Saturday, December 30, 2006

DISTAFF DAY! - Coming Soon - Sat Jan 6th!!

That's right, if you haven't heard about it elsewhere, read it here!

The Orlando Knitters and Spinners are happy to announce again:

“The 3rd Annual Distaff Day”


Presbyterian Church of the Lakes
4700 Lincoln Ave.
Orlando, FL 32819

Saturday, January 6th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day’s Events
  • 10:00 -12:00 -Meet, Greet, Coffee, Goodies, Spin, and Knit
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - Fashion Show
  • 2:00 - 3:00 - ‘Yankee Swap’
  • 3:00 - 5:00 - More Spinning, Knitting, Chatting, Sharing
If you have any questions please email Rhonda or Janette.

Additional information:

Cost: $5.00 – (Monies collected will be given to the church for the use of the room)

What to Bring:

1. Spinning Wheel, Knitting, Weaving, Beading, etc. (whatever you have put away, or not, and want to work on)

2. Bag Lunch – There is a Publix and Albertson’s close by with a deli if any one forgets.

3. Coffee or Tea mug - The Hosting Guilds will provide the beverage and treats. (cookies and veggies)

4. Item for the “Yankee Swap” Put in a plain paper bag and seal so the contents cannot be viewed. This item should have a value of up to $20.00 and should also be something that if you get you will be thrilled!!! (Because you might!!)

5. Items for the “Sale Table” Just like last year. Items that you have decided you might not want and would like to sell. Put a tag on the item with you name and price.

6. FREE TABLE – Some people prefer just to give things away, so get to the “Distaff Day” early “The early bird gets the worm!!”

7. The “Fashion Show” – Bring an item you made this year and share with us your experience and talent!!!!

All activities are voluntary. Feel free to participate in all or none

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

It's a GIRL!!

Ok, so you knew all that....

...but what you didn't know is...

Ava Rose was born today, 12/26/06 at 7:11pm!

Grandma says she's "ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!"... Ok, so maybe she's biased...What do you think?

She was born at 38 1/2 weeks via C-section and entered this world at 5lb 15oz and 19inches. Mom and baby are both doing well and all (including dad) are currently getting acquainted. Here's their first "family portrait"...

Of course I'll be looking forward to a trip up to actually see them all!

Edited to add pics on 12/28. -kc

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Winter/(Christmas!) SP

Christmas arrived early today!! That's right, it's my Winter Secret Pal package!! Take a look at the package!

Ok, so unwrapping it, it looks a little more like this:

Yes, it was a wait, but oh, SOOO worth it! There were four balls of yarn, one of a Tahki yarn, one Alpaca yarn called Atacama (both in lovely Southwestern colors), and two balls of Baby Ull from Dalegarn!

The Dalegarn goes with the pattern book that my SP included - full of AMAZING baby patterns!! Really cute sweaters, dresses, hats, and even booties and blankets! Here's one of my favorites:

Definitely some good things to choose from for the impending arrival of Ava Rose - Due in less than 3 weeks!!! I do have the Wonderful Wallaby as a gift to take when I go up to meet her, but this will give me something new to make up for the future!

Oops, sorry, back to the box...Also in the picture above, is a HUGE tea mug! Even better, it's FULL of tea! A mix of TAZO teas...I think I'm most looking forward to the Refresh Herbal Infusion - A bracing blend of northwest grown mint leaves with a hint of tarragon. I LOVE mint teas, and this looks like a very interesting take on mint :).

Ok, so as for the rest of the box, I also got about 4 oz of Navajo - Churro roving! YUM! This was home grown in Albuquerque. Looking forward to trying it out! Oh, and the most important part...two bars of DARK CHOCOLATE!!!

What a WONDERFULLY thoughtful box! Thanks so much Let It Rain aka Applepieisyum!!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Johnny, Tell her what she's won!

Well Ladies, today's gift #2 consists of two skeins of Prism yarn and a box of lovely holiday tea!

The first skein of yarn is a lovely skein of Andee - a 50% Alpaca / 50% Wool blend, in the colorway Tahoe. This 2 oz skein has an approximate yardage of 114 yds. Gauge: 4 1/2 stitches per inch on a US 7 needle.

The second skein, which complements the first so well, is a skein of Kid Slique, consisting of 66% Rayon, 26% Kid Mohair, and 8%Nylon. This is also in the colorway Tahoe and it's 2 oz skein contains approximately 88 yards. Gauge: 3 stitches per inch on a US 11 needle.

The lovely box of tea contained in this package is Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea. This is a very light pepperminty tea, based in green tea, but decaffeinated for those who are sensitive to caffeine. One of my favorites, I hope you enjoy it.

And all this, brought to you today by KnitChick07.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


So, ran by Joann's today to pick up these...

And came home with this:

Yes, OF COURSE there is a good reason! Dale recently posted information on the Red Scarf Project to one of our groups. So...since this stuff was all marked down to $3 a skein, and Joann's was further discounting it by an additional 50%, I took advantage! Oh, and when I checked out, I had $40 worth of stuff...she said... You know, if you buy another $10 worth of stuff, you'll get a gift card for $10! Oh darn, twist my arm won't you...

So, back to the original goal... buttons... have you guessed that they're for? That's right, I'm nearly finished with the Vertical Vest!! Here's where it stands right now... just have to do the arm holes, sew on the buttons, tighten up the buttonholes, and tuck in a few ends!! It's coming along great!

Here's the closeup version if you want to see the detail better...

Was thrilled this week to receive my final package in the mail from my Spooky SP!! Somerset sent me these GREAT socks! Oh, and they're even made of very soft cottony yarn, so no hot sweaty wool here in Florida!

The same day my socks arrived, Orna and I went on the annual field trip to Prism Yarn studios in St. Petersburg! We had truly hoped many more people would be able to attend this year, but sadly 2006 found us with our smallest contingent yet!! For those who don't know, once a year, Laura Bryant opens her studio and sells ends of dye lots, test lots, and the like, to the public. It's become an annual pilgrimage, and this was my 4th trip! As always, you have to look carefully, but if you do, there are LOTS of fun things to be found!

Both Orna and I have a long term love affair with Laura's Peacock colorway. I found one skein for Orna, then I found this gorgeous pair of Andee skeins - Wool/Alpaca blend! I just couldn't pass them up! Even better, I have four or five skeins of peacock in other yarns that I purchased from Laura a few years ago, so am thinking they will go together beautifully to make a nice shawl or stole.

I also found these gorgeous green yarns...and look how well my boss's mohair goes with them!!

These lovely red yarns are a set that I picked up for a friend who was out of town and unable to road trip with us...

Ok, just one more...a set that I put together with Orna's help...found the KidSlick (mohair twist) first, then picked up the tiny accent skein, and finally added the peach one at the end...a little bit of a strange mix, but I think it works!

Of course, I was also able to find a couple of gifts for various exchanges I'm doing this year, but no, I'm not going to post those just yet...maybe later!

Well, have to wrap it to a Christmas party tonight on the other side of the city...