Fine folks a pictures update!  It’s been radio silence here at COMM ED HQ for the last little bit, but I’ve been working in background, I promise!  I leveled up my photo editing skills while I worked on these, but it’s tricky.

First a couple of quick announcements:

NO NIGHT KNITTING in December. Due to the holiday hubbub and generally busy calendars in December, we’ve decided not to hold Night Knitting this month. We’ll resume Night Knitting again in January.

Our January Meeting will be held on January 7, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church.  Long-time member Libby Patterson learned a very unique steek trick on her last trip to Black Sheep Festival in Eugene, Oregon, and she’s going to teach it to us!

Now, some long-overdue pictures from Show and Tell!

I don’t know how I totally missed these, but Lea L. made some fabulous and patriotic red, white and blue mittens from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and improvised designs by Lea herself for an ALS patient who is also a veteran. So sorry to have missed photographing these!  Yarn was Classic Elite, from The Knitting Fairy.

Michelle S. made this beautiful Chevron Afghan with a pattern by Purl Soho, using yarn purchased from The Woolie Ewe. Michelle also showed an Aran Shawl by Debbie Bliss and I didn’t get a picture of it!

Michelle - Aran shawl

 Elizabeth C. made a beautiful Caress Scarf in Marks & Kattens Fame Trend yarn.

Elizabeth - Drops scarf

Vanessa V. showed her Tree Pose Yoga Bag from the Book Inspired Cable Knits, pattern by Fiona Ellis, and knitted in KnitPicks Cotlin. It’s lined, too!

Vanessa - Tree Pose Yoga Bag

Vanessa V. also showed her (beaded!) Segaiha shawl by Kitman Figueroa, in Djinni Sock yarn, colorway Villainess, yarn purchased from The Loopy Ewe

Vanessa - Segaiha shawl

Joni L. showed a special treat, a handspun, hand-dyed, and handknitted sweater for her husband, using the EZ Percentage System. I think it’s also steeked!! Great work, Joni!

Joni - Handspun, Handknit sweater

Marieke D. made the V Junkie socks by Alice Yu, pattern from Socktopus, yarn is Maui Yarns in colorway Swell, and was a gift

Marieke - V SocksI showed my Plaits and Links Cardigan, by Kathy Zimmerman, pattern from the Winter 2012 Interweave Knits.  It’s knit with Hemp for Knitting Hempwol, purchased from Holley’s Yarn Shoppe. I modified it by taking out the three-button and adding a zipper, and added a collar.

Regina - Plaits and Links

Our President, Christina H. showed a sweater she designed while Beta-testing Amy Herzog’s knit to flatter software and book. On the website program, you put in your measurements and your swatch information, they generate a pattern, and you just pay for that pattern. This is located on the Customfit website.  Christina also gave a ringing endorsement for the book Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog, for fitting tips and tricks to make knitwear you’ll wear and love!

Christina - Amy Herzog Sweater

That’s October, folks.  Did you see how many of us were wearing sandals?  It’s not usually sweater-weather yet in Big D in October, not yet.  Many of us are still in shorts and t-shirts while we attend the Texas State Fair and look at all the beautiful handknits and Creative Arts submissions (The Quilts! The Photographs!  The Collections! The Embroidery! So many beautiful things to see), while we eat our Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and funnel cakes. But we go, and not only do DHKG members attend, we also submit (and win!) in many categories in the Creative Arts. Our November meeting was a parade of beautiful submissions and winners, too!

Cynthia F. showed her Prairie Rose shawl with yarn from Madtosh

Cynthia Franco - Prairie Rose Shawl

Marieke D. showed her Blue Ribbon-winning sweater, Irish Moss, designed by Alice Starmore (from Aran Knitting), made with Cascade Yarns Pure Alpaca purchased at The Woolie Ewe.

Marieke Doherty - Irish RoseLasandra M. knit this gorgeous wrap (with a buttonhole!) from an unknown pattern made with Vanna White Green yarn purchased at JoAnn’s.  Love the shell edge!

Lasandra Miller - Scarf ProjectMelissa T. showed a shawl that she knit twice- the Three Waves Shawl, designed by As the River Flows Designs from Brooks Farm.  Yarn is Solo Silk from Brooks Farm, purchased at Fiber Fest.

Melissa Todora - Three Waves Shawl - BlueMelissa Todora - Three Waves Shawl - RedDenise R. showed 3 State Fair Ribbon Winners: the Guitar Scarf, Gulls eye rug, and Bohemian shawl.

Denise Royal - Guitar ScarfDenise Royal - Gulls Eye RugDenise Royal - Bohemian Shawl


Denise Royal - Guitar Scarf with Ribbon


I’m not sure what was going on that I got this shot, but Denise looks like she was doing a little jig – fancy footwork!

Vanessa V.  showed fingerless gloves, well, really just fingertip-less – they have pretty long finger coverage – The pattern is Progressive Gloves with Palm Gusset, from an Interweave Knits in 2004.  The yarn is Bijou Basin Lhasa Wilderness in Tristan purchased at the 2013 Taos Wool Festival – good work knitting up yarn right away!

Vanessa Vyles - Fingertipless Mitts

Regina B. showed her State Fair winner, the Indiski Shawl, designed by Olga Federova and Galina Khmeleva from Knitting Traditions.  Yarn is Madil Yarns Super Due Merino from Lifetime Member Mary Lyle’s yarn stash and purchased at her estate sale.

Regina Beach - Indiski ShawlPatricia S. showed her Brickless shawl (designed by Martina Behm), knitted from Miss Babs Yowza!

Patricia Stapleton - Brickless

 As always, great work to our show-and-tellers and to all of our knitters! Our guild is full of such marvelous and skilled knitters – I’m always excited to see what people will show next – vintage patterns, cute toys, beautiful shawls, cables and lace, wonderful sweaters and handspun yarns – every show and tell is just so inspiring!  I hope you’ll be able to visit our January 2014 meeting and see for yourself!

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