March 1, 2016: The Ties That Bind

Are you in a Bind??? Please join us on Tuesday March 1st as we explore techniques for Binding Off.
Last month, we worked on various ways to begin our projects. So we are dedicating this meeting to learning and/or improving ways to end our project including the basic, I-cord, 3-needle, tubular, and Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind offs. A huge “Thank You” to our volunteer instructors for the evening: Mary Joseph, Donna Moore, Linda Zalusky, Lisa Loftin, and Beth Thorowgood.

Some homework is required:

For the 3-needle Bind-off:

Prepare 2 sample swatches on the same size needles with your preferred yarn with the appropriate needle size, leaving the stitches live, and bring a third needle along to use in the bind-off. The swatch should be about 15-20 stitches with an inch or so of length.

For the tubular Bind-off:

Prepare a sample swatch in k1, p1 ribbing. The swatch should be about 20 or so stitches with an inch or so of length. Leave the stitches live to be used in the workshop. Please bring a set of double-point needles the same size as the ones used to create the swatch. Three double-point needles of the same size will be used in the bind-off.

For all other Bind-offs:

Prepare a sample swatch with your preferred yarn with the appropriate needle size. The swatch should be about 15-20 stitches with an inch or so of length. Leave the stitches live to be used in the workshop.

Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene
March 1, 2016
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February 2, 2016: Cast Away!

IMG_1708crop Are you ready to Cast Away??? Please join us on Tuesday February 2nd as we cast our knitting far and wide!

Over the last few months, there have been several requests for help with different cast-on techniques. We are dedicating this meeting to learning and/or improving our cast-ons. Our program will begin with an overview of 6 different cast-on techniques and the best uses for each. Then, similar to Round-Robin, we will break into groups to learn the different cast-on methods along with any associated tips and tricks, such as learning how to eliminate those pesky dangly strings along the cast-on edge when using the backward loop method and finding out how to determine the length of yarn needed for the long-tail cast on.

Please bring some light colored yarn along with needles and a crochet hook of the appropriate size for your yarn weight.

Our meetings are open to anyone. You don’t have to be a member.

See all of you on February 2, 2016 at 7 PM

Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene
1850 N. Fairfield Road
Beavercreek, OH

January 5, 2016: Round Robin!!!

Mother Nature has been pretty kind to us so far this winter. If she continues to behave, please join us January 5th for our next Round Robin!! We will have four new skills to learn or improve on. Our fearless leader Elizabeth McDonough will be teaching Brioche, Cyd Bogner will teach the different methods for knitting with beads, Geanie Helfrich will be teaching applied Icord, and Sheila Sagerer will teach picot edgings and bindoffs. Here’s your material list and homework:

Brioche:

With DK, Sport or worsted weight yarn and using the appropriate sized needle, cast on 12 stitches.

Beading:

Knit a small swatch approximately 20 stitches in stockinette using fingering weight yarn for 5-10 rows, do not bind off

Beads size 8/0 or 6/0 or larger

Size 12 or 14 steel crochet hooks appropriate for your bead size (if you have one)

Beading needle for threading (if you have one)

Some beads, crochet hooks, and needle threaders will be on hand for you to try if you do not have any

Icord:

Knit a small swatch approximately 20 stitches in stockinette using any weight yarn for 5-10 rows, do not bind off

Double point needles in appropriate size for your yarn

Picot Edgings/Bindoff:

Knit 2 small swatches approximately 24-32 (or multiples of 4) stitches in stockinette using any weight yarn for 10-15 (1 for the edgings, 1 for the bindoff), do not bind off

Crochet hook in appropriate size for your yarn

January 5, 2016 7:00 PM

Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene

1850 N. Fairfield Road

Beavercreek, OH

Twelve Days of Casting On, or #12daysofcastingon or 12daysofcastingon

All my Christmas knitting is finished! Yay Me!!

(For all of you who read the newsletter, you get the joke…for those of you that don’t get the newsletter, I wrote a small blurb about how I am a selfish knitter who only knits for myself).

Whatever…. :)

For those of you that are much nicer knitters than I am, I hope that all of your Christmas knitting is on schedule or finished. I have talked to a couple of overachievers who already have their Christmas knitting cast off, blocked, wrapped and under the Christmas tree. You are probably the same knitters that when someone comes to visit unexpectedly, the house is clean and the beds are made and visitors can go into the bathroom without you having a panic attack. Just don’t open any closet or cabinet doors when you come to visit me…my housekeeping skills fall under the category of “shove it all in a laundry basket and stick it in the laundry room”. That’s why I currently own eighteen laundry baskets.

Okay, I got on Facebook to post about ‪#‎12daysofcastingon‬, and I seem to have diarrhea of the keyboard. Back to my original thought:

Beginning December 26, 2014, I participated in the Twelve Days of Casting On that I read about on the Natural Stitches forum on Ravelry.com (Natural Stitches is a yarn shop in Pittsburg). Since I “naturally” have a personality resembling a lemming, I hopped right on board. And I finished all twelve projects before December 31, 2015!

Quite a few knitters have expressed interest in having our own Twelve Days of Casting On. One of you (cough cough Candace Galloway Laird) already has all twelve of your projects lined up and ready!

Here are the “RULES”:

Cast on a new project every day beginning on December 26, and ending on January 6.

Here is the modification to the “RULES”:

Some of your “new” projects that you “cast on” can be works in process.

Finish all twelve projects prior to December 31, 2016.

My plan is to include four WIPs, and then to cast on eight new projects. I did the same thing last year: one day I would cast on a new project, the next day I would work on the WIP. By the time January 6 ended, I had twelve active projects lined up.

Why would you do something so crazy as putting new projects on the needles? Because it is liberating. There were a few patterns that I always wanted to knit, but never cast on because I had too much other knitting to get finished. But if I cast them on, the project was there waiting for me when I finished something else.

This is not as crazy as knitting a sweater every month, or writing a novel every month or cleaning your house every month. You can cast on twelve dishclothes, twelve pairs of socks, twelve scarves, twelve hats….whatever you want to cast on. You can knit other projects in between the original twelve.

Tag your project in ravelry with 12daysofcastingon (if you don’t know how to tag, just ask me).

Use the hashtag #12daysofcastingon on Instagram and Facebook.

More details to come. Knitters, get your needles ready!!!

December 1, 2015: Holiday Party

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It’s that time of year again! Join us December 1st for our annual Holiday Carry-In for some wonderful food without having to do a lot of dishes afterwards! MVKG will provide fried and roasted chicken. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a side dish to share; if your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert to share.

To help us get to know each other and our many new members better, join us in a fun game of “FIBER? Oh!” (an amusing take-off of BINGO for Fiber-lovers) with prizes, camaraderie, and laughter. We hope to see you there!

Since the likelihood that we will be able to have a January meeting is historically pretty slim (we’re watching you Mother Nature!!), January’s meeting will be a Round Robin Learning session. We are looking for volunteers to host learning tables to teach other members a new stitch or skill. Please contact a member of the Program committee (Sheila Sagerer, JoAnn Woodcock, Geanie Helfrich and Cyd Bogner) if you are willing to host a table.

December 1, 2015, 7:00 PM
Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene
1850 N. Fairfield Road
Beavercreek, OH

November 3, 2015: Say “Cheese”!

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Are you frustrated that your knitwear photos come out dark, shadowed, or just plain unattractive? Would you rather spend your hard-earned money on more fiber rather than expensive photography equipment or services? Join us on Tuesday, November 3rd when photographer Dan Borzynski shows us how to get professional-looking photos using your regular camera and some simple household objects. Dan will demonstrate how to make lighting work for you, stage objects for visual appeal, and overcome the hurdles of working with color and texture in the decreasing available daylight.

Dan Borzynski is a fifteen-year nature photographer, specializing in macro and landscape photography. He is the current President of the Focus Camera Club in Dayton, OH, and an active member of the Tripod Camera Club. His work has been published in over 35 countries and occasionally even in the United States (Science and Birds and Blooms), and displayed at the Buffalo Museum of Science. When he’s not crunching through leaves in the woods, Dan crunches numbers for Speedway LLC in Enon, OH. Dan lives in Fairborn, OH, with his abacus and a small army of evil rubber ducks.

November 3, 2015
7 PM
Beavercreek Nazarene Church
1850 N. Fairfield Road
Beavercreek, OH 45432

October 6, 2015: Laughter is the best medicine!

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Don’t they say laughter is the best medicine?

Join us on October 6 for large doses of laughter when we show you how to find “Humor in Knitting “! Our very own quirky and often hilarious Cyd Bogner will share with us humorous sources and stories which will keep us in stitches. Then, our diabolical creature, Sheila Sagerer, will present her legendary double cross deception project which has been a source of laughter to her entire family for years! And, finally, we invite you all to share your own humorous knitting projects.

Please note that if you have a project which would belong in a “Show and Tell of Shame”, you may choose to submit your project anonymously by contacting any member of the program committee (Sheila Sagerer – ssagerer@comcast.net, Cyd Bogner – cydlouise27@gmail.com, JoAnn Woodcock – joannwd@yahoo.com, or Geanie Helfrich – geanieknits@gmail.com).

If you are working on last month’s project or have finished it, the See-Through Flower Shawl, please bring it to the meeting.

Don’t forget the baby hat raffle. Get a raffle ticket for each baby hat/angel blanket/chemo hat brought to the meeting (all items must be completely finished) and be eligible to win a prize.

The meetings of MVKG are held the first Tuesday evening of the month at Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene, 1850 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, OH. Meetings begin at 7 PM.

A Very Busy Fall Schedule for 2015

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Our little area of Ohio has recently been graced with bright sunshine days and crisp cool nights.  It is a welcome reprieve from the humidity of the summer, and a nice treat before the dreariness of an Ohio winter settles in. This is great weather for knitting outdoors.

I am hoping to do just that this weekend, September 18 – 20, at A Wool Gathering, the fiber fair on tap at Young’s Jersey Dairy just north of Yellow Springs, Ohio.  A trip to Young’s is a treat all of its own.  Don’t miss the pumpkin ice cream and the fried cheese curds.  Bring along the family.  While the knitters peruse A Wool Gathering, other family members can play putt-putt, hit a few golf balls at the driving range, or practice their swing at the batting cages.  There are two restaurants to choose from.  My favorite is The Golden Jersey Inn where applesauce and this fantastic bread is served home-style with every meal.

October 4 is the annual “Welcoming of the Sweaters” held at the Troy City Park.  You don’t actually have to be knitting a sweater. Bring any project and a folding chair.  There is a large fireplace in the covered and partially enclosed shelter house to keep us all nice and cozy warm.  Details can be found on Ravelry, or Facebook.  If you are not a member of the group, “Miami Valley Knitting Guild” on Facebook, please consider joining.  Most of our chatter about events, patterns and general knitting knowledge takes place on Facebook just because of the ease of posting and following.  The group is closed, meaning that you  have to request to join.  This is done to eliminate spammers and people of ill repute.  Just “click to join”, and you are usually approved within a couple of hours.

The next meeting of Miami Valley Knitting Guild will be October 6 beginning at 7 PM at Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene.  Guests are always welcome. Stay tuned to Ravelry or Facebook for details on the program for the October meeting.

The first knit-in of the fall season at our local LYSs is scheduled for October 11 at Tippecanoe Weaver and Fibers Too in beautiful downtown Tipp City.  Mindy Wilkes, designer of the Holden shawl (there are over 8,400 projects on Ravelry) will be bringing her trunk show to Tippecanoe for our knit-in.  Knitting begins at 1 PM, and everyone generally goes home about 4 PM.

November 6 and 7 will find both Miami Valley Knitting Guild and Dayton Knitting Guild at a joint two-day retreat at Bergamo in Beavercreek.  Registration opens to members of either guild on October 1.  Emails will be sent to members with instructions on registering for this event which I am hoping we are able to repeat in the future.

Happy Knitting!

Sept. 1, 2015 meeting: Elections and Japanese knitting

September is the beginning of the membership year for MVKG. The board positions of Treasurer and Vice-president are up for election this year for a two-year term. You must be current on your membership dues ($15 annually) to vote in the election. Sign up here: membership

Details will be in the newsletter which will be emailed to members very soon. Memberships can also be paid by check or cash before the meeting.

But the fun part about this month’s meeting is the new project that we will start during the meeting.

Have you ever looked at some of the Japanese knitting stitches and wondered how in the world the yarn was manipulated to make the stitch? Japanese knitting stitches manipulate the yarn into beautiful patterns. We will be learning one of those stitches on September 1 which is the stitch used in the pattern See Through Flower Shawl. I have also contacted the designer of the pattern and she has graciously agreed to give MVKG members a 50% discount on the pattern. The coupon code to use on Ravelry will be published in your newsletter. The pattern calls for one ball of Jojoland Melody and one ball in a contrasting color in Jojoland Ballad. I know that Fiberworks carries it, and possibly other LYS’s in the area also carry it. This is a fingering weight yarn, in case you want to knit it with a different yarn. If the pattern is not something you would wear, think about making it and gifting it to a friend! Don’t purchase the pattern yet…the coupon code will be in the newsletter which should be delivered to you in the next couple of days.

To prepare for the class, cast on 25 stitches using size 8 needles with the contrasting color yarn. It doesn’t make any difference what cast on method is used. Knit two rows. Then bring your knitting and come to the meeting!

If you have any questions, or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

2015-2016 Membership Drive

Greetings, knitters!

So you don’t miss out on what the Miami Valley Knitting Guild (MVKG) will be doing throughout the coming year, now’s the time to take action.

If you’re a member of the MVKG…
Haven’t yet renewed your membership? Well, it’s easy enough to do quickly now.
To renew: Click the link below to pay your $15 membership fee—only $7.50 if you’re a full-time student—and your membership is in good standing through August 31, 2016.

If you’re not a member of the MVKG, but would like to be…
We welcome you to join us. The simplified process to sign up and pay your yearly fee only takes a few minutes.
To join: Click the link below to pay your $15 membership fee—only $7.50 if you’re a full-time student—and your membership is in good standing through August 31, 2016.

As a member of Ravelry and/or Facebook, you may have received membership information and already renewed/subscribed to the MVKG. If so, good for you on checking this off your to-do list!

Being a MVKG member is a lot of fun and your annual membership to this outstanding knitting guild offers so much:
1.
Twelve issues of “Beyond the Stitch”, the monthly newsletter for MVKG, delivered to your email address. Want to preview a recent newsletter? Just send me your email address and I’ll forward a copy to you.

2.
Twelve yearly meetings held on the first Tuesday of every month in Beavercreek.

3.
Advance notice and early registration for knitting workshops and retreats at a members-only price. Anne Hanson, of knitspot.com fame, is our teacher for the 2016 workshop!

4.
Discounts at some local yarn shops.

5.
Neighborhood knitting groups.

To renew or initiate new membership to the Miami Valley Knitting Guild, click on this link https://store6759155.ecwid.com/…

And remember, joining Ravelry and/or Facebook will also keep you up-to-date on all the MVKG’s events and activities.