Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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
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. . .
- Felt-able Entrelac swatch
- Striped, felted bag
- Gloria's Brown bag
- Entrelac purse
- Orsetto Kids vest
- Green Einstein
- Multi Einstein
- Handspun shawl
- Modular charity scarf
- blue and white charity scarf
- 3 cupcakes
- Gloria's scarf
- Black Shrug
- 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. . .
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
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. . .
Monday, February 19, 2007
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
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
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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.
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. . .
Monday, February 12, 2007
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. . .
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. . .
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.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
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 Pokémon 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. . .