Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Beary Special July Meeting

Happy Weekend Everyone!

July’s AKG meeting was awesome. The food was amazing (I’m still working off a few extra pounds). The company, of course, was fantastic.

I was surprised, and excited, by the evening’s activity – knit a sweater for a trauma bear. I have to admit that I have not exactly been an active participant in the Trauma Bear project for The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Bear patterns seemed a bit ambitious, especially since I am short on time and long on projects. Thursday’s bear sweater pattern may have turned me into a believer. We were all challenged to knit a Bear Sweater by the end of the evening. The pattern is the 25-row Beary Easy Sweater pattern written by Diana Rishel (OC Knitter). While I wasn’t able to finish the sweater during the meeting, I sat down and finished the sweater before bed on Friday. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

I absolutely can see this becoming a go-to pattern for days when I need a mindless and fast knitting project. And, if I get really ambitious, I may even try to convert the pattern in to a baby sweater pattern. Please send me pictures of your completed sweaters so that I can display them on the blog.

Congratulations to Susan D. who was the first to complete her sweater! And thank you to all of our vendors who donated yarn to the event: Blue Heron Yarns, Cast On Cottage, Interlacements, Lovin’ Knit, Needle Nook, GGH Cumba, Only Ewe & Cotton Too, Rare Purls, Sheepish, Thunder River Alpaca, Yarn Garden, and the Buffalo Wool Company.

Membership Renewal: Please complete your registration form and pay your dues ASAP to be included in this year’s directory.

Stitch and Pitch: What would summer be without the joys of the boys of summer? That's right - Stitch and Pitch with several Atlanta area guilds (including the AKG) at the Atlanta Braves is back. We are reserving space for Guild members and their companions to Stitch while the Braves Pitch (and if the Umps are blind, we may even complain in a rhyming way - wink wink, nudge nudge). The game is scheduled for 7:10 pm Saturday night, August 18, against the LA Dodgers, an "A" level team. We will be seated in the Club Pavilion, and the $40 ticket cost includes $10 in food and beverage credit. If you want to join us, please e-mail

Superstar Workshop. Finally, do I need to remind you that Kathy Zimmerman is coming the first weekend in October? During her stay, she is teaching five fabulous classes: Knit to Fit, Finishing Finesse, Intro to Combining Lace and Cables, Slip-Stitch Sampler, and Ruffles, Frills and Edgings. The classes cost $40 each for members ($45 for non-members), and they are already half-full. Don’t miss this opportunity! Complete your registration form today! Have a great week!

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