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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 2016

by Kathy Stasys

As the new year starts, the Black Sheep Knitting Guild continued the tradition of Cast Off / Cast On but in a different format. Donna M., 2015 president, said good bye with suggestions learned from her knitting experience (swatch). Kathy S., 2016 president, asked the members to consider doing something new this year (sit next to someone different).

From the Committee Reports, Diane D., our Recording Secretary asks that anyone who has changed contact information please notify her for our new roster.  Have any yarn you would like to donate to the raffle? Val K. is always interested in accepting those pretty skeins that you aren't going to use. Thanks to those who have donated for January. Sue S. has graciously stepped up to head the Event and Field Trip Committee. Even on short notice, she was full of great ideas.

Be sure to sign up for Sneaky Sheep. This year's theme is "Spring Into Summer" so think cottons, pastels, floaty scarves, light shawls, hammocks. Thanks to Harriet for organizing this, and the Knit Along, again. The Knit Along will now be seasonal.

Retreat is not that far away! Nine people have signed up for the Retreat Committee. The first retreat meeting is Tuesday (January 26th) at Paneras. All those who have gone on the annual trip up north know how fun it is to sit and knit for a whole weekend. Heaven. Hope you plan on coming this May.

So many people enjoyed reading Kim W.'s recent contribution to the blog that the Board decided to invite anyone who has a knitting story to also write a blog entry. Interested? Tell Kathy S. or Tracey K.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was receiving the gorgeous swag. Thanks Tanya for all of your hard work producing such fine products. If you were not at at the January meeting, the bags will be available at the February meeting. Just bring in your money to pay for the bags you ordered. Sorry, but there are no extras for sale.

Finally, thanks to the past presidents for sharing some of their favorite knit items in a Presidents' Day Trunk Show.

The next meeting is February 9th. See you there!

Friday, December 18, 2015

December Meeting

posted by Kathy Stasys

At this month's meeting, Diane D.  announced that the Black Sheep Knitting Guild now has 89 official members. Another good reason to celebrate this holiday season!

Pat K. and Shirley W. donated the beautiful yarns for this month's raffle. Thanks, ladies.

We are still in need of a chair for the Events and Field Trip Committee, so please consider actively involving yourself in the guild. The swag will be available at the January meeting so please have your money ready to pay for the bags that you have ordered. The number of sheepies purchasing swag this year set another record. Sign up for 2016's SS8 will be at the January meeting.

Donna M. explained the process for the Sneaky Sheep. Anyone who wishes to participate will be secretly matched with another member through the online Elfster site. Linda F. suggested the theme of "Spring Into Summer".  Consider knitting items meant for spring or summer wear, or items for the home that are made of cottons, etc.

Guild members elected Tracy K. as our new vice-presidenet in a close vote. Congratulations Tracy!

Tanya T. presented an excellent insight into how the judges evaluate work for the Master Knitting program. (She completed it at the same time that she finished her Masters in Education.) Members who knit two swatches learned how to evaluate their own work as the judges would do for Master Knitting. While knitting the swatches seemed a simple task, Tanya's information taught how important even the basics are for a knitter.

Next month's meeting is January 12th. Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 2015 BSGK Meeting

posted by Kathy Stasys

The November 10th Black Sheep Guild meeting welcomed four new members to the flock. We are growing!

Kate P. generously donated many great items for the monthly raffle. The second infinity cowl from the retreat was also raffled off.

We heard reports from the committee chairs, but we are still in need of a chairperson for the Events and Field trips committee. Interested? Tell Donna or Kathy.

The orders for this year's swag were due this month. Kate P. designed the fabric and Tanya T. is sewing the bags. They should be completed in January. It has turned out to be a very popular item.

In November, of course, the guild members vote for a  new vice-president. The nominees were Tracy K. and Vangie A. and the voting results will be announced at the December meeting.

One of the most popular events of the year also takes place in November when we do the Brown Bag Swap. Since "stealing" is allowed, it makes the evening more fun. Ask Erika.

Next month's meeting is December 8th. Tanya T. will be our speaker and we will discuss the Sneaky Sheep project for the spring.

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 2015 BSKG Meeting

submitted by Kathy Stasys

One new member was welcomed to the flock. She has often joined us at the Tuesday night gatherings at Panera’s. These informal get togethers are a good way to get to know more of your fellow guild members. Come join us!

Judith D. Charity Committee, proudly showed the huge pile of knit men’s chemo caps people made and another big bag of caps knit for donation at the annual Stitch and Pitch. Good work everyone.

Two members were nominated for Vice President: Vangie A. and Tracey K. Elections will be held at the November meeting.

Raffle donations: Vangie A., Tanya T. and Katy K.  Winners: Merritt C., Barb C., Sarah T., Heather P., Pat K., Stacey T., Brenda D., Ernestine B. and Valerie K.

Members shared their Tips, Techniques, and Tools with the group. Great ideas!!

-      do not use Woolite or detergents to wash your knits. Use tepid, not cold water.
-      cure for the slipperiness of silk, sand the needles with a nail file, rub it with an eraser or run the needles through your hair!
-      alternates skeins along the side of the project if the colors do not match        perfectly.
-      knit in the back loop after ripping out a row.
-      color codes lace charts.
-      figure out how much yarn to use in a long tail cast on by wrapping the yarn   around the largest needle. Remove and measure the yarn adding a little extra for the tail.
-      to keep track of repeat patterns and your place while working a project. Copy each line on a separate card; flip the cards after each row is worked. Keep cards in a plastic baggie or rubber band together.
-      use swatches to learn new skills and check gauge.

-      instead of slipping a stitch on the side of the heel flap, do 3 garter stitches on either side of the flap, pick up the heel flap in the purl bump to leave a smoother edge.
-      when picking up stitches for the gusset of a sock, pick up the number of stitches required plus TWO (not one) in the space between the two needles (gusset instep). Then on the first round decrease one stitch on each gusset leaning toward the instep to prevent any gaps. Then decrease as written for remainder of gusset.
-      crochet version of the Chinese waitress cast-on for a smooth looking edge.
-      German Double Stitch Short Row technique was explained.

-      the yarn spinner, the THING, on one end crochet hook with pick on other end and cute little yarn swift.
-      using erasers from the Dollar Store as point protector
-      an old Mattel knitting toy makes great tubes for trims, straps, and headbands
-      Harriet A.’s 100 g skein chart to be invaluable. In lace weight 100 g equals 800 yards; fingering equals 800 yds.; sport equals 275 yds.; DK equals 230 yds.; worsted equals 210; Aran equals 190 yds.
-      stitch markers to know a project was made correctly. Put one in every decrease and increase and leave them until the work is finished.
-      A stitch marker at 25 stitch intervals when casting on lots of stitches.

Be sure to join us for the November meeting:  Election of vice-president. And the Brown Bag Swap. The rules are simple. Find something knitting related with a value of at least $10; choose something you would like yourself. Then pop it into a brown bag (or any bag). Decorate the bag or leave it plain and bring it to the November meeting.