February 7, 2017: Mindy Wilkes Designs


Next meeting: February 7, 2017. 7 PM at Soin Hospital in Beavercreek:
Do you ever wonder how a knitting pattern comes into existence? How a pattern comes to be in a magazine? What the steps are in publishing a design on Ravelry? Designer Mindy Wilkes will take you through the steps of how designers put their patterns out into the world. From the initial inspiration to publishing, she’ll take you briefly through each step and tell you how the knitting pattern industry works.
Mindy Wilkes is an independent knitting pattern designer. She loves to design accessories, especially those that feature lace. Her designs have been found in the pages of Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Pom Pom Quarterly, and several knitting books. She also works and teaches at a local yarn store. Mindy lives in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children. Mindy can be found on Ravelry as Mindy, and her website is mindywilkesdesigns.com.
Join us on February 7, 2017 as we welcome Mindy and learn about knitting patterns!
The meeting will begin at 7 PM on the fifth floor at Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek.

January 3, 2017: MVKG Block Party


Well, 2016 is almost over as well as all of the holiday parties. But, not all of the parties are over!! Join us Tuesday January 3, 2017 at Soin Medical Center at 7 PM for our MVKG 2017 Block Party to kick-off our year-long project!

Throughout 2017, the MVKG will encourage members to knit their way through Michelle Hunter’s Building Blocks and/or Building with Color. The adventurous among us can try combining pieces from both books! Building Blocks has 12 squares that feature a variety of skill and confidence building patterns. Building with Color features 12 patterned stripes featuring a variety of techniques for working with more than one color of yarn. Patterns can be adapted to knit squares instead of strips. Both books are designed so that each of the 12 pieces can be joined together in a blanket or afghan. Patterns can also be adapted to be used as pillows, scarves, wall hangings or other items. There is no need to commit to doing 12 panels. Each panel can be used on its own or combined with as few or as many other panels as you wish. It will be fun to see where our creativity leads us. Michelle’s books have excellent step by step instructions, suggestions for choosing yarn, and refer to the free videos available on her website. At our January meeting, we will introduce the project and give more details.

November 1, 2016: Ohboy! Brioche!

The meetings are open to the public. Please come and see what Miami Valley Knitting Guild is all about.

Join us on November 1st as Lisa teaches us how to knit two color brioche in the round! We’ll be using the Ohboy Brioche Hat, which comes in three sizes, and is currently free on Ravelry. The pattern calls for #6 knitting needles (16” circular or dpns) and 165-210 yards of DK yarn in two colors. You could easily use a light worsted weight as well. Keep in mind that brioche knits loosely, so if you are a loose knitter, you might want to drop a needle size.

Please come with your stitches cast on using your favorite stretchy cast on, such as the German Twisted Cast On. We will join the stitches in the round as part of the set-up row, and there will be plenty of help available.

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

October 4, 2016: Rockin’ Round the Robin

The meetings are open to the public. Please come to the next meeting to see what Miami Valley Knitting Guild is all about.

Do you have trouble with picking complimentary or contrasting colors?  Do you struggle trying to read knitting charts? Or do you long to know how to use KnitCompanion more efficiently?

Well, now you can do all of that! Join us on Tuesday October 4th at 7pm at Soin Medical Center for our Round Robin. Sessions will include:

Using the Color Wheel
How to read knitting charts
Introduction to KnitCompanion

October 4, 2016  7 PM
Soin Hospital
3535 Pentagon Boulevard
Beavercreek, OH  45431

Enter through main entrance of hospital, immediately take a left, travel down the hallway to the elevators, take elevators to the fifth floor.  Step out of the elevators and you are immediately in the conference center where we will meet.


Whistle While We Work!

Elections for President and Secretary will be held at the beginning of the meeting.

Baby hats for Soin Medical, Hats and Scarves for our service men and women, and, of course, our Learn to Knit kits… Miami Valley Knitting Guild members are amazingly good at sharing our time and talents! And, this summer has been one to remember! At Carillon Park’s Mini Maker Fest in July, our Learn to Knit Kits were being used almost as fast as we could make them! Then came the Celtic Fest, and additional calls for baby hats from Soin. And now, colder weather is soon to make an appearance, meaning our service men and women will need the warmth that we can provide.

Past experience has shown that our dedicated knitters produce more charity items when the yarn and patterns are pre-packaged in a kit. And, we need more Learn to Knit kits for the Wool Gathering. Hence, the need for a Charity Work meeting. Please join us on September 6th where we will break into groups to facilitate assembly of Charity and Learn to Knit kits!

“So let’s whistle while we work it
And smile while we’re knitting
And whistle while we work it”

September 6, 2016
7 PM
Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene
1850 N. Fairfield Road
Beavercreek, OH

Bust’a Stash!


We’ve all been there. The stash is taking on a life of its own, creeping around the closet door….inching its way out from under the bed….claiming its own seat on the living room sofa. Before it up and demands control of the remote, Something Must Be Done. It is time for a stash bust.

But how? What do you do with that one lonely skein that is too short on yardage, too feltable, and too pretty to give up on? What do you do with the seemingly infinite supply of leftovers; not long enough for a project, but not short enough to throw out? What do you do with that pattern you’re just dying to make, but there is absolutely zero yarn in your stash that is suitable? (Seriously, zero yarn—even after going through the yarn that somehow found its way into the kitchen pantry.)

Join us August 2nd as we take an out-of-the-box look at stash busting. We’ll show you some creative and inventive ways to approach both yarn and patterns to make stash busting a frolic in the park. Feel free to bring in some examples of your own creative stash busting projects!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene
1850 N. Fairfield Road
Beavercreek, Ohio
7:00 PM

May 3, 2016: Up close and personal with Stitches South


Stitches here… Stitches there… Stitches, Stitches everywhere! Our very own Geanie Helfrich participated in Stitches South as a teacher at the end of March, and she has ALL the latest info! Who were the big-name attendees? What did she see at the fashion shows? What is it like to attend a Stiches conference? Please join us Tuesday May 3, 2016 to hear the latest news, hear about her experiences, see her pictures, and ask her questions!

Everyone is welcome to attend the MVKG meetings.

May 3, 2016
7 PM
Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene
1850 N. Fairfield Road
Beavercreek, OH 45432

April 5, 2016: Rev Up With Ravelry


Want to get a handle on your stash, at least virtually? Want to find out what to do with that one hank of beautiful hand painted sock yarn to best showcase its colors? Looking for other people who knit the same weird things? Can’t remember which patterns you have, or where you put them? Ravelry is the answer!
Join us as Lori Riemer shows us how to stash, search, chat, favorite, and  queue our way to being the most organized knitters on the Internet.

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

See all of you on April 5, 2016 at 7 PM

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

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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