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:

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, 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 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 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 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

Welcome to our New Board Members!

20th Anniversary CrestPlease join us in welcoming the new DHKG Board of Directors for the 2012-13 guild year. Elected at our last meeting were:

Melissa Todora -President
Regina Beach -VP Membership
Sheryl Dial -VP Programs
Christina Hanger -Secretary
Joni Lawver- Communications Editor
Libby Patterson- Treasurer

A big thank you to our outgoing Board Members for their service this year: President: Suzuko Davis, Vice President Membership: Kathy Boyd, Secretary: Denise Clair and Treasurer: Erin Parilla. If you see any of these ladies around this summer, be sure to tell them thank you!!

The Next Board Meeting will be July 24 at 7pm at the Panera at Forest and Preston (11661 Preston Road, #222). All guild members are welcome to attend. We would love to hear any ideas you have for the upcoming 2012-2013 Guild Year.

Our next guild meeting will be in September. Enjoy your summer!

May 1st, 7:30pm — Last Meeting until Fall!

20th Anniversary CrestPlease join us for our May 1st meeting, where Alissa Barton will address Cast-offs and a variety of different ways to finish projects. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Clements Auditorium at Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road. Enter using the parking lot off Forest, east of the Forest-Welch intersection.

Since the April meeting was canceled, we will be electing officers at this meeting, so we hope that everyone will make an effort to attend. Also, if you haven’t done so already be sure to check out the rest of our website. We now have photo galleries from all the Show & Tell sessions, from the Dallas Quilt Show booth, and from the Gansey class we held in February.

Blocking and Finishing Techniques

20th Anniversary CrestPlease join us for our April 3rd meeting, where Diane Piwko will address blocking and the best ways of finishing your project. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Clements Auditorium at Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road. Enter using the parking lot off Forest, east of the Forest-Welch intersection.

And be sure to check out the rest of our website. We now have photo galleries from all the Show & Tell sessions and from our both at the Dallas Quilt Show available for you to browse

Entrelac Made Easy — March 5th, 7:30pm

20th Anniversary CrestPlease join us for our March 5th meeting, where Lise Wilson will show us how easy it is to do Entrelac, especially now that we know how to knit backward.  Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.  and will be held in the Clements Auditorium at Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road.  Enter using the parking lot off Forest, east of the Forest-Welch intersection.

DHKG 20th Anniversary Celebration Event! Beth Brown Reinsel Gansey 2-Day Workshop

Knitting Ganseys

Knitting Ganseys

Beth Brown Reinsel Gansey Workshop

February 11&12, 2012 -12 Hour 2-Day Gansey Class

Beth has been teaching at the National level for over 20 years. She is the author of the bestselling book and CD, Knitting Ganseys. Beth rearranged her schedule to be with us for the Workshop.

You can learn more about her at

Click here to learn more about the Workshop

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