For the November meeting, Katherine shared some quick to knit or crochet gifts for the holidays. All of the projects are created using 300 yards or less of yarn. Links to the projects are below the slideshow.
Join us from 10 am – 4 pm at the Waltz Building, 116 Avenue B in Snohomish, WA. Shake off the winter blues and get excited for new projects in the New Year. Meet a lot of other members and non-members as we knit, crochet, spin and enjoy all of the fibery goodness. A few impromptu tutorials may be provided, at little or no additional cost.
This is a self-driven day. The day is what you make of it. If you wish to just visit and work on your projects, that is fine. If you would like to share a talent or craft you have, we'd love to see what you have to share. There is no formal plan and we want it to be very relaxed, flexible and informal. Basically we want everyone to have fun!
Also, there are opportunities for vendors to sell their wares. We are specifically interested in merchandise as it relates to knitting, crocheting, spinning, etc.! Rental fee for each table (8’ long) is $20 and for ½ a table $10. Space is limited and is available on first come first serve basis. Reservation confirmation will be made when payment to the guild is confirmed, via check or Paypal. Contact Claudia Heubner to information on reserving your table.
Full up to date details can be found on our Guild Sponsored Events page.
At the end of last month, I had the delightful experience of being among fiber friends at our SKG Fall Retreat. Amid the conversations and laughter there was an abundance of color as people shared their finished projects and works in progress. I finished two projects that had been on the needles for quite some time – a pair of socks and a pair of mitts! It was my first time working socks on one long circular needle and although I finished them this way, I decided I prefer to work with double pointed needles. It is fascinating to me that there are so many ways to knit and tools available to do so, and I am thankful for the options. I also had time to spin, which was so wonderful!
Your guild Board members are working diligently to plan out the months ahead. We have several activities posted on our website and the Facebook page. Our November meeting will be about quick, last minute projects that can be made for holiday gifts (or to treat yourself!) If you have some ideas to share, please bring them to the meeting – we’d love to see your finished projects or photos, or perhaps a favorite pattern that you like to use. In December, we’ll have our Holiday Potluck Party and gift exchange and will give you more information about the Mini Retreat in January. You can mark your calendars now for January 18th!!!
I hope you are keeping warm as we watch the cold weather and fog settle in. This would be a great time to practice working with those silk hankies that Barbara Seeler taught us about at last month’s meeting! Did you know that when knit or crocheted tightly, silk can be four times warmer than wool? It’s the time of year for comfort food and hot drinks… Wood stoves and candlelight… Cozy mitts and fair isle hats… Enjoy!!!
Wishing you a good balance of relaxation and productivity.
Katie Kent ~ SKG President
Have you always wanted to knit socks but thought it seemed too daunting a task? Do you have one started - only to get stuck? Now's your chance to get some help. I'll have a sock "help" table going on after the break at our guild meetings the next few times.
To get started, I suggest you get some needles, usually size 2 or 3, either double-pointed (DPNs) or a nice 32" circular needle (for Magic Loop) and some fingering (sock) weight yarn in a light color - very dark yarn can make it hard to see your stitches. You'll need about 400 yards to make a pair of socks, so check the yardage -some yarns come with enough to make a pair, others you'll need to buy two skeins. Washable is a very good quality in a sock yarn (that's a hint).
If you're comfortable doing so, cast on 72 stitches. I prefer a cable cast-on, but you can use any kind you like, as long as it can stretch. You'll be knitting in the round, so next, join without twisting. If you need help with joining, bring your work in and we'll get you started.
Begin working a ribbing pattern of your choice: K2, P2 is a nice basic one, but you can also do K1, P1, or K3, P1, or K2, P1, your choice. Any of those will work if you have cast on 72 stitches. You want to knit about an inch of this ribbing. When you're happy with your ribbing length, go ahead and begin straight stockinette knitting around for this first sock. If you just have to get fancy, go with a lace or cable pattern of your choice, or just continue ribbing (I often knit a whole sock in K3, P1 ribbing). Knit it until it measures the length of your hand from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger. Now you're ready for the heel. Bring it to the help table and we'll get started on the heel flap. See you soon!
If you'd like a good book about sock knitting, get a copy of The Sock Knitter's Handbook (available in print and as a downloadable PDF) from Martingale Press.
Tuesday evening was the SKG's Annual Holiday Party. I honestly was not really in the mood to go on Tuesday. The previous few days had drained my holiday spirit some, but I had some commitments to keep, so I loaded everything up and went. I am so glad I did. It was a BLAST!
As it was the holiday party and a potluck, there were so many yummy items to choose from that I thought for awhile, we might need to set up another table to hold all of the food. Several different sweets and treats, but some savory items as well, to balance out the sugar. Delicious sparkling cider and eggnog topped everything off perfectly.
There was a full house of members and guests at the party. I was delighted to see several members I had not previously met and then had the opportunity to sit and visit with several more that I have met, but had not had the chance to get to know yet. Sarah Smith, Sarah Peterson, Katherine Asaif, Krystin Salvadalena, Adrienne Kaylor, Barb Simonds and I shared a table and had a great time getting to know each other. It looked like all of the tables were full and the spirits were high. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did visiting with the individuals at their respective tables.
Perhaps one of the most looked forward to events of the party, was the gift exchange. It is so gladdening to see the generosity and creativity of our members. We had plenty of people participating in this gift exchange and I think everyone went away with something that they will enjoy and/or use in the future, I know I definitely will.
*As promised, I have shared the Bow Tying Tutorial in our Members Only area, if you weren't able to take a print-out or would just like to refresh your memory on making nice straight bows on your holiday gifts (or pretty dresses).
Thank you everyone for recharging my holiday spirit and helping me enjoy the SKG Annual Holiday Party!
~Tandy, SKG Webmaster/Secretary
ῲ If you are doing color work with stranding or slip stitches and have trouble keeping the threads being carried over on the wrong side loose enough, hold one or two of your left hand fingers between the knitting and the stranding when you are forming a stitch with the contrast color that is going across more than 2 or 3 stitches in the back. That much extra is usually just enough to allow for the stretch of stockinette stitch and keep it from pulling too tight. Eventually you may be able to skip this step as you get used to the looser tension.
ῲ If you are making a shawl, scarf, or any lacework that will be stretched in blocking and has a knit in the front and back increase, consider doing a knit and purl in the same stitch instead. It is a bit more elastic and the purl bump is not much different from the bump you get with Kf&b. In any case, it is useful to be familiar with many types of increases so you choose what looks and functions best for the project you are working on.
ῲ Use spare circular needles as stitch holders. This is useful when instructions call for moving stitches to waste yarn because it is quicker to transfer them back again onto the real needle when needed. And it can help if you want to try on something in progress, even if it is being knit on dpns.
ῲ Sock patterns worked cuff down often call for decreases every other round at the toe. Try doing that until your stitches are decreased by half and then decrease every round until they are halved again, then do the grafting/kitchener stitch. The result is a really well fitting sock.
ῲ To get a snug fitting wrist for mitts, use a smaller needle size for the ribbing and consider adding a cable twist, even if it is only twisted in one or two rows. The twist will pull in the wrist part just enough to ensure they are loose around the wrist after being pulled on and off in
ῲ When picking a pattern to knit, think function and scrutinize photos on Ravelry. Too often photographs show a sweater hanging up, shawls laid out, and socks on a sock blocker. This does not tell you at all how what those finished objects look like when worn or whether they will work on the body that you want to make them for.
ῲ This website shows the most common kinds of increases very clearly, though not k and p into the same stitch: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter09/FEATwin09TT.php.
~Aleen Caplan-Yamasaki, Vice President
I can feel the Wheel of the Year slowly turning. The hustle and bustle of fair time is over, just in time for the hustle and bustle of Autumn. I had a marvelous fair season, spending many hours demonstrating knitting and hand spinning, and catching up with people I only see at fair time. The Knit-In was a lot of fun, and the Spin-In actually had live fiddlers playing old timey music. I was so impressed by all of the fabulous entries in the
knit and crochet and hand spinning departments, many of them made by our own members. I hope that you'll bring your Fair items (and all those pretty prize ribbons) to show off at our October meeting. Congratulations to all entrants, you inspire us to try bigger and better things!
We've just celebrated our 3rd Guild birthday! We've gone from a few people, wondering if there was enough interest in our area for a viable guild, to a full grown, very active group. We have a few stand-out events each year: our Fall Retreat at Camp Huston, our Yarn Train to Portland in April, and our table at the Mariners' Stitch 'n Pitch game. Not to mention our birthday and holiday parties, and our annual Destash Sale. Now we're adding a new event to our roster this coming year - a one day mini-retreat in January. Since we've moved the Yarn Train event to later in the Spring, we decided to have an event in the January spot, one which won't be affected by the weather (unless there's a blizzard). Save the 3rd Saturday in January for some inexpensive "me time". This is still in the planning stages, but we have the Waltz Building reserved for that day, and we'll have a grand old time. If you'd like to get in on the planning of this event, drop me an email and we'll keep you in the loop. Your ideas are greatly appreciated. It may be something as simple as an all day pajama party potluck involving fibery goodness of all kinds.
~Barb, SKG President
Last night, we were honored to have Evelyn Clark with us. She is such a dynamic person, and even if you don't really like to knit lace, she shares so much of her learning experiences, that the whole meeting is just FUN!
Evelyn shared with us her newest book, "Icelandic Lace Collection" and her personal history with knitting Icelandic lace. The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, asked her, if she could teach a class for their Nordic Heritage Knitting Conference, about Icelandic knitting, as they were missing anyone to represent that country during their conference, many years ago. She began delving into the history and heritage of this rich culture and craft. She once thought that she could duplicate patterns from existing shawls that she saw, only to learn that most of the shawls are already patterns, so Evelyn took what she had learned and started designing her own Icelandic lace items, based on the stitch patterns used by the Icelandic knitters and now has some of the most gorgeous shawls I've ever seen. Her patterns are exquisite and I can't wait to work some of them.
Evelyn then shared with us some of the culture of Iceland and some extremely enchanting stories of her visits there and the people she met while there. It was so much fun to listen to her talk and share her experiences. She has definitely inspired many of us to head off to Iceland, as quickly as we can.
We were also treated to a show and tell of many of the items which are included in the e-book and my, oh, my, were they absolutely stunning and amazing to see.
Last night at the August Guild meeting, Barb and Aleen treated us to a short tutorial on short rows. Barb showed us the method that Cat Borhdi uses on her Sweet Tomato Heel, and demonstrates in this YouTube video. You do need to be patient, since she works through the entire heel in this video, but it really shows how she picks up the 'mother' stitch and knits it together with the 'daughter' stitch, resulting in a hole-less no wraps short row heel.
Aleen shared with us her recommendations for short rows and we looked over will have some demos and discussions of short rows. To supplement what we’ll cover during the meeting, I highly recommend TECHknitting's blog, She very clearly demonstrates (with graphics) some of the differences between different methods as well as where each technique might be used best. Aleen also shared some additional techniques in this month's newsletter;
"To supplement what we’ll cover during the meeting, I highly recommend a blog post on Short Rows on Tech Knitting, one of the most complete sources of short row methods with the clearest diagrams. You will probably want to bookmark it for future reference. It not only gives details and summarizes in two different ways (regular and geek), it also says which method is best for a particular situation (stitch used or personality type as the case may be). Another great source for tips in general is the Jimmy Beans Wool website. I have never ordered anything from them but went to the website when I saw a tip listed in an ad in a knitting magazine. In this column in the past, I have mentioned the use of things like rubber bands and paper clip in a pinch when you don't have your knitting tools with you. Well, the ad tip had the same philosophy. It suggested that a knitter on vacation caught without a point protector could use the cork from the bottle of Merlot they surely must be drinking!"
We also had several new members sign up with renewing members, so that they could take advantage of our current "Two for $50" Membership deal. So bring a friend when you renew your membership for the 2012/2013 Membership year (starting in October) and you both can save $5 off your membership fees. Be sure to check out the rules on our Membership page.
If you have never been to a meeting and would like to see what it is all about, come to our September meeting. We will be celebrating our birthday, so there will be cake. We will also be talking about holiday gifts for knitters and for knitters to give.
Tuesday is the official World Wide Knit in Public Day, but since many of us work and shouldn’t take a day off to sit and knit in public, the event has been expanded to run from the second Saturday to the third Sunday in June, every year. In 2005, Danielle Landes decided that she wanted to show the public that ‘not only grannies knit’. She started organizing this annual event and in 2005, had 25 local events. The number of official events almost tripled the next year, and it has been growing in popularity ever since, and has become a world-wide phenomenon, with events in over 13 countries.
Knitting is often a solitary act, since it is so easy to knit just about anywhere and sink into your work without thinking of all the other knitters out there. Since the formation of the guild, almost three years ago, I have been amazed and astonished by all the knitters in my local community that I never realized knit. I’ll often hear my name called from down a grocery aisle, in line at the library or bank, at my daughter’s school and so many other places that I don’t generally think of as places to meet fellow knitters, and we will stop and talk to each other about our latest projects or events. World Wide Knit in Public Day is just about these chance encounters and bringing the gift of knitting to everyone, making the world a little bit smaller, for at least one week every year.
Last year, the guild hosted an event at the Seattle Center. It is an incredibly blustery, gray and chilly day and I know that Charisa (2011 SKG President) thought, ‘who would go out in this weather, just to sit and knit?’. Well, she was pleasantly surprised when she was kept company by 30 – 40 other knitters, who wished to share the reasons that they knit, with the public.
This year, the guild is attending the event that the Everett Public Library staff has organized (check here for details). Stop in for any length of time, tomorrow and bring your friend or neighbor who might want to learn. We will have New Knitter Kits available and there will be knitters available, who are eager to share their knowledge with you. There will also be an event, tomorrow, at the Edmonds Library, with others . If you aren’t able to make the Everett event, then check out the WWKiP website to find an event near you.
How will you share your knitting?!
~Tandy, SKG Webmaster