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.
Are you wondering what happened to our resources, that is our tangible resources? In particular, those hard cover books that used to be in the cabinet that you could look at and borrow? (You might even be wondering where are the cabinets?) I believe it was called The Lending Library. Well, this post is explaining our new procedures regarding the existing collection of hard cover books and how you may continue to take them out on loan. Also, towards the end of the post, there are two other announcements that may be of interest to you.
Seems obvious what a Calendar Page would include however some of us may not know there is a Calendar Page. This is an informational post specific to our calendar.
You may have noticed, along the right hand column of our website, the word ‘Categories’. Categories on a website helps the reader find information on that website. The writer has taken the posts that they have written and organized them according to topic to help the reader navigate. You see one such category on this site called About the Pages. This blog post is explaining the Page called Newsletters. Continue reading “The Newsletters Page”
We want to take a reflective moment and thank people who made the October meeting so successful.