Friday, December 18, 2009

Time to Celebrate!

Camellia City Stockinettes
Annual Holiday Party

Kendal, Sandra & Diane P. enjoying the festivities!

What better way to end the year but with a holiday party!

The Camellia City Stockinettes celebrated the holidays with a Holiday Party and Celebration on December 3, 2009. It was held at the Veterans Hall in Folsom, CA.

In the spirit of community...this year's party was a potluck. The Stockinettes brought delicious foods ranging from appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. It was a fabulous three course buffet with all the food and trimmings. Turns out the Stockinettes aren't just great knitters but great cooks, too!

The Holiday Party Room

The Holiday party was a great reminder of the camaraderie of our knitting guild. Members were able to socialize and visit with other members throughout the evening. There was also a Secret Santa gift exchange with lots of oohs and awes!

The party was also a celebration of the Camellia City Stockinettes 20th Anniversary. Doris K. & Jude T. gave a lovely history and overview of our guild's founding. The Stockinettes have been going strong for 20 years now and today's membership is well over 200 members. What an accomplishment!

Close-Knit Friends
Paula & Jeanne

The Camellia City Stockinettes guild has created many close-knit friendships amongst it's members. Many of our members meet at other times of the month to knit together at local yarn stores or cozy cafes. Many members have been good friends for years now.

Member and former President Sandra B. said it best about the holiday party:

"What a great night and great turnout!"

It was so good to see so many old friends at the party tonight. The food was outstanding, thanks. Doris and Jude are a good team - the walk down memory lane was great. Thanks to the entire committee and everyone that helped to put this together. It is a big job and I appreciate all that went into the night."

Congratulations Camellia City Stockinettes!
2oth Anniversary Celebration

The Crew

The Kitchen Crew
Lizette H., Lorna Miser & Michele C.
(and Sheila I. not pictured due to tending the buffet table)

Last but not least...a great big thank you to Michele C. and the Holiday Party Committee! You all out did yourselves with this fabulous event. Thank you for organizing this lovely party for us. Thank you for our adorable holiday party goodie bag and Knit N Style magazine, too!

Thank you to the Folsom Veterans Hall for being a fabulous venue for our Holiday Party. Thank you to all service men and women for their service in keeping America safe and strong.

Happy Holidays!

November Guild Meeting

The Camellia City Stockinettes

The monthly November Guild Meeting was a real show stopper! Besides the traditional monthly business and announcements there was quite a fashion show during the Show & Tell segment of the meeting.

Here are the highlights:

Show & Tell

Lucinda's Lovely Shawl

Member Lucinda L. brought her gorgeous shawl to Show & Tell. She purchased her shawl kit at The Knitting Nest while shopping on our October Retreat in South Lake Tahoe. She said "it was easy to do with good results.! Love her shawl pin, too!

Gina's Mystery Blanket

The Show & Tell show stopper of the evening was from our advertiser/supporter member Gina W. from Shelby's Place. The crowd oohed and awed when she and her mom presented her stunning 2009 Mystery Blanket.

Gina's stunning mystery blanket is knit along club/kit by British designer Debbie Abrahams. Gina says "Debbie Abrahams sends you the yarn, pattern and bead embellishments for each square in the mail every month in her knit along club".

The Stockinettes sure hope Gina enters this stunning project at the California State Fair next year!

Jo's Jumbo Blanket

Just in time for winter....member Jo M. shared with members her jumbo blanket. Jo's jumbo blanket is knit in Lion Brand's Homespun yarn. Jo said that her daughter has dibs on the blanket! Great job Jo!

Sharon, Linda & Susan with their
Grandma's Change Purse

We are so fortunate to have so many talented members in our guild. One such member is Doris Keller. Doris presented the October Tuesday Night Program with her adorable Grandmother's Change Purse pattern.

Doris designed the pattern after her Grandmother's actual hand-knit change purse which features a sliding ring to close the purse to keep your change safe. The pattern will be for sale very soon so you can make your own Grandma's Change Purse. Congratulations Doris for keeping knitting traditions and heritage alive!

Looking Ahead to 2010!

There was no December guild meeting due to the Stockinettes holiday party celebration on December 3rd. The next guild meeting is Thursday January 7, 2010. Members please note it is also time to renew your membership for 2010. You can pay your 2010 membership dues at the January meeting.

Our guild is now over 215 members strong and growing. We are a vibrant guild filled with members of all ages and all skill levels. If you are a member we hope to see more of you in 2010 and if you are not a member...please come to a meeting and be our guest.

We would love to have you join the Camellia City Stockinettes!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Shop Hop 2009

Shop Hoppers Catherine & Pat say...

"Shop 'till ya drop!"

Shop Hop 2009 was a big hit for the Stockinette Shop Hoppers and Yarn Store Owners alike. According to Shop Hop organizer Kathy Morrow, there were 43 entrees in this year's Shop Hop drawing.

The Shop Hop end date coincided with the Retreat dates so many Retreat attendees hit the Truckee and Lake Tahoe Shops during the Retreat.

Here is a recap of Shop Hop 2009:

Doris, Mary, Lauren (shop owner) Susan & Jude
Shopping at The Knitting Nest

Many Stockinettes made the scenic drive and visited Lauren Wayne's darling boutique shop The Knitting Nest at the top of the mountain in Stateline NV during the Retreat. Everyone was "wowed" by Lauren's creative displays and her shop's unique yarn selections.

Cozy Winter Hat
Designed & Modeled by
Lauren Wayne, owner of The Knitting Nest

Free hat patterns were given out to the Stockinettes at every shop during Shop Hop 2009. What a great idea! Many Shop Owners offered specials to the Stockinette shoppers, too. A big thank you to all the wonderful Shop Owners for making the Shop Hop such a fun shopping event!

Shopping is always more fun with your family & friends!
(Sisters Karen & Linda, Daniella & Mom and Lea)

Many Stockinette shoppers found some fabulous yarn selections at The Wool Tree in South Lake Tahoe during the Retreat.

Shopper Karen E. said fellow shopper Lea did a "happy dance" at The Wool Treee when she spotted some Trendsetter yarn she had been searching for! Yes, the Stockinette Shoppers know how to shop and have a good time!

And the Winners Are....

Close Knit Friends Jude & Doris

Drum roll please...the Grand Prize Shop Hop Award goes to Doris!

Doris K.'s name was drawn as the Grand Prize winner for Shop Hop 2009. Doris and her best knitting buddy Jude made a deal that if either of them won in the Shop Hop, they would share their winnings. Well, their shopping efforts paid off for visiting all of the 13 shops in the Shop Hop. Congratulations Doris, and of course, Jude, too!

Other Shop Hop Winners Are:

Wilma K.

Phyllis A.

Linda G. & Jo M.

Diana C.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the Stockinettes for getting out and supporting our wonderful supporters and advertisers, our Local Yarn Shops.

Please continue to visit and always shop first at your LYS.

Kathy Morrow
Shop Hop 2009 Organizer

Thank you to Kathy Morrow for a great Shop Hop 2009!

And's okay to shop 'till ya drop!

Thank You to our Retreat Sponsors!

Retreat Goodie Bag

Our first Knitting Retreat was a smashing success!

As far as the Retreat Goodie Bags go...the attendees said it best!

"We were up past midnight looking at everything in the goodie bag"! Diane P.

"The goodie bags were phenomenal! Wonderful patterns in the Debbie Bliss magazine. What a treasure trove"! Jo M.

The Stockinettes would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the sponsors for their generous donations for our Retreat. Donations came in from both big and small companies in the yarn and knitting industry. Thanks to their generous donations the Retreat attendees received a Retreat Goodie Bag filled to the brim and fabulous prizes were given out all Retreat long.

These companies really do care about knitters and we thank them for their support. We hope that you will patronize these fine companies whenever you have the opportunity.

Retreat Sponsors

Spud & Chloe
Lion Brand Yarn
Coats & Clark Yarn
Brown Sheep Yarn
Universal Yarn
SoHo Publishing/Vogue Knitting on The Go
Lantern Moon
Knitting Fever/Debbie Bliss Magazine
Eliabeth Risch & Munchies
Ozark Handspun
Lorna Miser
Crystal Palace
Schaefer Yarn Co.
Mission Falls
Knitting Pure & Simple
Lily, Bernat & Patons
Lucy Neatby & Tradewind Knitwear Designs
Cutured Purl
Knit N Style Magazine
Creative Knitting Magazine
Be Sweet
Daisy Muir
Plymouth Yarn
Deborah Felmly
Knit Happy
Brittany Needles
Joan McGowan-Michael & White Lies Designs
Mountain Colors
Lorna's Laces
Della Q
Farmhouse Yarns

Retreat Hat Contest

Retreat Hat Contest Winners

Along with fun and games at the Retreat...there was also a hat contest. Instructions went out prior to the Retreat for four hat-egory choices for participants to enter: Retreat/Tahoe theme, Knit-In Design, Embellished, and the coveted Top Hat category selected by the voters for the Top Hat of all the combined hat-egories.

All the hat entrees were displayed in their appropriate hat-egory for all the Retreat attendees to vote on their favorites.

Here are the results:

Beth & Cindi announcing the winners!

Doris is a winner!

Doris took home the best Embellished Hat-egory
with her quirky i-cord hat!

Pat P is a winner!

Pat took home the best Knit-In Design
with her adorable Red Cable Tam!

Daniella Z is a winner!

Daniella took home the best Retreat/Tahoe Theme Hat-egory
for her snazzy hat.

Mary J. is a winner!

Mary took home the coveted Top Hat hat-egory.
The voters selected her hat as their top choice of the Hat Contest.

Mary J

Mary's Top Hat winner was a sure hit with all the Stockinette voters. It is knit in Kauni yarn in a beautiful intarsia design. A clear winner for fall, too!

Congratulations to all the entrees and winners!

Retreat Fun & Games

Retreat Goodie Bag

Thanks to the Retreat's very generous sponsors...each Retreat attendee received a fabulous Retreat Goodie Bag filled with KAL (Knit Along) projects, yarn, patterns, needles, magazines and more.

During the Retreat attendees had the option to participate in fun KAL's. KAL kits were given out at various times during the Retreat weekend. The KAL kits were a wonderful way to try out new yarns or learn a new technique.

Here is a recap of a few of the KAL's.

Silly Apple Cozy
Sponsored by Lion Brand Yarns

Apple Cozy KAL

Thank you Lion Brand Yarn for supplying the yarn for this fun KAL. The Silly Apple Cozy is a free pattern on Ravelry designed by Casey Newman. It is knit in Lion Brand's Wool Ease worsted.

Betsy Coyne finished her apple cozy first and won a prize. Prizes were passed out all weekend long...again thanks to the generous yarn industry sponsors!

Spud & Chloe KAL

The Stockinettes love Spud & Chloe!

Cupcake Pincushion
Designed by Susan B. Anderson

Spud & Chloe sponsored the Cupcake Pincushion KAL. The adorable pattern is by designer Susan B. Anderson and is a free pattern on the Spud and Chloe blog.
This KAL was a wonderful opportunity for the Stockinettes to knit with Spud & Chloe's new Sweater (superwash/worsted) yarn. Everyone raved about this yarn! Thank you Spud & Chloe!

Lisa, Kendall & Jude

Clever crocheter Kendall whipped up her Cupcake Pincushion in crochet!

KAL winner Elizabeth!

Expert knitter Elizabeth was the first Stockinette to complete her Cupcake Pincushion in the KAL. For her prize she selected the gorgeous white satchel bag (in the photo)
generously donated by Trendsetter Yarns.

We Take our Knitting Seriously!

Yes, the Retreat was filled with lots of fun and games. On a more serious note though ...the Stockinettes are very serious and dedicated charity knitters as well.

Stockinette Susan H. spear heads the Stockinettes Veterans Lap Blanket cause. She set up a charity knitting table at the Retreat for our community knitting service cause. Susan is in need for more Log Cabin Squares. She provided the pattern and free yarn to those knitters who were able to take the challenge and knit some squares to complete another charity lap blanket.

Susan H.

Says "thank you" to all the Stockinette charity knitters!

Log Cabin Squares

Have you contributed to our charity knitting cause lately?

Retreat Recap

Camellia City Stockinettes Knitting Retreat
October 15-18, 2009
Historic Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, CA

The first ever CCS Knitting Retreat was well over a month ago and we are still talking about all the fun we had!

Here's your chance to read about the Retreat and catch up on all the fun and activities. And, yes, the attending Stockinettes did get squeeze in some knitting time with all that fun up in South Lake Tahoe!

Here's the Retreat Recap:

Historic Camp Richardson Lodge

There was no vacancy at the Lodge after the Stockinettes occupied the entire lodge for the Retreat!

Welcome Knitters!

Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception Night

Let the Knitting begin!

Diane, Jo & Lucinda

There was a lot of knitting and chatting at the Welcome Night Reception!

Elizabeth & Betsy

Knitters of all skill levels attended the Retreat. A special Stockinette "Thank You" to our expert knitters Elizabeth & Betsy. Throughout the entire Retreat, they so willingly lended a helping hand to any knitter that needed help.

Deborah found a comfy rocker!

We all had so much fun at the Retreat. This was not your Grandma's knitting Retreat!

Knitting Sessions

Free From Knitting Session

The Retreat was filled with fun optional events and knitting sessions led by our very own Stockinettes. Doris led a fascinating session about Free From Knitting. Everyone loved it!

Miniature Knitting Session

Jude is an expert miniature knitter and led a Miniature Knitting session that was a big hit!

Miniature Knitting

Can you believed they were actually knitting with sewing needles?!

Knitting R & R

Nina & Beth...relaxing and taking advantage
of the beautiful fall weather!

What's a Retreat without a little R & R (rest & relaxation)? Many Stockinettes took advantage of the beautiful fall weather to knit and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time!

Bonnie & Paige
Close Knit Friends

The Retreat was a time for close knit friends to enjoy this special event together. It was also a great time for Stockinette members to get better acquainted with other members, too. Many new knitting friendships were made during the Retreat.

South Lake Tahoe

Beautiful Lake Tahoe! What an idyllic setting for a knitting Retreat!

The Retreat was such a smashing success that we have already booked the
Camp Richardson Lodge for another Retreat in fall 2010.
Will you be attending this time?