June 2020 Program

We will once again be doing a Zoom meeting for both meetings this month. Lisa Hoesing, our secretary, will be sending out invitations to each of our members one day prior to the meetings.

The night meeting will be Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 pm. The day meeting will be Thursday, June 18, at 10:00 am.

The program for the day meeting will have as our guest speaker Cecelia Compochiaro, the author of two books as well as a superstar in the knitting world. She did a workshop with The Guild several years ago on her first book, Sequence Knitting. Her latest book, Making Marls, came out in March. Her talk will begin at 10:30 and she will have a question and answer portion afterwards. This is a wonderful opportunity for us as a small group to host Cecelia which would not be possible without it being a Zoom meeting.

Unfortunately, her schedule does not permit her to speak at the night meeting as well. For that night meeting we will ask everyone who attends to share some other hobby or craft they do such as weaving, sewing, building bird houses, or whatever it may be. Of course, anyone who usually attends at night can attend the day meeting if they are able to do so.

Looking forward to “seeing” you all again in June. Take care and stay safe and well.

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April 2020 Program

Although we can’t meet as usual, we will be using Zoom to have two meetings in April. We will email members with the links and the passwords necessary to join the meetings. Members are free to join either or both meetings.

The night meeting will be Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. Joan will present a program on using color in knitting. Maggie Morales will also offer her experiences with intarsia knitting.

The day meeting will be Friday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. Vicki Basham will present on the Knitting Guild Association Master Class program she is currently doing. Vicki’s presentation at the March night meeting was enjoyed by all who attended so this will be a great opportunity for those who missed it.

We will also attempt to have a show and share time for each meeting. This is all still very new to all of us so we’re learning as we go!

These are challenging days, with so many changes to what we thought was “normal life”. It’s important for us a Guild to stay connected, stay safe, and keep on knitting. Better days ahead!

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March 2020 Program – Knitting Certification

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March 2020 Program – Knitting Certification

Thank you to all the members who participated in the yarn swap.  It was a great success and we came away with “new” yarn and new ideas for using small amounts of yarn. 

Our March program will be presented by Member Vicki Basham.  She has been participating in the Hand Knitting Certification Program as well as the Professional Hand Knitted Program. Both are offered by the Knitting Guild Association and both can be completed on line.

Vicki will be explaining how the programs work and her progress through the different levels.  She has completed Level 1 and is currently working on Level 2.  This program will be an exciting introduction for all of us who want to take our knitting to the next level.  

Regarding our KAL of baby blankets:  anyone who wants to participate and hasn’t found a pattern or yarn yet, we will have a list of free patterns available and some yarn suggestions.  

Please join us.  We look forward to seeing all our members at one or both meetings.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday, March 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm 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 March 19, from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm at Vintage Faith Church (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 on 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 directly across Highland.  Enter through the Office.  Our meeting is in the Fireside Room.  (Lunch afterwards for those who wish is either at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue or at The Abbey.)

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February 2020 Program

The February Guild meeting will be our annual Stash Exchange.  A great way to fight the winter doldrums….NEW (TO YOU) YARN!  This is our opportunity to change out our old, unused yarn for something new and exciting.  This is the way it works:  you bring your yarn, other people bring their yarn.  It’s put on display.  All those who brought yarn get a number.  When your number is called you get to choose from the yarns on display.  It’s optional, of course, but most of us have at least one or two skeins we bought on impulse that we’ve never used.  It’s fun to trade it for something that hopefully we will use.  Don’t neglect to bring those small balls of leftovers, either.  There are things to be done even with bits and pieces.  Come to the meeting and get some ideas.

Yes, in addition to exchanging yarn, let’s exchange ideas!  As part of the program, bring your ideas, patterns, completed items for projects using one skein or less of yarn.  Let’s see if we can get some really creative ideas!

There will be a swift and ball winder available at the meetings to assist anyone who would like to wind their yarn.

We look forward to seeing you all in February.

The NIGHT Meeting will be on Tuesday evening, February 11, from  6:30 to 8:30 pm 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 20,  from 10:15am to 12:15 pm 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 on 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 in the Fireside Room.  (Lunch afterwards for those who wish is at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue)

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January 2020 Program – Irish Knitting

Have you ever wanted to learn about Irish knitting? Exactly what is it? Why is it different? Guild member Joanne Yablonsky will share highlights of her recent trip along the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland’s north western coast. Hear about the Aran Islands, Studio Donegal yarns, and Irish knitwear designers Edel McBride and Kieran Foley.

Please bring a pair of US #8 knitting needles (straight or circular, your preference). You will then have the opportunity to try your hand at a favorite Aran stitch. Yarn will be provided.

And please bring any Aran knitting examples or projects that you have to share with the group.

Also, please bring dues of $36 if you have not yet paid for 2020.

Dates and Locations:

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

We hope to see you at a meeting or two! Please note that both are in the same week this month.

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October 2019 Program: Shawl Knitalong Wrap Up

October will be our Shawl Knitalong presentation of finished and unfinished items, so be sure to bring your shawls. Many of you have knit shawls other than those suggested in the Knitalong, and we would love to see those, as well as Reyna, Clapotis and Miss Grace. Be prepared to wear your shawls, with appropriate, clothing underneath, because we will want to take photos. (That means, not a ratty old T-shirt, ladies!) Also, be prepared to discuss any problems or adventures you had making them, and how you solved those problems. Do not be afraid to bring an unfinished or incomplete shawl and tell us the story behind that.

In addition, Angie Smith, from the Homeless Garden Center Gift Shop will stop in to give us an update on the garden center and the popular items for this year so that we can knit some items to replenish their inventory. Depending on time, we may even discuss the Fair and the retreat.

Dates and Locations:

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

We hope to see you at a meeting or two!

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September 2019 Program: Hats in a New Direction

Do you knit hats? Do you get tired of knitting them around and around and around? Did you ever wonder if there is another fun way to knit hats and have them be stunning and different? Yes, there is!

We will again watch a Fruity Knitting podcast interview and this time it will be Wooly Wormhead. Wooly knits only hats and has been a leader in developing new ways of knitting hats. She will talk about her process for design, head and face shapes, finding a hat shape that looks good on you, hat knitting techniques and types of yarn to use.

In addition, we will be able to examine Wooly’s types of hats up close. This is a program that is very appropriate to lead us into holiday knitting and to determine if the knitting style appeals to you.

Note: We will also have the book exchange at this meeting. Please bring no more than 10 books to sell, proceeds to the Knitting Guild.

Prices – Paperbacks: $.50, Hardcover – $1.00, Magazines and patterns – $.50,

Knitting Books – as marked

Leftovers will be donated to the Capitola Library store in the Mall.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, September 10, 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, September 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. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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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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