December 2017

 

The December meeting was our annual Yarn Swap and Sale.  Members brought yarn, books or tools to share or sell.

In addition to our yarn swap, we had a brief presentation by Carol Lichtenstein, a representative from Project Linus. Project Linus is  a charitable organization that provides blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.  Carol is the generous donor for the majority of the yarn we have been giving away this year!

We collected some really nice knitted and crocheted red scarfs for our charity knitting, Foster Care to Success Program.   Thank you ladies!  Here are some photos of the red scarves, with hand-written notes.

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Some highlights of our Show and Share – finished or almost finished projects.

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Rambling Rows Afghan

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Scottish Thistle Scarf

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Montego Mystery Shawl

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November, 2017

On November 4th we hosted  Leanne Reuter from Pleasant Valley Shetlands and Shearing.  She gave a talk and slide show entitled “From Farm to Yarn”, discussing wool processing, shearing and an amazing variety of domesticated breeds of sheep.

Leanne brought a small quantity of fiber and yarn, for those interested in buying yarn or fiber directly from the farmer.  She has Merino and Shetland sheep.

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Leanne demonstrating a drop spindle.

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Some of Leanne’s yarn for sale, along with her homemade candy.

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A sample of Lopi yarns

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Bags of wool fleece from different breeds of sheep.


 

From our Show and Share:

 

Ann

Ann’s fleece sweater.

Judy

Judy’s Great American Afghan square.

Manuela

Manuela’s tapestry crochet Kitty Bag.

Margaretta

Margretta’s No Pressure scarf

Nancy

Nancy’s Charlie Blanket

 

October 2017 Program: Tapestry Crochet

This month our presentation  was an introduction to tapestry crochet, by local fiber artist, Dr. Laritza Rodriguez.

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Dr. Rodriguez showed some examples of tapestry crochet bags and some cotton/linen yarn recommended for these projects.

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We worked on this small crocheted pouch by designer, Carol Ventura.

A few adventurous knitters started the Kitty Bag.    Here’s Janet’s bag in progress.

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Some finished projects from our Show and Share:

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Torquata Wrap

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Bigfoot Shawl

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CKG April 2017

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

Ballband Dishcloth and the Stripes Brigade Easy Mosaic

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!

 

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January 2017 Program

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.

Here’s a video interview.

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Sue, Sara and Gretchen

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Yarn for sale

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Show and Share

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