Local Haiku Poet, Teacher and Knitter Alison Woolpert

What is Haiku? It’s a lot more than the few words that you may have learned about it in junior high.

Our speaker for August will be Alison Woolpert, well-published, nationally recognized poet and longtime Santa Cruz resident. Alison is the author of Greetings From, a Haiku chapbook of nature and the human condition. She will read selections from her recently published work and lead us in writing our own Haiku verses.

You will be surprised and thrilled by Alison’s work. Her book will be for sale at the meeting as well as at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Alison, a woman of many talents, is also a knitter.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, August 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, August 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.)

Please note: There will be no book exchange at this meeting. The fall book exchange will take place later this year.

Yes, both meetings are in the same week this month.

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July 2019: Beyond Ravelry: Internet Resources for Knitters

You use Ravelry, don’t you? Did you know there are many other online resources available for knitters and crafters?

We will look at Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs and discuss what types of resources each format offers to users. Please bring your WiFi enabled device, curiosity and questions, and an eagerness to explore some fun new resources.

Please be aware that like Ravelry, both Instagram and Pinterest require users to create a free account.

Sharlene Goings will be our speaker this month and is familiar to many of you from The Swift Stitch, one of our business members. In addition, Sharlene podcasts, writes, and teaches knitting in Santa Cruz. You can find her on Ravelry as KnitterNinjaShar, and on Instagram as @Yarniac. As co-host of The Yarniacs Podcast, Sharlene and her co-host Gayle share their knitting projects, observations and skills with an international audience. Sharlene is available for private knitting and AppleiOS lessons. When she’s not busy with those activities, she can usually be found knitting sweaters, her favorite articles to knit.

The Yarniacs Podcast can be found at www.yarniacs.com

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, July 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, July 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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June 2019: Mosaic Knitting

Have you ever wanted to learn two-color knitting? Did you know that there is a technique that makes it so much easier than it looks? Mosaic knitting can be used in a variety of patterns, from hats to socks to shawls, blankets, and sweaters, and can be worked flat or in the round, stockinette or garter stitch.

Member Sarah Lindsey will lead the group in a demonstration and the application of the technique. Please bring two colors of yarn in the same weight and needles appropriate to the yarn. We will be making something that is coaster sized with an opportunity to personalize your design!

Sarah attends the guild’s night meetings as often as she can. She has been knitting since she was 14 years old and can be found on Ravelry as withmyneedles.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, June 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, June 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.)

Hope to see you there!

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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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