Tips/Hints/Tools/Websites

Protect your fingers from sensitivity.
Rubber fingers and if necessary cut a slit in the top for your fingernail..
Thimblettes
Liquid skin or new skin bandages
Cutting tools other than scissors
Thread cutter (round disc with various openings for different threads/yarns)
Finger Nail Cutter
Used Dental floss container
Hand Relief
Use a therapeutic glove. (There are two types, The ones with fingers will also help arthritic fingers ).
Cable holder
Use a U cable hook. Holds the cable stitch and it hangs very nicely to the project.
Use a paper clip.
Dropped stitches
Crochet hooks
Yarn Wraps
Use footies from store after trying on shoes, (old nylons, panty hose, knee highs)
Use a nylon scrubby, cut the securing thread and you will have yards of nylon tube you can cut to any size and wrap your yarn balls,
Storage containers for knitting supplies/Organization
Clear Pencil box from department stores (Fred Meyer, Walmart, etc)
Small plastic compartment containers from Dollar Tree
The Knit Kit
Coleman’s dry mustard tin
Take a photo of your project , date it and clip it to your pattern or put it in the page protector sheet.
Put patterns in a page protector sheet and file in a notebook or file folder by project.
Weekly planner – available from JoAnn.
Sort needles and put them in soft pencil holder bags marked with the needle sizes and store them in a tote bag.
Websites
Cheapest price for any particular knitting book or other books https://www.cheapestbookprice.com/
Crazy, fun and free patterns. https://www.instructables.com/
Books
Cast on/Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor
The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
Help aids
Have Staff (Sit with someone who is very knowledgeable)
Needle Threading
Cut a piece of paper approximately 1.5 inches by the width of the eye of your needle. Fold the paper in half, insert the yarn in the paper near the fold and pull the paper through the eye of the needle.
Fold yarn in half over the needle. Pull the needle up holding the yarn tightly, pull the needle out, keeping the yarn pinched between your fingers and slide the eye of the needled through your pinched fingers and pull up the yarn,
Use pieces of jar opener to grip the needle. (Dollar store item)
Quick hand warmers
Use old sock tops. Cut the top off for the length you would like for hand warmer. Crochet or knit a top edge and add a thumb hole.
Counting your stitches
Copy your pattern onto index cards. Punch a hole in top left hand corner, put the index cards on a book ring. Turn the cards row by row. Mark the card you are on.
Small notebook with a pen/pencil
Use bread wrapper tabs as makers
Wrap per inch tool
Use this tool to know how much yarn per inch you need on your project.
Strickspiel Needles
Use these needles instead of doublepoints.
Yarn Bowls
Use cherry tomato containers for yarn bowls
Wooden Yarn bowls by Ken Howald (Turner Turnings)
Historical patterns
http://www.gutenberg.org
Free Patterns
http://www.ravelry.com – Ravelry deisgners have several free patterns in February.
Keep your project clean
Use a piece of masking tape to pull hair – human and pet hair off your project.
Miscellaneous
Use jell pens to mark yarn or project pieces. Be sure they are not permanent. White jell pens for dark fibers.
Have a cup of coffee/tea or wine and a bar of chocolate.
Keychain with needle and directions for kitchener stitch
I-Pad with Adobe.
Yarn winder and hand made swifter.
Portuguese pin for yarn tension when Portuguese knitting technique.

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January Minutes

See about us for more information on when and where we meet. We are open to all genders and levels of knitters. Please come join us.

This Month’s Karen Huntzinger taught us several techniques on mending hand knit items. Thanks Karen for a wonderful presentation. Karen’s Ravelry page is Karen Huntz.

Show and Tell:
West Coast Sweater – Ravelry
Sling Sunburst Purse – Ravelry
Alado Poncho – Ravelry
Nae – Ravelry
Cupcake Hats – Ravelry
Mindless Scarf – Ravelry
Alan Dart Toy Patterns for Advent Calendar
Pisac – on Craftsy
Sock Head Hat – Ravelry
The World’s Simplest Mittens – Ravelry
Ripples and Waves Shawl – Ravelry
Quick Ombre Hat – Ravelry
Tea Cozy Hat – Ravelry

Next Month – You are the teacher. Please bring your favorite hints, tips, ideas, tricks and notions to share all of us.

February Snacks – Laura Wagman and Patty Scruggs

Taffee House can use anything for babies, youths, adults, and elderly. Acrylic prayer shawls for Nita Porter’s church. Prayer shawls for hospice groups – Nancy Campion will get these to the hospice organization. Any type of stash busters which can be used for arts and crafts for Laura Wagman for use with students

NEXT MEETING IS – February 11
AT ARROWHEAD MOBILE PARK
5422 PORTLAND RD. NE,
AT 10:00 AM

December Minutes

This Month’s Potluck and what a selection of delicious treats! Thanks to everyone. Su told us that according to Nordic Mart “Pantone’s Color of the year 2017: Greenery. Bright, springy, grassy Green.

Show and Tell:
Sock Knit Hat
Walk in the Woods by Lisa Hayes
ZuZu Petals

Next Month – Karen Huntzinger will show us how to darn our knitted items. Supplies for the meeting are: a 4 inch square of knitted fabric, any size yarn is okay. More of the yarn used to make the square if possible, a scissors and a sharp point needle that fits the yarn.

January Snacks – Paula Rampy and Leona Barham

Stash Local – Yarn Shop in Corvalis is hosting the following classes by Andrea Rangel:
Arbre: Unlock the mysteries of the PI Shawl – Jan 21 – 9:30 -12:30
The basics of stranded colorwork – Jan. 21 1:30-4:30

Taffee House can use anything for babies, youths, adults, and elderly. Acrylic prayer shawls for Nita Porter’s church. Prayer shawls for hospice groups – Nancy Campion will get these to the hospice organization. Any type of stash busters which can be used for arts and crafts for Laura Wagman for use with students

NEXT MEETING IS – January 14
AT ARROWHEAD MOBILE PARK
5422 PORTLAND RD. NE,
AT 10:00 AM

November Minutes

This Month’s Pat Pennock taught us how to use two colors. It was an excellent lesson and for some of us the encouragement to attempt Fair Isle knitting. Pat’s favorite books are: The Knitter’s handy book of sweater patterns – Ann Budd;
Knitting from the Top – Barbara G. Walker; Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified – Ann Bourgeois and Eugene Bourgeois; Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting; The Celtic Collection – Alice Starmore.

Salem has been voted to be added to the Millstream Knitting Guild name.

Show and tell patterns:
Sea Shell lace pattern – Ravelry
Brocade Sock – Craftsy
Pokiha Shawl – Ravelry
The Amazing Hat
Rocket Ship – Sleep Snuggle Sacks – Yarn Inspiration
Knit Night – Ravelry
The Doodler –Ravelry
Celtic Ankle Warmers – Ravelry
Taj Rectangle Shawl – Ravelry – as a kit only
Interlace Scarf – Galzanne Knits – Ravelry

Next Month – Karen Huntzinger will show us how to darn our knitted items. Supplies for the meeting are: a 4 inch square of knitted fabric, any size yarn is okay. More of the yarn used to make the square and a sharp point needle that fits the yarn. Helga will also be showing her challenge coat and a couple of her other items will be on display.

Charity for 2016 – The 50+ club, is looking for hats, scarves and mittens. Father Taffee House can use anything for babies, youths, adults, and elderly. Acrylic prayer shawls for Nita Porter’s church. Prayer shawls for hospice groups – Nancy Campion will get these to the hospice organization. Any type of stash busters which can be used for arts and crafts for Laura Wagman for use with students

Knitting at any age

http://www.statesman.com/news/national/year-old-man-learns-knit-help-newborn-babies/gRxsUbp4fFehYbnfWP69aK

November 12 Agenda

MILLSTREAM KNTTIG GUILD
11/12/16 AGENDA

WELCOME New Members and guests
PROGRAM Pat Pennock – Color
BUSINESS . Guild name (Group input)
. Ideas for next year (group input)
. New membership drive update
. 2017 snack list and roster updates
. Upcoming events
. Charities
. Dues
. Themes (Group input)
SHOW & TELL

October Minutes

This Month’s Joyce Authur gave us a wonderful presentation about socks. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, yarn preferences and tips. Maybe those of us who have not made a pair of socks will do so and those who have learned some new tips. Thanks also for the handouts.

Ideas for presenters, ideas or volunteers to do a presentation please contact Joyce Arthur at the email address below.

Show and tell patterns:
Nordic Trail – Elizabeth Smith
Pedi Harbor – Ravelry
Rustic Panel Afghan – Patons Yarn
Linen Stitch Scarf
L-envelope Shawl
Best Friends Shawl – Sally Melville
Conifer Hat
Folk Yarn Sock
Lindsey Hat

Next Month – Pat Pennock will be teaching us about color

Snacks for October – Sue Munson

Charity for 2016 – The 50+ club, is looking for hats, scarves and mittens. Salem Veterans can use anything and it can be for adults, children or babies. Acrylic prayer shawls for Nita Porter’s church. Prayer shawls for hospice groups – Nancy Campion will get these to the hospice organization. Any type of stash busters which can be used for arts and crafts for Laura Wagman for use with students

NEXT MEETING IS – NOVEMBER 12
AT ARROWHEAD MOBILE PARK
5422 PORTLAND RD. NE,
AT 10:00 AM