World Wide Knit in Public Day

World Wide Knit in Public Day once again comes to Santa Cruz on June 18, 2016

Knitters, Crocheters, and any other needleworkers

Everyone welcome, bring friends and family!

Join us to knit in public on Saturday, June 18 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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May 2016 Program

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 10
Kitchener stitch
I-chord
Felted join
Sharp edge on rib stitc
Two at a time sleeves/tubes
Knitting backwards
Twisted German/Old Norwegian cast on
Magic loop

Day Meeting, Thursday, May 19
Pick up and knit stitches
Provisional cast on
Sharp edge on rib stitch
Magic loop
Twisted German/Old Norwegian cast on
Stretchy bind off
Making center pull ball of yarn
Three needle bind off
Details about the meeting places and times:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, May 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, May 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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Carmel Crafts Guild

On Friday, May 20th, Kris will be giving the program for the Carmel Crafts Guild at the Monterey Library at 12:30 followed by a 2-day workshop on Sat the 21st and Wed the 25th.  The title is Natural Dye Plants of the Monterey Bay Region and the workshop will be using 4 of those plants, 2 organic mordants and 2 commercially produced mordants on protein fibers.  Below is an excerpt from their newsletter with the contact information for the workshop.  I will provide all the materials and a folder containing instructions for botanical dyeing on your own, suppliers and internet resources.

May is Dye Month 

Kris Nardello will lead us on an exploration of Natural Dye Plants of Monterey Bay Region. The presentation at the library is open to the public, please bring guests. 

The workshop is by registration only. Thank you to Mary Brown for hosting this special opportunity. 

Please call 656-0339 or 915-2238 for more information. 

Registration is limited to 6 slots ONLY. Cost is $75.00 

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April Program 2016

Let’s face it, sweater knitting isn’t for everyone, and big knitting projects take a long time.  Everyone needs a project that’s quick, fun to make, an interesting challenge, or just plain practical.  Or maybe you’re looking for a quick-knit for a gift. That’s where “Wearable Accessories” come in.  Shawls, scarves, cowls, gloves, hats…an endless variety of possible projects.

We all have good examples of projects that fit this category.  Pick one of your favorites and bring it to either (or both!) of the April meetings.  Be prepared to tell us about it:  What made this a fun project?  Why recommend it to others?  What yarn did you use?  Is the pattern easily available?

We’ll keep a list of the projects everyone brings, and the result will be a directory of patterns that will be shared with everyone via email, listserv, and website.

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, April 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, April 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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In addition to our regular April meetings, here are some other upcoming knitting events:

Saturday, April 2 – Workshop on Sequence Knitting with Cecelia Campochiaro

Thursday, April 28 – Knit-for-a-Day Retreat in Gilroy at the home of Carol Bassoni

Saturday, June 18 – Worldwide Knit in Public Day – Knit with the Guild on upper Pacific Avenue near the clock tower

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Hope you’ll be able to make it to the events of your choice!

Tamsin

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March 2016 Program

Knitting in the Shetland Islands

Join us in March as Guild member Maggie Morales takes us to the Shetland Islands with a report of her trip to Shetland Wool Week in September 2015 .  This annual event, started just six years ago, is a celebration of Britain’s most northerly sheep, the Shetland textile industry, and the unique wool and knitwear that come from these islands.  Take a look at the Shetland Wool Week website for more background:  http://www.shetlandwoolweek.com/

Maggie will take us on a brief tour of Shetland, including some of their museums, and will share with us photos and information about the classes she took.  This multimedia presentation will include songs and video of Shetland and a brief video introduction to Hazel Tindall, master of Fair-Isle knitting and the world’s fastest knitter (and one of Maggie’s teachers during Shetland Wool Week).

For all of you armchair travelers out there, this will be a program you won’t want to miss!

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, March 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, March 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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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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