Events, Meeting Minutes

November 2021 Minutes

This Month

Birthdays

Happy November Birthday to

  • Terri Brown
  • Mary Mocklin
  • Sue Munson
  • Ellen Nordal

Happy December Birthday to

  • Pam Dixon
  • Su Fennern
  • Sharon Kaminski
  • Patti Locicero

If we missed your birthday or have you in the wrong month, let us know!

November Meeting

We met in person on November 13 at the Willamette Heritage Center (aka Mission Mill) in a room across from Teaselwick Yarns.

Program

We had a guest speaker – David Altman from Willamette University. He was very engaging and talked about knitting and crocheting in history and the various functions of the fiber arts. We have a copy of the presentation slideshow and a recording of the presentation on YouTube, which David gave permission for us to share.

Update on Mark Twain School project

The school will be able to provide 359 hats, mittens, and scarves to 284 students before they go home for Christmas break. The teachers were very moved by all the donations. Any leftovers will be shared with another school.

Welcome, Guests!

We had a few guests in November – Linda and Judith. Another guest – Pippin – shared a couple of cute dolls she had knitted. We hope to see you all again soon!

Membership Renewals

You’ll be receiving membership renewal forms soon. If you’re not sure if we have your correct mailing address, please let us know ASAP!

Show and Tell

So many awesome projects were shared! There were shawls, sweaters, scarves, hats, and socks. Marsha G. was inspired by the Coral Reef Project and made some items from the patterns on the site.

knitted coral reefs in white, red, green, dark gray, and hot pink
closeup of knitted coral reefs in white, red, green, dark gray, and hot pink
The Community Coral Reef Project

One of the other items that caught my eye was Cindy’s bright colored Wind Mills Hat. Mostly, it caught my eye because she noted that the bright colors were intended to bring cheer. Who couldn’t use more cheer as the days get shorter and darker?

partially knitted Wind Mills hat on circular needle
Wind Mills Hat by Maria Godinho

November Board Meeting

The Board met on November 16 to discuss various topics, including welcoming Marcia Smith as our program coordinator! She’ll be working hard to set up our program for 2022 and is already working on some ideas. Please share your ideas with her (or any Board member). We’d also appreciate knowing if you can lead a discussion or teach a class on the topic or know someone who can.

During our November meeting, the idea of switching weekends for our monthly meeting was briefly discussed. The Board continued the discussion and determined that there were more downsides to upsides to changing the weekend, and we will not be pursuing a date move. We’re going to keep meeting the second Saturday of each month.

Guild Flyer

Su Fennern created this Guild flyer that will be offered to local yarn stores. Feel free to print it and share it or email it to your contacts that might be interested in joining us. Su will be bringing some copies to our December meeting.

Upcoming Events

December Meeting

Join us for a “stuff swap” and a make-and-take at Willamette Heritage Center (aka Mission Mill) on December 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Knitting Stuff Swap

Need to make room for your incoming Christmas presents? Have some accessories, books, yarn, etc. that you don’t need any more? Bring it along and let it go home with someone else.

Su will be bringing yarn that has been donated to the Guild for you to take home if you’d like. You can use it for charity knitting, the Coral Reef Project, or just about anything else you’d like to make!

miniature knitting project on toothpick needles inside a clear glass ball ornament
Sock Yarn Ornament Make and Take

Teresa Furnish will bring almost everything you need to make these glass ornaments, including the ornament, yarn, and toothpick “needles.” You can’t knit with the “needles,” though, so please bring a set of sock needles size 2.5 or 3.0 mm. (We have a couple of spare sets, but not enough for everyone. If you can bring extra, it would be appreciated!) If you have a preference for the color of yarn in your ornament, you may also want to bring 7-9 yards of sock weight yarn.

Join the Community Coral Reef

Coral Knit Fiber Arts is creating an installation which will allow people to walk through an underwater fiber art world. They welcome donations of healthy and bleached corals, underwater creatures, and items knitted and crocheted from reclaimed and recycled plastics. The goal is to emphasize the beauty and diversity of the undersea world while educating about climate change and pollution by maritime plastics.

The deadline is August 1, 2023. They hope to display the reef at a number of locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, starting at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in September 2023.

the community knitted coral reef project
The Community Coral Reef Project

You can visit Coral Knit Fiber Arts and click on The Community Coral Reef Project for more information, patterns, and inspiration. All techniques and skill levels welcome! Tag your projects on social media #pnwcommunitycoralreef.

Events, Meeting Minutes

October 2021 Minutes

This Month

Birthdays

Happy November Birthday to

  • Terri Brown
  • Mary Mocklin
  • Sue Munson
  • Ellen Nordal

Happy December Birthday to

  • Pam Dixon
  • Su Fennern
  • Sharon Kaminski
  • Patti Locicero

If we missed your birthday or have you in the wrong month, let us know!

October Meeting

The meeting on October 9 was held in-person at Willamette Heritage Center (Mission Mill) from 10 a.m. to noon. We sat in tables near the register for Teaselwick Yarns, and Tracey even gave us candy. It was I Love Yarn Day, so Janet and Su both came prepared with some fun trivia.

It was great to see people’s projects in person. Members shared sweaters, hats, mittens, and a two-at-a-time sock that had been placed in time-out for being difficult. (Haven’t we all been there?!)

YouTube Podcast/VLOG

Looking for something to watch while you knit in the coming months? The Ewethful Fiber Farm & Mill has a YouTube channel with a couple dozen episodes called Being Ewethful. You can find them by searching on YouTube or just click this link.

Charity Knitting Opportunity

If you’re looking for a new way to share your knitting and care for others, take a look at this article that Patty Scruggs shared from The Knitting Space newsletter: Knitters Create Gloves for Kids, Adults with Limb Differences.

Knit for a Unique Fit is a Facebook group that helps people with limb differences connect with knitters from all over the U.S. Stellan Sparks is one such boy, and having received his customized gloves from a knitter in Atlanta, he was super happy – he wore them every night for two weeks straight!

photo by Tak Sparks

Sad News about a Local Yarn Store

Soft Horizons Fibre at 412 E 13th Ave in Eugene is closing its doors. The following was posted on the store’s Facebook page on October 16:

🍂Time goes by and as the seasons change, so do our lives. Our thoughts reflect upon the past while we anticipate our future. Since there is no immediate family member or friend to carry on the Soft Horizons traditions it is with mixed emotions that I feel the time has come to retire and open the door to discover my “new horizons.” While I will truly miss the shop, I relish the opportunities that await me.

All of us at Soft Horizons would like to thank you for your dedicated support, friendship, and patronage for almost 42 fabulous years. We hope to see you soon!

10% off ALL Malabrigo, baskets, and alpaca teddy bears
20% off ALL other yarns, needles, notions, and accessories
40% off ALL in store books and patterns
Our garment sale continues as well as our “back room bargains.”

Soft Horizons Fibre

Join the Community Coral Reef

Coral Knit Fiber Arts is creating an installation which will allow people to walk through an underwater fiber art world. They welcome donations of healthy and bleached corals, underwater creatures, and items knitted and crocheted from reclaimed and recycled plastics. The goal is to emphasize the beauty and diversity of the undersea world while educating about climate change and pollution by maritime plastics.

The deadline is August 1, 2023. They hope to display the reef at a number of locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, starting at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in September 2023.

You can visit Coral Knit Fiber Arts and click on The Community Coral Reef Project for more information, patterns, and inspiration. All techniques and skill levels welcome! Tag your projects on social media #pnwcommunitycoralreef.

Upcoming Events

November Meeting – In Person!

We will be meeting at Willamette Valley Heritage Center (aka Mission Mill) on November 13 from 10 to noon. The address is 1313 Mill St SE in Salem. We will meet in the area by Teaselwick Yarns. Hope to see you all there!

We are excited to have a presentation by David Altman. He teaches a course at Willamette University about knitting culture and provided the following summary of his presentation:

“During the last decade, knitting, crocheting, and the fiber arts in general have experienced a remarkable increase in popularity in the U.S.  In part, this is because activities such as knitting have the ability to play many roles and serve diverse functions. Knitting can be practiced as a craft, and it can also be a medium for art and fashion. Knitting can be used to express political views, and it can also simply be a way to relax. And these various facets are not mutually exclusive. For example, if I am knitting a sweater with an American flag on the front, I may be partaking in craft, political activism, and leisure all at the same time. The goal of this talk will be to discuss. the impact and value of knitting through a multidisciplinary approach, exploring its significance through the lenses of history, fashion, politics, and science.”

Events, Meeting Minutes

September 2021 Minutes

This Month

Birthdays

Happy October Birthday to

  • Janet Bubl
  • Nelda Gill

Happy November Birthday to

  • Terri Brown
  • Mary Mocklin
  • Sue Munson
  • Ellen Nordal

If we missed your birthday or have you in the wrong month, let us know!

September Meeting

We met on Zoom on September 11 and learned ways of joining yarn while working in the round. Su Fennern put together a handout on how to select needles and join the yarn. Marcia Smith found some YouTube videos for us to watch. In case you missed the meeting, here are the links:

Announcements

  • Marcia Smith has stepped forward to serve as our program planner. Thank you, Marcia!!
  • Thank you to all who made donations for the Mark Twain School’s Christmas Tree project!

Upcoming Events

October Meeting – In Person!

We will be meeting at Willamette Valley Heritage Center (aka Mission Mill) on October 9 from 10 to noon. The address is 1313 Mill St SE in Salem. We will meet in the area by Teaselwick Yarns. Hope to see you all there!

October 9 is also I Love Yarn Day – so bring yarn to knit, yarn stories, and other yarn trivia to share.

I Love Yarn Day isn’t just an event for the purpose of increasing the popularity of knitting and crocheting as a hobby. Working with yarn is an activity that can be vital for improving health. There are studies that show it has multiple health benefits, from increasing confidence to reducing the conscious experience of stress and it’s very beneficial for keeping hands and fingers flexible. A 2019 study found that 97% of people that worked with yarn said it helped them to slow down and relax. What other health benefits are there for working with yarn? How does yarn make your life better?

Knitting Retreats

Knitting retreats at Alton Collins Retreat Center are starting up if anyone is interested. Dates are October 8-10, 2021, and February 18-20, 2022. Interested parties can contact Kimberly Wood-Soldana at rovingtoknit@gmail.com.

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF)

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is cancelled for October 2021 but will be planned for a future 2022 date.

Events, Meeting Minutes

August 2021 Minutes

This Month

Birthdays

August birthdays

Happy August Birthdays to:

  • Sandy Galbraith
  • Kathy Holt
  • Tia Purdy
September birthdays

Happy September Birthdays to:

  • Teresa Furnish
  • Lisa Kirk
  • Jenny Morton

If we missed your birthday or have you in the wrong month, let us know!

August Meeting

On August 14, a small group of us braved the potential for high heat and smoky air and enjoyed some knitting time at Willamette Valley Heritage Center. The smoky air did not appear, and we enjoyed blue sky and a pleasant temperature under the trees by Mission Mill.

August Board Meeting Minutes

The Board has updated the Guild member roster. If you are a member and would like a copy of the roster, or if you would like to become a member, please email us. Thank you!

Treasurer Report

Currently, the Guild’s bank balance is $1,756. In July, 15 members attended the trip to the Alpaca farm at a cost of $285. Each person in attendance paid $5, for a total of $80, and the remainder of $205 was paid by the Guild.

Other

Don’t forget to get your donations of hats, gloves, etc. for Mark Twain School to the Guild by October 29. If you’re in need of yarn for the project, let one of the Board members know, and we’ll find some for you.

Speaking of donations, we are seeking someone who would be willing to coordinate donations on behalf of the Guild going forward. We’re already covered for this year’s Mark Twain School project but would like someone to step into the role on an ongoing basis. Mostly this involves collecting donations and keeping a tally. Please let us know if you’d be willing to serve in that capacity.

Upcoming Events

September Meeting – September 11, 10 AM to Noon (see Zoom info below)

The Guild Board decided to be cautious and change our Saturday, September 11, 2021 meeting to a Zoom Meeting instead of an in-person meeting.  We hope to have an in-person meeting in October.  We hope to see many of you on Saturday Zoom.

Knitting Retreats

Knitting retreats at Alton Collins Retreat Center are starting up if anyone is interested. Dates are October 8-10, 2021, and February 18-20, 2022. Interested parties can contact Kimberly Wood-Soldana at rovingtoknit@gmail.com.

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in October

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) is scheduled for the weekend of October 23-24, 2021 at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon.

Zoom Info

Join our Zoom meeting using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Call into the meeting (audio only)

  • Dial +1 253 215 8782 (Note: this is a Tacoma number, which is the closest available for Zoom users in Oregon. You could be charged for the call depending on your phone plan.)
  • You will need both the meeting ID and the Passcode.
  • Meeting ID: 824 8888 6533
  • Passcode: 021396

Resources to help you use Zoom:

Zoom video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-video-tutorials

YouTube search results for “using Zoom”: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=using+zoom

Zoom’s support page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac

Events, Meeting Minutes

June and July 2021 Minutes

This Month

Birthdays

June birthdays

Happy June Birthdays to:

  • Nancy Campion
  • Karen Lemmon
  • Sue Tyvoll
July birthdays

Happy July Birthday to:

  • Debbie Juul
August birthdays

Happy August Birthdays to:

  • Sandy Galbraith
  • Kathy Holt
  • Tia Purdy

If we missed your birthday or have you in the wrong month, let us know!

June Minutes

In June, Su Fennern welcomed us to her spacious yard. It was nice to see Guild members in person! Some of the ladies brought knitted and crocheted items for donation. The collection resulted in:

  • 31 hats
  • 5 scarfs
  • 2 hat and mittens sets
  • 1 pair of mittens
some of the items gathered at the meeting

Thank you very much to all who contributed. If you have items you’d like to donate, please let one of the Board Members know or email us and we’ll arrange how to get them.

Our visiting vendors – Leann Bleakney of Silver Falls Fiber Company and Tonie Young of Butterfly Fiber & Yarn – sent a thank you note to Su. You all made a great impression on them!

“Hi Su,
Thank you for having Leann and I yesterday, it was nice to get out and see people! Plus they seemed to like our yarn 🙂
I had a great day and was surprised at how much I sold, it gave me a confidence boost that I needed. You have a wonderful group of ladies, they were all nice and I really enjoyed speaking with so many of them. Anytime you want us back we’ll be there!
Tonie”

July Minutes

In July, some of the group took a trip to the Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch in Molalla.

I heard that it was a great time, and some of the attendees gave us permission to share the following photos with you. Lovely ladies with adorable alpacas!

Upcoming Events

August Meeting – In Person!

We will be meeting at Willamette Valley Heritage Center (still Mission Mill to some of us) on August 14 from 10 to noon. The address is 1313 Mill St SE in Salem. We will gather on the front porch for announcements and whatnot, then people can spread around the grounds to knit. There are tables on the grounds that we are welcome to use, and we can visit Teaselwick Wool, too. Although there is a restaurant on the premises, the most recent information we have is that it will not be open until 4 pm, so you may want to bring your own food and drink. At the very least, you’ll probably want water – it’s supposed to be hot out.

Future SMKG Meetings

We’ll be meeting back in the clubhouse at Terrace Lake at 2120 Robins Lane SE in Salem. Looking forward to seeing you there starting on September 11, 2021.

Knitting Retreats

Knitting retreats at Alton Collins Retreat Center are starting up if anyone is interested. Dates are October 8-10 and February 18-20. Interested parties can contact Kimberly Wood-Soldana at rovingtoknit@gmail.com.

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in October

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is scheduled for the weekend of October 23-24, 2021 at the Linn County Expo Center.

Do keep in mind that holding OFFF is still tentative, as the safety of our visitors and vendors is our highest priority. We will ultimately be heeding the guidance of the CDC and the State of Oregon as to whether or not we can hold this event.

Events, Meeting Minutes, News, Tips

May 2021 Minutes

We had 15 members and a guest at our May meeting. It was the highest attended Zoom get-together!

This Month

Birthdays

Happy May Birthday to:

  • Cindy Barrick
  • Val Boudreau
  • Kathy Goebel

Happy June Birthday to:

  • Sue Tyvoll

Guild Business

The Board voted for the Guild to no longer sponsor an annual retreat. If an individual is willing to sponsor and organize a retreat, we would welcome volunteers.

Speaking of volunteers, we need people to volunteer to be officers in the future. Also, consider other needs you might be able to fill, and let the Board know.

We want to encourage people to get together in small groups outside of the Guild meetings. If you would like us to share about your knitting get-togethers in the newsletter, let us know.

Reminder that Tia Purdy is collecting hats and scarves for a Christmas tree program for the kids at her school. Their colors are black and orange, and their mascot is a fox. Sue Fennern shared an adorable fox scarf and provided a link to the pattern. The tree goes up in November, so you still have time to contribute and make a child cozy and happy. Contact Tia or any of the Board members to deliver your items.

Program – Socks and Heels

Wow! What a fun program Su put together for May. We had seven members share about socks.  Thank you to Cindy Barrick, Mary Blossom, Val Boudreau, Sandy Galbraith, Kathy Goebel, Kathi Holt, and Marcia Smith. We enjoyed pictures of socks and different sock heels and how to replace the toes of socks when they wear out.

Some patterns were shared including the Van Dyke pattern from Toe-Up Socks in a Box by Wendy D. Johnson and David’s Toe-up Sock Recipe.  I’m sure there were more, but I was so busy looking at the pictures and listening to everyone that I didn’t get them written down!  Fortunately, Su captured a whole bunch and included them in the attachment titled, “Sock Resources and Pattern Lists.”  She also put together a list of “Sock heels” that lists dozens of heels and some places you can find instructions and tutorials. Not satisfied with a good amount of information, she added two more – “Parts of a Sock” and “Leg Diagram.” 

Huge thanks to Su Fennern for putting together the program and following up with so much great sock info!

Su’s Tips and Tricks

As you may have noticed, Su put together a lot of information about socks for the program this month. She topped it all off with a page of fun facts and tips. Open the attachment titled “Sock-Heel Tips” and enjoy.

Member Spotlight: Debbie Juul, Guild Treasurer

  • Who do you knit for? Myself, family, friends, and some charity knitting.
  • How long have you been knitting? I learned when I was in elementary school, but once I learned to crochet, I preferred that. I started knitting scarves and easy stuff in my late 40s, then took some classes, and now knitting is my first choice.
  • Do you have a particular knitting skill (i.e., socks, brioche, lace, etc.)? Not really.
  • What is your favorite knitting pattern? I have an easy hat pattern I like. It is my go-to if I just want to keep my hands busy but not think too much.
  • Do you have a favorite designer? No
  • Is there a finished object that you’re most proud of? I just finished my first top-down sweater, which I had to frog several times for various reasons. I was pretty sure when it was finally done, I would never wear it due to my experience making it.  But I persisted, recently wore it, and I like it.
  • What got you started knitting? My sister taught me.
  • What are you working on right now? I am crocheting a blanket for a friend of my daughter’s.  I have no knitting projects on needles at the moment.
  • How many works in progress to keep going at a time? Not more than 3.
  • Do you participate in any other fiber hobbies? Crocheting. I used to do cross stitch and crewel work.
  • What (else) do you do when you’re not knitting (job, other hobbies, volunteer work, etc.)? I do taxes and accounting work. I like to volunteer at my church and at UGM. Of course, I haven’t been able to do much of that in the last year.

Upcoming Events

June Meeting – In Person! Yes, you read that correctly!

For our June meeting on Saturday, the 12th, we’ll be meeting in person in Su Fennern’s beautiful yard at 6383 Inspiration Lane SE in Salem. Not only do we get to meet in person, but we get to shop, too! Su has arranged for Leann Bleakney of Silver Falls Fiber Company and Tonie Young of Butterfly Fiber & Yarn to bring their lovely yarn. They are both yarn dyers, but they use different methods. We couldn’t find a website for Leann, but you can visit the Butterfly Fiber Etsy shop for a sneak peak of Tonie’s yarn. Su is also planning to set up a swift and ball winder for anyone who needs it. Here a few details for you to be aware of:

  • The sellers will stay at Su’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you’re welcome to come at any time and stay as long as you would like.
  • If you want to shop the best selection, you’ll want to come early. As indie dyers, Leann and Tonie’s stock is limited.
  • Bring money if you plan to shop – checks, credit cards, and cash accepted.
  • You need to bring your own chair and food and drink.
  • Consider carpooling with other members to avoid overcrowding the parking spaces.
  • Bring knitting! 🧶

Although current guidance from Oregon Health Authority allows everyone to meet outdoors without masks, it also strongly recommends that people who are not vaccinated and people who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear masks and physically distance in outdoor crowded areas and large gatherings. We don’t think we’ll be at all crowded in Su’s lovely yard, but please show respect to anyone who prefers to wear a mask or keep their distance. We’re so excited to meet in person!! Also, if restrictions or guidelines change, we’ll let you know as soon as we know!

July Meeting

Program and location details will be shared at a later date.

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in October

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival has settled on the weekend of October 23-24, 2021 at the Linn County Expo Center.

Do keep in mind that holding OFFF is still tentative, as the safety of our visitors and vendors is our highest priority. We will ultimately be heeding the guidance of the CDC and the State of Oregon as to whether or not we can hold this event.

Events, Meeting Minutes, News, Tips

April 2021 Minutes

We had 14 members and a guest at our April meeting.

Guild Business

Business included a discussion about the Guild Board members and roles that need filled. Please be thinking about ways you can help keep the Guild functioning and let Janet Bubl know if there’s a role you’re interested in filling in the coming years.

Reminder that Tia Purdy is looking for donations of hats and scarves for a Christmas tree project at her school. Please feel free to reach out to Tia or the Board if you have any questions.

Program – Where’s Your Stash?

Our program was facilitated by Marcia Smith and included people sharing about their yarn, pattern, and tool storage. One nice thing about the Zoom format for our meetings is that we got some peeks into some of our fellow members’ yarn rooms. We saw baskets, pretty yarn-filled bookshelves, bins, books, and binders. It was a lot of fun!

Su’s Tips and Tricks

After the meeting, Su shared a document with important tips about organizing and protecting our yarn stashes. We’ve invested time and money in our stashes, and it’s worth the effort to keep all the lovely yarn safe and accessible.

Show and Tell

During show and tell, Cindy Barrick shared a lovely knitted Christmas ball from a pattern she found on a blog – www.arnecarlos.com.  If you visit, you’ll need to scroll back a few entries to see the Christmas balls, but there’s plenty more to see, as well.

Upcoming Events

May Meeting – May 8, 10 AM to Noon (see Zoom info below)

We’ll be discussing all sorts of things about socks! Su Fennern sent out questions and is putting together a program that will include Kathy Holt sharing about repairing our precious hand knit socks.

May 11, Newsletter Deadline

If you’d like to share an upcoming event, pattern, or other news with the Guild members, please email Teresa at SalemKnitters@outlook.com. Deadline for newsletter content is the first Tuesday after our monthly meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!

Zoom Info

Join our meetings using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Call into our meetings (audio only)

  • Dial +1 253 215 8782 (Note: this is a Tacoma number, which is the closest available for Zoom users in Oregon. You could be charged for the call depending on your phone plan.)
  • You will need both the meeting ID and the Passcode.
  • Meeting ID: 826 2206 6475
  • Passcode: 227463

Resources to help you use Zoom:

Zoom video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-video-tutorials

YouTube search results for “using Zoom”: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=using+zoom

Zoom’s support page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac

Events, Meeting Minutes, News, Tips

March 2021 Minutes

We had 14 members join our Zoom meeting for our March Guild meeting.

Guild Business

Birthday Cards

Tia Purdy has volunteered to send birthday cards to members and reach out to members who might need some contact. Tia told us all that if we don’t share our birthday months, she’ll just pick one at random. 😊

Charity Knitting Project

Tia also shared about a school project we can get involved in. Every year in November/December they put up a tree and place scarves, mittens, and hats on it. Each of the 300 kids, grades K-5th, can take them off the tree. Contact Tia or Su to provide knitted items. Su shared a great hat pattern with basic instructions that includes size suggestions for various ages that you’ll find attached.

Retreat

Due to COVID-19, Twin Rocks Conference Center could not accommodate our group this year, so we cancelled the retreat, and refunds are being sent out. Contact Su Fennern if you have questions.

Program

Patty Scruggs shared how to make glove fingers, and several members shared gloves they had made. Patty shared that her favorite fitting gloves repeat the pattern of 2 rows of K, then a row of K1, P1. She also shared a link to a YouTube video for knitting gloves with magic loop and one for making top down gloves without a pattern.

Show and Tell

We’re getting a little bit better working with our cameras on these Zoom meetings and enjoyed seeing a whole bunch of projects. I’m sure we missed some, but here’s what we captured:

Free Yarn

The Guild has received a yarn donation that we’re passing on to the Guild members. It’s first come first serve, so if you want any, don’t hesitate to email Su Fennern to claim it.

The yarn is 3-ply Persian Wool by Paternayan Yanrs. Each hank is 4 oz with 160 yards, except for the Mixed Lot – not sure how much is there.

Persian yarn is well known the world over for its superiority for needlework such as needlepoint, embroidery, and cross stitch. It can also be used for knitting and felting.

Su’s Tips and Tricks – Weaving in the Ends

A class on weaving in ends could take 2-4 hours, but Su put together a one-pager for us to help make weaving in all those ends a bit more bearable. Thanks, Su!

Upcoming Events

April Meeting – April 10, 10 AM to Noon (see Zoom info below)

We’ll be sharing with one another how we stash our treasure – aka yarn and tools. 🙂
Some things to consider talking about during the meeting:

  • What helps you keep your yarn/knitting stash available – organized or not?
  • Where do you keep your yarn stash?
  • Do you sort by: color, yarn weight, or projects?
  • Is your yarn in plastic bags, bags, or containers?
  • How do you store your needles: all longs, double points, circular?
  • Are needles sorted by size? Or something different?
  • Do you have a chart listing which needles you have?
  • Do you have a chart for your yarn?
  • What is the oldest yarn you have?

If you have a picture or link to a helpful “knitting thing” for stash organization, please send it to Teresa at SalemKnitters@outlook.com by Thursday, April 8. You can also share your screen or camera during the meeting if you’re comfortable with the technology.

April 13, Newsletter Deadline

If you’d like to share an upcoming event, pattern, or other news with the Guild members, please email Teresa at SalemKnitters@outlook.com. Deadline for newsletter content is the first Tuesday after our monthly meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!

May Meeting – May 8, 10 AM to Noon (see Zoom info below)

We’ll be discussing all the different types of sock heels that we use. Su Fennern is planning to get some folks lined up to share their favorites. She said she has a list of oodles of different heels that she’ll be sending out and asking us to share what we use, so keep an eye out for it!

Zoom Info

Join our meetings using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Call into our meetings (audio only)

  • Dial +1 253 215 8782 (Note: this is a Tacoma number, which is the closest available for Zoom users in Oregon. You could be charged for the call depending on your phone plan.)
  • You will need both the meeting ID and the Passcode.
  • Meeting ID: 826 2206 6475
  • Passcode: 227463

Resources to help you use Zoom:

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Meeting Minutes

January 2021 Minutes

We had 16 people attend our Zoom meeting on January 9.  That was our biggest turnout since we started meeting virtually.  Hopefully we’ll have even more in February!

Guild Business

Dues for 2021

Last month, we sent membership forms and ballots along with a stamped envelope to return info to us. We received 28 dues responses with dues as of January 9. We have not yet deposited the dues because of the transition of board members, but if we received your dues, we sent you an email.  If you sent your dues and did NOT get an email, please let us know.  We will stop sending emails to past members who have not paid dues by the end of January.  Of course, you can rejoin any time!  If you would like to be a member but cannot afford dues right now, please contact us.

Board Elections

Along with membership dues, we also received ballots.  Members elected Teresa Furnish as Secretary and Debbie Juul as Treasurer.  We had some write-in votes for Vice President and are checking with them to see if they are interested. If not, we will need to have some volunteers step forward if we want to have a program at our monthly program.

Show and Tell

Slideshow

We asked for photos from members so we could put together a slide show to highlight some of our great knitting.  We had 8 people respond, and Teresa put together a presentation with pictures of these amazing projects!

It’s a bit time-consuming, but it was also really fun to see, so we’ll be doing one every three months.  The plan is to have one for April, July, and October.  So, look for a call for photos!

Projects

  • Knitting from Books and TV
    • You can find many cute “Miss Marple” patterns on Ravelry (if it’s safe for you to use), including the sock patterns by Ambrose Smith, who also has two Jane Austen collections in addition to her Miss Marple Collection.
    • If you’re a fan of a book or TV show, try searching for it in Ravelry.  Here are some from Downton AbbeyStar Wars, and there’s even a Great British Baking shawl and cowl.  There’s also a shawl worn by the character Nakia in the Black Panther movie. It came into existence because knitters noticed the shawl in the movie and talked about it all over social media. The costume designer, Ruth E. Carter, responded and shared Jeff Gillies’ pattern on Twitter.  It has since been added to Ravelry. The point here is that if you love a knit you see in a show, there just might be a pattern for it!
  • Stephen West’s Hiberknitalong is going on now. During the discussion about Hiberknitalongs, we discussed weaving in ends and how much so many of us dislike it. Stephen West has a video about weaving in ends as you go!  You can find it on YouTube:  Weavin’ Stephen
  • We also discussed where to find unique buttons.  Both Mission Mill in Salem and Brigittes’s Place in Albany came up.  If you have any other sources, let us know, and we’ll share with everyone.

February Meeting

Patty Scruggs and Kathy Goebel will be sharing how to make fingers for gloves. To knit along, please prepare a fingering weight swatch. It should be 25-30 stitches by 2 inches. You could also choose to start making yourself a pair of Basic Plain Gloves or Gloves for Kids, or a pattern of your choice. Work them up to where the fingers start, and you’ll be ready to go! Thanks, Patty, for the patterns! Kathy works on DPNs, and Patty uses Magic Loop, so you should be able to participate with either method.

Without a Vice President, we need members to come up with ideas and reach out to potential presenters. Let us know if you can help.

The same Zoom link works every month, but we’ll send it again closer to the meeting date (February 13).  Hope to see you then!