Arcadia Knitting is holding a Chicagoland Knit Blogger Meetup on Monday, July 31st at 7:00pm. The idea is to meet up face to face with the people you know from cyberspace. They're going to have a few designers on hand like Corinne Neissner of LuckyPennyHandmade.com showing off their latest creations as well as a sneak peek of the new yarns for this fall. And tasty snacks and equally tasty prizes.
Arcadia is located at 1613 W. Lawrence Avenue - you can take the Lawrence or Clark Street bus to get there or the Red or Brown el lines (Lawrence and Damen stops respectively). Lots of street parking as well.
My first crochet project ever was the One Skein Scarf which was a success (at least for me). I'm working on the Garden Scarf now.
I think for people that can really focus in on things, the One Skein Scarf is the project for them. If you need instant gratification, go with the Garden Scarf - it doesn't take very long to complete a flower.
I'm working on this one right now using Endless Summer Connemara from elann.com. It's a pretty straightforward knit in the round project. I just started working the eyelet pattern on the bottom of the body last night.
Reynolds Cabana might work. It's a cotton acrylic blend. I think it gets 12 sts to 4", but you might be able to adjust enough to work with it. I like it because it's spun so the acrylic is on the inside of the yarn and the cotton is on the outside, making it softer than a traditional cotton blend. Comes in a bunch of bright and light colors, too.
I think the easiest thing to do would be to make a mix of 40's big band music to play at the party. It will certainly help add to your theme. The popular ones from that period are Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Solo artists like Sinatra and Bing Crosby were also very big as well as Ella Fitzgerald (who has a track called, appropriately, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?) and Billy Holiday.
Any leather working folks out there? I'm working on some jackets for a friend and I'm looking for a good site to order some spots - larger sized pyramid or diamond spots, specifically. I estimate that I'm going to need a few thousand of these to finish things to spec, so wholesale or discount suppliers would be divine.