Dues Due

Hello Guild,

We had such a great turn out for the holiday party. The food was especially good. It’s so great to have that chance for everyone to get together. Being someone who can only attend the night meeting, it’s nice to see all the day meeting folks.

Thank you to everyone who paid their dues at the meeting. If you weren’t there or didn’t have the chance to pay at the Dec. meeting, I encourage you to please bring a check or cash to the January meeting or to mail a check to the guild P.O. Box. We hope that you are enjoying being a guild member and will continue to do so, however, if you aren’t planning on renewing your membership it would be super helpful if you’d let me know via email. That way I wont keep pestering folks that aren’t planning on continuing their membership. The dues is just $36.00 per year. We have some great programs planned for the year ahead, plus not one but two fabulous knit a longs. If one doesn’t appeal to you the other one is sure to.

Send checks to:
Santa Cruz Knitting Guild
P.O.Box 2844
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Please write “Dues” on the envelop

Thank you,
Guild Secretary
Stacie Rodrigues

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December 2017 Holiday Party

You’re invited!!
 
Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz
Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 12, 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! We also have a nice surprise for you.  We encourage you to bring something for our  a holiday charity drive:  Bring a knitted chemo cap made from soft, non-animal fibers, or some knitted knockers made from pima cotton.
5:30  Setup (volunteers welcome, party starts at 6:00)
6:00-7:00   Potluck Dinner
7:00-7:15   Annual meeting
7:15-8:00   Gift exchange
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 2018.
– 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.
– Note, too, that if you have your checkbook with you, this is the perfect time to pay your dues for 2018…still at the 2016 rate of $36.
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 2017 Program

Two Color Rib. Greetings Knitters.  One of my favorite edgings for sweaters and hats is a 2X2 rib using 2 colors; a  sort of 2X2X2. It’s not very difficult, because the manner of knitting it is so logical. The benefits are great.

  • It makes a very firm, solid edge that is about twice as thick as a single strand fabric, because you are using 2 strands all the time.
  • It wears very well and keeps the bottoms of garments in place.
  • And it looks wonderful!

To knit this versatile stitch, bring about 1 oz. each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn and size 5 or 6 needles. If you wish to do homework, you can cast on 26 stitches, using double or long-tail cast on , with the main color.

Kathy is a long-term member known for her wonderful knitting, amazing adaptation of patterns and creative use of yarn. This will be a very interesting meeting and a good stitch to add to your inventory of special stitches for mitt cuffs and sweater borders.

Also, don’t forget to bring in your completed Fingerless Gloves or photos of them so that we can wrap up the 2017 Knit-Along.

Dates and Locations:

Please note that both day and evening meetings are in the same week this month.

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

Categories: Programs, Santa Cruz

November 2017 Program

Two Color Rib. Greetings Knitters.  One of my favorite edgings for sweaters and hats is a 2X2 rib using 2 colors; a  sort of 2X2X2. It’s not very difficult, because the manner of knitting it is so logical. The benefits are great.

  • It makes a very firm, solid edge that is about twice as thick as a single strand fabric, because you are using 2 strands all the time.
  • It wears very well and keeps the bottoms of garments in place.
  • And it looks wonderful!

 

To knit this versatile stitch, bring about 1 oz. each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn and size 5 or 6 needles. If you wish to do homework, you can cast on 26 stitches, using double or long-tail cast on , with the main color.

 

See you at either the evening or the day meeting.   Kathy Haber

 

Kathy is a long-term member known for her wonderful knitting, amazing adaptation of patterns and creative use of yarn. This will be a very interesting meeting and a good stitch to add to your inventory of special stitches for mitt cuffs and sweater borders.

 

Also, don’t forget to bring in your completed Fingerless Gloves or photos of them so that we can wrap up the 2017 Knit-Along.

 

Dates and Locations:

Please note that both day and evening meetings are in the same week this month.

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

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October 2017 Program Amended for links

The world of buttons!

Many of us have inherited unique buttons or a button box from relatives. I know that when I look over my own button box, the buttons bring back very fond memories of clothing worn as a child, clothing worn by adults in my life and even buttons used as eyes on toys. Many of these older buttons were made of shell, metal, plastic or Bakelite, among other materials. But in addition to these materials, there are many very fashionable buttons made today in both traditional and modern materials. Dorsett buttons, horn buttons, seed buttons, wooden buttons, ceramic buttons, glass buttons, fabric buttons and oven-baked clay buttons are among the buttons popular today that we will show and discuss.

I encourage you to bring to the October meeting your own button box and knitted items made with buttons used as embellishment or fasteners. What we are especially looking for are buttons used in scarves, cowls, shawls, hats, socks and gloves. We are also interested in why you chose the buttons that you chose for your sweaters.

Link for Dorset Buttons

Handouts from meeting

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, October 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, October 19, 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.

 

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September 2017 Program

In September, we have our Annual Book Sale to benefit the Knitting Guild. Please donate any books you no longer want, so long as they are not textbooks. We accept fiction, nonfiction, hard cover, paperback and of course any knitting related books or magazines. The proceeds of this sale will go to the guild coffers for programs and education.

September – Sale and Discussion.
· Bring in your list or your favorite books about knitters and by knitters, from Mme. Defarge to Sue Grafton to Ann Budd, to share. These are for recommendation if you can’t bear to part with them.
Tell us why you recommend them. This is your chance to promote your favorite designer. (Although “Because I do.” is an OK answer for “Why”, try to tell us a little about the contents.)
Or – read a selection that concerns knitting from a favorite novel.
Example: Death of a Ghost – M.C. Beaton. Very good, very funny, if you like Hamish MacBeth, Scotland and the characters of the Scottish Highlands. One knitting mention, where “a middle aged woman with aubergine hair was knitting something long and grey.”
Find a book to take to the retreat.

Suggested prices for book exchange:
Paperbacks: 50 cents
Hardbacks: $1
Magazines and patterns 50 cents
Knitting Books will be priced (in general) $1 to $5 – the pricing will be done by the person who donates the book. Feel free to put a price you think is fair

We ask that you bring small bills and change to the meetings, as this makes it easier on the treasurer.

Dates and Locations:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, September 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, September 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.
Stella Sexmith
147 Sacramento Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

831-425-4933

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Knitting at the Fair 2017

We are still looking for someone to coordinate the knitting volunteers at the fair.  Contact one of the officers if you are interested.

Please remember to bring your SCC Fair entries to the August meetings along with the completed entry form that can be downloaded from the SCC Fair website under Home Arts. Joanne Y. will take them to the fairgrounds on 8/26 and retrieve them 9/18.

Also, if anyone would like to set up and take down our table at the fair, Please let Stella know. It’s a great job.

Stella Sexmith

147 Sacramento Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

 

831-425-4933

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August 2017 Program

Fancy Lace Edgings – Presented by member Stella Sexmith

Who has not wanted to add an interesting ribbed lace edge to a simple accessory so that you can keep your knitting interesting and mind engaged, or to dress up the piece a little? But, just how would you approach it? And where do you find patterns for those edges?

At the Knitting Guild this month member Stella Sexmith will present a few different lace edges that you can make and show you how to convert them from a flat sample to an in-the-round sample. Using the concepts presented, you will be able to add lace edgings to simple hats, cowls, socks, scarves or even sleeves. (This program was a suggestion of member Dorothy Mayeda.)

Although there is no “homework”, if you would like to participate in a short knitting practice in lace edging, please bring single colored or tonal yarn with appropriate needles. Worsted yarn and needles size 7 or 8 would be good.

We hope to see you at a meeting this month! Should you have an idea for a future program, please contact Stella Sexmith.
Dates and Locations:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, August 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, August 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.

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Judy’s Magic Cast On

Judy’s Magic Cast On
Taught by Joanne Yablonsky

Judy’s Magic Cast On is a seamless Cast On designed to be used with toe-up socks. It can also be the start of a handbag, eyeglass case, pillow cover, or limbs of stuffed toys.

Come learn this Cast On as an alternative to the provisional Cast On.

Joanne Yablonsky will teach this Cast On using a 40inch circular needle. She will share how it is used for knitting Cat Bordhi’s Guadalupe Mitts and Mountain Mitts (patterns available on ravelry for $5 each).

Materials needed: 32-40 inch circular needle size 4 or 5, worsted or DK yarn

*If you would like to start right in on a pair of Cat Bordhi’s mitts, download the pattern of your choice, bring yarn and circular needles for gauge. The mitts are knitted flat using the magic loop method. You will be able to complete one mitt in the course of the day!

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July 2017 Program-How Ply Structure affects Knitting

Our speaker for the July meeting will be Kelly Locke. Kelly, a woman of many talents, recently wrote me:
“Gardeners have a saying. “Right plant, right place.” You know the feeling. You see a gorgeous plant at the nursery with such interesting flowers that you have to have it. You know it won’t thrive in your climate or fit in the spot you have for it, but you’ll make it work. The same thing happens at the yarn shop. A lovely soft yarn catches your eye. You take it home and you make something with it, but it isn’t quite right. The garment starts pilling before you have even finished the knitting. The fabric that was supposed to drape beautifully is instead stiff and firm. That beautiful lace that you worked so hard to make just doesn’t block open. You may wonder why the finished object is disappointing. Well, to paraphrase the gardener’s mantra, “Right yarn, right pattern.”
One of the yarn characteristics that can have a big impact on the finished project is the ply structure. Yet how many times have you actually examined and thought about the ply structure of the yarn you use? Spinners do a lot of thinking about yarn plying. As a long-time spinner I will share with you what spinning has taught me about ply structure and how it can help you match that gorgeous yarn to the pattern that will make if shine. “
I started spinning in 1998 and soon my skeins of yarn were overflowing the bowls and shelves where I had decoratively placed them. Even giving yarn away to friends and family couldn’t stop the proliferation! So I learned to knit and weave in self-defense! In 2014 my friend Marsha and I started the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures podcast to share our fiber fun with others. You can listen to the podcast and see other information about my projects at http://twoewesfiberadventures.com I’m also on Ravelry as 1hundredprojects.”

Please join us for our July meeting, an essential one for knitters to know.
Dates and Locations:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, July 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, July 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.)

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