Kelly Forster was the guest speaker. Kelly’s designs can be found at http://www.kisdesigns.etsy.com, http://kellykisdesigns.blogspot.com, on Ralvery or by contacting Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kelly is also the store manager for Apples to Oranges in Silverton. Kelly’s designs were amazing, just a few of the items she brought included, Elliptical shawl, Britany hat, sea urchin hat, Alchemy & Roses, Inside out/upside down hat, a collection of very tiny fairies, Rimrock shawl, Half moon rising, and many more.
SEPTEMBER’S MEETING – YARN SWAP. Great time to clean out your stash and swap that yarn that needs a new home.
This was our annual July Potluck for the Knitting Guild held in my backyard.
This month JC Briar spoke about stich maps. She showed us how stitch maps more closely match the pattern as it will look on your project. If you missed the presentation, you will need to visit her website and play around with a free account. http://www.stitch-maps.com Stitch maps work best with lace patterns. You are able to easily see which stitch should be below your current stitch and can easily follow a segment all the way through. JC’s site has been up for a year and has over 1000 stitch patterns available. You can put your written pattern in and it will convert it into a stitch map. There are great search features on the web site and also swatch photos of the patterns. JC is working hard to add new features all the time. You can find a page on Ravelry and Facebook about this site. It is only $15.00 per year to subscribe to the site and then you have access to more features and can keep our patterns private
This month Raya Budrevich of Blissful Knits & Dyeworks came to tell us about her style of dyeing yarn and about her designs. Raya learned to crochet in the Soviet Union as a child. When she was pregnant with her first child she began knitting to make diaper covers with worsted weight yarns. Then she started dyeing the yarn. Raya then learned there was more than worsted weight yarn out there and began dyeing Lace, Fingering and all other yarns and fell in love with dyeing. She told us about the differences in how she dyed the worsted weight for diaper covers to the new techniques for other types of yarn. Raya brought samples of some of her patterns. You can purchase yarn and patterns on her website (www.blissfulknits.com) and patterns on Ravelry. If you put in the code Salem20 you will get 20% off through the end of May.
Next Month Raya JCBriar will be speaking about Stitch maps. Stitch maps are a new kind of chart, freed from the constraints of a grid, the symbols of a stitch map snuggle together like the stitches of knitted fabric. You get to see the stitches of each row, and how they connect to the stitches of the rows above and below.
Year three of our Spring Retreat was wonderful. 28 ladies enjoyed a sunny weekend at Rockaway Beach. The food was excellent and so was the shopping. Both yarn shops gave us discounts and we also had door prizes from vendors.
This month we had Susan Stambaugh from Abstract Fiber talk to us about her hand-painted yarn and fiber. Susan opened her company only 6 years ago, she operates from her garage and basement, with three employees to help her. Susan learned about color when she was quilting. She actually dyed thread first an then fiber since she loved to spin. Now we have her awesome yarns as well.
Susan brought many patterns knit up in her yarns and I think everyone saw something they liked and wanted to make. This caused the yarn to fly out the door. I can’t wait to see what you all create. Some of the patterns I caught the names of were: Brickless- http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brickless, Jo’s Pride hooded shawl – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jos-pride-hooded-shawl, Leafwise – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leafwise, Drogue – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drogue, Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seamless-yoked-baby-sweater, Heartland Shawl – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heartland-lace-shawl, Morning Surf Scarf – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/morning-surf-scarf, 28’s Big Sister 77 Shawl (reversible) – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/28s-big-sister-77, PI Shawl – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pi-shawl-july, Roses in December – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/roses-in-december, Daybreak and Akimbo by Steven West, Feather Lace shawl and Birch Scarf by Chrissy Gardiner and Arasi by Sara Morris. Sorry ran out of room for all the links.
This month we had Stephonia Fergosi our local artisan dyer. Stephonia spoke about how to dye yarn. She uses an acid dye method for her yarn dyeing. We learned about kettle dyed yarns and controlling the coloring in the dyeing process. Her tip to us was that the shorter the sections, the less pooling that will occur. She also talked about the afterthought heel for socks to get a different look when Knitting a sock with hand painted yarns. Here is a link to a video for the heel http://www.theknitgirllls.com/wordpress/index.php/2011/03/tutorial-series-afterthought-heel/ This is a Pattern link to go to on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/afterthought-heel-socks
February’s meeting Our Chiropractor, Colleen McDonough will be coming to speak to us about how to keep our back, hands and arms healthy to keep on knitting.
Sunday Knitting – We are always at the Broadway Coffeehouse from 1 – 4 each Sunday. Come join us if you want to knit with friends and/or learn any new techniques.