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STUFF/IDEAS SUGGESTED BY MEMBERS:
R. loves her “knit'n'spin” to
hold her yarn in place while knitting. You can email
with questions. The wood options
are maple, cherry, poplar and walnut. They also have
a few “mystery wood” which have been stained a deep
rich red, very pretty. Height options are 5 inches and
7 inches. If they have the combination (height/wood)
in stock, they send it right out. If not, they make
it and ship when it's ready, usually about two weeks.
Martin, A Loom with a View, 31R Pleasant Street, Newburyport
, MA 01950 ( 978) 463-9276
a great plug-in box light from JoAnn Fabrics to set on
her lap and light her knitting from underneath - she wanted
something portable like it for travel & found the
battery operated closet lights work great! You can
find them for about $3 at Michaels & other shops!
H. says Wren Ross' knitting
CD is great!
loves her ice pink knitting bag from Lands' End.
Lands End calls it a "large tailored tote diaper
bag" but Ginny was wise enough to spot a great knitting
bag when she sees one. It has lots of compartments, organizing
pockets, easy clean, great price - comes in different
Kate B: I love my PDA (Personal Data Assistant). It
is a Palm IIIc. It's a pretty old model now, but does
everything I want it to do. It has a color display and
8mg of memory. I've downloaded quite a few programs for
it and still have about half the memory left. Software
that comes with it includes; an address book, calculator,
Datebook, Expense report, and email feature (which I haven't
used), memo pad, and to do list along with other stuff
to make it all work. At first I thought these things were
expensive calculators and address books, but I use it
all the time. I have 3 knitting programs
I use on it: KnitAble, CountAble(both from HandAble.com),
and eKnit-Kards(from Nancy's Knit Knacks), a couple of
games, and a data base called Smartlist which I highly
recommend. I also use a program called ewallet to store
a bunch of confidential info. I started putting recipes
that I was always misplacing in it. Instead of having
lots of pieces of paper to keep track of I just put everything
in the Palm. I bought mine used from a coworker who was
upgrading their model.
K's photobook: Toni
uses a small bound booklet of nice handmade paper to document
her knitting projects. Use transparent photo mounting
squares to pop photos into the book. Write notes on the
page about pattern, gauge, needles, yarn info along with
a sample of yarn & maybe who the item was for. She
gives lots of items as gifts on the condition that she
receives a photo back of the receiver wearing their gift.
Toni advises this is also a good way for beginners to
see their knitting history, admire their finished projects
and see how they've improved!
Knitting Information Book -
Carol Hurt recommends this book which is one of the most
extensive yarn interchange references available (info
on over 13,000 different yarns!). It is updated
twice a year. Another option for this type of info
IN THE NEWS
by Amanda Y:
Red Thread Project: An invisible red thread
connects those who are destined to meet regardless of
time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or
tangle, but it will never break. Chinese Legend of the
Red Thread. This spring students from six local elementary
schools will be participating in The Red Thread Project®.
Based on a Chinese proverb that describes how an invisible
red thread connects us all, the Project is a community
art endeavor where students create art while performing
a community service. It visualizes a community’s
interdependence through the making, connecting, exhibiting
and distributing of handmade hats.
In February, 2011, artist Lindsay Obermeyer,
who created the project, will teach students at St.
Roch, Kehrs Mill, Wyland,
Brown, Ames and Valley
Park Elementary School how to knit hats with
looms and yarn provided by Springboard. Through Lindsay’s
stories of adopting a child from Romania, the students
will realize how much the actions of one person affect
another. They will together in the classroom, helping
each other make the hats. The will be asked to think together
-- who would benefit from their hats? Children with cancer,
those without warm clothes, perhaps a St. Louis charity?
Each hat the children make will be unique and will represent
their creative effort, concern for others, and a desire
to be part of the greater community.
On April 16th, the students will invite
their parents and school communities to Laumeier Sculpture
Park to learn about the project and hear stories of community
by Springboard storytellers. Students will demonstrate
how to make a hat and share stories about the ways they
are learning to respect and value each member of their
school community. By May, the students will be finished
with their hats. Lindsay Obermeyer will return to St.
Louis and lead the students in a Dance of Hats. Wearing
their hats, the students will be led through a series
of simple movements while they are connected to each other.
After the performance, the hats will be exhibited at school
and then given to the charity of the students’ choice.
To get involved in this project, you
are invited to join us at the Springboard office on January
28, 2011 @ 10:00 for a crash course in using a round loom.
Volunteers are needed to help Lindsay Obermeyer teach
the students how to knit the week of February 7th and
to help connect the hats April 18th - 20th during the
school day at the various schools. Download a volunteer
If you would like to assist us with
this important project and can attend the meeting on January
28th at the Springboard office, please RSVP to Dina DeMasi
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