To stay connected with our fiber community; we're going virtual for our April meeting.
Back by popular demand, Meaghan Schmaltz, a.k.a. The Unapologetic Knitter, will present The Shape of Things: Creating Inclusive Designs. With a focus on grading garments for the knitting industry, Meaghan will share the importance of representation and focus on the challenges and the rewards of creating an inclusive portfolio of knitwear for every knitter!
Meaghan’s past (and present) careers have been about precision and have generally been technical in nature: landscape architecture, wedding planning, bookkeeping, and now technical editing of knitting patterns with a strong focus on garment grading and brioche knitting. Meaghan’s YouTube brioche tutorials, created over 3 years ago, still get thousands of views each month: https://youtube.com/theunapologeticknitterknits
Meaghan’s journey from a hobby knitter, to a designer, and now a technical editor seems like a natural progression for someone who loves precision and sharing knitting knowledge!
Member Tip with Anna Lorton Learn an easy way to M1L and M1R with a short, close-up tutorial.
Show and Tell Submit your photos with your name, pattern, and anything else you'd like to share. If you'd like to talk about your project, please let us know in your message.
Zoom is a virtual meeting program. There's no signup process or fee for you.
When you click the link on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you will be prompted to install Zoom if you haven't used it before. If you'd like to test this early, you can click the event link at any time.
Here's a quick video showing what to expect when you join the meeting.
Our Charity Project: Butterfly Boxes
Butterfly Boxes, started by Puddletown member Adrienne and her sister-in-law, helps established community members welcome refugees to Oregon. These newest of Oregonians come from around the globe and often arrive with few of the basic necessities or home comforts we take for granted. Butterfly Boxes seeks to bridge that gap with airport welcome bags, made by volunteers and delivered to the airport by their partners at Catholic Charities. These bags are filled with basic necessities like toiletries and towels, comfort items like stuffed animals and dolls, and organizational tools like calendars and folders to help settle into life in Oregon.
Puddletown Knitters Guild has set a goal of making 200 stuffies and dolls for the children of refugees in 2020. They should be huggable and washable. Safety concerns are low as the volunteers can direct items with choking hazards to older children. Keep in mind that most of the refugees are people of color, and dolls' skin tones should reflect their image.
Knit, crochet, sew, whatever craft speaks to you—just do it with love. Bring finished projects to each meeting, show them off, and hand them in for a ticket in a special raffle at the end of the year.
Do you have too many shawls? Fremont United Methodist Church collects shawls for local, low-income care facilities and hospice centers. Do you have any handknits in your closet that you'd like to donate? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Mark Your Calendar
COVID‑19 UPDATE: Jennifer Berg will be visiting us on October 16th & 17th.
MEET AND GREET
Friday, October 16 • 6-8 p.m. [New Date] Weird Sisters (8836 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203) Join us for Navajo tea, snacks, Native Knits designs and patterns, and more!
DAY-LONG WORKSHOP Saturday, October 17 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. [New Date] WE ARE STILL HERE: Keeping My Culture Alive Through Knit Design
Jennifer will speak in the morning about her inspiration and design process, her favorite apps, and appropriation versus appreciation. Throughout the afternoon participants will learn stranded colorwork knitting tips and techniques while working on a project—a cowl she designed exclusively for this event—that features her own motifs and includes a space for attendees to insert a motif of their own design. There will be several expert knitters on hand for additional support. For full event details, visit the Puddletown's Guild Events page.
If you have already registered for the workshop, your registration has automatically been transferred to the new date. If you have any questions, please email us.
Our mission is to promote a diverse community of knitters of all abilities, to support local fiber providers and artists from farm to needles, to model respect for the local fiber community by actively valuing their time and expertise.