Tuesday, December 24, 2013

For Your Amusement at the End of 2013

Arm knitting! Do a search for "arm knitting" and find more cool videos. Who is going to demo this at at guild meeting?

And a knitting clock!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ready for the Holidays

It was not the largest holiday party ever, but there was no shortage of enthusiasm for knitting or food at the guild’s annual December meeting. Guild members also collected a pile of gifts for foster children.

Karin helped Joan with her L’Enveloppe.
Karin’s Mara shawl
Chris’s annual ornaments for her family
Joy’s sideways sweater
Happy holidays to all! See you in 2014!

Monday, December 2, 2013


Tuesday, Dec. 10
9:30 a.m.

Potluck: Bring a dish to share and your beverage. Be sure to mark your dishes and utensils with your name so you get them back. Jeannie will provide paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins, and garbage bags.

Gifts for foster kids: Bring an unwrapped gift for a foster child, from infants to teens. Gift cards are always a welcome gift. Sue L. will deliver the gifts to Sleep Country for delivery to the kids.

Knitting: Bring your knitting so you can finish those holiday gifts!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November Meeting

Holiday knitting was the topic of the day.

Naomi’s Swirl Hat (the yarn with long color changes gives
 the entrelac effect) and pumpkin hat
Stockings for Santa to fill
Sheryl’s wrap
Sheryl’s Ashby shawl and a multicolor sock
Jeannie’s stash scarf

The meeting on December 12 will be our annual holiday potluck. Bring to the meeting:
  • A dish to share (mark your utensils and dishes with your name)
  • An unwrapped gift for a foster child, from infants to teens; Sue L. will deliver
  • Your beverage
  • Your knitting
Jeannie will provide paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins, and garbage bags.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Knitting in November

Tuesday, November 12
9:30 a.m.

Bring your knitting and your show-and-share items.

New yarn shop — Tolt Yarn and Wool, in Carnation. Grand opening Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

December meeting — Tuesday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.
  • Potluck brunch. Bring a dish to share. Please put your name on serving utensils and dishes that you bring so they can be returned to you.
  • Bring a new, unwrapped gift for toddlers to teens for foster kids. Sue L. will deliver them to the collection point.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kindle Cases, Scarves, and Much More

Members showed off some beautiful, creative, and unusual knitting at the October meeting.

Jeannie’s Kindle case
Joan’s collection of Manic Panic cowls made with
leftover sock yarn
Lisa’s shawl, made with her Edgewood Garden yarn
Sue L.’s mitts with a true gusset
Emberlee’s sweater for her lucky husband
Chris’s crocheted bag, with pull-tabs!
The guild will again have a potluck at the December 10 meeting. Bring an unwrapped gift for a foster child, any age from toddler to teen. More details will be forthcoming.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October Meeting

Tuesday, October 8
9:30 a.m.

Autumn? Winter? Must be knitting season!

Bring your knitting and your show-and-share items.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 10, 2013 Meeting

There was a lot of beautiful knitting in evidence at our meeting on Tuesday, beginning with a shawl in progress by Cheri R.   She chose a pattern written in a language she couldn't read but through working with numbers and a chart she produced this lovely work.

Karen P. has finished a lovely cardigan

Barbara L. is making a tweed bag with cabled handles to be felted

Jane W. is almost finished with a little girl's coat

Barbara E. is working on a unique jacket created with strips of different colors

New member, Jan B. who has recently moved to Puyallup, is making a prayer shawl for her new church

Karin T. models the fashionable, drapey sweater she recently finished

Mary B. also was wearing a recently finished very pretty light, lacy vest

Sue V. shows her latest lacy scarf in a very chocolate color.  Safe travels Sue and come back with lots of Australian souvenirs to show us.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Meeting

Tuesday, September 10
9:30 a.m.

Bring your knitting, name tent (if you have one) and your show-and-share items.

Fair results? What did you enter? What did you see?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Welcome, Guests!

First, congratulations to Lisa for her “best in class” award at the Pierce County Fair. We knew her red cabled sweater was a winner, and the fair judges agreed.

The guild welcomed three guests at the August meeting: Pat, Karen, and Sheryl. All are fine knitters and we hope they return.

And in the show-and-share department, we have:

Joan and Jeannie test knit the beaded Ciara Shawl
Joan’s Aranami Shawl
Pat’s Mae Flowers Shawl
Sheryl’s summer sweater
Naomi’s sock yarn mitts (no, that is not entrelac;
it is sock yarn with long color repeats)
Joy’s poncho
Another big hit was Jeanne’s Marjamets Shawl (sorry, no photo). This is a free pattern that looks like a fun knit.

Be sure to enter your knitting in the Washington State Fair (see the Upcoming Events column).

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Meeting

Tuesday, August 13
9:30 a.m.

Bring your show-and-share knitting projects.

The guild needs someone to make name tents. We have several new members in our group (and some current members) who need name tents. If you would like to make the name tents for the group, contact Jeannie. Current members also can contact Jeannie for a name tent.

The remaining 2013 meetings will be at 9:30 a.m. in the North Room.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fair Time

It is not too early to think about entering your knits into local fairs:
Entering the fair is a great way to show off your knitting and share our love of knitting with others.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Color Everywhere!

A beautiful summer day, a stunning garden, extraordinary yarn and fiber, and an enthusiastic group of knitter-gardeners — that was the July meeting at Edgewood Garden. Color was everywhere — in the garden, in the studio, and throughout the house. Our great thanks and gratitude to Ilga for opening her amazing home to us.

Did anyone count the different colors and varieties of hydrangeas? A very large number!

Monday, July 1, 2013

July Field Trip!

Tuesday, July 9
Arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Note: The field trip to Edgewood Garden replaces the regular July meeting at the library!

Rose garden
The address is 12727 32nd St. E. in Edgewood. There is plenty of parking in the lot or at the house. Do not park in the street.

We can stay at our leisure, visiting the garden and enhancing stash from the beautiful hand-spun and dyed yarn. Bring your lunch and beverage if you want. You do not need to bring your own chair.

This will be a special trip. Do not miss it!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lisa’s Sweater

Lisa G.’s new sweater is a winner. The pattern is Classic Cotton Aran by Brinion Heaton in the book Classic British Knits by Madeline Weston. The book is out of print but a newer book, Country Weekend Knits, has the same patterns. Lisa found the pattern to be very well written and she did not have any problems.

She made it her own with several changes.
  • She incorporated some edge stitches into the pattern when she decreased to help with the seaming.
  • She chose to use wool yarn (Lion Brand Wool-Ease) instead of cotton.
  • She went a size larger on the needles. 
  • She knit 1½ inches of rib on the sleeves and bottom instead of 2½ inches.
  • She made the collar a bit wider to balance out the chunkier look that I got with using wool yarn.
  • She lengthened the body of the sweater by about 2½ inches because she wanted a big, baggy fit. 
“The sweater was pretty easy but I nicknamed it red ‘endless’ sweater because it seemed to take forever to knit,” she said. “The only somewhat challenging things about it were the C6 cable where you needed to use two cable needles at once, and seaming it in places where the designs didn’t match, like the shoulders and armholes.”

Congratulations, Lisa, on a beautiful sweater.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Vacation Time Knitting

Many of our guild members were vacationing or helping family members graduate this month. But those who attended showed some beautiful knitting.

Anne’s swirl scarf, made with one solid-color yarn
and one variegated yarn
Cheri’s Ten Stitch Blanket made from leftovers
Chris’s sock, a break from her
double-knitting afghan
Jeannie’s Ridgely shawlette
Sue L.’s merino from her trip to France
Lucky Jeannie’s Ridgely scarf won second place in a Skacel knit-along. Her prize was a package that included yarn, needles, and patterns for three garments, plus knitting notions. Congratulations!

Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9, at Edgewood Garden. More information to follow.