Friday, January 29, 2010

Shelby's Place is moving!

Shelby's Place

Gina the owner of Shelby's Place is pleased to announce she is moving to a larger location.

The current location is now closed while Gina and her Mom move all that yarn and books to their new location just around the corner. Gina says "the new location is easier to find and is double the size of the old location". They even have new and expanded hours now.

Shelby's Place re-opens on Monday February 8, 2010.

New Store Hours:

Mon - Fri 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sat & Sun 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

New Address:

1020 Del Paseo Rd, Suite 130

Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 285-8694

Knit From Your Heart!

Rowan's Katie beret with hearts!

It's almost time for our February guild meeting next Thursday February 4, 2010.

Don't forget to bring your monthly challenge "Knit from your Heart" to the meeting and to wear red for this Valentines theme meeting.

For the "Knit from your Heart" monthly challenge we were encouraged to knit something with a heart motif, something red or something we love. What did you knit for your monthly challenge? We can't wait to see every one's project at the meeting.

See you at the meeting and don't forget to wear red!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Needle Felting 101!

Workshop Leaders Cindi & Beth

"Welcome to Needle Felting 101"!

Do you know how to needle felt? Well, many Stockinettes do now thanks to our January Tuesday Night Program on needle felting.

The Needle Felting program began with a wonderful introduction to needle felting by Beth Callahan. Beth explained to us how felt is made and how the needle felting process works using the special barbed needles for needle felting. She also warned us "stick the wool...not your fingers"!

Let's do some needle felting!

New Member Cheryl

New member Cheryl had never tried needle felting before. This was also her first Stockinette workshop since she was recently recruited by fellow knitter Sachiko to join our guild. Here is what Cheryl had to say about the needle felting program:

"I really had a good time at that class. I loved how everyone would take little breaks to walk around & see what everyone else was doing. There was just so much good juju and creative energy flowing!!"

Some Stockinettes have Needle Felted Before!

Deborah loves to felt!

There were many Stockinettes present who were already proficient at needle felting. It was wonderful having a classroom full of both "newbies" and experienced needle felters to make for a fun interactive workshop.

Deborah F. loves to felt. She brought examples to the workshop of her felted garden fairy and her cute little dog felted with actual hairs from her dog! How about that?

Hey...she's done this before!

Aren't these mittens adorable! Sheila I. is needle felting a darling floral design on purchased mittens. Now that is a clever idea! Sandi B. also felted a holly design on a ready made hat that she brought to class. What clever ladies and what great ideas for gift giving!

Bobbie with all the right tools!

The needle felting workshop was such a fun workshop and a great way to start off the year of workshops for the Stockinettes! Thank you to the Stockinettes for providing the wool roving and patterns at the workshop.

Thank you to Beth and Cindi for another inspiring program where we are able to learn a new skill or improve one we already know. Your leadership is greatly appreciated!

Cindi's "Little Mermaid"

If you missed out on this fabulous workshop we hope you will give needle felting a try! It is a wonderful way to add some "pizazz" to your knits!

Where can you find Needle Felting Supplies?

Roving Supplies at Rumpelstiltskin's

Where can you find needle felting supplies? Well, I am glad you asked. You can find wonderful wool roving and needle felting supplies at these Stockinette advertisers/supporters:

Auburn Needleworks,
Babetta's Yarn & Cafe
and Rumpelstiltskins

Friday, January 8, 2010

January Guild Meeting

January 2010 Guild Meeting

What a way to kick off the new year! We packed the house for our January 2010 guild meeting to near capacity. According to member Sheila Igoe, the word is out...our Guild rocks!

Let's Meet the New Board of Directors!

Presenting the 2010 Board of Directors

Left to right: Beth Callahan & Cindi Unmack/dual Vice Presidents, Emy Aricioglu/Secretary, Babarara Debert/Treasurer, Lizette Hopkins/President and Doris Keller/Membership. (Not photographed Jude Tarrant/dual membership position).

Let's hear it for the 2010 Board of Directors!

President Lizette Hopkins

New President Lizette Hopkins opened the January meeting with a great statement " keep knitting...we have to keep our craft alive." A great saying to begin the year for the guild and to remind us what our guild is all about.

Community Service Knitting

Susan & Doris displaying a completed
Veterans Lap Robe

Community Service knitting programs are near and dear to the Stockinette's hearts. We have many dedicated knitters who generously knit items for Preemie Babies, Chemo Caps for cancer patients and Veterans Lap Robes.

We encourage all members to volunteer and knit for community service. If you are unable to knit items you can always donate yarn to the guild for other members to knit. Acrylic and machine washable yarns are best. More information is available on our web site.

Synergex Hat Drive

We are so pleased to report that nearly 100 Chemo Caps have been donated by the Stockinettes to our special community service project, Chemo Caps for Synergex. This special hat drive is a way for the Stockinettes to say "thank you" to our local business Synergex. Synergex generously donates the use of their office space for us to hold our Tuesday Night programs in.

Synergex's President/CEO Michele Wong is on the National Board of Directors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We couldn't think of a better way to show our appreciation than by knitting chemo caps to donate to Synergex for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The hats will be presented to Michele Wong and Synergex within the next month or so.

Monthly Challenge

Fingerless Mitts Monthly Challenge

Did you take the November Monthly Challenge and knit up some Fingerless Mitts? Many Stockinettes enjoyed this monthly challenge and gave pairs of mitts away at Christmas time.

It's always fun to see how various members take a pattern and make it their own. Many Stockinettes took the basic Fingerless Mitt pattern suggested and added cables and beads. And yes, our one needle knitter (crocheter) Kendal even crocheted a pair! Great job ladies!

Come Sit and Knit with Us!

We love to knit!

2010 is sure to be another exiting year for our Guild with over 215 members and growing. President Lizette Hopkins said "the bar was set pretty high last year." We look forward to Lizette's leadership and exciting things for the Guild in 2010!

Beth Callahan and Cindy Unmack announced it will be another exciting year for the Stockinette workshops. Already on the agenda is a Modular Lace Workshop with Amy Singer, the editor of Rumour has it...there will be a Lorna Miser workshop, too.

Mark your calendars...yes, there will be another exciting Knitting Retreat in South Lake Tahoe in October 2010.

If you are an existing member we hope to see you at Guild Meetings and Guild Events this year.

If you are not a member and would like to "keep knitting and keep our craft alive" we hope you will be our guest at our next meeting and join our guild, The Camellia City Stockinettes!