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September 2018 Knitting Program

The month of September is a very busy month for guild members. So, we have a
program that members can sit back and enjoy. Not only that, but it’s a month
where we can possibly make a little money for the guild with our annual book
sale.

We welcome Leslie Karst as speaker. Leslie has published three books in the
well-received Sally Solari mystery series. Leslie Karst has degrees in
English literature, law and culinary arts. After graduating from Stanford
Law School, she worked for twenty years as a research and appellate attorney
before retiring. Leslie now splits her time between Santa Cruz and Hilo,
Hawaii and spends her time cooking, gardening, cycling, singing alto in the
local community chorus, and of course, writing.

Leslie’s books will feel familiar to anyone who has spent at least a couple
years in Santa Cruz and are available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and Amazon.

The Annual Book Sale will benefit the Guild. Please donate any books you no
longer want, providing they are not textbooks. We accept fiction,
nonfiction, hard cover, paperback and of course any knitting related books.
The proceeds of this sale will go to the guild coffers for programs and
education.

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.

Checks accepted, CASH PREFERRED to make it easier on the treasurer.

Please join us for a program that will be a lot of fun.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, September 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, September 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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August 2018 Knitting Program

The month of August seems to be a time for members and friends of the Guild to make last minute vacation plans! So in that regard we’ve  punted and pitch hit a little to knit a program together. (Just how many sports is that?)

This month we welcome Sara Jessen as Program Speaker for the guild. Sara is one of the three partners of Knit Sew Make, the Guild’s newest business member. Sara writes:

“Some of you know me from Yarns By The Sea, where I worked a few years ago. I learned to knit and crochet when I was 3 from my auntie and crocheted for many, many years. I picked up knitting about 15 years ago and now it’s my life! When the yarn shop closed, I attended massage school and have been a licensed massage therapist for 4 years. I love it almost as much as knitting!

“But, last summer another opportunity knocked. Heddi Craft and I were talking about teaching opportunities and I mentioned that in a perfect world I would love to have my own office/studio space just for teaching. Heddi loved that idea and ran with it. She mentioned a sewist friend who was also looking for a place to teach her classes. The three of us started brainstorming and Knit Sew Make was the outcome of that.”

We anxiously await hearing more about what Knit Sew Make is all about, how it was founded and seeing Sara again.

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

Dates and Locations:

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

Hope to see you at either or both of the meetings!

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July 2018 Knitting Guild Program

What Spinning Has Taught Me About Knitting 

This month we again welcome Kelly Locke (spinner, weaver, knitter, beekeeper, math professor at Hartnell College in Salinas and podcaster of Two Ewes Fiber Adventures) as our program speaker. Kelly writes:

I’m a Spinner (with a capital S) who reluctantly became a weaver and a knitter. Now I also think of myself as a Knitter (with a capital K). With spinning as my background, I’ve found that I think of yarn a bit differently than many knitters. From ply structure and twist angle, to fiber content and sheep breed characteristics, my spinning experience impacts my knitting. I’ll talk about the various influences that spinning has brought to my knitting and share information that can lead to better yarn and project choices.

We all enjoyed Kelly’s program on plying last year, and I know that we will benefit from her talk on spinning and knitting this year. She might even give us a spinning demo. Hope to see you there!

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, July 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, July 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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June 2018 Program

Have you ever tried to find a pattern online?

Have you wondered whether other people have successfully knit that pattern? Was it a “good” pattern? Which yarn did they use? Were they happy with it? How do you find out more about yarn you pick up in a stash giveaway? Which needles are best for your project? All these questions and more can be found by using Ravelry.

In our June program, Sharlene Goings, local podcaster and knitter, will be speaking about the Ravelry website. Ravelry, introduced in June 2007, has changed the way knitting patterns are published and delivered, and changed the way knitters meet and share information. Using Ravelry effectively can put a knitter in touch with resources that were previously only available in classes and books. We will discuss creating project pages; adding photos to your pages; patterns, pattern searches, and pattern purchases; managing your favorites and queue; and how to effectively use the message boards. Sharlene, co-host of The Yarniacs Podcast, has been knitting for 15 years, and teaching knitting for over a decade. Her previous work at Apple Inc., has kept her in touch with the high-tech world and the way technology and social media have enhanced and changed information delivery in the needle arts industry.

We are very pleased to have Sharlene as our speaker for this long-awaited program.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, June 12, 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 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. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)

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May 2018 Program

Charity Begins with Us and Update on Sweater Knit-Along

This month’s program is a two part program. Part 1 will be a short intro by several members on the charities for which they knit, some new to us, which will give us an insight into why people select the charities that they do. Our speaker will be Angie Smith, Value-Added Enterprise and Retail Manager of the Homeless Garden Center Retail Store.

Part 2 of the program will be an update from each of us on how we are doing with our individual Sweater Knitalong. Be prepared to discuss why you chose your pattern and your yarn and if you are having problems for which you need help. Remember, even if you have nothing to report, that’s OK. Come anyway.

Hope to see you at one of our meetings or both, for all of us diehard knitters.

Dates and Locations:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, May 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, May 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.)

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April 2018 Program

Customizing Sweater Fit
For this month’s program we will talk about customizing sweater fit. We’ll start by learning how to take an accurate set of body measurements. We’ll talk about how to use those measurements to make simple modifications to standard printed patterns. Finally, Heddi will show you the CustomFit website from Amy Herzog Designs and demonstrate how you can generate a customized pattern using that site.

Please bring a pencil and tape measure long enough to take body measurements. You should wear a close fitting tank or t-shirt and the foundation garments you would wear under your finished sweater to get the most accurate measurements.

The program will be led by member Heddi Craft. Heddi is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher and has been part of the guild for several years. She recently had a sweater pattern published in I Like Knitting. You can find her patterns on Ravelry and her classes at Knit Sew Make and Santa Cruz Parks and Rec.

This month’s program is the most requested topic that we have had and we are very pleased to offer it as a prelude to our 2018 Knit Along. Please join us for the April 2018 meeting.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, April 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, April 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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March 2018 Program

Adding Crochet Embellishment to your Knitted Projects

Our program speaker for March is member Mary Rhodes, a master of yarn use and crochet, who has been a member of the guild for many years.

Mary has knitted and crocheted most of her life, starting with knitting at age 6, then crocheting at age 10. When the Craft Yarn Council started a certification program for teaching the crafts, Mary became certified in both. She has helped people with their knitting and crocheting through the Blaine Street Jail project of our knitting guild, at the yarn shops where she worked, and in classes at conferences in the early years of the Crochet Guild of America. While she doesn’t tend to use much embellishment in her own pieces, she knows that embellishment emergencies do crop up from time to time, and it’s handy to know a few simple techniques – and the simple ones are often the ones that make you look the most clever.

In this program on adding crochet embellishment to your knitting, Mary shows us three embellishments using a crochet hook on knit fabric: Popcorns or bobbles, slip stitching on the surface, and corded fringe. To play along, bring a swatch in stockinette (at least 4 inches to the side, so you have something you can hold on to). A finished and bound off swatch is just fine, but if you leave it on the needles, you can try out adding popcorns in crochet as part of the stitching, rather than adding them as an embellishment later. Mary will have some to share if you forget.

Materials: worsted swatch and appropriate sized hook for your yarn.

Please join us for the March 2018 meeting.
Dates and Locations:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, March 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, March 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 that both meetings are in the same week this month.

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February 2018 Program

February 2018 Program

Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz

February is our month of Yarn Stash and Swap. If you plan a little and take time to go through your stash, you may find some yarn that you either no longer love or do not have enough to use. This yarn may be just the cat’s meow for another member. So, we all swap yarns. This has traditionally been one of the most popular events of the year for members. So, come prepared with yarn you no longer want and your creative mind open.

But this year, our program is more than that. We will demonstrate 5 or 6 ways on How to Wind Your Yarn without a Swift and Ball Winder. What better time to show these than when we have a bunch of miscellaneous yarn? From simple to complex, mind-bendingly easy to extremely inventive, we will demonstrate. This will be a fun month, but please do not use it as a dumping ground for excess, unwanted yarn.

Please join us for the February 2018 meeting.

Dates and Locations:

The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, February 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, February 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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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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Social Knitting at the Abbey

Knit out the Old and then Knit in the New at the Abbey, December 29th at 10:00

Bring your Knitting grab a drink or pastry and get ready to Knit, chat and catch up!

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