February, 2018

This month’s guest speaker was Lisa Check, owner of Flying Goat Farm.  Lisa’s presentation was on color harmony, which goes beyond basic color theory.  Her slide show is below:

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Here are some photos from the presentation:

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Lisa’s space dyed yarns made into shawls.

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Yarns from Flying Goat Farm

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And photos from our Show and Share:

Ann socks

Ann’s socks and pullover (Twist Collective brioche stitch) made of handspun

Dana kimono

Dana’s Noro Kimono cardigan

Emily shawl

Emily’s lace shawl

Lisa fairisle

Lisa’s cashmere fairisle

Mila pullover

Mila’s original design pullover

Lois gansey

Lois’ ganseyJanet gloves

Janet’s intarsia gloves

Jeanne hand dyed

Jeanne’s hand dyed fleece

 

 

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January 2018

 

We started the New Year off with a bang, with our speaker, Gayle Roehm.   A former management consultant in Asia, Gayle’s second career is translating Japanese language knitting books for the English speaking public.  Her first book is called The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

As we learned, it is specifically a collection of 260 knitting stitch patterns by Hitomi Shida, translated by Gayle.  The patterns are mostly lace and cable and are for advanced knitters.

We also learned that Japanese knitting patterns translated into English have very little text, compared to English knitting patterns in the U.S. and U.K.  Instead, they have schematics that give the directions in graphic format.  Here’s an example and explanation of Japanese charting format.

Anyway, Gayle brought along some sample projects from her book.  Here are some photos:

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Gayle also shared this sample pattern from her book

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And then the book sales/signing began!

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And a few photos from our Show and Share:

Great work – Jackie, Sara, Sydney and Sydney’s Mom

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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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