Monday, April 30, 2012

Merry Month of May

Join us for our May meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 9:30 a.m., at the Puyallup Library.

Agenda :
  • Sue L. has decided she does not wish to continue as treasurer and membership chair. We need to discuss how we proceed.
  • Update on 2013 retreat at Dumas Bay. Nine people have signed up; we need a total of 12 confirmed participants to go forward with the contract. Contact Jeannie if you are interested in attending.
  • World Wide Knit in Public Day — When and where to participate?
  • Show and share — bring your FOs, UFOs, and knitting questions.
Please bring your name tent to the meeting.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Survey Says...

At the last meeting, guild members discussed the future of  the spring retreat. Sue V. handed out a survey (and e-mailed it to those who attended the 2012 retreat but were not at the meeting) about the where and when of the retreat.

The main results:
  • Everyone who responded preferred Dumas Bay as a retreat site, citing the location, the food, the view, and the rooms as reasons.
  • Most preferred April, although there were a few votes for March, early fall, October, or November.
  • Most preferred to hold the retreat on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 
As a result, Jeannie has started arrangements to hold the 2013 retreat at Dumas Bay on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 15, 16, and 17.

According to the survey, on average, people preferred about 30 percent of the time for classes and demonstrations and about 70 percent for non-structured time.

Some topics for future retreats included
  • Simple crochet like for edgings
  • Ravelry use and possibilities
  • Jogless stripes
  • Blocking (this topic came up several time)
  • New patterns or stitches, colorwork
  • Yarn trade, swap
  • Seaming
  • Fitting sweaters
  • Fair isle
  • Finishing techniques, two-handed color 
  • Two socks on two needles
  • Dishcloth exchange for door prizes
New to the blog! Note the list of upcoming local knitting events. Thanks, Jeannie, for putting this list together.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Long-time guild president Pattie decided to give up her leadership role. Many in the guild expressed gratitude for the hard work that Pattie had done to get the guild up and running, and then running it smoothly for many years. Thank you, Pattie!

At Tuesday’s meeting, Jeannie H. stepped up to the role of president (a.k.a. Knitting Goddess #1). Her leadership team includes Joan C., who is responsible for reserving the library room and opening up on meeting days; Sue L., treasurer; Nita, newsletter editor; and Sue V., blog editor. Thanks, Jeannie and team!

Several members floated ideas for enhancing the Puyallup Knitting Guild. Jeannie and her leadership team will take a look at these ideas and bring proposals to the guild membership for consideration.

In a discussion about the spring retreat, members indicated they prefer Dumas Bay Centre for the retreat site and generally favor April for the retreat time. To secure the dates, Jeannie reserved Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, April 15, 16, and 17, 2013, for next year’s retreat. Cost details, deposit amount, and final payment due date will be available as soon as Jeannie receives the contract. Dumas Bay Centre is very busy; those who sign a contract and pay the deposit get first dibs on space, meeting rooms, and bedrooms, which is why we are moving quickly. Sue V. distributed a survey about the retreat; details will be available soon.

The overwhelming consensus of those who attended this year’s spring retreat was that Jeanne M. did a fabulous job. Applause for Jeanne!

In addition to participating in the business meeting, members showed off their beautiful knitting.

Angela’s shawl
Anne’s shawl
Jeannie's knit-one-below scarf
Naomi’s Quincy hat
Nita’s scarf
Pat’s ruffles
Angela’s baby sweater 
You can learn more about Angela’s patterns at her blog.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Great Retreat

The spring retreat at Dumas Bay was an outstanding success, thanks to Jeanne, who organized it, and to the participants who gathered for fun, learning, and sharing.

Morgan from All Points Yarn talked about his Des Moines shop and the popular ruffle scarves. Yes, there was a field trip to visit the shop.

Barb and Cary introduced us to the concepts of spinning, different types of fibers, and the decisions the spinner makes along the way to producing yarn.

Joan D. excelled at spinning from a cotton ball with a paper clip.

Barb and Cary invited expert spinner, knitter, and designer Brian to bring his great wheel.

Can you guess what Naomi knit?

Nita and Joan C. finished their headbands based on the Quincy hat.

Joan D. and Pat compared their socks.

These are only a few of the many highlights from the spring retreat. Thanks again to Jeanne and the retreaters. And many thanks to the staff at Dumas Bay for providing an outstanding facility.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Showers or Flowers?

Our April meeting brings us back to our regular time and place: Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 a.m., at the Puyallup Library.

We have lots to talk about:
  • Comments from those attending the retreat at Dumas Bay
  • Show-and-share current knitting projects
Another closing: Unraveled Yarn and Artful Gifts in Federal Way is closing. The closing sale has started.