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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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!

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June Meeting Reminder!

Just a reminder that the June 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.

All are welcome, this month we should have some exciting reports about the various events that the guild has been to. Hope to see you there!

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Our May meeting was well attended and elections for our Guild Executive positions went well. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time for the upcoming year and thanks as well to those who worked for our Guild this past year. We run on volunteer positions and having folks willing to try their hand is what make s a guild stronger. New ideas and new voices are essential. Thanks again.

All elected positions will be noted in the guild minutes so check there if you have something to go to a specific person. Thanks to our Past President Cynthia for running the election process.

The main program presented to us was a historical and personal overview of our main tool: Needles by John.

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Both a historical overview with questions from the audience and a discussion on personal preferences. John has several interesting types of needles in this collection including circulars with steel cables that date before WWII. Everyone had a different preferences and some of the group discussion was about certain needles for e specific jobs. Find metal needles too slippery for lace? Try wood or bamboo. The type of material is just as important as the way the needle feels in your hand.

John also showed us his personal method for keeping his needles organized.

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This is a binder that he is getting ready for a family member and it includes places for tools as well as both straight and circular needles. He also had a way to keep the main group of his circular needles in order using photo sleeves.

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Thanks so much John for your informative and interesting talk on a tool that we all rely on for our favorite hobby. See you next meeting!

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May Guild Meeting

Hello everyone! Don’t forget our upcoming meeting Wednesday the 23rd. 7:30 at Christ the Redeemer Parish.

This meeting is both a presentation on Needles and our guild elections, so please come and enjoy and think about helping us with organization this coming year.

If you would like to come and don’t have a ride contact us at fvknittingguild@gmail.com and we can see if someone is in your area. The Parish is a 10 minute walk from the closest bus stop. Hope to see you there.

 

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