Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jogless Join

At the December meeting, we had a short discussion about the “jogless join” — that is, a technique for knitting in the round to avoid a mis-match at the beginning of a round when knitting stripes or a pattern.

Here are some Web sites that explain different techniques to minimize the obvious jog when changing colors:

TechKnitting ( a great site for technical knitting information)

Knitting Daily


You can search “jogless jog” and “jogless join” for videos on this very handy technique.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


The holiday potluck was a great success, with yummy food and equally yummy knitting.

Lots of excellent holiday treats
Angelaʼs Sarannis sweater/coat
Chrisʼs family sweater ornaments
Joanʼs LʼEnveloppe
Lisaʼs first Fair Isle Hat from
Hatʼs On! by Charlene Schurch

Happy holidays to all PKG members!
See you all in the new year!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Potluck Meeting

Tuesday, December 9
9:30 a.m.

Our December meeting will feature a potluck brunch and gift collection. For the brunch, bring:
  • A dish to share — sweet or savory — with serving utensils.
  • Your own plate, utensils, napkin, and beverage.
We will collect new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages as well as handmade hats, scarves, and mittens for a donation to the Edgewood Community Center, where Karen is a volunteer.

Also, bring your knitting and your finished items to show.

Because no one stepped up to be an official leader, we all have to take some leadership for the group.
  • Remember to sign in as you enter the building and again in the meeting room. This is one of the requirements for using the Puyallup Activity Center at no cost.
  • The first to arrive should set up the tables in two parallel rows so that we can better converse and share our projects.
  • Turn off the ringer on your cell phone.
  • Be respectful and do not talk while someone else is showing her work. 
  • Bring the pattern name and/or source for the items you show and share. Remember that most patterns are under copyright, no matter how old or “free” they appear. Some designers offer free patterns to bring people to their on-line sites to see patterns for sale. You can lend a pattern or book to someone but you cannot make a copy for her. Be respectful of the designers who rely on income from their patterns.
  • Please limit your show-and-share to two or three items so all members have a chance to show off their beautiful knits. This will allow plenty of time for individual conversations after the presentations.
  • If you know of any local knitting events that might be of interest to the group, send the information (event name, date, web site) to Sue V. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Knitting and PKG Business

The November meeting featured some beautiful knitting and some important business decisions.

First, the knitting:

Carolynʼs Windschief hat
Cheriʼs Pidoca sweater
Jeannieʼs Lazy Girl, a.k.a. Forever Scarf
Joanʼs Camellia scarf
Karenʼs Victorian lace shawl
Naomiʼs mitered-square blanket

December meeting:
  • The December meeting on December 9 will be a potluck brunch. Mark your serving dishes and utensils so you get them back. Watch the blog for more information.
  • At the December meeting, Karen will collect childrenʼs gifts and hand-made scarves, hats, and mittens for distribution at the Edgewood Community Center where she volunteers. Do not wrap any of the gifts. Any extra gifts will be distributed to other needy children in the community.
Guild organization:
  • No one stepped up to take over leadership of the guild. As a result, we decided that, for now, no one will be designated leader. Therefore, no one will send out meeting notices by e-mail. All information will be posted on the blog. It is your responsibility to check the blog for updates and to submit information to Sue V. to share with the group. Sue will continue to manage the blog.
  • If we want to do a group event — field trip or a special class, for example — you will have to step up to organize it.
  • Jeannie will continue to be the liaison with the Puyallup Community Center.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Election Day Meeting

Tuesday, November 4

We are meeting on the first Tuesday in November
 because the Veteran’s Day Holiday is on our regular meeting day.

Remember to sign in as you enter the building and in the meeting room.

The first people to arrive should set up the tables in two parallel rows so that we can better converse and share our projects.

Two items for discussion:

Is there any interest in having a potluck and gift collection at the December meeting? In the past we have had a potluck and collected new, unwrapped toys for foster kids of all ages.

Someone must step up and take over the position of president of the Puyallup Knitting Guild beginning in January 2015. Duties include sending the meeting reminder, providing name tents to new members (or finding someone to do this), and being the contact with the Puyallup Activity Center.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Next Meeting — November 4

Attention, knitters! The next meeting will be

Tuesday, November 4
9:30 a.m.-noon

We will meet on November 4 instead of November 11 because the Puyallup Activity Center is closed for Veterans Day.

And be sure to mail in your ballot before you come to knit!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More Knitters!

We had a great crowd — 23 people! — at our October meeting. It is great to see so many knitters, both new knitters and experienced knitters. Just look at all of the pretty things!

Jeannie led a class on Judyʼs Magic Cast On, perfect for toe-up socks.

The group discussed two important items:
  • The November meeting will be on Tuesday, November 4, because the Puyallup Activity Center will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, for the Veterans Day holiday. 
  • You still have a chance to volunteer to be PKG leader beginning in January 2015. Duties include sending the meeting reminder, provide name tents to new members (or find someone to do this), and be the focal point between the guild and the Puyallup Activity Center.Contact Jeannie if you are interested.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Lots to Talk About at October Meeting

Tuesday, October 14
9:30 am-Noon

Remember to sign in when you enter the building.

Bring your knitting, the pattern name and/or source for your show-and-share items, and your fair entries.

For those who are interested, Jeannie will demonstrate how to do Judy’s Magic Cast On, using one circular needle, for toe-up socks. Bring yarn of your choice with appropriate needles (perhaps worsted weight yarn and US 5 needles for this sample) and the pattern you are thinking of making. Needle length should be between 32 inches and 47 inches.

Also bring a plain sheet of 8 ½” x 11” paper for making a tracing of your feet so you can make a uni-foot template.

Discussion items:
  • New leadership needed. Jeannie has decided to step down as president of our guild, effective January 2015. Duties include sending the meeting reminder, provide name tents to new members (or find someone to do this), and be the focal point between the guild and the Puyallup Activity Center. Who is willing to step up?
  • The Puyallup Activity Center will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, for the Veterans Day holiday. This is our regular meeting  day. We have been offered the first Tuesday, November 4. We will decide what to do about our November meeting.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fiber on the Hoof at the Fair

Visiting the animal barns at the Washington State Fair is an opportunity to see many of the fibers we love on the hoof.

Angora goat
Cashmere goat

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PKG Rocks the Fair!

Congratulations to Cheri, Joan, Lisa, and Barb for their honors at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Your knitting is more than worthy of display and recognition.

Apologies and congratulations to any members whose entries were missed in this overview.

Now, start thinking about what you might enter in 2015!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September Meeting Knitting

Thank you, Joan, for the great pictures from the September meeting.

Barbʼs cat hats
Cheriʼs very long socks
Jeannieʼs mitts
Karenʼs scarf
Lisaʼs mermaid doll
Patʼs shawl
Sue B.ʼs blanket
Sue S.ʼs doll dress

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Meeting

Tuesday, September 9
9:30 a.m.

Fair time! Inspired by the beautiful knitting at the Washington State Fair? Did you eat a new deep-fried something, or stick the old favorites of scones or onion burgers? What was your favorite animal, ride, concert, or vendor? Share your fair experiences, along with your knitting projects at the September meeting.

Bring your name tag, especially so our newest members and visitors can know who you are.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Meeting

Hot, sunny weather may have slowed down some knitting but did not stop it, as evident by the knitting shown at the August meeting.

Jeannie’s “forever shawl,” a.k.a. Lazy Girl 
Joan’s Begonia Swirl
Naomi’s socks
Sue’s Hitofude cardigan
Barb’s American Girl doll sweater
And we were delighted to welcome four — four! — guests: Sue, Kim, Pat, and Carolyn. We hope to see you again in September.