Friday, August 31, 2007

Small but mighty

Four fab KIPpers held down the fort at Letizia's -- Corinne, Molly (welcome back!), Jewell, and Your Intrepid Reporter, who failed to take careful, or any, notes. I believe, however, that I can somewhat accurately relay the projects worked upon...though not even a shadow of the conversation, many parts of which made me laugh really hard. Though not the parts about surgery, so much.

Our flying fingers attracted the attention of a young woman who's a knitter herself, who lives in the neighborhood, who's free on Thursdays, and who wants to join us! Yay! Molly had the good sense to see that I got her e-mail, but I haven't yet made sure she doesn't mind seeing her name in connection with us ne'er-do-wells, so we'll wait till next time to name 'er.

So, the work in hand last night:

Molly was working on a very pretty sock, and Corinne had a collar on the needles. Their side of the table was awash in soothing shades of blue, with a bit of green (I think -- the lighting is dim) to add depth. Jewell brought one of the beautiful tops from the Rowan Bamboo Tape book. It's also in a gorgeous shade of blue.

Occupying, as I so often do, the neutral position, I tried not to mess up my second Ariann sleeve, which is in an oatmeal shade of natural. It should be finished soon. It has the same number of stitches at the cuff as the first sleeve. This was not a given last time around.

So we're back to Regularly Schedued KIPping next week, the first Thursday of the month. See you at 7! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Let's do it!

OK -- we'll do it! I will try to be there as close to 7 as possible, but rest assured someone will be there!

And we'll lift a cupcake to our own Corinne, a member of the Chicago Craft Mafia -- they're the lead story in today's At Play section in the Tribune. Great story! Congratulations!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Who's with me?

Mary here -- Although some folks have other commitments this Thursday, Aug. 29, I'd be up for a Bonus KIP. (I need to leave early, though, and might not be there on the stroke of 7).

Any takers? I'll report back Wednesday evening.

Friday, August 17, 2007

KIP and cupcakes (edited)

I think any reasonable person would agree that last night was just a perfect summer KIP! Extra credit goes to whoever got there first and snagged some tables for us outside. And we ended up with an overflow crowd, which was wonderful. A recap will not capture the madcap humor that flowed freely -- you'll just have to come and experience it for yourself!*

(OK, this is where the photos were supposed to go, but I'm having trouble getting them to load. So imagine a photo of a very cute Sweet Baby D., in all his 10-week glory!) At least 10 gold stars go to Mr. Z, who had dinner with us and then took the little one home so his mother, Trope, could sit and knit as in days of yore! She was swatching with the intent, if I heard correctly, of getting some socks going.
  • Baby D. was not the only newcomer, however; also making her KIP debut was CeCe from Boston, who comes to town periodically for work, but hadn't yet been sent here on a KIP night. Come back anytime! Her Chevron sock, from Sensational Knitted Socks, was taking shape in some very cool Trekking yarn. See her blog for details on her sock-a-thon, and send good sock vibes Back East!
  • Rachel has a monkey on her back -- a Monkey Sock, that is! And technically, it's on her needles, not her back.
  • A very lucky man in San Francisco named David will, when the time is right, receive a pair of socks in a great Mountain Colors colorway from Corinne, who was whipping through Sock No. 2.
  • Bonne Marie brought a cardigan to work on, and I did, too -- sleeve two of Ariann. We're going along pretty strong, it and I.

  • Dana was making good progress on her Edie. (She would have made even more progress had I not foisted my camera upon her...and now I can't get Blogger to give me the "Done" box that apparently I need to get them to appear. I'll keep working on that, though.)
  • Michelle's Moderne Log Cabin Blanket (from Mason-Dixon Knitting) is about to leave the portability stage!
As you can see, we had a great turnout, but there's always room for more! Hope to see everyone again soon.

*Watch this space -- August has a Bonus FiFtH ThuRsDay, but some people have other commitments already. Stay tuned on whether we'll go for broke with a Bonus KIP this month! Part of me says, "Why the h. not?" Add your two cents below!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Come one, come all!

Let's knit through the Dog Days! Looking forward to seeing folks tonight at Letizia's.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Next Meeting: August 16

Never fear, KIP is (still) here! Bonne Marie has passed the torch and we (Dana and Mary) are doing our best to keep the group going. So, plan to come to Letizia's on Thursday, August 16, 7-9 p.m.

We set up this blog as an easy way to communicate with everyone interested in KIP. There may or may not still be an email list. If you feel strongly about having a Yahoo-type email group (or _not_ having one), please let us know. Otherwise, we can use the blog in much the same way. Anyone with a Blogger/Google account can comment on posts. (It's easy and free to set up a new account, if you don't have one already.) We can also set up the blog as a "team" blog where any KIPper who wants to can post to the blog. This would make the blog just as participatory as the email list, if not more so. If there is a concern about security, we could also password-protect the blog so that posts (and comments) could only be read by those with permission.

Please feel free to discuss these issues in the comments, or we can chat next Thursday. Thanks and see you then!