Saturday, March 08, 2008

Marathon Knitting

Last week was my Library's annual author lunch. It is our biggest fund raiser for the year. We host anywhere from 500 - 700 guests!

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

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!


Susan said...

Really cute hats & a cute idea!

Patricia said...

Wow, those are some generous baskets. As for the peach baby hat with the red something or other on the quick click and scroll saw something disturbing.
Looks like I'd better have another cup of coffee and put on my spectacles.

WandaWoman said...

It sounded like a great time and lots of great baskets. I love how you tapped into your various interests to donate gift baskets too.

Kenyetta said...

Cute hats! Love the baskets.

Anonymous said...

Those are some incredible baskets! And the hats you did are all different, but each is amazing. Great job!

Mary Anne said...

Your hats are adorable and the baskets are so beautiful.

hakucho said...

All the beautiful gift baskets, but I must say I just love your baby hats...they are not only very cute but quite fashionable.

Vera H. said...

Lovely baskets and the hats are so sweet.

Ina said...

Looks like a fabulous fundraiser! Love all the hats! Isn't it great to have a superpower?

Virtuous said...

OMG!! Your luncheon was a such! SO many people! And FAB packages!!!

LOL @ why you don't spread your speed knitting out! ;op Haha!
Great lovely little knits!

Your "Yarnaholic's Yarn Tour" was FAB!!! LUV IT!

Beate said...

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Claudia said...

Wow - those baskets are stunning!!!
Aren't you a busy bee?! :-) I love all your baby hats!!

Jessica said...

What a great fundraiser! I should really come check out your library... I think I live pretty close by now.