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mintdee
07-15-2006, 10:29 PM
You know I find it quite funny that one of the 3 pics that KK takes is of Hildes boobtacular bresticles. :roflhard:

You all are a beautiful bunch!

Score on that bag :thumbsup:

I WANT MORE PICCIES!

KellyK
07-15-2006, 10:31 PM
Here's a piccie of Hildies WONDERFUL present.... others said things like "Yarn Ho" and "Queen of the Yarniverse"... I cant remember all of them, but they were all GREAT!



(And, it wouldnt be an IL Knit-together if there werent boobies or butts or SOMETHING!)

DotMom61
07-15-2006, 10:33 PM
That poor waiter at Cheeseburger in Paradise couldnt take his eyes OFF of Hildie's "gifts to the world"! :roflhard:

See ... she didn't even deny that she stole that bag right out from under me. I think I broke my ankle :limps away:

KellyK
07-15-2006, 10:55 PM
Now, Julie.... you know better than to tell fibs. :fingerwag:

kimmie
07-15-2006, 11:02 PM
Wow, it's so much fun just to look at the pictures that I can only imagine how much fun you all had getting together! I was thinking about you all as I slaved away at work today. Those wine glasses are so cute Hildie! You are multi-talented :)

:heart: kimmie

Jan in CA
07-16-2006, 12:00 AM
boobtacular bresticles. :roflhard:



:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Great pics, Kelly! That's an awesome glass! Fabulous job on that Hildie! :thumbsup:

Julie
07-16-2006, 12:09 AM
Another great IL get-together...Mosaic was great (aside from the fact that we walked in and they said, "who? here for what?" :shock: We all got some great deals...I couldn't believe the 50 magazines!! :happydance:

For once I did not forget my camera! The batteries DID die right before the big group shot, but everyone else got that one. Not everyone got this one though...

Julie
07-16-2006, 12:11 AM
A few more...

Julie
07-16-2006, 12:12 AM
a few more...

Shandeh
07-16-2006, 12:28 AM
Fun, fun! Hildie's gazonga's are stealing the show, and Andrea's BLUE eyes are SURE to charm the fellas as well!

Julie's salad looks like a phallic monument of sorts, and Kelly, I am so jealous of the 50 cent magazines! That yarn is beautiful, Mary!

MORE PHOTOS PLEASE! :D

sara_jayne
07-16-2006, 12:30 AM
:waving: I'm home. I need sleep really badly but I just wanted to report that I had a GREAT time with all of you (but sorely missed all of you who weren't there!). After some sleep (aka. tomorrow) I will post my pictures. I was one of those who had a camera in my face A LOT! :rollseyes:

Thanks again ladies for letting me come play & to Hildie for letting me stay with her! :heart:

DotMom61
07-16-2006, 12:38 AM
Sara!!! I was just sitting her hoping you got home OK. I was worried about you getting all sleepy! Can't wait to see your pics!!

So glad you could come and share the day with us!

MaryB
07-16-2006, 12:53 AM
Next time I'm staying around to eat and/or drink. That looks like fun------although I am very scared by Julie's (DM) salad.

If you look very closely at the picture of my yarn haul, you can see my pretty gift from Hildie. Mine says Queen of the Yarniverse and it is nestled right on the much coveted Koigu. Thanks, Hildie!! :D :heart: :D

Sara, glad you made it home save and sound.

DotMom61
07-16-2006, 01:05 AM
My salad might have looked a little scary, but it was YUMMY!!!! Those were big ole plantains sticking out of it, and it was loaded w/ shredded chicken and other really yummy stuff.

My glass from Hildie says "Stitchy Woman." :lol:

KellyK
07-16-2006, 01:26 AM
Wooooooo hoooooooooo
Stichy Woman
If you take her yarn then she criiiiiiiiies..

Angelia
07-16-2006, 07:02 AM
Wooooooo hoooooooooo
Stichy Woman
If you take her yarn then she criiiiiiiiies..

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

And if you're a Seinfeld fan, you know that it's "Stitch-AY Woman" ;)

Great photos! I'm glad all of you had a wonderful time! Hild, those wine glasses are so cool--what a thoughtful prezzie to give!

Glad you made it home safely SJ!! :heart:

Lana
07-16-2006, 07:06 AM
What a great group! What a great lookin' group!!!
Wish I could have been there and met those I haven't met already.
(Green with envy.)

Hey Hildie,
You mean Dixon has something other than Arthur's now?
I won't mention that to Jim, I'll surprise him. :roflhard:

BTW, have you heard anything about Aunt Mary's closing.
I seldom bought yarn there, but I went there for Susan Bates needles and hooks,
and she has great books.

Ingrid
07-16-2006, 07:52 AM
A lovely, happy bunch of women surrounded by beautiful yarn! What could be better?

Hildie, what a fantastic idea on the glasses! You are so clever! (will I see that in quotes?)

Man I need to win the lottery so I can get a jet. I'll hire Paolo as the pilot and we can pick up everyone else who couldn't make it.

Looks like you all had a great time! :heart:

Angelia
07-16-2006, 07:54 AM
Hildie, what a fantastic idea on the glasses! You are so clever! (will I see that in quotes?)

Oh no!! :shock:

Mmmmmm....Paolo would make a great pilot for our jet! But wait--who would serve us then? Andrew? ;)

Ingrid
07-16-2006, 07:59 AM
:rofling: Andrew could double as security on the ground and 'steward' in the air. Andrea wouldn't need a flight to IL, so we wouldn't have to worry about her hogging his time.

Angelia
07-16-2006, 08:00 AM
:rofling: Andrew could double as security on the ground and 'steward' in the air. Andrea wouldn't need a flight to IL, so we wouldn't have to worry about her hogging his time.

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: We get him all to ourselves!!!

Andrea
07-16-2006, 08:43 AM
:fingerwag: No ladies, I would have a very hard time sharing him!! :thinking: But he would make a nice Paolo! And methinks I'll show him the pipcture of Hildies boobs--if it's anything like our poor waiter's reaction ( :shock: "Yes ma'am! :shock: "Wait, what did you order?" :shock: ), he'll be sure to go to Stitches! :thumbsup:

Here's my 3 whole pictures I took :rollseyes:

Oh, and I picked the "Knaughty Knitter" glass because of my current lusting over my rookie :oops:

Angelia
07-16-2006, 08:46 AM
That felted wine bag is beautiful! I would love a purse with that design on it! Wow!

Knaughty Knitter... :rofling:

Oh, come on, please share Andrew! :verysad:

Andrea
07-16-2006, 08:50 AM
Well...ok :D

Angelia
07-16-2006, 09:08 AM
Well...ok :D

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

My world is small. :shifty:

Kirochka
07-16-2006, 11:30 AM
It's true, Andrea has the most amazing blue eyes... :inlove: :inlove:

My glass from Hildie says "Purlescent" :D !

It was so great to hang out with the gang o' knitters yesterday! :heart: :heart:

KellyK
07-16-2006, 11:46 AM
:|








:mad: I dont know where all these people get off thinking they can use MY Paolo for whatever purpose they choose. The NERVE! Not even ASKING first! He doesnt even have a pilot's license! And, HOW, praytell, is he supposed to manage flying a plane and massaging my feet at the SAME TIME??? :rollseyes:

MaryB
07-16-2006, 11:52 AM
AUTOPILOT!!

Let the plane fly itself while Kelly's needs-----I mean feet---are tended to! :thumbsup:

sara_jayne
07-16-2006, 11:58 AM
I got good sleepies last night - you ladies WORE me out!!!! But, again, I had a GREAT time!!!

My glass from Hildie says "Fo-Shiz Knit" (I love it!)

Here are a ton of pictures from my trip!

Here is Hildie enjoying her gifties I bought her!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2774.jpg

Here is Stanley - he loved me (and my mmmmmmalabrigo!)
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2779.jpg

Here is Cheddar - he liked me too! :cheering:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2794.jpg

Here is Kelly (looking down Hildie's shirt), Kelly's mom (Gloria) and Hildie
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2800.jpg

Hildie being modest
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2801.jpg

Me opening my swap gift from Andrea! :heart:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2805.jpg

Random shots proving we were actually knitting (sometimes)
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2809.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2810.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2811.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2812.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2825.jpg

Andrea, Kelly & Hildie
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2814.jpg

Karen & Hildie now believe the other exists!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2815.jpg

Karen & Kelly shopping
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2816.jpg

MaryB & Julie (DotMom) shopping
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2817.jpg

Andrea & Julie (DotMom) shopping & Ignoring the camera. Julie was getting ready to strike a model pose for the picture.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2820.jpg

The yarn that everyone dropped their jaw over. Yes, 1 skein is $96.00. No, none of us bought it!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2819.jpg

Having fun!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/IL%20Trip%20July%202006/100_2822.jpg

Thanks again for such a great time ladies! I had so much fun at my FIRST ever knit together! :heart:

Ellen Edwards
07-16-2006, 12:50 PM
OMG!!! I Lurve looking at these fantastic freaking pictures!! PLease, if anyone has more, load us up!! You all are having SOOOOO much fun--I just can't imagine being there with all you and laughing and peeing all over myself!! What yarn shop were you shoppinhg at--was that Chix??? And NOBODY bought the Prism?? Why on earth not--only $96--what a steal!! (And that's what it'll take for it to leave that store too!!)

I HAVE to find some sort of distant relative in Ill somewhere--surely I have a rich aunt there (I WISH) or a great-grand-cousin or something!! :rollseyes:

Andrea
07-16-2006, 01:14 PM
:cheering: :cheering: Great pics, Sara!

No, not Chix. It was Mosaic Yarn Shop in Des Plaines... :D

catownedanna
07-16-2006, 01:21 PM
I can imagine all the fun you guys had!!! :heart:

Thanks for charing!!!

Andrea
07-16-2006, 01:29 PM
It's true, Andrea has the most amazing blue eyes... :inlove: :inlove:

:blush: They look so tiiiiiiiiiired in that picture though!!! :(

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-16-2006, 03:02 PM
It's a little unnerving that my boobs made center stage at the knittogether. :shock: I'm never wearing that shirt again, that's for sure.

And If Paolo and Andrew are coming to our next "activity", I'm bring Jason the waiter. :eyebrow:

I posted my pics in my blog, here they are!!! (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=212656#212656)

I also posted completed pics of the wine tote on the watcha knitten forum.

SJ and I had so much fun! We planned on going to bed early, buuuuuuuut we were up till 1am! :oops: She brought me the most FABULOUS presents--a yankee candle, TWO skeins of casecade 220 (in the pic she posted) AND she even brought treats for the kitties!!!! Thank you SJ!!!! :heart:

I'm glad everyone liked the wine glasses. I was going to bring some wine for us to try them out, but I figured we'd all be silly enough WITHOUT it, so I didn't (I was right). Plus, i had no way of knowing that KK would be so buzzed from that gigantic drink she ordered that she would drop her for TEN TIMES at the restaurant.

Shandeh
07-16-2006, 04:35 PM
I love "knit-togethering" vicariously through the photos! I can almost hear the laughter. How did you guys work out getting to use that room for your get-together?

DotMom61
07-16-2006, 05:34 PM
Sandy ... that's a room where they have classes, apparently, and I guess it just wasn't being used. Plus, they had another table in the same room. I'm sure the other ladies were TOTALLY jealous of all the fun we were having! I also know that they probably made enough $$ off of all of us that they could've cancelled any class they had going on there & done OK.

Oh, and someone asked what Andrea was doing in that picture: She was acting out chicken recipes.

KellyK
07-16-2006, 06:10 PM
It's a little unnerving that my boobs made center stage at the knittogether. :shock: I'm never wearing that shirt again, that's for sure.Liar. Your boobs are their own entity. Its nothing you can change. Its like I have THREE friends when I visit you and I love them ALL. :lol:

That wasnt the chicken recipe, DM.... that was the poor guy with the OWL glasses that reported his wife "missing" :oops: But, yeah... Andrea is BEAUTIFUL. I WUV her. :heart: The chicken recipe was "smothered" chicken (said with her hand over her mouth) or "shake and bake" chicken (said whilst SHIMMYING!). She's SO FUNNY. :|

Sandy, every LYS we've called has been MORE than happy to host our group. I tell them I have a group of knitters and that we like to visit different LYSs, sit, knit and shop. Some (well, two) even give us a group discount! (We need to go BACK to Naperville, btw! 20%!!)

Trudy.... we would LOVE for you to visit your rich aunt and therefore us!!! But, please dont pee. :?

Im off to look at Hildie's pics!!

Andrea
07-16-2006, 06:24 PM
That wasnt the chicken recipe, DM.... that was the poor guy with the OWL glasses that reported his wife "missing" :oops: But, yeah... Andrea is BEAUTIFUL. I WUV her. :heart: The chicken recipe was "smothered" chicken (said with her hand over her mouth) or "shake and bake" chicken (said whilst SHIMMYING!). She's SO FUNNY. :|


KELLY! That post is SO FUNNY. :|

Oh yeah, I shimmy :happydance:

KK does a great Jerk Chicken! (I showed DH :roflhard: )

Shandeh
07-16-2006, 09:16 PM
I'm glad you guys had so much fun. I'm enjoying reading about it. True to form, you didn't disappoint us at all. :D

margie
07-16-2006, 09:55 PM
I hadn't come on over to this thread yet to see the pics- what fun you all had!! Love the wine glasses, love the wine tote, love the pictures!! :cheering:

KellyK
07-17-2006, 12:23 AM
KELLY! That post is SO FUNNY. :|

KK does a great Jerk Chicken! (I showed DH :roflhard: )

SO funny. :|

What did DH say?? :roflhard:
(I cant believe you didnt GET IT right away!!! :( )

DotMom61
07-17-2006, 01:12 AM
[snotty voice]that was the poor guy with the OWL glasses that reported his wife "missing" nyah nyah nyah The chicken recipe was "smothered" chicken[/snotty voice] http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Emoticons/65511104_3f39775c64_o.gif


I thought I understood the whole interpretive chicken dance. <sigh> :verysad:

KellyK
07-17-2006, 07:51 AM
:( :oops: :verysad: Im a snotty fatpants, arent I.......







Jan... can you add that emoticon to our list??

Andrea
07-17-2006, 10:11 AM
Chris didn't "get it" right away either :(

Julie!! If you don't be nice, I'm going to call you DotMom from here on out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111 :fingerwag:

DotMom61
07-17-2006, 11:37 AM
Julie!! If you don't be nice, I'm going to call you DotMom from here on out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111 :fingerwag:

[gingerbread man voice]No, not the gumdrop buttons!!![/gingerbread man voice]

Andrea
07-17-2006, 11:52 AM
:| (I don't know what the gingerbread voic is, so I don't know if you're being nice or a smarty pants!!!!) :rofling:

DotMom61
07-17-2006, 12:02 PM
Did you see Shrek???

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/farquaad_gingerbread_01.jpg

Andrea
07-17-2006, 05:31 PM
Oh...I don't remember that part :(

DotMom61
07-18-2006, 10:07 AM
Oh shoot!! I forgot to post this last night:

I talked to Hildie about this already, and she asked me to post something about it here ...

I was washing the lovely wine glass that Hildie gave me on Saturday, and when I went to dry it, some of the paint wiped off. :crying: I was so sad ... if any of you have yet to wash yours, you may want to be careful & just let it air dry or maybe blot it.

I'm going to look for some glass paint when I'm at Joann's next time so I can repair mine. It now sort of says "Itchy Woman" instead of "Stitchy Woman" ... :roflhard:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-18-2006, 08:33 PM
grrr, and those markers were SUPPOSED to be permenant, too, that's why I used them :mad:

Andrea
07-18-2006, 10:05 PM
:(

KellyK
07-18-2006, 10:40 PM
It now sort of says "Itchy Woman" instead of "Stitchy Woman" ... :roflhard:

I'm really sorry that happened, but :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Julie
07-19-2006, 05:10 PM
itchy.... :roflhard:

I just wanted to mention enabler that Sarah's Yarns (http://www.sarahsyarns.com/TilliTomas.html) has that wooonderful :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: silk we were drooling over at Mosaic, for only $20 a skein :thumbsup:

There was a time I couldn't imagine myself saying "It's only $20 a skein!!" but it is what it is..... :D

KellyK
07-19-2006, 06:53 PM
OOH! You enabler! I didnt realize the yardage was so generous!! :inlove: Im bookmarking that!! You know, for when I win the lotto!! :rofling:

Andrea
07-19-2006, 08:18 PM
It now sort of says "Itchy Woman" instead of "Stitchy Woman" ... :roflhard:

I'm really sorry that happened, but :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

And I was thinking you better not make DH mad at any point so he doesn't grab a marker and put a "B" :shock: :shock: :shock:

Julie
07-21-2006, 05:57 PM
Attention Illinois Knitters!!

LYS going out of business... :crying:

Big SALE :D

Flying Colors
15 Walker Ave
Clarendon Hills

July 16-29 -- everything 40% off
July 30- August 5 -- 50% off
August 6-13 -- "clearance"


I haven't been there, but my mom has -- she says they have been in business forever and guesses that they must be retiring or something. Worth a look if you're in the area!

KellyK
07-21-2006, 09:31 PM
SO sad to see an LYS goign out of business! But, YAYYYYYYYY a sale!

*KK pulls up Mapquest to see where the heck Clarendon Hills is*

KellyK
07-27-2006, 04:12 PM
30% OFF ALL YARNS AT CHIX FROM SATURDAY, JULY 29 - SATURDAY AUGUST 5!! ALLLLLLL YARNNNNNSSSSS!!! Hours 10-6 DAILY during the sale (although, I think Wed & Fri we're still open til 9.)

Also, Tangled Web in Oak Park is going OOB... 40% all stock starting tomorrow! I dont know how long that's lasting....

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-28-2006, 09:46 PM
The building where Flying Colors is located is being torn down; the owner, Ellie and her husband Carl are in their 70s and they didn't think they could sell the business with the "Oh, but the way, you have to move" clause....

:eyebrow: i like being in the know :thumbsup:


I also heard a rumor that kool Knits in naperville is going OOB.... :shock:

KellyK
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
I also heard a rumor that kool Knits in naperville is going OOB.... :shock:

OH NOOOO!!! :(

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-28-2006, 10:38 PM
I know :-( Now I won't have an excuse to go to mongolian BBQ

DotMom61
07-29-2006, 01:38 AM
I also heard a rumor that kool Knits in naperville is going OOB.... :shock:

You're kidding!! What is UP with all these yarn stores closing? It's destroying my dream of owning my own. :help:

Angelia
07-29-2006, 07:31 AM
No, now the market isn't over-run with them, Julie! :thumbsup:

KellyK
08-07-2006, 01:17 AM
We need a final count for my BBQ on Friday....

So far, we have

Me & DH
Julie (dotmom) & DH
Hildie
Andrea
Angelia

Is anyone else able to make it? :pray: If so, please post in the Stitches thread at the top of the Gen forum.

Thanks!

KellyK
08-08-2006, 12:58 PM
Bumpity Bump Bump!

That cant be ALL of EVERYONE who's coming to the Knittacular Stitches BBQ!!!!

Vick?
Julie?
MaryB?
Holly?
Kim?
:(

VickiIL
08-08-2006, 01:49 PM
Bumpity Bump Bump!

That cant be ALL of EVERYONE who's coming to the Knittacular Stitches BBQ!!!!

Vick?
Julie?
MaryB?
Holly?
Kim?
:(

We're still working on a sitter :help:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-08-2006, 01:53 PM
Lana??

DotMom61
08-08-2006, 04:31 PM
We're still working on a sitter :help:

Me too!!! :pray:

Julie
08-14-2006, 12:59 PM
Wow -- how did this thread end up on page FOUR!? :??

I just had to post and tell y'all about the shop I visited last Tuesday -- it's in Big Rock, so a little bit of a hike for some, but it's a straight shot off of I-88 so not hard to get to at all. It's about 20-25 mintes from Naperville.

Esther's Place (http://www.esthersplacefibers.com/index.cfm)

The emphasis is on spinning -- she sells lots of fiber, for spinning and felting -- but there is also quite a bit of gorgeous handspun yarn for sale. The web site has a lot of info -- you can have retreats there, take tours, and of course there are classes. If you are in the area I recommend stopping by! :D

KellyK
08-14-2006, 01:04 PM
OOOH That sounds AWESOME! We'll have to put that on our list.

I think there was a pseudo-decision made at Stitches to have our next knit-together in Downers Grove at Knitche... they have a full-service espresso bar and baked goods!! :drool:

DotMom61
08-14-2006, 01:09 PM
Julie!! We missed you this weekend!! I'm glad you go to go yarn-shop hopping a bit, though. ;-)

And, yes, Knitche -- judging by the people from the shop that we met -- sounds like a FABULOUS place for our next gathering. I can smell the baked goods now. ;-)

I was also wondering if anyone had heard from LeslieA. I haven't looked to see if she's posted recently, but I was thinking about her yesterday.

DotMom61
08-14-2006, 01:15 PM
:yay: JULIE!!! I just went and did a map on this place ... it's just over 20 miles from here!! FIELD TRIP!!!!! :happydance:

It sounds awesome! Have you gotten any food from their farm?

Andrea
08-14-2006, 02:04 PM
Also, we could put Gene Ann's (http://www.geneannsyarns.com/) in Barrington on the list! I've been there a couple times and they were also at Stitches, and they said they have tables upstairs for groups. She said they looooove groups!

:fingerwag: We cannot let this thread drop that low ever again!

Kirochka
08-14-2006, 02:29 PM
I vote for Barrington! (Geez, where the :!!!: is Downers Grove, anyway???)

VickiIL
08-14-2006, 02:59 PM
Wow! Julie!! I definately need to make a trip there! Did you see the classes there? And they do retreats! How fun!

Holly
08-14-2006, 04:59 PM
Hello IL knitters -- I've missed you guys! I was on vacation 4th of July week and then the last couple of weeks, and spending most other weekends at our camper so my online time has been extra low this summer...and I've really missed KH!! I'm about to check out the pics from Stitches Midwest :-) . Even thought I missed the big Stitches get-together AND BBQ :verysad: , I still got in lots of relaxing knitting time. I visited Sutters Golden Fleece knitting ship in Boulder Junction, WI, and got a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern for a hooded tunic and all the yarn for the project xxx (Thanks KellyK for the recommendation of Knitting Pure and Simple patterns - :heart: it!). I also took MaryB's advice and tried socks on DPNS, and did an Oregon Tote based on DotMom's advice! (loved both projects, BTW ... pics to follow!) I'm like a sponge for all of your advice :notworthy: !!

I hope I'll be able to make the next get-together... I'm with Kirochka - Downers Grove?? :rofling: On the other hand, a latte and baked goods could push me to make a trip (that coming from the woman who is on her way to a weight watchers meeting :?eyebrow: :blooby: )

DotMom61
08-14-2006, 05:01 PM
Karen!!! :shock: Your avie scared me there for a second until I figured out who it was. I thought you'd gone all goth on us or something!!! :roflhard:

DotMom61
08-14-2006, 05:15 PM
:yay: Holly!!! :yay:

We've missed you!! It's so nice to see you here again and hear about all the stuff you've been working on. I hope you can join us at the next gathering. And, I, too *should* be waddling off to a WW meeting. :rollingeyes: Instead, I'm getting ready to make Cinnamon Rolls w/ my daughter. :shifty:

Oh, and Downers Grove is near the intersection of I-355 & I-88.

Karen and Andrea could just hop on I-90 to I-290 S. to I-355 and you'd probably be there in less than an hour. Holly, you could drive to my house and ride with me. (I remember how you feel about those darned interstates. :lol:)

Julie
08-14-2006, 06:07 PM
Vicki...the spinning classes look especially evil, 'cause they include the rental of a Schacht Matchless wheel. Nothing like getting hooked on an $850 wheel... :shock:

Julie, I haven't gotten their produce yet, but I want to! For some reason I have a hard time actually getting to farmer's markets..... :shrug:

KellyK
08-14-2006, 07:24 PM
:cheering: :hug: HOLLLYYYYYYY!!!!! :hug: :cheering:

VickiIL
08-14-2006, 07:40 PM
Vicki...the spinning classes look especially evil, 'cause they include the rental of a Schacht Matchless wheel. Nothing like getting hooked on an $850 wheel... :shock:

Julie, I haven't gotten their produce yet, but I want to! For some reason I have a hard time actually getting to farmer's markets..... :shrug:

I was looking at a couple of the other spinning classes that don't include the wheel. You need to bring your own. There is one that takes you from carding to spinning a designer yarn....looked interesting. Also one of the weaving classes look like fun. They also include renting the loom!

I am part of an organic farm coop and I LOVE it. I use Timber Creek Farm http://www.tcforganics.com They are out of Yorkville and a get a delivery to my door every week. The produce is fabulous and the price is about the same (maybe slightly higher but not enough for the wallet to notice) as regular non-organic produce from Jewel! And you feel good about it because it's organic and it supports local farmers!

Kirochka
08-15-2006, 09:09 AM
This (http://www.walkupheritagefarm.com/)is the organic farm we bought a share in this year! We don't get deliveries, though - we have to go pick up the produce after work every Wednesday.

Julie R., I didn't change the avatar... some admin type with back-end capabilities did!!! :shock:

KellyK
08-15-2006, 09:19 AM
Julie R., I didn't change the avatar... some admin type with back-end capabilities did!!! :shock:

:teehee:

Holly
08-15-2006, 01:23 PM
Resigning from your job while your boss is crying is HARD. Knitting is just pulling loops through other loops!


KellyK - Have I missed news of you resigning from your job??

KellyK
08-15-2006, 01:57 PM
Yeah... my last day will be August 31st. The whole long, drawn out SAGA is in my blog thread... Its a GOOD move, or will be when I find out what Im moving TO. :shrug:

Holly
08-15-2006, 04:43 PM
Off to read the blog....!

MaryB
09-08-2006, 12:26 PM
:?? :?? I had to go aaaalllll the way back to page 9 to find this thread! :fingerwag: :fingerwag:

Are we thinking about a Fall outing?

DotMom61
09-09-2006, 09:37 PM
If we're not, we should be, Mary!!! :happydance:

As a matter of fact, I was talking w/ my Alapaca friend the other day. She called to tell me that she has her Fiber Day Seminar all ready to go! She had originally planned on doing it the weekend of 9/23 -- and she still is doing one that weekend -- but she wanted to give our group our OWN DAY :yay: !!

This is FABULOUS, especially since I am going to be gone the weekend of the 23rd.

Anyway -- and I know this is short notice -- she and I talked about 9/17 ... will that work for anyone?????? :pray: Pleeeeeaaassse!!!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-09-2006, 10:32 PM
The 17th works for me!!! I have a paper due that day, but I'll try to get it turned in early! What time are you thinking, Julie?

Julie
09-09-2006, 11:36 PM
I would loooove to go see the alpaca lady :heart:

And you too, of course! :D

DotMom61
09-10-2006, 01:34 AM
Oh yay! :yay:

I don't have times yet. I'll try and call her tomorrow. I sent her an email, but she and I have had some trouble connecting via email.

What time would be good for everyone?

VickiIL
09-10-2006, 09:28 AM
Is that a Sunday? If we do it in the afternoon I can come.

DotMom61
09-10-2006, 10:59 AM
Yes, it is Sunday, Vicki.

So then ... so far we have:

Me
Hildie
Julie
Vicki


:yay: :happydance: :yay: :happydance: :yay: :happydance:

KellyK
09-10-2006, 01:08 PM
Im THERE!!!!! :cheering:

And, can we think about a Saturday in October at Chix for my birthday?? :pout: How about the 14th?

DotMom61
09-10-2006, 05:14 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Updated Roll Call for "Fiber Day:"

Me
Hildie
Julie
Vicki
Kelly



I'm out for the 14th :pout: I have company in from out of town that weekend.

Holly
09-10-2006, 06:02 PM
:pout: Darn ... another IL meeting I'll miss :pout: We are still going to our camper (we'll winterize the beginning of Oct), and our group is camping that weekend. I'll see about 10/14, though for a bday get-together!! :balloons: Where is Chix, again? I'd love for your all to meet my knitting sis-in-laws (they haven't gotten online with KH yet), and that might be a fun intro trip. As a matter of fact, We are all together knitting right now xxx xxx xxx

KellyK
09-10-2006, 10:23 PM
The 14th isnt necessarily the ONLY date... I was just thinking that Al may have something planned the weekend right before or after my BDay, which is the 24th. Lemme talk to him and see if he had anything in mind... or, if not, we can decide on a date, at least.

DotMom61
09-12-2006, 09:50 AM
I'm available the 21st and the 28th? :mrgreen: ('cause, really, this is all about whether or not *I* can make it, right? :oops:)


Also, I just talked w/ Susan from the alpaca farm by us, and she is all ready for us on Sunday 9/17!!! :woohoo: She has asked that we be there @ 1 o'clock. Does that work for everyone? Please PM me (or call, if you have my number) with your RSVP, and I will get you their address. It's only about 5 minutes from my house, and we can carpool from here to there, if you like, or you can just meet us @ the farm.

Susan also told me that they had a premature birth a couple of days ago, but the cria seems to be doing pretty well. And they were in the barn most of the night because they have another one in labor with some complications. :( Hopefully everything will go well with that. She is so very soft-hearted re: these mamas and babies.

Holly
09-12-2006, 10:51 AM
I'm available the 21st and the 28th? ('cause, really, this is all about whether or not *I* can make it, right? )

:roflhard: of course it's all about you!! :muah:

So far, I have no plans past Oct 7th....except for my girls weekend away in Galena at a B&B with my friend Donna Nov 3-5!! She is not currently a knitter, but my plan is to turn her into a knitter before our trip so she will want to hang out at a knitting shop, etc... Is there a good LYS in Galena? I think I will put a beginning knitting kit together along with the website address and mail it to her :teehee: (she won't know what hit her!!)

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-12-2006, 10:56 AM
I'm out on Oct 21st, too... that's our anniversary.

Kirochka
09-12-2006, 11:35 AM
I'm away from 12 through 16 October, just FWIW...

DotMom61
09-12-2006, 04:53 PM
So, the 28th is looking pretty good, eh?? ;-) (Tell Al you're busy that weekend, 'kay, Kelly?)

And Holly, I think if you bring your friend along to one of our outings, she'll absolutely HAVE to start knitting, won't she? I mean, who WOULDN'T want to be JUST LIKE us?! :shrug:

:roflhard:

MaryB
09-12-2006, 05:11 PM
This week-end is out for me. My Dad has had a rough week, so I will be staying close to home.

The 28th sounds good. As things stand right now, I should be able to make that. I've never, ever been to Chix! :shrug: I want to see the shop and Kelly at work. (Can we order her around-----Oh, Kelly, dear, could you please show me that yarn over there!?! I think I''d like to see this yarn in purple not pink.......no, that is tooo purple, do you have this same yarn a little less purple?) :rofl: :roflhard: :rofl:

DotMom61
09-12-2006, 05:13 PM
Mary, I wish you could join us. Give your Dad a hug for us -- I'll keep him in my prayers. :heart:

MaryB
09-12-2006, 05:18 PM
Thanks, Julie! We really appreciate and need prayers. :heart: :heart:

KellyK
09-13-2006, 09:49 AM
:hug: Mary! :hug:

OK!! The 28th it is!! :cheering:

Holly... Galena has an AWESOME LYS! Its at the FAR end of main street, just before it splits off. they are SO nice!

Jul... Im IN for Sunday! :cheering: Ill meet ya at your house, if that's okay with you. Im ALL about the carpooling!

They have had ALOT of babies this year!!! :shock:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-14-2006, 01:52 PM
i amy have to skip Sunday, guys, if I don't feel better. I don't want any of you to get sick, either. :pout:

DotMom61
09-14-2006, 04:04 PM
i amy have to skip Sunday, guys, if I don't feel better. I don't want any of you to get sick, either. :pout: :pout: I'm sorry, Hildie. I hope you are feeling well enough to come join us, but -- speaking for everyone -- we DO appreciate your consideration!!1 :hug:

Julie
09-14-2006, 04:18 PM
I know I said I was in, but now I'm *really* in, as in, confirmed with DH :thumbsup:

DotMom61
09-14-2006, 04:23 PM
:blooby: :yay: :happydance: :blooby: :yay: :happydance:

KellyK
09-16-2006, 01:01 AM
I'm just ALL excited! I hope the weather is lovely so we can enjoy that garden of hers!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

DotMom61
09-16-2006, 09:48 AM
Me, too ... I'm really looking forward to it!

I was just looking @ their web site, and you are going to LOVE what I just found ( :lol: ) -- take note of the name of this alpaca (http://www.alpacanation.com/alpaca-products/03_viewproduct_store.asp?name=102853). :roflhard:

KellyK
09-16-2006, 09:50 AM
:roflhard: :cheering: :roflhard: :cheering: :roflhard: :cheering: :roflhard:

DotMom61
09-16-2006, 09:54 AM
:shock: They also have "Emma Louise" and "Hildegaard (http://www.alpacanation.com/alpacasforsale/03_viewalpaca.asp?name=45583)" !!!

And here (http://www.alpacanation.com/alpacasforsale/03_viewalpaca.asp?name=58847) is the one that was born the day the kids & I first stopped by their farm. :inlove: She's so purty!!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-16-2006, 01:31 PM
:pout: you mean I'm going to miss getting a picture taken with an alpaca named after ME????? :pout:


:verysad:

Kirochka
09-16-2006, 01:59 PM
I've been thinking about this, and I think I might try to come tomorrow... would that be OK? I mean, all these little alpacas with MY MIDDLE NAME!?! How can I resist?

Let me know if there's still time for me to come along - I haven't mentioned it to DH yet, so I don't know if he had any other plans that involved him needing the car...

Wish you could go, Hildie!!! :pout: :pout:

Kirochka
09-16-2006, 02:02 PM
:thinking: Would DH be welcome, even though he's not a knitter? He may say no, but just in case?

DotMom61
09-16-2006, 02:23 PM
I'm sorry, Hildie. :( We'll make sure to get a picture of her FOR you, and then we'll also make sure that you get to come and visit her another time! :thumbsup: I hope you're all better soon!!! :muah:

Karen -- Of COURSE it's OK if you come, silly!!! :yay: I'm sure Jerry would be welcome, too, but be warned that he might get slightly bored since it's going to be all about fiber. But the GOOD news is that he'll have all of us fabulously charismatic knitsters to hang out with. ;-)

To be honest, I'm not quite sure how she will have this all set up. I have a feeling it's going to be an in-door thing because it looks like we're expecting thunderstorms tomorrow. :pout: I *do* know that they have two cria that were born in the past two weeks. So, hopefully we'll get to ogle them!!

I'm so excited about this, and I know Susan is, too!! :cheering:

Kirochka
09-16-2006, 02:32 PM
:cheering: Yay!! I don't know if Jerry would actually want to come - he'll probably welcome a day at home. Plus if it doesn't rain he'll want to be out there pulling up buckthorn. But he might want to see the alpacas... we will get to see them, won't we? :??

DotMom61
09-16-2006, 02:44 PM
:cheering: Yay!! I don't know if Jerry would actually want to come - he'll probably welcome a day at home. Plus if it doesn't rain he'll want to be out there pulling up buckthorn. But he might want to see the alpacas... we will get to see them, won't we? :??

Oh, I'm sure we will, Karen! Susan and Ron are very proud of their babies!! :D

DotMom61
09-16-2006, 02:46 PM
Updated Roll Call for "Fiber Day:"

Me
Julie
Vicki
Kelly
Karen
Jerry (?)
Andrea (?)
Hildie (?)

OK ... that's, right? Anyone else? Does anyone need directions? Who is meeting @ my house besides Kelly???

Kirochka
09-16-2006, 02:51 PM
It looks like an easy drive there for me - just down Randall. So I'll meet you all at the farm at 1. (Should I wear my Wellies? :wink: )

DotMom61
09-16-2006, 04:57 PM
Oooo ... you COULD! But I don't think the :!!!: will be THAT deep. :lol:


Alpaca Trivia for the Day: Did you know that alpaca establish an area within their territory that they use as their latrine? Rather considerate of them, isn't it? Also, their scat is pelleted like a deer's.

KellyK
09-16-2006, 11:05 PM
What time should I be at your house, Jul?? :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

DotMom61
09-17-2006, 09:04 AM
Ah HA ... did you post this after you called and hanged up on us? :teehee:

KellyK
09-17-2006, 09:10 AM
Yeah... :oops:

VickiIL
09-17-2006, 10:32 AM
Julie,

I get out of Church at 12:00. I am probably going to have to go straight to the farm and I still might be a little late. (Normally I can be done by 10:30 by my Hubby didn't tell me that he was running media both services today :tap: )

I am not sure how to get there. I remember it was very close to you house. :??

Kirochka
09-17-2006, 10:42 AM
As I suspected, Jerry won't be coming - I hope it doesn't rain on his plans to pull out/cut out more buckthorn today. Or on us!

Vicki, I don't know where you're coming from, but it looks like the farm is a straight shot on McDonald off of Randall (it had better be, or the map is wrong). 2.6 miles, according to the map the farm's site links to.

Julie
09-17-2006, 05:33 PM
*kicks herself for not bringing the camera*

KellyK
09-17-2006, 11:56 PM
Dotmom took pics today and will post them AS SOON as she gets home from picking her children up from their Grandparents' house.... damn kids always gettin' in the WAY of stuff! :!!!:


:teehee:

DotMom61
09-18-2006, 12:02 AM
Well, I *did* bring my camera, but after driving to pick the kids up from Grandma and putting together next week's schedule for the kids, I'M BEAT!!! I need to go to bed.

I'll try hard to get the pictures posted tomorrow, but I'll warn you that I have a busy day tomorrow, and it's not very likely I'll get to this.

Also, my battery died before I could get any animal pictures. :pout: Sorry, Hildie. I guess that just means you need to get better and come see Hildegaard the Alpaca for yourself!!! (I *did* get a picture of her combed & carded fleece, though!)

We had such a GREAT time @ the alpaca farm today. The animals were really happy to see us, and when we walked up to the fence, they all came over to say "hello." The Waldrons have two brand new little babies -- one that was born a month early and is still so tiny, but VERY frisky!!

By the time we left, I was trying to figure out how my family could work the purchase of an alpaca into our budget. Susan has already agreed that it would be a great idea & we could keep it there on their farm so Ron wouldn't miss it so much. Hmm ... :thinking: ... there just has to be a way.

DotMom61
09-18-2006, 12:09 AM
Oh yes, and I just found the information on the Northern Illinois Alpaca Extravaganza (http://www.likada.com/illinois-extravaganza/index.html) that Susan was telling us about. It's the weekend of Oct. 21-22!!

Holly
09-18-2006, 12:44 PM
I can't wait to hear about the alpaca farm trip! Did the weather cooperate? Can you post the website of the farm? Do they sell yarn, etc...?

Julie
09-18-2006, 04:33 PM
The weather was absolutely fabuous! Well, while I was there, anyways :D I left at 3 and on my way home it poured and poured.

The alpacas are soooo sweet...especially the babies! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: There's one baby who was born prematurely last week -- 8 pounds instead of the normal 16-ish -- and it was truly amazing how lively she was, jumping all over the place like a puppy. :roflhard: :heart: The other baby was born on Saturday.

They're such beautiful animals, and Sue was a most gracious hostess, giving us the full tour along with a wet felting demonstration. And she let us spin alpaca roving on her wheel. :inlove: (Vicki put us all to shame, of course!)

Holly, she does sell fleece as well as handspun and millspun yarn. It's all gorgeous and so yummily soft.

Andrea
09-18-2006, 05:28 PM
I want pictures :pout:

I hate when I can't make it to things :pout: :pout: :pout:

DotMom61
09-18-2006, 06:59 PM
I'm sorry, Andrea. :pout: (again)

I have been crazy busy today, and it's not going to get any better before bedtime. The good news is that my house is now almost all picked up (by the children, I might add), DS tried out a Taekwondo class today (and he loved it!), we made it to piano lessons, I have a grocery list to use @ the grocery store this evening, I have the kids' weekly schedules made up, I've talked to my Dad, Kelly, and my sister on the phone today, and I've hauled out several bags and boxes of things that need to go to Goodwill.

Right now I have to get dinner on the table for the kids so I can get DS to Boy Scouts in 30 minutes.

This is me: :blooby: running in circles again

When I can stop running in circles, I will post pictures, and I'm really sorry it's taking me so long. :help:

kimmie
09-19-2006, 07:42 AM
Oh yes, and I just found the information on the Northern Illinois Alpaca Extravaganza (http://www.likada.com/illinois-extravaganza/index.html) that Susan was telling us about. It's the weekend of Oct. 21-22!!

Okay, considering this is in my town and it lasts three days, I think I'll be able to make it to this one. Of course, I'm scheduled to work all day Saturday, but if that is when people are going, I'll try hard to switch days or at the very least come visit briefly at lunch time! Will they be selling yarn or is it just an opportunity to see the critters? No, I didn't mean that you guys are critters...I meant the alpacas.

:) kimmie

DotMom61
09-19-2006, 09:40 AM
No, I didn't mean that you guys are critters...I meant the alpacas.

But I think maybe we ARE, Kim! :??

:roflhard:

I'm not sure if anyone is actually going to this, but Susan was mentioning it to us, and I thought it sounded like a blast. I'm thinking I'll at least take the kids up there, and I would love it w/ DH would join us, but I think he's afraid I'll actually buy one. :lol:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-19-2006, 11:13 AM
darn, that's my anniversary weekend!!


trying to wait patiently for pictures.... :help:

KellyK
09-21-2006, 09:54 AM
OK - Im going to need a new excuse for not having pics up yet, Jul.... :tap:

DotMom61
09-21-2006, 10:38 AM
:waah:
:hair:
:gah:
:thud:

DotMom61
09-22-2006, 12:52 AM
:shifty:

I have pictures.


First of all ... this is the only picture I was able to get of Hildegard the Alpaca before my camera batteries died:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/HildegardsFleece.jpg

After we admired the fleece, Susan treated us to a description of what happens to the fleece after it's removed from the animal, and then she showed us how to spin!

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/SpinningDemo1.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/SpinningDemo2.jpg

Kelly gave it a try!

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/KellyCanSpin.jpg

So did Julie ... whoops! Where'd the end go?

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/OopsWherestheEnd.jpg

After spinning, Susan showed us how to "wet felt" the fleece ... she has some beautiful examples of fabric that was made this way:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/FeltedTextiles.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/FeltedTextilesUpClose.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/WetFeltingDemo2.jpg

And then we got to see how she turned those fabrics into purses, wall hangings, etc ...

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/FeltedItemsDisplay.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Misc/AdmiringFeltedItems.jpg

Please also notice all of the paintings hanging around in the room. She painted ALL of them, and they're just beautiful. She's very talented!

And now I MUST go to bed! :sleepy:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-22-2006, 01:59 PM
YAYYAYAYAAAAAY!!!! thank you for the pic of Hildegaard!!!!! :heart:


Those wet spun pieces are GORGEOUS!!!!! What a fabulous trip!

DotMom61
09-22-2006, 02:19 PM
I wish I could've gotten a picture of the ANIMAL!!! :verysad: I'll make sure I get one the next time we go see her. :muah:

Andrea
09-22-2006, 06:32 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Look at how happy Julie is looking at the wheel!! :heart: :heart: :heart:

Julie
09-22-2006, 07:37 PM
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

kemp
09-22-2006, 07:44 PM
Wow that fabric is so cool! I'm jealous you guys got such a fantastic demonstration.

Andrea
09-23-2006, 08:59 AM
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

You're so cute, Julie!! :muah:

Julie
09-23-2006, 09:48 AM
I am thisclose to buying a wheel :mrgreen: :happydance: :woot: :woohoo:

Andrea
09-23-2006, 09:54 AM
I just made it a little closer!!! :cheering:

KellyK
09-23-2006, 10:07 AM
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Thanks Jul!!!

SUCH a fun day!!






Except Ive decided that I'm never sitting down again... EVER... after seeing what happens to my thighs... :pout:

DotMom61
09-23-2006, 11:12 AM
Kelly!!! :pout: We *love* your thighs! Stop it!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-23-2006, 03:44 PM
I love your thighs!!!! :eyebrow: :eyebrow: :eyebrow: :eyebrow: :eyebrow:

Andrea
09-23-2006, 07:11 PM
Your thighs are BEAUUUUUUUUUUUUTIFUL!! :muah:

Can one ever not sit down ever again? I think this would be a good scientific experiment...not with you as the test subject though :teehee:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-24-2006, 01:56 AM
how would you potty? :shrug:

DotMom61
10-09-2006, 09:13 AM
There is a "Sewing & Quilt Expo" going on out here in St. Charles this weekend. I know that doesn't seem to fit, but Wool & Co. is going to be part of the Knitting & Crochet Center - they are even looking for "knitting ambassadors" to help answer questions. Check out their info here. (http://www.woolandcompany.net/WCSG/SewingQuilt.aspx)

Sadly, I don't think I'll be able to make it. :pout: Too many things to catch up on this week, and my sister & her family are flying into Chicago on Sat. for a seminar in Chicago. So, I'll be tied up w/ that part of the weekend.

MaryB
10-09-2006, 02:15 PM
Hi, Julie!! :heart:

We were in St. Charles this week-end for the Scarecrow Fest! Did you see me wave? (I did manage a quick trip to Wool & Co.)

I won't be available next week-end. We will be celebrating Dad's 94th birthday! I think that will take up most of Sat/Sun.

DotMom61
10-09-2006, 03:03 PM
Darn it, Mary!! I wasn't here this weekend, or I probably would have seen you. DD's Girl Scout troop had a display in Lincoln Park, and we would've been there.

Oh well!! Next year. ;-)

Holly
10-12-2006, 02:56 PM
Hello Illinois Gang! :waving: I was just checking back about the Oct get-together -- is the 28th at Chix still a plan? How is everyone doing?!

KellyK
10-17-2006, 02:19 AM
YES! :cheering: YES YES YES!!!!! Shall we take a headcount??

Kirochka
10-17-2006, 09:01 AM
Me! :cheering: :cheering:

mwedzi
10-17-2006, 09:21 AM
wait, what's going on? I click on the last page and what I see is "I love your thighs" and "how would you potty?". what meeting? where?

VickiIL
10-17-2006, 09:38 AM
I can't be there. My 7yo has his award ceremony for soccer on that day. He would never forgive me if I didn't attend to see him get his first trophey. That is the stuff future therapy sessions are made of.

Have fun with out me!

Kirochka
10-17-2006, 09:45 AM
Nikki, it's a get-together to celebrate (after the fact!) Kelly's birthday, at Chix with Stix (http://www.chixwithstixknitting.com/) in Forest Park. Not sure exactly what time... :?? D'OH! Forgot to say, on Saturday 28 October!

DotMom61
10-17-2006, 11:17 AM
I'll be there!!!

And Nikki!! Hope you can come! It's always fun to meet new people!!

Andrea
10-17-2006, 07:34 PM
I won't be there :verysad: :pout:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-17-2006, 08:59 PM
soooo....

ME
Kelly
Holly
Karen
Jules/DM
Kate


Mary? Nikki? Julie? Lana? Ingrid? :teehee:




No Vick or Andweaaaa :pout:

KellyK
10-17-2006, 11:51 PM
We usually meet at 11,..... right?? We have to get there in time to monopolize the big front table! :twisted:

Andrea
10-18-2006, 05:17 PM
No Vick or Andweaaaa :pout:
:verysad:

KellyK
10-19-2006, 09:07 AM
So is it just the 6 of us??

mwedzi
10-19-2006, 09:27 AM
I might come. This is actually a doable meetup. Get off blue (green?) line at Harlem and walk 5 or so blocks, looks like.

DotMom61
10-19-2006, 10:42 AM
No Vicki *or* Andrea?! :pout: What about The Other Julie? :pout: MaryB? :pout: Leslie? :pout: Lana? :pout:

And no one is flying in ?! :verysad:


:waah:


It looks like my DD will also be joining us ... the guys are going camping w/ the Boy Scouts that weekend. Perhaps she can babysit Howard. :teehee: (Poor Howie -- she loves him so.)

Andrea
10-19-2006, 07:41 PM
I really don't see how you guys are going to have fun without us? :shrug:

Holly
10-20-2006, 02:30 PM
:cheering: My sister in law -- Charlene -- is going to join us :-) She is currently working on her third felted bag, and has just cast-on to try socks. She doesn't have a knittinghelp account yet, but she is a long time lurker and my great knitting buddy xxx

Julie -- looking forward to meeting your DD! Does she knit yet? My Cub Scout troup is invited to go with the Boy Scouts to "The Worlds Largest Corn Maze" (Richardson's in Spring Grove) on our knitting day. I felt a twinge of guilt about choosing knitting over scouts, but I quickly got over it!! Hopefully, one of the other parents will step up and take the boys.

After consulting mapquest, and acknowledging my irrational fear of the tollway, we will be taking rte. 12 from McHenry most of the way. (Thanks for offering the ride, Julie, but since I'll have Char in the car for moral support and map reading, I'm going to go for it!!)

KellyK
10-20-2006, 04:03 PM
:cheering: :cheering: BAILEY!! :cheering: :cheering:

Nikki... Im PMing my cell phone number. Call me when you get off at Harlem, Ill leave home & be there in 5 minutes. Walk south down the hill to the light (toward the UHaul place) and meet me at the corner. I have a gray 4dr Hyundai Accent with a pewter chihuahua hanging from the rear-view mirror and a K1P1 bumper sticker. Ill be turning left from south Harlem. Its right on my way. :thumbsup:

:woot:

DotMom61
10-21-2006, 12:34 AM
Holly, I'm so glad you're coming *and* bringing your SIL! And Nikki, it will be great to have yet *another* new face, too!! I'm really looking forward to it!!

mwedzi
10-21-2006, 08:48 AM
:cheering: :cheering: BAILEY!! :cheering: :cheering:

Nikki... Im PMing my cell phone number. Call me when you get off at Harlem, Ill leave home & be there in 5 minutes. Walk south down the hill to the light (toward the UHaul place) and meet me at the corner. I have a gray 4dr Hyundai Accent with a pewter chihuahua hanging from the rear-view mirror and a K1P1 bumper sticker. Ill be turning left from south Harlem. Its right on my way. :thumbsup:

:woot:

oooh, so that's what the PM was about. :) when you said be there at a certain time, i was like, well, ok, if it's really critical i arrive at the yarn store at that exact time, i guess i can do it. :?? now i get it.

this is so timely, cuz, can you believe, i don't have a cell phone? i know, i'm like the only one in the world. but i just ordered a cheap one that is pay-as-you-go, so I actually *will* be able to call you.

thanks for the lift!

KellyK
10-22-2006, 03:59 PM
Nooo problem, Nikki! Cant wait to meetcha!! :heart:

Holly
10-23-2006, 01:31 PM
I believe my other SIL, Cheryl, will also be coming to Chix!

I'm also looking forward to meeting you, Nikki!

Is Howie coming to Chix??

KellyK
10-23-2006, 02:06 PM
He IS!!! :cheering:

Holly
10-23-2006, 10:36 PM
:cheering: Yeah! I've got to see this dashing young dog who has all you women dropping at his paws :teehee:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-23-2006, 10:41 PM
I am bringing a shpeshul dessert!!!!!!! :happydance:

KellyK
10-26-2006, 09:45 AM
I cant wait to see the spayshul dessert!! :happydance:

Im just bumping this up so no one forgets!!!

Kirochka
10-26-2006, 10:12 AM
Uh... Kelly... you're not going to be licking us all and giving us the plague, are you...? :shock:

:teehee:

Holly
10-26-2006, 01:09 PM
:waah: A family thing has come up, and we might not be able to come after all :pout: I'll find out more tonight and post again ... :verysad:

Holly

KellyK
10-26-2006, 01:31 PM
:pout: HOLLLLYYYYYYYYY!!! :pout:

I promise not to lick. Ill stay at least 10 feet away from you.... :verysad:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-27-2006, 09:38 PM
you can lick ME..... :twisted:

KellyK
10-28-2006, 12:31 AM
:eyebrow:

DotMom61
10-28-2006, 02:01 AM
Oh, Bailey is going to be SO excited to hear that Howard is going to be there!! :yay:

MaryB
10-28-2006, 09:35 AM
Have a great time today. :hug: :hug: Share the joy and not the germs!!! I can't wait for pictures.

Happy Birthday, Kelly! Yeah on the new job! :happydance:













When did this forum open? I was looking for you back at the old place!?! :shrug: :shrug:

KellyK
10-28-2006, 09:52 AM
New as of yesterday, Mary! Do ya like??

We'll MISS ya!!! :hug:

MaryB
10-28-2006, 09:56 AM
Our posts crossed, Kelly. I edited to add birthday and new job good wishes! :muah:

Holly
10-28-2006, 09:59 AM
:verysad: I'm officially being a backer-outer :verysad: I'm especially upset that I'm going to be missing Kelly and Hilde licking eachother :roflhard: !!

I'm soooo sorry I'm going to miss seeing everyone AND introing my 2 sis in laws to the group. I'll push them to get online :poke: ! Have GREAT knitting fun today, and take pics!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY :muah: ! :clink:

KellyK
10-28-2006, 10:00 AM
:verysad: Thanks, Holly..... :pout:

DotMom61
10-28-2006, 10:08 AM
:pout: Holly!!!!!! :waah:


And we're going to be late. :shifty: We were up late, we GOT up late, and now we're RUNNING late. :wall: So, we'll be there, but it's going to be past 11. I'd better get rolling ... see you in a bit!! :muah:

Are you feeling better, Kel????? :heart:


(*Please* don't lick me ... I don't have time to be sick. :shock:)

KellyK
10-28-2006, 05:05 PM
OMG, my friends gave me SUCH an awesome birthday, and now Im feeling SO awful that I didnt even get to go to lunch. :waah: I just got home & called my doc's office... I dont even know how they handle things on weekends... Im hoping they'll just call in some antibiotics. :pray:

I have pics, Ill post them later. I need to wait for a call back & take a nap.

KellyK
10-29-2006, 02:29 PM
OK - here's some Pix from Chix! :teehee:

KellyK
10-29-2006, 02:32 PM
A few more...

10-29-2006, 02:49 PM
No pics! :shrug:

KellyK
10-29-2006, 02:52 PM
I think you can only see pics if you sign in... you are listed as a "guest" right now.. :pout:

Sara
10-29-2006, 02:53 PM
No pics! :shrug:

:noway: This "Guest" post is me! How did this happen? :?? Anyway, when I went thru the login dealie, I could suddenly see the pics. Whoah, dude. Surreal... 8)

Sara
10-29-2006, 03:00 PM
Knitters really ARE the most gorgeous people on the planet! :heart:

I really can't get over how much Dotmom looks like Mary McDonnell from Dances With Wolves and Battlestar Galactica.

I adore Nikki's hat! :heart: Can you spin your bunnies' fur, Nikki?

Kelly, Howard's sweater looks really cute!

DotMom61
10-29-2006, 03:17 PM
I really can't get over how much Dotmom looks like Mary McDonnell from Dances With Wolves and Battlestar Galactica.

:shock: Really? I used to have people tell me all the time that I looked like Jane Fonda. :oops:

Thanks, Sara ... Mary McD is purty. :aww:

KellyK
10-29-2006, 03:26 PM
Thanks for the Howie Sweater compliments, Sara!!

I dont think you look ANYTHING like Jane Fonda, Jul... :??

http://tomburka.com/archives/pics/barbarella01.jpg

mwedzi
10-29-2006, 03:49 PM
Great pics! It was fun! Poor Kelly, I hope you feel better soon. Hope the ice cream soothed your throat.

Sara
10-29-2006, 04:02 PM
Jane Fonda? :?? Not so much... But that outfit? :eyebrow:

Wouldn't that spark a fire in DH's chimney! :eyebrow: :eyebrow:

:teehee:

Kirochka
10-29-2006, 04:13 PM
Can we stop for a minute, by the way, to stand in awe of the accomplishments of Miss Bailey Ricketts? The girl is a master of Tae Kwan Do, and a writer with a book-in-progress! She can break boards with her feet! And she's got a fabulous smile!

Loved spending time with you, Bailey! :heart: :heart:

KellyK
10-29-2006, 04:18 PM
Bailey is AWESOME!! Even though she wouldnt cuddle with ME instead of Howie... :verysad:

Sara... you can test DH's "chimney" by renting "Barbarella"... its a HYSTERICAL movie!!

Jan in CA
10-29-2006, 04:25 PM
Love the pictures, Kelly! I'm sorry you were sick! :pout: I hope to get to meet you all someday!

VickiIL
10-29-2006, 07:22 PM
Looks like you had a great time! I am so sorry I had to miss it. I can't wait to see you all again at our next one. I am seriously missing you all. I feel like I hardly have time to check in anymore..... Between (finally) being employed, homeschooling, and knitting, I am going through major KH withdraws...... :pout:

DotMom61
10-29-2006, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the Howie Sweater compliments, Sara!!

I dont think you look ANYTHING like Jane Fonda, Jul... :??

http://tomburka.com/archives/pics/barbarella01.jpg

Well, when I'm dressed like THAT, it's like we're TWINS!! :rollingeyes:

And, Karen, I might just keep that note re: Bailey between us ... I'm thinking her little head might start swelling. ;-) (She *is* pretty terrific, though, even if I do say so myself. :teehee: She had a lot of fun with you all yesterday!!)

And we missed ya', Vicki!! It was a small, but fun "crowd." We managed to lure a wayward knitter into our group, too. It turns out she's a medical student @ Loyola! She was very nice & fit right in w/ us knitaholics.

Andrea
10-30-2006, 10:46 AM
You guys look gorgeous!!

I looooooooove Howie's jersey--him and Peener are going to look so cute next time they're together!!

And thanks for wearing my socks :heart:

Wish I could have gone :hug:

DotMom61
10-30-2006, 11:45 AM
And thanks for wearing my socks :heart:

"Your" socks were uber cute!! I want to make some.

Wish I could have gone :hug:

So do we. :pout:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-31-2006, 08:33 PM
Hey guys, I'm teaching a needle felting class at Chix on the 11th and 18th. I think you all should sign up and then tell Dana how fabulous I am!!!

sara_jayne
10-31-2006, 09:05 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: HOW FUN!!!!!

What time on said days? :shifty:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-31-2006, 09:12 PM
11:00 !




I think :shifty:

sara_jayne
10-31-2006, 09:15 PM
Really?

I will be driving through IL on those days so maybe I'll have to stop by for class and a little knitting! :happydance:

KellyK
10-31-2006, 09:18 PM
OMG, SJ, that would be AWESOME!!!

Hild, I already tell Dana how fabulous you are! :muah: :muah: :muah:

sara_jayne
10-31-2006, 09:26 PM
I think the one on the 18th would be the best bet. I'll be leaving Ohio on Friday night and I could drive through to Chicago no problem (I've done it before). Then I could go home after the class on Saturday (and after a little knitting time). I might need some where to stay though! :flirt: [/b]

KellyK
10-31-2006, 09:47 PM
Can I have her this time, Hild??? :pray:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-31-2006, 09:50 PM
NO!!!! She's mine!!!! :!!!:

sara_jayne
10-31-2006, 10:00 PM
:flirt: You are fighting over me! :aww:

Should we all just camp out at KellyKs house? (as I invite us all over! :oops: )

VickiIL
10-31-2006, 10:23 PM
Hey guys, I'm teaching a needle felting class at Chix on the 11th and 18th. I think you all should sign up and then tell Dana how fabulous I am!!!

Is it two one day classes?... or One 2 day class? Sounds like fun! If it is a one day class I might be able to make one! And of course we will tell Dana you are fabulous....Although I am sure she she will be able see your fabulousness instantly!

KellyK
10-31-2006, 10:47 PM
I MIGHT be able to talk Al into another sleepover.... If I :flirt: or ask him after an :eyebrow: activity :eyebrow: of some sort! :teehee:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-01-2006, 12:17 AM
It's a 2 session class... the first time I'll teach the technique, and the second we'll work on a project that the students want to start.

KK, maybe we can stay the night at your house if we all :eyebrow: with Al... isn't that every man's dream??? A harem of you me and SJ!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-01-2006, 12:18 AM
I love that this is the longest thread in this forum :teehee:

sara_jayne
11-01-2006, 12:20 AM
So, can I still come if I can only make it to the second session? :shrug:

I'd love a sleep over!

I'm sure Kelly can find something to thank all properly! :eyebrow: I can bring oatmeal fudge bars if that would help! Don't worry Kelly, I'll make 2 batches and we can give one batch to Al and keep the other batch for ourselves! :teehee:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-01-2006, 12:28 AM
I don't know how the class policy works.... KK? Does Chix prorate if somone can only make one session, or do they still have to pay for both?

KellyK
11-01-2006, 03:17 AM
KK, maybe we can stay the night at your house if we all :eyebrow: with Al... isn't that every man's dream??? A harem of you me and SJ!

OK... that's just WEIRD. :hmm: Yeah.... I think I like the oatmeal fudge bars idea better. :neutral:

I would think Dana would prorate... you can always call her and ask!

DotMom61
11-01-2006, 10:41 AM
I can't come to your felting class, Hild. I'm supposed to be speaking @ an American Cancer Society thing @ NIU on 11/11. :help: I am NOT a public speaker, but they want me to come and talk about being a 'caregiver.' I'm askeered.

OK ... back to your regularly scheduled banter.

Kirochka
11-01-2006, 10:46 AM
I'm sorry, Hild... on the 11th we're seeing Hamlet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and on the 18th we'll be in NY...( :pout: but :cheering: but :pout: )...

KellyK
11-01-2006, 11:10 AM
OMG, Jul! That's SO exciting!! You'll be GREAT... just be YOU and tell your story. :hug:

DotMom61
11-01-2006, 11:26 AM
OMG, Jul! That's SO exciting!! You'll be GREAT... just be YOU and tell your story. :hug:

Why am I so nervous, then? :pout:

VickiIL
11-01-2006, 11:37 AM
You'll be great Julie! What a wonderful opportunity for you to touch someone! Maybe another mom who is just starting this scary journey or a doctor that cares for kids. Just tell you story. You're there because they want to hear what you have to say.

I know it is a little scary. I am having to speak more often lately and I am nervous sometimes. But as soon as I start to talk and people respond to what I say *most* of the jitters go away and I am just sharing at that point. You'll be GREAT!

DotMom61
11-01-2006, 12:11 PM
Thanks, Vicki ... you're a great cheerleader! ;-)

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-05-2006, 11:02 PM
11:30 to 1:00 :cheering:


sorry you're nervous Jules.... :pout: I'll be nervous too! We'll send each other good public speaking vibes!

Julie
11-16-2006, 12:50 PM
Hey IL knitters...this just in from Fringe...

Last week in West Chicago, where Nancy and Veronica live, 23 families tragically lost their homes in a five-alarm fire at the Main Park Apartments. Many of these people have lost the majority of their belongings as well as their irreplaceable memories and personal effects.

Fringe is asking you to dig into your stash and help these families in this season of giving and humanity. We are collecting donations of warm knitted items - hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, socks, sweaters, blankets, whatever - to provide warmth and comfort to those victims, handknitted or otherwise. Please drop off what you can provide between now and 5pm on Wednesday, November 22nd, and we will deliver them to the Neighborhood Resource Center of West Chicago in time for Thanksgiving. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated!

In addition, we will be offering charity hat kits for $5 in the shop. For $5, we'll give you a simple hat pattern and enough yarn to knit it, and then, when you turn the hat back in to donate it, we'll give you back a $5 gift certificate good towards the purchase of anything in our store. We will continue to accept these hats and any other donations through the month of December.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-17-2006, 11:29 PM
Thanks Julie!!! That's a good idea. Im going to let my LYS know, too.

Any thought on another knittogether in December? May I suggest December 22--it's a Friday, and One More Row is hosting a "finish your gifts" night... we'll be open from 10am-12 midnight. Now I don't expect ya'll to stay till midnight, being so far away, but it might be fun to come in the evening for a few hours if you can!!! I won't show up unil 3:30 or 4, though, because of school.

I'm also teaching several classes there. We're doing a sachet on December 9, and a really cute beaded votive holder on December 9th. Both classes are from 11am-noon, and cost 10 dollars including materials.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-17-2006, 11:30 PM
Thanks Julie!!! That's a good idea. Im going to let my LYS know, too.

Any thought on another knittogether in December? May I suggest December 22--it's a Friday, and One More Row is hosting a "finish your gifts" night... we'll be open from 10am-12 midnight. Now I don't expect ya'll to stay till midnight, being so far away, but it might be fun to come in the evening for a few hours if you can!!! I won't show up unil 3:30 or 4, though, because of school.

I'm also teaching several classes there. We're doing a sachet on December 9, and a really cute beaded votive holder on December 9th. Both classes are from 11am-noon, and cost 10 dollars including materials.

mullerslanefarm
11-20-2006, 05:49 PM
I'm just south of Rock Falls.

We've set up a 'fiber guild' the 1st Thursday of each month for ALL forms of fiber arts -

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/fiberguild

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-22-2006, 12:03 AM
OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

I live in Dixon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE GOING TO BE BEST FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-22-2006, 12:08 AM
I just went to Unique Yarns in Rockford yesterday. OH MY GOODNESS!!! This place is stunning!!! Think W&C in Geneva, but BIGGER and MORE. The people are SUPER nice, and they have tons and tons and tons and TONS of yarn, roving, notions, etc. ANnnnnnnnd their mmmmm is only 10 bucks!!!

mullerslanefarm
11-22-2006, 09:33 AM
WOOT! :hug: :cheering:

The 'guild' is small - some months only 2 of us, some months about 10. We have a mixed group of knitters/crocheters/spinners/weavers & fiber producers.

A very relaxed group. As of yet, we're just a bunch of women that get together and work on UFO. We've done a bit of needle felting one month and taught a lady to spin another month.

All ideas are welcomed (and appreciated!)

Andrea
11-24-2006, 07:46 PM
I must go there!! It's really not too far from me? 45 minutes probably :shrug:

KellyK
11-24-2006, 11:27 PM
Ill try to come on Dec 22nd! That will be FUN! Like the lock-ins we used to have in HS!

Let me see if anyone can take my Saturday on the 9th. Ive never done any beaded knitting! Plus, I need to see this LYS of yours... how does one get there??

Julie
11-25-2006, 12:12 PM
Did you say roving? :eyebrow:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-25-2006, 11:12 PM
:wall: don't you know I'll be teaching a class on the first thursday of december!!!!

have you been to the LYS in Oregon?

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-25-2006, 11:14 PM
yes Julie, ROVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tons and TONS of it!!!!!


KK, you can come to my house and we can go together....

Anyone else up for beaded votive holders on the 9th? :hmm:

mullerslanefarm
11-26-2006, 11:04 AM
Well, there's always January.

I've heard about the LYS in Oregon but haven't been out yet. Do you know if she buys or consigns hand spun yarns??

KellyK
11-30-2006, 08:26 AM
What do I need to bring, Hild? How much is the class?