We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6:45-8:45 p.m. :: Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
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NEW LOCATION: Lower Level :: Huntington Woods Library, 26415 Scotia Rd, Huntington Woods, MI 48070

Bring your knitting and join us for an evening — we’re sure you’ll want to become part of the flock!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Sally mentioned a chamber concert she's the artistic director for, and sent the info along to us.

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
20300 Civic Center Drive Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48076
Phone: 248 559-2095
FAX: 248 559-2098

Here is the info for the concert on Jan 19th...people can phone and say they are a knitter and they will be charged $15 a ticket. The series is called the Nightnotes and you can read about that on the website. It probably is best to call ahead to make sure tickets are available...they can only seat so many people and I would hate to have knitters turned away...

Monday, December 18, 2006

December Meeting Changed

Hi everyone,
Just wanted to send a reminder about our meeting in the midst of the holiday rushing! Anderson Middle school has informed us that they have decided to close early for the Winter break, so we've decided to move our meeting (for this month only) to the Coffee Beanery on Woodward at Wiltshire in Berkley. They will be setting up a private space for us in the back so that we can hold a meeting a bit more efficiently.

Judith will be bringing donated yarn for us to begin our charity knitting project--scarves for local shelters. Bring stitch dictionaries or scarf patterns for us to share and needles if you're eager to cast on. (I believe much of what Judith has is worsted weight acrylic). If you're looking for scarf patterns, an excellent resource is at www.knitpicks.com in their exclusive free patterns section. Look for Gift Scarves--it's a pamphlet with many different stitch patterns and ideas for a variety of scarves. I'll bring a copy of this pamphlet to the meeting for you to look at, but you may want a copy of your very own!

Since the Coffee Beanery has donated meeting space for us, we believe we should save our cookie exchange idea for next year. BSKG will provide a variety of snacks from the selection available at the Coffee Beanery--we encourage you to purchase a drink from them as a thank you for the space.

Our raffle item is a hodgepodge this month. Festive sock yarn has been provided by Bridget Dean at Have You Any Wool? www.haveyouanywoolmi.com, and Barbara Boren is providing one of her fabulous needle cases (check the blog for a picture). We'll also be raffling a free admission to KnitMichigan www.knitmichigan.com and be asking for volunteers to help teach beginners at this event early in February. Bring your calendars so you can save the date!

As always, bring your knitting and things to show and tell! Coralee and I will have cameras ready and you may find yourself on the blog www.bskg.blogspot.com I've added plenty of pictures from recent trips.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Did someone say SHOPPING?

Our sponser for November was Gifted, the yarn shop inside Beaumont Hospital. Not only did they give us an incredibly generous gift for our raffle, they also provided us with a 10% off shopping day! Nearly half of our members were there and created a shopping frenzy. At least a few bought a kit for a felted purse that we can't wait to see! Get knitting, Kim and Judith! We want pictures STAT!

What makes Gifted so special? They carry a huge selection of Fleece Artist kits, Tanya had some socks at our last meeting that were made from a kit purchased at Gifted, and Chris found a kit she just had to call her own. Louise thinks they may just have every color of Manos that exists! And can you say BEE-YOOO-TI-FUL? I'm not sure the picture does it justice. There were patterns galore, displayed so nicely that you could hardly walk away from them. Kim and Judith got caught up in the sale area, where they got an ADDITIONAL mark down on the already discounted clearanced items. Judith picked out a kit to make some cute-as-can-be booties for kids she doesn't have, or know. . .if these make it to the charity pile, there will be some lucky babies in Oakland County. Tanya picked out some Schaefer yarn called "Miss Priss" and stood debating on the color,not for the colors themselves, but because of how they're named after influential women. Indira Gandhi? Toni Morrison? Gertrude Ederle? The choice was tough. Katy was there early, so we can't brag about what she bought, but Katy, if you're looking for the pattern you left behind, Louise has it. And do tell us what you found! Coralee got caught IN a picture for once instead of behind the camera.
I'm not sure if it was the discount, the fun of shopping with friends, or a true illness, but some stash enhancement happened for all of us! What a great day!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Gifted Shopping Day and Reversible Cables

Don't forget that this Saturday the yarn store in Beaumont Hospital is providing us with a special Black Sheep Shopping day (10% off purchases) when you show your membership card. Several members were talking last night at the Coffee Beanery about planning to shop together. If you're interested in joining us for a group shopping extravaganza, head over to Beaumont between 3 and 5 pm.

Several regular knitters were missing from the Tuesday night group this week, but we had four new knitters! Welcome! It was great fun to see new projects, swap new stories and meet new friends. And how ironic that I'd just mentioned a reversible cable and an afghan with one showed up! If you love cables, but think they look a bit unsightly on the reverse side, you may want to try this pattern. While I haven't actually knitted it myself, the two people I've met lately who have been working on it say it's a breeze. Other pictures and patterns can be found here and here and here. (Enough eye candy for you?) Apparently, Lily Chin has published some patterns as well and there may be one lurking in Scarf Style from what I found in my search this morning (and I'll bet Gifted may have at least one book with the pattern in stock!)

It was also fun to see so many mini-mittens being made. It's obvious that confidence using double pointed needles is growing. The yarn and color choices make them all look so different and fun. Who knew our guild project would be such a hit? It's going to be a hard act to follow in December.

Once again, Coralee had her camera poised and ready--I had the best laid plans of mice and men, but no camera. Soon we'll post some pictures for those of you who missed out to see the projects in process.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

New Pictures!

Coralee just showed up with an awesome present! Pictures for the blog!

Check these out! Tanya teaching. . .
Us learning. . .
And show and tell!

(a similar pattern, anyway) made from a pattern found here

Argyle Stocking

A cute scarf made with one strand of sock yarn and one strand of mohair in a 3x3 rib pattern (She's not as judgemental as she looks. . .)

Handy bags made with placemats and old jeans

A Faroese Shawl

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Other Details I forgot. . .

Last Month, Louise showed us some Ugg Booties she'd made as samples for Have You Any Wool? A link to the pattern can be found here.


Aren’t these just the cutest? (I'll add a picture as soon as Louise sends it, so you can nod in agreement!)

Think you can’t knit booties because you don’t know how to knit socks or use double-points?

These booties are knitted flat with a seam along the sole and up the back. Directions are clear and easy to follow.

Baby Uggs are made in Berroco Suede and Plush. Christmas booties are a sparkly red yarn (Night, maybe?) with tops made in Plush. A pair of booties takes about 200 yards of yarn.

November Meeting

At my best count, and without looking at official records, our membership has blossomed to 18 members in just two meetings. With little publicity for the first meeting and our second meeting being days before a major holiday, I think we're doing just fine! Our leadership team thought that we'd be successful if we'd gained 15 members by the end of the year, but were hoping for 25. It looks like we're on target for that. Spread the word! The more the merrier! And truthfully, the more members, the more inspiration for us!

If you missed the meeting, here's what we talked about:
  • December meeting--will be held December 19. Bring a plate of cookies to share and we'll swap the leftovers cookie exchange-style to take home for our loved ones.

  • Charity Knitting--We'll pass out some donated acrylic yarn for an early charity kick off. Judith has some local shelters in mind and we'll provide you with some inspiration to make some scarves or hats. This is a great way to practice new stitch patterns or to have a simple project on hand for social knitting (where I for one, often am distracted by conversation and have trouble concentrating on mor complex patterns). We encourage everyone to make a pledge of at least one item for charity, but hope for much more. Judith, our charity coordinator, will arrange for drop off of our goodies before the cold weather is over, but remember, this is a year long committment. The exec board is dreaming up some prize categories for those who finish at least one item for our February meeting. . .more to come on that!

  • Show and Share--Hopefully some of the pictures taken by Coralee will be uploaded soon and you can see some of the beautiful things we're working on. Several felted bags were shared, a Christmas stocking, and a cute-as-can-be start to a baby dress were among the highlights.

  • Project of the month--Tanya taught us how to make mini-mittens, a pattern written and donated by Margaret Radcliff, perfect for ornaments, package decorations or bookmarks. For some of us, the first few sitches on double point needles made us want to give up, but we perservered! Almost everyone had at least the hand part of a mitten completed in about 45 minutes--Whoo Hoo! I overheard a couple of folks saying that they were thinking about making socks or wanted to make real mittens now that the scariness factor was removed from double point needles. Gotta love that!

  • Raffle--Barb won. While I'm happy for her, what a bummer for the rest of us! Gifted (located inside Beaumont Hospital) donated a felted flower pattern by Noni as well as the yarn and needles to make it, a silk bag, note cards and a sweater keychain. Gifted has also donated a special shopping day for guild members. Bring your membership cards and shop there on December 2 for a 10% off discount.
Hopefully, I'll learn to edit links soon and add some pictures, so this will be a fun way for us to stay connected between meetings. If you're missing us, join us at the Coffee Beanery for knitting fun every Tuesday.