This year we featured Lisa See and her book Peony in Love. I must say she is a delightful speaker and was one of our best.
Each board member has to drum up gift baskets to auction so that means a bunch of marathon knitting for me. Why I don't spread this out throughout the year, I'll never know. Marce, over on Brown Berry Chronicles, has started a KAL to do just that but I've not compiled my list as yet because of the auction and some Easter knitting I'm doing for my lovely nieces.
I made several little girl baby hats. Our basket maker, Sharon, did a lovely job bundling up all of the goodies.
I also contributed a Yarnaholic's Yarn Tour. A day of touring local yarn stores and learning about different brand names and artisan yarns. I made a small clutch too and included the fantastic book by Clara Parks, The Knitter's Book of Yarn.
Pattern: The Clutch You'll Never Give Up, from the One Skein book
My terrific LYS, Close Knit Yarns, donated a basket too -
I also got a couple of my neighbors to donate baskets. Tim Harper is a local author who recently published, The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Constitution (there is one aspiring politician I sure would like to give this to!). Tim donated some books on beer he authored and I included some exotic brews to go along with it.
My garden club did a basket featuring an event we are doing with the extraordinary Simone Pickering, the florist to Prince Charles, Elton John and many others. She is visiting our club from England on Thursday, May 15 from 7-9pm. If you are interested in attending, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A neighborhood dad donated a signed football.
Jeff Feagles, kicker, New York Giants, Superbowl champs!
There were tons more baskets and we all had the best time. Now to get ready for my lovely niece's new baby. Marce I need help!