Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I am an idiot

Last night I was at the Lion Brand offices on 15th Street for Knitting Party—and yes, it was a party. (There is another one tonight--you could go to one too!)

The party food was grown up (granola bars and fresh fruit, with bottled water) and there were goodie bags—the very best goodie bags!

The bags are the JUMBO Lion Brand bags. Made from the same non woven fiber as most grocery recycle bags. But this bag is HUGE. Most of my grocery/store recycle bags are 14 inches wide, 3 to 5 inches deep, and 12 inches high. These bags are just as wide, 4.5 inches deep and 22 inches high!
They are bigger than a big brown shopping bag--(Trader Joe brown paper shopping bag for example)

But wait, there was more! A big (2 inch) magnet, and a copy of the newest Lion Brand Catalog—and this is the best catalog ever! Great ideas, 99% of the pattern free (on web site) and each pattern has a price (this pattern in size (X) cost $X.xx to knit) –and so many of the ideas were under $20!--

I went home with more yarn. I finished one block on the way there—A black textured square; I knit and sewed on a 3D rose and leaf as embellishment at the party. Then on the way home, I finished (90% on subway/10 at home) another block (this one, too will be embellished—expect to see it tomorrow, after it has been gussied up.) and I've cast on yet another (A bakers dozen completed, and more to come!)

I don't have an image of the black square, because idiot that I am, (see post title) I totally forgot to bring my camera! So I don't have any photo's of the event (about 15 people turned out) or of my finished block (the black one).

But—I have blocks to show—these were knit by Debbie—who has been knitting just 2 months—and month 1 was just I-cord on a spool! She is making more blocks. (and more and more!) and want to run a Critter Knitter type project for the no kill shelter she does volunteer work at—so I grabbed her a pair of size 13 needles.

Lion Brand was providing NEEDLES, CROCHET HOOKS, as well as yarn, and food and goodie bags!--(can I say it again? What a great company they are!) for her—since she doesn't yet own her any needles of her own. (I loaned her a pair to work with--and her plans for buying her own were dashed with unexpected health complications--serious ones!)

I haven't spoken to Debbie today, but will and will have, by tomorrow or Wednesday, more images of the blocks she's knit.

It was so much fun to see all the blocks being knit—and to hear the wonderful messages, and to just be there and see some knitting friends I haven't seen in a while. I am looking forward to seeing all the blocks joined together.

I am doing my part and joining my dozen, plus Debbie's 2, plus 2 more from my old boss, Kimberly. into a strip--(Robyn is accepting blocks and sewing them together herself, as well as doing the Lions share of crocheting blocks.

Tonight at knit night, I expect to pick up some more finished blocks (and join them together too, if needed.)

I promise—I won't forget my camera for the installation, or for the Maker's Faire!


Virginia G said...

That's really cool!

Sounds like a blast. And go Debbie!

Susie said...

Sounds like so much fun! Sorry I missed it.