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!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Help Out Beaumont!

What fun at guild tonight! I'll post the pictures that Joanie took later. . .but in the meantime I was reading email from Chris and she'd passed this along. It's a great no-cost way to help out some kids who need a little pick-me-up. . .feel free to copy and paste into your email and send to everyone you know!!
-t

While watching Ch4 News this morning, caught this story where Wm Beaumont Hospital is in a contest with hospitals throughout the U.S. to receive a Fun Center from the Starlight Starbright Foundation for seriously ill children. All you need to do is click on the link below and choose Beaumont. Then send on to all your friends and families to help Beaumont win. I believe they are awarding 3 all together. We will know by April if Beaumont wins!!! http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/Corp/CommunityPrograms/Starlight/HomePage/Midwest.cvsp

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Progress

Several of you have mentioned how shocked you are that I had 41 unfinished projects. Some of them were actually off the needles, but needed ends sewn in, or buttons, or zippers. . .you get the idea.

I've been mocked by Camille, who after looking at my neatly typed and categorized list called me "pathetic". Apparently she couldn't wrap her head around the idea that I had time to type up a list, but not to finish any of the 41 items on the list. . .

I appreciate Sharon's comments about learning to crochet. . .believe me, I've thought about it. It has been excruciatingly hard not to cast on. I've found that my reward for finishing things has been to cast on. . .I have beautiful sock yarn I bought on Tuesday just waiting for me to work with. . .a new favorite pattern for a neck warmer that only takes a couple of hours to complete. . .patterns calling to me from my book shelf. . .It's been hard not to break down and start something new. Lent is gonna be long this year.

I keep telling myself that when I have NO projects on needles, I'll be able to fly through each project one at a time, and then I'll REALLY look like a fast knitter when my attention is so focused. . .but I gotta finish the list. Here's my list of finished items so far. . .have you taken a count of your UFOs yet? The challenge is still out there. . .I'm waiting for pictures from all of you to encourage us all to clean up our lingering projects. . .

Finished Items—

  1. Felt-able Entrelac swatch
  2. Striped, felted bag
  3. Gloria's Brown bag
  4. Entrelac purse
  5. Orsetto Kids vest
  6. Green Einstein
  7. Multi Einstein
  8. Handspun shawl
  9. Modular charity scarf
  10. blue and white charity scarf
  11. 3 cupcakes
  12. washcloth
  13. Gloria's scarf
  14. Black Shrug
  15. Red/Pink/Grey socks

I originally counted the cupcakes individually. . .that means I've finished 17 things and my list has shrunk to only (ONLY!) 24 items. . .well, it IS progress. . .

--t

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pathological.

I always knew that the people who “flash their stash” online were a bit nuts. Who really wants others to see what they have purchased but haven’t used yet?

I thought Louise was crazy when she was stressing about not finishing her baby booties.

Sure, I’ve got some yarn.

Sure, I’ve got unfinished projects.

But c’mon. No new projects for 40 days? I didn’t think I’d have enough to do.



Hello, Kettle? You’re black.

Yes, this is my Easter basket. All of my unfinished projects are here. They include a bag, felted and just waiting for handles, a Baby Albert (Einstein) sweater waiting for seams and buttons, a finished sweater that needs to be made smaller, my Master Knitter projects and a whole bunch of other things I’d forgotten about. And Louise? I've got booties too. Forty-one projects in all. Yes, 41. Ouch.

Who else is in? Send me your pics and I’ll post them if you want. . .
--t

Monday, February 19, 2007

With Fat Tuesday on the horizon...

Louise here...


I was knitting with some friends last Friday and was thinking that Lent must be coming up pretty soon – I’m possibly the least religious person I know, so to be honest, what I was really thinking about were paczkis (that’s probably not the correct plural, but it’s the only polish word I know) and whether anyone would bring some to the office on Tuesday, etc…



There really is a knitting connection here, stick with me. Thoughts of Mardi Gras, Paczky Day, etc lead me to think about Lent and the Christian tradition of giving something up during the days leading up to Easter. Whether or not one practices a particular faith isn’t the point – it’s that good ol’ puritan ethic that “deprivation builds character”. So in the spirit of things I decided that I could benefit from a little deprivation. Here it is folks –


I resolve not to cast on any new projects until April 8th. Until then I will only work on finishing my in-progress projects.


I’m hoping that in the next six weeks or so, I can finish everything. I tried to make a list from memory – 11 items in all, ranging from baby booties to a complicated cable & eyelet sweater. There may be more forgotten projects that I’ll discover once I start digging.


So is anyone else game to do this with me?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Who Knew?

Against my better judgement I bought a spinning wheel from my friend (and absentee guild member) Jane. I knew that another hobby would just suck up more time. I knew that I had piles of yarn and stacks of patterns that I was eager to work on. I knew that this would be another adventure into spending money I don't have on things I don't need to impress people I don't know. . .but none-the-less, in January I became the proud owner of a Majacraft Rose spinning wheel. I have to say, I love it.



I love the whir of the wheel as it quietly takes fluffy roving and twists it into a fine strand. I love watching how the color of the wool changes to a deeper hue as it twists into a single strand of something that looks like yarn. I get excited when I ply two strands together and it actually becomes something I can imagine knitting. . .and watching it hang in hanks as it drys when I'm setting the twist makes me smile.




My first adventures with the wheel were a disaster. I actually wished that it wouldn't click in and that I would hate spinning so that I wouldn't slide down yet another slippery slope that would take time and money I don't have. Somehow, someway, it clicked. A class at Ewe-nique Knits may have helped. . .time on the wheel may have helped. . .who knows. All I know is that I'm in. Whole hog.




Jean, Jane and Erica all convinced me that I needed to put Saturday, February 17 on my calendar and to plan on shopping at the Spinner's Flock bi-annual sale in Chelsea. Louise and I got out our checkbooks and planned to make a day of it. Colleen has been bitten by the same bug and planned to head there as well, but she had a class in the morning and couldn't make it until later. Having been there before, some friends offered advice. "I figured out that I spent at about $100 an hour, " one said. Another reported, "There are MOUNTAINS of fleece on tables all over the cafeteria!" "You can buy all sorts of things, spinning wheels, yarn, roving, anything you want they sell there. . ." Are these people really my friends? With comments like these, how could I help but take out a second mortgage and head to Chelsea.



Even with the advice of friends, Louise and I could not have been prepared for what we experienced. As we turned to enter the school's cafeteria, Louise said, "Oh my god, look over there. . ." and with a turn of my head, my mouth fell open. . .it was a cafeteria PACKED with tables piled with fiber, and people rushing to buy it. . .there's no way we could have known how awesome this trip would be!


We saw raw fleece and interesting felted creatures for sale,




We saw yarn--BEAUTIFUL hand spun yarn that I aspire to one day be able to create (sorry for the blurry picture. . .)




We saw roving. . .piles and piles of roving and people. . .rushing to get the best stuff before it was all gone.


Our friend Jean was there, selling her yarn and offering advice about what I should buy. . ."No, you shouldn't get that because. . .look over there, her roving is nice. . .great color, but. . ." I feel like I owe her a commission for the lesson in shopping for roving she gave me!




We found Suzanne and Kate too. . .they made great lunch companions when we were done shopping. . .



Honestly? by noon, the mad rush was over and things began to slow down. . .but boy! what fun!



It was amazing to me to see how the colors of roving changed into finished yarn. Amazing too how much fun a gal can have just shopping for fiber with friends. Mark your calendar for September. . .we're going again!

--t



I just had to edit this to add the text and picture from an email I got from Sally. . .you're going to be blown away. . .


Hi,
I thought you might like to see where I am with my Fair Isle sweater...some of you know I cast on the 300+ stitches a few weeks ago and I thought I'd show my progress...our final class meets on March 4th and I am determinded to be ready to cut for the sleeves by then....whew..wish me luck...only about 60 more rows to go....sally

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A New Voice. . .

Louise has promised to add her voice to the blog. . .just as I've challenged myself to make a pair of socks each month this year, she has come up with a knitting connection to Lent. Go figure. Can't wait to hear about it! Maybe she'll inspire us all to become more prolific knitters.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Knit Michigan Pictures. . .Finally

Believe it, or not. Here they are. The camera seemed to take second place to all of the talking and knitting I was doing. I actually brought it to the class I taught (disappointingly poorly attended) but never bothered to take it out of my bag and take pictures with it. (I guess I thought it made a better paper weight at that time). Even more surprising to those of you who know her, is the fact that Joanie was at Knit Michigan, a camera was at Knit Michigan, and we only have a couple of pictures. Shocked? You should be. But in Joanie's defense, she was volunteering at the food area and running home to get supplies I forgot--bless her.

Judith's comment after the event was, and I paraphrase. . ."I felt so smart! I never knew I knew enough to teach someone! It was fun!"
Camille teaching a beginner. . .

Louise not only taught beginners, but later taught many guests and guild members some techniques they were interested in learning. It seems that many of the attendees KNEW how to knit. . .it was afterall, KNIT Michigan. . .and they wanted a quick mini-lesson on an interesting technique. Louise was the star of the day for that type of teaching.
I never got an actual count of how many people entered the room and took advantage of what we were teaching, but it seemed like we had a steady crowd. . .and we distributed around 200 flyers. . .we could be PACKED at our meeting on February 27!
Louise modeled our guild's charity focus by working on another scarf for SOS.
Coraleee teaches a teen how to crochet. . .
Judith works with a beginner. . .
I went to the Royal Oak Knitting Guild last night and three people mentioned that they had already read the posting I put up yesterday afternoon. Not that I'm letting this get to my head or anything, but it's sort of cool to know people actually read this! The more readers I know we have, the more I want to post. Maybe that's why at 4 am, when I should be sleeping, I'm posting to this blasted blog. . .say a novena for a snow day tomorrow, would you?
As you read, think about posting some comments. . .what kinds of things have you enjoyed? Do you want more pictures, more links, specific topics, posts from other members, lets make this OUR blog that reflects member desires. (And COMMENT! It's so cool to hear your responses!)
--t

Monday, February 12, 2007

Technical Difficulties

Okay, I've finally gotten around to posting Knit Michigan pictures and they won't upload. I've sat here in front of the computer for at least 20 minutes trying to make it happen and I've lost my patience. Sorry, you'll have to wait for another day.

You'll notice even more issues on the top right of the blog. I found an extra cool Michigan knit ring, but can't seem to get us officially linked to them. For now, if you go to the actual site, you may find some interesting bloggers talkin' about their knitting. . .one may be your neighbor! Hopefully I can get that resolved in the next few days. (But can I tell you how proud I am that I actually got the html code to have the stuff posted there?)

In the meantime, Kim sent me these links a week or so ago, and I thought you'd all enjoy looking around. Just in case you want to get started knitting your chemo caps for next February's Knit Michigan. . .

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/hats.php
http://kodymayknits.blogspot.com/2006/11/asminahs-hat.html
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/09/asherton-hat.html

And Sally sent along this link to a cool new knitting newsletter. . .be one of the first kids on the block to sign up! I've already gotten my 2 free patterns from them and can't wait until they go live. I LOVE Interweave, they have such interesting and creative patterns, that even if I don't have the time or skill to knit them, they still are inspiring. . .

http://www.knittingdaily.com/

Don't forget that our February meeting is NOT the 3rd Tuesday this month--Berkley schools are closed for mid-winter break. We will be meeting on Feb 27 at 7 pm in the Anderson Middle School Cafeteria. Our "lesson" this month is cables. . .bring scrap yarn and needles to match if you just want to play around, or about 400 yards of a worsted or light worsted yarn if you want to make a cabled scarf.

Speaking of scarves. . .Judith will be collecting for S.O.S. again, as cold as it's been please consider making a few more scarves to donate. . .

Pictures soon. I hope.
--t

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Baby, It's cold outside!

You'd think with all this cold weather, and having an extra two days off this weekend due to the frigid temperatures, I'd have the blog updated with the KnitMichigan info. Alas, I've spent my extra time catching up on sleep and knitting in front of the heating vents. (I feel like my cat.) I'll try to upload pictures soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to update you on some sale info courtesy of Kim, from Beaumont.

Gifted is having a FEBRUARY INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE!!!
Beaumont is changing their inventory system and need to count and sticker every piece of merchandise in the store. In an effort to streamline this process, they're selling out as much as they can before the inventory, and before the new spring yarns come in. . .this means big savings for us! WhooHoo!! From now until the end of February, shop at Beaumont and save on the following yarns:

15% off all 100% wool yarns--this includes Cascade 220 and Manos! Can you believe it?
20% off all cashmere yarns--I think they carry Debbie Bliss and Queensland Himalaya, but don't quote me. . .
50% off assorted clearanced items--single balls of yarn and many kits including the Nicky Epstein felted bags from her book. The yarn in those kits is Jamieson, and is lovely to work with, even if you choose not to make the bag it was intended for.

Harriet? no excuse for not making it to this sale, you've gotten ample warning.

Random weblinks I've found that are interesting. . .
I get the email version of the Stitch and Bitch daily calendar and today the link sent me here. Check out the opera gloves and purple mountain socks. . .they're soooo cool! a previous week had me lurking here . . .and I'm copying the text from the calendar to tease you. . .if you like intarsia, you're going to go berserk!

"Welcome to Brigitte’s Knittingpage, where you can learn the tricks of making knits that kids of all ages will freak for. Click “Knitting patterns” and then “Click here for the contents of the knitting patterns” and you will enter a gold mine of knitting charts, including Disney characters, folks “known from TV” (from Ernie & Bert to Bart Simpson to the Powerpuff Girls, Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh...I could go on), comic-book characters, and even the Pok√©mon Posse. You can also find charts here for flags, all kinds of animals, soccer team logos, flowers, and suns and moons and musical notes, oh my! Whatever you’re looking for, it’s probably here. This site is one to flag. "

Enjoy! I promise, KnitMichigan is coming soon. . .