September 5, 2017: Historical knitting at Carillon Park

Did you ever wonder about knitted items throughout history? What kind of items did pioneers in the 1800s knit? What were some of the challenges they faced with their knitwear? Join us on Tuesday, September 5th as Rachel Zimmerman, Early Settlement Manager, from Carillon Park joins us to talk about Carrillon Park and the knitted items they use in their period costuming.

The meeting is at 7:00 PM at Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, OH.4f4fb9fc-5de0-4008-8dfe-ae6208e1acd7

Through The Loops is coming to MVKG!!!

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Registration for the Kirsten Kapur workshops is now open.

Click on the green button to register.

The green button will also take you to the page to renew your dues. To vote in the September elections, you must be a current member. Current membership expires on August 31.

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May 2, 2017: Bavarian Twisted Knitting with Geanie Helfrich

Don’t miss this meeting where we discuss the wonders of twisted stitches! Geanie Helfrich will be taking you on a journey into the world of Bavarian Twisted Knitting, beginning with deciphering the unusual chart symbols, continuing our way up an elegantly patterned sampler hat.

If you plan to knit along, please work the first 13 rounds of the following free pattern:
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/A186_BavarianTwistedHat.pdf
You will enjoy learning new techniques for cables and travelling stitches that will speed up your knitting and give you confidence for future textured projects. Even if you have never worked a cable in your entire knitting life, come to this meeting!

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a member of MVKG to attend the meetings. Soin Medical Center, Conference room (fifth floow) 7 PM May 2, 2017

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February 7, 2017: Mindy Wilkes Designs

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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

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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.

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.

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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!

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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