May 2019: Shawl KAL

In May, we will start our annual Knit-Along (KAL). Our theme this year will be Shawls. Our pattern for the KAL will be your choice of one of three that the program committee will present: easy, moderate or challenging. The web site Knitty calls the approach “Mellow”, “Tangy” and “Piquant”. We are keeping the shawls a secret until the meeting, but we know some of you. You’ll want to knit all three, or three of one, or, add your own touches, or well, who knows? All shawl patterns will be free and the patterns will be downloadable.

We hope to see you at the May meeting.

Dates and Locations:

This month, both meetings are in the same week.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, May 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, May 16, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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April 2019: How to Find and Explore a Pattern on Ravelry

Anxious about finding a suitable pattern to knit on Ravelry? Never looked at the details of a pattern to see what others have to say about it? This is THE program for you, guaranteed to increase your Ravelry usability and knitting success by leaps and bounds. And those familiar with Ravelry will find nuggets they never knew about!

Member Judy Marsalis will present a very popular program she created for the knitting guild in her winter home of Wenatchee, WA.

In Judy’s words: ‘I show how to search for a particular kind of pattern first, then develop the details of that pattern.”

Hope to see you this month!

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, April 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, March 18, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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March 2019: Techniques in How to Attach Buttons

Think it’s simple? My biggest problem is those floppy buttons. My second biggest is loose thread. Hmmmm. It’s not that simple, is it?

We will cover:

  1. What you’re attaching (those wild and crazy buttons)
  2. Weight and Washability (of those said buttons)
  3. What you’re attaching those old buttons to…
  4. What to attach those blasted buttons with…
  5. How to attach those crazy old buttons!

There’s a lot to it, after all! And you’ll end up with wonderfully selected and sewn on buttons.

Hope to see you this month!

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, March 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, March 21, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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February 2019: Stash Exchange Month

This is the month that we all look forward to as being one of the best benefits of membership in the Knitting Guild. It’s stash exchange month!

Although the highlight of the meeting is always finding a new and shiny yarn for free, this year, we will give you some ideas so that you will be able to “shop” for the yarn you need to complete a new project. We will show you two striped hats for which you don’t need to weave in ends as you change the colors! The catch? You will need at least three different yarns, either all worsted or all fingering. For instance, if you only have two in your stash right now, shop for another little ball for the third.

The projects we will present are fun, very easy to do, never dull, take small amounts of yarn, and remember, colorwork is IN this year. If you have any Helix Hats that we could pass during the meeting, please bring them. Small stash amounts in worsted and fingering weights are especially desirable for our free store.

If you have larger quantities of yarn, those are exchangeable as well. If you’d like to sell a stash quantity, that will be between you and the buyer. Please label the price and give your name.

Hope to see you this month!

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, February 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, February 21, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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January 2018: International Knitting – Shetland Lace Knitting

Have you ever wanted to know more about how people around the world knit?

Following up on the successful January topic from last year (Portuguese Knitting), the program committee designated January as International Knitting month. This year, we will learn about Shetland Lace Knitting. An excellent video podcast interview with two Shetland sisters has recently become available. The sisters describe how they learned to knit, why it was mandatory that they knitted, show the sweaters and large shawls that they knit and demonstrate the stitches.

It’s something many of us may never attempt, but it sure is fascinating! If you have any books on Shetland Lace Knitting that we could pass during the meeting, please bring them.

Hope to see you this month!

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, January 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, January 17, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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December 2018: Holiday Party and Annual Business Meeting

On Tuesday, December 11 we will host our annual holiday party. Please remember that this meeting will be open only to members in good standing, with dues paid through December. This meeting is also our annual business meeting, and we will be voting on officers for the next year and any other items deemed appropriate, such as dues increase (none for 2019).

To members:

  1. Please bring a dish to share or a dessert to share and a serving utensil. Although there will be some drinks available, you will probably want to bring your own. Plates, cups and utensils will be provided.
  2. There will be two silent auctions conducted simultaneously.
    1. One will be for yarn that has been donated with the request that the proceeds go to the Jail Project.
    2. The second will be for yarn that has been donated for the benefit of the Knitting Guild.

All yarns are of desirable quality and quantity.

  1. Make it easy on Ava, our treasurer. Please bring your checkbooks to pay for:
    1. Dues for 2019 if you haven’t already paid.
    2. Any delinquent dues for 2018
    3. Silent auction purchases
    4. Any donations you wish to make for the St. Francis Retreat Center courtyard brick pavers for the new handicapped buildings.
  2. Now, the fun, in addition to the food.
    1. Please bring a $15 (max) wrapped gift to share.
    2. Mr. and Mrs. Wright have left the building. (I hear the hurrahs.)
    3. Numbers will be drawn for the gift exchange, and no stealing. Swapping is permitted, of course, after the drawing is complete.
  3. The party is a great time to meet members you do not know from the meeting you do not attend or who have not attended the retreat. It’s a lot of fun. If you need a ride, call a member. If you can give a ride, call another member. We share not just yarn.

Summary: 6:00 Tuesday evening, December 11. Bring food, serving spoon, your drink, gift max $15, and CHECKBOOK. Meet other knitters. Have fun.

Date and Location:

The MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, December 11, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

Hope to see you there!

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November 2018 Program

This Month’s Program: Your Favorite Knitting Gadgets On Review

Do you have a great knitting or crochet gadget- a device that is the best thing since sliced bread? Bring your favorite gadgets to the guild meeting this month to tell us why you love them.  Along with hosting “The Great Gadget Review”, Judy Marsalis will facilitate the adoption of your spare gadgets looking for a good home, i.e. that extra winder, exotic markers, lonely crochet hooks measuring tapes, or anything else that you wish to share.

Please bring in your completed KAL sweater projects so they can be photographed!

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, November 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, November 15, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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October 2018 Knitting Program

There was a lot of interest in August on using repurposed yarn for sweaters. What is repurposed yarn? It’s yarn you unwind from another garment and use for a “new” one! It’s a great way to “find” yarn for a project and spend little money. It may be your own sweater that you no longer wear because the style is out-of-date, or it may no longer fit. It may be a sweater that you find at a thrift store, or it may be a half-knit, unfinished item from an unknown donor. But, just how do you identify these sweaters? And how do you take them apart? And what do you do with that yarn once it’s in a pile on the floor? (Pile on the floor???)

Member Vicki Basham is an expert at using recycled yarn. She even knit her KAL sweater using some. Vicki will show us how she finds sweaters, identifies their ripping potential and prepares the yarn to knit a successful new garment.

If you have a “recycled” sweater, or one that may have some repurposing potential, we welcome your bringing it along to Show and Tell.

**We will also discuss the progress on our sweaters. Be prepared to tell us something, good or bad, easy or difficult regarding the yarn, pattern, or whatever, about the sweater you are making with the idea of giving others lessons learned or ideas for their next sweater.** Especially be prepared to tell us if there is any help you need from the group to finish up your sweater by the November meeting.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, October 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, October 18, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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September 2018 Knitting Program

The month of September is a very busy month for guild members. So, we have a
program that members can sit back and enjoy. Not only that, but it’s a month
where we can possibly make a little money for the guild with our annual book
sale.

We welcome Leslie Karst as speaker. Leslie has published three books in the
well-received Sally Solari mystery series. Leslie Karst has degrees in
English literature, law and culinary arts. After graduating from Stanford
Law School, she worked for twenty years as a research and appellate attorney
before retiring. Leslie now splits her time between Santa Cruz and Hilo,
Hawaii and spends her time cooking, gardening, cycling, singing alto in the
local community chorus, and of course, writing.

Leslie’s books will feel familiar to anyone who has spent at least a couple
years in Santa Cruz and are available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and Amazon.

The Annual Book Sale will benefit the Guild. Please donate any books you no
longer want, providing they are not textbooks. We accept fiction,
nonfiction, hard cover, paperback and of course any knitting related books.
The proceeds of this sale will go to the guild coffers for programs and
education.

Paperbacks: 50 cents

Hardbacks: $1

Magazines and patterns 50 cents

Knitting Books will be priced (in general) $1 to $5 – the pricing will be
done by the person who donates the book. Feel free to put a price you think
is fair.

Checks accepted, CASH PREFERRED to make it easier on the treasurer.

Please join us for a program that will be a lot of fun.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, September 11, from 6:30 to
8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel
Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, September 20, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15
p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the
corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first
right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into
Mission Street. Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From
Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to
Escalona. Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is
across Highland. Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in
The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s
downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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August 2018 Knitting Program

The month of August seems to be a time for members and friends of the Guild to make last minute vacation plans! So in that regard we’ve  punted and pitch hit a little to knit a program together. (Just how many sports is that?)

This month we welcome Sara Jessen as Program Speaker for the guild. Sara is one of the three partners of Knit Sew Make, the Guild’s newest business member. Sara writes:

“Some of you know me from Yarns By The Sea, where I worked a few years ago. I learned to knit and crochet when I was 3 from my auntie and crocheted for many, many years. I picked up knitting about 15 years ago and now it’s my life! When the yarn shop closed, I attended massage school and have been a licensed massage therapist for 4 years. I love it almost as much as knitting!

“But, last summer another opportunity knocked. Heddi Craft and I were talking about teaching opportunities and I mentioned that in a perfect world I would love to have my own office/studio space just for teaching. Heddi loved that idea and ran with it. She mentioned a sewist friend who was also looking for a place to teach her classes. The three of us started brainstorming and Knit Sew Make was the outcome of that.”

We anxiously await hearing more about what Knit Sew Make is all about, how it was founded and seeing Sara again.

**We will also discuss the progress on our sweaters. Each of us should be expected to say something, good or bad, easy or difficult regarding the yarn, pattern, or whatever, about the sweater they are making with the idea of giving others lessons learned or ideas for their next sweater.** Be prepared to tell us if there is any help you need from the group to finish up your sweater by November.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, August 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, August 16, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street.  Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona.  Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.  Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

Hope to see you at either or both of the meetings!

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