Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Very Holiday Meeting

The December meeting was a bounty of holiday knitting, gifts, food, and sweaters.

Sue’s best dressed American
Girl doll
American Girl holiday wardrobe
Alligator scarf
Jane’s holiday garments for grandchildren
Chris’s knitting basket ornaments (hint: glue a
washer in the bottom for weight)
Naomi’s sparkly, furry hat
Angela’s stocking
All the pretty Christmas sweaters!
And yummy buffet!
We collected piles and piles of gifts for foster children (sorry, no photos). Angela won the drawing for the sparkly Addi needles. Congratulations!

Jeannie distributed a list of the meeting times and rooms for January through May 2013. The date is the same, the second Tuesday of the month. The time and room will vary. Information will be posted for each meeting and distributed in the newsletter.

Someone left two serving spoons. Sue V. has them and will bring them to the next meeting.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Meeting


Tuesday, 
December 11
9:30 a.m.

We have a fun, busy meeting scheduled for December.

December potluck 
  • Bring brunch-type food
  • Bring your own plate, utensils, serving spoons
  • Optional – bring a new, unwrapped gift for a foster child, from infant to teenager. Sue L. will deliver.
Drawing for addiART edition Addi needles, US #15, with Swarovski crystals — For each unwrapped gift for foster kids, you will get 1 ticket for the drawing. For coming to the December meeting, you will get 1 ticket for the drawing. You must be present to win the drawing.

Library display — Bring your knitted items for the January library display.

Show and share — in between trips to the buffet!

2013 meeting times and location
The library conference rooms are becoming very popular and we may have to be flexible on our room or time. For the first five months of the year, the date (second Tuesday) has not changed, but times and locations have in some cases. Here is the schedule for the first several months of 2013 (changes are highlighted):
  • January 8, 9:30 a.m., regular room — no changes
  • February 12, 10:30 a.m., Board Room
  • March 12, 10:30 a.m., South Room
  • April 9, 9:30 a.m., regular room — no changes
  • May 14, 10:30 a.m., South Room
Please bring your name tent to each meeting.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lots to Remember!

This is the time of year when everyone is busy, busy, busy. We have several activities lined up for the December 11 — in two weeks! — meeting that you may want to think about as you work on your own holiday plans.

Eating: The December meeting will be a potluck brunch at the regular meeting time and place. Bring a dish to share, your plate, utensils, napkin, beverage, and serving utensils.

Giving: We will collect unwrapped gifts for foster children of all ages, from babies to teenagers. Sue L. will take the gifts to Sleep Country for distribution to foster children. At the last meeting, Karin Skacel provided one Addi-Art Diamond circular needle for a door prize. You will receive one entry ticket for each gift you bring for a foster child. We will hold the drawing at the December meeting.

Showing: PKG will have a featured display at the Puyallup Library in January. Bring your knitting for the display case to the December meeting. Libbie and Jeannie will create our display.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Flexibility, Adaptability

PKG members proved their flexibility, adaptability, and general good natures at the November meeting when a room snafu abbreviated the meeting. We managed to conduct an important business meeting, welcome guests, share a little knitting, and enjoy a presentation from Karin Skacel about her new venture.

Potluck: The December meeting will be a potluck brunch at the regular meeting time and place. Bring a dish to share, your plate, utensils, napkin, beverage, and serving utensils.

Sharing: We will collect unwrapped gifts for foster children of all ages, from babies to teenagers. Sue L.’s friend Elaine shared her rewarding experiences as a foster mother. Some gift ideas for teens include ear-flap hats and gift cards. Sue L. will take the gifts to Sleep Country for distribution to foster children.

Bonus: Karin provided one Addi-Art Diamond circular needle for a door prize. You will receive one entry ticket for each gift you bring for a foster child. We will hold the drawing at the December meeting.

Showing: PKG will have a featured display at the Puyallup Library in January. Bring your knitting for the display case to the December meeting. Libbie and Jeannie will create our display.

New craft shop: We were delighted to hear about Karin’s new shop, Makers’ Mercantile, opening November 24, at 18437 East Valley Hwy, Suite 102 (near IKEA), in Kent. Karin describes Makers’ Mercantile as a “destination craft shop, designed to fuel your creative drive!” The shop will feature unique and unusual gifts from around the world, Skacel yarns, Addi needles, Skacel samples, all types of craft supplies, classes, meeting space for local craft groups or guilds, and a certified gluten-free bakery (although the bakery will not be open for the shop opening).

Thank you, Karin, for visiting with us, the great gifts, and getting us excited about Makers’ Mercantile. Sounds like we need a field trip!

Karin and some Makers’ Mercantile
projects
One of Karin’s samples, a lightweight
felted shawl
Karin provided wonderful gifts
We also saw some terrific knitting from our own knitters.

Sue L.’s Renita shawlette
Elaine’s Harry Potter scarf
Joan’s wedding glove
Retreat: There was not enough interest at this time to support a retreat in April.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November Meeting


Tuesday, November 13
9:30 a.m.

Special guests! Brianne Kelley and Karin Skacel of Maker’s Mercantile will do a presentation of their new craft shop and gluten-free bakery in the IKEA area of Renton (west of Valley hospital). They will arrive about 10:30 a.m., so we will need to finish our business by then. We may not have time for show and share.

Items on the business agenda include:
  • December meeting potluck with brunch-type food. Things to know: Regular meeting time. Bring your own plate, utensils, and serving items. You can bring a new, unwrapped toy for children and teenagers who are foster kids. Sue L. will deliver.
  • Puyallup Library display in January 2013. Ideas for the display – charity items, different ways to knit socks, lace, other ideas? Bring items in December for January display.
  • Possible retreat in April 2013. Are enough people willing to commit? Any volunteers to coordinate?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pretty Knitting in October

We've been busy!

Chris’s Leftie shawl, made from leftover yarn
and a little bit of new yarn
Barb’s baby car seat blanket;
welcome, Barb!
Jeanne’s Calais shawl 
Marsha’s Chevron vest
(Barb W. had one too)
Angela’s hoodie shawl (her own design)
Jeannie’s Girly shawl
You can find the named patterns on Ravelry.

In other business, we decided to have a potluck brunch at the December 11 meeting. We’ll have more discussion next month. We also decided to bring unwrapped gifts to donate to foster children. Gifts for children of all ages, from babies to teens, are needed.

We still want to have a spring retreat. The question is where to have it. Most facilities require a minimum number of people (10 or 12) and a deposit to secure the dates that generally is non-refundable. There seemed to be a consensus for a facility that can provide meals. No cooking! Jeannie and Sue are exploring some options; if you have any suggestions, contact one of them.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

October Meeting

Tuesday, October 9
9:30 a.m.

Agenda:
  • December potluck — yes or no? Gift donation again?
  • Display case
  • Show and share
Bring your chemo caps and purple baby hats for distribution.

Note the updated Upcoming Events list. Lots of knitting going on!

Please bring your name tent to each meeting. And, please be respectful and do not hold side conversations during the short business meeting or while someone else is showing and sharing. You will have plenty of time for individual conversations.

Friday, September 14, 2012

September Knitting

The September meeting was a showcase for some exciting knitting projects. But, first, to business:

Milly from the Bonney Lake Ben Franklin store is willing to teach a class for the guild. Topics? One suggestion was seaming. Other ideas? Let Jeannie know.

The guild library display in January is coming together. Members agreed to provide doll clothes, doilies, hats, a baby dress, a vest, shawls, scarves, and baby sweaters. We also can display knitting tools. There is room for more. Bring your items to the December meeting. Libbie will work on the display; let her know if you can help her.

Someone asked where to find “heads” to display or photograph hats. Some suggestions were beauty supply stores for Styrofoam heads, Pier 1 for glass heads, stores that sell mannequins, wig stores, thrift stores, and eBay were a few suggestions. Prices range from a few dollars to many dollars.

Now, the knitting showcase:

Jeannie’s vintage yarn holder for color work
Joy’s scarf
Sue L.’s magic expanding bag
Naomi’s leftover sock yarn blanket
Angela’s vest 
Marsha’s shrug
Mary's socks

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Members Show Well at Fairs

Puyallup Knitting Guild members took home fistfuls of ribbons from the Pierce County Fair and Western Washington Fair.

At the Pierce County Fair, Jeannie won blue ribbons for a pumpkin hat and for her quilting. Lisa won blue for an Aran sweater.

At the Western Washington Fair:

Joan D.’s vest
Joan C.’s baby dress
Sue V.’s big doily
Sue V.’s shawl
Sue V.’s scarf
Sue V.’s small doily

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Meeting


Tuesday, September 11
9:30 a.m., Puyallup Library

Please bring your name tent to each meeting.
Note that the Fair will be in full swing so traffic might be heavier.

Discussion:
  • Bring your ideas for programs, field trips, etc. 
  • Milly from Ben Franklin has offered to teach — topic and cost TBD
  • January 2013 library display. Ideas for the display — charity items, different ways to knit socks, lace, other ideas? Bring items in December for January display. Libbie has volunteered to help set up the display. Other volunteers?
Show and Share 
Please introduce yourself — name, how did you learn how to knit, favorite tool

Charity projects
  • Chemo/comfort hats for the American Cancer Society in Tacoma. Sue V. will deliver hats.
  • Purple baby hats for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Jeannie H. will deliver them. 
Fair participation 
Did you enter either the Pierce County Fair or Western Washington Fair or both? Did you win ribbons? Sue V. will collect the information for a post to recognize our guild knitters.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fun in the Sun (and Shade)

Many thanks to Pattie for hosting the annual guild potluck picnic at her beautiful lakeside home. We enjoyed fine summer weather, a gorgeous setting, good friends, yummy food, and lots of knitting.

Thank you, Pattie!
Another pretty Maluka scarf
Sue L.’s natural dying results
Pretty scarf!
Karin’s Hanne Falkenberg sweater project
Karin’s FO
Cary’s finished Quincy hat
Be sure to submit your entries for the Puyallup Fair.

Next meeting: September 11, 9:30 a.m., Puyallup Library.

Monday, August 6, 2012

August Picnic

The guild’s annual summer potluck picnic is always a welcome treat.

Tuesday, August 14,
11:30 am

The picnic is at Pattie’s beautiful home and lakeside gazebo at Lake Tapps. Nita provided directions in the latest newsletter.

Bring:
  • A main dish, salad, dessert, or snacks to share, along with serving utensils.
  • Your own non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Your knitting and Show & Share projects.
  • A lawn or camp chair if you have one.
  • Sunglasses and/or hat and/or wrap (depending upon the weather). 
Plates and flatware will be provided.

Another knitting opportunity: Spots currently are available for the annual Boise lace-knitting retreat, October 21-26. If you are interested, contact Sue V.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Home Run!

Libbie sends these pictures from this year’s Mariners Stitch ’n Pitch on July 26. Libbie said:
“Glorious night, great knitting, got a tattoo, supported World Vision and the Mariners won! The players numbers on the diamond vision were shown in cross stitch. What a hoot.”