Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Knit-A-Long III: The Round-Up

UPDATE: new links added below with more photos from the Knit-A-Long.

Good things about the third TTC Knit-A-Long: We had a stunning turnout (45!), a rolicking good time, and I made some new friends.

Bad things about the TTC Knit-A-Long: I can no longer ignore the pressing reality of the dreaded Christmas Knitting (doom...dooom!). Also, both Beryl and I have been felled by some kind of TTC Knit Organizers' cold of death.

However, many of our happy Knit-A-Long'ers, not struggling under weight of illness and impulsively-purchased Manos, have been writing about the day and posting photos:

From the North team:

From the West team:

From the East team:

More to come!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Official Prize List

Posting on behalf of Jacquie, our Swag Collector Extraordinaire:

Here's the official shout out to those who won prizes and to those who donated them for this past wonderful, yet soggy, KAL. (Drum roll, please!)

1ST FO: Robbie won "Inspired Cable Knits: 20 Creative Designs for Making Sweaters and Accessories" by Fiona Ellis donated by The Globe & Mail Style Section for a completed mitten ornament.

2ND FO: Rochelle from the East Team with her tiny blocked sock received "Compassionate Knitting: Finding Basic Goodness in the Work of Our Hands" by Tara Jon Manning donated by The Globe & Mail Style Section.

3RD FO: Shelna received a Butterfly Shawl kit donated by Needful Yarns for her success in having the third finished object!

BEST KNITICISM: Susan from the North Team with the "knitload of streetcars" comment received "At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee donated by The Globe & Mail Style Section.

FARTHEST TRAVELED: Lisa from the East Team traveled all the way from Vancouver and received a Favourite Soft Sock/Mitten kit by Fleece Artist donated by the newest store in town, alterknit.

FROG IT AWARD: Lilly from North Team won this award because she had to frog back her socks. Yes, socks. More. Than. One. She was knitting two at time. For her pain she received a felted sewing kit donated by The Knit Café and the book “Rip It! How to Deconstruct and Reconstruct the Clothes of Your Dreams” by Elissa Meyrich donated by The Globe & Mail Style Section.

YARNOREXIC: Drea won 11 balls of Patons’ Divine donated by Patons for having the most restraint and not buying ANYTHING. We’re still wondering how you resisted?!

MOST UNUSUAL KNITTED OBJECT: Goes to Sandi with her outstanding knitted Elvis wig. She received a San Jose Shrug kit donated by Needful Yarns.

NEED A SHERPA: Goes to Lisa who, even though she came from Vancouver, came away with the biggest haul. She received an African mud dyed backpack donated by Romni Wools to carry her yarn back home.

I'M STILL STANDING: Christina, also from the East Team, gave Lisa a run for her money on needing a sherpa. Christina won a ball winder donated by Crystal Palace for having the 2nd biggest haul.

PICK UP & KNIT AWARD: Goes to Elizabeth from the North Team for her ability to be the KAL's siren. She won a ball of Crystal Palace yarn so she can keep “picking up” people (read: men) on the TTC.

Each team had two scarf kit gift bags each kindly donated by Estelle Design & Sales and Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace kit winners were Lisa from East Team for best costume (Will Work for Alpaca), Erin the Zombie from North Team for exhibiting the most Halloween spirit/suffered for her costume and Eden from the West Team for being The Shy Knitter. Estelle kits were won by Sandi from the North Team for channeling Elvis, Lisa G from the West Team for her fantastic hat and Mary Pat from the East Team for her awesome sweater!

Congratulations to all who won! And many heartfelt thanks to the companies who donated prizes!

See everyone in May…

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