Thanks so much to Chris DeVisser, who introduced us
to the mosaic stitch in April. Chris found beautiful
mosaic stitch patterns on Ravelry for us to try out this
new skill, which uses slip stiches to give the appearance
of a colorwork fabric, while only knitting with one
color per row. The cowl pattern we practiced at the
meeting is a free pattern called the Earth Weave Cowl.
Other free patterns she recommended were the
Throw Pillow. Some paid patterns that she brought
photos of included the Interpolate shawl by Cindy
Garland, Pucker socks by General Hogbuffer, and the #4
Mosaic Cowl by Hannah Wallace. We hope to see some
of these at the June meeting. Thanks again, Chris!
We brought our UFOs (Unfinished Objects) to March’s meeting to see how many of us can be inspired to reduce them!
Some Finished Objects from this meeting:
And quite a few Unfinished Objects:
This month’s program featured Marjorie Brigham, our newsletter editor, and a tutorial on mitered squares and the Rambling Rows Afghan.
We had quite a few examples of other kinds of projects you can make with mitered squares
From our monthly Show and Share:
On Saturday, January 7, our speakers were Gretchen Frederick and Sue Bundy of Solitude Wool. Gretchen and Sue are Loudon County shepherds who produce breed-specific yarns and fibers, using fleeces from small farms in the Chesapeake watershed region. Their presentation, titled “Five Farm to Yarn Stories,” included irresistible sheep photos, the story of how they teamed up to start their business, and how the characteristics of fleeces vary between breeds. We got a close-up look at their products, and there was a 10% discount for those attending the meeting.
Sue, Sara and Gretchen
Yarn for sale
Show and Share
Nancy Ogletree, a Montgomery County Fair Judge, was the guest speaker for our meeting on November 5th. We learned what criteria the judges use to make their decisions on which projects get the highest marks.
Some of our members brought at least one finished project to self judge.
Our guest speaker for the October meeting was Master Spinner, Patsy Zawistoski.
Her website is Spinning Guru
Patsy brought an amazing array of unusual fibers. In addition to the traditional fibers of wool, alpaca, angora, mohair, silk and cotton – Patsy spins a wide array of plant fibers including banana, corn, soy, flax, hemp, ramie, bamboo and tencel.
Here are some images from our Show and Share –
Our program for the September 2016 meeting was Brioche Knitting,
with Svetlana of the So Original Yarn Shop.
Later on we had a Show and Share with a lot of projects that our members finished (or almost finished) over the summer.