Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30th

Hi Everyone,One last email before my "term" as Secretary is up. :-)December was a busy month, with demonstrating at Forest City Stockade, the Christmas Party with the Mississippi River Spinners, and the Fiber Swap at Karen's.A couple of follow-up items from the Fiber Swap that we wanted everyone to know about --1. Nancy brought some horseradish pickles for the pot-luck that received rave reviews, and she has graciously shared the recipe:Horseradish Dill PicklesUse a 1 1/2qt jar of whole Kosher Dills. Rinse well and slice lengthwise.Add 1/3c prepared horseradish. Boil 1 1/2c sugar, 1/3c water and 2/3c white vinegar. Pour over pickles while hot. Cap. Refrigerate. Occasionally turn jars over. Use after 24 hours. Pickles do tend to get hotter as time goes by!Enjoy! Happy New Year to all of you!2. A few of us were discussing the French Press Felted Slippers, a pattern that's been quite popular on Ravelry lately, and the idea came up of having a get together where everyone would make a pair. They're supposed to be super quick and easy, so we're hoping that's an achievable idea. Karen started a thread about it in our Ravelry group with a link to the pattern and an offer to host the event at her home sometime in February. I've attached some pictures to this email for those of you who aren't familiar with the pattern. The pattern does cost $7.00, and can be purchased from the Ravelry pattern page. It's also available from the designer's Etsy store for $7.50: we can finalize the details for a knit-along day at our January meeting?And, finally, here's the current list of who's leading the meetings/sending out reminders each month:January - PamFebruary -March - JennaApril - WendyMay - SharonJune - Karen?July - Karen?August - NancySeptember -October -November -December -Hope everyone's New Year's Resolutions include making more time to spin, knit, weave, crochet, etc!Jessica