Sunday, December 7, 2008

Knit Nuts share their Cheer at Connie's

Our December meeting at Connie's was full of cheer and laughter. I don't think anyone got much accomplished. There was just too much going on. We all gathered in Connie's kitchen and later on in her beautifully decorated den to enjoy the fellowship and delicious food. Connie prepared some very healthy recipes (veggie pasta salad with pomegranate and roasted chick peas.) She also made a very tasty and sweet pumpkin dessert. The hot artichoke and spinach dip made by Aura was pretty good, too. Thanks for all the goodies provided to make this meal extra special.

Our hostess Connie received this dishcloth from Pat -- Her Pat (hubbie) will enjoy it too. You can't ever have enough of these.
Delicious refreshments were enjoyed by all present.

Robin brought a pair of the cutest flamingos to decorate the table.
The door prizes were tucked under Connie's tree. Everyone present received beautiful and unique surprises that brought smiles to their faces.

Smileycons!A sample of some of the surprises and heart warming gifts.....

Aura has been having fun making tiny crochet sweaters. These four were given as door prizes.

I love this picture of Pam so touched by the mini sweater she got. Next time I see you, I'll have the mini clothes hanger.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Welcome Cecile and Janice

Welcome Cecile and Janice

Welcome Cecile and Janice

The Knit Nuts welcomes Cecile and Janice who joined us with their knitting projects. They would both like to learn to crochet in the near future. Cecile is currently working on fingerless gloves which she is making for her friend Nuns who live in Wales, England. Janice is working on a beautiful lacy scarf which she is making for one of her child's teacher.

Pam is almost done with her Tiramisu baby blanket and it looks great. I showed her how to do the double crochet which she is doing around the border.

Speaking of double crochets I've been working designing baby caps. I'm in the process or writing the pattern and these caps are made in no time because they are worked with double crochets. It was helpful to use Connie's doll as a model. This doll is about the size of a 2 month old baby.

Connie shared how she made modifications to the pattern she is using and is happy with the results of knitting in the round. How many rows did you get done during our meeting? Connie is loving her yarn bowl which keeps the yarn in place and flowing just right.

I certainly did not get very far on my reindeer. I'm making this crochet reindeer for an upcoming Ornament exchange at the Library. So far I'm understanding the pattern.

Robin made progress working on her crochet baby blanket and take one look at the ball of yarn she is using. It's big and so fluffy. Some of us had to reach for it and touch it.

Until next time...May your knitting and crochet enrich your lives. I enjoyed very much sharing this special time with my knitting friends: Connie, Pam, Robin, Cecile and Janice. We missed all the others who could not make it to this meeting.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I captured these two photos of Connie doing one of the many things she does best...teach others! Sorry I won't be able to meet with you ladies this coming weekend, it's meant a lot to knit with you, I can't believe it's been a year since you first invited me! Hopefully I'll be able to show you photos of a finished Superman sweater in the next few days!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Easy Baby Hat from the top - down

I have been working on different styles of Pixie hats since my daughter said she would like to have one for photographing newborns. Check out her Touched Photography site. She does quite well. Anyway some of my baby hats have been coming out huge. Connie shared with me a technique, I'm not really sure what it's called. The hat is knitted from the top down to the brim.

Using sport weight yarn and a circular needle size 5 ( you can also use straight needles since this hat is really not knitted in the round, I just like to work with the needles connected. I started casting on 4 stitches. To make the long cord follow the pattern.

R1 - Knit 1, slip 1 - ending with a slip 1 and turn.
Repeat this row until the desired length

You will need to make increases starting at the crown until you have the desired width. I made 6 increases every third row. I stopped increasing when I had 68 stitches. For a smaller hat increase less stitches. At this point you can transfer your stitches to a 16 inch circular needle. You will then turn your work so the knitted stitches are facing you. If you make a hat using this technique you avoid using the double point needles or the magic loop technique. As you work back and forth you are basically creating a pocket. To avoid ladders or loose stitches on the ends you do have to tighten a little bit when you turn after every row.

Monday, November 3, 2008

November 1, 2008

We had a nice time this past Saturday at our Knit Nuts meetup! Instead of our normal spot at Dilworth Coffee, we met at The Coffee Garden at the corner of Lawyers Road and Stevens Mill Road. It is a family owned and run coffee house, which has a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere and the owners are very nice and accommodating.

Ms. Pat got there first and saved our knitting spot for us. Thanks Pat!PatDiane

My friend Diane came to visit and brought all her fibery goodness to show us that she purchased at SAFF. I can't wait to see what she knits up with all that wonderful yarn!
She was knitting on the cutest litte baby sweater from a kit that she picked up at Knit One Stitch Two for all of $11.00! Don't you just love those great deals!

Rose and I decided to have lunch as well as some coffee. They were running a lunch special of sandwich, chips and drink for $5.00 and both of us thought the sammies were very good!
RosePam and Diane
Robin was able to come this time and we had missed seeing her. She had been sick time before last and last meetup had company visiting, so it was nice to have her back.

Pam and Robin were crocheting on their baby blankets and Rose, Diane, Pat and I were knitting on our projects. Rose you are going to get those Superman sweaters finished soon! Pam, I know you'll be done with that Tiramisu soon, so we can get you going on that ribbon border.

We had a man stop by and ask if we were knitting or crocheting to which we all exclaimed both! His wife was in the car and he said he would tell her about our group. I gave him my name and number so maybe there will be another Nut soon!

It was a nice, relaxing time of knitting and crocheting with friends!

We of course missed seeing all of you that couldn't be there and hope to see you next time!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

October 18, 2008

You can tell that fall has arrived as it was a bit chilly today so we definitely could not have sat on the patio to knit. Aura, Rose, Pam and I were the only ones who could come today and we missed the rest of you. We still had a great time chatting and knitting or crocheting. We got to hear about Aura's recent trip to Italy and I brought some of my recent cards to show off. (I know not knitting related)

Rose's Superman Sweater Rose was knitting on the back of the Superman sweater for her nephew and I had brought along Jennifer's dress and I think I got one entire row knitted in 2 hours. Pam was working on her Tiramisu Baby Blanket. Aura's Pixie HATS Aura brought her cute pixie hats to show us and they are just adorable. Aura was also working on another fun crocheted dishcloth. Aura's dishcloth

We really had a nice time together and I look forward to our next meeting. Hope to see all of you next time!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

October 4, 2008

Well, it was an absolutely beautiful day today! As the weather was so pretty again, we sat out at the patio of Dilworth Coffee to knit and chat. We had a small (very small) group today, just Pat and I were able to make it this meet up. However, we spent a very enjoyable couple of hours knitting and talking about this and that and enjoying our coffee.

I hope that more of you can make it to the next meeting!

This coming December we have been meeting for a year. Well, actually I think we started in November of last year and picked back up again the first of this year. Anyway this year I want to have you all to my home for a Christmas meeting. We can all enjoy some nice Christmas music and refreshments as we sit around and knit, so still bring your projects to work on.

I would like to do this on Saturday the 20th from 2-4 pm which would be our regular time to meet. However, I know the Christmas holiday season is quite busy for everyone, so if December 6th would work better we could plan for that Saturday instead.

So, think about it, look at your calendar's and let me know which Saturday would better suit you, and we will go from there ok?

See you all next time!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

September 20, 2008

Smileycons!What an absolutely beautiful day it was! Pam and I were the first to arrive and since it was so nice outside we decided to have our group meeting today on the patio. It was just so pretty today, however sitting in the shade was a bit breezy and halfway through most of us were complaining that we were cold...LOL

However, we braved the wind and had a great time sharing, laughing, crocheting and knitting away!

We had two new visitor's today. Becky and her sister Debbie. Becky brought a crocheted granny square blanket she was starting and her sister Debbie brought an afghan that needed medical attention so we sutchered up the edge that was ailing and it was good as new.

Joyce brought her completed "Martha Stewart Poncho" but I forgot to get a photo of it. It was just divine. Rose showed us her "Baby Surprise Jacket" which was almost completed except for the seaming of the shoulders. That is such a cool pattern! I was knitting on my Curlicue Coverlet and Pam was crocheting on her second "Tiramisu Baby Blanket". Rose was knitting the back of her "Superman Sweater" and Pat had a knitting project that she was just starting. Joyce was crocheting a scarf to go with her poncho.

Sweet Rose had brought me a birthday gift all wrapped in blue! What a nice surprise! She made me a knitting row keeper bracelet and she also made me a Yarn Bell! I had heard of yarn bowls but not yarn bells. This was such a nice and thoughtful gift!

Thank you Rose!

Here is a little photo vignette of our meeting...enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Neat Book with Tons of Crochet Motifs

I've been having fun with the book Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman. She also wrote that very small but useful book The Crochet Answer Book. I always go back to this little book when I forget how to do something.

Here's my first motif. I made this in no time on my way from my daughter's house. It makes a pretty coaster.

This pretty motif - coaster was made using Sugar 'n Cream all cotton yarn.

Eco Friendly Pouch

I recently received my order of all natural soaps from the Lote Tree. I love anything that Jessie makes and I highly recommend her products. I even use her laundry detergent. I'm trying to do my part to go green and also create/craft items which in the long run will be friendly to the environment. Going green or part green is very much a cool trend so the dishcloths that I recently completed from the Sugar 'n Cream Kitchen Kolors booklet make great gift/pouch wraps for my soaps.

If you like natural soaps you will like these soaps. Jessie always includes a gift or two with your order. I've been using the Emerald Isle soap for my face and just love it. On the label she writes: Hand Stirred in Small Batches, Hand Poured, Hand Cut, Patiently cured for several weeks and every recipe Human (Husband) tested.

The soaps

The Opened Cloth

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Egeblad aka "The Love Shade"

I have finished my Egeblad Doily!

Here it is on my night that is what I made it for. Pam dubbed it The Love Shade.

All the details are here in my Ravelry notebook!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Welcome to our new Knit Nut Blog!

The Knit Nut Meetup Group now has a blog!

If and when I remember to take photo's of our group I was always posting them to my own blog. Well I thought we needed our own corner of the web to post photos of our little group. All of our members can also post here about their individual projects so look for those post soon. I will also get links on the sidebar to everyone's blog if they have one.

We had our first meeting in November of 2007 and then started back again this past January 2008. Our small group has grown to about 10 or so members. We meet at Dilworth Coffee at Hoods Cross Roads and the owner there has made us feel very welcome. She has put us on her calendar in the coffee house as well. Letting everyone know that there is a knitting group that meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.

Today she brought out a huge plate of crackers with chicken salad and chocolate cake for all of us! There is a photo of that in the slide above.

We had 2 new ladies join us this week. Joyce who has a website where she sells her gorgeous oil paintings and Renee who attends college at UNC Charlotte . I helped her to get started on a crocheted hat, and although she had never crocheted before she did an excellent job and was well on her way with her new project.

Robin who was new to our group at last meeting came and worked on her cute crocheted baby blanket. Pam, Aura and I were also working on our latest crochet projects. Pat was the knitter this week and was knitting that beautiful afghan in the slide show above.

Well that's all until next time and

to Joyce and Renee!