Meeting Minutes

June 2020 Minutes

This Month:

We had a total of ten members attend the Zoom meeting on Saturday morning.

We did not have an agenda for the meeting other than to chat about life and knitting. We didn’t take notes about everything that was shared, but do remember that a lovely brioche shawl (Leaf Crescent Brioche Shawl), ear-savers and mask cover, blankets, romper, hat, and a felting project were shared and discussed. There were other items discussed and shown, so apologies for any that were missed.

Patty Scruggs shared an article last week via email that she found enjoyable, so we’re passing the link along to you: Shearing Sheep, and Hewing to Tradition, on an Island in Maine.

We need to decide whether or not we want to continue to have more virtual meetings via Zoom. We want to get YOUR opinion. Please take this SurveyMonkey survey by June 27 to have your opinions heard.

Thank you!

Events, News

Virtual Events!

Virtual Knitting Live! by Vogue Knitting

With virtual events, no one has to miss out on attending Vogue Knitting Live! Register and buy tickets on the Vogue Knitting Live website for the May 11-18, 2020 events. There will be live virtual classes with designers like Norah Gaughan, Denise Bayron, Brandi Cheyenne Harper, Mieka John, Angela Tong, and so many more, plus knitting classes, free content, and dozens of vendors to shop from!

Take advantage of this opportunity to experience Vogue Knitting Live from the comfort of your own home devices. Use #virtualknittinglive to follow the events on Facebook and Instagram.


2020 Cancellations

It is with heavy hearts that we have to share the news of the following cancellations. Remember that the SMKG Ravelry Group is always available for chatting and sharing projects you’re working on or have completed, asking questions, or just to stop by and look at what others might be working on.

Salem Millstream Knitting Guild Beach Retreat

May 14-17, 2020 at Twin Rocks Conference Center

The safety and well-being of the retreat attendees is our utmost concern, and mid-May is too soon to ensure your safety. This year’s retreat will not be held.

We are all disappointed by this decision, but we know it is the best decision for you, your family, our event, the staff at Twin Rocks, and our community.

Black Sheep Gathering

June 25-28, 2020 at Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany, OR

With heavy hearts, we have decided it is in the best interest of our community to cancel the 2020 Black Sheep Gathering. The safety and well-being of our attendees is our utmost concern, and the June timeframe is too soon to ensure that safety. We will plan to see all of you June 25-27, 2021.

To help our vendors, please visit our Marketplace page. By April 30, you can find links and/or contact information to make purchases and support our community. We will be working with our animal exhibitors to see if we can find a way to similarly support them.

If you made camping reservations through Linn County, they will be refunding you.

Be safe and stay well!


April 2020 Meeting CANCELLED

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, it will come as no surprise that the April 2020 meeting of the Salem Millstream Knitting Guild is cancelled. We will reschedule Kathy from Ryberry Yarns in the future. Also, the Retreat Committee is discussing what to do about the Rockaway Beach Knitting Retreat in May.

If you’re not already knitting charity items, Donna Cowan has suggested that now would be a great time to start, and we totally agree!  You can knit hats, blankets, scarves, whatever you fancy. I’m sure we will be able to find someone who wants whatever we’ve made.

Remember that you can visit the Ravelry group to stay in contact with members and other knitters. Please do what it takes to keep yourself as safe as possible from this deadly pandemic. Stay home as much as you can, and practice social distancing and frequent hand-washing when you can’t.  We want to see everyone back for a knitting party as soon as we can! 🧶


March 2020 Meeting CANCELLED

Due to the concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, the March 14, 2020 meeting of the Salem Millstream Knitting Guild is cancelled. The Board thought about it carefully and considered holding the meeting and just reminding people to stay home if they are sick. Ultimately, we decided that canceling was best because it’s possible for people to be contagious even if they don’t have any symptoms. We care about all of you and want you to be safe and healthy!

Hopefully, you’ll still have a morning full of knitting, and maybe even knit up something new to show everyone in April. If you would like to make a hat with a pom-pom, we have a nice hat pattern from Purl Soho and some really easy instructions for making a pom-pom with supplies you probably have on hand at home. 🧶

Meeting Minutes

February 2020 Minutes

This Month:

Welcome new members and guests!

Birthdays in February:

Joyce Cook
Patty Scruggs

Guild Business

Audit Committee

We need members to serve on the Audit Committee. Marcia Smith and Kathy Goebel volunteered.

SMKG CafePress Store

Members are all encouraged to visit the CafePress site that Teresa has set up if they would like to purchase items. There are water bottles, hats and nice tote bags available.

Show and Tell

We passed around a form for everyone to write down their show and tell projects with the pattern details.

February Program

Charity Sit & Knit

We had a sit & knit for charity! If you already have projects that you knit for charity, bring them to the next meeting. We will take some time for everyone to share the patterns they use when doing charity knitting. If you don’t have any charity knitting, here are some free patterns that can get you started making items for other folks.

Hats of all kinds!

Here are some patterns that you may want to purchase that give proceeds to various charitable causes:

This list is for free patterns that are used by other wildlife refuge places:

  • Sweater for penguins
  • Hanging Bird Nest
  • Rescue Nests for Birds
  • Rescue Nest for animals
  • Shelter Kitten and Wildlife Cozy
  • Rescue Cave Nests
  • Patterns for pet blankets
  • Rescued Battery Hen Jumper

Next Meeting

March Meeting will be Pom-Pom making

Please bring any pom-pom makers you have and/or instructions to make your favorite pom-poms!  We’ll set up several “making” stations around the room.  If anyone would like to lead a make & take, let us know of your interest along with a list of supplies needed to participate. We’ll send the info out to the rest of the members. Also, if you’d like to practice making some Poms that match your existing projects, bring some yarn!  All weights and types of yarns can be turned into cute pom-poms.

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Meeting Minutes

January 2020 Minutes

This Month:

Welcome new members and guests. We had one new guest, Debbie Paxson.

Birthdays in January:

Kelli Bold
JoAnn Crawford
Marsha Graciosa
Kathy Howard
Clara Stoner

January Program

Teresa Furnish hosted a fun afternoon of Bingo with prizes.

If anyone has program ideas, please let Teresa know.

Guild Business

The meeting came to order by Janet Bubl, our new president.

UFOs for 2019

We had a discussion on saving the gift certificates for another occasion, as there were only a few participants. Members discussed whether to do this again in 2020 or have a contest on the most challenging projects.

SMKG CafePress Store

Teresa shared a bag and a water bottle with the Salem Millstream Knitting logo. If you’d like to purchase items, you can find them in the SMKG CafePress store. The cost of the items is set by CafePress, and we can add a markup if we’d like to make a profit. We did NOT add a markup because the idea is to make them available to you at the lowest cost possible.

Beach Retreat

Su Fennern reported that the final payment for the retreat is to be paid in full by February 15. Contact Sue Munson to find out the exact amount.

Show and Tell

The show and tell projects are too many to report; it’s a challenge to get all the names and details. So it’s been suggested to have a form passed around for everyone to write down their show and tell projects with all the details. This will start in February.

Patterns for January/February

Next Meeting

February Charity Sit & Knit

We’re going to have a sit & knit for charity! If you already have projects that you knit for charity, bring them along! We will take some time for everyone to share the patterns they use when doing charity knitting. If you don’t have any charity knitting, here are some free patterns that can get you started making items for other folks.

Hats of all kinds!

Here are some patterns that you may want to purchase that give proceeds to various charitable causes:

Hope to see you there!

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Meeting Minutes

December 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in December:

Su Fennern
Patti Locicero
Donna Cowan

Guild Business

Annual Election of Officers: Nomination Committee

Following the voting, Janet Bubl was elected President, with Ginny Floyd as Secretary. At the January meeting, there will be a more formal installation of the new officers.

Bi-Monthly Knitting Patterns Discussion

Mary Mocklin will continue to provide two patterns every other month. Guild members really like this activity. Many stated that they like the simple pattern and then an advanced pattern. Mary will have two new patterns in January.

Membership Renewal Gifts Discussion

For 2020, there will not be any gifts for renewing your membership and attending in January. There will be small gifts to new members joining the Guild. Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for members to win prizes, especially pens with the Guild’s name on it. The Pee Chee type folders that were previously handed out will not be continued. The information provided in the folders will be available on the Guild’s website under the Members Only section (i.e., items such as the member roster, etc.). With the cost-saving new practices, an increase in dues will be reviewed in 2020 for 2021.

A notice will be sent out to all members once the new Members Only section is developed and tested. You can find the website at:

Have you looked at the Guild’s Ravelry page lately?

Web Master: Cindy Barrick will continue to be the Guild’s Web Master for 2020.

Additional agenda items:

UFO’s for 2019

Reminder to finish by December 31 and bring your list to the January 11 meeting. There will be a prize for the most items completed and a prize for the oldest item(s) completed.

Color of the year 2020: Classic Blue

A timeless and enduring blue hue, Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Classic Blue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. Classic Blue aids concentration and brings laser like clarity. Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts and fosters resilience. Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.

UFO activity will continue in 2020.

Salem’s New Yarn Shop

Salem has a new yarn shop! It’s called Wild Knits and is located at 310 High Street NE, Salem, OR 97301 in the Equitable Plaza downtown. The business hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM. Stop by and let the owner, Holly Mueller, know you’re a Guild member! She has a Facebook page:

Upcoming Events

Show and Tell – All

Projects shared:

Next Meeting

2019 UFOs and/or Goals results; knitting Bingo

Snacks, Set-up and Clean-up: Debbie Juul and Lynda Hoodward

Hope to see you there!

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Save the Date!

May 13 – 17, 2020

The Puget Sound LYS Tour is back for its 15th year!

25 Local Yarn Shops, Free Patterns, Amazing Yarn and More!

We are excited to include 25 Shops in 2020:
Acorn Street
All Wound Up Yarn Shop
Apple Yarns
Bazaar Girls
Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Country Yarns
The Fiber Gallery
Fidalgo Artisan Yarn and Clothing
Great Yarns
Knitty Purls
Maker’s Mercantile
Mad Cow Yarn
The New Knittery
The Nifty Knitter
Northwest Yarns
Perfectly Knotty Yarns and Antiques
Quintessential Knits
Sea Bre’s
Seattle Yarn
Serial Knitters
Stilly River Yarns
Stranded By The Sea
The Tea Cozy Yarn Shop
Tolt Yarns and Wool

Meeting Minutes

November 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in November:

Terri Brown
Mary Mocklin
Sue Munson

November Program

Theressa Silver provided an excellent presentation about gauge and types of yarn. She had some samples that illustrated her point and brought patterns and her book, Knitting Wild, for sale. She was wearing her shawl By Popular Demand, which many of us admired and purchased the pattern (it’s also available on Ravelry).

Guild Business

  • Next month’s meeting is on December 14 at our normal time, 10 to noon. We will be having our annual Holiday Brunch, so please bring something to share. We’re also going to set up a table for anyone who would like to bring yarn or other items to give away for those of us who might like to do some stash clearance before the end of the year. We’ll also set one up for items that you want to sell. Please note that items for sale must be clearly marked with your name and the price you’re asking. You also are responsible for managing the sale (collecting money/providing change, etc.).
  • Guild member dues are due by the end of the year. Please bring your payment to the December meeting or mail them to us with your renewal form.

Patterns for November/December

Show and Tell

Projects shared:

Next Meeting

Potluck! Bring some goodies to share.

Set-up and Clean-up: Teresa Furnish and Ginny Floyd

Hope to see you there!

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