Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Several conversations have taken place in the past about taking your pet fur and spinning into yarn for knitting. Bibby did some research for a friend and and provided the following information.

VIP Fibers will accept your favorite pet fur and spin it into Lace weight, fingering/baby or sport/worsted weight!! Check out this website for additional information. www.vipfibers.com
You may also reach them @ 866-PET-YARN. I also have a 4 page brochure if anyone is interested in a copy please email me and I will send to you in adobe format.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

ATTENTION all you Yarn Floozies!!!

While in the midst of some intense research....uhm....I mean while I was wasting company time looking at websites I ran across this article....Ten Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Yarn. I thought it might answer some of the most basic questions some might have. Click Here: http://www.caron.com/learning.html

If you have a website you want to share post it!!

Friday, August 18, 2006

(This is entirely for me)! I forgot to bring my camera...even put it BESIDE my bag so I wouldn't forget it....oh well...I'm blaming it on the demons of stupidity...will do better next time and if I don't I'll go home and get the darn thing!!!!

Chicks With Sticks met last night, although we had a small group we had a good time nevertheless.......imagine that!

I had asked Bibby to bring her BEAUTIFUL cardigan she made as well as Jan's Entrelac bag we have all been holding our breaths to see once felted and they came through in addition to bringing a few other items as well!!! I appreciate so much ya'll bringing your finished projects and if you would Pretty Please bring next time we meet I'll be sure to have my camera ready!!

The snack de jeur seemed to be the mammoth Pistachio Cake which was DIVINE if I do say so myself!!!

Glad to have Stuart back with us last night! He has learned to cast on and was giving a few lessons last night to Lisa.....I'm next!!!!

Since I didn't get pics I'll try to give you a "visual" of what is being worked on.

Jan is working on another felted purse (and in fact had brought another purse she had felted). This bag is a spring green color with various shades of pink POPCORN yarn knitted in!!! I LOVE, LOVE the color combination and can NOT wait to see the finished product.

Bibby is working on a REALLY nice "wrap"......trust me....I can't describe.... you will have to just see the stitches on this thing.....it is so unique and it is a knit stitch but knitted through the back!! A oatmeal color that will go with absolutely anything you wear it with!

Camille was working on a "warshrag" with a twist. Using an 80 cotton/20 wool blend (think I got those ratio's correct)....rather than the Sugar N Cream....REALLY nice feel to it....Camille, please bring next time so everyone can see!!

Kay (our resident scarf diva) has finished another scarf and was casting on with a very challenging yarn...sort of a ladder with pom pom in between......we're hoping after a few rows it will get easier to knit with....the colorway is in blues/greens and really pretty!!

Lisa was able to make it last night and is working on her scarf....(while planning her next two projects...a baby cap and felting a purse for Miss Emily who joined us last night as well......yep.......it's official she's a bonafide knitter now!!!! LOL!!!!

I finished up my "raimie noodles on acid" scarf as I call it and working on finishing a sock.

I do have several things to post in the way of patterns, websites, etc. and will post that as soon as I gather this info....may be a day or two. Lot's of great books and patterns floating around last night....Jan has some GREAT felted purse patterns!!

Oh...in case you are wondering who Ginger is......she is our newest member!!!! Ginger has a GREAT blog.....get a cup of coffee and when you have time go back through her archives.....she will inspire you to travel around Alabama AND cook!!! Her blog started in 2004...so there is a lot....WELL worth your time to go through!!!! Hope to have Ginger join us next time!!! Looking forward to meeting in person!! You can find Ginger here: http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/

Again, I apologize for being a complete idiot and not bringing my camera last night.....I'll do better I promise!!!

Looking forward to getting everyone signed up so you can all add comments, patterns, etc.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Missed everyone that wasn't able to attend!! See you all when we meet again on September 7th!!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Knit Nouveau is moving from Old Town Helena to Homewood!

They're having a moving sale from now until Saturday, August 19th - and some items are up to 75% off.

Their new location in Homewood will open September 5th. It's at 2801 18th St. S, and the phone number will be 205.879.1991. (I think it's right across the street from Daedalus Candles.)


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

NEWSFLASH!! Chicks with Sticks Make the Today Show!!

Well not OUR Chicks with Sticks!!

This morning while watching the Today Show I saw a group of ladies in the crowd holding up a sign that said Wild _________, Chicks with Sticks (couldn't make out the blank).

Hmmmm.....Leslie goes to N.Y. from time to time.....maybe we can press her to join the crowds and hold a sign for OUR Chicks With Sticks!!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Wise Knitter Once Say:

As Ye Knit, So Shall Ye Rip!!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Here's a few knitting books I can recommend.

If you have any books, patterns, etc. that you would like to post please feel free to and include your review if you wish!

Friday, August 04, 2006

This should be a fun, new adventure. I am not a writer and have no clue what I am doing. I do look forward to seeing how this works.

Chicks with Sticks met last night....we were joined by Sarah and Annie. Sara is working on a belt that will be three different colors of I-cords braided. Annie is a new knitter and doing GREAT! She is working on a scarf. Stay tuned!! And I think I heard Sarah ask her mom if she would teach her how to knit tomorrow!!!

I apologize for not making pics of anyone else last night! LOL!! I'll try to do better next time! Jan is still working on her Entrelac purse which we are DYING for her to finish so we can see! Jan also had some great "warshrags" she made with initials!! Cindy is working on a scarf with some really soft, pretty hand dyed yarn! Kay finished a scarf and was whipping out another one last night! I, who can NOT seem to get organized for anything forgot to bring the project I wanted to work on but did have another sock I had started. Not too crazy about the yarn colors but it was cheap and I didn't want to invest too much money at this point on socks till I get better.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I hope that everyone will enjoy using this site and visit/post often. Your posts don't have to always contain knitting content. This is our way to stay in touch when we can't be knitting in person together! If you have a particular site that you enjoy visiting please send me the link and I will add to the side bar!!

Darlene :)

A couple of our "Junior" members!! Montana learned to knit this summer and is doing a fantastic job! She is a MUCH better knitter than I am!! She thinks purls are "no bid deal"....maybe she can help me! LOL!! Camile is showing Stuart how to knit....we love Stuart!!

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