February Meetings ~ Organization!!

Organize!!

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Tomorrow’s meetings we are focusing on our organization in our hobby.

Do you use Ravelry to it’s full potential? Do you have your yarn organized in a specific way? How many patterns have you printed over the years and just shoved on a bookshelf? Books & magazines randomly placed? And, what about your needles? Should we talk about the tangle of needles?

Well, we are going to address as much of these seemingly insurmountable issues as time allows. Do you have a great tip or organization trick that you would like to share? We would love to hear, or even see, it!

Also we will have representatives from WPD speaking to us about the Homeless Outreach program here in Wichita. They will be informing us about what we can do to help the needy in our community. If you have any more handmade or personal care donations, please bring them with you to the meetings. We will continue to accept donations and we are proud to be a part of the outreach community.

This month is also Bring a Friend month. Please, grab a knitter and bring them along to see what we are all about. This month’s visit doesn’t count as their one free visit, it’s in addition to.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meetings!!
10am-12pm & 6-8pm

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January Meeting Minutes

January Meeting Minutes

Board members in attendance: Teresa Lee, Tami Carlson, Chauntel Ensey, Sarah Sales

  • Elections will be held in June 2017. We will be taking nominations in May.
  • Heritage Hut is still open and has stock available.
  • Destash Sale Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21. Please see Firebrunetteknits.com for more information.
  • Jen Schmidt will have bags and stitch markers available for sell.
  • Wamego Fiberfest has been moved to Saturday, Jan 28 from 9-3pm. Information can be found on Facebook in Winter Wool Fest page.
  • Fiber Fling Retreat is coming up. $170 for 3 days and 2 nights. For more information please visit http://picketfencequiltcompany.com/knitters.html
  • CKKG is hosting Fooling Around with Yarn on April 1st. https://centralksknittersguild.com/
  • Hats for Homeless: hats will be given to Wichita Police Department for distribution to those in need. We will have an officer speak to us about their outreach efforts next meeting.
  • Wichita Knitters Guild still has merchandise available to order. Please email us or get ahold of one of us to place your order

Quick videos for spit splicing and Russian join can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uLiFOVmcUU

http://verypink.com/2014/02/05/russian-join/

Hope to see you all at next month’s meeting on February 15th!! Happy Knitting!

Knit-a-Long With US!

Clapotis KAL ~ Jan-March 2017

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Yarn Choices & requirements:
-Aran: 400g/820yds US 8
-Worsted: 400g/880yds US 8
-DK: 350+g/600-750yds US 6-8
-Sport: 200-400g/600+yds US 4-6
-Fingering: 100-400g/420-1320yds US 3-6
TIPS:
-Purl the stitch between the twisted stitches on the RS rows instead of using markers
-The slicker the yarn the easier the stitches will drop
-Check Ravelry Clapotis Projects & Yarn Ideas pages for ideas on size

Section Repeats by Weight:
It’s recommended to use the “Rule of Fifth’s”, where you use:
Section 1 + 2: 1/5th of your yarn
Section 3 Straight: 3/5th of your yarn
Section 4 Decrease: 1/5th of your yarn
*This does require you to weigh your ball of yarn prior to starting and frequently during knitting your repeats in each section.

Links:
Direct Link to Clapotis patten on Knitty.com:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html
Ravelry Clapotis pattern page:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clapotis
Craftster Tips & Help:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189665.0

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!!

 

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.”