Applaud Good Work, Pinterest Craze, Summer Fridays, Weekend Fun & KIP

Last weekend was a super busy weekend for all of us in Dorchester. Sunday was Dot Day and we had a wonderful day (although overcast and sometimes misty) and giant neighborhood BBQ. This week it seems the world has turned to high school proms and graduations. As a high school teacher this is an exciting time to witness the fantastic accomplishments of some well-deserving Seniors preparing to begin the next chapter of their lives. Year after year I enjoy listening to the motivational and uplifting words of guest speakers. Last night I had the pleasure of watching many of my students receive scholarships and recognition for their years of good work. It moves my tremendously to see how much money donors and organizations give to these kids.. and to know some of the hardships they have overcome to get to graduation and accepted into college. If you have the opportunity to donate to a scholarship fund, volunteer to help a student apply for college, or have the urge to start a scholarship – do it! It really does make a difference.
With all the festivities around Dorchester Day, the East Boston HS Prom and preparation for the school’s graduation, and then there’s the Celtics! I’m not sure how but I still found some time to be distracted this week by something else. (I have now figured out why I keep complaining about being tired!) Perhaps you may have the same distraction. Pinterest. It is a major time suck and so much fun! I think it was Claire who coined the work “Pintastic” and I have created the new word “Pintastism”. Although these words are new to me… they may already exist in the world of words. Whether or not they do now – these words will certainly be added to our friend Webster’s favorite book some time in the next go around. I can’t believe the awesome things I find on Pinterest. In fact, I am trying so hard to not just save this email in the drafts folder and go find something to re-pin! Pinterest has certainly refilled my imaginations fuel tank and the creative ideas are overflowing! I wish you luck in escaping the capture of it.
All the crafty ideas got me thinking big time about some fun summertime activities. This Summer in addition to kid camps we’re hosting what I’m calling “Bang In Fridays”  Adult Crafting Days. On “Bang In Fridays” we’re taking some of our favorite kid camp crafts and projects and doing them grown-up style with you. So save those vacation and sick days to come spend a Friday with us! Projects will be announced in the next few weeks but save the dates and join us for one or all “Bang In Fridays” on July 13 & 27 and August 10 & 24 from 9am – 12noon.
This coming week we’re joining in the fun of Knitting in Public Week 2012 and filling the days with some great activities we hope you can join in. Please promote these activities and get creative with posting pictures! Prizes awarded to the best postings. I attached a pretty flier to post but here’s the guts.. Sat June 9 on your own, Sun June 10 Pope John Paul II Park Dorchester 9am Soccer with the George Boys, Mon June 11 Knit while at lunch and post pics, Tues June 12 join knitters at Nantasket Beach in Hull, Wed June 13 head to the Blarney Stone in Dorchester for trivia, beverages and knitting at 7:30pm, Thurs June 14 knit in the award-winning garden at 224 Boston Street Restaurant at 6:30pm, Fri we’ll hang at the Stitch House in the evening, and Sun join Claire and her greyhound Jeanne at Castle Island South Boston at 12 noon. Saturday, June 16 will be a secret location announced in next week’s email… stay tuned! If you want to get started on that project, we’re here tonight for late night Friday Night Knitting & Crochet! Quilt Club members welcome too!
If you’re looking for something to do over the weekend… come to Stitch House Saturday afternoon and get started or keep working on the Summer Quilt Club Project: Patchwork Prism with Annissa. Sunday you can come and with Valaree! Last week Bill finished a stunning lace shawl that you just need to see to believe and Valaree will show it off for you. While you’re here take a quick lesson in lace knitting by starting this super easy and quick & lovely One Row Lace Scarf. This hands-on workshop starts at 3 and is free with a yarn purchase – and there are so many just perfect for this project. You can pick from Cascade Ultra Pima, Noro Silk Garden, or any of our sock or DK yarns – the choices are almost endless. If you get the urge, drop in between now and then to check it out! Either day or any day you’re in make sure you touch and feel the newest colors of Silky Alpaca Lace from Classic Elite. As you might know Classic Elite has a wonderful e-newsletter that features free patterns including on for the Silky Alpaca Lace Scarf. You’ll only need 1 ball to make this beautiful scarf and improve your lace pattern skills!
Also for June – a special announcement: Sign up for a Knit 101/102 Class (offered Saturdays 11-1 & Tuesdays 6-8) and bring a friend for Free! Many of us have friends that would love to “learn” and we think this is the perfect encouragement. You work on a more complex project and get that friend in here to learn what we all love. I hope to see you soon  – – and to hear about last minute news, specials and to see cool projects done and underway, check out our Facebook Page! All this social media is making me nuts!
Until then,

Annissa

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