April Update

Patricia Kalthoff will be the featured speaker for our DHKG April Meeting. Her program is going to focus on armhole and shoulder treatments in some of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s lesser known designs. For example: Kangaroo Pouch, the Seamless Set-in Sleeve, the Epaulet & Saddle Shoulder sweaters, we will look at short row shaping & other ways to create sleeve caps and neck/shoulder shaping. Along the way, Patricia will touch on some of EZ’s favorite little techniques such as hems, phony seams and garter stitch seaming. (Time Permitting, of course!!)

Patricia currently lives in Austin. She is a knitting technique junkie. She loves to read about a knitting technique then pick up her knitting needles and test it out. Her knitting curiosity is to our benefit. She is a published knitting designer ( Interweave Knits, Knitters, Hill Country Weavers) and teaches at Taos Wool Festival and Colorado Wool Festival. Patricia has worked a couple of yarn shops as well.

She and her husband, Stephen, relocated to Austin from Frisco, TX 15+ years ago. When in the Dallas area she served on the DHKG Board as a Secretary and later as President. And is still a supportive DHKG member from afar.

This program will be jammed packed with techniques–you will not want to miss. Also at this meeting we will be having our election of officers for next year.

Meeting to be held on April 2, 2013, 7:30pm at Hockaday School in the Clements Auditorium at 11600 Welch Road in Dallas. Please use the parking lot with the entrance just east of Welch off of Forest. In case of inclement weather, we will be following Hockaday’s schedule for closing.

March Update

March 5th Meeting

The Knitting Fairy, Alissa Barton, will be the featured speaker at our next Guild meeting on Tuesday. Alissa will be teaching us about different way to weave in our ends. The meeting to will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30pm at Hockaday School in the Clements Auditorium at 11600 Welch Road in Dallas. Please use the parking lot with the entrance just east of Welch off of Forest. In case of inclement weather, we will be following Hockaday’s schedule for closing. Minutes from the February meeting are available on the website. If you are bringing an item to share, we have form that will help us get all the information about the project and we ask that you print a copy and bring it if possible, or at least look up the information ahead of time!

As usually, the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild will be having a booth at the Dallas Quilt Show, March 8-10 at Dallas Market Hall. Sheryl Dial will be collecting items at the meeting to display. Please be sure to label any item you do bring with your name, phone number and email address (on the inside of the item) so that Sheryl can easily return your item after the show. She is looking for smaller items, such as the sample sweaters from Beth Brown-Renseil’s Gansey class last year. Also brightly colored items are preferred and please do not bring large items such as afghans. If you bring something that comes in a pair like mittens or socks, please only bring one! You can check out photos from last year’s quilt show in our Events Gallery here

February Update

One Of A Kind Yarns

Christi Miller, independent knitting instructor and yarn designer, will be presenting our February 5th program. She will be discussing her One of Kind Yarns. You will learn the Why, the What and the How: The Why– Decision, The What– Inspiration, The How–Process. Her color combinations – they are sure to Inspire you for future knitting projects and stash knitting. Also, Christi will bring some stock to tickle your Fancy. Perhaps even your pocketbook. Cost is $40 for 200 yards per skein. You can also purchase her yarns from Yarn & Stitches.

Currently, the What Knots are her Knitting Group. She is an avid knitter and loves teaching knitting to newbies, reacquainting former knitters and knitting with her group. She lives in Plano with her family.

Meeting to be held on February 5, 2013, 7:30pm at Hockaday School in the Clements Auditorium at 11600 Welch Road in Dallas. Please use the parking lot with the entrance just east of Welch off of Forest. In case of inclement weather, we will be following Hockaday’s schedule for closing.

Workshop Spaces Available

We still have seats available in both of Beth Brown-Reinsel’s workshops: Friday, May 3: Latvian Fingerless Mitts and Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th: Fana Cardigan. Dallas Hand Knitters Guild members must have their deposits for these classes to Sheryl Dial before February 15th, 2013. At that time, we will be opening any remaining seats to non Guild members. For more information, contact Sheryl Dial at dallasunravel at yahoo.com.

DFW Fiber Fest is Coming Soon

April 5-7, 2013 brings DFW Fiber Fest back to the convention center in Grapevine. While some of the popular classes filled quickly, there are still, at the time of this posting, TWENTY-ONE classes that have openings. Click here to check out the schedule. And even if there isn’t a class that suits your fancy, be sure to plan to come out that weekend and shop the vendor hall!

Again this year, the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild will be helping out at Fiber Fest by manning the yarn winding station, this year only on Saturday. We need volunteers for this, and if you are interested, please contact Cris Hays or Kathy Boyd.

Third Tuesday Night Knitting

Third Tuesday Night Knitting

The Board of the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild would like to invite you to join us for the first of what we hope will become a regular concurrence of Third Tuesday Night Knitting. Our first meeting will be at the Panera on Preston Road at Forest (11661 Preston Road, Suite 222, Dallas, TX 75230) starting at 6:30pm this coming Tuesday, February 22, 2013. The store is open until 9pm, so feel free to join us any time during the evening if you can’t make it right at 6:30. Members and non-guild members are all welcome at this information gathering. Come sit and knit and make new friends.

January 2013 Update

Happy New year to all! Please join us for our first program of the year on Lace Design

Kit Figeroa of Kitman Designs will be presenting a program on Lace Design. You can check out Kit’s beautiful designs HERE on Ravelry.

The meeting will be this Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Meeting will be held in the Clements Auditorium at Hockaday School (intersection of Welch & Forest) and start at 7:30pm. Please use the parking lot with the entrance just east of Welch off of Forest. In case of inclement weather, we will be following Hockaday’s schedule for closing.

Yellow Rose Fiber Festival

The 3rd Annual Yellow Rose Fiber Fiesta will take place April 19-21, 2013 in the Guadalupe County/ Seguin Coliseum. This year it is even bigger and better! There will be more than 40 vendors and thousands of items available for crafters and artists to drool over. Raw fiber, yarn, and finished products will be available for purchase.

Artisans are able to participate in a wide variety of work-shops and educational sessions including spinning, weaving and basket making. With almost 100 hours of educational classes, and hands-on instruction.

See www.yellowrosefiberproducers.com for more details.


Beth Brown Reinsel is Returning to Big D, but a little later than we originally planned

Beth Brown-Reinsel will still be teaching the same two workshops, but the dates have been moved to May 3 – 5, 2013 due to a schedule conflict. There are still spaces available.

Beth will be teaching 2 different workshops, running from 9am to 5pm each day, location to be determined.

Friday, May 3: Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Cost will be $100 for this course alone, $80 if you sign up for the entire weekend.

Course Description: Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit one of a pair of fingerless mitts to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of two-, three-, or four-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the mitt as well as the gussetless thumb and a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three or four colors.

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles, magic loop, or two circulars)

Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th: Fana Cardigan Workshop

Cost will be $160

Class Description: The classic details and traditional construction of the Norwegian Fana Cardigan sweaters will be taught in this two-day workshop through the knitting of a small sweater. Techniques to be learned include circularly knitted body and sleeves, square and drop shoulder armholes, cut-and-sew armholes and front, knitted self -facings, button bands, and 2-color star, band, and checkerboard patterns. Designing one’s own Fana cardigan will be discussed.

Level: Intermediate (Experience with double pointed needles and machine sewing is helpful).

Contact Sheryl Dial at dallasunravel at yahoo.com for more details

December Update and Workshop Announcement


Knitting Loves Crochet

Ronda Van Dyk of the Shabby Sheep will be discussing how Crochet can enhance your Knitting. Whether it is a crocheted neckline or hemline. A single Crochet is the best stitch to use for securing the steek area before cutting. (Yes, you will live through the cutting of your knitting!) Ronda will present these crochet ideas and others to peek your curiosity on why Knitter’s should love Crochet.

The meeting will be this Tuesday, December 4th, 2012. Meeting will be held in the Clements Auditorium at Hockaday School (intersection of Welch & Forest) and start at 7:30pm. We will be having refreshments. The guild will be providing some fruit and veggies trays and a few soft drinks. Members are welcome to bring something to share, but please do not feel obligated to bring something. Any food taken into Clements must be taken out at the end of the meeting, along with any trash. Thank you all for your help in this matter. Please use the parking lot with the entrance just east of Welch off of Forest. In case of inclement weather, we will be following Hockaday’s schedule for closing.


Beth Brown Reinsel is Returning to Big D

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 20 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She completed her first DVD Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel in 2010. Her articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Shuttle, Spindle, and Dye Pot, Vogue Knitting, and Knitters magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth’s website: www.knittingtraditions.com.

A flyer with all the details of Beth’s workshops can be found here: Flyer

A quick summary:

Beth will be teaching 2 different workshops, running from 9am to 5pm each day, location to be determined.

Friday, January 25: Latvian Fingerless Mitts

Cost will be $100 for this course alone, $80 if you sign up for the entire weekend.

Course Description: Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit one of a pair of fingerless mitts to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of two-, three-, or four-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the mitt as well as the gussetless thumb and a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three or four colors.

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles, magic loop, or two circulars)

Saturday and Sunday, January 26 & 27th: Fana Cardigan Workshop

Cost will be $160

Class Description: The classic details and traditional construction of the Norwegian Fana Cardigan sweaters will be taught in this two-day workshop through the knitting of a small sweater. Techniques to be learned include circularly knitted body and sleeves, square and drop shoulder armholes, cut-and-sew armholes and front, knitted self -facings, button bands, and 2-color star, band, and checkerboard patterns. Designing one’s own Fana cardigan will be discussed.

Level: Intermediate (Experience with double pointed needles and machine sewing is helpful)

The flyer contains all the information about class registration, so if you are interested, please click the flyer link above, print it out and mail it in with your payment — or contact Sheryl Dial for more details

October Updates

Next meeting is November 6, when Jill Krone, a knitting instructor at Rose Path Weaving in Lindale, TX will be Demystifying Charts. Meeting will start at 7:30pm and we will be back at our regular location in the Clements Auditorium at Hockaday School, at 11600 Welch in Dallas.

This year, the Guild is offering a special, limited edition Yarn Bowl with our Guild logo, custom made for us by Knitting Lagniappe of Katy, TX. Bowls are $45 apiece and you must prepay by contacting Sheryl Dial, dallasunravel at yahoo.com, or see Sheryl at any Guild meeting. These bowls will only be available for a short time, and only through the Guild. Wouldn’t one look great on YOUR knitting table?

The password for the Members Only section of this site was changed at the beginning of October. All current members should be receiving an email with the subject line of Member. The content of the email will password for this year. Please save this email. If you do not receive the email by October 15th, please use the contact us on the website to let Joni Lawver know. Handouts, such as the directions for making art yarn and the patterns for using it from our October meeting, and member contact information are only available to current members.

Alternate Location for the October Meeting!

Our October meeting, October 2, 2012 features Diane Piwko, Knit & Crochet Designer; Fiber Circle Shop Owner; InKnitters publisher. Her topic for the evening will be Wind Away Your Yarn Leftovers. Please note, due to a conflict with our normal meeting location at Hockaday, this meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall of All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Dr., Dallas, TX 75248. Map

August Update

The Dallas Hand Knitters Guild has a busy few weeks planned as we celebrate the conclusion of our 20 years as a guild, kick off the twenty-first year with our first meeting of the fall and also host a special workshop, hopefully offering something for everyone. You might notice that this email is coming from a different email account – due to technical difficulties, we were forced to create a new MailChimp account. Please be patient with us as we learn new tools.

First off is our Twentieth Anniversary Tea, to be held this Sunday, August 26 from 2:45 to 5:15 at All Saints Catholic Church Fellowship Hall at 5231 Meadowcreak Drive in Dallas. We sent out over 600 invitations to the tea, trying to contact each and every guild member from the last 20 years. The tea will include a look back at 20 years of guild history, along with a program on Mitered Knitting presented by Linda Lucente of Jennings Street Yarn. If you somehow missed your invitation or forgot to RSVP, we need to know immediately that you are planning to attend, so please contact Rojean Taylor by phone or text at 214-534-1903 or email to r0jean@verison.net. We have already placed our order for food and if we need to make any changes, we need to let our caterer know ASAP. For those of you who have RSVPed, please remember to come, bring your knitting and something for show and tell.

Next up will be our Fall Kick-off meeting on September 4, 7:30pm at Hockaday School in the Clements Auditorium at 11600 Welch Road in Dallas. Please use the parking lot with the entrance just east of Welch off of Forest. In case of inclement weather, we will be following Hockaday’s schedule for closing. Our speaker for the September meeting will be Amy Hendrix from Madelinetosh, talking to us about color. If you have spent any time looking at the wonderful colorways of Madelinetosh yarns, you know this will be a special evening.

Last in our flurry of fall activities, we will be hosting a one day workshop with Heather Ordover of Craftlit: A Podcast for Anyone Who Loves Books. Heather’s podcast is widely acclaimed and you can check out more information at http://crafting-a-life.com/craftlit/. She is also a knitting instructor and we are still working on choosing which one-day workshop we will be offering. As September 16 is quickly approaching, we will have more details for you very shortly. Contact Sheryl Dial at dallasunravel@yahoo.com for more information or to reserve your spot in the workshop.

Lastly, we have just learned that KERA, our local PBS affliliate, is going to start carrying the program Knitting Daily, starting on Saturday, September 1 at 7:30am. Some of us have been hoping to see this program shown in the DFW area and are looking forward to seeing what all the buzz has been about.

It looks like 2012-13 will be a busy and rewarding year for the guild. We hope that all of you will be able to join in the fun!!

20th Anniversay Tea

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