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Puddletown Knitters Guild Newsletter
Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Virtual Program starts at 7 p.m.

Our meeting is virtual so we can stay connected to our fiber community. 
Carolyn Bloom is a designer and teacher who has developed techniques for embroidery on stockinette that allow the items to be reversible. In this presentation, she will share examples of this work as well as the creative process that led to the creation of her techniques. She believes that taking risks in artistry and allowing for failure can lead to incredibly rewarding artist experiences of learning, changing, expanding, and expressing oneself. Carolyn’s patterns have been published by Interweave Press and Twist Collective and she has been featured as a guest lecturer at Knitty City in New York City.
 
CLICK HERE to join the meeting via ZOOM on Thursday, 7/8

VIRTUAL CLASS:
Reversible Embroidery on Stockinette
with Carolyn Bloom of Bloom Handmade Studio

Saturday, 8/7 at 10 a.m. on Zoom

 
Are you craving a unique way to add visual interest to your knitting? This class will have you looking at straight stockinette with a newfound appreciation! Come learn how to turn both the right side and wrong side of your work into a canvas for embroidery. You'll be delighted to discover that this technique can be applied to right and wrong sides of the same fabric for a gorgeous, reversible piece!

Registration opens on Friday, 7/9 at 9 a.m. This 2-hour class is $35.
Members: Check your email after Thursday's meeting for a promo code and save $10!
Learn More About Carolyn's Class >
Ideas Needed! 
Our growing guild needs a new home! We're looking for an affordable event space for future member meetings. Does your office rent a large room? Or perhaps there's a gym or cafeteria at your kid's school available to rent. Send your ideas to info@puddletownknittersguild.com.
Member Tip with Anna Lorton
Anna shares counting tips.

Share your tips and tricks! Send a note to info@puddletownknittersguild.com.
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.
Raffle Sneak Peek
Carolyn Bloom Cowl Kit
My Cowl Canvas pattern by Carolyn Bloom is proof that simple beauty can also be remarkably utilitarian. This pattern is written for all sizes, ages, genders and any weight of yarn. Includes four skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight in Lullaby and Oyster Heather (100% Peruvian Highland Wool • 110 yds/50 grams) 

Crochet Hook Set with a Bella Bag
This beautiful bag from Bella Bags is perfect for holding this crochet hook set (14 hooks • sizes 2-10mm)

Pattern Book and Yarn
The book Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks! by Judith Durant shows how sock yarn can be used for so much more than socks! This book is a compilation of original patterns for baby clothes, accessories, home decor and even a dog sweater using a single skein of yarn. Includes one skein of Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in Get Your Neon (70% Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon • 396 yards/100 grams)
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, July 6th.
Puddletown Gear
Let us know if you're interested in getting a nifty t-shirt or a convenient tote bag with the Puddletown logo. Please take a minute (maybe less!) to let us know.
Puddletown Gear Survey >
Puddletown Colorways
COMING IN AUGUST:
Three of our business members are creating exclusive Puddletown colorways! Get ready for fall and join us in a yarn-based KAL. Knit anything you like with one or more of these Puddletown-inspired colorways from local indie dyers, Knitted Wit, Ryberry Farms, and Opposite Coast Dyes. 
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.
Join or renew now >

Join Puddletown's Virtual Knit Nights on Tuesdays
Drop-in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m.

Visit the Guild Events page for the current link.
Mark Your Calendar
Guild Events
AUGUST MEETING:  
Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits presents Demystifying Shawl Shapes
Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits will discuss shawl construction and shaping by highlighting how the usage and placement of increases and decreases work together to form the popular shawl shapes seen in designs: triangular, crescent and asymmetrical. She will focus on understanding the construction to help knitters confidently knit or design shawls. Francoise is a knitwear designer who uses her designs to connect artistically with her Maori heritage. She is also an instructor and mentor to beginning designers through her signature program, the SWATCH Studio Circle.
SEPTEMBER MEETING:  
Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly presents Inclusive Design and the Maker
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.
SAVE THE DATE:  
We're planning a yarn swap at the end of the summer!
Grab some skeins you'd like to help find new homes or just bring yourself, and join us at Grant Park, Saturday, August 28, 2021. You don't have to bring yarn to get yarn.

Happy with your stash exactly the way it is? Bring your lawn chair and knit in the park with us. We'll share more details as we get closer to the event. We will be happy to see you!
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.
Guild Leadership

If you'd like to be more involved with programming, special events, or administration within the Guild, we're looking for members to help sustain and grow our Board over the coming years.

For more information visit the About Us page, talk to one of the Board members at a meeting, or email us info@puddletownknitterguild.com.
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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