On Thursday, we had the January meeting of the Huddersfield Knitting & Crochet Guild branch. As last January, we had a quiz set by Marie and Sarah - all the questions were on knitting & crochet, of course. It was a lot of fun - especially as my team won this time. (It was a lot of fun for me last year, too, even though my team came 3rd out of four, so it's not just enjoyable for the winners.)
Here's my prize, in a tiny carrier bag made by Marie - a set of heart-shaped buttons from Sarah, a set of stitch markers, a 10g. ball of Opal sock wool, and a bracelet that you can use for counting rows. The bracelet has nine beads in each of two colours, that you can slide from one end to the other through a loop in the middle, and so count up to 99.
Ann Kingstone was in my team, which helped a lot. One set of picture questions was about some of the very popular patterns in Ravelry - patterns that have generated thousands of projects. We had to give the name of the pattern and the name of the designer. I did recognise the Hitchhiker shawl/scarf (over 28,000 projects), because I looked at it when I was choosing a pattern for a similar scarf in Louisa Harding's Amitola, but couldn't remember the name Hitchhiker, and had no idea of the designer. And I recognised the Color Affection shawl (15,750 projects) because I have knitted that one myself, and knew that the designer is Finnish and her name begins with 'V', but couldn't remember 'Veera Välimäki'. So I would have done very badly on that section - but Ann knew most of the answers there. I did much better on dating designs from different decades. And as Ann said, if I didn't know where Beehive yarn was first produced, I ought to lose my job. (Halifax, by J. & J.Baldwin & Partners). (And as someone else said, I haven't actually got a job as such - I'm a volunteer.) There were other sections where the other members of the team stepped in - one on references to sheep, knitting, needles, etc. in popular culture, including Game of Thrones and Zootopia. I was annoyed that I couldn't remember the author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, even though I have read it (Kate Jacobs) - I am very bad at remembering authors of books. And Ann and I were hopeless at remembering the early branch meetings, even though we were both there. We couldn't even remember the topic of the first workshop that we had, so it was a bit shaming to find out that it was on feather-and-fan - taught by Ann herself, and I wrote about it here.
It was a really good sociable evening - thanks very much to Marie and Sarah for compiling the questions and providing the prizes.