Programs & Workshops

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    • Sept 16 June Cashmere with Amy Swanson

      Amy Swanson, USA Operations Manager for June Cashmere, will take us to Kyrgyzstan in her talk about Kyrgyzstan’s textile history, the recent discovery of highest quality cashmere goats, a peak at shepherd life in Kyrgyzstan, and the strides that June Cashmere founder Sy Belohlavek and his team are making toward the ethical and sustainable production of cashmere in Kyrgyzstan. With the goal of economic development for Kyrgyzstan, Sy is in the process of establishing a cashmere processing mill in the capital city of Bishkek. This will allow work with additional shepherds throughout Kyrgyzstan, provide jobs in the city, and hopefully encourage additional investment in-country. Additionally, Amy will share insights about cashmere in general and June Cashmere’s yarn production and qualities specifically. . . and if the time change with Kyrgyzstan-Dayton allows, we will call in live to Sy in Kyrgyzstan to allow interactive engagement and questions with Sy directly.

      Vendor: A pop-up shop will be available with some of the June Cashmere products

    • Sept 21-22 A Wool Gathering

      Young’s Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs, OH
      Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5

      2 Hour Shifts

      We need at least 3 knitters for each shift to talk about membership, sell DKG items, and to help people learn how to knit or to help with knitting problems or questions. Helpers may want to bring their own chairs for comfort. Woolgathering Web Site

      Contact: Monica MacFarland monica.macfarland@gmail.com or 429-5086 to volunteer

    • Sept 22 Autumn Fest at Learning Tree Farm

      10 AM–4 PM
      3376 S. Union Road, Dayton, OH

      Learning Tree Farm Autumn Fest

      This year the event is the same weekend as Woolgathering. However, it is a wonderful family and child centered event on a teaching farm, so bring your kids and grandkids if you’d like a delightful outing.

    • Oct 5 Dayton Fibershed Day

      10 AM–4 PM
      131 E Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Yellow Springs, OH

      Dayton Fibershed Day

      Tickets are $50 each including lunch, or our $15 limited income option. Early Bird Special $40 each until September 1st. Visit Dayton Fibershed Day for tickets and more information. See what’s going on in the region with local growing, weaving and dying, and learn why it matters! Co-sponsored with Rust Belt Fibershed.

    • Oct 21 Tales of a life-long knitter with Beverly Edwards aka.” The Knit Whit Lady”

      Beverly has been knitting since she was five years old. She has a collection along with stories of very impressive knitted items she has made over the years. After her presentation you can decide if she has been truly a “Knit Whit” for 60 years.

      Vendor: The Wooly Works

       

    • November 18: Buttonholes with Arenda Holladay

      Buttonholes are the reason most knitters prefer to knit pullovers. It isn’t always easy to decide where to place them and it is difficult to make them look neat and tidy. Arenda will condense her 3-hour presentation to a 1 hour format. The notes from her full workshop will be available at the meeting. Please bring medium weight yarn, needles appropriate for the yarn and scissors.

      Vendor:  Strings Attached

    • November 18: Mini Workshop on Intarsia with Arenda Holladay   1:00-4:00PM

      Intarsia is a technique where blocks of color are worked with separate balls of yarn to create a “picture.” Color changes can occur anywhere in the row and there is no limit to the number of colors used.
      Most intarsia designs are worked in stockinette and the gauge and drape of the fabric is similar to regular stockinette stitch. The yarns must be twisted at the joins to prevent holes. Intarsia designs generally are not worked on circular needles since the yarn would be in the wrong position to begin the next row.

      Signup sheets for the workshop will be available at the October meeting. Contact Monica MacFarland if you cannot attend the meeting. Participation in the workshop is based on paid signups. The cost for DKG members is $20, non-members $30. DKG members do get priority for available slots for the program. Plan to bring your own lunch. Here’s a link to the Arenda Holladay Sign Up Sheet

    • December 7: DKG Christmas Party at Lynn McCown’s

      Location: Lynn McCown’s home
      310 Allen St
      Yellow Springs, OH

      Sit a spell and knit. Lunch will be served at noon.

      Bring: Salad or dessert to share. Main dish and beverages will be provided.

      If you want to participate in the gift exchange bring a small wrapped gift.

    • January 20: Knit for Fit with Anne-Marie Walkowicz

      Making a sweater is a time consuming and expensive process. We often choose a size, and hope it fits once the project is completed. When you have your measurements, how do you use them to make adjustments to your pattern so that your creation fits the way you want it to? Anne-Marie will present some techniques for choosing a size, and adjusting a sweater pattern so that it fits you.

      Vendor: Fiberworks

    • January 20: Sweater Lab: Adjust Your Fit with Anne-Marie Walkowicz.   1:00-4:00PM

      This workshop will focus on how to adjust a top-down sweater pattern to fit your body size and shape. You will learn how to compare the schematic to your own measurements, and rewrite the pattern to fit your unique shape.
      The handout for the mini workshop has details on what to bring to class and how to knit the gauge swatch.   Click here to get a copy of the handout for this workshop.

      Workshop participation requires paid sign-up. Cost: DKG members $10, non-members $20. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can find the signup sheet here.  

    • February 17: Shetland Shawls with Anna Crellin

      Anna will introduce us to the history and traditions of Shetland heirloom lace shawls and the unique way in which they were constructed. Simple and beautiful lace patterns inspired by nature often adorned these shawls.

      Vendor:  Yesterdays Ewes

    • March 16: Cancelled – No Meeting this Month

      (Original Meeting Description) Mary is of our guild members from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She will guide us through fixing some knitting errors on swatches that you knit at home before the meeting. She will cover picking up dropped stitches in garter stitch, retrieving dropped edge stitches, and dropping down a section of stitches to fix a pattern row, such as lace or a textured pattern.
      You can get a copy of the homework for this presentation here.

      Vendor: Fiber and Fusion

    • Mar 18   St Patrick’s Day Knit In   10 AM-2 PM

      Location: Lynn McCown’s home
      310 Allen St
      Yellow Springs, OH

      Sit a spell and knit. Lunch will be served at noon.
      Bring: Salad or dessert to share. Main dish and beverages will be provided.

    • April 20: Knitting Machine Know How with Julie Esterlin

      no vendor because of upcoming Retreat

    • Apr 24-26   25th Retreat at Bergamo Cancelled

      Janine Bajus has agreed to come to us for our 2021 Retreat

    • May 18: Yarn Tasting with Elizabeth Martin

      Fibers such as wool, cotton, alpaca, linen, mohair, and silk all have characteristics that will affect the weight, drape, texture, durability and look of your finished project. Come try these fibers and more! You will get to knit with each of these fibers as we talk about their characteristics. We will also talk about the advantages of each fiber and when to use them in your projects.

      Vendor: TBD

    • June 15   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 3 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.

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    No meeting in July or August – we’ll see you in September!
    2021 Retreat at Bergamo April 23-25 with Janine Bajus