February 2, 2016: Cast Away!

IMG_1708crop Are you ready to Cast Away??? Please join us on Tuesday February 2nd as we cast our knitting far and wide!

Over the last few months, there have been several requests for help with different cast-on techniques. We are dedicating this meeting to learning and/or improving our cast-ons. Our program will begin with an overview of 6 different cast-on techniques and the best uses for each. Then, similar to Round-Robin, we will break into groups to learn the different cast-on methods along with any associated tips and tricks, such as learning how to eliminate those pesky dangly strings along the cast-on edge when using the backward loop method and finding out how to determine the length of yarn needed for the long-tail cast on.

Please bring some light colored yarn along with needles and a crochet hook of the appropriate size for your yarn weight.

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

See all of you on February 2, 2016 at 7 PM

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

January 5, 2016: Round Robin!!!

Mother Nature has been pretty kind to us so far this winter. If she continues to behave, please join us January 5th for our next Round Robin!! We will have four new skills to learn or improve on. Our fearless leader Elizabeth McDonough will be teaching Brioche, Cyd Bogner will teach the different methods for knitting with beads, Geanie Helfrich will be teaching applied Icord, and Sheila Sagerer will teach picot edgings and bindoffs. Here’s your material list and homework:

Brioche:

With DK, Sport or worsted weight yarn and using the appropriate sized needle, cast on 12 stitches.

Beading:

Knit a small swatch approximately 20 stitches in stockinette using fingering weight yarn for 5-10 rows, do not bind off

Beads size 8/0 or 6/0 or larger

Size 12 or 14 steel crochet hooks appropriate for your bead size (if you have one)

Beading needle for threading (if you have one)

Some beads, crochet hooks, and needle threaders will be on hand for you to try if you do not have any

Icord:

Knit a small swatch approximately 20 stitches in stockinette using any weight yarn for 5-10 rows, do not bind off

Double point needles in appropriate size for your yarn

Picot Edgings/Bindoff:

Knit 2 small swatches approximately 24-32 (or multiples of 4) stitches in stockinette using any weight yarn for 10-15 (1 for the edgings, 1 for the bindoff), do not bind off

Crochet hook in appropriate size for your yarn

January 5, 2016 7:00 PM

Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene

1850 N. Fairfield Road

Beavercreek, OH

Welcome to the Miami Valley Knitting Guild

Welcome! This is a website/blog for the newly-formed Miami Valley Knitting Guild. We are a group of knitters (and crocheters!) who have joined together in the interest of furthering our skills in a warm and open environment. It doesn’t matter if you are a master knitter or haven’t yet learned how to cast on – come join us for some fun.

We are affiliated with The Knitting Guild Association. As an affiliated Guild member, you will receive a copy of the TKGA quarterly newsletter, “Swatches.”  We hope to have educational opportunities, not only for our friendly knitters in our individual knitting groups, but also by reaching out to the community.

The location, date and time of the first meeting will be posted in this forum before the end of the week. That first meeting will be during the first week of March and will be scheduled for evening hours. You can pay your dues at that meeting if you choose.

The members that have already paid dues were the people that were at a local knitting group when someone said, “Gee…wouldn’t it be neat to form a knitting guild?”  And then someone else said “Terrific idea!”  And then we said “Let’s form a group on Ravelry to see if there is any interest,” and then within 24 hours, there were over 100 that expressed interest. Has anyone read the children’s book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie That’s sort of what has been happening the last few days!

There is already a very well populated MVKG group on Ravelry.com (a wonderful resource for any and every knitter or crocheter).  Stop by, join our group and have fun discussing the formation of this knitting guild; pick up a tip or two; choose a great new pattern; or find out about that yarn that you are interested in buying; and much, much more!

Link to our Facebook group: MVKG Facebook requires admin approval on all requests to join a group. Just ask to join and as soon as we see the request, you will be approved.

We look forward to the day ahead when we can get to know each other, share our passion for knitting (and crocheting, I’m determined not to leave you out!), and learn together!