Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Save the Dates

Puyallup Knitting Guild Retreat
April 4-6, 2011
Dumas Bay Retreat Center

Jeanne and Judy are planning a fabulous retreat. You'll learn new techniques, share your knitting successes, and find answers to your knitting questions.

And Dumas Bay is a great facility in a beautiful location.


More information will be available at upcoming guild meetings and on this blog.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Russian Join — A Technique to Know About

Sue L. heard this technique for joining yarns — called Russian Join — described in words. But because sometimes pictures are more descriptive, she found these instructions with pictures. It looks like a site mostly for machine knitters, but the technique works equally well for hand knitters. The Russian Join is especially useful for yarns where spit splicing will not work; that is, for yarns that do not felt.

If you learn a new technique or want to share an old favorite, contact Sue V. for posting on our guild blog.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Party Time

The annual holiday potluck was great fun. The food was plentiful and tasty.



Some Washington foster kids will enjoy the gifts that members donated. Sue L. will take them to a local Sleep Country store that supports foster children.


Knitters shared their latest creations, such as Joan C.'s kangaroo sweater...


Naomi's hat...


Joan D.'s teddy bear for her new great-granddaughter...


Angela's first sock...


Jeannie's felted bag...


And Chris's collection of mitten ornaments for her family.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Celebrate the Holidays


Knit, chat, eat

December meeting
Tuesday, December 14, 9:30 a.m.

Bring:
  • An item for a potluck buffet. Deanne is supplying plates, napkins, and utensils.
  • Your own cup for coffee or tea or your own non-alcoholic beverage. Joanne will provide coffee and tea.
  • Your knitting and your show-and-tell items.
  • A new, unwrapped toy to donate to charity. Sue L. will deliver them to an appropriate agency to give children in the community a happier holiday.
Get out your favorite Christmas sweater, throw a holiday scarf around your neck, pull on those special knitted green and red socks, and join the festivities.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lots of Beautiful Knitting

Knitters displayed lots of beautiful and fun projects at the November meeting.

Jane is making progress on her sweater.


Joan D.'s entrelac felted bags are too cute.


Naomi modeled Sue V.'s screaming pink Haruni shawl.


Karin designed her hot knee socks.


Joanne is making a hat.


The group enjoyed a lot of socializing and sharing...


...while we watched it rain and rain and rain.


December holiday meeting: Tuesday, December 14, same time, same place. Potluck! Joanne will provide coffee and tea; Deanne will provide plates, napkins and utensils. Bring a dish to share, your coffee or tea cup and your knitting.

Also, if you want to, bring an unwrapped toy. Sue L. will make sure they are are donated to an appropriate agency for distribution during the holidays. We decided to donate toys instead of having a gift exchange.

More information on the holiday meeting will be posted later.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Meeting

Tuesday, November 8
9:30 a.m.

Bring your knitting and your latest projects for show-and-tell.

Have you tried one of the new cast-on techniques we learned last month? If so, tell us about it.

Share ideas for our December holiday meeting.

Speaking of the holidays, several members will participate in upcoming holiday bazaars and craft shows.
  • JJ will have a booth at the Northwood Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. She has an interesting display of handmade gifts, including her beautiful totes, bags, and scarves. Nita will be helping, so come by and say hello! Northwood Elementary is at 9805 24th St. E., just west of Meridian Ave. in Edgewood.
  • Joan D.’s neighborhood holiday bazaar is coming up on Friday and Saturday, November 5-6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Azalea Gardens clubhouse, 19525 100th Ave. Ct. E. Take Meridian south to 194th, turn right at the light, then left into Azalea Gardens. The clubhouse is straight ahead on the left. Along with holiday items there will be food, coffee, soda, and the like, and Joan may have a few items there as well.
  • Joanne S.'s park is having a holiday bazaar on Friday and Saturday, November 12-13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items must be handmade so she will have potholders, dish towels, pillowcases, table runners, casserole carriers; pumpkin, zucchini and ginger breads; and peach and orange marmalade. The address is 2500 Alder St. in Milton.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Successful Class on Casting On

Many thanks to Shirley and Terry for a fabulous class on cast-ons. The four hours went quickly as we learned and experimented with different ways to cast on for knitting. As is typical of guild meetings, members helped each other master the cast-ons,






Special thanks to Shirley and Terry for a great class, and to Sonya at Yorkshire Yarns. And, thanks to Joan D. for organizing the class, and to JJ and Nita for the cake and muffins.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cast-On Class This Tuesday


The long-anticipated class on casting on is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12, starting at 9 a.m. Bring your supplies and enthusiasm for this great opportunity.
  • A small amount of smooth worsted-weight or DK-weight yarn in two colors; light colors make it easier for you to see your work.
  • Needles in an appropriate size, usually 5, 6, 7, 8. One needle needs to be a circular at least 24 inches long.
  • A medium-sized crochet hook.
  • Scissors, pencil, paper for notes.
Get ready to cast on!

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Get Ready to Cast On

    Cast-on Class!
    Tuesday, October 12
    9 a.m.

    Joan D. has arranged for a four-hour class on different types of cast-ons to be held during our regular meeting at the library, except that we will start promptly at 9 a.m. 
    For the class you need:
    • A small amount of smooth worsted-weight or DK-weight yarn in two colors; light colors make it easier for you to see your work.
    • Needles in an appropriate size, usually 5, 6, 7, 8. One needle needs to be a circular at least 24 inches long.
    • A medium-sized crochet hook.
    • Scissors, pencil, paper for notes.
    There is no cost to guild members. Thanks to Joan, Sonya from Yorkshire Yarns in Lakewood, and instructor Shirley for bringing this useful information.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Stars at the Fair

    Congratulations to our guild members who won ribbons at this year's Western Washington Fair in Puyallup.

    Sue V. won five ribbons (two firsts, a second, a third, and an honorable mention).


    Joan M. won an honorable mention for her beautiful baby outfit.


    At the September meeting, the guild discussed setting a goal of at least six (maybe eight?) members entering at least one knitted item in the fair. Any takers?

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Pretty Projects!

    Guild members continue to produce fabulous knitting for family and friends, and to learn new skills and techniques.

    Anne is working on a vest and on a sweater she is designing:


    Nita and Joan M. finished sweaters for children:



    Angela and Naomi have hats on their minds:



    Sue V. finished a doily:


    Coming events!
    • Cascade Yarns warehouse visit, Saturday, October 9, 2-4:30 p.m. Contact the Burien Yarn Stash for details and reservations.
    • Northwood Holiday Boutique, featuring JJ's beautiful bags and scarves, Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 9805 24th St. E., Edgewood. Contact JJ for more details.
    • Cast-on class, Puyallup Knitting Guild, Tuesday, October 12, 9 a.m. Details will appear on this blog and in the newsletter. If you plan to attend but did not sign up on Tuesday, contact Joan D. so the instructor knows how many people to expect.

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    September Meeting


    Tuesday, September 14
    9:30 a.m.

    Bring your WIPs (works-in-progress) and FOs (finished objects) to show and share!

    Be ready to tell Joan whether you plan to participate in the October cast-on class (see below):

    October Preview: Joan D. has arranged for a four-hour class on different types of cast-ons to be held during our regular meeting at the library on Tuesday, October 12, except that we will start promptly at 9 a.m. There is no cost to guild members. Thanks to Joan, Sonya from Yorkshire Yarns in Lakewood, and instructor Shirley for bringing this useful information.

    For the class you need:
    • A small amount of smooth worsted-weight or DK-weight yarn in two colors; light colors make it easier for you to see your work.
    • Needles in an appropriate size, usually 5, 6, 7, 8. One needle needs to be a circular at least 24 inches long.
    • A medium-sized crochet hook.
    • Scissors, pencil, paper for notes.

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Potluck Knitting

    We're famous! Joan C. wrote this great article for the Examiner online newspaper. Recognize Naomi's socks?


    Many thanks to Pattie for offering her beautiful lakeside home and gazebo for our annual fest of knitting and eating. The day started out chilly — as bundled-up Judy and JJ demonstrated — but the sun came out to warm the proceedings.


    Jane is making great progress on her sweater.


    Carole helped Millie, a new knitter, with her knitting.


    Joan D. showed us her beautiful shawl, knit as a sample for a local wholesaler of yarn and knitting supplies.


    Coming events:
    • Western Washington Fair. Knitting entries are accepted August 27, 28, 29.
    • October 12 regular guild meeting, start at 9 a.m., class on cast-ons. Supplies: worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles. Details will be posted here and in the newsletter.

    Friday, July 23, 2010

    Summer Picnic and Knitting


    Tuesday, August 3
    11 a.m.
    Pattie's house
    (directions in last newsletter)

    ~~~ Bring ~~~

    Item for potluck lunch
    Your beverage of choice
    Plates, flatware, napkins provided

    Knitting
    Show-and-tell items

    Folding chair or camp chair
    Sunglasses/sun hat

    Item for gift exchange, wrapped or in a bag to hide it
    Possibilities: A book or pattern you no longer use, yarn you no longer want, knitting accessories — use your imagination!

    The annual picnic and potluck is always great fun. Many thanks to Pattie for hosting.


    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Show and tell introductions












    Show and tell time was an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new member, Millie.

    Jane explaned her progress on this garment, Joan M showed her very cute baby sweater that was having a hard time getting a second sleeve to match the first. Joyce is color coordinated, as usual, with her gorgeous new bag.

    Karen is back from Germany and working on another skirt, while Jeannie continues with her socks. Millie discusses her yarn choice and Naomi displays her sock blank dyeing and sock knitting. Pattie found her fingerless gloves that just need a little more work and Sue shows us what she learned about linen stitch and shoulder shaping at the Salt Spring retreat.
    After show and tell we planned the upcoming picnic at Pattie's at which we'll have a potluck lunch and then hold a white elephant exchange. We then discussed and decided to have the four-hour Cast-On class in our library meeting room on October 12th.