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Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Spiders Holiday Party

See that shiny new button on the right sidebar there? I'm officially a Spider (don't know if it's capitalized or not) now. The Spiders are a group of great NYC (and surrounding areas) knitters who meet regularly to share their obsessive love of the craft. And they're really a talented bunch - each artistic in her own way - and horrible enablers. Between Ravelry and them, I'm finding it hard keeping my projects and stash in check! Among the possibilities are theAnemoi Mittens that Jess made out of 2 strands of laceweight cashmere yarn, the Joie de Vivre cardigan Veronique made for Sensual Knits, the Le Slouches popping up here and there, Cathy's lovely Hourglass sweater and many many more must-have knits. These ladies are really really prolific; they seem to have different projects on the needles every time I see them!

The Holiday party was hosted by Jess and Veronique in the prettiest apartment ever which they decorated with an environmentally friendly faux tree and plenty of holiday cheer.

There was a secret santa gift exchange and Cathy not only got me beautiful Shibui sock yarn in a deep, vibrant teal, but also made me one of her super adorable and functional knitting cubes. I've been eying her shop for ages, waiting for the perfect fabric to pounce on, but she managed to very coyly draw out my pattern preferences at the Spiders meet up the night before and this is the result:

Of course, the next day, I found another cube in her shop that I had to have. I guess you can never have too many. They're perfect for socks or for that manageable sweater piece.

Thanks so much, Cathy!


Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

That's a funky cube....can these be found online?

5:36 PM  
Blogger Angelika said...

What a very nice christmas/welcome gift for you. It's so nice to have a group to knit with. I only have my cyber friends to keep me company. All recruiting effords in my neighborhood failed sadly.

6:01 PM  
Blogger kat coyle said...

how fun! and what a nice gift.

7:31 PM  
Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

It was so great to have you at the party and in the group! Glad you had a good time! Happy Holidays!

7:46 PM  
Blogger GC said...

Are "Spiders" like "Cougars"?

7:31 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Yup, the Spiders go through trends pretty quickly! Lisa made the first Anemois, then I used Habu's cashmere, then Jess did... I wonder what the next one will be! Perhaps you'll have something to suggest?

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Carin said...

That's a beautiful gift, enjoy using it!

4:23 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

welcome to the group! you got a great gift there :)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Mary Jane said...

Very cool cube. Spiders group sounds like fun.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Kylie said...

Oooh! Knitting cubes! What a good idea.
I just found you again after a month or two of not seeing your posts- it turns out when I got my new laptop, I linked to one specific page of your blog, rather than the blog itself. No wonder I wasn't getting updates!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Lucky! I wanna be a Spider too :) I met up with some of the Spiders last year during my visit to the city... hoping to this next spring too!

Lovely gift!

5:39 AM  
Blogger Piggles said...

Hi Connie,
One of your designs called Tori.....***Cont shaping armholes to match back, and at the same time, dec 1 st at neck edges every 4th and 2nd row alternately 7 (8, 7, 6, 7) times more, then every 2nd row 7 (8, 10, 13, 13) times more--***
every 4th and 2nd row means dec 4th and then 2nd row? The next every 2nd row is mean neck edge?



8:08 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Hey Piggles,

I couldn't access your blogger profile and you didn't include an email in your comment so I'll try to answer your question here:

Yes, every 4th row and then every 2nd row 7(8,7,6,7)
-- a total of 14 (16, 14, 12, 14) decreases on each
side --- times more and then every 2nd row 7
(8,10,13,13) times all at the neck edge.

Does that answer your question?

8:42 PM  
Blogger Piggles said...

Thanks Connie,

It really helps me a lot. I like your this vest designs very much. Wish you have a Happy New Year.

my email is pitaff@gmail.com


12:37 PM  

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