Tuesday, September 28, 2010

100% Alpaca Beret

On November 6th, I'll be teaching a class at Highlands Alpaca. This Saturday, I'll be at the alpaca farm to celebrate Farm Day and help out with the activities as part of Karen's "posse". The hat and scarf patterns will be free with the class. But the finished projects will be with me for preview.

The free patterns are for a broomstick crochet beret and scarf. This is the result so far for the beret. I'm still working on the scarf. The yarn is 100% alpaca, a light worsted weight yarn that feels really nice. It's name is Isle of Lewis.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Personal Projects

In spite of all the energy being funneled into the Yarn ball, members still find time for personal projects.
Becky just finished this blanket. It's rather large and more likely to be appropriate for a young child than a baby. Becky is going to donate her blanket.
Chris, however, is not donating her unicorn hat. It's part of a costume. Chris is really good at imaginative crochet.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rebecca's Other Donations

Here's two "green" thoughts. How about putting that present in a little crocheted bag? Or you can just keep your diddies in a little diddy bag. No plastic or paper with these little holders.
What's that green item hanging from Rebecca's wrist? A pea pod purse. Zipped up nice and tight with little pocket organizers inside.

No, these aren't doilies. These are rugs. As you can tell from items around the rugs how large they are. They've been made from 100% wool yarn that was donated to the group on large cones. They're great designs. A note to the purchaser: the rugs can be felted in the washing machine which results in a less lacy look and smaller size.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rebecca and Donations

Rebecca is our "go to" person for putting together disparate items of yarn. She says Lyn gives her a lot of inspiration.
However, she/they do it, the results are always pleasing and sometimes very astounding. Such as the pink shawl that Shelli is modeling. It went perfect with the top she was wearing that day. If you have a yellow top, get this shawl! you're sure to get comments.

There's bound to be a scarf at the ball, that goes with something you own already.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Yarn Ball Items

Many of the items you will see at the Yarn Ball are from actual members of the 3RC. I made this baby sacque because this year we had so few baby things.

Marlene knitted this beautiful cape, modeled by Maria.

Theresa knitted the "Steeler" hat and scarf, modeled by Rebecca. She also crocheted the next fabulous item. It is a Tunisian (esc stitch) bedspread. The photos look funny because the afghan is so long. I couldn't get the entire 'ghan into the photo. People had to hold it sideways. It was made to cover a single bed as a bedspread. This is a big feature item and we would like a donation of $150. You can see the helmet and border design in the photos.

Next, Karen made this Santa hat (there are 2 more), modeled by Amelia.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Carol and Crochet

Carol has really jumped into crochet since she joined 3RC. She made and donated the 2 tams, she's holding, plus the crocheted necklace. Then she designed and executed the 2nd afghan for one of her grandsons. Since she is celebrating her 50th on the same day as the Yarn Ball, we agreed she could purchase the yellow sweater in advance. Looks great on her, doesn't it?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dyed in the Wool# Last

The last items to show you are scarves. Some colorful, or skinny, or funky, or unusual, or warm and, of course, stunning. The display again simply doesn't do them justice. But you'll be at the Ball to see them in reality and admire them.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dyed in the Wool #7

A few more intriguing ways to cover up.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dyed in the Wool #6

Every sweater is a winner. Where else would you find so many handknit items except at the Yarn Ball?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dyed in the Wool #5

I'm sorry I can't mention sizes since we weren't sure. Many of the garments do have tags that indicate a size and the yarn as well.

As you can see the blue sweater looks small and some of the sweaters looked like very small sizes or girl's sizes.

While the green sweater looks large, it is batwing style: which leaves room for various sizes to wear but may not be as large as it appears.

We are hoping to be able to set up so people can slip an item over a shirt and see in a mirror. We are still not sure what all we can set up yet. Hopefully each year we do a little better in presenting our offerings.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dyed in the Wool #4 Sweaters

Well, Becky was getting really tired. After all, we couldn't keep whipping her in and out of every sweater Dyed in the Wool sent us. Her mom, Lyn, did show off the shawl because we thought the design down the back was very nice. I suspect my photo skills doesn't do it justice.

I apologize now for the rest of the pictures. I really didn't take the time to make sure each picture was well done because there were so many items. You'll just have to come to the Yarn Ball to see the items for yourself!