It’s August, and that means it’s RENEWAL TIME! We got the renewal letters out to folks this week, so watch your mailbox for updates.
Okay, confession time.
I didn’t know there was a built-in Events Calendar on THIS VERY WEBSITE. You can subscribe to it to add the events that get added to our calendar and they’ll populate right into your own, so you can keep the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild events on time with your agenda, and never miss a meeting. How great is that?!!
As a little teaser, I’ll tell you that you won’t want to miss a meeting this year – our VP-Programs, Vanessa Vyles has lined up some GREAT speakers to talk about everything from Silk to History, even to recycling sweaters and repurposing yarn. Our first meeting will be a program on Entrelac with Lise Wilson, and we’re having Annie Modesitt for a workshop on lace entrelac in September – Make sure you mark your calendars for that, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear a nationally-recognized teacher and self-styled “knitting heretic” give her take on basketweave knits!
I’m very excited that we’ll be redeeming our Kickstarter programs with Beth Brown-Reinsel, too – we’re going to be Skype-ing with Beth for three programs about colorwork knitting, so get those fingers ready for a fun challenge! I was so excited that I cast on the VogueKnitting Mobius Cowl from the Spring 2014 Interweave – it’s got color for DAYS! I can’t wait to share my progress with you all at Show and Tell.
But enough about me – our larger community has some cool offerings to share, too:
Guild Extra-curricular activities!
I was notified by Dale Jenssen of an opportunity to enter your handknits in a juried show in San Antonio, for Cash Prizes!
40th Annual San Antonio Fiber Art Show
DEADLINE : October 13, 2014
Open to all Texas artists working in a fiber medium, or employing fiber techniques. Juror: Barbara Schneider. Nov 21-Dec 17, 2014. Sponsored by the Fiber Artists of San Antonio.
For one fee ($30/$35), can enter up to four pieces. Cash awards.
I have copies of the entry form, so if you’re interested in entering, let me know! I’ll also have some forms printed for pick up at the September meeting.
Crochet Texas is hosting a Yarn-Bombing at the Scottish Rite, and they need your help!
We have approval to yarn bomb the Scottish Rite Hospital on I Love Yarn Day in October. Our guild has decided to bomb the lobby with baby blankets. Afterward the blankets will be sold at their November Craft Fair. All the proceeds will go to help the hospital. If you are interested in adding to our yarn bombing event we will be accepting donations of baby blankets. There are a few qualifications for donating the blankets. ** Please note that all blankets and display items will be indoors, there is no risk of them being ruined in foul weather **
1. Must be new
2. Fibers like acrylic, cotton, bamboo or plant based are recommended. We tend to stay away from wools and mohair for ease washing and allergic sensitivity
3. Any baby blanket size 30″ minimum to 40″ maximum
4. Any shape
5. Any color
6. Can be crocheted, knitted, fleece with crocheted/knitted edge
You may drop them off at Saint Thomas Church:
The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle
Dallas, TX 75209
August 16, 11-1pmSeptember 6, 11-1 pm
September 20, 11-1pm
October 4, 11-1pm
Also if you are unable to drop off at these times let us know and we will try and make other arrangements.
The Board will meet on Tuesday, 7/1/2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Burger at Inwood Road and Forest Lane. If you have any questions or comments for the board or would just like to see how we put it all together, please feel free to come!
So I did my steek swatch in January, and it took a minute, but I got it finished, and the steek worked! Did you do your steek swatch? I have pictures up in the gallery – did you know that we have a gallery? I didn’t know! I also have the videos up in the Member’s Only section. Don’t forget your password, and go have a look, if you need a refresher. I guess I was too fixed on knitting and not focused enough on taking pictures. I’ve been knitting away on EZ little sweater project and I’m about 98% finished with it – I need to weave in ends and block the little thing, but it’s knitted, so I’ll have to find a teddy bear to put it on or something.
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!
Elizabeth C. made a beautiful Caress Scarf in Marks & Kattens Fame Trend yarn.
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 V. also showed her (beaded!) Segaiha shawl by Kitman Figueroa, in Djinni Sock yarn, colorway Villainess, yarn purchased from The Loopy Ewe
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!
Marieke D. made the V Junkie socks by Alice Yu, pattern from Socktopus, yarn is Maui Yarns in colorway Swell, and was a gift
I 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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
A Note from our President, Christina Hanger:
September meeting and board minutes are available in the member’s only section of the website. If you are a member and would like to access the Members Only section, but don’t have the password, please feel free to email me.
You can also access the September handout and presentation info in the Member’s Only area – there are some great resources to be had there!
I can’t believe it’s already Mid-September – now where’s that cooler weather I ordered? I’ve been good all Summer – Shouldn’t there be an Autumn Fairy to deliver those brisk mornings and the smell of wood fireplaces to replace the smell of barbecue grills in the shimmering air? Starbucks has their Pumpkin Spice Latte (and my returning favorite, the Salted Caramel Mocha) back, isn’t that meant to be The Ultimate Harbinger of Fall? The Autumnal Equinox will fall on Sunday, September 22, so start looking for that mercury to fall – sweater weather is COMING!! (if I keep saying it, maybe it’ll happen – that’s how weather works, right?!)
Today was the day of our Chris Bylsma Workshops on necklines and edges – I can’t wait for Show & Tell at the October meeting to see what the attendees learned!
Have you heard? We’ll be doing 4 programs on the Elizabeth Zimmermann Seamless Set-In Sleeve pattern from Knitter’s Workshop throughout the year – would you like to knit along? The pattern is available as a “one off” from Schoolhouse Press – Spun-Out #21 – get your gauge swatch going so you can come join the fun! If you are a member but don’t have the pattern, the guild is putting together a “bulk order” from Schoolhouse Press and we can order a pattern for you, too (for the bargain price of $3!) Email me if you’d like a copy!
We’ll have Patricia K. back with us in October to talk more about the sweater and short rows – if you missed our September meeting, the PowerPoint presentation is available in our Member’s section, as well as the handout with the bear-size sweater, to try out the techniques on a small scale – head on over and check it out! Remember that you’ll need to be a member in good standing to access the Member’s Area on our website. Not a member? Want to be? Grab our Membership Form and join us!
Our inaugural meeting for the 2013-2014 meeting was great! Excellent turn-out, a great presentation by Patricia Kalthoff, and a project afoot already! We have 98 members to start the year, and we hope you’ll join us too! The Chris Bylsma Workshop is on September 15, just 8 short days away, and the DFW Yarn Crawl will start October 4. Visit DFWyarncrawl.com for more details, and to print out your Yarn Crawl Passport (coming soon)!
Our board meeting will be September 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Panera Bakery on the Southwest corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane. Have a question? A comment? Want to see how we put it all together? Bring your knitting and come visit!
Now, onto the fun stuff!
Immediate Past President Melissa T. showed us her Vitamin D cardigan:
Felecia J. showed off a lovely red shawlette and cowl (I missed the pattern names, sorry Felecia!)
Patricia S. completed two beautiful shawls, one modeled by herself and the other modeled by Patricia K. (We have an abundance of Patricias! )
Pha A. knit these great little market bags, for gifts, if I recall
And last, ready for her close-up, Sugie finished her Wingspan shawl!
Gorgeous work, everyone! Can’t wait to see what this year brings!
Have something to show? Bring it to the Next meeting, October 1 at All Saints Catholic Church on Hillcrest and Arapaho in Dallas! Make sure you have your Show & Tell Form with all the vital details!
We are, and we’re sure looking forward to seeing you at All Saints Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 2 for our first Guild Meeting of the 2013-2014 year! Just a few things to remember for the meeting on Tuesday:
1) We’ll be meeting at All Saints Catholic Church, on Arapaho and Hillcrest Road in Dallas,not at Hockaday School. Hockaday was a very gracious host for a couple of years, and we thank them for donating their rooms for our use. BUT! We are looking forward to the wonderful meeting room at All Saints and thank them also for their generous hosting for this year!
2) Are you going to be knitting along on our sweater project this year? We’ll be knitting an Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Seamless Set-In Sleeve Sweater, with the help of knitting instructor and DHKG Alum Patricia Kalthoff. If you’re not into knitting a you-sized sweater but still want to experiment with all of the fantastic techniques, Patricia has written a pattern for a small 100-stitch sweater that will fit a teddy bear. If you would like to participate, bring the following to the September Meeting:
- Approximately 200 yards of smooth worsted weight yarn
- Needles to get you approximately 5 stitches per inch (US 6-8 (3.5-4.5mm)), 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles
- 1-2 yards of smooth (cotton) waste yarn
- Stitch markers, tapestry needle and scissors
Hope we’ll see you at the September meeting, with needles at the ready!
Communications Editor 2013-2014
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