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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March 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in March:

Mary Blossom, Ginny Floyd

Welcome New Members and Guests:

Ellen, Colleen, and Barbara

We hope to have them join us again soon!

Guild Business:

Results from the recent survey (Teresa)

Members interested in being on the nominating committee: Cindy Barrick, Kelli Bold, Joyce Cook, Sue Munson, and Marcia Smith

Review of 2019 programs (Teresa)


Our Webmaster, Cindy Barrick has been updating our site and will be adding information about an upcoming Nordic Knitting event. For a list of other events that we’ve heard about, check out the Fiber Events box on our site – https://salemmillstreamknitting.com/.

Beach Retreat

We still have three spots open for the Beach Retreat May 16-19. If you’re interested, get it touch with one of the Board Members.

2019 Charity Knitting

Sue Tyvoll provided an update on the 76 hats donated by our group. They are heading to an orphanage in Kenya, Africa, for children from newborn to three years old. The team leaves the 25th and gets back on April 8. Sue is looking forward to sharing another update with us soon. As she said, “It’s really amazing that we can bless little children in Africa with our knitting skills!”

March Program

Lori Patterson (and Lou) from Abstract Fiber shared their yarn. It’s been a busy year since she purchased the company from Susan!

Show and Tell:

Cup of Tea socks: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-cup-of-tea-socks

Waverly Weekend Cowl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/waverly-weekend-cowl

Seafarer’s Watch Cap: https://seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea for this and other related patterns. The group provides a hand-knitted item to mariners at sea for Christmas.

Stillwater Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stillwater-4

Clear View Sweater by Amy Herzog: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clearview

Workday Scarf: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/workday-scarf

Houndstooth Cowl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/houndstooth-cowl-2 There are quite a few houndstooth cowl patterns on Ravelry.

Friendship Afghan

Groovy Scarf

Christmas Stockings

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for April 13. Becky Fetterley of Thistle and Hart will be sharing about her hand dyed yarn. Also remember, you can always check out the 2019 Guild Meetings thread on our Ravelry group (https://www.ravelry.com/groups/salem-millstream-knitting-guild) to see what we have scheduled.

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Salem Millstream Knitting Guild Beach Retreat May 16-19, 2019 Day Visitors

The Retreat Committee for the May 16-19, 2019 retreat in Rockaway has been asked about day use visitors. In reviewing our contract with Twin Rocks and double checking with them, day use visitors are welcome. There is a charge for each person attending with and without meals.

Attached is the Registration Form and the Hold Harmless Agreement. Both of these documents must be received by March 15, 2019 if you plan on attending one of the days of the Retreat. The Hold Harmless Agreement is necessary as the Guild is not financially able to purchase a liability insurance policy and Twin Rocks is allowing the use of this Agreement.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

SMKG Retreat Committee
Email:  salemknitters@outlook.com

February 2019 Meeting Cancelled

The Salem Millstream Knitting Guild meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019 is cancelled due to the impending inclement weather that is being predicated starting tonight (2/8). This wasn’t an easy decision to make. We have rescheduled Stephania with Three Fates Yarns several other times. However, in conversation with Stephania, she agreed that it is better to err on the side of caution.

Salem Millstream Knitting Guild
Su Fennern, President
Teresa Furnish, Vice President
Sue Munson, Treasurer

January 2019 Minutes

This Month:

Birthdays in January:

Marsha Graciosa, Helga Maheu, Clara Stoner, Patti Togioka, Kathy Howald, Kelli Bold, Joanne Crawford

Welcome New Members and Guests:

Maureen Heiser, President of Terrace Lake Homeowners Group

Pam Dixon, Terrace Lake Community Center

Maureen and Pam welcomed the Guild to Terrace Lake and are looking forward to a good partnership with the Guild. Maureen treated the members with brownies. The Guild meetings are on the calendar for the second Saturday of each month.

Guild Business:

Recap of 2018 Charity Donations (Kathy H.)

The Guild donated 92 items total in 2018. The majority went to Father Taffee House. The Guild, in collaboration with the sewing guild, provided over 1,000 hats to the homeless.

Charity Donations in 2019

Foster children need hats, scarves, and blankets.

Shaken baby – purple hats: https://www.scarymommy.com/click-for-babies-raises-awareness-for-shaken-baby-syndrome/

November’s Child by Kelly Forester – a free pattern on Ravelry: https://www.clickforbabies.org/

Sue Tyvoll will collect any baby hats until the February 9th meeting for her family that is going to Kenya to work in an orphanage.

2019 Programs (Teresa)

Teresa will be sending out a Survey Monkey to Guild members with all of the suggestions provided for programs. Please take a minute to complete the survey.

February’s program will be Three Fates Yarn, a Salem indie dyer.

March – should the Guild rent a van to go to Portland for the Rose City Yarn Crawl? This will be a question on the survey also.

2018 UFOs and/or Goals (Su)

Teresa completed 21 items! in 2018.

Ginny completed her shrug that she started in 2016.

Cindy completed three items: one Halloween sock (Vanilla Latte pattern), Debut shawl, and Brioche scarf.

Teresa won a gift certificate to Teaselwick for the most items completed.

Ginny won a gift certificate to Teaselwick for the oldest UFO completed.

2019 Sign-up Sheets – Snacks, Setup/Cleanup (Su)

The Snacks sign-up sheet is full for 2019.

The Setup/Cleanup sign-up sheet still needs volunteers. The sign-up sheet will be sent around again at the February meeting.


Last year’s roster was sent around for members to review and make changes. Please add your birthday month.

The 2019 roster will be distributed at the February meeting.

Guild Board Positions

Kathy Howald was thanked for her many years serving as the Guild’s secretary. Kathy received a gift certificate from Paramount Sewing.

Su Fennern announced that 2019 is her last year as President.

At this time, the Guild does not have a secretary. The secretary duties have been split between President (Su Fennern), Vice President (Teresa Furnish), and Treasurer (Sue Munson).

Cindy Barrick has become the Guild’s web master.

There needs to be a Nomination Committee formed. Volunteers are requested.

Misc Other

The 2019 Color of the Year is ‘Living Coral’. Su held up a color card with the approximate color.

Terrace Lake collects food for the Marion-Polk Food Share. Please consider donating items. Their goal is to fill one barrel every month. Make sure that items do not have an expired date as Marion-Polk Food Share will not take them.

The Tangled Purls shop will be closing soon 😦 Stop by and checkout their sales.

If you have a group of knitters who get together and would welcome others, please let us know so we can have that information available on our website.

Teaselwick Wools, located in the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, welcomes knitters on Tuesdays any time they are open (10:00 AM-5:00 PM) and Wednesday (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM).

Distribution of membership renewal gifts (Sue)

Gifts, 2019 calendar, and 2019 UFO’s/Goals sheets were distributed.

Free Patterns for January/February:

Vancouver Fog Fingerless Gloves: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vancouver-fog

Hermione’s Everyday Socks: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-everyday-socks

Show and Tell:

Non-felted Slippers using Magic Loop: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/non-felted-slippers—magic-loop-version

Baby Surprise Jacket – ornament: https://web.archive.org/web/20111216050729/http://www.miniknittingstuff.com/newfreepatt.pdf

Multnomah Shawl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/multnomah

Tri-Polar Hat: https://despondentdyes.com/collections/kits-kits-kits-im-hopelessly-devoted-to-kits/products/tri-polar-hat-kit

Cabled Yoke Christening Dress: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cabled-yoke-christening-gown

1898 Hat: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/1898-hat

Website for additional information: https://cas.seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea

Kindness Shawl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kindness-kal-shawl

Baby hat patterns:


https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-wyatts-rasta-hat Baby Dreads by Sushimilove



Jessica Jones Cowl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jessica-jones

Addi Flexiflip needles: http://www.skacelknitting.com/addi-Flexiflips/

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March 2018 Minutes

This Month

Thanks to our very own Teresa Furnish for the excellent job teaching us Magic Loop. Thanks to everyone for their participation.

March/April Patterns

Easy goes it by Finicky Creations: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-goes-it
Corrosion by Julie Nandorfy: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corrosion

Show and Tell

Romona Falls – Seed stitch (41 stitches with 3 strands of lace yarn together
Baby Sophisticate , cupcake hata and knitted ornaments from Tangled Purls
Hats for the Assistance League
Starshower cowl (ravelry)
First lace cowl – Creative Living Spring 2014
Brioche Stitches – cowl seed stitch
Brioche Wristers
Vest from Creative Living 2015
Brioche Cowl
Beanie hats
Knit Kit replica of WW1 Version
Easy as Pie shawl

Next Month

Basic crochet stitches by Kathy Howald – Supply list is:
Size G or H hook – worsted weight yarn or any yarn as long as needle matches yarn. Sample size knitted swatch any size but at least 4 x 4

Snacks – Donna and Anjie

Setup/Cleanup Volunteers – Anjie and Donna (setup)

Marry Mochlin and Clara Stoner (clean up)

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.

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Bind Off Teachers info

For everyone to try the bind off you are teaching, they need a swatch of knitting either on needles or on stitch holders. If your bind off requires a specific swatch, please let Teresa know so we can get the details added to a supply list. For example, should there be an odd or even number of stitches, stockinette, garter, or P1 K1 ribbing?

During your presentation, please share the answers to the following two questions:
1. When should the bind off be used? For example, a bind off used for toe-up socks that provides a finished edge.
2. Are there any disadvantages or advantages to using the bind off?