The Miami Valley Knitting Guild
Meets at the Beavercreek Church of the Nazerene
North Fairfield Road
First TUESDAY of every month
in the Fireside Room
We have looked for a site for the Guild to meet in the middle of the Miami Valley so that we are most centrally located within the geographic area called the Miami Valley. We have considered at least 7 places, continuing to search for a place that is free, accessible, able to seat at least 50 so that we can continue to grow, and in the middle of our “area.” We have found a new, wonderful home!!!!!!!
The Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene has accepted our request to use their Fireside room for the next 6 months (they only accept applications for room use for 6 months at a time)!!! The hope is that we will continue to meet there for a very long time!
The room is very much like the room that we currently have been using at Sycamore Hospital with the addition of a permanently installed projector and screen; a sink and counter top for our refreshements and displays. The chairs appear to be much more comfortable — they are more padded!!!!! We can have tables if we would like to have them.
Because we have moved to a church venue, we must move our meeting night to a night other than Wednesdays!!!! They have a very large midweek service and are not able to accomodate us on that evening.
So, Beginning June 4th we will meet at 7:00pm at the Beavercreek Church of the Nazerene
Watch for an upcoming announcement about the program — We will all like what we hear!!!!
See you just inside the front door of the church in the room to the right, on Tuesday, June 4th.
This meeting will try to put a corral around all of your knitting “stuff!” We all have it! Bags to house our projects; totes to hold our stash; boxes and tubes and organizers for our notions; binders and computer files set up to be able to have our patterns ready to go and then a sleeve or a magnetic board to put the pattern on when it’s actually being used; some system for housing our needles; a place for the swift and ball winder ……………..
How big is your house and how big does it need to be? This will be an opportunity for us all to share what we have found to work the best for us. So, please plan to come and bring with you a list of the most important items in your organizational system — what it is, where you got it, how much we can plan on it costing us to replicate…… A listing will be made of all the ideas and information that we compile and it will be
posted on MVKG.org for anyone who wants to be able to find the collected data again! I think that this could be a very important meeting, but it is only going to be as good as what we can share with each other. Please take some time to gather your list before the meeting and bring examples of the items if you can manage it so that we can all see, and touch as many as possible in one room in one hour.
Preparation for May 1 Meeting
It occurred to me at 3:00 this morning — in a nightmare of sorts — that I needed to make tomorrow evening’s meeting 1) something that did not require each of us to rent a U-Haul truck and 2) something that we can share with others — now and into the future. Therefore — read carefully, please!
If you have pictures of your stash or your storage solution or anything else that you would like to share at this meeting, please send me the .jpg file so that I can drop you into alphabetical order in the slide show. If you have bag after bag after bag that you are planning to bring in with you — you might want to reconsider and take a snap with your camera and send them to revpamm(at)gmail.com (you will have to fix that email address so that your files will actually come to me!
We will deal mainly with your hand knitting “stuff” — but that’s not where it ends for most of us — we have spinning supplies and equipment, and machine knitting cones of yarn and machines, weights and hooks, crochet hooks, beading supplies and woodworking tools …. get pictures of that stuff too and if there is time we will venture that way tomorrow evening……….. if not……….. we will have the pictures with contact information in the file!
Sue Quellhorst will be our guest at this meeting. Sue is an avid knitter who learned while in college. Oh, she had been taught much younger than that, but she really learned to knit while attending Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH. She knit for her family for years and then the occasional friend or neighbor would ask for a sweater or vest. She found herself making more for others and less and less for her family. Twenty-Seven years ago she began with The Studios on High Gallery in Columbus and has been there ever since.
[from www.studiosonhigh.com: Located in Columbus' energetic Short North Arts District since 1986, Studios on High Gallery is Columbus' oldest artist-owned and operated gallery. Selected by jury, each exhibiting artist takes turns staffing the gallery, while simultaneously creating art on-site. This provides a rare opportunity for art patrons to meet the artists personally and engage with their creative processes. The gallery offers oil, acrylic, pastels, and watercolor paintings, jewelry, glass, wear-ables, collages, mosaics, sculptures, and fine crafts.]
Many of you will know that you have found a best friend and men-tor in Sue – she does not believe in swatching!!! Instead, because she makes so many sweaters, she makes an arm first! Ok, I didn’t say that she doesn’t measure and count her stitches – she just makes a very large swatch right off! She makes a whole sleeve!!
SABLE is how Sue has lived her life – how most of us live our lives! You know what that is, right? Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy!! But now that she and her husband will be mov-ing to a retirement community, she is sorting and sifting through
her stash carefully. She would encourage each of us to do the same and bring a few special pieces from your stash with you to this meeting. She starts with that special yarn and then designs with/for it and the person.
Come and meet her, hear what she has learned about design-ing for others and the rules of doing that if you begin with another person’s pattern (yes, there are rules if you want to call it your design). Bring one or two of your most special stash yarns and a pair of needles for that yarn. It should be a fun evening.
WE WILL BE MEETING! The parking lot is clear. See you at 7pm!
March 6th meeting of the Miami Valley Knitting Guild will feature Lisa Loftin, a member of our guild and a librarian with the Dayton Metro Library system. Lisa will talk about what books she considers “must haves” for every knitter. Please bring any books that you think should be included. A list of the books Lisa discusses will be provided and we will put a complied bibliography up on our website following the meeting.
Another way to look at the question might be to ask, what’s available to me on my e-reader and are essential. (I’m currently carrying around Nancy Marchant’s Brioche Knitting on my Kindle and love that it’s there since the corners on my paperback are starting to look like the book is 17 years old!) What’s worth your money to have only in electronic form?
One final way for me to look at this question is: what are the apps that I want to pay money for on my iPad or Android Tablet? Many of the Apps for knitters these days are books in a more accessible form. Do you like The Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition w/DVD by Vicki Square better as a book or as an App?
I’m looking forward to the conversation (and I’m holding off buying any more books — I sincerely believe that I have more of a book problem than I do yarn problem – until after the meeting.
Remember: Feb 6th at 7pm at Sycamore Hospital in Miamisburg, OH
BRIOCHE KNIT STITCH
Bring yarn and needles. Worsted weight yarn or DK yarn would be best…please stash dive for this. It really isn’t necessary to purchase any yarn as you will only need enough to learn the stitch. The size of needle is up to you. I am using DK yarn with size 4 needles. If you are bringing worsted weight yarn, size 6 needles would work…or size 7 or size 5.
To get the most out of the instructional session, there is just a little pre-work. If you don’t have time to do this before the meeting, no problem.
Using your choice of yarn, cast on 24 stitches using any method of cast on.
Row 1: K2 then(K1P1) 9 times. Then K3.
Row 2: K2 then (P1K1) 9 times. P1 then K2
Repeat these two rows until you have about one inch of knitted ribbing.
Please don’t put too much thinking into this: basically, you will have a K1P1 ribbing, with a 2-stitch garter stitch edging.
Greetings! I hope that everyone had a safe and happy new year! Our February meeting is approaching fast! As vice-president, I am tasked with creating the programs for each month’s meeting. For February (since I wasn’t able to get … Continue reading →
Come one, come all to the December meeting of the Miami Valley Knitting Guild. We will have a holiday – themed gathering with a cookie exchange, a grab bag and a table full of knitting or crocheting magazines for sale at $.25 apiece. Bring your current projects, plan to sit and knit and visit as well as share in some fun! If you have magazines you would like to add to those already donated, bring them along.
If you wish to participate in the cookie exchange please bring two dozen cookies. You will then be able to pick up a container and fill it with two dozen more from the assortment. The more participation we have, the better the cookie choices!
And to take part in the grab bag, please bring a wrapped gift valued at $5.00 or less. You will only be able to “grab” if you have brought something for the collection.
And please remember to bring a baby or preemie hat to then be delivered to Soin Hospital prior to Christmas. We are hoping for a minimum of thirty hats…so get out your needles and some baby yarn and please start a hat soon! And thank you for continuing to support the Kettering Health Network with your charity knitting! Refreshments will be served at this gathering. hope to see you on December 5th at 7pm at Sycamore Hospital.
We are a brand new guild with many hopes and dreams about what we would like to have as programs; programs we would like to center in on; and who we would like to invite to come and be here … Continue reading →
October 3rd Meeting Topic:
The educational piece of our October 3rd meeting will feature Steve Lawrence known as SteveL on Ravelry. If you haven’t met Steve you are in for a treat.
He will be discussing best practices for Intarsia knitting as learned through The Scarf Project. He will touch on what distinguishes intarsia from other color work knitting, knitting techniques needed, yarn management, charts, lessons learned, and more. Steve has received permission from Lucy Neatby -LucyN to share a portion of her DVD “Intarsia Untangled” as part of the presentation. Steve says he will do his best to encourage each of us to try intarsia knitting or challenge ourselves by taking intarsia to the next level.
And on that very same day you will want to watch Dr. Oz! Take a look at this short blurb about the show that day: Men Who Knit on Dr. Oz
“Greetings fellow knitters. Just wanted to let you know that a couple of weeks ago the Dr. Oz show contacted me about MWK. They were working on a segment about MWK (in general) and asked for pics and info. I just got word today that the segment will air on Wednesday, October 3rd. Check your listings to see time. I can’t wait to see what they prepared from what I sent to them! We are making national TV.” (MWK is the Men Who Knit Ravelry Group)