Shake off those January, post-holiday blues – and celebrate Selfish Knitting Month! January at Seattle Knitters Guild will feature our business members. Each participating business member will have table space for merchandise, and a few minutes to tell us something about their shop. These businesses have paid a membership to the Guild, (you have seen their ads in the Cablegram) and we are very happy to have them join us to spotlight their business. I am not sure exactly what each shop will bring – but I am pretty excited to see! I think I have punch cards at each of these shops – and I suspect I am not the only one. Admit it.
The lovely folk at Wild Fibers will be talking to each shop to help plan a terrific stash/pattern enhancement event for us. Chances are good that the church’s wifi will be working (enabling credit card shopping), but you might also want to bring some cash, just in case.
See you on January 6!
Just an early post about February! Go and erase the note you put on your calendar for Feb 3 - because we meet the SECOND Wednesday of February, not the first. Switching our date makes it possible to welcome one of the terrific teachers from the Madrona Fiber Retreat to our meeting.
Don’t know who it will be this year - but how can it be less than terrific? It Is a teacher from Madrona!
Susan Parke, Program Co-Chair
2014-2015 Business Members
Letter from the President
I hope those knitted gifts (so confidently and ambitiously undertaken) were completed on time. My sister’s colorwork mittens made it all the way, even though they were slightly damp when they were wrapped. My husband’s (un)felted slippers are still awaiting their bath, however, and are currently just playthings for the cats.
If you have had a peek at the meeting schedule for the new year, you know Paulette and Susan P. have worked hard to plan a wonderful variety of events. I want to try dyeing yarn, so I am looking forward to September.
At the January meeting we are trying something that I hope will be fun for everyone and become a regular event. I am calling it the Business Members Showcase (because I’m not very creative), where some of the guild business members (local yarn stores) will be there to introduce themselves and share some of their favourite yarns and projects. To sell, of course! I always like getting to know the people in the yarn stores where I shop.
Besides being lovely yarn stores, these are the same wonderful folks who donate so generously to our holiday party, so round up your gift cards and come on down!
It just so happens my last few (finished!) projects have been from one or another of these stores, and I will be bringing them for show ’n tell. You might want to think of doing likewise—I know the stores do not always get to see the finished objects, and it might be fun for them.
See you in the new year!
Paula Ward, President
Charity Knit 2016
During January meeting we will choose the charities for 2016. Please read through the list so you would be ready to cast your vote!
MEOW Cat Rescue - Knitting' for Kittens (small blankets)
MEOW promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home. Our project "Knitting' for Kittens" is a simple mat.
Foster Care to Success - The Red Scarf Project (scarves)
They support foster kids who age out of the system at 18, but still need support.
Do you like to knit or crochet? Whether you are a beginner, an expert or somewhere in between, your handiwork can send warmth and encouragement to a student from foster care. The handmade red scarves in our Valentine’s Day care packages become treasured keepsakes that our students wear for years.
“Your hands are a window into your heart and soul. There is love in every stitch, and a handmade scarf is like a hug. The FC2S Red Scarf Project gives us each an opportunity to show that someone out there truly cares about our foster youth.” Lily Chin, Master Knitter
CReW (hats, gloves, socks, scarves)
The CReW (Counseling, Recovery and Wellness) Program is now licensed as both a mental
health and substance use program and is a provider of the King County Regional Support Network (RSN). Our purpose is to assist adults with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring challenges improve their quality of life. The individuals we serve may be living on the streets or in shelters, may be in housing throughout King County, or may be ready for release from jails or hospitals.
Our services are provided in a variety of settings in the downtown Seattle area, including individuals’ homes, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, homeless shelters and the streets. Our team of mental health professionals, chemical dependency professionals, peer counselor, and psychiatric providers offer assessment and individual service planning, case management, medication management, therapeutic counseling, and peer support. Crisis response is also available 24/7 for individuals connected with mental health services.
CReW services are uniquely tailored to meet each person’s holistic needs and support is offered in multiple life domains such as symptom management, social skills training, and relapse prevention. Counselors and case managers assist individuals on setting and achieving goals to make connections with others in the community, maintain or improve physical health, apply for housing or benefits, or pursue vocational interests. CReW counselors are also able to make referrals to inpatient treatment or detox and fulfill probation requirements for those on supervision with Department of Corrections.
Family Housing Connection(hats, gloves, socks, scarves)
Families and singles moving into new homes from homelessness. Family Housing Connection reduces the burden on families experiencing homelessness in King County by providing a single access point for shelter and housing resources.
Housing and Essential Needs (hats, gloves, socks, scarves)
The Housing and Essential Needs Program (HEN) of King County provides program participants rent assistance, utility and transportation assistance, as well as hygiene and cleaning products.
Noel House (Women’s Shelter) (socks)
Noel House Programs provides safe, comfortable shelter to a diverse community of homeless women, particularly those most vulnerable. We strive to create an environment of dignity, respect and compassion. We recognize the intrinsic value of each person and honor her unique experience.
Since its inception in 1990, Noel House Programs has offered nightly shelter to single women experiencing homelessness. Over the years, Noel House Programs has grown to include a variety of services, including referrals to 15 emergency shelters, nightly meal service, and case management at the main Noel House shelter. In total, Noel House Programs assists 72 women with nightly shelter, 20 women with permanent housing and 180 women with nightly emergency shelter referrals.
The Women’s Referral Center is a safe, welcoming place where women can request shelter referrals and transportation to nightly shelters. In partnership with multiple service providers, the Women’s Referral Center refers 180 women nightly to 15 area shelters. Evening meals and hygiene services are also available.
St. Martin de Porres (Men’s Shelter) (hats, gloves, socks, scarves)
St. Martin de Porres Shelter provides safe and dignified night shelter for homeless men age 50 and older. The shelter opened in October 1984 in response to the growing need for an emergency shelter for this special population of elderly men who are vulnerable to the weather, street predators, and illness.
We currently operate at our full capacity of 212 men a night. The shelter is open 365 nights a year from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and during the day for medical convalescent care. During the winter months, we have arrangements with eight local churches to provide space for an additional 34 men a night.
Our mission is to provide a hospitable, safe, and orderly shelter for men 50 years of age and older who are homeless. This is to be done in the spirit of ministry of presence, which fosters attention to the individual and respect for each person’s unique situation.
University District Youth Center (hats, gloves, socks, scarves)
UDYC provides homeless, at risk, runaway, and/or street involved youth ages 13-22 the opportunity, tools, & support in transitioning to improved living while creating a safe, nurturing environment that value and respects the cultural diversity of the youth we serve.
The Zine Project hires homeless youth (ages 15–22) to work, learn and write for eight weeks, Monday-Friday, 16–18 hours a week. Their efforts culminate in the creation of Zines (mini-magazines). An Employment Case Manager works with each youth to learn foster essential skills for obtaining and maintaining employment.
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and cannot be worm for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast.
Camp Erin Bears (bear clothes)
Camp Erin is part of the Seattle Providence Hospice chapter. Camp Erin is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens age 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. SKG would provide knitted clothes for the teddy bears.
Operation Gratitude (scarves and hats)
“Handmade with Love” programs to support troops, veterans, new recruits, wounded warriors and emergency first responders! Nothing expresses respect and “thank you” quite like an item made with love. We send ~100,000 care packages each year and like to include a handmade item in every package! We accept scarves and hats year-round and “beating-the-heat” cool-ties during the summer months.
The Ships Project (hats)
The Ships Project, a great way to make a difference in the lives of those military members who are deployed on the ground or at sea. Whenever they are away from home, we try to provide "hugs from home" in the form of hand-knit and crocheted hats, slippers, and knitted socks. We also supply warm items to those who have been injured or wounded.
Seamen’s Church Institute (hats)
Have you ever heard of Christmas at Sea? The Seamen’s Church Institute is a centuries-old advocacy organization for mariners — all those men (mostly) who work on the countless cargo ships that make our way of life possible. It’s a life of dangers and difficulties most of us have never thought about, and SCI provides job training and free legal aid and interfaith chaplains and … Christmas gifts! Every year every mariner who enters a US port gets a present, many of which contain hand-knitted hats and socks made by who-knows-how-many charitable knitters. To that end, SCI has developed knitting and crochet patterns that they know to be what the mariners need and want — free of worksite hazards like pompoms! — including this really cool earflap hat called the 1898 Hat (the year Christmas at Sea began), which was the result of a design contest a couple of years ago sparked by the men’s repeated request for ear flaps.
Megan Myers, Charity Chair
Please support the guild and renew your membership either at the meetings (check, cash, or card) or online at https://squareup.com/market/seattle-knitters-guild. Your membership pays for the rent, honorary for the speakers, and some Christmas raffle prizes.
Liz Bates, Membership
Seattle Knitters Guild Calendar
January 6 Business Member Marketplace
February 10 Special Guest from Madrona Fiber Arts
March 2 Eve Heller - Paint Your Own Ceramic Knitting Bowl
April 6 Carol Jensen - Felt Fiber Artist
May 4 Social Knitting
June 1 Deb Fox - Casting On and Binding Off
July 6 TBA
August 3 Ice Cream Social
September 7 Mary Newlander, Cantering Crow, Hand Dying Yarns Demo
October 5 Special Guest from Nordic Knitting Conference
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, $15 after July 1
Library cart open 6:30 to 7pm, only members may check out books.