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May Fair

Planning a May Fair – You’re Invited to Participate

This year we’re planning our own May Fair as the program for the two Knitting Guild meetings in May — a Techniques Fair. You know how there are all those nifty tips and techniques that make your knitting easier? Well, we want to feature as many of these as we can in our MayTechniques Fair. Here are some examples:

– Cabling without a cable needle;
– I-cord
– Kitchener stitch
– Provisional cast-on
– How to make a center-pull ball of yarn
– The jogless jog in striped knitting in the round
– Knitting backwards
– Buttonholes
– Magic loop for circular knitting
– Duplicate stitch
– Felted join
– And more (what are your favorites?)

What do we need to make this happen? You, or at least a few of you, to volunteer to demonstrate a technique. You don’t have to do a whole program, just be prepared to show folks how to do it and how it can be used; a sample and a handout would be good, too (we can help with copies of handouts). Each of these techniques can be demonstrated easily in a short period of time. We’ll set up the program to showcase the techniques simultaneously, sort of like “speed dating,” so everyone can move around and learn about as many techniques as they want. We want to demonstrate at least 5 or 6 at each meeting (more if we have enough volunteers)

You don’t have to come to both meetings, just commit to either the day or the night meeting (or both if you want to). That means that each meeting will be a little different, which will be fun. The night meeting is Tues., May 12 and the day meeting is Thurs., May 21.

Don’t be shy and don’t assume that everyone already knows everything! The list above is not exhaustive by any means. If you know something you’d like to show, great! The more volunteers the better the program.

To volunteer or for more details, contact me, Martha Dexter, directly at my email address: mmdexter@gmail.com.  Deadline to volunteer is Friday, May 1.

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April 2015 Meeting

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Photo Courtesy of Intrepid travel

Hi knitters,
Most of us are probably aware of the knitting traditions in Europe, but did you know that the knitting diaspora extends into the Andean mountains of Peru? Join us for an overview of Peruvian knitting with Maggie Morales, who travelled to Peru in 2013 for an international conference and workshop focused on the fiber arts of the Andes.

We’ll show selections from *Andean Knitting*, a DVD produced by Interweave which features a discussion of traditions, techniques, and tools that make Peruvian knitting so unique.

Then Maggie will share with us photos from her trip and samples from the classes she took during the conference. She’ll also have samples of hand-knit products that she collected during her stay.

Join us for a fascinating travelogue in the world of knitting! The meeting will also feature our usual business and announcements and will end with the popular round of show and share.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, April 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, April 16, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 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.

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March 2015 Meetings

Did you make it to Stitches West in the Santa Clara Convention Center in February?  Did you take classes or simply shop The Marketplace?  Or couldn’t you make it this year?
Well, even if you went, you couldn’t do and see everything at such a massive event.  Here’s your chance to find out more about what happened at Stitches.  Come to the meeting with your own observations if you went: What was hot in The Marketplace, what new tips and tricks did you learn, what is trending in patterns and yarns.  Show us what you bought, share your freebies (if you got any), bring in your program brochure.
We’ll have our usual business meeting, too, and our popular show-and-share time (here’s your chance for project advice!).
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Be sure to note that while we can access the room at Vintage Faith starting at 10:00, we’ll begin the meeting at 10:15 to allow people to get in and get settled.
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The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, March 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, March 19, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 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.
Hope you can make it,
Tamsin
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February Yarn Swap

Vintage Faith Church has asked us to arrive after 10:00, when their office
opens, instead of before. Therefore, day meetings are now planned to start
at 10:15 and run until 12:15, to allow for some set-up time after 10:00.

So here’s the revised version of what I sent earlier:

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Hello knitters,

Was your New Year’s resolution to clean up your yarn stash? Good, because
now you can swap for more. There’s no such thing as too much yarn!
Welcome to: The Knitting Guild Annual Yarn Swap.

Here’s how the swap will work:

– If you have yarn that you no longer want or know you won’t use and you
want to simply give it away or swap for something else, that yarn will go
on the “free for swap” table. [Please bring a reasonable amount; this
isn’t the place to unload.]

– Depending on how many people want to participate in the “free for swap”
table, we’ll draw numbers to make sure everyone has a chance to find a yarn
she might like.

– Don’t have any yarns to bring? That’s OK. After yarn contributors swap,
the table will be open for others to review. Whatever unwanted yarn is
left at the end will be donated to charity (or if your yarn wasn’t swapped,
you can take it back if you want).

– Have some yarn that you’d like to sell? That’s OK, too. Simply mark the
skeins with your name and the price and those yarns will be available for
anyone at the meeting to purchase from you directly. So bring cash or a
checkbook if you think you might be purchasing yarn. All money
transactions are done independent of the Guild.

This is a great opportunity to pick up some yarns that are new to you or
yarns that might supplement ones in your own stash. At least one swift and
ball winder will also be available at each meeting. After the Yarn Swap,
the meeting will continue with our usual show-and-share.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, February 10, from 6:30 to 8:30
p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, February 19, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15
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.

Hope you can make it,
Tamsin

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March Workshop

Who is Janine Bajus?

Janine is an avid Fair Isle knitter and designer who loves playing with colors and she is the teacher for our next Guild Workshop.
When: March 7th​
Where: United Way​ community room​
Cost: $25 per class + materials fee

9:00 – 12:00​ Magic Ball: Serendipitous Color

Wondering what to do with those odds and ends of yarn that collect in your wool room? The magic ball method is a fun way to handle them! Working with my collection of yarns you will learn how to arrange random colors in a way that looks intentional and not scrappy. Knotting these yarns together you will wind balls that you can then knit up, surprising yourself with the unpredictable results. I will discuss the kinds of stitch patterns that show off a magic ball’s characteristics while you are making your balls.

The materials fee for this class is $5. Space is limited to 18 knitters in this workshop.

12:00 – 12:30 ​Brown bag lunch for knitters from either workshop

12:30– 3:30 ​  Learn Two-handed Knitting

Have you wanted to learn how to knit Fair Isle stranded designs, or hoped to hone your skills? Janine will teach you how to knit holding the colors in each hand, and you will practice on a Fair Isle hat (your choice of three different Colorways). Janine will explain how dominance affects patterns, how to make “just right” floats, and how to find the best needles.

Materials fee $23 includes handout and hat kit (Shetland yarn +pattern) Space is limited to 15 knitters in this workshop.
Want to attend?
Send your check made out to Santa Cruz Knitting Guild to Toni Campbell, 3665 N. Main St., Soquel, 95073. Indicate which workshop you want to attend. As with previous Guild workshops, the fee is not refundable but you can sell or give your spot to someone else. Your check will be returned if the workshops are full when your check is received.

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January 2015 Program

Hi knitters,

Every year or so we present a program that features tips for how to use your computer to manage your knitting, communicate with guild members and other knitters, and learn new techniques. This year we’ll focus on:

– How to find out what’s going on in the Guild.
– Everything Ravelry – well, that’s impossible, but we’ll provide an
overview of various Ravelry features. Bring your own suggestions for how to
use it, too!
– Learning new techniques on Craftsy, both on your own and how we might be
able to use it in the Guild.
– How about all those smartphone and iPad apps? Let’s share our favorites!

If you have any apps or websites you think we should include in a handout, email Martha Dexter at mmdexter@gmail.com by Friday, January 9.

At the meeting, we’ll also have our usual business meeting and announcements and, of course, the ever popular show-and-share. Happy New Year!

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, January 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to noon 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.

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Holiday Potluck

Our only members only event!
Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz
Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (see directions below)
We will enjoy our usual fabulous pot luck dinner, conduct a very brief (!!) business meeting, and then have our annual holiday gift exchange!  And featuring again this year: Silent Auction (details below)
5:30  Setup – Bidding for Silent Auction begins
6:00-7:00   Potluck Dinner
7:00-7:15   Annual meeting
7:15-8:00   Gift exchange – Silent Auction closes
8:00-8:30   Cleanup (we have to be cleaned up and out by 8:30, so volunteers to help will be greatly appreciated!)
– Bring something scrumptious for the pot luck dinner.  We’re not keeping track of who’s bringing what…if there are too many desserts, well, is that really such a bad thing? Finger foods work well.  Plates and utensils, cups and napkins and beverages (alcoholic and otherwise) are provided, but if your dish needs a serving spoon bring one with your name on it. Note: St. Stephen’s has allowed us access to their kitchen, but it is not adjacent to our room.
– This party and meeting is the one time a year we limit it to members only.  During our brief business meeting, we’ll elect officers for 2015 and vote on a couple of minor changes to our bylaws.
– For our annual gift exchange, bring a knitting-related gift.  If new, don’t spend more than $15, but re-gifting out of your stash or library (nice quality, of course) works, too. As we did last year, we’ll have a hilarious game that will result in swapping gifts.  If you don’t know what this means, come and find out!
– Our charity project this year features a Silent Auction of fabulous, high quality yarns in project-appropriate amounts.  Here’s your chance to grab some fine yarns to give as gifts or just to pamper yourself.  Be sure to bring cash or your checkbook.  Proceeds from the sale of the yarn will go to the Blaine Street Project for them to purchase yarn and supplies for their work at the women’s jail.
If you have any questions about the party, contact Martha Dexter, 831-600-8834 or mmdexter@gmail.com
Directions to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz:  It’s between Pottery Planet and Jeffrey’s Restaurant on the same side of the street, the nearest freeway exit is Soquel Avenue/Drive.  Enter the parking lot and go past the church to the back where the lot opens out.  Enter the alcove where the two buildings meet and you will see the Fireside Room.
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November Meeting – Gift Ideas

Sorry for the confusion, but note the day meeting’s new location.

The holidays are coming up fast and many of us will need to whip up a quick knit gift at the last minute. Do you know what you’re going to do? Do you have a favorite “go to” project that knits up really fast? If you do, bring a sample if you can and information about the project to the November meeting(s) of the Knitting Guild and we’ll share the ideas. Or if you have a favorite book of quick knit patterns, bring that to share, too.

Haven’t got a project to share and actually need to get started now on a quick gift? Have no fear…we’ll have copies of four patterns available for you to pick up and get started at the meeting. Here’s the list of
patterns and supplies you’ll need; pick one or more; we’ll have samples to show:

Balls Up – Knit Christmas Ornaments – Sock yarn in small quantities; Size 1 circs and dpns; 2.5″ polystyrene ball or stuffing

Easy Knitted Bangles – DK weight 15 yds. per bangle; Size 3 dpns or circs [NOTE: We’ll have some wonderful festive red ribbon yarn available free to make a bangle at the meeting. It is heavier weight yarn, so bring Size 8 dpns (if you don’t want to sew a seam)]

Versatile Hand Warmers – Chunky yarn, Size 10.5 dpns or circs

Washboard Coasters or Rugs – Worsted yarn blended with novelty yarns (great for scraps); Circ needles to match weight of yarn

You’ll leave the meeting with plenty of ideas and maybe even a finished project. Come and join in the fun!

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

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS WILL BE THE SECOND MEETING AT OUR
NEW DAYTIME LOCATION:
Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), large brick church at the corner of
Mission and Highland.

From Highway 1 North, Highland is first right after light at top of hill
where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street. Parking lot is first right off
of Highland.

From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, left at light on Walnut to Escalona.
Right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.

Enter Office. Meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room.

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October Meeting

*** Please note NEW LOCATION BELOW, for DAY MEETINGS ONLY ***

Hi knitters,

We’re all crazy about yarn and knitting, right? Well, two local knitters
came out publicly with their yarn/knitting mania and created a podcast and
blog called The Yarniacs (website = http://yarniacs.blogspot.com/) A
podcast is basically an Internet version of a radio program. Check out
their website to give it a try.

We’re thrilled that The Yarniacs, a.k.a. Gayle and Sharlene, will be with
us at both of the October meetings of The Knitting Guild. Since starting
their podcast two years ago, they have broadcast over 70 episodes and
developed a following across the nation and around the world. In every
episode, the Yarniacs discuss what they’re knitting, what they’re
“stalking” (i.e., thinking about knitting), and various trends in the art
of knitting and in types of yarns. If you haven’t listened, take some time
to pick up your knitting and tune in…you’ll be amazed how much you’ll
find out and how quickly Gayle and Sharlene become your friends in knitting.

Here are some of the questions we asked the Yarniacs to talk about, but
bring your own questions, too:
– What made them decide to do a knitting podcast?
– How do they come up with ideas for the podcasts and how do they keep up
with the schedule?
– How is a podcast done, technically?
– What is the place of podcasts generally in the knitting community? How
have podcasts changed or enhanced the art of knitting?
– What has been the response to the Yarniacs podcast? What is the listener
base and do they know how many people are connecting with them?
– Any advice for 21st century knitters? Where do they see the craft going?

We’ll also have our usual business meeting with announcements and the
popular round of show-and-share, so bring what you’re working on or a
recently finished project.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, October 14, from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church,
2500 Soquel Ave.

The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon AT OUR
NEW LOCATION: Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), large brick church at
the corner of Mission and Highland.

From Highway 1 North, Highland is first right after light at top of hill
where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street. Parking lot is first right off
of Highland.

From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, left at light on Walnut to Escalona.
Right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland.

Enter Office. Meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room.

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