Friday, November 20, 2009

Needle Donations for New Knitters

Mary Mattimoe is an AKG member who teaches high school chemistry. She is planning on offering an after school program to teach her students to knit. At the November AKG meeting she asked for donations of needles in sizes 7 to 12 or so for her students to use.

If you have some needles you can donate in the interest of creating new knitters, please bring them to the December 3 meeting. Mary will collect them there, or if you can't make the meeting, email her at and she will coordinate with you to pick them up.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Royal Alpaca Challenge

The Georgia Alpaca Association is presenting the first annual The Royal Alpaca Challenge November 21 - 22, 2009 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. The show will be open to the public Saturday November 21 from 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday November 22 from 9 am - 4 pm. Admission is free.

You will be able to meet alpacas up close and personal as 300 alpacas from across the country compete for top prizes. Alpaca breeders will be happy to answer any questions you may have about these fabulous creatures.

This show also features a "knitters' lounge" where you can sit, relax, and spin a yarn.

Friday, November 6, 2009

November Workshops Rescheduled

As announced at the November AKG meeting, the two November workshops have been rescheduled. Both will take place at The Knitterie at Rare Purls Yarn Boutique.

If you have questions, contact If you plan to have lunch at the adjacent Park Cafe, please check with their host or call ahead for reservations.

Holiday Decor
Saturday November 14, 1-5 pm

Holiday ornament patterns are a free download on the Interweave Knits website. Download the patterns, grab some odds and ends of stash yarn, the recommended needle size, and join us for fun and creativity. We will have a big basket for a "share pile", so extra yarn would be appreciated. (Remember, many of our new knitters have not yet nurtured large stashes.) There will be other holiday patterns available for inspiration.

Duct Tape Dress Form
Saturday November 21, 1-3 pm

In this workshop youwill make an inexpensive replica of your figure for use when crafting hand knits or making sewn garments. Our new friend Jamie will guide us through the steps. She has made 2 of these and swears by them. The materials list includes an old, long, expendable t-shirt, plastic wrap, good scissors, 2 rolls of duct tape (3 for large or extra large sizes), batting (plastic grocery bags work great) and a wrapping buddy. (Duck Tape now comes in many colors!)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

AKG November Meeting and Workshops

The guest speaker for the November meeting is Brittany Newberry of The Knit Witch. The Knit Witch is run by Brittany and her husband Wayne. They produce handmade pottery and hand-dyed Knit Witch yarn and roving from their home in Blue Ridge, GA. Their Lotions and Potions are custom blended.

Two workshops are scheduled on Saturday November 7.
  • The Holiday Decor workshop will explore various knitted items for holiday decorating and gifts. It is from 11am to 3 pm.
  • In the Duct Tape Dress Form workshop, you will create an inexpensive dress form of your own body to use for fitting and sizing knitted garments. The Duct Tape Dress Form workshop is from 3 - 5pm.
Both workshops will be held at Rare Purls Yarn Boutique & Knitterie, 3579 West Lawrenceville St., Duluth, GA 30096. Contact Kay Mather, Jr VP of Workshops, 678 373-3564 or