2015 Annual Knitting Retreat

Retreat registration form select this line, print and mail this form.

Select the blue line above, print, fill out, mail it and your check to Sue Lovelace. Looking forward to seeing you.
REVISED Knitting Guild Retreat 2015

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2015 Santa Cruz County Fair

The county fair is from September 16-20, 2015.

The knitting guild has a presence at the county fair in two ways. The first way is that we staff a table where we show off our work, and teach a bit of  knitting. We bring samples of our work, and encourage people to stop, touch, talk and learn.

Secondly, we hope to have a presence in the official projects. You can participate by entering items you have knit in the previous year to be judged or just submit some to be displayed.

We hope you can join us there will be signup and more information to follow.

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July 2015 Knit for a Day at Ava’s

Ever want to just sit and knit for a day without any distractions?  Wouldn’t it be fun to enjoy the day with other knitters?  Well, here’s your chance!  Our spring day retreat was such a hit that we’re sponsoring another this summer courtesy of host Ava Schaefer at her home in Felton.

The retreat will be held on Friday, July 17.  It will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until we get tired of each other.  Bring a bag lunch and/or something pot luck to share.  We’ll knit, we’ll talk, we’ll nosh…perfect way to spend a day!

Ava’s address is 114 Gail Drive in Felton. Please RSVP; Phone 335-7189, email; avads114@gmail.com. Directions provided by Ava: Our two story house is a taupe color with blue trim and has a separate garage

From Santa Cruz or Scotts Valley, take Graham Hill Road until it intersects with Hwy.  9 in downtown Felton. Turn left and stay on Hwy. 9 for 1.3 miles. (You may want to meet a friend and carpool into the neighborhood by leaving a car in the parking lot of Rite Aid, on Hwy. 9 in Felton. We have neighbors who sometimes have their trailer and/or boat parked on the street across from us, which takes up 4 parking spaces). You’ll go out of town, past the Lincoln Log style sign at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park entrance, past the Fern River Resort on the left then the next street on the left is Gail Drive. There is a brown school bus shelter at the far corner. Turn left down Gail, stay on it through an intersection, our house is second on the right. A wide driveway will accommodate at least 4 cars if you park close to the fence and the garage and far enough up toward the house that someone can park behind you. Parking on the street past our house is also an option, just be careful not to block the mailboxes.  If you go too far on Hwy. 9 you’ll see the RV parks along the river. You might bring a sunhat if you’re interested in being in the backyard although it is mostly shady.

I look forward to seeing many of you and sharing our beautiful spot in the redwoods.

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July 2015 Program

Join us in July for guest speaker Kris Nardello, multi-talented local fiber artist, who will take us on the journey from sheep to sweater with examples of her work throughout the process.  Kris is a textile artist who wears many “fiber” hats often starting with processing the raw fiber and ending with the finished garment, accessory, or wall art.  She especially enjoys dyeing wool with local plants before spinning and knitting or weaving.  Crocheting, wet felting, quilting, sewing pieced garments, and creating shibori fabrics are other passions.  Kris will join us and present at both meetings in July.

We’ll also have our usual short business meeting and end with our popular show-and-share time, your opportunity to share accomplishments and works-in-progress or get answers or solutions to knitting problems.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, July 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, July 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.

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.

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Knit in public day SATURDAY JUNE 13

Knitters:
Bring your knitting & a chair down to Pacific Avenue in front of Jamba Juice we will be there from 10 to 3

(across from Town Clock & Post Office)

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World Wide Knit in Public Day JUNE 13

Come One come all….

June 13th 10:00 until….

Knitters, Crocheters, and any other needleworkers

Everyone welcome, bring friends and family!

Join us to knit in public on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 to  ??   on Pacific Ave. in downtown Santa Cruz in front of Jamba Juice    (across from Town Clock and the post office).  You’ll want to bring your own chair.  There are plenty of places in the vicinity for coffee, snacks, sandwiches, etc. or bring your own.

Hope to see you there!  For more info. or encouragement call Maggie 464-7661

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June 2015 Meeting

Hi knitters,

We all have small amounts of yarn or ribbons that we can’t bear to simply discard.  Here’s a way to use up scraps and embellish knitting projects: KUMIHIMO BRAIDING.  Join guest speakers Marlene Corder and Rachelle Weiss from the Handweavers’ Guild as they teach us about this Japanese braiding technique.  Even better, they will bring supplies so we can try it ourselves.  Come and give it a try and discover ways you can use this idea in your own work.

We’ll also have our monthly business meeting and, following the program, we’ll enjoy time for the popular show-and-share of member projects.  Here’s your chance to get help with a project or simply show off one that you’re working on.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, June 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, June 18, 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.

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May 2015 Meeting

So many knitting techniques make our knitting lives easier.  But we haven’t mastered them all.  Here’s your chance to catch up and learn a new technique or brush up on one you already know and haven’t used in awhile.  At both our meetings in May, we’ll feature several techniques demonstrated simultaneously at different “booths” by Guild volunteers.  Stop by any or all of the booths for demonstrations, handouts, and tips for when to use the technique.  Here’s the menu so far, come to either or both:

Night meeting, Tuesday, May 12:
Provisional Cast On
Kitchener Stitch
Making a Center Pull Ball of Yarn
I-Cord
Knitting Backwards (not Unknitting)
Linen Stitch
Twisted Edge
Cabling Without a Cable Needle
Invisible Increase
Day meeting, Thursday, May 21:
Provisional Cast On
Kitchener Stitch
Making a Center Pull Ball of Yarn
I-Cord
Knitting Backwards (not Unknitting)
Linen Stitch
Twisted Edge
Quick Crochet Flower
Two-Handed/Two-Color Knitting
Details about the meeting places and times:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, May 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, May 21, 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.
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Knit for a Day Retreat at Carol’s

Ever want to just sit and knit for a day without any distractions? Wouldn’t it be fun to enjoy the day with other knitters? Well, here’s your chance! Back by popular demand, the Knitting Guild is sponsoring a one-day retreat this spring to be held at the home of Carol Bassoni in Gilroy.

The retreat will be held on Thursday, May 7. It will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until we get tired of each other. Bring a bag lunch and/or something pot luck to share. We’ll knit, we’ll talk, we’ll take a walk, we’ll nosh…perfect way to spend a day!

Carol lives in the Eagle Ridge community in Gilroy at 7543 Turnberry Way. She suggests carpooling to save on parking. If you’re driving, contact Carol at cbassoni@aol.com so she can get a count on cars.

Thanks, Carol, for your continuing hospitality!

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May 2015 Meeting

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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