February again, and time for the 6th annual Kon-O-Kwee knit camp weekend. If you haven’t been keeping up, the knit camp weekend is held each February at the beautiful YMCA lodge in Zelionople, just less than 1 hour north of the city. All of our meals are provided and we sleep dorm style with shared bathrooms for the weekend. Several areas are available to us to sit and knit, crochet, or spin. If one can set down the needles, the grounds are gorgeous for a nice walk in the snow.
This year I was part of the favors committee. It was a challenging job with a very small budget. That meant I had to get really creative. I took far too many trips to JoAnn Fabrics with coupons in hand for Susan Bates needle gauges and Deborah Norville’s Serenity sock yarn. I got some yarn deals through Knit Picks and Elann.com. Highland Alpaca provided some yummy yarn samples and discount coupons. I turned to eBay for some amazing deals, including a huge lot of rubber o-rings (for use in tattoo guns) to use as stitch markers. But the best favor, in my opinion, were the fabric needle cases.
With fabric from my stash and Lisa’s, I took to sewing 58 of these awesome needle organizers designed by my friend Susan. I love these cases for storing and organizing circular and double-pointed needles. The metal needle gauge fits perfectly in the larger pockets. Susan’s design includes a little notions pocket, but I left that out to save a little time (and sanity).
Every year there is an auction at camp and this year I got this awesome entrelac hat knit by Judy P. I thought I would give it to someone else as a gift, but once I tried it on, I knew it was mine, all mine!
Sadly, I had no projects in mind for the knit weekend and much of what I worked on has been ripped back. But the best part of this annual retreat is catching up with the many returning knitters anyway. It’s very inspiring to see all the fabulous knitting projects and the beautiful designs and yarns in the group. The project that had me rushing home to my stash was the Ten Stitch Twist using sock yarn. I absolutely love stash busting projects and can’t wait to get this started!
This past weekend was the 5th annual Kon-O-Kwee Knit Camp. This is my third year at Kon-O-Kwee, Lisa and Elise’s second year (Elise coming all the way from Baltimore!) and Beth’s first Knit Camp weekend. Knit Camp is a weekend getaway for about 50 women at the Kon-O-Kwee YMCA Camp a little north of Pittsburgh.
“What do we do all weekend?” Well… we knit. We knit and we eat and we knit and talk and laugh and make new friends and teach and learn and swap and buy and so much more! There was a sock contest and Beth took second prize for her beaded socks!
Lisa entertained and challenged us with a knitting trivia contest (Did you know China is the biggest sheep producing country, followed by Australia, India, and Iran???) Raspberry Hill Alpacas brought Pretty Boy Floyd for us to pet and feed and yarn and roving to purchase. We were revived with ten-minute chair massages. There were class demonstrations by fellow “campers”. We showed off our finished knits during show and tell and the fashion show. We bid on a variety of knitterly things at the auction. We stayed up late and knit all day while our meals were taken care of by the camp staff. Now, doesn’t that sound like a wonderful way to spend the weekend?
This year’s theme at the Kon-O-Kwee knitting weekend is SOCKS. This has definitely been a sock year for me – from dying our own blanks to knitting several pairs for myself and as gifts and knitting mini socks for my Xmas cards. So I thought I’d try something extra challenging.
Ever since I got the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits I have been dying to try Eunny Jang’s “Entrelac Socks”. Now, I know I should have picked two solid colors to make these socks, and looking through Ravelry’s finished projects for the pattern should have convinced me more, but looking at all those lovely balls and hanks of complimentary colors at Natural Stitches got the best of me. I am told this Ty-Dy Sock yarn has long color runs in it, so I had to give it a try.
During the weekend at Kon-O-Kwee there is an auction. Since “socks” is the theme this year, I had to include this PVC Needle Keep from Marelle’s Etsy shop. I have seen wooden dpn holders that were quite expensive, so I love this alternative. And, you have to admit, using PVC pipe is pretty darn cool!
Hat 6 and hat 7. Two hats this week, because I want to make sure I get them done on time. The first is using the boucle yarn Safari from Schachenmayr Nomotta. I made my very first pair of socks out of this yarn and I love it! The second is double stranding Snuggly DK yarn from Sirdar. I bought this yarn at the auction this year at the Kon-O-Kwee knitting weekend. It has really surprised me, knitting up much nicer than I would expect from the balls of yarn. I love the colors together, too.
Posted in charity, Knitting
Tagged charity, donations, Knit One Save One Campaign, Knitting, Kon-O-Kwee, newborn baby caps, pledge, Save the Children, Schachenmayr Nomotta Safari, Sirdar Snuggly DK, yarn