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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September Meeting

We have a lot going on at the upcoming meetings of the Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz!

Both meetings in September will feature our Annual Book Sale to benefit the guild.  In addition this year, ***at the night meeting only,*** we are happy to welcome author Rachael Herron for a reading and author talk.  Rachael is the bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series of romance-comedy novels featuring knitters, yarn shops, and more in the fictional Central Coast California town of Cypress Hollow.  She is also the author of the memoir A Life in Stitches, praised by Publishers Weekly:  “Herron, who is young…enough to sit in bars and knit socks without looking like a nut, turns in honest, well-considered appraisals of choices she’s made, turns she’s taken, and people she’s known.”  Rachael lives in Oakland, is an avid knitter when she is not writing, and  is also a 911 fire/medical dispatcher (you may have read her essay about this in a recent issue of Interweave Knits).  We’re excited to have Rachael with us on Tuesday evening, September 9.

For the book sale at both meetings in September, please donate any books you no longer want, as long as they are not textbooks. We accept fiction, non-fiction, hard cover, paperback, and of course any knitting related books. The proceeds from this sale will go to the guild coffers for programs and education.

Paperbacks will be sold at 50 cents.
Hardbacks will be sold at $1.
Magazines and patterns 50 cents.
Knitting books will be priced (in general) $1 to $5, and the pricing will be done by the person who donates the book. Feel free to put a price you think is fair. Price stickers will be available.

Checks accepted, cash preferred (easier on the Treasurer).

The books from Tuesday night will be offered again at the day meeting and then leftovers will be donated to the SC Public Library or taken to Logos. The member in charge of disposal decides.

This is a great opportunity to pick up something to read for the September retreat weekend!

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, September 9, 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, September 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, in the meeting room by the gym, toward the back of the complex.

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August 2014 Program

Hi knitters,

At this month’s Guild meetings, we will have a chance to branch out to (or
brush up on) crochet skills to enhance our knitting:
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Crochet for Knitters

For all the wonderful things you can do with knitting, sometimes it is just
faster and easier to use a little crochet to finish your project. Join Mary
Rhodes as she leads us in exploring crab stitch, light crab stitch, some
basic and a few fancy edges (shells and picots), adding buttonholes or
loops, and making your edge match the drape/gauge of your fabric.

Bring a swatch of knitting to play with some edges and some contrasting
yarn – worsted or DK weight are good, and a size G-I hook.  Mary will have
some hooks and yarn, too, if you don’t have your own.

Mary is a crochet expert and has taught crochet at local yarn stores.
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The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, August 12, 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, August 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Holy
Cross Church in Santa Cruz, in the meeting room by the gym, toward the back
of the complex.

Hope you can make it,
Tamsin

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July Program

Hi knitters,

July Guild meetings will be here before we know it, and this month’s program(s) will be about Playing Around with Beads.  Here’s what presenter Kathy Haber says about the program and about what to bring with you to the meeting, in order to be able to join in:

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For our July program, Kathy Haber will be showing us various ways to

incorporate beads into knitting. Part of this program is based on Lily

Chin’s book,  Knitting and Crocheting with Beads. To participate, bring along:

  • small amount fine, smooth yarn
  • knitting needles to give a good gauge with this yarn
  • a crochet hook the same size as the knitting needles (approx)
  • a very tiny crochet hook, if you have one
  • any beads you may have. Must have a pretty large hole.
  • very good quality sewing/quilting thread
  • small tapestry needle or beading needle.
  • Most important of all, bring a sense of adventure!!

We will work up a small square sampler using various techniques.

See you in July.

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The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, July 8, 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, July 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, in the meeting room by the gym, toward the back of the complex.

 Hope you can make it,

Tamsin

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June Program

I’m looking forward to the June meetings to share with you some of Barbara
Scott’s wonderful work. With the help of Gayle Ortiz and Toni Campbell, we
will see a photos of much of Barbara’s greatest knitting hits. Please wear
or bring your Barbara inspired garments.

Below is an index of the handouts I scanned and put on our yahoo.groups
listserv. These are available for you to use and enjoy. If you have any
handouts from her that are not on this list, please bring me a copy and we
can add it to the list! We all owe so much to Barbara.

I hope to see you on Tuesday evening the 10th or Thursday morning the
19th,

Thanks,
Pam Howell

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INDEX — Knitting Handouts by Barbara Scott

Armholes & Shoulders

Back Neckline Shaping & Shoulder Seam Joins

Basics: Edges and Increases

Cables, Twists & Traveling Stitches

Cardigan Bands #1

Cardigan Bands #2

Cardigan Bands #3: Horizontal or Vertical

Drafting the Pattern

Fair Isle Knitting

Helpful Mathematics

Intarsia Knitting

Short Rows

Tubular Cast On and Bind Off

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