January Meeting

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We are working hard to find fun and exciting ways to keep everyone involved and engaged in our/your guild.

We are excited to kick off the new year with the Clapotis KAL(Knit along). Clapotis is a versatile “scarf”. You can choose if you want a scarf, shawl, or stole. You can use any yarn weight or needle size you desire. Yarns to avoid for this pattern are single spun or “sticky” yarns.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clapotis

For more  information, see: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html

Agenda for January’s meeting:

  • Announcements
  • Start KAL
  • Show and Share
  • “Weaving in ends on lace project”

Chauntel will be giving us a demonstration on weaving in ends on lace projects. We ask that you either bring a finished lace project with ends to weave in, or a gauge swatch with ends so that you can participate. Here is a quick pattern to knit a swatch:

Feather and Fan:

18 St repeat, work for 4”

Cast on 22

Knit 3 rows

Row 4 (RS) – k2, k2tog x3, (k1, yo) 6x, k2tog x3, k2

Row 5 (WS) – k2, purl 18, k2

Row 6 (RS) – knit

Row 7 (WS) – k2, purl 18,k2

Repeat rows 4-7 until desired swatch length

Please leave a 10 inch tail for weaving in. Items needed for this demonstration are the gauge swatch and a sharp darning needle. NO bent tip needles.

Please don’t forget to bring your hats for the homeless!!

 

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Don’t Forget…Board Nominations at Both Guild Meetings Tomorrow

Please don’t forget to talk to your knitter friends about the nominations for all 4 Board positions, elections will take place at the January meetings.
If you have any questions about what each position is required to do, here are the descriptions as written in our Bylaws:

“Article V: Duties of the Officers
a. President: shall preside at all meetings of the membership, all meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall be an ex-officio member of any committee established by the local guild. The President with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors shall appoint standing committees to be established by the local guild.
The incoming President shall appoint an auditor who shall audit the treasurer’s books from the previous guild year. The report of the audit shall be made at the March meeting.

b. Vice-President: shall serve as the chairman of the local guild’s program committee should such committee be established. Vice-President shall act in place of the President in her/his absence or upon request by the President.

c. Secretary: shall keep minutes of all proceedings of meetings of the membership and the Board of Directors, the Secretary shall take care of correspondence at the direction of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall keep accurate record of members in good standing, together with their current contact information.

d. Treasurer: shall receive and disburse all monies and present a statement of the current financial condition at all meetings of the Board of the local guild.
The Treasurer shall record all funds made available to the guild; shall keep written record of all transactions involving the guild in the guild treasurer’s book and present to the membership an itemized annual report.

e. Board of Directors will focus on Education: shall plan the educational programs.

f. Board of Directors will focus on Membership: shall plan activities to promote current membership in Wichita Knitters’ Guild and shall plan events to recruit new membership.”

November Meetings, Summarized

…better late than never, right?!?

There were some really fun Show & Share items at November’s meetings.
Here are some of the links to patterns & yarns that were shared:

We had a great couple of meetings, don’t forget that we’re increasing our Show & Share to however many you want for December meetings. Bring your notebook to take notes on other’s projects and yarns in case we don’t get them listed.

December Meetings

We are moving our meetings up to the second Wednesday this month so as not to interfere with Christmas week.

On the agenda:

  • FIRST THINGS FIRST…BOARD NOMINATIONS FOR THE JANUARY ELECTIONS FOR ALL FOUR POSITIONS: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer. Ask your nominee if it is alright to nominate them first.
  • Goodies Exchange; bring a plate full of your favorite goody at this time of year. Cookies, candy, etc.
  • We’ll discuss our charity work donating hats, scarves, etc. and choose a date in January for delivery, most likely a Sunday noon time.
    • If you have any locations you know of for drop off please let us know at the meeting. Thanks!
  • Show & Share; I think we can up our share items to five instead of three this month. Can’t wait to see all the amazing things you all have been working on!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Knitting for Charity – Hats In January

We are looking forward to warming up our community here in Wichita!
We are so blessed to have warm homes, warm clothes, vehicles, and each other.
We are also blessed with a talent & hobby that can benefit others.

It is our desire to start a program for giving locals in need handmade items to keep them warm. Hats are a good place to start.
We will announce at the December guild meeting a date in January that we will set out around the Wichita area and deliver our handmade hats to those in need.

Child through the largest adult hats are needed.
Made using washable yarns.

Below are some wonderful sites with free patterns available. They don’t need to be fancy, but they do need to be well made.

Knitting for Charity | AllFreeKnitting.com

Red Heart Hats for Charity

Free Hats on Ravelry – all sizes

We would also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the wonderful efforts our Wichita community puts forth to the underprivileged.
Many, many families are on the verge of being homeless and the services provided to keep them safe and sheltered need to be supported, taken note of, and shared with those in need as well as those able to support in any way possible; financially, with time, or with any items you are able to donate.

Wichita’s Homeless Outreach Team H.O.T.

Please, leave comments with ideas and/or patterns that you love!

November 16th Meeting Gift Exchange Guidelines

Gift Exchange Information for November’s Meeting:

    • TOTALLY OPTIONAL TO PARTICIPATE
      • Minimum value $20 – Maximum value $40
      • A kit is a fun idea- pattern + yarn
      • No box store yarns, please
      • Stash diving is acceptable but, please, no yarns with odors or pet hair
  • JennaMay Made bags & stitch markers are always a great idea!
  • ChikwithYarn bags are available in Newton at Creation Station
  • Hand dyed yarns & fiber for spinning are available through WichitaWoolery
  • Gift certificate to Picket Fence Quilt Co, Firebrunette Knits, iYarn in Winfield, Creation Station in Newton, or any other local fiber, yarn, class source might be well appreciated
  • If you know of any other fantastic local artists for gift giving, please leave a comment below or on the Facebook page for others.

As you arrive at the meeting, please place your wrapped, yet unmarked, gift on the exchange table and you will be given a ticket.
Once announcements and Show and Share are completed we will start the exchange. Your ticket number will be called and you will have your choice of gift from the table. Once all gifts have been exchanged we will go from person to person as each gift is unwrapped and the gift-giver then fesses up to the wonderful item bestowed upon their fellow guild member.

It will be a lot of fun, and we look forward to seeing the unique gifts that you all are concocting!!