December 7, 2009

Crochet with Dee! at The Local Needle

Posted in crochet, Events, The Local Needle Yarn Shop, Yarn Shop activity tagged , , , at 8:41 am by outdoorknitter

We are SO excited about having nationally known, Dee Stanziano, teach a workshop at The Local Needle! 

She is a delightful lady that is taking her crochet experience to the South during this Holiday Season in order to conduct a workshop that she has coined The Pushmi~Pullyu technique.  The technique is learned while working this beautiful and unique scarf.

Pushmi~Pullyu Scarf

This workshop is named after the Pushmi~Pullyu animal featured in the Doctor Dolittle novel written by Huge Lofting.  A Pushmi~Pullyu is the beloved two-headed alpaca/antelope (depending upon which version of the story you know) that delights everyone. 

Many crocheters look at their work in one direction, from left to right, or from right to left.  Is it possible crochet can have more than one direction?  And if so, what are the benefits?

In this popular 3-hour workshop taught at the National CGOA Conferences, Dee will have participants exploring the amazing possibilities of what happens when crochet is turned around!  Not just by turning your work, but by watching what happens when stitches are created backwards! Crocheting in opposite directions has its rewards!  Pattern to create Dee’s award-winning scarf will be provided to participants.

  • When:  Sunday 12/20/09 1:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Fee:  $40.00 plus materials, space is limited so call today!  (904) 259-5648
  • Materials Needed: 2 skeins of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn, simple in texture and color. Crochet hook for yarn chosen.  Optional: beaded trim.  Materials must be purchased at The Local Needle.
  • Crochet Experience needed: participants should be comfortable with creating the foundation chain, single crochet stitches, keeping tension, counting stitches.
  • Email Joan with any questions:

And…there’s more than one way to join in the fun…

Crochet Meet-Up!

 Wear your crochet finery, or bring your favorite crochet projects for some Show & Tell while enjoying great food and great crochet conversation!

Please consider bringing a new teddy bear … it can be crocheted, knitted or purchased. These teddy bears will be donated to Fire Station #25; they in turn will give the teddy bears to the children in distress when the Station responds to calls.

We hope you can join us!  

“Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. “ — Doris Lessing


June 23, 2009

Stitch N’ Pitch, Jacksonville Suns

Posted in Events, knitting, Stitch N' Pitch, Yarn, Yarn Shop activity at 3:30 pm by outdoorknitter

Local Shops in the Jacksonville, FL area teamed up with the Jacksonville Suns for the area’s first ever Stitch N’ Pitch!   

The Suns were matched up against the Carolina Mudcats and although the game was a loss, it was still a win for stitchers.  AND…we learned that a mudcat is a catfish that lives in muddy water (I’m not so sure I’d name a team after that tho).

 Like any good Stitch N’ Pitch, goody bags are a requirement! 

Stuffing Goody Bags

L to R: Sharon (Hanks Yarn & Fiber) April, Kaycee (fans of The Local Needle)

 Not only would we like to thank the Baker County Chamber of Commerce for letting us use their facilities,  we’d also like to thank the following businesses for contributing to our local Stitch N’ Pitch event:

A Stitch In Time
Country Crossroads Quilt Shop
Fran’s Knitting Boutique
Gloves In A Bottle
Hanks Yarn $ Fiber
Plastique Recreations
Rocket Yarn
The Local Needle

It was a breezy, warm and rainy day at the park and it was all we could do to stay dry.  However, with the tarp in place and the game delayed, we were able to get in a little more knitting time!

Knitting during rain delay.

Approximately 35 showed up for the game… not the numbers we were hoping for, however those that came had a great time.  A perfect day for a hot dog and some knittin’ & stitchin’. 
1/2 the group

1/2 the group


and...the other 1/2 of the group
and…the other 1/2 of the group
Beetlejuice casting on for next years garment
Beetlejuice casting on for…perhaps next year’s garment?

The NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP) will be receiving upward of $150.00 from this event – well done everyone!

Our goal for next year is to have it earlier in the Season (hoping for April!), set back under cover a bit more (in case it’s another rainy day)  and to double the number that attend! 

Thanks to everyone that participated and attended!

June 16, 2008

World Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIP)

Posted in Events, Yarn Shop activity tagged , , , , , at 8:03 am by outdoorknitter

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company.

The Local Needle wanted to arrange a KIP for the Jacksonville and surrounding areas and decided  St. Augustine, (where there’s lots of little quaint shops, good food and of course…public), would be an excellent place to do such a thing.

Here we have the first to arrive for the day (perfect timing if you ask me!):   

Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits.

I was privileged enough to meet a neighbor…Fran, of Fran’s Knitting Boutique (standing in the photo above).  I had called her to see if she was interested in co-sponsoring this local event and she jumped in with both feet.  After a few phone conversations and lots of help from Ann Marie (Thank you!),  we settled on The Spanish Bakery on St. George Street.  It had picnic tables and lots of shade (message to all-mighty WWKIP Gods…PLEASE change this day to Spring or Fall, some of us live in Florida!).

Another shop in the area made an appearance as well,  A Stitch In Time, bringing with them some yummy Kureyon Sock yarn for a drawing along with some free patterns. (Note to self:  Next year, remember to take picture of yarn drawing.)

This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you. Who knows you might even bump into your neighbor! Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.  

 I don’t know if they’re closeted or not, but they sure showed up.  I think we counted 35+ fellow knitters, with many more that wanted to come, but had prior arrangements.  


We had buttons too!

 The best part about the event was the bread seeing what everyone was working on..


 In all, it was a great day… no rain, a light breeze, fun conversation, and knitting all around us. 

So until next year…. .


Hope to see you again!