September 2016

Here we are, it’s Sunday morning and I am gathering my thoughts on my mental to do list.

Do I have my yarn for the retreat ready to go?  No.

Do  I have my swatch done?  No.  See above.

Time to stop that.  Adding anxiety to the morning isn’t going to help.  Getting going and taking care of said issues will.

Yesterday’s meeting was fun.  all those versions of the Presidents of the United States staring at us added to the atmosphere..

The yarn and needle tasting was fun.  At my table the conversation was about the bent double points.  It seemed that everyone thought it was a good idea, but they weren’t thrilled about the plastic.  I don’t know if the plastic is what was bothering me about them or if it’s just I have been knitting with size 3 needles for the past two months and the set I was using were size 7.  It was like knitting with baseball bats.   the needle tasting confirmed  I really like my Hiya Hiya needles, the sharper the better.   Did anybody find a new favorite?

Suzanne’s talk on yarn substitution was great.  I have wanted to knit a sweater with different yarn than was is listed in the pattern.  It is becoming more clear to me on how to handle that, but it’s one of those things, at least for me that I won’t really get my head around until I actually do it.

Time for Show and Tell!

I wanted to mention too,  I didn’t get any photos of Jacqui’s Knitted Knocker display, but I am so happy that this is going to be getting some attention in the local press and at the fair.  I have been lucky,  no one in my immediate family has been touched by breast cancer.  I was on what I have heard as, “The six month plan” as far as follow up mammograms are concerned.  After the 3rd time, I am now back to once a year.  You just never know.  A dear friend of mine just told me last month that her sister is having a double mastectomy.  It’s so hard to know what to say at that moment. Nothing you can say can make it better.  But I was able to tell her about “Knitted Knockers” and told her I would be happy to make some for her sister.  I know that doesn’t make everything all right by any means, but it does help to know a few hours of knitting might really help someone feel a little better down the road.

Making a  note that 15 years ago, my brother in law was back east for a metal finishers conference and was scheduled to fly back to California on United Flight 93.  For whatever reason which I can’t recall right now,  he changed his plans. I know each year is counts his blessings.  He was here for both his children’s weddings and he is now a grandfather to two wonderful grandsons.  So much was lost that day by so many.

July, JULY?! What? Wait….

So I saw a note from Suzanne that she was working on the newsletter for August and I thought, “Oh wow!,  I better get on to update our website with last month’s meeting”, so here we go..

First off welcome to our 3 newest members of the guild,  Silvia Rodriguez who joined during our last guild meeting and Jennie Garner and Kathy Mashburn who joined sometime this last week.

I know I keep saying this but it’s true.  The membership directory is almost ready to go live here on the website, we have the members area locked down so it will be a private area.    We are waiting for more members to submit their bios. They don’t have to be long and involved, just share a little bit about yourself that will help the other guild members to get to know you a little better. Right now, if you haven’t sent Suzanne a bio, then this is what is listed under your name:

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We have quite a few members with this under their name.  It would be fun to see  other things like what your favorite food is,  when you started knitting,  what you do in your spare time when you are not knitting, how many pets you have,  how many banks you have robbed,  you know, that kind of thing.

Before I post the show and tell photos I will make a couple of observations from last months meeting.

#1.  We have figured out how to use the microphone!  YAY!!!!

#2   It seems we are getting more comfortable displaying our projects during show and tell.  When you see the photos, especially the shawls that were shared you will see what I mean.

My apologies to Suzanne,  she took the photos for show and tell last month, and when it was her turn to show and tell,  I took photos of her 2 projects,  but they were lost today  when I inadvertantly deleted a folder I thought had been duplicated.  I will work on retrieving those images, but I wanted to get this post up while it was still July.

OK!,  enough talk,  bring on the photos

A reminder and for those of you who are new,  the best way to view the photos is to click on the first thumbnail and then you can scroll left or right to view all the images with the included captions.

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After looking at the photos again,  I realized many of our table mates helped out the person whose turn it was for show and tell by holding the microphone,  I think that is a good idea. It is hard to hold up your project for display and also hold the microphone.

One last thing ,  I am definitely going to lunch with you all next month.  Yum!

ETA:  I almost forgot…  Suzanne found a link to our time before we formed the guild,  it’s a blog that was started on blogspot in  2008.  I had fun revisiting the past, if you are curious click  HERE

 

May 14th, 2016

Well it’s Memorial Day today, I hope everyone is enjoying time with their families and friends.  I can not believe we are so close to being half way through the year.

My commentary on the May meeting is going to be almost nothing because I had to leave just as show and tell was beginning.  But I do want to say thank you to Suzanne for blocking my sweater that was put into time out last year.  It was the extra push I needed to get it finished up.  I have about another 2 inches of seaming to go and then it is officially  done. Then I am off to the next UFO.  My half-finished Edge Addiction.

Show and tell

I post info on how to view the show and tell photos every once in while so the newer members can view the slide show as intended.  Hopefully you are seeing a group of about 30 thumbnails with some captions, if not click where is says “show thumbnails”.  Once you have the thumbnails showing click on the first one.  When you click on the first image that should bring up the full size image with a caption if there is one, from there you can view all the images full size by clicking on the right or left arrows to go through all the images.

While looking through the photos, I did see Kate was making a list of the patterns used for the show and tell items.  I think that is a great idea.

We are continuing to work on the member directory and the members only area of the website.  I expect we will be getting that all lined up and finished in the next month.

That is about it for now.  The next guild meeting will be June 11th.  We will be meeting around the fountain at the Marketplace on Ming Ave.  for our observance of World Wide Knit in Public Day.  Annie will also be counting up the ballots for the election of our board members, I believe that will be happening @ 10:00.  If you are going to be there before 10:00 am, bring your ballot with you if you haven’t already turned yours in.  If you can not make it to the June meeting please email Annie your ballot @ the email address printed on the ballot.  See you all in couple of weeks if not sooner.

April’s Meeting – Largest attendance so far!

April’s meeting was held one week after our 3rd Open house, we acquired 14 new members.  I am not sure if they were all able to attend, but it was the largest number of people at a single meeting!

This month we did have quite a bit of business to cover, the main part of that being the guild has completed the filing of the non-profit status with the State of California and what that means in terms of our bylaws and policies and procedures.  Things will pretty much remain the same, but the structure of the board and elections will be slightly different from the past.  It is all good and the guild is stronger than ever.

I want to take a second to thank Marie Neel for doing such an excellent job as our membership chairperson,  it makes stepping into the position so much easier and less intimidating.  She has set a great example.  I hope I will be able to follow through.

Suzanne had a great presentation on thumb gussets.  I have made a few pairs of fingerless gloves, but the ones I have made, I haven’t been thrilled with the way the thumb stuck out.  If I make another pair,  I think I will know what to do if I want to chang

Lots of show and tell last meeting, it’s always my favorite part of the meeting.  Getting to see what everyone has been working on.

Some of you will have to forgive me.  I don’t know all of your names yet,  the name tags do help tremendously, but if I didn’t happen to get it in the photo…  then well,  *sigh*

I love our new meeting room,  but I am having slight issues with the lighting if you happen to be in front of the windows, so next meeting I may ask you to step to your left or your right just a bit, to avoid the hazy lighting for the photos.

I also want to say,  don’t be shy about posting comments.  If you know who someone is and want to remind everyone their name and what their project was for any given month.  Please do post a comment,  it will help everyone get to know each other quicker. I want everyone to feel included. I may just have to start taking notes..  🙂

The next guild meeting is May 14th.

Next social knitting date at the library is May 21st.

Also consider joining in at Panera’s Tuesday morning  9:00 am to noonish on California Ave.  or Wednesday evening at the Panera’s on Stockade Hwy.  from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

(Thanks to Amy for catching I didn’t have the Wednesday evening Panera’s address.  Sometimes it takes a proofreader.  🙂  )

Here comes Peter Cottontail!

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

As I am typing this post the realization that Easter is this coming Sunday, not some Sunday a week or two from now is finally starting to compute.  My time does fly, especially when you don’t need it too.

The rest of the month I am sure is going to fly by, and then we will be into April, which is four months into the year…  , and before you know it it will be summertime.

Why is it when you are a kid days seems to last forever,  in a good way, and when you get older the day is half over before you get out of bed.  ( I don’t mean that literally, I am out of bed before the day is half over, really!)

We have had some great things happening with the guild and our time knitting outside of the guild meeting time.  The guild is enjoying it’s new home on K St.  Last month we were downstairs,  this last meeting we got to see the upstairs room.  Big plus, both rooms were big enough for us and both rooms have a coffee maker.  Yay!!

The other fun thing to mention is the addition of  the Southwest branch of the library as a meeting place once a month on a Saturday to just come and hang out with knitting friends.  Our first meeting 17 people turned out.  The second meeting on March 12th,  I believe the count was 27.  So much fun.  I do like to knit by myself (some projects require solitude) but I also enjoy spending time with my knitting friends,  It’s nice to have different times during the week to get together.

I am working on updating calendar on this site to include  the Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and the monthly Saturdays that are scheduled for social knitting, and our monthly guild meetings.

Dates below are taken from the last newsletter, and I believe they are current and correct.

April 9, 2016 – Social Knitting at Southwest Library 9:00am – noon.

April 16, 2016 – Open House at Southwest Library

April 23, 2016 – Guild Meeting – Thumb gussets taught by Suzanne Bryan

May 14, 2016 – Guild Meeting – Blocking Party / Yarn Equivalents with Suzanne

May 21, 2016 – Social Knitting at Southwest Library 9:00-noon.

June 11, 2016 – Guild Meeting – World Wide Knit in Public Day

June 18, 2016 – Board Meeting June 18, 2016 – Social Knitting at

Southwest Library 9:00am – noon.

Sept 16-18 2016 – WTK Fall Retreat

 

The open house EXPO is coming up.  This is the 3rd year and because we have couple of years experience behind us I think it will go great. It will be wonderful to not have to be too concerned with what the weather decides to do that day.  You will all be inside.

I look forward to seeing lots and lots of pictures.

Enough talk..  Here is show and tell from the March meeting:

So it’s Wednesday night, do you think I could get one of those bunnies done by Sunday morning?

 

We have new digs!!

Well I woke up bright and early this morning knowing the guild meeting was a 20 minute drive from home now instead of the 5 to 10 minutes I have been used to and I didn’t want to be late. Going to a new place is always an adventure.  I have lived here for 26 years now, and sort of know where things are but I have come to depend on the GPS system in my phone to pinpoint how to get places. Long story short,  made it to my destination with plenty of time to spare, and got to walk in with everyone else as we got our first look at the new home of our guild meetings……

At some point this morning I stopped counting the “Wows” I was hearing in my head, but really,  Wow!  the space is perfect for us.  Very excited,  and I almost heard angels singing as I walked by the coffee station.

So on to show and tell

We have a lot to look forward to.  Things are warming up.  Spring is coming. We have our open house to plan for.  More knitting meet ups planned for some Saturdays starting with a week from today.   I plan to be there.  I am aiming to finish off some of my unintentionally abandoned projects by the end of June.  Next in line is my Nymphaledia that I started a couple of years ago.  I should have in blocking by tomorrow.  Hoping this mode of productivity hangs on for awhile.  See you all next month  March 19th on K St.

 

 

 

 

Somewhat out of order, buy hey..

Hello All,

I am posting things a bit out of order,  I feel it’s the easiest way for me to get things caught up  faster.  Still have June and July to catch up with,  but not to worry  that will show up here shortly.

The last part of July was full of fun.   A number of our members participated in the TKGA conference in San Diego.  20150723_132359

I was lucky enough to sort of go along for the ride, my plan was to take the opportunity of being away from home with nothing else to do but knit,  I gathered up a few UFO’s  with the intention of completing at least one.  I did work on one project until I ran out of yarn.  Which felt great!

One day Suzanne and Charles had a free afternoon and the decision was made to go on a trolley tour of San Diego. I  had never done a tour of a city before,  my thinking was I don’t want to be a touristy type,  but  I am very glad I went along.  Even though we were at a knitting conference, sometimes it is just nice to spend time with people you like,  even without yarn and needles.

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There was plenty time to find a spot and sit and knit.  Some days everyone that attended classes just needed to sit and decompress.  Lots and lots of information to absorb.

One of the highlights of the experience was the yarn tasting on Friday night.  There were 47 different yarns,  each attendee received about 15 yards of each yarn.  Enough to knit up a swatch,  and discover some new favorite yarns.  We also all receive two drink tickets….20150724_194313

You can see the evidence on the table.  This probably has something to do with how my phone ended up in the toilet that evening…  But that’s another story for another time.

I am sure everyone learned a lot.  I hope the conference will happen out here in the west again in a couple of years.  Next year the conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Back to Bakersfield…..August guild meeting

Yesterday was so much fun!  I loved seeing all the new faces.  35 people at the meeting,  I believe that is a record.

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I can’t believe it’s already March…. uh, I mean April..

Well this post is a bit late,  but I was determined to try and get mostly caught up before April.

The March meeting was fun!  A few new faces joined us for the day and also joined the guild and  a few faces we haven’t seen in awhile were able to join us again.  It sort of felt like a reunion,  and it seems that is when the weather started to turn so lovely.  (knock on wood it continues)

The meeting started off with Kayleen and Sharon covering what is in the works for the expo, and making sure alll the stations will  be covered.  What will be needed for the display boards and the items we would like to have for display on the tables.

Suzanne  had lots of knitting  and stories to share from her trip back to Georgia/North Carolina, and the class she took while there and the knitting group she was able to meet while visiting Charles.   She was there for about a week and then home for a day or two and then off to Madrona  for more fun with yarn.  (You can never have enough).  Thank you Suzanne for sharing your experiences even if What happens in Madrona stays in Madrona.

Amy shared her travels to Stitches West, and  some of her stash enhancement while there.  I think she was nice to share because she was lucky all of those skeins of yarn made it all the way around the room and back to her.

As always there was “show and tell”

As always,  I headed home inspired to keep working.  We have a lot to look forward to in the near future.  Hopefully  many more days of wonderful springlike weather.  It is spring after all.

Easter is in about a week,  and the week after that is our next guild meeting,  and a couple weeks after that is the Open House/Expo.

Looking forward to all the fun times coming up.

 

 

Happy Valentines Day!!

Dear What the Knit Blog,  You have been a little neglected lately and I apologize.  Some technical issues with site storage,  and some fun unexpected real life issues are the cause.   I am a couple months behind in posting and I will catch up with our December and January meetings.  The best thing to do right now to keep from falling behind is to post about today’s meeting and then work on the two previous months ASAP.

What can I say,  today was great,  and we had two new people join today at the end of the meeting.  Welcome  to  Barbara and Pam.  I think you are going to enjoy the guild very much,  and we all enjoy having you.

We had a table full of Valentine’s Day treats today.  The girl scout Samoa cookies were calling my name,  the Lacy cookies were to die for and the chocolate covered strawberries were fun.  I indulged in enough sugar to last a week at least.

Today Jackie went over the thumb cast on for everyone,  most were familiar with it,  but it was new for some.  She covered having everyone knit the first row and stockinette and also purling the first row in stockinette in order to see the difference that happens on the edge.  It seemed that most people preferred purling the first row rather than knitting.

Jackie also went over binding off, and how important it is to bing off loosely,  otherwise sometimes your socks,  or shrugs,  or whatever will not behave in the desired way.

The biggest take away today for me was how to deal with the last stitch of your bind off.  I have always threaded the tail through the last loop and never ever thought about.  But today is was brought up there was a different way to finish off that was much cleaner looking without giving you a wonky corner.  Instead of threading the tail through the loop it was brought up that you can just pull that loop up with the tail and all.  Who Knew??

Now for Show and Tell

Today was a very fun day with all my knitting friends.  Those that are traveling, and those that could not join us today for other reasons.  You were missed.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your Valentine’s Day,  and get your heart’s desire.Valentines_Chocolates.