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Puddletown Knitters Guild Newsletter
Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Virtual Program starts at 7 p.m.

Our meeting is virtual so we can stay connected to our fiber community. 
Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly is a Canadian knitwear designer and indie hand dyer whose designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a textile reality while simultaneously fitting and complimenting a wide range of bodies. She will be discussing the maker's role in inclusive design with a focus on improving sweater fabric and fit through understanding ease, the importance of taking and applying measurements to choose a size or create a hybrid size, and what three things you can do to make your next sweater perfect for the wearer. She will also highlight the role of the maker in improving access to inclusive sizing.
 
CLICK HERE to join the meeting via ZOOM on Thursday, 9/9
Member Tip with Anna Lorton
Anna shares movements to help you get comfortable knitting with new techniques.

Share your tips and tricks! Send a note to info@puddletownknittersguild.com.
Join the Puddletown MAL! If you haven't started, there's still time. 
Purchase one or more of these Puddletown-inspired colorways from local indie dyers and business members, Knitted Wit, Ryberry Farms, and Opposite Coast Dyes.

Create anything you like with them—shawl, hat, sweater, sock, gnome, whatever tickles your imagination. Knit it, crochet it, weave it, we don't mind, as long as you use these gorgeous yarns.


You could win a special raffle prize!
  1. Complete your object by Sunday, November 7th.
  2. Post a picture to Instagram or Facebook—be sure to tag it with #PKGMAL2021 so we'll see it—or email us at info@puddletownknittersguild.com.
  3. We'll announce the winner at the November meeting on 11/11.
Follow our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds for upcoming special MAL Virtual Knit Nights. We hope to have some special guests. 
Raffle Sneak Peek
Serotonin Sweater pattern
The Serotonin Sweater pattern by Kim McBrien Evans is the second in a series of sweaters that explore the brain chemicals produced when we knit stripes. And it has POCKETS! Who doesn't need pockets in your cardigan sweater? For keeping hands warm, carrying rocks and sticks and perhaps even a baby dragon.

Knit Picks Yarn
Seven skeins of Knit Picks City Tweed DK yarn in plum wine (123 yards/50 grams each • 55% Merino wool, 25% Superfine alpaca, 20% Donegal tweed).

Silk Hankies
Mawata silk hankies for spinning, cream (Silk fiber • 10oz).
Show and Tell
Submit your photos! We would love it if you’d talk about your project during the meeting. If you won’t be there or would prefer not to speak, just let us know.

Email your photos to showandtell@puddletownknittersguild.com before you go to bed on Tuesday, September 7th.
Did you have problems joining us in the past? 
Our Zoom meetings now have more positive ease! We've upgraded our room size to make sure everyone can get in.


Running late? Please join us. Your entrance won't disrupt the meeting. Pajamas are welcome—no one will see you. Be comfortable.
Guild Leadership
We are currently recruiting for two Board Members
and a few Committee Members.
We are looking for a new Communications board member willing to lead the communications team, as well as committed volunteers to serve on the communication committee. This team will oversee our social media accounts, website, newsletter, and virtual meetings using tools like Hootsuite, Weebly, Mailchimp, and Zoom. 

We are also in need of a new Events board member willing to organize guild events and coordinate any volunteers needed for said events.

Dedicated volunteers are needed to serve on the charity knitting committee. These people would help find each year's recipient and organize the distribution of yarn and collection of finished items.

Those seeking a board position must be able to attend monthly board meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.

For more information visit the About Us page, or email us at info@puddletownknittersguild.com.
2021 Charity Knitting

Our 2021 charity knitting project is Winter Warmth for Rose Haven Women's Shelter. Any type of warm item is welcome—hats, gloves, scarves, cowls, even sweaters if you are so inclined. Since their guests are all ages, all sizes and color schemes are welcome. Want to crochet or sew an item? Go ahead. Machine washable is the only rule.

Need yarn? Email Outreach for supplies.

Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center serving women, gender non‑conforming folks, and their children experiencing poverty, trauma, and intersecting issues.

Guild Membership
We're happy to have guests at our events. After a meeting or two, we ask that you support our programs by becoming a member. Memberships are half-price for the remainder of the year.
Join or renew now >
Mark Your Calendar
Guild Events

Join Puddletown's Virtual Knit Nights

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month
Drop-in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m.

Visit the Guild Events page for the current link.
OCTOBER MEETING:  
Gayle Roehm presents Hand Knitting Design in Japan
Gayle Roehm will discuss Japanese knitting design and introduce us to some of her favorite Japanese knitwear designers, highlighting the unique variations on traditional techniques. While there isn’t a long tradition of Japanese knitting nor specific unifying elements of Japanese design, you are likely to be inspired, amazed, and sometimes bewildered by these creative and intriguing designers. Gayle has lived in Japan, speaks Japanese, and is the translator of Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches as well as several other books of Japanese knitting. She is also a nationally recognized knitting instructor and a knitwear designer.
NOVEMBER MEETING:  
Kate Atherley shares The Good, The Bad, and The Pooling: Working with Multicolored Yarns
Kate Atherley will discuss the fun and challenges of working with hand-painted yarns, including a review of different types of hand-painted colorways. With the help of lots of photos, she will explain how to figure out what a yarn will look like when it is knitted up and she’ll provide guidance on how to best apply different types of colorways for the most attractive results. Kate will also share stories about the best, the worst, and the most surprising skeins of variegated yarns she’s bought. She is a knitting author with nine published books, an internationally recognized knitting teacher and editor, and the co-founder and publisher of Digits & Threads, an online magazine of Canadian fiber and textile arts.
Community Events
BROOKLYN TWEED
Back to school meets cool with 7 fresh patterns

Brooklyn Tweed announces a new collection of knitting patterns, School’s In. Designed for Brooklyn Tweed’s 100% American sourced and produced breed-specific wool and organic cotton yarns, patterns will be available to purchase in PDF format on BrooklynTweed.com and on Ravelry.com starting on September 15, 2021.
WEIRD SISTERS
Wednesday Workshop with Maggie Miller: Math for Knitters
September 22nd, 4 p.m. on Zoom

 
Maggie will help you understand the math behind your knitting so you can take control of your projects! We'll go over gauge, customizing fit and more. Send us your questions! 

Free to register on the website.
WEIRD SISTERS &
TWO RIVERS BOOKSTORE

Spooky Knitalong
October 5th through 26th
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom

 
Second Annual Horror Movie Club meet up. Watch on your own, then knit and discuss on Zoom. Every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. during October. Movie list TBA. 

Register on Eventbrite.
We're using Zoom for our meetings and knit nights, but what is it?

Zoom is a virtual meeting program. There's no signup process or fee for you—just a quick registration.

When you click the event's link, you will be prompted to install Zoom if you haven't used it before. If you'd like to test it, you can click an event link at any time. Here's a quick video showing what to expect when you join the meeting.
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.
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