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November 2018 Program

This Month’s Program: Your Favorite Knitting Gadgets On Review

Do you have a great knitting or crochet gadget- a device that is the best thing since sliced bread? Bring your favorite gadgets to the guild meeting this month to tell us why you love them.  Along with hosting “The Great Gadget Review”, Judy Marsalis will facilitate the adoption of your spare gadgets looking for a good home, i.e. that extra winder, exotic markers, lonely crochet hooks measuring tapes, or anything else that you wish to share.

Please bring in your completed KAL sweater projects so they can be photographed!

Dates and Locations:

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

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October 2018 Knitting Program

There was a lot of interest in August on using repurposed yarn for sweaters. What is repurposed yarn? It’s yarn you unwind from another garment and use for a “new” one! It’s a great way to “find” yarn for a project and spend little money. It may be your own sweater that you no longer wear because the style is out-of-date, or it may no longer fit. It may be a sweater that you find at a thrift store, or it may be a half-knit, unfinished item from an unknown donor. But, just how do you identify these sweaters? And how do you take them apart? And what do you do with that yarn once it’s in a pile on the floor? (Pile on the floor???)

Member Vicki Basham is an expert at using recycled yarn. She even knit her KAL sweater using some. Vicki will show us how she finds sweaters, identifies their ripping potential and prepares the yarn to knit a successful new garment.

If you have a “recycled” sweater, or one that may have some repurposing potential, we welcome your bringing it along to Show and Tell.

**We will also discuss the progress on our sweaters. Be prepared to tell us something, good or bad, easy or difficult regarding the yarn, pattern, or whatever, about the sweater you are making with the idea of giving others lessons learned or ideas for their next sweater.** Especially be prepared to tell us if there is any help you need from the group to finish up your sweater by the November meeting.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, October 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, October 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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January 2018 Program

Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz

It’s been a challenging holiday season, with too many cold and flu victims. We are at last on track to present the January meeting to you.

Were you aware that people from other areas of the world knit in different ways? Yet, they all produce knitted fabric similar to what you or I produce using English (“throwing”) or Continental (“picking”).

This month, member Maria Burnett will show us how she knits Portuguese style. Maria will also give us a little information on why she knits that way and on knitting in Portugal. We can then follow her instructions to practice Portuguese knitting in the group.

For this program, there is homework. If you want to participate, please bring a swatch of 20 stitches using your favorite yarn on an appropriate needle. Knit 4 rows in garter, then 4 rows in stockinette, leaving the yarn to start with a knit (WS) row.

Please join us for the January 2018 meeting.

Dates and Locations:

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

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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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May 2017 Program- Felting

Felting – Presented by member Lisa Hoesing

Who has not admired those multicolored felted bags seen around town, or those felted bracelets on strangers’ wrists and colored felted bowls at our friends’ houses? But, just what makes them felt and how do you make those things?

Member Lisa Hoesing, who has an extensive background in crafts, will present the history, whys and wherefores of felting and will lead us in making a felted wrist band at the Knitting Guild this month. Using the concepts presented, you will be able to make your own felted objects.

To participate in this presentation, please knit a 5 stitch 10” i-cord of 100% wool, or 60/40 wool/silk using needles that are normally too large for the yarn leaving a 10” cast on end. For instance, if you are using 100% worsted wool, knit using size 10 or 11 needles. (The wool needs room to felt.) Fasten the ends together with the cast on end and bury the tails in the center of the i-cord. (If you don’t have leftover wool yarn, types that work well are Brown Sheep, Cascade 220 or Schoppel-Wolle Reggae Ombre, all available at The Swift Stitch.)

We hope to see you at a meeting this month!

Dates and Locations:

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

 

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February 2017 Program

Stash is it a problem, challenge or a JOY!!!!

 

What does stash represent? How do I store it so that I can find it? How do I keep track of it? Moreover, how do I use it? And what do I do with leftovers and yarn I no longer want?

What do the yarn masters think about having stash? We’ll tell you.

  • Then, member Barbara Cordes will present a short explanation of how she effectively stores her stash and leftover stash.
  • We will discuss how to keep track of stash on line.
  • Bring your questions. Bring your own leftover stash solutions. (This means finished items, folks.)
  • At the conclusion, we will have our ever popular stash swap.

 Our February meeting will also announce our Knit Along project for the year.

 We can’t wait to see you there!

Dates and Locations:

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

Happy New Year, Knitters!

Heirlooms and Vintage Knitting – January Program

Did you know there’s a whole category of knitting called Vintage Knits? The concept is based on either knitting from vintage patterns (old patterns from previous eras, such as the 19th century, but also the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.) or patterns adapted from earlier time periods.

In January, we’ll showcase some sources for vintage knitting patterns and ideas. But bring your own ideas,too, including any books or patterns you might have to show and share.

And speaking of sharing, if you have an heirloom knit in your family, bring that along, too. This program is all about honoring the craft of knitting through treasures our families have saved or future treasures we might make from classic vintage patterns.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, January 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, January 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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Holiday Party 2016

Current members are invited, but if you aren’t you can join up at the party!!

Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz

Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 13, 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!  And featuring again this year: Silent Auction (details below).  Plus this year we are including a holiday charity drive:  Bring a knitted chemo cap made from soft, non-animal fibers.

5:30  Setup (volunteers welcome, party starts at 6:00)

6:00-7:00   Potluck Dinner – Bidding for Silent Auction begins

7:00-7:15   Annual meeting

7:15-8:00   Gift exchange – Silent Auction closes

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 2017 and vote on a couple of minor changes to our bylaws.

– 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. As we’ve done before, we’ll have a hilarious game that will result in swapping gifts.  If you don’t know what this means, come and find out!

– We will feature again a Silent Auction of fabulous, high quality yarns in project-appropriate amounts.  Here’s your chance to grab some fine yarns to give as gifts or just to pamper yourself.  Be sure to bring cash or your checkbook.  Proceeds from the sale of the yarn will support Guild educational programs.

– Note, too, that if you have your checkbook with you, this is the perfect time to pay your dues for 2017…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.  [Note:  Due to construction in the rear of the church, the parking lot is smaller and difficult in the dark.  So use caution or maybe even bring a flashlight.]

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November 2016 Crocheting on the edge

Hello, knitters —

**** Crochet on the Edge ****
Lots of great patterns call for a wonderful finishing technique that gives a really professional look to a project: Crochet edging. Some knitters feel a little intimidated by this, especially if they aren’t regular crocheters. Don’t let this stop you from knitting that project you’ve had your eye on!

At the November meetings, member Kathy Haber will guide us through this technique with hands-on demonstration.

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To participate in the lesson, you’ll need to do a little homework:

Using worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, CO 20 sts. Longtail cast on is best, cable CO is OK. Keep it loose; you will be inserting a crochet hook into the stitches. If they are tight, it will be harder to do this.

Work up a square in stockinette st. Length and width should measure the same. Bind off loosely. Do NOT cut yarn.

To work the crochet, you will need to bring a size G,H, or I hook.
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This lesson isn’t really a beginning crochet class. You need to know how to work slip stitch, chain and single crochet: the simplest elements of crochet. If you need a refresher on these techniques, check out YouTube.

We hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity! To make the lesson more effective, we will apply the principle of “each one, teach one”. If it all works out, knitters who already have this skill will be sitting next to learners and will jump in to help.

**** Multnomah Shawl Knit-Along Finale ****

Also at the November meetings, we’ll celebrate the end of our Multnomah Shawl KAL. Bring your completed projects for show and share and we’ll take pictures. No worries if you’re aren’t done…bring what you’ve got and we’ll celebrate that, too!

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, November 8 [yes, election night], 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 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.

Hope you can make it,

Tamsin

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