August 2016

August has always been sort of bitter-sweet for me.  It signaled the end of summer break and time to go buy new school clothes for my ever-growing son,  along with that we would alway try to squeeze in one last hurrah, even if it was only a long 3 day weekend. Those school days have passed by a few years now, but I still do feel August marks some kind of change in my attitude.  Sort of time to get back to work,  I said sort of..   Right now all I can think of is knitting.  Finishing my cardigan for Ravellenics and getting it off in the mail on time.   That and the upcoming retreat in September,  that is what’s on my mind.

Last Saturday we had our August meeting. Minus Suzanne, minus Kate, minus Jacki, minus Laura, minus Renee….  all members who at one time or another have run the meetings,  I wondered, “Who is gonna be in charge today?”

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What can I say,  Cathy’s years in teaching have served her well.   Thorough, to the point and entertaining too.   Great Job Cathy.

Kathy A. did a short demo on making buttons out of yarn and curtain rings.  I have seen something similar and have wanted to try it.  What Kathy showed seemed a little more to the point, so I will put curtain rings on my shopping list and then be ready to go next time I need buttons.

Amanda did a presentation on a few things you can do on Ravelry, and from the looks of the number of people who were on Ravelry from our group Saturday afternoon,  I think it inspired a few members to get signed up, or nose around a bit.  Yay Amanda!  Well done.

Reminders:  Next Saturday  August 20th,  Social knitting Southwest branch of the library on Ming Ave.  9am to noon.

Fair entries,  paperwork and entry fees.  August 26th.  ( I am pretty sure that is the date, but double-check that if you are entering.)

Next Guild meeting.  September 10th, 2016.

Knitting retreat. September 16th -18th.

Til next time,  (((((((((     )))))))))  Hugs to all.

 

Show and Tell

And we are Marching on…

I will be posting our show and tell photos from the March guild meeting very “soon”   I did want to get on and post the flyer for our upcoming Knitting EXPO.  I will be printing up flyers so everyone can have a few to print up on your workplace bulletin boards or post at your favorite hang out spots.  I know some of our members found us via our previous EXPO’s

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The expo has been listed in about 1/2 dozen of the local online community calendars, but pass the word onto your friends.  We would love to have a great turn out.  I am curious to see if having it indoors this year will have a chance in attendance.

January 31st 2016

Wow!  2016 seems like it just started a few minutes ago and here I am looking at the calendar and a new month begins in less than 8 hours.  Where does the time go?

I, along with a bunch of you made a resolution or two at the beginning of the year.  My main two were:  1.  Work on being more productive, and  2.  Catch up on old projects. I have had luck with implementing tools to help keep my organized.  It’s been a month now, and I am still using and interested in continuing to use my “bullet journal”.  And….  I have decided the first project I want to work on finishing up,  and… I know where it is in the house…  Yay!!

The following slide show is of images from our last guild meeting (show and tell)

I am sorry I had to leave a bit early, and miss the presentation Kathy did on fibers, but happy I got to see all the work people brought to share.

I am so excited about our new meeting space and am really looking forward to seeing for the first time in a couple of weeks.  Part of the guild meeting will cover how to rip out an old project that is haunting you and get the yarn ready to reuse.  I am sure it will be mentioned again in the Ravelry group, but I will post here a request for anyone to bring their niddy nodes and yarn swifts to share during the meeting, that way we can get a few projects re-purposed and send people home with “new” yarn  with a cost of 0$

April Guild meeting

We had our 4th guild meeting of 2015 this last Saturday and once again it was a very fun and informative .  We are growing as a group with each meeting. It is great to have new faces each month.  The more the merrier.

The beginning of the meeting included discussion about the upcoming open house.  The consensus seemed to be as long as enough of the guild members showed up early enough.  “We’ve got this”.  Because we have an awesome group..  (I agree)

What is almost as fun as going on a yarn crawl with your best friend(s) for 3 days?

Hearing all about going on a yarn crawl with your best friend for 3 days.

I really enjoyed hearing about Amanda and Lisa’s experiences at all 29 yarn shops on the LA yarn crawl.  I really appreciated the “good, the bad, and the ugly” list they provided and commented on.  I will keep that filed away for future reference, for next time I am down that way.

And now let’s see what we all have been working on

I leave you with things to look forward to like,  Getting your taxes filed by Wednesday.

The next guild meeting is May 9th.  See you all then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November is a favorite month of mine…..

..the main reason being my son Ian was born in November and both of my sister’s daughters were also born in November,  and then of course there is always Thanksgiving!

I love this time of year even more since being in Bakersfield. By November the temperatures have finally dropped without threat of it getting back into the 90’s again without warning.  It is time to dig out those sweaters and also time to knit without fear of odd looks from strangers because it’s too warm to knit.

This month Kate did a great job of walking us through Knit Companion and letting us know about the collaboration between Knit Companion and Patternfish.

Knit Companion is a great tool, but unless you have a lot of time or the desire to learn it out of necessity,  it seemed to me to be a little confusing,  so I am very grateful to Kate for taking the time to learn the program and sharing with all of us.  With software being developed almost daily it is hard to keep up with the most efficient ways  to use it.

And now for show and tell

That is about it until the next Guild meeting on December 13th.  Which will be our holiday/Christmas party.  Remember to bring a gift for the gift exchange……

Lots of knitting going on!

Oh my goodness!  It has been just about a month since I last updated the site  and there has been so much knitting going on in the group it feels like quite a bit more time has passed than just a month. So much so that it took me a minute to remember what the education portion of last month’s meeting was,  but then it came to me.. Beading.  Yes it was beading.I have started one or two projects that had beading incorporated into the pattern,  but for one reason or another they eventually became UFO’s, but I am going to give it another try.  I think the trick is to find something that has a few beads to start off with for the first project and then work up to something a little more intricate after success with the first.  At least that is what I am telling myself.

Show and tell was inspiring last month.  Here is what we all did

And then there were some drawings,  and the lucky winners are:

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Bev got a project bag

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and Amy got some yarn.

 

And then there was a gift presentation to our fearless leader, Suzanne,

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The moment she figured out what it was……^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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I think she likes them.    Great idea Jacki!

Our first retreat a recap…

It is hard to believe it’s been over a week since we were headed up to Three Rivers and St. Anthony’s Retreat.   Time flies when you are having fun.  I am inclined to start posting a minute by minute timeline of what we did and when we did it,   but really the best way to sum it up is to say.  I plan to be there next year.    I had a great time.   So many nice little chunks of relaxation  and concentrated knitting time,  a very nice pairing

I have included a few photos of our gift exchange and a few photos graciously shared by Jackie.  ETA:  Suzanne and Linda added some photos also.

Finding a good place for my piggy bank. Time to fill em up.