February Program

Lots going on at the February meeting and you won’t want to miss it. This is a 3-in-1 meeting: Three activities all in one meeting. Read on:

1) Annual Knitting Guild Yarn Swap
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.

Following the yarn swap:

2) UFO Challenge
We all have at least one: An Unfinished Object (or UFO). Some of us have more than one or even several. Here’s a New Year Challenge: Pick one of your UFOs and plan to finish it by July 2016. Bring your UFO to the February meeting and tell us about it: What is it and how long has it been a UFO? Is there a problem, or why did you lose interest? Do you need help with it, or would you like to get together with others to solve your problem? There’s no shame in UFOs! Join the pledge to finish at least one this year!

3) February Lady Sweater Knit-Along
Did you participate in the Guild’s second annual KAL, the February Lady Sweater? Well, it’s February and time to show off the results. If you finished, great! Wear your sweater to the meeting. But don’t worry if you’re still working on it. After all, some are still working on last year’s KAL, the Baby Surprise Jacket. Bring in whatever you want to share.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, February 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, February 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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January 2016 Program

Hello, Knitters,
As if there isn’t enough wool yarn out there to keep us busy knitting, there are other materials to use that can create very different textures and designs. Have you ever tried fabric? The different ways that fabric can be manipulated as yarn and with yarn really bring new meaning to the words “color” and “scrap.” Join Guild president Stella Sexmith as she introduces us to three different approaches to knitting with fabrics. Expect to complete one small project and leave with new tricks to put in your knitting bag.

This will be a hands on program! Supplies to bring:

Project 1
#15 Needles, or maybe #11 (for those of us with small hands)
At least 4 pieces of 36”x 1” cotton fabric. Fabric pieces may be the same or different
Scissors

Project 2
Pencil or pen
An open mind

Project 3
Even if the idea of knitting with fabric does not appeal to you, I urge you to try this one and bring the following supplies:
#7 Needles
Plied yarn, like Cascade 220
At least 40 pieces of 1”x 2” cotton fabric.
Choose a variety of coordinating colors or trade pieces with friends. This will make the project more interesting.

We’ll also have our usual short business meeting and show-and-share.

Our NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, January 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

Our DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, January 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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January 2016 Welcome

Happy New Year, Knitters!

It’s that time of year again to renew your membership in the Knitting Guild. What makes a guild like ours different from information knitting groups? Established programs that foster the learning of the craft and a community that sustains knitting knowledge. We’ve already starting planning programs for 2016, such as:

– Knitting with Fabric

– Annual Yarn Swap

– Reports from Knitting Travel

– Knitting Techniques Fair

– Focus on Sweaters

– Annual Book Sale

– Annual Holiday Party, Gift Exchange, and Silent Auction

– And more

And again this year we’ll have additional activities for members:

– Knitting Workshop on Sequence Knitting with Cecilia Campochiara, April 2

– Knitting at the Santa Cruz County Fair in September

– Weekend Knitting Retreat in San Juan Bautista, September 23-25

– One-day Knitting Retreats

– Knit-Alongs

As you can see, there’s lots of reasons to start or sustain your membership. Dues this year are $36 which cover the rent and insurance for two meeting places and guest speakers.

Bring your cash or check (made out to Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz) to one of the January meetings, or mail to:

Susan Martinez, 1517 Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Knitsnpaints@gmail.com

We hope to see many of you at our first meeting of the year, either the evening of January 12 at 6:30PM or the morning of January 21 at 10:AM, or both, for those who just can’t get enough of each other and the programs.

Stella Sexmith

Daytime President

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December Meeting

Holiday party at the evening meeting. There will be no day meeting this month. See you in January.

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November 2015 Program Danish Knitting

Hello, knitters . . .

As the weather starts to turn cooler, we turn our attention to knitting warmer projects like sweaters. What better way to celebrate the change in season than to explore the knitting traditions of Denmark. Join us at our meetings in November as Karen Thuesen Massaro takes us on a journey from the origins of knitting to its flourishing in Denmark. She will share with us a sample of 40 years of classic Danish sweaters knit by her mother who lives in Denmark. Karen will also illustrate the history of Danish knitting and describe its traditions. As a ceramist, she has enjoyed using visual and structural potentials unique to clay. Similarly, unique characteristics of pliable plant and animal fibers can be transformed in amazing ways when knitted together. “ Knytte” was first used in Denmark ca. 1500 after which this word for knit became strik. Knitting continues to be a widely practiced craft with appreciated creative possibilities.

We look forward to welcoming Karen in November, a treat to begin the holiday season!
Our NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, November 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

Our DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, November 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

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October 2015 knitting design

Hi Knitters —
Join us in October as Guild member Heddi Craft takes us into the world of knitting design. A relatively new designer, Heddi took the plunge and began developing her own shawl patterns as a way to build her lace knitting skills about two years ago. Her success with pattern design resulted in her winning the Guild’s prize at the Santa Cruz County Fair in 2014 for a beautiful lace shawl. She has since published patterns on Ravelry and on the KnitPicks website.

Heddi will talk about how she got into the business of pattern design and discuss the tools and techniques she uses. She’ll also show us some of her finished projects and tell us where we can find her patterns.

This is sure to be an interesting program, and who knows, maybe you’ll get the design bug, too!

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, October 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, October 15, 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.

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September 2015 Meeting Two Events at one meeting

Hello, Knitters!

Annual Book Sale

We have a double-feature for our meetings this coming month:

Both meetings in September will feature our ANNUAL BOOK SALE to benefit the guild.  

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. 

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

The books left over 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. [Note: Keep in mind that we are only selling to ourselves, so there isn’t an audience for large quantities of books.]

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

KNIT A-Long

Also in September, we will launch THIS YEAR’S KNIT-ALONG, The February Lady Sweater.  Copies of the pattern will be available at both meetings and we’ll discuss appropriate yarn, sizing tips, and how to stay connected.  If you want to get a head start, you can find the pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/february-lady-sweater  Our informal deadline for finishing our sweaters is, of course, February!

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, September 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, September 17, 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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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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