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.

January meeting!!

Happy New Year!

Just a reminder that the January 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

Our discussion will include Yarn Harvest Business and Constitution as well as a program on steeking. If you want to give it a try, knit up a wool swatch about five inches square and bring it along!

December is here!

Welcome to a new month Guild member and guests of all knitting and fiber persuasions.

Our usual modus operandi during December is to have a potluck and socially knit in the lovely home of our member Maureen. Any member who needs the address please contact our membership through the guild e-mail. The potluck will be December 5th. Be there or be square! Have a great holiday and enjoy the weather that inspires so many knits!

Hello gang…. our next meeting is November 28, 7:30pm. Please see our main information page for location, and we hope to see you out.

We have some homework! Gather that stash you don’t know what to do with anymore. Bring a swatch or all the yarn in and join in on an interesting program.

November program topic: What Can I Make From This Yarn?

It happens to all of us: you have this really nice yarn, but don’t know what to make it into. Bring it to our next meeting and draw on the creative brainstorming skills of the gathered knitters to help you along. Does it want to be a sweater? A baby blanket? Mittens? We’ll share tips, inspiration, and perhaps even see what the Ravelry pattern database can suggest.

As always contact the guild at the e-mail address if you need to ask a question.

The edge of a Bitter root shawl beaded.

That’s right folks, the program this month will be adding beads in your knitting with a crochet hook. If that sounds odd, be not afraid! All will be revealed in the meeting demos.
On that note, there is some participation that is required to prepare you for this meeting.

Please use sock or equivalent weight yarn and cast 40 stitches on a size needle that you feel comfortable with (I used a 4mm). Knit no more than 15 rows in straight stitch but, this is not a gauge specific project.
If you don’t knit in sock weight, let the guild know so we can bring some along.

If you have a crochet hook in size 1 or smaller it would be great if you could bring it along as well. The more we have the better.

In addition, several guild members have been discussing a new Knit- a-long project Including very easy openwork and beads on lace weight.
Anyone who would like to join in is welcome to cast on with the group at the meeting. This gives everyone a chance to troubleshoot a bit with folks who have used smaller beads before.
The pattern is a free download on Ravelry called the Jeweled Cowl.
It calls for one skein of Malibrigo lace weight (or of course the lace weight of your preference.) and 728, size 8 seed beads.
Size 6 beads would also be acceptable.
This may sound like a lot, but vial containers of beads typically hold 500 beads each. Stop by a local bead shop to find these beads. The staff should be able to direct you to these sizes. You may also want to take along your yarn to match or contrast as you see fit.
The pattern is knit on a 5mm needle in the round and the size crochet hook you would need is a US 14 or 0.75mm

Please join us in some hands-on learning this month and hopefully the beginning of a bevy of beautifully beaded cowls! This is a great technique to know, it comes in handy as an alternative to stringing your beads.
As always guest and visitors are welcomed and encouraged to participate, please bring the materials listed above and join in!