September Meeting ~ Socks!

Our September meeting is only two weeks from tomorrow!! Where did the summer go?

The September meeting is going to cover a lot of territory. September is the beginning of the membership year. Dues will be paid ($15.00 annually), the nominating committee will present the slate of candidates and hopefully elections will take place.

Since it is the beginning of our membership year, bring a friend!

The program for the evening will be Socks! I know that many of the members are expert sock knitters, and I have contact a few of them so that we can get a panel experts! If you are a sock knitter, bring a pair of socks that you have knit. I will bring several books of sock knitting.

August 4 Picnic!

We will begin earlier today with a picnic beginning at 5pm in the shelter at Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene. Bring a dish to share and a lawn chair; your knitting and charity projects that you have or will compete. Our business meeting will commence at 7pm as usual (especially for those of you who are not planning on coming for the picnic).

In the event of rain — just come at 7pm to our regular room (the Fireside Room) in the main church. We can still knit and show and tell in our normal space.

Hope to see you there!

May 6, 2014 Meeting — Knitting Machines Hands On

Ever wondered if you could benefit from a knitting machine? Or are you just curious about how a knitting machine works? Several of our members have been taking machine lessons from Julia Esterling. We will have our machines at the meeting and you will be able to make a hat for Soin Hospital (Hopefully) during the course of the meeting.

And don’t forget the silent auction will be ongoing!

March 4th Meeting

choose a pattern for a felted project and knit it up. It will be “HUGE” (see the photos)

March 4th Miami Valley Knitting Guild Meeting 7pm at Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene. Topic: Felting in Three Ways Prep: Knit and item to be felted (suggestions: Cup cozy, beverage can cozy, cloche, hot pad) We will be felting the items at the meeting so, please, nothing huge!!!!

We will work on one piece — the piece you knit. As a body we will make one wet felted piece that we can cut up into little pieces that can be needle felted onto the piece that you brought with you — So, you knit a cup cozy at home and bring that to felt. In the mean time we make a piece of pink or green felt via wet felting. We cut a flower out of the pink felt and you needle felt that to your cup cozy.

Our meeting is coming upon us fast because we have less than 2 weeks before we come together so please fit this project into your other “work?”

More information coming, but for now…… have fun! and knit loosely and make sure to use 100% wool — alpaca, sheep, camel, yak ……. NO ACRYLIC!! NO SUPERWASH!!! NO WHITE!!! None of those felt because there are no barbs on the shaft of the wool. We can talk more about it — just stay away from them as you knit your item.

Quick Christmas Gifts — December 3, 2013 meeting

Are  you still waiting for the elves to appear and finish those last few gifts?  Does your wish list of knitting projects keep growing, despite the fact that the number of days between “now” and Christmas are decreasing? Then December 3, 2013 meeting is one meeting you do not want to miss!
Joanne Cole from Crystal Palace Yarns will be giving a presentation on “Quick Christmas Gifts”. She is bringing free patterns and samples of gifts that can be knitted in a few hours to a few days.  Fiberworks will have a small shop open in the meeting site so that the December meeting will be your one-stop shop for those quick knitted items.
See you at 7:00pm at the Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene!

July 2nd Meeting (Beavercreek) Show and Tell!

It’s time! We haven’t taken much time to show off our creations! So, this month you are invited to bring your top (or bottom, de-pending on your sense of humor) THREE knit items to show off. You might want comments to help you decide about your fair posting or you might just want to show off what you wore to your own or someone else’s wedding. It’s up to you — just no more than 3 pieces, please!

We will also brain storm about future meetings so…. What would you like to :
See ?????
Buy ?????

Please bring with you a circular needle in a size that you would use to knit the worsted weight yarn, that you will also bring with you. This will be so that you can try to do what is variously called, Lever Knitting or Catholic Knitting or Irish Knitting. It will be best if the yarn is NOT grabby and that your needle IS slick. If you have done this method of knitting before you might be used to using long, straight needles — and indeed you may want to try it that way. I find that the curve of the circular needle helps with the “bounce” needed to drive the needle to the yarn. We will just be knitting a trial swatch, so don’t bring “important” yarn with you — a leftover ball will be good enough.

We will also have order forms for our Guild branded blouses and polo shirts, our new tape measures and iron on decals (appropriate for use on any WHITE fabric), at the meeting. Payment may be made by check (payment must be made when you order your shirt — range is $25-$35 depending on style and size xs-5XL)

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!
Remember to bring your Show and Tell!

New Place — New Day Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene Tues., June 4 7:00pm

The Miami Valley Knitting Guild
Meets at the Beavercreek Church of the Nazerene
North Fairfield Road
Beavercreek, OH
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.

May 1st Meeting at 7pm at Sycamore

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 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) (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!