November Meeting Agenda

We are writing today to ensure and remind readers that the November meeting is NEXT week, November 10.  Also, to whet your appetite for our meeting.  We share:


presented by Historian, Mary Ann Colopy

Knitting Historian Mary Ann Colopy returns to the Guild to discuss knitting during times of war.  You may remember her from last year and how we enjoyed her presentation so that we’ve asked her back.  Please see below a pattern from days of WW1.  This pattern and directions allow us to consider knitting over the years, how knitting has obviously changed but in some aspects, remained the same.   Wristlets aka fingerless gloves?  Old concept, new name?

The directions are right in the newspaper clipping.   “This one has the virtues of the original document being easy to read and having easily understood knitting directions.  I will be sharing links to patterns in my talk next week, as well,”  explains Mary Ann.


Sue Yarborough will present the first lesson in our year long KAL.  Sue will also be available during the 6:30 social and help time to answer any questions.  In case you missed  it in our last post, here is a very helpful document to help you organize for this year long project.  general-information, 2016/2017 KAL  This is also posted on our Resources Page along with the many other links about this project.  Remember, to scroll down on our Resources Page to find what you are after as the number of our patterns grow throughout the year with the most current posted at the top.


“What skill building class will you teach at the February Mini Seminars?” asks Gina.  “Please sign up tonight to teach a class.  Be ready with class name, short description and the Supplies /homework needed.”   GREAT NEWS!  If you are not prepared with these answers this evening, there IS ANOTHER way to sign up to teach a class!  We will be offering sign-ups on our Ravelry Page.   The Ravelry Page looks like this.

Steps in how to do this:

Click on this link:  TO TEACH MINI CLASSES ~ SIGN-UP HERE.  Once there, click on the moderator’s icon/picture OR click on ‘reply’ and let us know what class you would like to teach.  We thank you ahead of time for your participation.


Please enjoy a little pictorial of yesteryear.  As the writer of this post, I am adding these images that I recently found and studied.  They are just so fascinating to me.  I can’t help but look at these faces and wonder about these people, the stories they might tell, the lives they led.  I wonder if they are still with us and how knitting may have influenced them.  Are any one of us descendants of these people?  Did our descendants find solace in the art form we so enjoy?  Check out the different locations.  The captions, themselves are fascinating.   I look forward to Mary Ann’s presentation.


Mrs. S. Nako and Mrs. William Hosokawa spend an afternoon knitting at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Park County, Wyoming, January 8, 1943. They were among more than ten thousand Japanese Americans who were held at this internment camp during World War II.


Taxicab driver knitting between fares, London, c. 1940.


Prisoners knitting in one of their classrooms, Sing Sing prison, Ossining, New York, c. 1915.


Girls engaged in knitting and making toy animals in the handicraft class of the St. Simon’s Youth Center of the National Youth Administration, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1941.

High school boys knitting for the soldiers during World War I, Cooperstown, New York, 1918.



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