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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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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Meeting Minutes

October 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in October:

Janet Bubl

October Program

Our very own outstanding member, Ginny Floyd did one bang-up job of guiding ten of our members as they worked on their Mom Slippers. Thank you, Ginny, for all your time in preparing for this session and also for your basket full of patience as you graciously worked with each of these ladies today.


Currently, some knitters meet on Tuesday at Teaslewick.  This group has grown and needs to locate another place to knit that accommodates about 20 knitters.  If you know of a place, or you would like to join this group, please contact Terri Brown.  Terri also shared that it is possible to meet at Terrace Lake, but she needs to know how many would be interested before she contacts Terrace Lake to see about a day and time for the group.  Terri can be reached at 503-559-0654 or by email at

Sue Munson read an interesting article out of the AARP magazine about knitting.

Kelli Bold reminded us that the first payment for the Guild’s beach retreat in May 2020 is due by October 15, 2019. The first payment is $127.50 and should be sent to the Guild’s mail box: P.O. Box 3444 Salem, OR 97302.

Kathy Goebel has knitted 17 hats using the yarn donated to the Guild. She has the hats today to share with us. The hats are being donated to the Salem-Keizer Assistance League that provides items to students within the Salem-Keizer School District.

November Program

Yarn 101 by Theressa Silver – This class will cover everything you need to know to successfully combine yarn, pattern, and needles to create finished items that you’ll be proud of. The first part of the class will be spent learning about the what, why, and how of gauge. You’ll learn how to knit an accurate swatch, both flat and in the round, and how to correctly measure gauge from the swatch.

Discussion during the session will cover adjusting gauge as needed and the relationships between yarn weight, needle size, and gauge, so that you’ll be able to confidently make yarn substitutions.

You’ll learn about the different fibers, plied yarns vs. singles, and other specialty yarns such as superwash, “thick and thin,” and what each kind of yarn is best suited for.

Show and Tell

Projects shared:

  • Nancy shared two shawls she recently completed: Saroyan and Pebble and Beach. Both patterns are available on Ravelry.
  • Janet just finished her Wingspan. Pattern is available on Ravelry.
  • Kathy G. talked about the hats she’s made for the Salem-Keizer Assistance League.
  • Sharon showed her Christmas hat. The pattern was a kit.  She is still working on the Endless Wrap.
  • Kelli shared a shawl that she is working on but has lost page 2 of the pattern. 😦
  • Debbi was wearing her recently finished poncho. The pattern is in a book, so if you would like it, talk with her.
  • Patty finished the mystery knit along (MKAL) that she started last month. The pattern is available on Ravelry.
  • Patty also knitted the Mousey Mitts by Karen Hoyle that was shared at last month’s meeting.

Next Meeting

Snacks: Terri Brown and JoAnn Crawford

Set-up and Clean-up: Janet Bubl and Patty Scruggs

Hope to see you there!

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Meeting Minutes

September 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in September:

Teresa Furnish
Jenny Morton
Marcia Smith

September Program

Designer Kelly Forster with KIS Designs presented.

Kelly is a knitting designer and teacher from Silverton, OR. Kelly also manages Apples to Oranges shop in Silverton. Besides the standard knit items, Kelly also designs knitwear jewelry.

Kelly shared many of her designs and patterns with us. Kelly also invited us to join her at Main Street Bistro in Silverton on September 18 from 6-8:00 pm for Pints & Purls.

Pints & Purls Special Guests: Leann & Toni
Leann from Silver Falls Fiber Company and her dyeing partner Toni of Farm Girls will be joining us this Wednesday, September 18 at Pints & Purls.

This dynamic duo create beautiful hand-dyed yarn and spinning fiber. They will be sharing a little bit about their process as well as an assortment of deliciously colorful items with us.

Please come out and support these very talented local artists!

You can see more of Kelly’s designs on her website:

Check out her blog at:

Guild Business

Treasurer’s Report

Sue Munson reported on the finances of the Guild for the April – June quarter.

  • Guild’s general account balance: $335.15
  • Beach Retreat account balance: $2,186.44

Patterns for September/October

Additional agenda items:

Beach Retreat

Currently the Retreat is full. A waiting list has been established. The Retreat is open to Guild members only until December 1, 2019. After December 1, if there are any openings, others may apply.

October Program

Checkerboard Slippers – Ginny Floyd will walk us through the making of these slippers during next month’s meeting. Please print out the pattern and bring it to the meeting if you are planning to make the slippers with us.

Show and Tell

Projects shared:

  • Joyce is making another Pincha Shawl – pattern is available on Ravelry. She also shared a bowl that she made. The pattern is in the book Sewing Pottery By Machine and is available from several companies on the internet.
  • Debbie was wearing her recently completed summer shell. The pattern was from a Creative Magazine several years old.
  • Patty is doing a mystery knit-along (MKAL) called “Oh, Gnome, You Didn’t” available on Ravelry.
  • Teresa finished her Bubble-icious socks with the Solar Flare yarn.
  • Val is knitting (and knitting) on her Endless Wrap shawl.
  • Nancy was wearing her Pebble Beach Shawl.
  • Ellen was wearing her Hitofude sweater.
  • Sue Munson shared her scarves that she made during her three-week fishing trip. (She’s not going fishing again any time soon.)
  • Mary showed two of her recently completed projects – On the Road Shawl and Across the Generations.
  • Laura showed us her Crazy Hair hat that she made for a celebration. She is currently working on a Southwest Sunrise Shawl.
  • Kathy is working on her third Hitofude sweater, the same one that Ellen was wearing today.
  • Sue Tyvoll has made a knitted market bag. She has several that she crocheted, but this is the first one she knitted. The pattern is from Red Heart.
  • Cindy hopes to have at least one pair of socks done by the end of the year. She shared two sock toes in progress (from two different pairs).
  • Marcia is working on a kit that she purchased from Teresa Ruch (our presenter from the August meeting). The pattern is available on Ravelry.
  • Kathy G. has been knitting with some of the yarn donated to the Guild. She’s completed 17 hats and will credit the Guild for donating to the Assistance League. Here’s a link to a chart for hat sizes.
  • Mary won a basket from the Knitting Bee Shop during the Rose City Yarn Crawl. She showed us the Birds of a Feather shawl she made from yarn in the basket. She also shared a pair of mittens.

Next Meeting

Presenter: Ginny Floyd
Yarn and straight knitting needles will available if you are needing some for the slipper workshop in October with Ginny.

Snacks: Kelli Bold and Sue Munson

Set-up: Patty Scruggs and Patty Locicero

Clean-up: Teresa Furnish and Patty Scruggs

Hope to see you there!

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Meeting Minutes

August 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in August:

Sandy Galbrath
Kathy Holt
Tia Purdy

August Program

Teresa Ruch brought us a trunk show of her luscious Tencel and bamboo yarn in fabulous bright colors. Teresa’s yarns are used not just by knitters but also weavers.

Teresa shared so much information about indie dyers, obtaining Tencel for her yarns, and much more. The presentation was very informative.

Guild Business

Joyce shared that members have stepped forward for the Secretary and President positions. The election will be held during the November 2019 meeting.

Show and Tell

Projects shared:

  • Janet Bubl and Marsha Garciosa shared their recently finished potholders.
  • Kathy Goebel shared two hats she has completed. Kathy will gladly share the pattern name if you want it.
  • Mary Mocklin was wearing her Coax shawl.
  • Clara Stoner shared a new find – the Woolly Bean Bag.
  • Tia Purdy showed a darling romper for her upcoming grandchild.
  • Su Fennern showed two shawls – Serenade by AspenKnits, and Marble Sky by Jekaterina Dmitrijeva, which hasn’t been released yet.

Teresa reminded everyone that the Guild does have a Ravelry Group. If you’re not a member, you might consider signing up. There are currently 99 members.

Next Meeting

Presenter: Kelly Forster of KIS Designs
Yarn and straight knitting needles will be at the September meeting if you are needing some for the slipper workshop in October with Ginny.

Snacks, Set-up, and Clean-up: Marcia Smith and Sue Tyvoll

Hope to see you there!

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July 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in July:

Debbie Juul
Terry Sevold

July Program

We had a relaxing time chatting, eating, and catching up. What a wonderful abundance of food – there were many great salads, not to mention the very flavorful meat balls, the fresh home-made cheddar-walnut bread, and great desserts. Thanks to everyone for whipping up such delicious foods!

Upcoming Meetings

August Meeting

Teresa Ruch is bringing us a trunk show! Teresa has visited the Guild before with her luscious tencel and bamboo yarn in fabulous bright colors.

October Meeting

Ginny Floyd will be teaching how to make checker board slippers.
Here’s are the supplies needed for the slippers:

  • Two contrasting yarn colors in worsted weight yarn. Red Heart works great as you want something durable and washable.
  • Size 10 needles – longer needles preferred to get all 60 stitches on. Ginny recommends straight needles.

If you don’t have yarn or needles, both will be available at the meeting.
If you have started or made these slippers, please bring them with you to the meeting. We would love to see them.

Snacks: Mary Mocklin and Clara Stoner
Set-up crew (arrive by 9:15): Kathy Howald
Clean-up crew (stay until finished): Teresa Furnish

Hope to see you there!

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June 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in June:

Karen Lemmon
Sue Tyvoll
(We’ll wish Janet Bubl a Happy Birthday in October!)

Welcome New Members and Guests:

Lynda (not a resident of Terrace Lake)
We hope to have her join us again soon!

June Program

Liz Lisowski of HighFiberArtz was not able to attend, but Su Fennern presented a program on knitting needles. She found a Free Guide to Knitting Needles from Interweave available for free, and she compiled some Facts About Knitting Needles. Items covered included cleaning of needles, materials needles are made out of, different types of needles, different needle points, what yarns to use with which needles, and more handy tips.

Guild Business:

The Treasurer’s Report will be presented by Sue at the July meeting.

2019 Beach Retreat (Su)

We had a great time! There were a total of 28 attendees, but due to a medical issue one did not attend. There was $1,468.55 received in donations from vendors that were used for door prizes and items for the individual swag bags.

2020 Beach Retreat (Kelli)

We will have a great time! The Retreat Committee members for 2020 are Kelli Bold, Ginny Floyd, Kathy Howald, Karen Lemon, Sandy McCause, Katie, McDougall, and Jean Weber. We currently have received deposits from 30 potential attendees. A waiting list will be established, so if you’re interested in attending, please contact Kelli Bold.

Nominating Committee (Joyce)

There are three members interested in the Secretary position: Joyce Cook, Ginny Floyd, and Debbie Juul. We will vote for one Secretary in December. The Committee is still working on nominations for the President position.

Discussion on the future of the Guild – To continue with the established Guild, the Oregon Secretary of State and the Oregon Department of Justice requirement is for at least three board members/officers. A discussion was held among members about the positions, and Kathy Goebel volunteered to run the meetings if someone else wants to do all the other presidential duties except that. If interested, please contact Joyce Cook for additional information.

Charitable Donations (Su for Kathy)

A total of 146 items have been donated between January 1 and May 31, 2019: Hats (142) – 76 to Africa, 3 to Shaken Baby, 63 to Father Taffe; 2 scarves to Father Taffe, 1 cowl to Father Taffe, and 1 afghan/blanket to Father Taffe.

Patterns for May/June

Mary has found some nice summer tops: Happy Go Yellow and Cascata.

Show and Tell:

Projects shared included:

  • Clara shared her three recently finished shawl projects: Romi Hill’s MKAL; Clara’s Rainbow Wrap; and Transient by Michelle Hunter.
  • Mary finished a Camomille Shawl by London Loop.
  • Kathy Goebel used one of the One Skein Wonder books and finished a Cowl, Ella’s hat and a 4×4 seed stitch scarf.
    Knitting Tip: Don’t give a knitted gift item that needs to be re-blocked after cleaning.
  • Cindy is working on the Copilot cowl and didn’t know if her cast on was twisted or not until she completed several inches. (It’s not twisted!)
    Knitting Tip: When knitting an item such as a hat, cast on and knit the first row flat, and then join in the round. Close up the opening using the cast on tail.
  • Karen is working on a baby hat using her new short needles made special for hats, cuffs, etc.
  • Lynda (a visitor at today’s meeting) shared a recently completed dinosaur hat by Maria’s Blue Crayon.
  • Marcia shared her recent experience working with magic loop and making yoga socks two at a time. She ended up making the heels one at a time.
  • Teresa has a new small project knitting bag. She finished her Branching Lace Cardigan – and unknitted it all, with the yarn waiting to tell her what it wants to be.
  • Ginny shared her pair of Checker Board Square slippers that she finished. Clara was the lucky recipient of the slippers. Ginny has offered to teach these slippers at an upcoming Guild meeting. There are some more free patterns on Ravelry:
    Checkerboard Slippers
    Pantoufles à carreaux avec tutoriel
    Cushy Slippers
  • Joyce shared her Kindness knitalong Shawl.
  • Debbie shared that she used one of Ginny’s techniques that she learned at the Beach Retreat to make a baby blanket and gave it away as a gift. She shared her poncho with a turtle neck that she finished.
  • Su shared the Split Decision summer tee she tested knitted for KisDesigns – Kelly Forester.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for July 13. It’s a potluck, so bring some food to share, and we will mostly knit and eat.

Set-up crew (arrive by 9:15): Cindy Barrick
Clean-up crew (stay until finished): Teresa Furnish
Hope to see you there!

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May 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in May:

Cindy Barrick
Kathy Goebel
Jenny Morton’s granddaughter, Zoe

Welcome New Members and Guests:

Jenny Morton, her daughter Gina, and her granddaughter Zoe
We hope to have them join us again soon!

May Program

Introduction of Theressa Silver, author of “Knitting Wild,” Argentgal Designs, and if you are into hats, “Hat Couture.” Theressa’s presentation was very informative. One could hear and feel her passion for the diverse beauty of our national parks and wildlife refuges. There are much more than patterns in the book; you get the history of many magnificent places. Theressa was signing books for those who bought them at the meeting.

Guild Business:

Nominating Committee (Joyce)

Joyce shared that there are three members interested in the Secretary’s position. Potential candidates are Ginny Floyd, Debbie Juul, and Joyce Cook. Currently, the President’s position does not have any potential candidates. If you are interested in knowing more about being on the Board, you can view our bylaws and roles on the Salem Millstream Knitting Guild website. Contact any of the committee members to put your name forward for consideration.

Charitable Donations (Sue Tyvoll)

Sue shared that the Guild members made 76 hats, which were added to 19 other hats donated, for a total of 95 hats. The hats were distributed in Kimusu, Kenya in the Anglican Hospital and Orphanage.
Sue shared that when the team arrived in Kenya, it was 90 degrees, and the people were wearing jackets and sweaters. They are more used to 120 degrees. :O
The residents of the area are very poor. A good day is when they have one meal a day. There are times that they only have one meal a week.
A question was asked, if items could be sent to the residents? Sue shared that they most likely would not get where they were intended to go. There might be another opportunity to provide items in the future; Sue will keep us posted.

Additional agenda items

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is in need of one additional member. Current members are Mary Blossom and Janet Bubl. Marcia Smith volunteered to be the third member.

Sheep to Shawl

Today (May 12) is Sheep to Shawl at Willamette Heritage Center. This is a free event from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Non-profit status of the Guild

Su shared that the Guild received a letter from the Oregon Department of Justice indicating that the Guild needs to be registered as a Charity Organization. Both Teresa and Su read through all of the Oregon Administrative Rules and the Oregon Revised Status that were referenced. We both were undecided if we needed to compile. Teresa said just call the number in the letter. The call resulted in the answer of yes, the Guild needs to compile. The paperwork was submitted. The Guild will need to submit an annual report that recaps the Guild’s finances for the year. We reviewed the Puddletown Knitters Guild of Portland last year’s report, and it will be a fairly simple report to complete.
After the upcoming retreat, and Sue, our Treasurer has all the final figures, we will have the Audit Committee review the Guild’s finances just to be prepared for the year-end report.

June Meeting Date Change

Teresa reminded us that the June meeting date is June 15, at the usual place and time.

Beach Retreat

Kelli Bold shared that if anyone is interested in helping plan the 2020 retreat, please step forward.

Show and Tell:

  • Sue Munson is finishing a child’s sweater. The pattern is from the 1960s. Kathy Goebel still uses the same pattern with some adaptations.
  • Sue Tyvoll donated a couple of hats and an afghan that she made to the Guild’s charity organizations.
  • Jenny Morton shared 15 knitted dish cloths that each have a different quilt pattern that she made for her daughter Gina. The patterns are from “Knit Dishcloths” book, and she’s made every one in the book.
  • Kathy Howald purchased some yarn from Homespun Quilts and Yarn during their recent trip to Astoria and made a nice scarf.
  • Marsha Graciosa is working on socks. She shared her recently finished winter sweater.
  • Kathy Goebel is knitting items to reduce her stash.
  • Sandy Galbraith shared the pattern Laughingbird Shawl published in Shelby Knits. The pattern is free in Shelby Knits’ Etsy shop.
  • Marcia Smith is crocheting innersoles for boots. Marcia also shared that IKEA in Portland will have knitters in the store for Knit in Public Day, June 8, 2019.
  • Teresa Furnish shared her sweater sleeve out of wonderful yarn. She shared the sleeve as we might not get to see the sweater as it might turn out to be a “house sweater.”
  • Karen Rose and Liz Baker, friends of Karen Lemmon, visited our Guild today. They are getting a Guild going in West Linn. Liz shared her Brioche project and shared that Brioche is not a new thing – that history shows that fisherman’s sweaters were made using this technique.
  • Joyce Cook modeled her Pincha. This is a free pattern on Ravelry. Joyce also shared that the word errata means “an error.” Joyce is working on a cowl from 2014 Creative Knitting Magazine.
  • Ginny Floyd is working on a scarf pattern “Boom.” This is a free pattern on Ravelry.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 15 (the THIRD Saturday of the month). Our speaker will be Liz Lisowski with HighFiberArtz.
Snacks: Janet Bubl and Kathy Goebel
Set-up crew (arrive by 9:15): Kathy Goebel and Debbie Juul
Clean-up crew (stay until finished): Teresa Furnish and Patti Locicero
Hope to see you there!

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April 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in April:

Sally Gwynn

Welcome New Members and Guests:

Ellen and Val
We hope to have them join us again soon!

Guild Business:

June Meeting Date Change (Teresa)

Heads up that our June meeting date has been pushed back one week, from June 8 to June 15. Hope to see you there!

Treasurer’s Report (Sue)

Sue reported on both the Guild and the Beach Retreat balances:
Guild: $340.11
Beach: $6,634.04

Nominating Committee (Joyce)

Teresa introduced the nominating committee: Cindy Barrick, Kelli Bold, Joyce Cook, Sue Munson, and Marcia Smith. Joyce is the Chair of the committee. She reported that the committee is looking for members interested in becoming President or Secretary. Su Fennern will be stepping down as President at the end of this year, and we are currently without a full Secretary, although Cindy has been keeping our website up-to-date and will continue to do so. Three people came forward for consideration as Secretary during the meeting. If you are interested in knowing more about being on the Board, you can view our bylaws and roles on the Salem Millstream Knitting Guild website. Contact any of the committee members to put your name forward for consideration.

Beach Retreat (Teresa and members of the current Beach Retreat Committee)

The retreat is coming up on May 16-19. We have two spots open. We need a retreat committee for next year to be in place before this year’s retreat. We have a few interested people already, but we need more. This event has been going on for eight years, and lots of people look forward to it every year. Please consider being a part of making it happen.

April Program

We were pleased to finally have Stephania Fregosia with Three Fates Yarns after having to reschedule her three times for various reasons! She shared about her effort to learn more about and beginning to use sustainable methods to gather wool and turn it into yarn. She also shared about her dying processes and a kickstarter she recently ran using locally sourced Gotland wool to obtain yarn to dye. She showed a sample of the yarn knit into a Visby hat by local designer, Marie Green of Olive Knits. We enjoyed shopping from her substantial inventory.

Free Patterns for March/April:

Mary found us two patterns this month and brought in her own beautiful versions.

Show and Tell:

Projects shared included:

  • Easter basket toys and egg cozies – Eggkins pattern by Chris de Longpre available on Ravelry. Note that Patty added wings to the chick and duckling by adapting the bunny ear pattern. She also added a tail to the bunny and the sheep. The crochet egg cozy pattern is from Craftaholics Anonymous.
  • Fair Isle Mitts w/lace weight yarn
  • Groovy shawl (not sure this is the pattern shared) and a matching hat
  • Shawl made by Clara (maybe Beautiful Solitude)
  • Cowl/capelet from Creative Knitting, February 2017
  • Pekhom shawl
  • Lux Cowl from Galzone Knits made with three skeins of Hulahut yarn
  • Mitts, using a Churchmouse pattern
  • Cheyenne shawl from a library book, Cozy Stash Busting Knits
  • Several scarves and hats and numerous baby hats for charity

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 11. Our speaker will be Theressa Silver, author of Wild Knits.
Snacks: Jenny Morton and Pam Dixon
Set-up crew (arrive by 9:15): Marcia Smith and Teresa Furnish
Clean-up crew (stay until finished): Marcia Smith and Karen Lemmon
Hope to see you there!

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