Once again, we have sad news to share. Julie Esterlin’s husband died from complications after an accident last week. Julie is another longtime member of the Dayton Knitting Guild. She also has a business (Julie’s Knit-Knacks) for selling and teaching how to use knitting machines. Our hearts go out to her in this difficult time. The obituary can be referenced from this link:
We’re sorry to learn that one of our longtime Dayton Knitting Guild members Lenore Klin has recently died. Lenore had not been attending meetings recently but was an early member of the guild and had been a member for most of 30 plus years the guild has been in existence. She was an avid knitter and a kind friend to our members who knew her. Here is a link to her obituary from the Dayton Daily News if you’d like to read more about Lenore’s life. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?n=lenore-klin&pid=190319901&fhid=16466
This is your chance to sell, trade, or share your yarn, books, UFOs and other knitting paraphernalia. Please label items for sale with your name and the price. If you do not know the person who is selling an item – just ask one of the board members, they will be happy to point out the seller. DKG merchandise will also be available for sale. Stock up if you missed it at the Yarn Market. Evening meeting attendees are encouraged to come early – have supper, visit, and knit. It’s also a good time to renew your membership – save time and a stamp!
NOTE: This is our all-day KNIT-IN. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Bring: Covered dish, soup, salad or dessert to share. Please come even if you don’t have time to bring something to share. The Guild will provide drinks and table service.
May 20 Field Trip: Dayton Dragons Ballgame
Date: May 20th at 2PM
Batter Up! – We have a Stitch and Pitch night scheduled with the Dayton Dragons this Sunday.
Come and knit while watching the Dragons play the Great Lakes Loons. We’ll be seated in section 104 if you look at the seating chart on the Dragon’s website. There will be a raffle of Dragon’s gear, we’ll all get to sit together and the guild/group will be up on the video board with a shout out by the announcer. It’s going to be a great time.
May 21 Tricks of the Trade with Lynn McCownNow that you have your measurements, how do you use them to make a garment that actually fits? Lynn will explain how using a variety of shaping techniques such as short rows or gussets can make a big difference in the fit of your garment.
It went really well. Retreats should be just what they are. Retreats. A place to get away from your hectic routine. We Knitters know what makes for a good retreat. First of all we want everything to run smoothly. We’re here to relax but get something accomplished. Secondly, we want a competent instructor. We need microphones that work properly and are easy to put on. We need the video equipment to work properly. The Knitters at this retreat came to knit a Gansey sweater. We had the best instructor. Beth Brown-Reinsel is just the best in my book. I had taken the Aran Cardigan class from Beth and knew what a good teacher she was going to be. She hardly skipped a beat. She was answering everyone’s questions as fast and as accurately as possible. Beth is nice and concise in her teaching style. A Knitters dream come true. You will actually want to finish the little Gansey sweater that she has created for you to make. I am going to make myself a Gansey sweater with the instructions she has provided. Beth is the expert in Gansey history and construction. If you google her you can find all the information you will need to keep in contact with her. She has a website and a site where you can go to financially support her. I’m planning on looking into that. We need more people like her in our knitting world.
What a great meeting! Monica MacFarland was the mastermind behind the Needle Tasting. At the morning meeting we started with 40 women sitting in front of paper plates. The plates were full of yarn and needles. We had 1.5 minutes to check out the needles then pass them on. We passed the plate to the person to our left. There were 49 plates in all. Even though there were not 49 participants it still worked out. There were knitting needles of all types and we each had a needle rating sheet with a number and a description on them. There were circular needles with the beginnings of hats on them. There were double pointed needles with a premie hat already started on them. There were cotton dishcloths started with straight needles attached. All we knitters had to do was knit. No purling. There were needles made of metal, wood or plastic. All of the circular needles were a size US 6 with a 3.5 or 4 inches needle attached to a cord of some sort. Kim Kulasa was the time keeper. Lynn McCown, Monica and Kim donated all of the different needles that were used. Monica had started all 49 projects. The hats had all of the ribbing done. It was quite a great feat. I’ve never heard so much praise for a meeting before. I liked it so much that I came back for the evening meeting. There were only 14 of us for that meeting but Monica and her husband Andy had figured out another arrangement. They had 3 long tables set up. Table #1 had the circular needles. Table #2 had the double pointed knitting needles. Table #3 had the straight needles. We all sat at table #1 passing the plates every minute and a half until we had tasted every needle. Then we moved to table #2, then table #3. We completed it all in an hourlong time frame. Andy was the time keeper at the evening meeting. We could grade the needles using the needle rating sheet with all of the descriptions. You could put a star or a smiley face next to the ones you liked or mark on the paper the ones you didn’t like and why. These papers were for you to use. No one else was going to be the judge of the needles you tasted. You could decide which style of needle you preferred. I thought it was an excellent exercise. Monica also gave us a pattern to make a hat. Kudos to Monica for one of the best DKG meetings ever.
Try out a large variety of knitting needles while making hats for charity.
This is an opportunity to try out needles made from metals, woods, bamboo and plastics. You can decide whether the needles are slow or fast and see if they are warm or cold to the touch.
You can try out various interchangeable needles and try alternate needle lengths and tip points. You can test them for quality of the connectors and decide if the join is smooth or if it catches the yarn as you move your stitches. You can check out the flexibility of the cables. There will also be many double points and straights to try out. Think of it as speed dating with needles to see which you would enjoy using. You might just find the needles you love. There will be no vendor because of the upcoming retreat Yarn Market.