What could be better than an ice cream social with your Guild friends? An ice cream social with YARN-O, and bears wearing sweaters! Join us in the lawn next to the church on Wednesday, August 3 for our annual August ice cream social. We’ll have a slightly different ice cream this year – we are going back in time to ice cream treats from an ice cream cart! Kind of like an ice cream truck without the annoying music – and you won’t have to sprint to catch it. There will be ice cream bars of many kinds, including some dairy free.
We will also dress the bears! But on a smaller scale – outside forces have conspired against Camp Erin, and their delivery of bears has been delayed by a short bit, so we won’t have all of the bears to dress – but there will be some! Bring your finished outfits, and see how they look.
And something new! A chance to de-stash a bit. We have located some organizations who will happily accept donations of yarn of all kinds – including partial skeins. Please include the ball band, if you have it, otherwise, please have it labeled by fiber content, and any other information you have. We will have separate bins for different fibers.
But YARN-O is the same! If you haven’t played before – think BINGO, but with a fiber-lovers flair. “Under the Y – worsted. Under the R – moths!” Once you have your YARN-O card and a crayon, you’re all set. First one to yell YARN-O gets a prize – a gift card to your choice of our business members. Didn’t get it yet? Don’t give up – we’ll keep playing until someone gets black out, yells YARN-O, and then gets another gift card.
You really don’t want to miss it – always a great time!
Susan Parke, Program Co-Chair
2014-2015 Business Members
Letter from the President
The best meeting of the year is coming up—the ice cream social! Woo hoo! Ice cream, Yarn-O and bear sweaters. And the great de-stash! I see this as a fabulous opportunity to clean out yarn I don’t love anymore and clear my conscience while doing it! Bring your unwanted yarn, needles, books and patterns and we will distribute it all to local organizations. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather!
At the September meeting there will be classes taught by members. You will be able to sign up for a class at the August meeting. If you miss the August meeting you can email Paulette Hauck and Susan Park to register. This is a great chance to hone your skills or learn a new technique. There will be classes on grafting, colorwork, sock knitting, lace, and crochet for knitting. We are always looking for teachers, so if you have something you’d like to share at the next Schoolhouse, let any one of the board members know.
Also at the September meeting, we will begin having comment cards available. You can share any ideas, suggestions for speakers, questions…whatever! and the board will read them. This is your guild, so let us know what you want!
Stitch ’n Pitch
This year’s Stitch ’n Pitch enjoyed perfect weather. We had lots of visitors to the SKG table (conveniently placed in the bar area so I could enjoy a cocktail) and our raffle basket brought in over $220, which will go to help fund our ice cream social. We had such a good response to the raffle that we’ve decided to make it an annual fundraiser. And, as usual, there was lots of great yarn from the vendors there. The indie dyers were out in force, along with some of our wonderful established yarn stores. Every year at Stitch ’n Pitch, a friend of Susan Park brings her unusual materials to knit with—this year it was horsehair and horseshoe nails. The result was very modern and architectural-looking.
I hate to think summer is coming to an end, but I just received the first emails for Fiber Fusion in October and KnitFit in November. These are fabulous events in the fall. And we have the Nordic Knitting Conference in October to thank for the appearance of Arne and Carlos at our October meeting. It should be a blast!
Paula Ward, President
Knit It Forward 2016
We have 37 bear sweaters but still need at least 23! Please bring your bear sweater donations to our fun charity night! We will not have bears to dress this year, they are late being delivered to Camp Erin; however, we will have sample bears if you want to get a photo of your donation or a Bear Selfie!!
We will also be collecting handmade breast prosthesis for Knitted Knockers and red scarves for the RED Scarf Project. Knitted Knockers are handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures. RED Scarf Project Foster Care to Success assists foster kids who age out of the system at 18, but still need support. Please check seattleknittersguild.org for more details.
This year we are having the Seattle Knitters Guild First Annual Yarn Drive! Perhaps you have some yarn from a project that just never happened? Or you have parts of skeins leftover? Bring them to us for our Yarn Drive! We’d like to gather as much yarn as we can at the August meeting! Get involved by donating yarn and supplies for a worthy cause. Check your closets, craft cabinets, under your bed, etc.! All yarn, needles and patterns will be given to Knit for Life, Knit Wits at The Gardens at Town Square in Bellevue Assisted Living, RSVP at Common Ground – KIA (Knit-It-Alls), and Seattle Recreative. We thank you for your yarn donations and are happy to be part of this great work!
Megan Myers, Charity Chair
Welcome to new members:
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Liz Bates, Membership
Seattle Knitters Guild Calendar
January 6 Business Member Marketplace
February 10 Amy Herzog
March 2 Eve Heller – Paint Your Own Ceramic Knitting Bowl
April 6 Carol Jensen – Felt Fiber Artist
May 4 Emily Tzeng – Color Dying/Yarn
June 1 Deb Fox – Casting On and Binding Off
July 6 Hand Dying – Rhonda Fargnoli, Makers Mercantile
August 3 Ice Cream Social
September 7 Back to School Mini Classes
October 5 Arne and Carlos
November 2 KnitAlong – SOCKS
December 7 Holiday Party
Speakers are subject to change
Seattle Knitters Guild (Est. 1985)
Meetings every first Wednesday of the month 7pm. Visitors always welcome.
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 – 35th Ave. NE, Seattle (NE corner of 35th and 80th)
Parking available in the lot behind the church or across from the south side of the church on 80th.
Dues: $25 per year
Library cart open 6:30 to 7pm, only members may check out books.