Caps for Kids, Sewing Workshop, Men Knitting Event, Potluck Save the Date

I am at a loss of words for all the suffering of those so greatly affected by Hurrican Sandy. Watching the coverage this past week was heart-breaking and learning of all the loss, both life and property, moved me. I have no idea what we can do to help, but if you are so moved please consider a donation to the American Red Cross or simply a prayer at whatever services you attend or in the quiet of your own home.
Another thought would be to knit. I often find great comfort in knitting when times are stressful. I don’t know of any knitting group specifically connected to knitting for the disaster but maybe you could collabortae with non-knitting friends. Ask them to give cash to the American Red Cross and you can give to a more local cause: Dana Farber’s Caps for Kids. They are in need of our help. Only 4,843 hats have been
collected so far this year. That’s only 47% of last year’s gross of 10,276 hats! So please get your needles clicking and help some of Boston’s kids stay warm! Kid Caps (child sizes) don’t take much yarn and they are a good way to use up your stash. Most hats take one ball of yarn, or think stripes! If you attend the Greater Boston Knitting Guild  meetings, you can bring your hats to the November 15th meeting. The Community Outreach committee will be collecting all items to deliver to Dana-Farber in time for distribution in December. Otherwise, bring them to the Stitch House and we’ll get them to the right place.
For you sewers, or those looking for a good first project (and have some sewing experience) – try one of my favorite patterns and join me on Wednesdays, November 7 & 14 from 6-8pm to make the Ginger Skirt from Colette Patterns.  I really like this pattern and would love to have you make one with me. This is a perfect project for new sewers or experienced sewers looking to get something done as the holidays approach. This class is a free workshop with purchase of materials (approx. $45). Please call to reserve your spot in this workshop.
November ends up being a super-busy month for us, so I’m going to super-load it with more activities! On Saturday, November 17 I am calling all Men Knitters to come and Knit and Crochet with like-minded men. We’re turning Stitch House into a “Man Cave” from 5-8pm complete with food and beverages, great male-inspired pattern ideas… and of course good company! Since it’s a man’s event, I’m leaving the Stitch House in the very capable hands of our own Bill to play host to the knitting most. I might stop in to say Hi but otherwise, you will be able to rule this roost!
The night before, it will be about the kids! Stitch House Kids’ Club for children ages 6-10 will happen. Starting at 5:30 we invite kids in to sew (project TBA) and craft, have pizza and watch a movie (Home Alone as requested by my boys). This should give you parents enough time to run an errand, get some food shopping done, or have a quiet dinner with friends, or alone! Our re-formatted Kids’ Club is $25 and includes all materials. Please pre-register.
As usual we have a wonderful group of Friday Night Knitters (and crocheters) and we host an annual Pot Luck the night after Thanksgiving. If you are in town and have some leftovers to share, come Friday, November 23 after 6pm and celebrate the post-turkey crash with us! Our Stitch House Pot Luck is open to all of you, just bring a plate to share.
As part of my desire to promote local artists I want to share some awesome news about a Stitch House extended family member who has a wonderful book for sale. I met Abbie when Stitch House first opened and we reconnected last year at the publication of her book Well Stu Would You?  It is a fun children’s book and is finally available online a http://www.etsy.com/shop/abbiewanamaker.  Please check it out. It would make a great new-baby book especially becausey ou are supporting a local (Dorchester) artist/writer/knitter! You can also stay up to date on her other books and art at Abbie’s Blog.

Thank you to Ken and Sara who weathered the pending storm to come and knit boob hats on Sunday, October 28 for our Sunday Charity Knitting. And, thank you to everyone who has knit on their own and returned their boob hats to our great laughs and enjoyment! We’re selling the Boob Hat Kits at the shop for $10. If you have no one to gift them to, you can return them to the shop and we’ll sell them at a variety of craft fairs this holiday season. 100% of the proceeds from those sales is going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts. You can check out a sample pattern here or pick up your supplies over the next few weeks at Stitch House. Hats should be done and returned by November 30.

Sunday is also the next meeting time for the Quilt Club. We are getting a lot done on our Trip Around the World quilts and will meet again from 4-6pm this Sunday, November 4th from 4-6pm, Wednesday, November 14 from 6-8pm and Friday, November 16 from 7-9pm.
If you are interested in sewing and want to try one of my favorite patterns join me on Wednesdays, November 7 & 14 from 6-8pm and make the Ginger Skirt from Colette Patterns  I really like this pattern and would love to have you make one with me. This is a perfect project for new sewers or experienced sewers looking to get something done as the holidays approach. This class is a free workshop with purchase of materials (approx. $45). Please call to reserve your spot in this workshop.
Well, that’s a lot of links! Check them out, check us out…. and our new- to clearance yarns $2.50, $3 a ball in sweaters-worth amounts.
Annissa
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