Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Year of the Hat

I am dubbing 2011 the Year of the Hat because I just feel like I have written so many entries about hats. I wonder what the new year will have us making?

Karen is showing off her skull and bones hat made by Theresa. I'm not sure how many of those Theresa made. Theresa is holding up a carp hat she made in black and gold. In order to get this one done, she had to hunt for pictures of carp and figure out how to get the design on the hat. She must be getting rather good at figuring designs into stitch counts.

The other 2 pictures of Karen are her showing off a hat she was going to felt. We were a little surprised at the size of the hat until she explained. But it was also fun to see her trying it on in its unfelted condition.

The felted hat looks great on Gayle.So don't laugh too hard at the unfelted kind. Really looks expensive all finished. Hope Gayle can afford it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yarn Ball Part 2

As usual I missed someone from the fashion show, Karen. Her sweater was wonderful and the photo just doesn't show the fine detail which is exquisite. She really has a perfect fit, too.
The rest of the pictures are people just hanging out or watching the fashion show. See if you can spot yourself.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Yarn Ball Fashion Show

The Yarn Ball this year was on a Sunday right after the closing of the Holiday Gift Sales. I never had time to get all the items from the sales onto the blog. Once the sales started I was too busy to put up any more.

Every year we have a fashion show to show off items we've made and in this year's case, items we've purchased!

We start off with a lace beaded entrelac stole designed and made by Theresa.
Lyn is wearing a blue jacket she made.
Adina has gone all out with her outfit by having knitted the shell, the scarf, and the hat.
Becky is showing off a beaded duster she found at the gift sales that is perfect for floating onto the stage.
A scarf you can't remember what yarn you used is still perfect for the show.
There I am showing off the "Midsummer's Night's Dream" shawl from Interweave Crochet summer 2010.
A knitted white shawl that Amanda doesn't remember all the details for is still looking great.
Peggy is showing off a scarf that was supposed to be a shawl. Some of our efforts end by being real surprises.
Susan's jacket looks nice and cozy.
Bradley shows off a vest that was made using two variegated yarns together, both of which bunched up to make the job very difficult. But we all agree it was worth the effort.
Victoria is showing off a wave stole. Again this is one of the times when I think my camera did not show off the colors well.
Carol is wearing a ribbon yarn cape which was made by Rebecca and purchased at the Gift Sales. Sometimes we are are own best customers!
Ward is showing off his yamaka.
Lisa is holding up her afghan of knitted entrelac rectangles. The different yarns are from various projects. Now when she focuses on a rectangle, pleasant memories come back. Not everything in our fashion show has to be clothing.
What fashion show is complete without Sponge Bob Square Pants?
Evie was beside herself when she realized she needed something made of yarn to be in the fashion show. I made this jumper for her, but unfortunately it was way too big. But we all agree that one day she would grow tall enough for it to fit. And she got to be part of the fashion show.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Gift Sales: Totes & Purses

From the smallest to the largest this grouping does it all: from tiny keepsake pouches to large size totes and everything in between.

We had a large infusion of wool yarn this year and had a wonderful time felting all types of items.

The small pouches for electronic items are being packaged in sets.

And nothing's better than a kiwi purse!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Gift Sales: Hats

We have some great hats this year and we really tried to make different sizes. The blue set is heavily cabled and there are several broomstick hats.

Holiday Gift Sales?? Where? When?

It occurred to me that I might not have given out all the information you might want to get to the Holiday Gift Sales.

We are at the Wilkins School Community Center ( in Regent Square.
The address for your GPS is:
7604 Charleston St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

The center is one block off Exit 77 (Swissvale/Edgewood) of 376 East (the exit right before/right after the Squirrel Hill tunnels). From the east turn right on South Braddock Ave. Coming from the west keep choosing the left lane: you will be heading up the hill on South Braddock Ave.

Since Charleston is one way, go up to the next corner (Sanders) and turn left; then turn left again (Milton) and arrive at Charleston. Parking is on street.

Dates are: Dec. 3- Dec 11

Sat & Sun 10-5
Weekdays 12-8

Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Gift Sales: Throws

This year we have a big choice of afghans, they come in different sizes and different colors. I thought my camera was off when it came to the colors and you really need to see the true colors to tell if an afghan is for you.

The Steeler Helmet afghan is exceptionally long. Perfect for a single bed or that tall person who can't find an afghan to cover him/her. We'll be selling raffle tickets for this one. So don't forget to purchase a few when you stop by to shop.