Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 East Fourteen Mile Road, Birmingham, Michigan. see a map »

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

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.

BOOTIES ANYONE CAN MAKE.

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.