Sunday, August 19, 2012

Our Summer of Adventure Continues with Socktopussy

The summer programs have been full of James Bond adventure, and August’s program was no exception.  With the help of Diana and Joel, we were able to tackle the pressing question of the day – to knit socks toe up or cuff down?   I’m not sure we received a definitive answer to the question, but we sure enjoyed the show.  We received some great sock-knitting pointers, including a favorite cast on for to-up socks and how to avoid the “noose” when transitioning between the leg and the instep.

Diana clearly enjoyed her role as Soctopussy . . .

Please don’t forget that we have wonderful resources in our AKG library, including books about sock-knitting.  I especially enjoyed Socks A La Carte by Jonelle Raffino which uses flip charts to create your own sock pattern.

Trauma Bear Project.  On a separate note, we’ve done an amazing job making sweaters for our Trauma Bear project.  Over 52 sweaters were donated in August alone!  Needle Nook has joined the AKG in its quest for sweaters, and it has produced over 30 sweaters.  Keep ‘em coming!

Show and Tell.  As usual, our members create the most amazing knitted projects.

I hope my version of Wingspan looks have as pretty as these FOs.

BTW - the yarn over variation on Wingspan is found on in the AKG forum.

The picture does not do justice to this beautiful jacket . . .

or this sweater.

And I am in love with these beautiful scarves:

I keep hoping that this sweater is available in my size. . . .

And that I can wear the sweater while curling up in this blanket . . .

See you next month!

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Trauma Bear's Personal Trauma

You probably remember Ford.  He’s one of the spokesbears for our Trauma BearProject.  After the August meeting, I volunteered to take him home and watch him until next month.

Someone in my house discovered Ford the next morning. 

Initially, Ford got lots of love, and even enjoyed watching cartoons with the boys.

I don’t know what happened after I left for work, but when I came home at the end of the day, I found this.

Our president, Eve, received a formal request from Ford’s representative requesting hazard pay.  I hate to admit it, but I think he might have a case.