News

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!

News

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! 🧶

News

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.

NEXT MEETING IS MARCH 14
TERRACE LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER
2120 ROBINS LANE
AT 10 AM

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!

NEXT MEETING IS FEBRUARY 8
TERRACE LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER
2120 ROBINS LANE
AT 10 AM

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: https://salemmillstreamknitting.com/.

Have you looked at the Guild’s Ravelry page lately?
https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/salem-millstream-knitting-guild/3983162/1-25#2

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: https://www.facebook.com/wildknitssalem/

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!

NEXT MEETING IS JANUARY 11, 2020
TERRACE LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER
2120 ROBINS LANE
AT 10 AM

Events

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
Wildfibers

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!

NEXT MEETING IS DECEMBER 14
TERRACE LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER
2120 ROBINS LANE
AT 10 AM

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.

Announcements

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 tjbvette@msn.com.

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!

NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 9
TERRACE LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER
2120 ROBINS LANE
AT 10 AM

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: https://www.kisdesigns.net

Check out her blog at: www.kellykisdesigns.blogspot.com

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!

NEXT MEETING IS OCTOBER 12
TERRACE LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER
2120 ROBINS LANE
AT 10 AM