby.

The Yarn Ball Item Review #1

Starting today I'll be posting the items available at the yarn ball for auction, raffle or suggested donation sale. There won't be a lot of details. Come to the Ball on the 14th and see everything for yourself.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Some More Items for the Yarn Ball

                                                                                        This week I finished up 3 more items that will be available at the yarn ball. The white shawl is hairpin lace crochet. KJ graciously modeled the 2nd campus military cap, a size smaller than the gray one. The 3 peas in the pod are ready for tossing.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Different Wool Talent

                                                                                Joyce came to the latest meeting with her mom, Marilyn. Marilyn is new to the group and has decided she would like to attend regularly. Joyce came to see why Marilyn was enjoying the group so much. 
Joyce doesn't knit or crochet; she needlefelts and makes truly interesting dolls. The little lady with the finlike attachments down her spine is going to be mailed to a winner of a project by the Pink Artists. These are artists using their skills to raise money for breast cancer research. This is a completed creation and she garnered a lot of attention from our group as well as patrons of Panera's. 
The  smaller blue creature is not yet finished. Joyce was working on another creature that you can see has an interesting tail already. Joyce belongs to a doll making group. but we enjoyed her visit and thought she belonged with us, too. After all roving is just unspun yarn!