Monday, December 14, 2009

Decisions, Decisions

We have enough good ideas for our spring 2010 retreat that we could fill several retreats. During the next few months, we need to choose our topic for 2010. The choices so far are:
  • Mitered squares — here is an example
  • Short rows — here is a tutorial
  • Gaia shawl
  • Entrelac — here is an example
  • Stashbusting ideas
  • Quincy hat by Jared Flood, a.k.a. Brooklyn Tweed. This is a pattern for purchase, either in Jared's Made in Brooklyn booklet for Classic Elite (approximately $16) or as a Ravelry download ($4.75). We may be able to negotiate a lower price for the pattern as a group. Each person would have to buy a pattern to stay in line with copyright requirements.
Think about what you might want to do at the retreat, and who you might want from our group to teach. We'll talk about this at the January meeting, so gather your thoughts and preferences.

If you have any thoughts in the meantime, you can post them in the comments section.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Holidays

Guild members welcomed four visitors to our holiday meeting. Pattie invited her friend Angela, who came with her friend Maria. Maria is a new knitter — welcome to the knitting community! Angela is coaching Maria. For herself, Angela is learning to knit socks on two circular needles.

Joanne invited Joan, who invited her friend Deanne. That gives our guild three Joans and a Joanne; the Joans are slowly outnumbering the Pattie/Patricia/Pat contingent.

The potluck was yummy. Members are talented cooks as well as talented knitters.

We also shared knitting projects, such as Karin's re-designed sweater. Karin removed the striped top of the sweater and replaced it with black, saving the beautiful color border.

Sue modeled her sweater that fits her perfectly. Sue really understands fit and how good fit can flatter.

Thanks to Joan and Naomi for organizing the gift exchange, and thanks to members for their clever and thoughtful knitting gifts.

And special thanks to Pattie for securing our library room each month, organizing the room for the potluck and for everything she does to make our guild run smoothly. It looks effortless, and we appreciate how much work Pattie does to make it look that way.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Celebrate the Holidays!

Holiday Meeting
Potluck and Gift Exchange

Tuesday, December 8
Set up at 9:30 a.m.

Clean up at noon

Wear Christmas colors

Bring a dish for the buffet table

Bring a white elephant gift in a brown paper bag

Bring your knitting to show and share

Monday, November 16, 2009

Show and Teach

One of the benefits that Puyallup Knitting Guild members enjoy is the opportunity to show off recent work and share ideas and techniques.

Such as Naomi's mitered square blanket.

And Nita's scarf and mitt set.

And knitting time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Star in our Midst!

This month's guild meeting included finding homes for several back issues of Knit 'N Style magazine (all of the magazines were adopted). While glancing through the magazines, Joan noticed that her Lace Diamond Shawl, which she designed for Skacel, had been published in the February 2009 issue.

Congratulation, Joan, on your accomplishment. It is a beautiful shawl.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November Meeting

Tuesday, November 10
9:30 a.m.
Puyallup Library

~ Show and share recent projects ~
~ Plan for holiday meeting ~

Saturday, October 17, 2009

October Meeting

The October meeting was great fun. Joanne brought a new member, Debra, with one section of a five-section shawl. Joyce brought a red hat. Patti worked on a fingerless mitt. Nita is working on an afghan. Joan wore a left-over glitz scarf for her neighborhood craft sale.

Thanks to Joan for the photography.

Next meeting: Tuesday, November 10.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cruising Knitters

It was only two days aboard the MS Zaandam, but the experience was outstanding in every respect. Even the weather was better than predicted. We departed Seattle on Friday at 5 pm and had some quality knitting time on the Lido deck.

Our entire group received upgrades to the Verandah deck, the above cabin shot is from our verandah.
The ship was beautiful with works of art on every deck, the food excellant, service top-notch.
The best part is that our travel agent, Sandy, is already planning next year's cruise. It will be a four day round trip from Seattle. So start your long-term planning knitters, the next one will be even better.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Stash Enhancement

Note the new list of local yarn shops. If your favorite is not listed, add it as a comment and we'll add it to the list.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Knitting and Dyeing with Steph and Tina

Here's a nearby opportunity to knit and dye with experts Steph and Tina, the team that brought you Sock Summit. Sounds like a great weekend.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saving an EZ Sweater

Read the story of how a "lost" Elizabeth Zimmermann sweater was found and recreated here.

Then see photos that Jared (a.ka. Booklyn Tweed) took here.

If you are not familiar with Elizabeth Zimmermann, you can learn more here and here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Come to the Fair!

When you visit the Western Washington Fair this year, you'll see some fabulous knitting in the Home Arts section. Beautiful shawls, darling baby clothes, elegant sweaters, toe-tickling socks, and head-warming hats — and award ribbons on work submitted by guild members Joan and Sue.

Among Joan's winners are a sweater and her leftover sock yarn blanket.

Sue won ribbons for doilies and a beaded scarf.

Monday, August 31, 2009

September Meeting

Tuesday, September 8
9:30 a.m.

~ Show-and-share ~
~What are you reading? ~

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fun, Food, Knitting

The guild's annual picnic moved indoors this year because of weather, but the enthusiasm and fun was as lively as ever.

There was lots of knitting:

And showing of finished work:

And a raffle:

And Pattie's sewing-together of the blocks we made for the seaming lesson. The result will be a child's blanket that will be donated.

Many thanks are in order:
  • To Pattie, for hosting the group and sewing together our blanket squares.
  • To Joan, for sharing her Sock Summit experiences and for organizing the raffle.
  • To everyone for their yummy food for the potluck and their raffle items.
And, special welcome to our new member, Carole.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Better View of Sock Summit

I have deleted my jumbled up last post and now suggest that for some really good photos of Sock Summit you go to visit It's Otrembarific at

Also, if you would like to see the video taken at the Guinness World Record event go to:

(at the very end you'll see a brief shot of me peeking out).

Monday, August 10, 2009


Puyallup Knitting Guild
Annual Potluck Picnic

Tuesday, August 11, 11 a.m.
Pattie's House

(directions included in last newsletter)

~ Food or beverage to share ~
~ An item for a raffle ~
~ Your knitting ~

Not sure what to knit next? Sue L. suggests this as a possibility:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sock Summit Report

Greetings from Portland. Sock Summit is everything I expected plus more, much more.

There were classes yesterday, I had a one-hour on Hooked on Beads, then the market opened at 4:30 with masses of knitters in line to get in. I had a map marked with booths to visit, but never looked at it... just wandered in a daze. But did get a few skeins of yarn and a book (Cookie A's) to get started.

Last night's Opening Reception was jam-packed with attendees, teachers and luminaries. A very nice hors d'oeuvre buffet was served, then Stephanie and Tina told the story of how the summit came to be in a hilarious tale of how to convince the powers-that-be that this wild, crazy scheme could ever attract ANY attendees! Hah! (I'll have to share the story about my elevator encounter with Barbara Walker before I knew that she was Barbara Walker when I get home.)

Now soon, I will soon return to the convention center to enter the huge room where we will certainly set a Guiness record for knitters knitting in one place for 15 minutes.

Right now I don't have time to play with posting any pictures, but will try to do that tomorrow.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Shawl Pin Contest

For those who like to wear shawls and those who like contests, go to to see her beautiful sheepy shawl pins. If this blog post wins her contest, I'll contribute the winning pin to our raffle at the August picnic.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Wild Log Cabin Blanket

This post is a practice shot for me learning to upload pictures to the blog. So here is my latest Project Linus blanket. It's a log cabin using all the leftovers from the bottom of my acrylic yarn bin.... no color plan here at all folks, just grab and knit. Hopefully some kid will really love it.

I've also added a shot of the jacket project I've started for Skacel. This is the original garment, mine will be in a fall colorway. I'm working on the back, which is solid color and in seed stitch, the fronts and sleeve cuffs are done with short rows. Should have something to show you by picnic time.

The photo practice is to get me ready to send you some on-the-scene news from the Sock Summit coming up in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


You probably have noticed the sidebar that lists books recommended by members. During the last meeting, a good deal of the conversation was about book recommendations, along with knit talk. Instead of trying to remember recommendations, or scratching notes on napkins, we've added this feature to the blog. If you have a book — fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, even knitting books! — to recommend, let Sue or Joan know so you can share your book find with other members.

You'll also notice a link to a list of books, TV shows and movies that contain knitting or crocheting references.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sharing Knowledge

One of the great pleasures of the Puyallup Knitting Guild is the sharing of knowledge among members. Members also are the biggest fans of individual achievements.

Nita has become an expert on left-leaning decreasing and is exploring lace. Hooray!

The August meeting will be a picnic and raffle. Look for details in your next newsletter.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Heads-up ladies

Just to get you thinking before the July meeting; we're going to ask for donations to a raffle that will be held at the August picnic at Pattie's. I've got some books to offer and maybe a skein or two of yarn. Others?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July meeting

~ Next meeting ~

Tuesday, July 14
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

~~ Plan for August picnic ~~
~~ Show-and-share ~~

Monday, June 29, 2009

Yipes! Stripes!

Sue has been experimenting with self-striping kitchen cotton for face cloths. Clockwise, from upper left: Octagonal Swirl; Feather and Fan from "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns" by Barbara Walker; Eleeomanator's Diagonal Lace Dishcloth; and Eyelet Check from "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns" by Barbara Walker.

What else can you do to take advantage of self-striping kitchen cotton?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Left-Leaning Decreases

During our lace knitting retreat, we talked about different ways to make left-leaning decreases. The talented Evelyn Clark has created a sampler dish cloth so you can practice four types of left-leaning decreases. They all lean left but each is slightly different; practice all four to add to your knitting repertoire.

While you are at it, browse Evelyn's Web site and look for her designs published by Fiber Trends. Her lace patterns are always beautiful, with clear instructions.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

World Wide Knit in Public Day in Allyn

The Puyallup Knitting Guild was well represented at World Wide Knit in Public Day in Allyn, Washington, on Saturday, June 13. Joan, Naomi, Sue and Karin, plus friends and family, enjoyed a knit-filled day in a beautiful setting.

Thanks and congratulations to the five knit shops that sponsored the successful event:
They are all great shops and well worth a visit if you are in the area.

The organizers plan to repeat the event in 2010, so save the second Saturday in June for World Wide Knit in Public Day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Seaming Tutorial

The June 9 meeting included a tutorial on seaming, with lessons on seaming both garter and stockinette garments. Pattie suggested the topic based on her experiences as a knitting judge. The quality of the seaming can be the difference between an outstanding project and a so-so project. Joan and Naomi agreed to provide instruction.

Guild members brought 10-inch by 10-inch squares for practice. Bring your completed and seamed squares to the July meeting so we an assemble them into a blanket or two to donate to a charity that supports children.

Thank you, Naomi and Joan for such helpful instruction. You can learn more about seaming here and here.

Naomi modeled her new scarf, one of the trio in the Fiber Trends Versatile Scarves pattern, knit with Noro sock yarn. Beautiful!

Members are encouraged to show off their finished projects on this site. Send a picture to Joan or Sue, along with details about the project.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Seaming lesson for the June Guild Meeting

To all members interested in learning some seaming techniques, there will be a tutorial at the June meeting. To participate, knit a 10" square using worsted weight washable yarn. Any color, variegated, novelty, whatever is in your stash. Naomi used Plymouth Encore from her stash and got a gauge of 4 sts to the inch using a size 8 US needle. Others may need to change needle size. She cast on 40sts. You may want to dampen and dry the square to have flat edges for easier seaming. Bring the squares to the meeting and we can practice seaming them together. Who knows, we may produce a blanket at the meeting for some lucky child.

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Two local events are already scheduled for World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 13:

Allyn Waterfront Park, Allyn, Washington (near Belfair), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Six stores! Six! Plus, drawings throughout the day, free mini-classes and yarn shop booths. Picnic tables are limited so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. The event is focusing on Warm Up America. This event is sponsored by six local yarn shops: The Yarn Garden, Yorkshire Yarns, A Good Yarn, Fancy Image Yarn, Linda's Knit N' Stitch, and the Allyn Knit Shop.

Wright Park, Tacoma, 501 South I Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Lamb's Ear Yarn

Lamb's Ear Yarn will provide a cooler full of sodas to share with participants. All you need is a project, lawn chair and a sack lunch. If you have some worsted weight acrylic yarn or size 7, 8 or 9 aluminum needles you no longer want, bring them to donate for free knitting lessons for interested passersby.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Look at this!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Is it too soon to think about the fair?

I've received an invitation from the WW Fair to do a Home Arts demonstration again this year. Or to refer someone who would be interested. Last year's experience showed that fair goers do not want to sit and learn something... they are just passing by and will stop for a moment if something catches their eye. So I've been wracking my brain to come up with an eye-catching subject or project. Naomi suggested the Baby Surprise Jacket, which sounds like a good idea. We could have some in various states of completion along with some of Elizabeth Zimmermann's books. I had also thought about doing something with bead knitting; a scarf or bag or something. Any other suggestions are welcome.

The fair provides tickets for the demonstrator and an assistant, plus a parking pass. The demonstrator can sign up for as few or as many demo times as desired and pick the time of day. If any of you guild members is interested in doing a demo or would like to sit in with me, please let me know. We have until June 15th to make a committment.

Another subject for the next meeting,

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I hope all our members, and all other interested knitters, will enjoy the blog.
I admit I am not real experienced at this, but will certainly enjoy learning.

Testing this new blog thang.....

It's very exciting to be here and I hope there will be lots of participation from our guild members. For now, I'll sign off and check to see if this really works.


Welcome to Puyallup Knitting Guild blog. We hope to use this space to share information about guild activities and the knitting accomplishments of our members.

Last month we held a retreat devoted to lace knitting. The class project was a lace face cloth. Some participants were experienced lace knitters; for others, this was their first lace project.

If you are a knitter in the Puyallup, Washington, area, you are invited to join us for knitting, learning and friendship.