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March 4th, 2017…

Hi Everybody,

Just a reminder to all you Bloggers. Tomorrow is the first day that you can send in your DKG retreat registration. You have until March 25th, but why wait? This is going to be a fantastic knitting retreat. Carol Anderson will be our teacher for the whole weekend (look her up on the internet). Everyone that has been with her says she is a joy to be around. There will be a lot of knitting going on. We will start out doing a pattern with the garter stitch. Then we will be making the cutest little lace sachet. Our final project will be done using a cable pattern. I can hardly wait. Some time after March 25th I will be sending out an acceptance letter to you. There will be a map to Bergamo, a schedule and any other instructions (very small amount of homework. Yea!)
I’ve never been more excited about a retreat before. We have invited all of the 19 vendors in your DKG directory to participate in the Yarn Market (remember it is open to the public). We will also have a table set up for our new DKG merchandise and for Carol Anderson’s patterns.
Yours Truly,
Heather Janney, Retreat Chairwoman

New World Alpaca Textiles to be at DKG Meeting this Monday, February 20th.

Hi All,

Kim will be giving a demonstration on her sock knitting machine and New World Alpaca will be the vendor. Maryann is the proprietor of New World Alpaca and you can see her at the 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton, Thursday-Saturday every week.

Thanks,

Heather

DKG Meeting coming up….

Circular Sock Machines

Kim Kulasa

Did you know that sock machines were popular 100 years ago as a knitting home industry? CSMs began to reappear on the scene in the 80s and have become so popular that they are again being manufactured. Come see – and try your hand at knitting socks on a CSM.

10 am and 7 pm
St. Mary Center
Hi Everybody,

Im sending you a reminder of the meeting next Monday, February 20th, 2017.

Kim Kulasa will be talking about Circular Sock Machines.

Did you know that sock machines were popular 100 years ago as a knitting home industry? CSMs began to reappear on the scene in the 80s and have become so popular that they are again being manufactured. Come see – and try your hand at knitting socks on a CSM.

The meeting times are, 10 am and 7 pm at St. Mary Center

Did everyone get the brochure about our annual knitting retreat at Bergamo with Carol Anderson? If you did not get one let me know. I tried to put a picture of the brochure on this blog. I hate computers.

Thanks,

Heather Janney

DKG Meeting was well attended…

img_1913Even a mermaid showed up. If you were at the meeting you should now be on Ravelry. There is so much you can do. You can organize your own stash or find what you’ve been looking for in someone else’s. You can find patterns that go with the yarn you just bought but didn’t have a plan for. To make the most of Ravelry you need a computer and a way to take pictures. You can take pictures of your stash or pictures of the projects you are working on or better yet the projects you have finished.

Rebecca did a great job of getting us excited about Ravelry. Now we just have to have fun with it. Like Rebecca said, ‘You can’t really mess up anything by just looking around on Ravelry’. We passed around a sign-up sheet for knitters who want to learn even more about Ravelry. More about that later. Two knitters that have just joined the DKG Blog are waiting for this message.

Happy Ravelering,

Heather

Ravelry and the DKG Meeting

img_1909This is the meeting we have all been waiting for. Ravelry is a website for people who love knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing. It will help you keep your stash in some kind of order. Do you think you know everything there is to know about Ravelry? Well hold on to your hats. Rebecca Low has the presentation that will knock your socks off. Whether you have never even gotten onto the Ravelry site or think you know everything there is to know about the site, Rebecca will have something to teach you. That’s what the DKG is all about. Let’s learn something new in 2017 that will help us help each other. Rebecca will be bringing a “hand-out” that she has diligently put together. All you need to bring is a writing utensil. DON’T EVEN BRING YOUR KNITTING. You won’t be able to knit during her presentation. The lights will be low and you will be watching a slideshow. Rebecca doesn’t think she will have enough time to share everything she has prepared so there will be no questions during her presentation. She will answer questions at the end of her presentation and before show and share. We will find plenty of help for you AFTER this meeting. Every meeting we have is centered around Knitting at the DKG.

See you on Monday January 16, 2017 @ St Mary’s Center@10 am and 7 pm.
Heather

PS  I should have had “computer” in the title of this Blog. Knitters like to knit and us older gals would rather knit than play on our computer. You need to have a computer and access to the internet to play on Ravelry.

 

Knitted Bells to ring in the holiday.

img_1772Happy Thanksgiving! Best holiday we ever came up with. No Presents to buy. Just food and company. Just had My Traditional feast last night. Mom brought over the bells I was talking about at the last DKG Meeting (7 PM). I have already made two of the bells, sequins and all. This is an Easy beginner pattern. You don’t have to worry that much about size. US 1 straights are my favorite knitting needles to use. I’m using an old pair. I need another pair of Signature needles. I only have 5 different styles. I’m knitting a baby sweater with my straight US 1.5 with staleto points. Still have a baby sweater to finish.

Here’s how you can make one.

Get out your favorite, smallest knitting needles and some extra thin (et), DK weight or sport weight yarn. Size won’t matter too much. Each bell measures, 1.5″X 1″.

Cast on 22 stitches any way you please. Do stockinette stitch for 16 rows. Doesn’t have to be exact. Decrease by knitting 2 stitches together (K2tog) all the way across the row (11). Bottom edge of bell curls up like all stockinette does. Let it happen.

Decrease on next row by K2tog. (6).

Transfer all 6 stitches to other needle. Break yarn 18″ long and thread through all 6 stitches. I call this Making the Spokes. What do you call the little circle that spins around in the upper left hand corner of my iPad? I make these a lot while I’m knitting. Bobbles have 2. Tu-Ya’s have 1.

Sew sequins and beads all over them. Cut green and red felt into strips and tie into a bow. Sew up back seam after you sew on the beads. Crochet a piece to hang the bell from the bow that you make with the felt strips. Sew a 1/2″ bell in the center of the bell.

Go to the Patterson Monument and find a hemlock tree. Gather 2 of its pine cones. Sew onto Bow.

Tie bow onto the safety pin.

Happy Knitting,

Heather J.