Friday, June 26, 2009

Mrs. Beeton

Stockinette Lisette D.'s Mrs. Beetons

June Monthly Challenge

Mrs. Beeton the adorable Victorian style gauntlets by Brenda Dayne is the monthly challenge for June. Stockinette Lizette H. has challenged the Stockinettes to whip up a pair of Mrs. Beeton's by our next Guild meeting on Thursday, July 2, 2009.

Mrs. Beeton is a free pattern on

Nina's Mrs. Beetons

How many Mrs. Beetons can you make?

Stockinette Nina R. loves to use up her stash and knit Mrs. Beeton's for gifts. What a great idea!

Stockinette Lisette D. was thrilled this is the June challenge project. She faved the pattern on Ravelry over a year and a half ago.

Nearly 600 members on Raverly have made Mrs. Beetons. It's not to late to start this monthly challenge if you haven't already. This project only requires 4 to 18 yards of luxury yarns and can be whipped up in a day or you still have time!

Don't forget to bring your Mrs. Beeton's to the July Guild meeting next week for all to see. It will also be "Trash to Treasure" at the July meeting so be sure not to miss it!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Design Your Own Neck Warmer!

Anne is Pretty in Pink!

Design your own Neck Warmer

The Stockinettes Monthly Challenge for May was to "Design Your Own Neck Warmer".

The challenge was from Elizabeth R. to design a neck warmer of your own liking and design. Many Stockinettes joined in on this fun project.

Here are a few photos of the neck warmers which were modeled by the knitters at the June Guild meeting:

Beth's Neck Warmer

Beth's Purple Neck Warmer had beautiful details!

Nina's Neck Warmer

Nina did a lovely lace neck warmer in a pretty pale green.

Diane's Neck Warmer

Diane knit a cozy neck warmer in varying shades of blue.

May Monthly Challenge

The Monthly Challenge is a really fun way to complete a challenge project between guild meetings. Are you joining the challenge each month or sitting on the side lines?

We would love to have more members enjoy this fun part of our meetings!

Are you up for the challenge!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


World Wide Knit in Public Day

Did you knit in public on World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday June 13, 2009?

Many of our Stockinettes joined hostess Sheila and knit in public under the shady oak trees at Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA.

WWKiPD Hostess Stockinette Sheila
at Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA

Stockinette Sheila was a wonderful hostess for our local WWKiPD. Sheila chose the wonderful location of Capitol Park at the State Capitol for the meet up. About 30 knitters (including about 8 Stockinettes) joined this knitting event at Capitol Park.

Everyone enjoyed tea, lattes, delicious soups, salads and sandwiches thanks to her good friend Sheron who opened Chicory Coffee and Tea (across the street) just for the knitters on WWKiPD. Thank you Sheron and the Chicory staff!

WWKiPD stitch markers
(limited edition)

Kudos to Hostess Sheila for the wonderful WWKiPD hand-made stitch markers. Sheila took a cue from our recent Tuesday Night Program "Play with Clay". She recruited (her knitting buddy) fellow Stockinette Michele to make these creative hand made clay stitch markers for WWKiPD. Notice how they are designed as a world globe to tie into the WWKiPD world logo.

Sheila presented these as a gift for all the knitters who attended WWKiPD at Capitol Park. Everyone loved them and couldn't help but notice the fabulous matching jewelry that Michele and Sheila made and wore to WWKiPD.

Stockinettes Michele & Sheila

A great big thank you to hostess Sheila and her helper Michele. WWKiPD was a smashing success. A special thank you to Sheila's fabulous husband Ed. Ed helped Sheila set up for WWKiPD and even helped the ladies move their cars when their downtown parking meters expired.

And lastly Hostess Sheila, knitters want to know...where will be knitting next year for WWKiPD?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Shop Hop Grand Prize Winner!

Stockinette Elizabeth G.
She's a winner!

Congratulations to our very own Stockinette, Elizabeth G. for being the Grand Prize Winner of this year's Shop Hop!

Elizabeth's Grand Prize was $750.00 worth of gift certificates combined from all the participating yarn stores.

Way to go Elizabeth for visiting all 15 yarn shops and winning the Grand Prize!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Make and Bake!

Make and Bake!

The results are in...

June's Tuesday Night Program on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 "Play with Clay" was a smashing success! Talk to any Stockinette who attended and they'll tell you how much fun they had playing with clay! In fact, weeks later they are all still talking about it!

The Stockinettes had so much fun playing with clay. Everyone made fabulous buttons and stitch markers. Turns out the Stockinettes are not just great knitters but are pretty "artsy", too!

Here are a few photos from the program event:

The Tools!

Polymer clay and tools for crafting!

Playing with Clay!

Look at all the fabulous looking buttons!

How fun to make custom buttons for your knits!

Sandi & The Stockinettes
Cindi working the room and coaching the Stockinettes!

The Program Leader

Thank you Cindi for another great Tuesday Night program!

Everyone had a great time playing with clay!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Come and Play with Clay"

Come and Play with Clay!

Next week is our monthly Tuesday Night Program. The Tuesday Night Program on June 9th is "Come and Play with Clay"!

The Tuesday Night Program is held at the Synergex Offices in Gold River. The Program Night is a fun event for Stockinettes to learn a new technique, try out a new pattern or have fun doing something "knitting related". The June program is all about playing with clay!

The Supplies

According to Cindi Unmack the Stockinettes are supplying the Sculpey Clay for the program. To participate all you need to bring is your imagination and a few basic tools for molding clay.

Basic Supplies:

knife, toothpicks, molds, tiny cookie cutters, beads, crimp beads, needle nose pliers, scissors, rolling tools, pasta maker (dedicated to clay), rubber stamps, inks and paints.

Lorna Miser's Homemade Knitting Needles
featured in Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting

Polymer clay is a flexible medium and is easy to work with. It hardens after baking in an oven. According to Cindi, you can get creative with polymer clay and make buttons, beads, knitting needle toppers, and stitch markers. Fellow Stockinette Sheila loves playing with clay, too. They will both be on hand at the program to help guide everyone with their projects.

Don't you just love the adorable knitting needle toppers by Lorna Miser in her new book Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting! Come to the program and Cindi and Sheila would love to help you create your own needle toppers for your needles!

We hope to see you at the Tuesday Night Program on Tuesday June 9th, 2009 to "Play with Clay"!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Yarn Shop Hop 2009!

Yarn Shop Hop 2009!
(Adorable Afghan Square by Stockinette, Kimberly!)

Attention all knitters... Yarn Shop Hop 2009 is here! There are 15 fabulous yarn stores participating this year and five shopping days to shop. Here are the details:

The 2009 Yarn Shop Hop starts on Wednesday June 3rd and runs through Sunday June 7, 2009.

Pick up your Yarn Shop Hop Passport at the first yarn shop you visit. Get your Passport stamped at every yarn shop you visit. Turn in your Passport at the last yarn shop you visit to be entered into the Yarn Shop Hop Drawing. If you visit all 15 Yarn Shops you are entered into the Grand Prize Drawing worth $750.00!

Be sure to turn in your Passport even if it's incomplete. There is another drawing for those shoppers that made the valiant effort to get out and shop as many stores as they could!

As an added bonus...each yarn shop will be having it's own Shop Hop specials and prizes. Some shops are even having canned food drives. Check with the stores for details.

Cascade 220 Yarn

All knitters love Cascade 220 yarn! This year each yarn shop is offering a special one skein purchase of Cascade 220 yarn for a special price $4.65!

Free Square Afghan Patterns
(Heart afghan square by Kimberly)

With your special Cascade 220 yarn purchase, you will also receive a free 12" square afghan pattern. Buy a skein at each shop and collect all 15 square patterns to make the 2009 Shop Hop Afghan. What a fun idea!

Kimberly's Sampler Afghan

Check out this gorgeous completed Sampler Afghan by our very own Stockinette, Kimberly. Kimberly used square patterns from the various Great American Afghan books. Kimberly said her afghan project "was really fun". She used Cascade 220 Superwash and said "knitting with the yarn was a dream!"

Kimberly knit on average 3 to 4 squares a month for her afghan. According to Kimberly, it would be easy to knit 1 or 2 squares a month with the Shop Hop's free patterns. She says "it really gives you a sense of accomplishment to finish a few squares rather than think about an entire afghan". She also says "don't worry about the seaming" 's not that difficult." She says "sit down at a table and just do it!"

Great job Kimberly! Ravelry members can check out her project details on her projects page on Ravelry.

Here are the participating Yarn Shops in the Valley and Sierra's:

Auburn Needleworks, Babetta's Yarn & Gifts, Fibers, Filati Fine Yarns,
Knitique, Knit-Witz Yarn Boutique, Lake Tahoe Yarn Company, Lofty Lou's, Meadow Farm, Reynold's Knittin' Pretty Yarn Shop, Rumpelstiltskin, Sierra Knitting Co., The Knitting Room, The Urban Sheep and The Yarn Shop.

Let's all get out this week and "shop 'till we drop"!