|January 9, 2013||Open Forum for SKG – KAL Revealed (SKG's annual knit along project), Board Presentations & Charity Knitting
|February 13, 2013||Stephannie Tallent lives in Hermosa Beach, CA and has been knitting on and off for the past 30+ years. Several years ago she began self-publishing her knitting designs. She's also a tech editor for magazines and indie designers. Her first book, California Revival Knits, was published in 2012 by Cooperative Press. She's currently working on her second book. She's also hard at work editing a multi-designer collection, "Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock".
She is hoping to have patterns and books for sale at the meeting. All of you who voted for Cables for the KAL — you will be especially pleased with the great cable designs on many of her patterns.
When she is not designing, knitting, tech editing or working as a veterinarian, she gardens (native plants and vegetables), hikes, and beachcombs. At home, she is well supervised by a dog and some Tonkinese cats. They also "help" by modeling finished projects. Stephannie blogs at sunsetcat.com . You can find her on Ravelry as "Stephcat". Check out her designs on Rav — really interesting color work, and lots of cables.
|March 6, 2013||Gretchen Schlomann and Hal Schlomann are often asked how they got started raising alpacas. After discovering these fascinating creatures at a highway rest stop one fall afternoon, they began visiting farms and researching the alpaca industry and lifestyle. Intrigued to find their luxurious fleece makes wonderful yarn and clothing, they came to the conclusion that high quality fiber production is the sustainable future of the alpaca industry. In 2007 Gretchen and Hal purchased three pregnant females and boarded them at another farm. Two years later, they left city life and began developing their own herd. Their breeding program focuses on increased fleece density, uniform fiber, fineness, and maximizing the income potential from the fiber harvest. FernRidge Alpaca Farms|
|April 3, 2013||Susan B. Anderson is a popular knitwear designer who's probably best known for her wee knits for babies and adorable toys. She has many YouTube videos, lives in Madison Wisconsin (yes it's cold there now) with her husband, and 2 children.
Susan learned to knit as a teenager when she bought a how-to-knit pamphlet and some yarn and needles at a fabric store, and during the off-duty breaks from lifeguarding taught herself to knit. She was hooked on knitting and the rest is history. Her first book, Itty-Bitty Hats released 2006, was the starting point for her knitting career. According to Susan, everything about that book was exciting, magical and new and it was very well received. Susan is publishing a new book this year, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects
Susan is a faithful blogger, and started her blog in the fall of 2006 right after Itty-Bitty Hats was published. Her blog (http://susanbanderson.blogspot.com) where she shares her knitting talents and ideas . . . it is a must read for those who enjoy her designs. (for example her blog from 3/19/2013 is a great video on her double/point knitting fast!!) Her blog was voted most favorite among readers in the 2012 About.com Knitting Readers' Choice awards.
|May 1, 2013||Kathleen Cubley, Editor of Knitting Daily, an online daily newsletter . Kathleen is a self confessed obsessive knitter of sweaters (Hooray) and has been in the publishing world for over 20 years. Her joy is putting those together with her current job – as the editor of Knitting Daily. She’ll give us some insight into what it takes to publish daily (how does she come up those ideas!) and knitting tips! Kathleen is a Washington knitter – living in Spokane.|
|June 5, 2013||Kristi Gabrielse owner of Ana Cross Stitch in Anacortes. She comes with great design, knitting and color selection experience. Kristi runs one of the largest yarn shops in Washington – Hear her ideas on current trends and upcoming trends in the knitting world.|
|July 10, 2013||Shibaguyz Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (the Shibaguyz) – Designers . . . Having just come off their most recent published book, Moonstruck. Shannon & Jason, design for all body types and actually knit their product to prove it works! They will bring their latest book, designs & ideas in the form a great trunk show!|
|August 7, 2013||Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, August 7 Starting at 6:30
Join us for our annual Ice Cream Social! We will gather in the yard next to the church - because that's where the ice cream will be - and we don't want to be too far away from it. We will again have the Parfait Artisan ice cream truck parked and dishing up delicious small-batch ice cream just for us, a great game of YARN-O! - with prizes! - and plenty of social knitting.
Bring your own chair, your knitting (like we need to tell you that!) and something to sit on. Chairs are good, blankets also an option. Up to you. (And don't worry - if the weather doesn't cooperate, we can go inside to our usual meeting place.)
Ice cream is free for members, $2.00 for guests.
It's going to be great - hope to see you there!
|September 4, 2013||"Back to School" Mini Classes
Back to School is not just for kids any more! Knitters love to go to “school” to learn a new technique or new skill. We will have several different choices – plan to sit in on two different mini-classes and learn something new.
All classes will run 7:15 to 7:45 and 8:00 to 8:30.
|October 2, 2013||Anatomy of a Churchmouse Pattern
Welcome the good people of Churchmouse Yarns & Tea on Bainbridge Island. They will present Anatomy of a Churchmouse Pattern — how they develop the concept, refine and produce the patterns that are currently found in more than 500 yarn shops. Churchmouse patterns run the gamut of things to knit for all kinds of people and for the home.
|November 6, 2013||Knit-A-Long Fashion Show
Fashion Show! This is the culmination of our 2013 Elizabeth Zimmerman Knit Along. Bring your finished (or nearly so) Elizabeth Zimmerman project – or projects, plural! We can’t wait to see the results of your focused creativity.
|December 4, 2013||Holiday Party!
It’s time for the holiday party! December 4!
And that means many things – Potluck! Raffle! Socializing! Optional gift exchange!
Potluck! Please bring a dish to share with the group, complete with serving utensils if needed. Up to you as to what sort of dish to bring – we’ll need them all! And we’ll eat them all!
Raffle! Members in attendance will be entered into a drawing for raffle prizes generously donated by the good yarny folk of the area. Your board members have gotten gift cards from all of the local yarn shops that we visit so happily – those shops have also donated to the raffle gifts of yarn, books and patterns. Yarn companies have also generously given gifts to us!
Socializing! Knitting! There is no program this month – unless you count eating, talking, knitting and admiring fibery goodness.
Optional gift exchange! If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift of no more than $15.
We can’t wait to see you!
|SOME OF LAST YEAR'S EVENTS|
|January 4, 2012||Andrea Rangel
The SKG featured speaker for January is Andrea Rangel, a local Seattle designer who has her designs featured in Interweave Knits, Knitty, Knit Magazine and on Ravelry. She not only likes to make the usual sweaters and socks, but likes to make skirts, dresses and YES, pants! You can find her on Ravelry at andreakr or on her website
|February 15, 2012||Nancy Marchant - Knitting Brioche
Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat Speaker
Her web site: the brioche stitch
Doors open at 6:30, meeting begins at 7:00! Don't be late!
|March 7, 2012||Susanna Hansson -- BOHUS STICKNING: hand knitting, haute couture, and social justice.
Susanna has been a member of the Seattle Knitters' Guild since 1988, sharing the story about Bohus Stickning with her home guild.
She has been instrumental in the renaissance of interest in the unique patterned color work Bohus Stickning sweaters and her collection of vintage garments was the centerpiece of a highly successful exhibit at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis in 2009. That year Susanna also travelled to Japan to give lectures and workshops on Bohus Stickning, and this past summer she was invited to bring her garments to the Knit Nation event in London for a series of workshops.
As part of the guild presentation, there will be a drawing for a Bohus Blue Shimmer wristlet kit as well as a raffle for a Wild Apple Hat & Scarf kit (both kits are donated by Susanna). Raffle tickets will be available at the meeting for $10 and all proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders. The kits are created by Solveig Gustafsson in Sweden and there are many more Bohus designs available in kit form (with instructions in English) for hand knitters everywhere. Solveig's website is www.solsilke.se
In addition to teaching at the national 'Stitches' events, Susanna takes her workshops on the road to guilds, retreats, and shops all over North America. She is a frequent teacher at the annual Nordic Knitting Symposiums, and at the Knitting Conferences organized by the Nordic Heritage Museum here in Seattle. Her work is grounded in her love of technique, detail, history, and culture. She really does love to teach as much as she loves to knit! For more information about Susanna, please visit her website at www.oneofsusannas.com
|April 4, 2012||JENY STAIMAN, Double Heelix and Other Amazing Bindoffs
KG member and teacher, Jeny created Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bindoff, and is the designer for several fun patterns on www.knitty.com. If you are looking for a strikingly interesting sock pattern, check out her Double Heelix. In need of a fun baby gift? You can't go wrong with Duck. (Both are published on www.knitty.com)
|May 2, 2012||J.C. Briar, Chart Reading Made Easy
A self-described technique freak and a skill junkie, JC Briar can make reading pattern charts as easy as reading a yarn store shelf tag. She also has an extensive knowledge of stitch patterns - what they are, how do to them, and how to choose one for your project.
|June 6, 2012||Susan Strawn and Pat Brunner
Susan Strawn and Pat Brunner, both members of the Guild will give an informal discussion on traditional styles of knitted garments from different regions of Norway and show photographs and examples of both historic and modern interpretations of mittens, socks, shawls and sweaters.
|July 18, 2012||Ice Cream Social
NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!! Since the first Wednesday of July is the 4th - Independence Day; we've changed our meeting date.
And to make it worth your while to come on a different night – there will be ice cream! And socializing! It will be – an ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
|August 1, 2012||CIRILIA ROSE
The Knitterly Life of Skacel's Creative Director
Cirilia Rose, newly hired by Skacel Fiber Arts to be their Creative Director will be our August 1st speaker. Cirilia who used to design with Norah Gaughan on the east coast, has just returned from Iceland where she orchestrated a photo shoot with designs by Steven West and her with some of Skacel's popular yarns. She'll be highlighting what a Creative Director does, share some of her designs by bringing finished pieces, and,of course, share photos of her recent trip to Iceland.
|September 5, 2012||"Back to School" isn’t just for kids! It’s for KNITTERS, too!
Join us on September 5 for Back to School, knitter-style – Mini Classes! Classes will begin at 7:15 and at 8:00, and will last 20-30 minutes. Read through the descriptions and have some idea of which you would like – note that some have homework! Download a pdf with class details here.
We will have sign up sheets for two sessions for each class. Maximum in any class is TEN, so when they are full, they are full. All of these classes will be interesting and applicable to what we do, so having back-up choices will be easy.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your program team at email@example.comOr post your question on our Ravelry group. If you have a question, chances are good that another knitter has the same question. We will be checking the thread daily.
|October 3, 2012||Fiber Frenzy|
|November 7, 2012||Knit-A-Long Bohus Knitting Fashion Show
November 7 is Knit-A-Long Fashion night!
|December 5, 2012||Holiday Party!
Join your fellow knitters – members and guests – at our annual Guild Holiday Party! There will be FOOD! There will be Knitterly PRIZES! There will be a GIFT EXCHANGE!
Meetings every first Wednesday of the month, 7:00 PM