Next Meeting – June 15, 2019

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 15, the third Saturday of the month. This is a change from our normal meeting day.

June 8 is Worldwide Knit in Public Day, so go forth and knit in public! Please share with us if you know of any places for this event.

We have a winner!

Remember the Rose City Yarn Crawl in March? The 2019 Yarn Crawl featured a large Binkwaffle Bag with a lovely turquoise trellis pattern, reversing to paisley. Our very own Mary Mocklin won a bag!

These were made especially as Shop Prize Bags, so that every RCYC Shop could fill them to the brim with yarns and goodies!
Several of the LYS also purchased additional “RCYC Print” Binkwaffle Bags – and there are still a limited number of them available. So if you didn’t win won of our 66 Prizes this year, you CAN still purchase one of these Limited Edition RCYC-print Bags! They are perfect for projects on the go, with a cool handle to slip over your wrist. And because they’re reversible, you can change the look to suit your mood!

Congratulations, Mary!

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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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 –

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:

Waverly Weekend Cowl:

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

Stillwater Cardigan:

Clear View Sweater by Amy Herzog:

Workday Scarf:

Houndstooth Cowl: 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 ( 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

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