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.

A Very Busy Fall Schedule for 2015


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:
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.

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

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

Discounts at some local yarn shops.

Neighborhood knitting groups.

To renew or initiate new membership to the Miami Valley Knitting Guild, click on this link…

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

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.

Knitters lead such exciting lives!!!

Our schedule is jam-packed!  For more information, please see our group on or our group on Facebook.

July 18, Saturday:  Dayton Dragons game!

July 19, Sunday:  Breakfast with the Beatles

July 24, 25, 26: Dayton Celtic Fest

August 4:  MVKG monthly meeting

September 19 & 20:  A Wool Gathering at Young’s Jersey Dairy just north of Yellow Springs

And that schedule doesn’t even begin to cover the knitting projects in process that each of us has!

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.


2015 Workshop: Michelle Hunter (

Join us for a 2‐day workshop with Michelle Hunter. Best known as the creator of the knitting education website,, Michelle’s videos have been viewed by millions of knitters. Her books, Building Blocks and Building in Color, are skill building series designed to progress the knitter through the major knitting principles. Michelle divides her time between teaching classes nationwide and online instruction. Her designs have been featured in various publications and are all supported with video tutorials. She considers herself the luckiest person alive to be able to combine her passion for teaching with her love of knitting!

Descriptions of all four available classes can be found at the enrollment links below. Ms. Hunter will sign copies of her books after the conclusion of the Saturday session. Copies can be purchased at the workshop.

Available seats are limited and as of today, enrollment is open to the general public. Reserve your seat while you still can!

Holiday Inn Express, 60 Troy Town Drive, Troy, OH 45373
Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3, 9:00 am—4:30 pm


There is a 90 minute lunch break each day. Participants can bring a lunch or dine at several nearby restaurants. If you wish to stay at the Holiday Inn over the weekend, a block of rooms has been reserved at $95 per night. Call the Holiday Inn at 937‐332‐1700 and make your reservation, and mention that the reservation is for the Miami Valley Knitting Guild Workshop.

How to Enroll

You can enroll in this workshop by mail or online.

  • To enroll by mail, fill out the form found at this link: KnitPurlHunter Workshop Form. Mail the form, along with payment to Miami Valley Knitting Guild, 1254 Peachcreek Rd, Dayton, OH 45458. Please do not mail cash.
  • To enroll online, go to the following website: Miami Valley Knitting Guild Store. You can pay via credit card or PayPal.

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