November 3, 2015: Say “Cheese”!


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!



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 –, Cyd Bogner –, JoAnn Woodcock –, or Geanie Helfrich –

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.

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.

August 4, 2015 meeting: Round Robin Learning Event

The month of August brings many of us closer to the start of the school year where youngsters of all ages will begin to develop some new skills in a variety of subjects. Perhaps this is a good time for us to learn something new as well. We will have four tables set up and you are invited to participate in a “Round Robin of Learning” event. You will have the opportunity to move from table to table or stay put at one, if you choose. Bring along some of your knitting supplies as well as those indicated by our teachers!!

So let’s gather on Tuesday evening, August 4th, to learn some new or perhaps review some formerly learned techniques with four of our very own guild members serving as teachers.

Heather Ruch – Reading a Lace Chart
Heather will teach us how to read a lace chart. Supplies and homework: fingering (or what you like) yarn and needles to go with it. Cast on 22 stitches, and knit 6 rows of garter stitch. We will be doing a lace bookmark. Heather will bring copies of the chart for each participant.

Geanie Helfrich – Intro to Cables
Geanie will talk to us about cables and doing cables without a cable needle. Please bring your own needles and a swatch on them with some kind of bottom edge stitch for a few rows and then the stockinette stitch for at least an inch.

JoAnn Woodcock – Summery Bangle Bracelet
JoAnn will have some “works in progress” that folks can use for practice the weaving portion of the bracelet. Bring scraps of sock yarn with you and a darning needle. JoAnn will have some needles available and copies of the pattern. Here is the link if you want to check it out.

Lori Reimer – Twisted Yarn Cord
Lori will teach us how to create a twisted yarn cord which she says is “fun, fast, and useful.” She will bring the necessary supplies for us to use as well as pictures of examples. She will also have a one page handout for us to take home.

June 2, 2015 meeting!

MVKG has been invited to visit the home and farm of Laura and Jim Petrosky (please leave a comment if you need the address;  I will respond privately).  You are welcome to arrive at Laura’s earlier than the scheduled 6:30 time, especially if you are interested in learning to use some of her “equipment.” If the weather cooperates, Laura will have her drum carder, triangle loom, and spinning wheel outside, as well as a whole alpaca fleece set up on a table, either in the wood shed or the hay barn. The floor loom isn’t easy to move, so it will be in Laura’s work room. She will card some alpaca ahead of time, and have her dye crock pot set up for kool-aid dyeing (adding a color every 20 minutes or so…it still amazes her that pouring concentrated kool-aid on alpaca fiber produces colored fiber, and CLEAR water remains!). Laura will also card some alpaca seconds, so that if anyone wants to play with felting, it will be available. She does not claim to be an expert at ANY of this…she learns by just trying, and whatever happens, happens!

Please bring a snack to share, your comfortable lawn or camping chair, and wear comfortable shoes for walking around to see Laura and Jim’s bunnies, alpacas, and horses. We thank Laura for inviting us….let’s have a fun evening on June 2nd! Hope to see many of you there. If you wish to carpool, you may park your car at the church where we usually meet and go to Laura’s from there.


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.

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!