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Dance as Ever's Annual Knitters Auction

    NOTE: Complete rules on the bidding process, including deadlines and instructions for bid maximums.

Page last updated: 09/21/03

    What a wonderful four days! The last performance of the season is over and so's the auction! Over the next few days, we'll be notifying a bunch of lucky people who placed the winning bids, since even auction coordinators and webmasters need an evening to recuperate! We'll be posting the winning bids on the website, too, so you can see how you all -- donors and bidders -- helped support Dance as Ever. Til then, you can feast your eyes on all the wonderful donations that made up our auction!

    Note: For a close-up view of any item, click on the thumbnail image to enlarge.
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    Find items by designer/knitter:

    Yvette Adonai | Heather Broadhurst | Val Clark | Jane Elliott | Kurt Fowler | Bonnie Franz
    Margo Lynn Hablutzel | Mary Lee Herrick | Linda K | Afton Koontz | Grace Judson
    Melissa Leapman | Mary LoSardo | Lori Monaco | Eve Ng | Danny Ouellette
    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee | Margaret Radcliffe | Gayle Roehm | Joan Schrouder
    Judy Sumner | Arnold Van Fossen | Catherine Wingate | Leigh Witchel


    Bags:

    La-Bag-ette Tote by Jane Elliot - Click on image to enlarge
      Be the first kid on your block -- or on any block -- to own Jane Elliott's latest design -- "La-Bag-ette". Jane's designs for Not Just Plain Jane Knits are noted for their creative use of color and texture along with fastidious attention to finishing details. "La-Bag-ette" is no exception.
    Knitted leaf edging of La-Bag-ette - click on image to enlarge
      The bag uses a combination of cotton, rayon, silk, wool and specialty yarns in a crazy quilt of stitch patterns, textures and colors (beige, teal, taupe, fisherman and a variegated burgundy). Leaves accented with eyelash yarn march around the top opening (approximately 15 inches wide).
    Knitted flower on base  of La-Bag-ette - click on image to enlarge
      A whimsical flower anchors the base of the bag, while a golden cord serves as both drawstring and a double strap for slinging the bag from your shoulder. The bag is fourteen inches long and is fully lined in a festive yet durable floral cloth to keep contents (such as knitting needles!) safe and secure. As an added bonus, there are three inner pockets.
    This design is not yet available to the knitting public -- we are indeed honored that Jane has chosen our Dance as Ever auction for the premier of her latest creation.

    Felted tote bag - Click on photo to enlarge
      Eve Ng has made something no knitter -- or no one who needs a sturdy carryall -- should be without. This Felted Tote Bag was knit using a pattern by Two Old Bags and Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride (85 per cent wool and 15 per cent mohair). The result: this roomy bag (12 inches high, 16 inches wide and 4 inches deep). The double shoulder straps make it easy to carry and the buttoned closure will help to keep your yarn -- or whatever you choose to carry -- securely in the bag!

    Hats:

    Dancing Grannies Hat knit by Margo Lynn Hablutzel - click on image to enlarge

      From deep in the heart of Texas come two wonderful hats by Margo Lynn Hablutzel. The Dancing Grannies Hat is made of 100 per cent Alpaca (Andean Alpaca Regal) and the pattern is by Judy Gibson. As Margo Lynn told us:

      Since many people think that only grannies knit, I wanted to do a "hat with attitude" about it, something warm and cheerful for the winter. I had some oddballs and selected green, the colour of summer, for the background and grey, the colour of their hair, for the grannies!
    The hat will fit the average adult (20 inch circumference).

    Oddball Mitered Hat knit by Margo Lynn Hablutzel - click on image to enlarge

      The second hat from Margo Lynn is the Oddball Mitered Hat. The fiber is wool and mohair in shades of copper, grey and brown with a glittery black eyelash trim. Margo Lynn found the hat pattern by Nancie Kremer online and, while digging in the stash, found oddballs that work well together to produce a hat that's both warm and flashy ( 21 inch circumference - adult large).

    Nordresia Hat knit by Mary LoSardo - click on image to enlarge
      When our web mistress Mary LoSardo isn't updating the Dance as Ever web site, she can be found with knitting needles in hand. Her most recent time away from her PC resulted in the Nordresia Hat, an example of Scandinavian knitting tradition. The pattern is from a kit by Debbie Gremlitz of Nordic Fiber Arts, who adapted it from a traditional Norwegian Husfliden sweater design. Using red, black and white Norwegian Rauma Strikkegarn, this pure 3 ply wool does not pill, stretch or change shape -- making a warm and sturdy hat that will retain its "like new" appearance for years.
    The unisex hat will fit the average adult (21 inch circumference).

    From Canada, where folks know the importance of keeping one's head and ears toasty, comes this glorious Fair Isle Hat. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee raided her stash and fashioned this sport/dk weight hat in shades of copper, indigo and purple. Stephanie based the hat on a pattern for a "toque" in Anna Zilboorg's 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats to Knit.
    Fair Isle Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee -  Click on photo to enlarge Top view of Fair Isle Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee -- click on photo to enlarge

    Knit in a soft merino wool with a touch of acrylic, it can be machine washed (but NOT machine dried). It is sized for an adult medium (21 inch circumference).

    You may remember the hat knit by Danny Ouellette for last year's auction. Well, in the midst of creating new ballets and planning the fall concert program, Dance as Ever's own Leigh Witchel was able to knit Danny's Head Hugger Hat. (Of course, being Leigh, he changed the pattern a little!) Leigh used Noro's Sarubia yarn, a silk and mohair blend to produce this warm and colorful topper.
    Head Hugger Hat by Leigh Witchel - Click on photo to enlarge Top view of Head Hugger Hat knit by Leigh Witchel - Click on photo to enlarge
    The top view shown in the image to the right highlights the full range of colors in the lovely Noro yarn. The hat is sized for an adult medium and can be hand washed and dried flat.

    Scarves:

    Tagliatelli Scarf stitch details - Click on photo to enlarge
      Kurt Fowler has provided a tasty treat with the Tagliatelli Scarf. As the detailed photo at left shows, Colinette's Tagliatelli is a ribbon yarn and Kurt chose color way 75, a soft shade of chive green flecked with a hint of sun-dried tomatoes. (Now you know why we dub this a tasty treat!)
    Tagliatelli Scarf by Kurt Fowler - Click on photo to enlarge
      The yarn itself is a blend of 90 per cent pure merino wool and 10 per cent nylon, which makes it unbelievably soft and springy to the touch and seed stitch ensures its edges won't roll. Since it's 48 inches long (excluding its fringe) and six inches wide, the lucky bidder will have a fashion accent that provides warmth without heaviness.

    Members of the KnitList know Heather Broadhurst is the Queen of Short Rows, so it's no surprise that she's using this technique to produce these beautiful items for Dance as Ever.
    Details of Seaman's Scarf  - click on image to enlarge
      The Short Rowed Seaman's Scarf with Matching Cap features a scallop/shell motif. Each end (9 inches wide and 12 inches long) of the scarf uses vintage Naturespun knit in short rows, producing an effect that mimics modular knitting. As the picture to the left illustrates, the rich bronze shells join a center section (4 inches wide and 18 inches long) in 2x2 ribbing. This part of the scarf combines Classic Elite's Waterspun (Merino) in Bisque and Inca Alpaca (color 1114).
    Scarf and hat by Heather Broadhurst - click on image to enlarge
      Heather also surprised us with a light-as-air cap that's sure to keep your ears safe from frost bite. Sized for an adult, the crown of the cap is made from the same Waterspun and Alpaca as the scarf, with Naturespun earflaps. For a more detailed view of the cap, click here.
    Southwest Short Row Shell Scarf by Heather Broadhurst -- click on mage to enlarge
      Heather's second contribution is the Southwest Short Row Shell Scarf, so named because it was knit in San Diego and the mohair came from Weaving Southwest located in Taos, New Mexico. The stunning coppery yarn has yielded a more feminine variation of short rowed scarf. Shown "live" while it's being blocked, the scarf is about 11.75 inches wide and 48+ inches long. (For another view of the completed scarf, showing its wonderful draping ability, click here.)
    To see more photos of the scarves and to learn more about the technique used to create them, be sure to visit Heather's website.

    Pine green and white scarf knitted by Val Clark - click on image to enlarge
      From Val Clark comes this wonderful Pine Green and White Scarf that provides colorful yet lightweight warmth as cold winds begin to blow! The scarf is made of mohair blended with a hint of nylon. Our photos merely gives a hint of the beautiful shades in this yarn, which is handpainted by Red Barn Farm.

    Glitter Scarf knit by Margo Lynn Hablutzel
      Margo Lynn Hablutzel shows us what happens when you are cleaning the stash and find a single ball of something really cool. She discovered an "unknown" flash yarn, carried it with some brown cotton chenille to add body and the result is this Glittery Scarf. The tassels at each end are for fun (and to make it a bit longer!); they have an intricately woven copper metallic floss as trim because every inch of flash is in the scarf. The scarf is 44 inches long, excluding the fringe and about 9 inches wide.

    Shawls and Wraps:

    This year we have an abundance of shawls and wraps to grace the shoulders of some lucky bidders!

    Yvette Adonai designs one-of-a-kind evening wraps, scarves, capes and accessories under the yda label. We didn't think it would be possible for her to surpass the "Odette" and "Odile" wraps that she created for our 2001 and 2002 auctions -- but she's proved us wrong with another fabulous creation that we've dubbed the Firebird Wrap
    Firebird wrap by Yvette Adonai - click on image to enlarge
      As the image to the left demonstrate, the Firebird wrap reflects Yvette's admiration for designers such as CoCo Chanel, Madame Gres, Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beane, Badgley Mishka, Armani, Richard Tyler and Gianfranco Ferre. The piece measures approximately 18 inches x 70 inches, excluding the fringe, which adds two inches of ruby red beads to each end of the wrap.
    Details of silk wrap by Yvette Adonai - click on image to enlarge
      A closer look shows how truly luxurious this piece is. The fabric is all silk: the right side is Dupioni silk embroidered, beaded and sequined in all different tones of red and pink beads and sequins. The lining is a red satin finish silk. As Yvette told us:

    "The piece I did ... this year is what I would do for myself, with one exception: I would have used a much longer beaded fringe. Unfortunately, unless you are tall or built as generously as I am (or have Cher's personality!) extravagantly long fringe is hard to carry off. I hope the person who gets this piece will get as much joy out of it as I would."


    Woven Shawl by Grace Judson - Click on photo to enlarge This sumptuously soft masterpiece is Grace Judson's Ocean Blue Shawl. Many of you already know that Grace Judson holds the speed record for U.S. knitters -- but as the photo at left shows, she's also an expert weaver. The shawl is a generous 64 inches long and 24 inches wide, with a five inch fringe at each end.
    The yarn is a Donegal Tweed, a pure light weight wool which provides exceptional warmth. By clicking on the photo to the left, you'll get a hint of the delicate lace square details Grace has woven into this masterpiece.
    Woven Shawl details - Click on photo to enlarge


    Lotus Blossom Shawl - click to enlarge The Lotus Blossom Shawl is the first of two wonderful creations from Canadian designer Danny Ouellette. The pattern was designed by Dorothy Siemens of Fiddlesticks Knitting and knit by Danny in a nubby hand-dyed yarn (52 per cent silk, 48 per cent wool) from Fleece Artist.
    Danny selected the earth-tone color way. As the photo to the right indicates, this is a rich brown, shot with gold, red and purple, which showcases the delicate lace pattern. Stitch details - Loyus Blossom Shawl - Click on photo to enlarge
    Don't forget to see Danny's other wonderful contribution in the Socks section of our auction!

    Gayle Roehm's Lacy Cables Shawl - Click on photo to enlarge

      Drape yourself in luxury with Gayle Roehm's Lacy Cables Shawl. The original design appeared in Knitters Issue 64 (Fall 2001, on the very last page). For this version, Gayle used a fabulously luxurious yarn of 65 per cent cashmere and 35 per cent silk ("Bollicina") in a lustrous steel gray to produce a rectangular, stole-like garment (78 inches long and 14 inches wide). It's so soft and smooth that we wish you could reach through the computer and feel it!

    As Gayle wrote:

    I still love this lace pattern of eyelet columns that converge to cable knots, and it's fun to knit. This time I tweaked my design by adding a lace edging at each end, as well as eyelets on the long edges, to make it a bit more dressy. This shawl should be just the thing for theater going - to performances of a special dance company, for instance!


    Field of Flowers - Click on photo to enlarge
      This year, Judy Sumner -- our own Queen of Socks -- shows us knitters do not live by socks alone, but by shawl knitting as well! Judy used Fiber Trends' Field of Flowers shawl pattern with a silk and wool blend yarn from Lorna's Laces to create this wonderful wrap.
    Pattern Details for Field of Flowers Shawls - Click on photo to enlarge
      The light blue background in this illustration provides a better view of the exquisite lace pattern -- click on the image to for a closer look!
    Sock fanatics, rejoice -- Judy has also contributed some of the best examples of her sock designs for our auction!

    Socks:

    We've socks to please all members of the family!
    Crossing Cable Socks by Danny Ouellette - Click on photo to enlarge
      You've seen the magic Canadian designer Danny Ouellette worked with the Lotus Blossom Shawl designed by Dorothy Siemens. Here's a chance to own one of Danny's own designs from Danny Ouellette Knitting -- the fabulous Crossing Cables Socks. Knit in a wonderful red wool by Aarlan and sized for an adult (man's medium or woman's large), the socks are sure to provide a warm and comfy fit.
    Crossing Cables Socks by Danny Ouellette -- detailed view of stitches - click on photo to enlarge
      At the same time, the rich burgundy color of the yarn showcases the texture of the stitches. This detail is highlighted in the section shown in the image to the left.

    Sock Harvest - Click on photo to enlarge
    This year, Judy Sumner shows once more why she's our own Queen of Socks. She's provided us with a veritable harvest: one pair for the younger members of the family and two pairs for their older (or larger-footed) kin.
    Watermelon Socks - Click on photo to enlarge
      These Watermelon Socks are made of Fixation, a cotton yarn that contains a touch of Lycra. First appearing in the Summer 2002 issue of Cast On magazine, we know they're a real kid pleaser through personal experience, since our web mistress knit them for her favorite goddaughter last year. Now you can own a pair knit by the designer herself.

    Vintage Lace Socks - Click on photo to enlarge Pattern Details for Vintage Lace Socks - Click on photo to enlarge
    The Vintage Lace Socks, made of Plymouth Sockotta, first appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of Cast On magazine. The variegated yarn is a cheerful mix of golden yellows, warm greens and coppery orange. The forest green background we used in this illustration emphasizes the exquisite lace pattern -- click on the image to for a closer look!

    Petticoat Lace Socks - Click on photo to enlarge Pattern Details for Petticoat Lace Socks - Click on photo to enlarge
    The Petticoat Lace Socks represent yet another design from the sock designer extraordinaire, Judy Sumner. Using a sport weight yarn from Lorna's Laces, the hot pink socks will provide a welcome jolt of color on even the dreariest day. The pattern for these socks first appeared in the Winter 2002 issue of INKnitters magazine. At the detailed photo on the upper right indicates, the stitch used for these socks is another exquisite lace pattern -- click on the image for a closer look!

    Dancing Feet Socks by Catherine Wingate - Click on photo to enlarge
      Catherine Wingate's whimsical Dancing Feet Socks were the first contribution to arrive and we never grow tired of looking at them! These sophisticated "November" socks are one of twelve imaginative designs by Catherine that can be found in The Sock Calendar: Socks for all Seasons, published by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer of Heartstrings Fiber Arts.
    Dancing Feet Socks stitch details - Click on photo to enlarge
      As the detail photo on the left indicates, these lush black DK weight socks will bring out the Ginger Rogers in you! They're embellished with chevrons of golden beads and a whimsical golden eyelash trim -- a welcome addition to any sock wardrobe. (By the way, the current issue (Fall 2003) of Family Circle Easy Knitting and Crochet magazine identified the "Dancing Feet" socks as one of its favorites in the pattern collection!) So make sure your feet have suitable attire for a glamorous night on the town.

    Sweaters:

     Big or small, we have sweaters to warm you!
    Bonnie Franz of Bonnie Franz Designs may be new to our auction and raffle, but we're sure she's not new to the knitters among us, since her designs have appeared in numerous magazines and books. Her work has appeared in Knitters, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, Interweave Knits, INKnitters and Knitting Digest magazines, as well as in several Vogue Knitting on the Go! books. Bonnie is offering a one-year subscription to her newsletter Stranded as one of our raffle prizes. However, she's also donating some of the actual garments that appeared in Stranded to our auction.
    River Vest by Bonnie Franz - click on image to enlarge From the issue Stranded...in New Zealand (Winter 2003) comes the River Vest. Knit of 100% New Zealand wool in black and an autumnal variegated colorway, this gorgeous unisex vest has a 48 inch chest and is 28 inches in length -- perfect for one's favorite male and eminently borrowable as well.

    Peace Jacket (front) by Bonnie Franz - click on image to enlarge
    Front view of Peace Jacket
    Peace Jacket (back) by Bonnie Franz - click on image to enlarge
    Back view of Peace Jacket
    Bonnie's second contribution is the Peace Jacket from the Summer 2003 issue, Stranded ...in Egypt. Made of 100 per cent Egyptian cotton, the jacket has the word for peace knit throughout it in 98 languages. The chest is 50 inches and it is 22 inches long. Hooded, with straight sleeves and garter stitch borders with no closures, Bonnie sees it as "a throw-on-at-the-beach-on-a-chilly-evening kind of thing," but we think you'll want to wear it for a casual meander around town as well!

    Woven Ribbon Cardigan by Mary Lee Herrick - click on image to enlarge Close-up of stitch details and  neck edging on Woven Ribbon Cardigan
    Inspired by Kaffe Fassett's use of color to create illusions, Mary Lee Herrick has created the Woven Ribbon Cardigan. Using a mix of primarily wool yarns in various shades of teal and salmon, the intarsia blocks form ribbons of color which weave in and out. I-cord not only serves as edging but also accents shoulder seams and armholes. The short sleeves are worked in an airy knotted lace pattern and wooden buttons adorn the front. This generously sized (52 inch bust, 25 inch length) cardigan will make a unique addition to any woman's wardrobe.

    Rainbow Cardigan - Click on photo to enlarge
      We've dubbed this zip-front sweater by Afton Koontz the Rainbow Cardigan because of the bright colors shimmering throughout it. Made of recycled sari silk (from Mango Madness) with deep teal accents at the cuffs and square neckline, the sweater has an overall textured rib pattern.
    Rainbow Cardigan Details - Click on photo to enlarge
      Sized for a woman's medium/large (40 inch chest, 22 inches in length), it is classic enough to wear to the office and casual enough to top off a pair of jeans.

    Red Fun Pullover for Women by Mellissa Leapman - click on image to enlarge
      From designer Melissa Leapman comes this stylish Red Fun Pullover. The design was published in the Fall 2002 issue of Vogue Knitting. Sized for a woman's medium (36 inch chest and 20 inches length), put it on and you'll feel like dancing (our web mistress did!).
    Details of dart shaping at wiast - click on image to enlarge
      Worked in Lion Brand's Kool Wool with Fun Fur trim on the neckband and the super-long sleeves, it has a touch of figure-flattering shaping at the waist, as the photo to the left indicates (click on image to enlarge).

    Fairgyle Pullover by Joan Shrouder - Click on photo to enlarge
      Joan Schrouder provides us with a classic design in the softest wool. She first described the Fairgyle Pullover in the February/March 1991 issue of Knitting World and it looks as fresh today as it did then. Traditional argyle knitting uses bobbins of different colors to produce its distinctive diamonds and requires knitting and purling back and forth. Joan instead applied the principles of Fair Isle knitting to knit this pullover in the round -- hence the name "Fairgyle".
    Fairgyle Pullover details - Click on photo to enlarge
      Since Fair Isle knitting limits colors to two per round, the Fairgyle creates the illusion of a third color by blending the light and dark colors in a "salt and pepper" diamond -- in this case, a pale sky blue and a subtle bottle green. And with a fastidious planning and attention to detail, Joan has matched the patterns at armhole and shoulder so the seams are nearly invisible -- as you can see in the photo to the left. This unisex sweater has a 38 inch chest and is 23 inches in length).

    Of Special Interest:

    Baby set knit by Lina K - click on image to enlarge
      From Linda K comes the perfect accessories for a new addition to the family -- a Baby Set of hat and booties knit in Lorna's Laces yarn and using a pattern by Bev Dillon. This is a great gift to bring to a baby shower or to welcome a new niece, nephew, grandchild or godchild!
    Details of baby set knit by Linda K - click on image to enlarge
      As the detail photo to the left shows, the set uses the same colorway ("Motherlode"!) but two different types of yarn. The hat is made of Shepherd Sock Yarn while Angel (100% angora) is used for the booties.

    Lori Monaco is a faithful supporter of our auction. This year, she's also participating on the donor side with examples of her craftsmanship: a wonderful Garnet Jewelry Set. She's combined garnets and Swarovski crystals, interspersing them with saucer-shaped gold-filled beads. Both necklace and bracelet are triple strand and have filigree gold-filled clasps. The necklace is 18 inches and its matching bracelet is 6 1/2 inches. The delicate earrings -- for pierced ears -- are one inch long.
      Details of garnet, crystal and gold necklace by Lori Monaco - click on image to enlarge

      Details of garnet, crystal and gold necklace by Lori Monaco - click on image to enlarge.
    Close-up of garnet, crystal and gold earrings by Lori Monaco - click on image to enlarge

    Close-up of garnet, crystal and gold earrings by Lori Monaco - click on image to enlarge.

    Unisex thongs designed and handknit by Margaret Radcliffe Margaret Radcliffe of Maggie's Rags has designed and knit these comfy unisex thongs for yourself or the dancer in your life. Dubbed "Forsyth's Folk Thong" in honor of the dancer who inspired it, the original was designed on the fly and knit in sock yarn on two pencils in the heat of inspiration. When the recipient commented humorously that there wasn't a pattern for it on the Maggie's Rags website (http://www.maggiesrags.com), Margaret decided to call his bluff and create the pattern. Who better to benefit from this piece of sartorial splendor than Dance as Ever?
    Thanks to Margaret's generosity, you can own one of the first three Forsyth's Folk Thongs ever created. Both are adjustable to fit a range of sizes. The black thong is the second one Margaret knitted. It is made of rayon chenille with metallic silver and purple thread (22 inch rise, fits hips 34 to 42 inches). Discreet eyelets ornament both edges of the front. Adjustable cord tie at both corners of the front for a custom fit.

    The third thong knit by Margaret is a sporty black on white cotton/nylon/spandex yarn, with flat garter stitch bands instead of round cords (18 inch rise, fits hips 30 to 38 inches). It sports adjustable ties, like the black thong, but without the eyelet embellishments.
    Like the thong but need a different size or want a different color or yarn? Margaret has graciously agreed to offer for auction ONE custom knit thong. The lucky winner will choose a yarn/fiber and color and provide hip and rise measurement and Margaret will knit it to spec. So here's a chance to own a custom-made designer original. Bidding will open at $50, so place your bid now.

    Arnold Van Fossen Holiday Tree and Wreath - Click on photo to enlarge
      Hawaii-based artist Arnold Van Fossen is a special friend of Dance as Ever. Over the past few years, he's provided us with unique auction items and a vast number of beautiful and whimsical articles for our bazaar. This year is no exception, as Arnold has provided us with a Holiday Tree and Wreath that is sure to delight both knitters and ballet fans alike.
    Closeup of wreath - Click on photo to enlarge
      These delightful pieces are Arnold's tribute to the two passions that bring many Dance as Ever fans together: the love of ballet and the love of knitting. The miniature tree is adorned with tiny ballerinas. More ballerinas dance on the wreath, surrounded by the tools of the knitters trade, not to forget a swan or two!