Two of our favorite DKG members have died. Elllie Gaines and Mary Hal Davis. Ellie and Mary Hal were at every DKG Retreat that I went to. Both of them have been an inspiration to me as a knitter. Ellie knitted a little sweater and gave me the pattern. Mary Hal taught me how to knit a flower and I went crazy making my own version. Mary Hal always went last at Show and Tell because she always was quite comical. The first time I saw Mary Hal do Show and Tell she had knitted costumes for her husband and herself. They were Adam and Eve costumes, fig leaf and all. Mary Hal could always make us laugh. I will miss Ellie because she was always at our monthly meeting and she was always smartly dressed and quite pleasant. Ellie viewing is tomorrow. Please check the obituaries for place and time.
This was a fantastic knitting guide retreat. We had the perfect guide in Margaret Radcliffe. Margaret really had an amazing way of presenting all the material the guild had asked for. On Friday after dinner she taught us how to work with variegated yarn. We learned various techniques to make variegated yarns look beautiful in our projects. Margaret guided us on how to work with borders on our garments on Saturday morning. If we did our homework we could attach borders using knitting needles 3 to 4 sizes smaller. This was a very helpful suggestion. Then she guided us in learning how to make any shape using triangles. We learned to make squares and rectangles out of triangles. Margaret named this class, If You Can Knit a Triangle, You Can Make Anything. There was a little math involved. Our last class was held on Sunday and it was all about yarn fibers. There are plant and animal fibers and she had all types of examples to show. Since I’m the organizer of this retreat I often miss some of the instructions. I did my best to stay in on all of Margaret’s classes. Margaret is the author of 4 knitting books. I bought the Knitting Answer Book and had Margaret sign it. I’ve started knitting a striped, variegated, triangular scarf out of yarn spun from bamboo and cotton. Thanks Margaret for sharing your creativity and be an inspiration to us all. You made this my favorite retreat.
Our Vendors at this event will be:
Fiber & Fusion Studio
The Yarn Shop
Strings Attached Yarns
Tippecanoe Weaver and Fiber Too
Bergamo Center is hosting the DKG Yarn Market this Friday and Saturday. The hours are 3 pm till 7 pm on Friday and 10 am till 6 pm on Saturday. It’s opened to the public. There will be 5 Vendors and Margaret Radcliffe in attendance. This is in conjunction with our weekend retreat featuring Margaret Radcliffe. Margaret is a well known author of several knitting books. This is a weekend where knitters come to learn and have fun. Come join us on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm for Show and Share. Also opened to the public.
Game is June 2nd at 2pm. Tickets are $12.00 each, friends and family welcome. We have a total of 25 tickets to sell. Sitting in section 104 of the ball field and every ticket comes with one raffle ticket for a Dragons door prize. Ticket will be available tomorrow at the Knit-in at Lynn’s. We will be in the shade this year. I had a great time at the event last year.
Wednesday March 13, 2019— St. Patrick’s Day Knit-In at Lynn McCown’s 10 AM-?? PM
310 Allen St., Yellow Springs, OH. Sit and knit. Lunch will be served at noon.
Bring: Salad or dessert to share. Main dish and beverages will be provided.
Monday March 18, 2019
Knitting Socks using Magic Loop (one long circular needle) or two short circular needles with Sandy Kulik.
Socks will be made from the top down using Sandy’s Winter Weight Sock pattern. Materials needed are light or worsted yarn – 100 grams, size 6 or 7 circular needle 32” or 40” long. You may also use 2 shorter needles if preferred. Gauge for this pattern is 22 stitches for 4 inches. Loosely cast on 44 stitches prior to the meeting so we can get right into the process. If you haven’t knit socks on circular needles or if you want to improve your socks skills don’t miss this meeting. Handouts will also include Sandy’s patterns for both Magic Loop and 2 circular needles for sock weight yarn.
If you haven’t knit socks on circular needles or if you want to improve your socks skills don’t miss this meeting.
NOTE: Sandy will have a knit- in in the after- noon on Monday after her program so that people can get more help if they need
it. Please bring a bag lunch.
Our Vendor at the March meeting will be:
Fiber and Fusion
January’s meeting was cancelled. The first meeting this year will be held this Monday, February 18th…Silk Road Textiles will be our vendor so please come early…have your project supplies with you and ready to go at 10 AM…come sail away into the art of coaster making…we will all be knitting a coaster out of cotton yarn. Bring 2 contrasting colors of yarn, size US 1 and US 3 needles straight or circular will work. Beginner knitters are encouraged to join us…come learn the construction of the Knit Stitch…
Come learn how to knit a coaster in the art of Double Knitting…taught to you by none other than me…Heather Janney…author of this blog…coaster making expert. I will teach you to make one of these treasures using a sailboat pattern. Bring cotton, worsted wt. yarn in 2 contrasting colors. Bring size US 1 knitting needles (no shorter than 7” long). You only use the US 1 needles twice but it’s really important. Keeps your coaster from flairing out. Use US 3 knitting needles for body. I will start out by teaching you an Invisable Cast-on.
Come join us…more info to come on this Blog…
Sad news: Velma Waker died yesterday…I have already missed her at the last few meetings…I remember that Velma taught herself to knit…she was an expert knitter. I will miss her pleasent smile and laugh.
I’m sorry to announce the cancellation of our January DKG meeting due to the weather prediction…
I will be teaching the Double Knitting and Invisible Cast-on at the February meeting…
I hope you can join me this Monday. I will be teaching Double Knitting. This is going to be a hands-on class, so bring some needles and yarn. We will all be making the same project. I will be handing out a pattern that I have been using since I taught myself how to Double Knit 26 years ago. We will be making a small project so that you will be on your way to mastering Double Knitting.
The pattern calls for knitting needles in a size US 1 and US 3. If you think those will be too small, go ahead and bring some bigger sized needles. The yarn should be worsted weight cotton. Walmart sells Peaches & Creme. Make sure you have 2 contrasting colors. Black and white would be perfect for a beginner.
I hope I will be seeing you on Monday. It’s Martin Luther King Day and there is no snow predicted. Just saying…