Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Knitting Guild Night

Tonight was our next-to-last meeting of the year for the Black Sheep Knitting Guild.  The big reveal -- our Sneaky Sheep Swap exchange.  37 members participated in the swap -- phew!!

Without further ado -- here is the item I made for my friend Harriet ~~

Even the side looks nice ~~
Pay no attention to my leg steadying the pillow.  I love the mattress stitch for seaming.
I used a little over 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage Wool, which is machine washable, 5 brass buttons, and an 8 x 16 down pillow for the squishy-ness.  I really enjoyed the cabling and once I got going it wasn't hard to keep track of the stitches.

I would definitely make another pillow using this pattern.  In fact, I think I'll be cranking out some hats using this pattern, maybe skipping the 8 stitch cable though.

Harriet seemed to be pleased with her pillow and I hope she will get many years of use from it.

I received a fabulous sewn bag, travel mug and box of Assam tea from Sarah, who had drawn my name and given me the perfect gift in the super cute frog bag.  I'd had been thinking of getting a new travel mug last Saturday but resisted -- intuition again?
There were so many wonderful things made and exchanged tonight.  Here are a few:

from Dawn to Linda:

Sam the Ram from Harriet to Tanya:

a tablerunner for Sue from Kelley:

a cat bed for Barb from ??? (more help needed):

And a bag with Margarita mix for Rita from Adina:

Tonight's meeting was so much fun!  I can't believe how many people said they stressed over what to make their swap participant.  Maybe it was because I know Harriet so well, I don't know, but I loved every minute of my process.  I love how we knit together every week and she never knew I had her name.

I brought home more charity yarn (ewwwww -- acrylic) and will knit on that over the summer.  It will become a hat and/or scarf for the South Oakland Shelter and I'm sure when it gets really cold, someone will appreciate having it.

Knitting with acrylic yarn makes me love wool that much more........


Kate said...

Love love love that pillow! She's a lucky lady to be going home with a great piece like that!

Heather said...

You did such a great job with that pillow! It looks like a fun exchange...the cheesecloth nuno scarf(!)...the knitted ram(!!). You are lucky to have such a nice group to 'play' with. XX0-

Anonymous said...


The table runner for Sue Chase was make by Kelley Andersen
and The Bag for Rita was made by
Adena what a great time we had tonight!!!!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the kind reviews Kate and Heather. And thanks for the creators' names Anonymous!

Anonymous said...

Nice job on the pillow! It turned out really nice!!! The ram is pretty cute, too! I think you should make a few pillows to sell.

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harriet said...

I'm the lucky recipient of that lovely pillow. It's so beautiful, feels so good to the touch. Thank you again Suzanne. Funny how both of us went with cables. I really like them.

It was so much fun last night! So many lovely items, made by such creative people. Wonder what next year's swap will be?

Diane Ladue said...

Great account of the Chicken weekend. I wish I was there.........oh yeah, I was. It was so much fun and you certainly captured the essence.

One slight correction from the quilt show. My favorite quilt was the quilt just before the one you said was my fave. I don't know how you keep track of all these details. You're amazing.