More Sad News

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:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?n=francis-esterlin&pid=190329576&fhid=6384

Sad News

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

Dayton Knitting Guild Picnic…

  • June 18   Annual Indoor Picnic and yarn over sale.

    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.

What’s happening with the DKG?

  • 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.

23rd DKG Retreat coming this weekend…

Beth Brown-Reinsel will be our teacher at this years retreat. She will be teaching us how to knit a Gansey sweater. I can hardly wait to make this sweater.

Our Spring Retreat is held at Bergamo Center, 4400 Shakertown Rd., Dayton, Ohio.

We will also be having the Yarn Market at this event. The Yarn Market is opened to the public. It runs from 3pm to 7pm on Friday and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday

Who are the Vendors at this years retreat?

Strings Attached
The Yarn Barn
Tippecanoe Weaver & Fibers Too
Fiberworks
The Yarn Shop
Silk Road Textiles
Fiber & Fusion Studio
Noah’s Landing
Yarn & Bead Shop
The Dayton Knitting Guild will also have a booth selling some really cool stuff.

Needle Tasting at the DKG Meeting was a big hit.

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.

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Heather