Hello everyone! So here's the announcement for the next meetup:
Tuesday, July 23rd, 4:30 - 7:30 ish PM !
It's finally time for "Christmas in July Yankee Yarn and Pattern Swap!" We'll try to start the swap by 5:30.
There are lots of rules, but it really is fun, and the rules do make the whole experience more equitable for everyone. Really. I promise!
So here are the rules of WHAT TO BRING :
• Make a nice copy of your favorite pattern. Your pattern CANNOT BE A COPY OF A COPYRIGHTED PATTERN, UNLESS YOU HAVE PURCHASED THE COPY OF THE PATTERN THAT YOU WILL BE INCLUDING. There are lots of great free patterns out there!
• Put together enough yarn to complete the pattern. This is very important. YOUR GIFT MUST INCLUDE ENOUGH YARN TO COMPLETE THE PATTERN.
• The value of the total of the yarn that you include with your pattern should be in the $10-$15 range. Do not exceed the $15 limit. Why is this important? Keep reading!
• Bring your gift to the Meetup and play along with the rest of us!
Here are the rules of YANKEE SWAP :
• Everyone who brings a gift bag will get a randomly picked number. I will be providing 1 extra gift to swap, the reason for which will be seen later.
• We will start with #1 or whoever has the lowest number.
• You get to pick a gift. If you are the second person (or anyone else after the first person), you can either choose a new gift or steal someone else's.
• If your gift is stolen, you can either pick a new gift or steal someone else's. NO STEALING BACK WHAT WAS JUST STOLEN FROM YOU. Every time a bag is stolen, it receives a sticker. Bags with 3 stickers are out of play and can no longer be stolen.
• At the very end, the person who was #1 (or the first person to choose a gift) will have a choice: either keep the gift bag she has, steal **, or choose the remaining gift that will be on the table (because I brought an EXTRA, remember?)
** If Person #1 wants to steal something, the bag that Person #1 currently has will be put back on the bag table. The steal-ee will now have the choice of the bag Person #1 put back, or the unopened bag. No more stealing at this time. At this point, the game will end.
• The one remaining gift will be the raffle prize for this week!
• FISTFIGHTS WILL BE MOVED TO THE PARKING LOT. And then I may very well just steal whatever was so cool in the first place. And I will sell tickets to that, too! Hee hee!
So remember, YOUR GIFT BAG MUST, MUST, MUST INCLUDE ENOUGH YARN TO COMPLETE THE PATTERN.
And I know you have a question: WHADDYA MEAN, THE “VALUE” OF THE YARN SHOULD BE BETWEEN $10-$15??
Okay look, we're all yarn snobs. Don't deny it. Even you. Especially me. This yarn swap is an opportunity to find something marvelous that you may never have thought to knit with, or to find a new pattern you never thought of trying. THIS IS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET RID OF SOME CRAP YARN YOU'D NEVER KNIT WITH IN THE FIRST PLACE.
BANNED YARNS INCLUDE: All Red Heart, Patons, Bernat, Peaches and Crème (that kitchen cotton stuff), and Lion Brand. Yes, this means essentially EVERYTHING available at Joann’s, Michael’s, and Wal-Mart. Especially Wal-Mart.
Let's face it, life is way too short to not knit with magnificent yarn! Please think about this when putting your swap gift together! For yarn ideas, I would visit a local yarn store and look around. Even at a LYS there's good yarn at a nice price point that would work well, such as Malabrigo worsted or Cascade worsted (around $11/skein), Poems Worsted (most Universal Yarn is around $10), Debbie Bliss Sublime or Cashmerino.... Ravelry has lots of single skein patterns. Malabrigo Worsted is a group favorite and has almost 250 yards which is great for neck wear and fingerless gloves. Felted animals, bowls, or small bags made out of Cascade worsted is also a good idea.
If you've been thinking about attending but haven't yet, please do come! We're all quite friendly and this group exists to be social and to help others with their current projects!
Wildflower Bread Company is located inside Chandler Mall, between Dillard's and Macy's. There is a mall entrance right next to Wildflower.
If you're a brand-new knitter -- that is, if you've never picked up needles before -- or if you learned several decades ago and can't remember at all how -- This group is mainly a social group, and while we love being helpful, this group is not set up to teach brand-new knitters! I highly recommend learning from a knitting master, and we do have a lovely lady in our group who is both a knitting teacher and a knitting master! Her name is Peggy, and here is her contact information:
Peggy Dyson Coomans, the Barefoot Knitter
Knitting Designer and Teacher
Please send an email to [masked] for any questions!