Whether it was BEFORE . . . (check out those blankets!)
Whether it was BEFORE . . . (check out those blankets!)
We thank everyone for their understanding in the rescheduling of our January meeting. We specifically thank the Hyatt Place for their flexibility in offering their space on a different night, we thank the speakers who are willing to change their schedules, and we thank the membership who seem appreciative of the postponement rather than the cancellation of our meeting. That tells us our programs are of interest to the group.
Oh, and look what a little extra time at home has brought to reality; cold snap collars knitted by one of our members [follow the link for the pattern].
Wish List Items:
Pooper scooper, long-handled preferred
Dishcloth(s) (do not need to be new)
Hand and bath towels (do not need to be new)
Pillowcases and sheets (do not need to be new)
Dog biscuits (small or medium size)
Pet carriers (medium size)
Stuffed animals (6″ or larger)
Cat Toys – NO catnip, please
Collars and 6′ Leashes
Non-Clumping Cat Litter
Liquid Laundry Detergent with bleach
Advantage flea products, Frontline flea products
Note: The Erie County SPCA especially always needs fleece blankets and infant sized receiving blankets
In looking ahead, the weather looks pretty clear for next Thursday; in fact temps are supposed to rise by then to be in the glorious 40s, a typical Buffalo winter.
On another note, classes are filling for February’s meeting and sign-ups for classes will be available during the meeting. Do not forget about our Guild notebook of Newsletters and information for your perusal convenience. And, Sue is available for help sessions from 6:30 – 7:00pm if you are taking on the KAL and have a question about your project. We will also continue collecting yarn donations for our Yarn Auction, as always.
We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday, January 12 and once again, we thank everyone for their flexibility as that is what helps to make The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo a successful Organization.
For the New Year We Wish For You To
Try New Things
See the Good
Say “I Love You” More
Forgive More Readily
Read More Often
Choose to Be Happy
Become Your Best You !
We wish you Your Best and Most Inspirational New Year!
Please notice the January/February Newsletter is attached to your email as well as attached to our Newsletters Page.
JANUARY MEETING AGENDA
For our meeting THIS Thursday, January 5 please remember to bring:
We look forward to seeing you!
PS The on-line fashion show from the November meeting as well as last week’s blog entry took a hiatus due to the holiday. We will resume all activity this week.
This year’s charity knitting are simple little projects for our furry friends being cared for at our local SPCAs. We are putting a little love into our hearts and knitting for them in January. Some of you may want to come to the meeting with a few items already knitted with the intent of those items being added to our donations. Knowing there are a few willing and eager knitters in our Organization, we have collected and included a few [FREE] patterns for you to consider. We will add these patterns to our Resource Page, as well for everyone’s convenience. Of course, Ravelry offers a wider selection. Just go to the Patterns tab and type in the search box ‘knitting for animals’.
DECEMBER IN REVIEW ~ This is a gallery of photos shared this week on social media of our lovely fashion show put on by our young models and hosted by Linda of Raveloe Fibers. If you are interested in any of these projects, their names, patterns, or specific yarns, contact Linda and I am sure she would be thrilled to hear from you. The photo fashion show is continuing through the next couple of weeks.
Having our monthly meeting early was perfect timing in this gift giving month of December. In entering the room and seeing its set up with beautiful yarns, one could immediately hear that the sounds of joy were alive and well with exclamations of “oohs and aahs”. Learning a new technique for our KAL, hearing a bit about independent yarn dying, and viewing a lovely fashion show, the evening was inclusive of everything we love.
Sue, our KAL teacher presented us with the next set of squares. These squares are included in the theme of slip stitches. Sue explained how these stitches are formed and how stitches that are slipped create a kind of longer line in the fabric. She shared with us the beautiful wrap she was wearing explaining that it was knitted utilizing the slip stitch method.
The last blog post was a recount of the second part of our November Program. You can revisit it [HERE]. We mustn’t forget the first half of our November meeting. We would like to extend a rousing applause of appreciation to Sue, our teacher who is leading us out in this year’s Knit Along (KAL).
Sue has organized her lessons in themes and brought to us the theme of Textures at the November meeting. These squares include: Moss Heart, Texture Tree, Moss Spot Square, and Box Square. These are similar in that, when completed, the knitted fabric has a sort of bumpy feel to it.
Each month brings a speaker to The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo. This year, as in the past, the invited speaker presents a topic different from the former, all under the umbrella of knitting, causing each month to be diverse and interesting. And, as usual, the month of November was no different. Mary Ann Colopy is a local historian and was invited as a returning speaker, as she was so enjoyed last year. The title of her talk was Knitting For My Country.
“If you are feeling cynical about our country, talk to a veteran.” We are quoting President Obama as he spoke to the Nation today in honor of Veterans Day. Last night we heard a presentation that informed us of knitting during times of WWI, knitting to support the boys who were fighting for our country. As we allow the words from both speakers to sink in a bit, and as we give pause to thank and show our gratitude to a veteran we may know, an idea has come our way that we would like to share with you.
Leave it to knitting (of course) and designer, Christina Campbell from Ravelry to lead us to a project that could offer you comfort as we, as a society, move forward in these times of change and the unknown.
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:
KNITTING FOR MY COUNTRY
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.