Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rainy Knitting

Whether we have rain or sun, we can still knit.

Retreat Next Week!
April 4-6, Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way

Review what to bring, what you can learn, what you can sell, buy, give away.

A basket of yarn will be available for charity knitting and a basket to collect your knitted or crocheted items for charity. 
  • Jeannie will accept purple baby hats as part of a program to educate new parents about shaken baby syndrome. 
  • Scarves and hats for adults and children will to to St. Francis House in Puyallup. 
  • Pink scarves will go to breast cancer patients. 
  • Comfort dolls will be given to children whose lives have been affected by AIDS. Patterns and polyfill for comfort dolls will be available at the retreat.

April Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 9:30 a.m.

~~ Show and share ~~
~~ More charity knitting ~~
~~ Retreat summary ~~

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pack Your Bags!

We're about a week away from our retreat. Pack your bags and supplies and prepare to have a good time. Review the schedule, demonstrations, and things to bring in the earlier blog posts. See you at Dumas Bay!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Catching Up

Joan D. received this message:
Great Web Site!! I am one of the Tacoma Knitters that joined you last month. I plan on attending your meetings in the future. We were all impressed with the group of ladies in your club. They are not only accomplished knitters but made us feel welcome. We had a great time. Thanks for inviting us.
And thank you, Tacoma Knitters, for visiting with us.

An article on Yellow House Yarns by our resident writer, Joan C., was published in the Puyallup Herald. Great job, Joan.

And for your additional reading pleasure, Naomi offers this article about lace knitting master Gene Beugler. You may have seen his patterns for Fiber Trends and in various publications. If not, look for them; you won't be disappointed.

Those knitters attending the retreat in a few short weeks should review the information on logistics, materials for demonstrations, and the destash opportunity.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More Information for the Retreat

The upcoming retreat looks like a real winner, so start gathering your supplies and review the logistical information.

Color Knitting Cuff by Joan D.
  • Yarn: Color A for background of cuff and Color B accent color for design.
  • Worsted-weight or DK-weight wool.
  •  Needles to match your yarn, double-points or straights.
Log Cabin Squares by Naomi
  • Yarn: kitchen cotton, one variegated color skein and matching solid color or self-striping color skein or odd-ball remnants of several colors.
  • Needles: US6, US7, or US8 depending on how you knit (or all three if you want to experiment).
  • A printed pattern for a log cabin square dishcloth, such as this one from Blossom Knitwear.
A good reference is Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitter's Guide by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. If you have this book, bring it along.

Two At A Time By Jeannie
  • Two balls of yarn.
  • Appropriate circular needles, with a 40" to 47" flexible cable.
  • Tapestry needle. 
  • Pattern: You could use your favorite baby hat pattern with 2 balls of purple yarn to make hats during charity knitting time, or any type of yarn and simple pattern for a baby hat.


This is a casual retreat. You can participate in the demonstrations or not, as you wish. You also can visit (as long as you don't disrupt the demos), nap, or walk the grounds at Dumas Bay.

  • If no one else is using the facility, we can arrive any time after 9 a.m. At this point, it looks like we are good for 9 a.m. check-in.
  • Check in at the desk, locate your room, bring your knitting, and come to Banquet Room #1.
  • 11 a.m. — Color Knitting Cuff by Joan D.
  • Noon — Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. — Two at a Time with Jeannie
  • 2:30 p.m. — Open knitting
  • 6 p.m. — Dinner
  • Evening  —Open knitting
  • 8 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 10 a.m. — Log Cabin Square by Naomi
  • Noon — Lunch break. Lunch is not provided at Dumas Bay today; this is your chance to go out, perhaps visit a yarn store or two.
  • 2 p.m. — Charity Knitting by Nita
  • 6 p.m. — Dinner
  • Evening — Open knitting
  • 8 a.m. — Breakfast 
  • 9 a.m. -4-ish p.m. — Open knitting. Check out and leave at your leisure.
If you cannot attend the whole retreat, you can attend part of the retreat. The day charge is $5, plus $10.50 if you stay for lunch and $16.50 if you stay for dinner, all plus tax. Pay Joan D. and let Jeanne before Monday, March 28 so she can provide a head count to the Dumas Bay staff.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Welcome Visitors! And Retreat Info

Puyallup and Tacoma came together when a dozen or so members of the Tacoma knitters group visited the Puyallup Knitting Guild. The Tacoma group meets at Fibers Etc. in downtown Tacoma on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. They also have a Ravelry group.

April retreat — what you need to know

Jeanne and her team are putting together a great retreat. So far, retreat participants include Joan C., Joan D., Pattie, Nita, Jeannie, Sue L., Jeanne, Naomi, Anne, Chris, Sue V., and Jane. You still have time to sign up by contacting Jeanne. The cost is $168, a heckuva deal that includes room, meals, demonstrations, camaraderie, and fun.

General details:
  • Dates: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 4, 5, and 6. We can check in at 9 a.m. We can stay until 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Jeanne is working on costs for those who want to attend only one or two days.
  • Location: Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way. Check the link for directions and more information about the facilities.
  • Meals: The fee includes lunch and dinner on Monday; breakfast and dinner on Tuesday; and breakfast on Wednesday. Meals are served buffet-style. You can go out to lunch on Tuesday or nibble on snacks. Note that while we can stay until afternoon on Wednesday, lunch on Wednesday is not included so if you stay you will have to forage for lunch.
  • Coffee and tea service are not provided. Nita will bring a coffee pot and Sue V. will bring a kettle for boiling water. Two refrigerators and two microwave ovens are available, which are shared by all groups using the facility. Cooking is not allowed, nor is alcohol.
  • Rooms are singles. All rooms have a sink and toilet. Showers and other restroom facilities are nearby down the hall. Linens are included. Each room has a clock-radio.
  • Our meeting room is Banquet Room #1. The room has wireless Internet access.
 What to bring:
  • Snacks to share (can't have too many snacks). If you bring something that needs a serving utensil or plates, bring those also.
  • Special blankets, pillows, back support/cushions, camp chair — whatever you need for comfort.
  • Hair dryer, if you want one. And a big bath towel, if that's what you prefer.
  • Tea bags, coffee, milk/creamer, sugar, soda, water. Bring your own cup for your beverage of choice.
Learning opportunities

Jeanne is still working on the schedule. Some of the demonstrations planned are:
  • Two at a time on a circular needle — Jeannie
  • Log cabin square — Naomi
  • Two-handed Fair Isle — Joan D.
  • Charity knitting, including Comfort Dolls for children with AIDS — Nita
Joan's Fair Isle wrist warmers, inside and outside
Naomi's log cabin square
Information on supplies needed for the demonstrations will be posted on this site in the near future. Generally, figure on using worsted-weight yarn and appropriately sized needles.

Destash opportunity

If you have yarn, needles, patterns, books, supplies that you want to clear out of your house, bring them to the retreat to sells, swap, or give away. Only three easy requirements:
  • You are responsible for your own pricing.
  • You are responsible for your own sales, including making change.
  • You are responsible for taking home anything that you don't sell or give away.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Tuesday, March 8
9:30 a.m. - 12:00
Bring show and tell from Madrona or Stitches
Bring your projects to work on
Learn more about our upcoming retreat to Dumas Bay
and look forward to SPRING!!!