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We’re turning 10!

Ten years ago in March a small group of women met in a Starbucks to discuss creating a Knitters’ Guild for the Fraser Valley area. We wanted to create place for knitters to come together to knit, learn, and laugh.

In honour of our 10 Year Anniversary we are offering a substantial discount on membership fees. From now until April 2018 membership in the Guild is only $2. This includes the Guild newsletter, access to meetings and programs, voting privileges, and of course, a membership card that when presented at 88 Stitches, Valley Yarns, and both Urban Yarns location, you will receive 10% off regular priced items.

Our next meeting is January 25th, 2018 in the multi-purpose room at Chartwell Renaissance, 6676 203 St.. Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7pm.

Please join us to help celebrate 10 amazing years!

Happy New Year!

A new year and a new location for the Guild. After much discussion and a trial meeting the members have decided to change meeting locations.

We are now meeting at the Chartwell Renaissance, 6676 203rd St., Langley. We are meeting in the multi-purpose room, on the first floor, up a slight ramp, left from the lobby. Doors open for us at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Please sign in at the front desk.

 

 

Website Neglect

Our website and blog has been sadly neglected. We’ve had some difficulty finding someone that is as passionate about blogging as we are about knitting.

We are still active. Meeting once a month from September to November and January to June. And attending both the Lower Mainland Sheep Producers Association’s(LMSPA) annual fleece sale, Wool ‘n’ Ewe A-Fair, and Fibres West.

We will continue to look for someone to update the website regularly but until then we invite you to join as on Facebook and Ravelry, where we have a more active presence. And someone is always monitoring the email account so if you have any questions you can email us at fvknittingguild@gmail.com.

Our meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of the month at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church (16613 Bell Road, Surrey). We meet on the lower level, behind the church, in the daycare. Meetings start at 7:30pm.

This years meeting dates are:

October 28th, 2015
November 25th, 2015
January 27th, 2016
February 24th, 2016
March 23rd, 2016
April 27th, 2016
May 25th, 2016 (This will be our Annual General Meeting)
June 22nd, 2016

We welcome anyone that is interested to join us at one of our meetings.

back at it!

We are going to do a better job of providing updates here. Kinda how we used to.

 

We’ve just had our October meeting and it was small and cozy. It’s a 5-Wednesday month, which can be confusing, but the newsletter came out today – a great reminder.

 

We had 8 in attendance, and covered everything from ‘reading your knitting’ to cast-ons, and we had a round of in-progress and on-phone show and tell. Show and tell really is great. It’s where you can see what others have done, and maybe learn something about a yarn or a technique. At every meeting, try to come prepared to show and tell!

 

Our November meeting is occurring on the 4th Wednesday of the month and will be a potluck with a swap. Got yarn, needles or books that you want to swap? Bring it. More details to follow in the member newsletter.

November Meeting

Just a reminder that the November meeting will be happening this Wednesday the 27th at Christ the Redeemer in Surrey. The address is 16613 Bell Road and we begin the meeting at 7:30. Contact the guild email at fvknittingguild@gmail.com if you need directions or want to carpool

October Meeting!

Just a reminder that the October meeting will be happening this Wednesday the 23rd at Christ the Redeemer in Surrey. The address is 16613 Bell Road and we begin the meeting at 7:30. Contact the guild email at fvknittingguild@gmail.com if you need directions or want to carpool

 

September Meeting

Just a reminder that the September meeting will be happening this Wednesday the 25rd at Christ the Redeemer in Surrey. The address is 16613 Bell Road and we begin the meeting at 7:30. Contact the guild email at fvknittingguild@gmail.com if you need directions or want to carpool.

Bring some show and tell, it will be great to see what everyone has been knitting this summer!!

Summer Knitting

With the hot weather, it can be hard to keep on knitting. I’ve had to set aside a couple of projects because the yarn’s just too warm to work with. An alpaca hat that I could have finished in a few days is on hiatus because it’s just too fuzzy. Instead, I’ve dug out a sweater that I keep meaning to finish. It’s knit with linen yarn, which is beautifully cool. ImageIs anyone else knitting with cotton, linen, hemp, or just hiding out somewhere with air conditioning? And is anyone else counting down the days until it gets cool again so you can knit with woolly yarn?

~Anna, FVKG

Thank you so much to Anna and Donna who took our collective hands in the January meeting to teach us how to steek.

It was great to get a hands on trial of the crochet method.

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It was great to try it out on a scrap piece. We were supplied parts of a thrift store sweater, so there was no anxiety. There were several guild members that did their homework and brought in swatches to use. One member used the same yarn and the steek reinforcement dissapeared! It was fantastic!

Thanks again ladies, I know I plan to use this technique in the future.

Hey gang, our next meeting is Wednesday the 27th at Christ the Redeemer in Surrey. The address is 16613 Bell Road and we begin the meeting at 7:30. Contact the guild email at fvknittingguild@gmail.com if you need directions or want to carpool

Our discussion will include Yarn Harvest Business and Constitution as well as a program on Socks! For all thouse attending we have been given homework. It’s in your newsletter, but here it is again, just in case. This is going to be a great program and it’s all hands on learning. Socks will be our topic in March too, as we are going to make a complete pair all together…. from the program leader herself.

Before you arrive in February, you have a tiny bit of homework. To make the most of this fully customizable pattern, you’ll want to bring a swatch of stockinette in the yarn you want, using the needles you want, to give you the fabric you want for socks.
What to bring to the Guild meeting:
Once you’ve found the knitted fabric you want, it’s time to commit. You’ll need to bring a circular needle of 40″. We can’t magic-loop two socks at a time with anything shorter or it’s really not fun.
You will also need 100g of sock yarn (more if you’re using worsted weight) that you’ve split in half. Alternatively, you can work from two 100g skeins/balls at the same time, and you should have enough left over to make another pair. I use a kitchen scale to split my skein.
If you’re using self-striping yarn, make sure that the two yarn balls are worked the same way … from the 100g ball, line up to start with start-of-first-half and start-of-second-half or end-of-first and end-of-second, unless you want funky socks that stripe oppositely.
If you’re not knitting for yourself, bring the measurements (in inches) of the person you’re knitting for – – length of foot from toe to heel and circumference of the foot around the ball of the foot.
Bring a flexible tape measure.
A couple of markers are a good idea – one for each sock to mark the start of the round.

Have a stitch pattern you really like? It’s completely doable with the customizable pattern we’re using. Feel free to modify the dead-boring sock we’re going to have as a base.

As an additional note, please bring socks, or other knitting your would like to show and tell. Any completed Jeweled Cowls would be fantastic…… we can take a group photo!

If you have never come and are thinking on trying our group out, please feel free, we would be thrilled to have you join us.