This month we were unable to hear from Colleen, Our Chiropractor but she will be coming in February instead. We did have time to chat and do show and tell and that is fun to do as well. It seems we never have time to just hang out together when we have speakers each month.
Cindy had a great idea: we need to help hook up knitters that want to learn a new technique with someone that can help teach them. If any of you have a need to learn a certain technique, just email me and I will see who I can find to help you out.
November’s Meeting is our Swap/Sale of anything yarn or knit/crochet/spinning related. This would be yarn, fiber, bags, books, needles and hooks ….. Bring your things you no longer want and they can go home with someone who will love them. Make sure you have tags on them before you get here to note what price and who the owner is. You can arrive by 9:30 to set up at a table.
We will also have a couple of guest sellers who we met at the Tigard Knitting Guild and she has an inexpensive really neat counter that wraps around your thumb and you can easily click your rows without stopping. The other gal sells really cute greeting cards with sheep on them. I also have really nice bags that Kay of the Tigard Guild sews. She was not able to attend but did give me the bags to sell for her.
Hope to see you all at the meeting to get some geat deals!
This month we had Meredith from Springtime Farms as our speaker. She spoke to us about her alpacas and how she moved them cross country to Oregon and loves it here. Her animals are totally grass fed and she tries to find ways to use all of the fiber, even the parts not the best to knit with. She brought her yarn and her Snuggly Toes to sell us. I bought a few skeins of the dark brown and am going to try making my own felted snuggly toes.
October is here and with the longer dark evenings we start to pull out the heavier yarns and cuddle up on the couch and knit, knit, knit. But we should learn about how to keep our arms, hands and back in good shape while doing this so come to the October meeting to hear from Chiropractor Colleen McDonough. She was our speaker once before a few years ago and gave us wonderful information on how to stay healthy.
However, Colleen was just given notice she will have to be deposed for a lawsuit and it could be on the 12th. If so we will book her for early next year. Our meeting then would be to discuss what we want as a guild moving forward. So come prepared to discuss what you want to learn next year, and who you would like to have as speakers. Also have your show-n-tell and knitting with you. We will have knitting and sharing and just time together.
We will also have the drawing from those that contributed to our charity. Let’s see who wins Robbins awesome Purple Shawl!
This month we had Michael and Sheila Ernst of Glass Pens or as we know them Glass knitting needles, come to tell us about how they make the needles.
They have been in business for over 30 years, starting with making perfume bottles, earrings and trinkets. Michael then started the glass dip-style pens which lead to the knitting needles. Sheila is a knitter and had the idea of knitting needles. Michael took 3 years to get them perfect. They are made of Pyrex type glass and it doesn’t stay soft for long so have to work quickly to shape. He makes 2 pairs at a time in a multi-step process. It takes about 4 hours just to get to the point where the diameter is right, he then makes the tip/point and joiner which takes another 45 min. The last step is a heating process that gives the glass its durability. After done they still need to be polished and then they are the greatest thing to knit with! If you missed the meeting you can find them at OFF this fall and Black Sheep next spring. They also have nice stich markers, shawl pins and buttons of glass as well. The needles have a lifetime, no fault repair warranty in case anything would ever happen to them.
Next month we will have Meredith from Springtime Farms coming to talk about her local Salem Alpaca farm. She will bring her alpaca yarn and Snuggly Toes
I am still looking for donations for HOPE STATION by our October meeting. Hope Station is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to working individuals in need by providing grocery products, clothing, and educational classes. http://www.hopestationcsi.org/
Robin has made an awesome shawl that will be used as a raffle gift to a name drawn from those that contribute a donation. Make any hats, scarves, mittens or fingerless gloves, preferably with washable yarns, so we can donate as much as possible by the time it gets cold. All sizes needed. One drawing chance for each item. Thank you!
This month we had our annual picnic, held in my backyard. Sorry some of you were not able to join us, it was a lot of fun. Thanks to all the ladies, the food was awesome. The weather was perfect for a day outside. I forgot to take pictures – someone needs to start reminding me to do that so we have things to post on the web.
Robin Pollard shared many great lace shawls with us and we will have to see if she could bring the Picot shawl to the next meeting so we can all get the story on that one. J I did see other great show and tell – can everyone bring your things to the next meeting too, not everyone got to see the nice things. Thanks
Next month we have http://www.glasspens.com/ Michael and Sheila Ernst coming. You may have seen them at one of the fiber festivals. They sell glass needles and shawl pins – straights, circulars and double points, with a great warranty. If they break they will repair or replace, you just pay shipping.
AUGUST 10TH MEETING AT ARROWHEAD MOBILE PARK 10:00 AM
I am still looking for donations for HOPE STATION by Sept/Oct.
Hope Station is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to working individuals in need by providing grocery products, clothing, and educational classes. http://www.hopestationcsi.org/
It would be great if you could make any hats, scarves, mittens or fingerless gloves, preferably with washable yarns, so we can donate as much as possible by the time it gets cold. All sizes needed. Thank you!
This month Vivian Aubrey came to speak to us about Photography “writing with light”. She was a great speaker, explaining how it is best to use just the awesome sunlight to take our photos. Also, that our cloudy days in Oregon are actually perfect for getting the best work out of our camera. She explained a lot about how to get your subject (for us our knitted projects) to really be the star of the shot. Vivian also gave lots of great ideas about how to have the best background to not take away from your subject. Vivian does give classes on how to use your camera better, these can be found on the Twisted website. www.twistedpdx.com
I now expect to see very good shots of your finished projects posted both on your Ravelry website and on the Millstream Ravelry Page. We need more of you to chat on our page. If we all use this page others looking for a knitting group in Salem will see that we actually do exist and not that the page was just a once upon a time kind of thing.
Next month we will be doing our summer potluck and the location will be my backyard. The address is 5305 pike ct. south. Please bring a dish to pass and I will have coffee, tea and both lemon and lime water here for beverages. You will also need your own place setting.
This month we had 5 women bring us fiber and goodies. We met this group of ladies at OFF this past fall and asked them to come to our guild to have a Spring Fiber and Food Faire. Thank you all for supporting these ladies with your purchases. These ladies are kind of unique in that they raise the animals, do the shearing, and spin and dye the fiber themselves. The food was great too and goes so well with fiber. Best caramel corn I have ever had. These ladies did an awesome job and were a lot of fun too. If you go to OFF this year look them up they share a double booth there.
Carrie Culliton – www.harvestmoonangoras.com bunny angora & wool
Mim Myren – Mimm481@gmail.com (alpaca)
Sue Muncy – www.pleasanthillfarmangoras.com Angora goats – Mohair
Molly Golter www.theartinme.com (coming soon) Bunny angora and wool
Friday “The Bakers Dozen” here in Salem, can bake you up some sweet treats give her a call (503) 581-2893
Next month we will have Vivian Aubrey who will talk to us about taking picture of your knitted projects. How to give your creations the center stage they deserve. Then we will all have the greatest pictures on Ravelry of our latest projects. I find Ravelry a great way to look back and see what you have done over the past year.
Heirloom Labels has contacted me with info, and I will bring samples of the custom labels to the next meeting. www.heirloomlabels.com