Monday, January 26, 2015

A Resource for Yarn Substitution

Every knitter has had a need to substitute one yarn for another. You have a yarn in your stash that might work for a project, but will it substitute for the original? Here is a web site, YarnSub, that is can be very helpful.


Play around with it. It includes an enormous database and lots of helpful information for yarn substitution.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Foggy Knitting

The thick fog in Puyallup did not deter our knitters. Thank you, Lisa, for leading our first meeting of 2015.

Among the projects on display:

Chrisʼs No Leftovers Russian Wedding Band Cowl
Joanʼs “loon” sock
Lisaʼs “one stitch below” scarf
Patʼs helix scarf
Congratulations to Jan for completing her first sweater, in black, no less.

Word is out that a new yarn store will open in the old Yellow House shop. If you have any information or see a “grand opening” sign, let us know.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy 2015!

Next meeting:
Tuesday, January 13
9:30 a.m.-Noon

Bring your knitting, your finished items, holiday stories, and your name tent.

Because we have no official leader, someone (you?) will need to step up and lead the meeting.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jogless Join

At the December meeting, we had a short discussion about the “jogless join” — that is, a technique for knitting in the round to avoid a mis-match at the beginning of a round when knitting stripes or a pattern.

Here are some Web sites that explain different techniques to minimize the obvious jog when changing colors:

TechKnitting ( a great site for technical knitting information)

Knitting Daily

Knitty

You can search “jogless jog” and “jogless join” for videos on this very handy technique.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Yum!

The holiday potluck was a great success, with yummy food and equally yummy knitting.

Lots of excellent holiday treats
Angelaʼs Sarannis sweater/coat
Chrisʼs family sweater ornaments
Joanʼs LʼEnveloppe
Lisaʼs first Fair Isle Hat from
Hatʼs On! by Charlene Schurch

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Happy holidays to all PKG members!
See you all in the new year!
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Potluck Meeting

Tuesday, December 9
9:30 a.m.

Our December meeting will feature a potluck brunch and gift collection. For the brunch, bring:
  • A dish to share — sweet or savory — with serving utensils.
  • Your own plate, utensils, napkin, and beverage.
We will collect new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages as well as handmade hats, scarves, and mittens for a donation to the Edgewood Community Center, where Karen is a volunteer.

Also, bring your knitting and your finished items to show.



Because no one stepped up to be an official leader, we all have to take some leadership for the group.
  • Remember to sign in as you enter the building and again in the meeting room. This is one of the requirements for using the Puyallup Activity Center at no cost.
  • The first to arrive should set up the tables in two parallel rows so that we can better converse and share our projects.
  • Turn off the ringer on your cell phone.
  • Be respectful and do not talk while someone else is showing her work. 
  • Bring the pattern name and/or source for the items you show and share. Remember that most patterns are under copyright, no matter how old or “free” they appear. Some designers offer free patterns to bring people to their on-line sites to see patterns for sale. You can lend a pattern or book to someone but you cannot make a copy for her. Be respectful of the designers who rely on income from their patterns.
  • Please limit your show-and-share to two or three items so all members have a chance to show off their beautiful knits. This will allow plenty of time for individual conversations after the presentations.
  • If you know of any local knitting events that might be of interest to the group, send the information (event name, date, web site) to Sue V. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Knitting and PKG Business

The November meeting featured some beautiful knitting and some important business decisions.

First, the knitting:

Carolynʼs Windschief hat
Cheriʼs Pidoca sweater
Jeannieʼs Lazy Girl, a.k.a. Forever Scarf
Joanʼs Camellia scarf
Karenʼs Victorian lace shawl
Naomiʼs mitered-square blanket

December meeting:
  • The December meeting on December 9 will be a potluck brunch. Mark your serving dishes and utensils so you get them back. Watch the blog for more information.
  • At the December meeting, Karen will collect childrenʼs gifts and hand-made scarves, hats, and mittens for distribution at the Edgewood Community Center where she volunteers. Do not wrap any of the gifts. Any extra gifts will be distributed to other needy children in the community.
Guild organization:
  • No one stepped up to take over leadership of the guild. As a result, we decided that, for now, no one will be designated leader. Therefore, no one will send out meeting notices by e-mail. All information will be posted on the blog. It is your responsibility to check the blog for updates and to submit information to Sue V. to share with the group. Sue will continue to manage the blog.
  • If we want to do a group event — field trip or a special class, for example — you will have to step up to organize it.
  • Jeannie will continue to be the liaison with the Puyallup Community Center.