Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Retreat Review

It has been said in the past, "What happens at the retreat, stays at the retreat." That just wouldn't be fair to everyone though, because there was just so much good knitting and hilarity going on. So, with some editing, I will share with you the Insankitty Spring Retreat of 2009.

The girls had their special knitting gear on and were ready to go. But, do you all know who forgot to bring knitting to the retreat?

Pretty cabled project.
Outside knitting was great. We special-ordered the 80 degree weather.

We had birthdays to celebrate!

The spinning demo was fun and interesting. Thanks Dawn, for sharing your knowledge.

Knitting with friends and sharing projects in progress... big ones and small ones.

There are far too many photos to share here, so at the end of this entry, you will find a link to a Flickr page with all the of photos!

Our Entertainment for the evening might give you a clue about why some of what happened MUST stay at the retreat! Luann and Barb were fabulous. "Hey Big Spender..."

Go here for more pictures, dear friends! Insanknitty Retreat Photos
A BIG Thank You goes to Annette, our Retreat Coordinator, for all her hard work and planning. She did a fabulous job making sure we all had a great time.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Are You Ready for the Weekend??

Tuesday night was jam packed at Yarn Cravin' the past two weeks! Last week some people were even sitting on the floor it was so crowded. They were good sports about it, though, and we did help them up at the end of the evening. This week Julie won the door prize and look how excited she was: I think that yarn is Comfort DK. I tried to win by getting my ticket while passing through that room on my way back through to my seat, but no such luck. I was closer than usual, though.

Gina was working on finishing her sweater all evening and did finish, except for weaving in the ends and blocking. Here's a shot of her putting on the buttons, which match fabulously. Honestly, though, she bought the buttons long ago, and found yarn to match. "Reverse Engineering," she said.
Here's a shot of modeled sweater. Gina is headless, at her request! Great sweater, Gina.Now, about that Spring Retreat I may have mentioned once or twice. (hahaha) It's THIS weekend, April 25-26. Look what just came into Yarn Cravin' if you want to do some spinning at the Retreat:

Yummy, yummy roving. Aren't the colors fabulous?

With the number of new spinners that we have that are becoming addicted, you might want to hurry over to the shop (run!!) and get your braid of roving ASAP.

Of course, the next blog entry will probably have some photos about the Retreat, but lots of what happens there will never be suitable for the internet!
Happy knitting!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Plans?

This is a little late, but do you have Friday night plans?

There's a little party at YC tonight, April 17, and all the cool people are going to be there! We're having a book launch for the book Pints and Purls by Karida Collins and Libby Bruce. This book is full of fun projects to knit while being social, and maybe, just maybe, enjoying a drink or two.

image from Amazon

There will be some sample projects already knit up for you to check out (fondle). As always, there will be plenty of laughter and fun!

7:00PM at Yarn Cravin'. Be sure to call the shop and let DaleAnn or Bobbie know you will be attending!

Monday, April 13, 2009

You Spin Me Right Round

Not too long ago, on a Tuesday evening, if you walked into Yarn Cravin', you probably saw this going on. Spinners had taken over the library corner!

Becky was helping Alana and Annette with spinning using drop spindles. They were doing a great job learning how to make their own yarn, and caught on quickly. Check out Annette, in the photo below:

Drop spindles have been around for centuries. In the Middle Ages, children were given the job to spin yarn using drop spindles from a very early age. That sure didn't help the adults feel more competent the other night. Below is Alana winding off the single yarn so she can ply it together.

Becky also helped April with her new spinning wheel, andApril generously gave others the chance to use it. Here is Mary at the wheel, and Becky sorting out a problem.Alana made yarn! Way to go!

If you're coming to the Spring Retreat, there will be drop spindles for you to use and some spinning wheels as well. I know I'm bringing my wheel, and I don't mind sharing.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

And the Award Goes To...

We have an award!
Jeanne nominated our dear, little blog for the Kreativ Blogger award. From what I understand, there are some rules attached:
(I'm not so fond of rules, so do what you want)
1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger award to your blog
2. Put a link to the person from whom you received the award
3. Nominate 8 other blogs and
4. Link to them
5. Then leave a message on the blogs you have nominated
If your blog is already linked on the side of this page, you're nominated! (Pass it on if you want.)