Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Year, New location, New Blog

We held our first meeting of the year at our new location, Piedmont Yarn &  Apparel (aka PYA) yesterday.
In attendance were Cay, Peter, Andy, Penny, Kris and Mattie. We met in the classroom at the store, which was wonderful.
Our first order of biz was Stitches West. Our humble little group will be manning the Warm Up America booth, #115, from the minute Stitches opens on 2/25 at 5 pm until it closes on 2/28 at 4 pm. We passed around a schedule, and everyone chose the hours they would like to be in the booth. At the end of the show, there will be afghans that will need a home. We decided to donate to Project Linus, since we already support that charity. Cay will contact Alice at PL to make arrangements.
We are celebrating National Crochet Month with our quarterly Soiree at PYA. We will talk to Bente about doing a special display for the month. Bente is scheduling almost nothing but crochet classes during March, including a couple of additional instructors. We will post more about that schedule as we have it.
We are each crocheting 12" squares in earth tones to make an afghan for Steve, to thank him for the 3 years he let us use the Telegraph Community Center. He is moving back to Indiana in the early summer.
Bente spoke with us about the yarn she has in the store and some possible less expensive yarns that she can carry. Always fun to pet new yarns.
Peter demo'd/taught foundation stitches. Something most of have tried and failed at more than once. He showed us, we got it, hurray!
Show and Tell:
Peter is working on his sweater in hand-dyed yarn, finished the Shifting Sands Shell in smaller sizes, and drum roll, please, has one of his vest patterns, the Key Tab Vest, in the current issue of Crochet! magazine. Congrats, Peter!.
Andy did a beautiful vest with a zipper in Noro Silk Garden. He has also done a couple of goody bags and more hats, of course.
Penny brought 2 diagonal box stitch afghans that she finally conquered to show off. She has started on her third, so she doesn't forget the pattern.
Kris brought a large granny square afghan that she is working on for PL.
Mattie, of course, had more small ghans for PL.
Cay showed off her Comfy Cables hat, scarf (modified for recipient) and mittens in Wool-Ease. She also had a pair of fingerless gloves that she designed and was searching for a name. She was wearing the Crazy Eights Vest crocheted in Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn.
Our last order of biz was this blog. We knew we needed a presence on the web, but no one currently in our group has the skills to set up and maintain a website. So, we decided to go with a blog instead. Andy, Peter and Cay will work together to develop and maintain this blog.
As you can see, Andy already has us up and running. We will be adding more features as time goes by. Stay tuned.
Our next meeting will be 2/20 at noon at PYA.