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Check out this new website for a new knitting museum…

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Knit and Crochet! Whether you are familiar with the Center already, or just recently stopped by our booth at Vogue knitting LIVE in New York, we are excited to share news of our progress with you. We are grateful to Trisha Malcolm, Executive Editor of Vogue Knitting who spoke at the Center’s founding Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin in 2012, for making it possible for us to showcase the exciting new digital resource we are developing for knitters and crocheters at VK LIVE in January 2014. We hope you will visit us regularly at our newly re-designed website: Center for Knit and Crochet.

Who We Are:

The Center for Knit and Crochet, “CKC,” was incorporated as a non-stock corporation in the state of Wisconsin in 2012 in order to fulfill a need for knitters and crocheters to have a museum of their own. Our application for tax-exempt status as a public charity was recently filed with the IRS. Tax-exempt status will allow the CKC to pursue grants from foundations that will help us provide a broader range of resources and programs to members and the public.

Over the past year a geographically and professionally diverse nine-member volunteer Board of Directors — all knitters and/or crocheters — has guided the CKC into existence. You can meet us, and the volunteers currently working with us, by visiting our website: Our Team. Please contact any of the Board members with your questions and suggestions!

Our Mission:

Our mission is to preserve and promote the art, craft, and scholarship of knitting, crochet, and related arts. To facilitate new scholarship and increased enjoyment of these textiles, we will share them in a phenomenal new online resource that will connect knitters, crocheters, museum professionals, and members of the public with rarely exhibited examples of historical and contemporary crochet and knitting and related print media (including vintage patterns.) These will be gathered “virtually” through partnerships with participating galleries, archives, museums, libraries, private collectors, and individuals around the globe.

Truly this is an amazing moment! Establishing a digital museum for knitting, crochet, and related arts, as we envision it, simply would not have been possible a few years ago. Recent advances in technology have expanded the ways institutions like museums and libraries share access to information and objects online. Crocheters and knitters too are finding new ways to research, learn, and connect online. As a result, we are confident that we can realize a brand new model for an online museum, built on collaboration between individuals and institutions, that will inspire and engage you, and that will also preserve and promote our craft.

In addition to a searchable collections database the CKC will offer:
Demos and information on caring for and preserving your own knitted and crocheted textiles;
Interviews, blog posts, and articles by artists, designers, and museum professionals on all aspects of knitting and crochet;
Social networking that makes it possible for crocheters and knitters to share their own objects, and to contribute their knowledge and expertise to making the records for the objects in the virtual collection more complete and searchable;
Exhibitions, programs, and other events in knitting and crochet, including our own online and, eventually, in-person traveling exhibitions;
And much, much more.

Please check our website often: CKC We will be uploading new images and content regularly. And as we take our first baby steps forward, please consider getting involved! Right now you can:

Join as a Charter Member for one year for $35.00 and receive a special Center for Knit and Crochet Charter Member logo tote bag*–Contact us if you want to contribute or suggest content or images for our website–Offer your special skills and ideas to help make the Center for Knit and Crochet’s vision for a museum dedicated to knitting and crochet a reality.

Thanks again for your interest in the Center for Knit and Crochet, and please consider becoming a Charter Member!

Sincerely,
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
President
Center for Knit and Crochet

*If you decide to join the Center for Knit and Crochet as a Charter Member now your payment of $35.00 may be considered tax-deductible, except for the fair market value of $1.00 for the tote bag you will receive, when our application is approved. Although donors have no assurance that contributions are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes until our IRS application is approved, contributions made while an application is pending will qualify if the application is approved. We will, of course, keep you informed about the status of our application.

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Perfect Harmony

I had a wonderful time at the New Harmony Knitting retreat this year. Gloria and Allen Johnson used to put on this retreat with Patsy and Bob McCoy. Even though we missed all of them we had a great time. Lynn Wells took Allen’s place. We renamed her Lynnallen for the retreat. She kept the kitchen flowing and was a big help to me, before the retreat, when it came to shopping for all of the food. Thanks, Lynn for all that you did. Jackie Ritchie was the coordinator of this retreat. She sent out all of the emails and collected the deposits and made the final payment. Thank you, Jackie for all of your hard word. Barbara Richardson is the organizer of this retreat. She decided to take it on this year, for the first time. Thanks, Barbara. It was a total success.

We all arrived on Thursday October the 4th at the Barn Abbey. Everyone got their own room. Those top bunks sure are tricky to get into. Rita Alton served us her famous beef-vegetable soup for dinner. We had soup and sandwiches. Boy was it yummy. Thanks, Rita.

On Friday we had breakfast and then went to Atkinson Farm Yarns, a yarn shop in Vincennes, Indiana. Cheryl is the owner and she had lunch ready for us when we arrived. It was wonderful. She had prepared a salad bar and baked potato bar. (There was a really cool crock pot with 3 different hot items to go on the potatoes).

The group divided up and went to 2 different restaurants in New Harmony for dinner that night. After dinner I started the first program which was how to make a knitted organizer. I had made up 19 kits and had passed them out on Thursday. Sandy Koogler had already finished the knitted piece and just needed to put it onto the board. (There is a picture of Lisa Alton with her Knitted Organizer on this blog). Lisa said that it was the first time she had ever finished anything at this retreat. Lisa, you made my day.

On Saturday Katherine Misegades did her program on Twisted Stitches. She had 3 spectacular items done with this design. We could either do it in a hat or make a headband. I will have to be locked up in a room with no distractions to do the Twisted Stitches. Traditional twisted-stitch knitting is done with all knit stitches twisted. You knit in the back of all the knit stitches. The purl stitches are worked as usual. You put single stitches onto a cable needle or learn how to do it without the cable needle. If you drop a stitch it will cause you to pull your hair out or someone else’s. This is not a pattern for the beginner, that’s for sure. There is a rumor going around that Sandy Koogler has finished the headband and is going to attempt the hat.

Katherine also gave us a pattern to make a Quick Cap. It is done all in garter stitch using short-rows. You knit it from side to side. Once I figured out the pattern it was easy to make. Thanks, Katherine. I love the different techniques in this pattern.

Saturday night 9 of us went to the Red Geranium for dinner. It is elegant dining.

After dinner we played Knit-O. Knit-O is Bingo with knitting terms. Marilyn Buster was the caller. Thanks, Marilyn. We use candy corn as markers. Everyone wins something. There were knitted socks, lots of yarn, and felted oven mitts as prizes. You get to pick what prize you want. Bob McCoy used to make these really cool bowls out to turned-wood, which you could win. They were always the first prizes to go.

I am so happy that most of the knitters finished the Knitted Organizer and I have completed 2 of the Quick Caps just in time for the cold weather.

I love all of the women that keep coming back to this retreat. It wouldn’t be the same without you. I want to thank all of you for making it a perfect knitting retreat.

Happy Knitting,

Heather Janney