A note from our President

Hello Guild Members,

We have the opportunity to have Charles D. Gandy visit with us for a day and teach an all day class (3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon) on Embellishing Your Knitting.

You can find Charles original patterns on Raverly – http://www.ravelry.com/designers/charles-d-gandy.

His first publication was in “Think Outside the Sox” by XRX after entering several of his patterns in their sock contest at Stitches. He has also published his own book “The Embellished Sock” and has had patterns published in Interweave Knits as well as many other magazines.

Charles regularly teaches classes all over the United States, but has never been to Bakersfield. Hopefully we will be able to get enough interest to have him make it here too.

The date that we are thinking about is Oct 25th which is a Saturday. The class would be from 9:00 to 12:00 – lunch – then 1:30 to 4:30.

The maximum number of students in the class is 25. This would be open to Guild Members first for a cost of $50 per member. Once all of the Guild Members have had a chance to enroll, and if there are still seats available, we will open the class to non-guild members. Their cost would be $75 per student.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Date: Oct 25, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 4:30
Place to be determined, but somewhere in Bakersfield.

Thank you,

Suzanne Bryan

The one where we all learned Brioche

This month’s guild meeting was especially fun for me.  Brioche knitting is something that has always intrigued me so it was fun to learn the steps and terminology along with all of you.

I found it interesting that even though the two methods we were shown are essentially two ways of doing the exact same thing, my results were very different from each other.  I am curious to know if you all experienced the same thing.  Judging from my results I think I prefer the brioche techniques over the Fishermen’s rib, aka  Knit one below

Which swatch did you prefer of the 2 methods we learned

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Oh, btw I just want to mention while I am thinking of it.  I REALLY appreciated the coffee and donut holes…   Thank you Annie, Cookie and Linda.

Ok,  now for show and tell,  but first let me say  I took pictures of every one who brought work to share but some of the photos were so blurry and bad I will spare you from having to scroll through them  including the selfie I took by accident.  My apologies to those who are not included.  I will work on becoming more intimate with my camera phone before our next get together.

Next month,  I believe Katherine will  be doing a presentation on Ravelry.  If you have anything you would like her to cover specifically,  message her on Ravelry@ Kate55

Also the retreat is coming up towards the end of September…  ( personally I am fantasizing about stockpiling homemade sangria to share with everyone over the weekend )  We’ll see, it may turn out I will be madly throwing things in a suitcase  a half an hour before I am supposed to leave.  Hoping for a happy medium.

 

 

Visiting Machine Knitting ~ Thank you Marlene

The July 12th meeting of our guild was fun and informative.  Marlene covered quite a bit of information on knitting machines.  What can be done on a totally manual machine, the difference between a punchcard driven machine and a computer driven machine and the advantages and disadvantages of all of them.  She also confessed she may be adding to her rapidly growing collection again soon.  I also enjoyed watching the link posted after the meeting  that featured Mariette Harley in a 1990′s “infomercial”  for a knitting machine.

We had some door prize drawings.  I have to confess I wasn’t right on the ball with the photos,  but I am working up to it.  Kathi donated a skein of some green/blue  handspun BFL.  Kaleen donated a a nice gradient colored scarf kit.  Congrats to the winners.

And of course we had our Show and Tell:

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There were a few folks missing this month mostly due to traveling for family vacations.  You were missed.  I know you are having a great time.  Hope to see you next month.   We will be learning about Brioche knitting.  Next meeting date is August 9th.

 

So here we are

Almost the end of June and am praying the weather will stay like this for 12 more weeks.  I don’t think we will be that lucky, so get out and enjoy it while you can.

So in updating our site,  I ran across a folder of photos labeled April.  Checking the info on the files, they are indeed from April, April 12th, 2014 to be exact.  The meeting was one week after our 1st Knitting Expo ..   We had lots of new faces join us at the April meeting…

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and that was great.

 

I will be making a post on the Expo soon.. Stay tuned.

 

Guild Meeting 1-11-14

Happy one year anniversary to us! Hard to believe a year ago this guild was born. So many new friends and techniques learned. Fun gatherings, lots of knit a-longs, great meetings. Here’s hoping we grow in leaps and bounds this year!

 

Show and Tell!

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World Wide Knit In Public day June 8, 2013

It was a wonderful morning spent around the fountain at the Marketplace. Even though it was warm (read going to be a scorcher that day….108 by 3 pm) the slight breeze and having the fountain going made it almost a perfect place to be knitting. At noon we all packed up and headed in to Que Pasa for lunch and margaritas (for some)

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June 1, 2013 Sock Workshop

We had a full house minus one person who had a medical emergency.  The class was wonderful and everyone learned some new tips and tricks about knitting socks.

 

Angela Davis did a great job in presenting her class.  She managed to spend time with each student.  Her materials were well presented, with lots of extra information to use later.

 

Lunch was great, and enjoyed by all.

 

What a great first real “Workshop” for our group.  There will be many more to come.

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