Saturday, April 05, 2008

Charlotte Knitting Guild Awards Night

My pictures are pretty lame, but the pieces were wonderful.
My vest on the front is nice, but Cristi's entrelac vest at the back was stupendous. Stunning colors and technically fine.
Harriet's vest on the back of the chair is such an interesting pattern; she has knitted three of them. The two toned sweater was knit by Rachel from the top down. She took that class from me and I am very proud of her work. This picture doesn't do justice to Jane G.'s bed jacket done in a vintage 40's style and very fine yarn. Everyone loved it.
These are our new nametags. Rachel discovered them and they work great. They are small pieces of white board with little stands that hold them up. Dry erase marker is easy and reusable.
Of course, some people began to add comments beside their name. This group is hard to control.
This category was too broad and will be changed some for next year. It contained everything from an embellished sweater to tiny, delicate booties. All of the pieces were cute.
The Home Dec category only had a few entries, but they were neat. The dish cloths had great patterns.
Winter Accessories abounded. I thought the shadow knit keyboard scarf was cool.
Scarves were in the Winter Accessory category and they were lovely.
These are some of the shawls. The one on the front was very much evening wear IMHO. Lace and lace edged shawls were popular.
The bag category was wonderful. Lots of color and interesting techniques.
This category was for people who had been knitting less than a year. Can you believe Dave is in this group and has already made a luscious pair of socks?
We had socks out the wazoo. Not unexpected; every meeting has two-thirds of the attendees knitting a pair. They are our favorite portable project.
Stunning amount of color and technique. Some were designed by their knitter; some had unexpected combinations of yarn. All were great.

We learned much from our first effort at a show. Next year we will advertise the categories much earlier so folks can hold on to some pieces long enough to enter them. Even with a fairly short notice, we had over 60 entries. I was blown away by the enthusiasm and support.

After the judging was complete, the good people of Universal Yarn in Concord gave us a yarn tasting. Jean Lux even gave us a Sponge Bob paper plate to hold our yarn samples. She had prepared 20 gram balls of several yarns and even gave full skeins of the newer yarns. Hal who owns the company came and talked a bit about the manufactoring end of the business and the many decisions that go into creating a new yarn.

This was one of our best guild meetings. If you live in the Charlotte area, you really should come to a meeting and see what we are about.


turtlegirl76 said...

Great recap! I need to go through the pics I took of the projects and process them. You did fantastic though! Have you thought of crossposting it to the group blog?

And OHMIGOD you got Shelley to let you take a pic of her to put on the blog! She always refused in the past. It's a good pic!

Janet Richards said...

Sounds like fun - I need to make it to one of these meetings!

Anonymous said...

Do you know where Harriett got her pattern? From the picture the vest is fantastic.

Thank you

Jane Prater said...

Harriet found the pattern in the book Silk Knits. Charlotte Yarn has several copies.