Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

Today is world wide knit in public day (WWKIP). I knit in public almost every day (waiting for the bus, sitting on the bus, sitting in coffee shops, etc.) but today was exceptional because Diane and the Three Rivers Crochet group organized a big event at Schenley Plaza. About 15 fiber enthusiasts showed up with their projects. The rain held off which was perfect since we weren’t able to sit under the tent this year. A wedding party wearing lots of royal blue booked the space. Is royal blue this season’s “it” color? Anyway, we pulled up some tables and parked ourselves near the concession stands.

I kept a eye out for the family of peregrine falcons who are nesting atop the Cathedral of Learning, but sadly they were a no-show.

It was great to reconnect with people from the crochet group who I don’t see very often. I also met some nice new people who I coaxed into coming to my Wednesday night knitting group. Mwahahahahaaaaa!

I even made progress on Markus’ sock. FYI, madelinetosh tosh sock yarn, colorway “mare”, easy-peasy k2, p1 rib.

There was a yarn raffle. Check out the prize table.

And I may have came home with a lovely skein of fingering weight linen/merino yarn. What should I make with it?

A big thanks to Diane and the crochet group for organizing a great event! Can’t wait for next year!


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If you are a knitting/crochet designer, I implore you to read Annie Modesitt’s blog and Ysolda Teague’s blog.

Thank you, Annie and Ysolda, for explaining the situation so honestly. Those were the most interesting and informative knitting blog posts I’ve read in a long time. And I applaud your tenacity and your bravery.

In the immortal words of “Rocky” Hardcastle from As Time Goes By, Rock on!

Now it’s back to knitting.

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threeriverscrochetHere’s a plug for an upcoming fiber related charity event in the Pittsburgh area. It’s called the Three Yarntini Luncheon, organized by the Three Rivers Crochet group, and all luncheon proceeds will benefit Rwanda Knits (www.rwandaknits.org) and the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter (www.wcspittsburgh.org). The luncheon is being held on Saturday, February 14th, 11:30a – 1:30p, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival (www.pghknitandcrochet.com). You don’t have to attend the festival to attend the luncheon, although you do need to register for the luncheon in advance using the festival registration form.

The luncheon is a sit-down meal (hence the pre-registration) of Pecan Crusted Salmon, Chicken Asiago, Roast Top Sirloin of Beef, or Broccoli Cheddar Quiche. There will be a fashion show just like the one at the Yarn Ball, so wear your handknit and/or crocheted goodies to show off. Robyn Chachula, crochet fashion designer and author of Blueprint Crochet, will be the MC for the fashion show, and will be showing items from her books and pattern lines, as well as signing her books. There will also be door prizes from Caron, Southwest Trading Company, and Dark Horse Yarns, along with raffles to win a knitting machine, hooks/needles, books, etc…

If you’re interested in attending, you need to register by February 6th.

Embossed Leaves Socks Update:
I finished one sock and I’m about 2/3 finished with the leg on sock #2. These are so fun to knit!  And I haven’t gotten to a break in the yarn yet, though I know it’ll happen at some point.  I’m just hoping I can get through most of the sock before the breaks start appearing.  I hate sewing in ends.

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Stitch ‘N Pitch 2008
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Final score: 11-6 Cards
Knitting score: Jaywalkers still not finished yet

We had a great time at the game yesterday. It was overcast (and threatened of rain) for most of the game, although some sun did peek through for a few innings. We were in the shade as well. Despite all this, I still managed to get a wicked sunburn on my arms. Ouch!

There were 9 of us total (8 knitters/crocheters and one non-knitting husband). Here we are before the game started.

Our section filled up quickly. And at every game there’s always that one guy, you know who I mean. The one who yells in his loudest voice “I GOT IT!” whenever the opposing team hits a pop fly, or heckles people sitting near him. His name was Nick. And Nick was sitting right behind us. Lucky us. Lisa took this picture of Beth teaching him to knit with “sticks and thread” as he called it.

And in true Stephanie Pearl-McPhee style, here’s a picture of my Jaywalker sock and the ball park.

PNC park is really a beautiful ball park. It has a lovely view of the downtown skyline, and has really awesome surround sound. You can even text a message to someone and they’ll show it on the scoreboard!

And we had some excitement in our row, too! Bottom of the 8th. Pirates down by 5. All the sudden an errant foul ball came barreling towards Rebecca! She made a valiant effort to catch it bare handed, but it smashed into her hand so hard that it went rolling down 2 rows in front of us. And wouldn’t you know it, the guy who finally ended up taking the ball wouldn’t give it back to Rebecca, even after she showed him her swollen hand. Here she is icing her hand.

And the swag wasn’t bad either. Cute bags this year.

I think I may go again next year. Better play the Cubs, though!

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Today, June 14th, was the world wide knit in public day. bee-witch organized a great event this year!

Schenley Plaza is a really nice place to hang out. The massive tent is up all summer long, and during lunch hour there’s usually a musician playing. Today it was the talented Brad Yoder. He serenaded us with his guitar, and even sang a song just for us knitters! And he commented that knitting is nice because “it doesn’t hurt people and it doesn’t pollute the environment”. Well put. Thanks, Brad!

Here’s DoulaKnits working on her Ruana shawl.

Knitsburgh, CrochetKnitRip and DoulaKnits.

And VeeKayEff working on a cardigan.

I met some really nice people who I hope will come to the weekly knitting groups!

Shadyside Stitch ‘N Bitch
Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM
Coffee Tree Roasters on Walnut St. in Shadyside

Sundays from 4-6 PM
Tango Cafe on Forward Ave (corner of Forward and Murray) in Squirrel Hill
FYI, we may not be meeting tomorrow because we all got together today. But feel free to visit Tango anyway for some yummy treats and coffee!

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