Sunday, February 25, 2007

Help Me Plan My 50th Birthday!

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I invite you to please help me plan my 50th Birthday,

this summer, July 10th.

I really want to make it special, memorable, life changing.

I'm considering a knitting workshop retreat, spa, or
woman's wellness adventure.

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Please send me your comments and suggestions.
If you've been on or know of a specific woman's retreat---
please let me know.

I'm looking for something non-religious, healthy, spiritual,
in a beautiful location
such as Sedona, New Mexico or British Columbia.
Not too remote.

Maybe you can suggest a visit to a city with lots of intriguing
YARNS SHOPS where I could shop hop and take classes.

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Help me find a

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the ultimate getaway by myself without children

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for spiritual growth and discovery

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to come back renewed, balanced and energized

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Doesn't it sound FABULOUS? I imagine you'd like to join me!

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The ideal trip would include both a few days at a wellness retreat for women near a city with yarn shops!! Is that too much to ask for? !
Thanks for your help in planning my milestone birthday!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

More about A Knitter's Fantasy

A Knitter's Fantasy
Saturday April 14, 2007
Warren, Ohio

The Door prizes and Raffle items are coming in !!

Among the Raffle items are


Sally Melville complete set Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3

"A Knitter’s Template" by Laura Militzer Bryant & Barry Klein

"Shadow Knitting" by Vivian Hoxbro

"Beyond Wool" by Candace Eisner Strick

"Hot Knits" & "A Close-Knit Family" by Melissa Leapman

"Victorian Lace Today" by Jane Sowerby

"A Gathering of Lace" by Meg Swanson

"Artic Lace" by Donna Druchunas

Hand Knit Dolls

$50.00 in Fantasy Bucks to use in the Market

Handmade Entrelac bag

Two afghan kits


350 Free patterns from Harrisville Designs

There are 40 teachers and 52 classes ---- and 31 vendors.

Sale items include T-shirts, Denim shirts, Coffee mugs.

Meanwhile, here's a view of my house and the snow piled up in our cul-de-sac during the last few days and after the "Blizzard of 2007" here in Cleveland, Ohio.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Knitter's Fantasy - Saturday April 14, 2007




This year it is my guild's turn to put together the event to be held at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Warren, Ohio.

All the information you need including Classses, Homework, Vendors list, Directions, and Registration are NOW on line at our website at

Click on the Knitter's Fantasy link at the top of the guild website.

Highlights will include:

Connie Lane, the author of "Knit Two Together", and a Clevelander, will be at the
Soft 'n' Sassy booth signing copies of her new book straight from the publishers.

We are selling T-shirts with the "Queue up" logo and long sleeve denim shirts with the Fantasy logo as pictured above.

Guild members who choose to, are making and wearing this FUN sheep scarf which we will model as a group during the fashion show. My scarf, pictured here with the tongue, was made from Cascade 220 black and White Sprinkles.

The pattern is from the book "Vogue Knitting Shawls on the Go". It is a modified version of the sheep shawl pattern.

I will be teaching my first class - FELTED BAGS

I have received permission of this designer to use her pattern in my class:
Noro Chan Bag

I also have put together a WONDERFUL, EXTENSIVE handout on Felting Yarns, Websites with free felted bag patterns, Book list, Yarns to add in for fluff, The Felting Process, and how to make I-cord and Flat handles.
The pattern for the Chan Bag is free and can be seen at Dec. 06

I am on the committee for A Knitter's Fantasy and my job is NAME TAGS. The 40 teachers each have a lovely flower made by our guild members - here are just some of the ones we have ready.

and the 23 committeee members will have a knitted sock on their name tag, generously made by our member, Ginny Thomas.

Many of our guild members will be teaching morning and afternoon classes. Included in the class list are Lace Edgings, Socks on 2 Circulars, Stash Reduction, Mosaic Knitting, Beginning Spinning, The Magic Loop, Broomstick Lace, Needle Tatting, Mitered Squares, Lucet Weaving, and Knitting Without Needles on a Knitting Board. Be sure to check the website for all the classes and descriptions !!

In addition to the Swap Table, and a Caps for Kids contest, we have been making Baby Blanket Strips put together by guild members. We have 120 completed blankets and they will be on display and then donated to Huron Road Hospital here in Cleveland.

We will also have an ongoing demonstration of Knittting Machines sponored by the
Mahoning Valley Machine Knitters Guild.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Works in Progress


While we are in the middle of the blizzard of 2007 with 18 inches of snow expected here in Northeastern Ohio, over the next 12 hours, I'd like to share with you some of my


One skein Plymouth BOKU felted bag ready to felt. This was a kit I won at Stitches. Not my favorite choice of yarn, it ripped several times while knitting, but for a felted project, it is fine.

Lion Brand Comfy Cable Throw with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn for #3 daughter who tells me "don't knit anything else except my afghan!" One panel of 5 almost done. My first cable project, I'm now hooked on cables !!

Artyarns Super Merino Mutlidirectional Scarf. Another addicting pattern !!

My favorite and FOR ME, Interlacements Rick Rac Shawl. My first feather and fan repeating pattern project. One HUGE skein, about half way complete.

AND, Last but not least....................the NONI BOBBLE BAG is ready to felt !!! WOW ---the more bobbles I make, the more it looks like I need. Daughter #3 says, "Enough with those BUBBLES, get back to my afghan. I need it for camp in June !!"

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

I enjoyed a wonderful day trip yesterday to the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival with a fellow member of my knitting guild.
My first class, "Diamonds of Many Colors" with
Jane Bigelow of
located in Franklin, PA, taught me another modular technique.

Starting with the pillow, leading up to making the Vest by Southwest Trading Company pictured below. My yarn kit for the pillow is Patons SWS - Soy Wool Stripes, but you could also use Noro or Karaoke. Knit on size 9 straight needles, this will be a great project !!

Pillow Front

Pillow Back

My pillow so far !!

I really enjoyed my afternoon class on "Basic Socks" where I made an ENTIRE mini sock during the class. Going through each step with 3 instructors on hand, I was able to complete the entire thing and now I think I understand HOW TO MAKE SOCKS. Now I can get back to my Blue Moon Socks that Rock that are on the needles.

I won a door prize for being the first one to register for the event ---
a large canvas tote bag from Lion Brand and the book, "So Simple Knits" by Hilary Mackin.

Kathy Zimmerman, the "Cable Queen", was at her booth,

Horst Couture, from Cleveland, gave a lecture demonstrating his felting techniques and had his "wearable art" available for sale.

Decadent Fibers
sponsored a room called "The Creative Fiber Arts Class" where, for no charge, you could drop in and create a fiber masterpiece to take home or enter into their competition.

Another popular spot was Uyvonne Bingham's MACHINE KNITTING class and demostration.
Uyvonne is famous for her Translation of hand knit patterns to the knitting machine.

I enjoyed the market but, I'm happy to say, that other than the yarn kit for my pillow, the only thing I purchased was this !!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Cable Comfort Throw

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Daughter # 3 has chosen the free Lion Brand Pattern for the

for her afghan.

Made from 9 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (color Denim)

on size 13 needles it should knit up quickly.

This is my first CABLE project. My daughter said, "You better call someone from the knitting group right away, you don't know what you're doing!!"

Daughter # 1 is looking through books and patterns to choose her afghan. Meanwhile, here in Cleveland, we are in the middle of a BLIZZARD and the high temperature for Monday is only 2 degrees and negative 16 with the wind chill. We'll probably have a "SNOW DAY".


Happy 1 year BLOGIVERSARY to me !!