The Olympia Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is holding a public event on spinning and weaving on Saturday, January 29, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Library. Members of the Moonspinners and Arachne spinning and weaving guilds will present a sheep-to-fabric lecture and demonstration. You will see spindle, treadle, and walking wheels; swifts; niddy-noddys; lazy kates; ball winders; carders; combs; and a small portable loom. They will display new and vintage hand-spun and woven fabrics. The demo will include a variety of fibers, including linen and coarse and fine animal fibers, including wool. The discussion will include the dye process. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear, see, and touch.
Contact Sue L. if you have any questions.
Hat and More Hats
At the January guild meeting we learned about two opportunities to knit hats for others.
- Jeannie described the Purple Hat Project to help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. The idea is give the parents of every newborn a purple hat, an 11-minute DVD, and a book that explains this very difficult time for new parents. Baby crying increases between the second week and fourth month of life, which wears on new parents and potentially increases cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Jeannie is collecting hats sized for preemies and newborns in any and every shade of purple. She will give the hats to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma.
- Guest Virginia introduced her new project, Somebody's Grandma. She is collecting hats for children who might otherwise not have a warm hat. Hats can be any size, any color, any technique (knit, crochet, loom, sewing). So far she has distributed dozens of hats through various charitable organizations. Each hat is delivered with a tag that says, "Somebody's grandma made this just for you." Sue V. will collect any hats and deliver them to Virginia.
Both Jeannie and Virginia prefer hats made from machine washable materials.
Whole Lotta Knitting Going On
January's meeting included a lot of fun and beautiful knitting.