Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hat Attack II - Kill or Be Killed (with a hat)

Your weapon: a hat. This friendly game of kill or be killed works like this: on 9/16/08, you will receive a pattern via email as well as the name of your target. You will also receive information about your assassin. The goal is to knit your hat as fast as you can and send it to your target before your hat (knit by your would be assassin) gets to you. So, you're not a fast knitter, eh? No problem! There are so many factors in this game that luck plays a huge roll. The offical yarn for this round of battle is Therapi by SWTC. Therapi is made of 50% Fine Wool, 30% Bowlder (Jadeite) and 20% Silk. You will need two different colors to do this hat. Therapi will be available at Renaissance Yarns later this month!

The grand prize goes to the 'last one standing'. The prize is $500 worth of SWTC yarn. Purchase your yarn at Renaissance Yarns and be the 'last one standing' you will also receive $150 gift card valid at Renaissance Yarns. All of us will be winners as we will get a beautiful hat out of the adventure.

Join us for the Hat Attack II launch party on Tuesday, 9/16 from 6 - 10 PM. Bring your pattern, yarn, needles and your spirit and LET THE GAMES BEGIN! Refreshments will be on hand!

Ready to become a warrior? If so, register today!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

2008 Breast Cancer Awareness Project

July marked the month when 20 knitters started on a journey to knit the Great American Aran Afghan. The afghan consists of 20 aran (cabled) blocks, so it was fairly easy to break it down. We chose a pink shade Cascade 220 Superwash as we wanted the finished project to be machine washable. As project manager (so to speak) I set a date of two weeks for the blocks to be completed. Yes, I did receive a few 'are you crazy' responses, but I'm happy to say that overall, everyone completed on time!!

So, now that all blocks had been delivered, there was still the task of stitching all of the blocks together. Once again, the knitters of Renaissance Yarns were called upon to lend a hand. I contacted friend and fellow business owner Sue Froyd, owner of Bittersweet Restaurant in Kent, WA. We collaberated on a light dinner for my team of knitters and arranged for Bittersweet to be the venue in which the project would come together.

On Thursday, July 31st, 15 of us convened at Bittersweet. We began the task of seaming. Now the thing about seaming is as knitters, we know we have to do this, but many knitters don't like to do it. I was amazed at how fast the project came together. Within an hour, 20 individual blocks were not 10 groups of 2 blocks!

We broke for a lovely dinner that Sue and her team had prepared. I felt like it was Thanksgiving and I was surrounded by my family. No, we did not have turkey. The feeling wasn't even about the food, really. I looked around and everyone was conversing as if they were old friends catching up on life. It's that feeling you get at the holidays when you see eveyone that you haven't seen for a while. It's that feeling that no matter how you try to capture it, pictures just don't cut it!