Welcome to 2014 everyone! The beginning of another year that we can fill with knitting, laughter and good times.
We began with our meeting a week ago. We had 50 members attend the meeting and we had three new knitters join the Guild. We also had two guests attend. We are up to 87 members now.
We had a pretty exciting meeting this month. It was the transition of leadership. Charli left the office of president, Harriet moved up from vice-president to president and Donna became the new vp. Charli gave a demo of Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Cast-Off. Harriet demonstrated the cable cast-on and Donna gave a demo of making cables in your knitting.
Charli received a lovely shawl from Harriet. It is called "Bigger on the Inside" and is connected to the Dr. Who British tv series.
We had several sheep share their recent projects with us.
Erika used a lovely gradient yarn for her shawl. She actually knit it twice. The first time she started at the top with the green, but decided that the pink would look better near her face, so she frogged the entire shawl and re-knit it, starting with the pink. Now that's a devoted knitter!
Kathleen H. gave a trunk show of many of her gorgeous knitted projects. She does lovely work and it was a wow of a show.
We had many items in the raffle this month. Donated items were from Noreen S., Sue S. and Stacey T.
Katy K. won 2 skeins of Jasper (Berroco) yarn. Kathy R. (a new member) won 4 skeins of Coffee Beenz (Plymouth Yarn). Charli O. won a book, "AlterKnits" by Leigh Radford. Linda F. won a highly desired book, "Knit Your Own Cat" by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. Stacey T. won a book, "Knitting From the Center Out" by Daniel Yuhas.
Mary C. won a Vogue Knit Book and 2 chunky yarns. Kelly G. won Kids Knits/Vogue and a Jane Austin Knits magazine. Wylie R. won a Knitted Cuff Bracelet Kit.
Annette E. won 3 skeins of Cascade 220 and a pattern for "Give a Hoot" owl mittens. Sue S. won 3 skeins of Cascade 220 with a pattern for cabled mittens. Heather P. won 6 skeins of a merino/alpaca blend yarn with 2 patterns (ribbed scarf and cable sampler scarf). Rita P. won some Opal sock yarn with a sock pattern and a "Knitting Girl" tin with mints. And, last, but certainly not least, Marie W. won a skein of 'Bare' sock yarn with a pattern for felt boot slippers, stitch markers and point protectors.
Whew! That's a lot of raffle items!
One of our sheep had an incredibly lovely felt bag from Poland with her.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 11th. We will be doing crafts and there will be a speaker from Twisted Fiber Arts talking about gradient dyeing. She also will be bringing yarns for sale to the Guild, so keep this in mind. The picture above of the gradient shawl that Erika made used their yarn.
We will begin accepting retreat registrations at this meeting. A $75 non-refundable deposit will be required at time of registration. You can hand in your registration sheet and deposit at the meeting or by mail. We do not know the exact fee at this time, but for a room with 2 knitters, it will be approximately $195 and for a room by yourself, it will be approximately $215. The retreat is May 2, 3 and 4.
Think this is all for now. Thanks to all of you for being part of our Guild. See you at the next meeting and maybe at Panera in the meantime.