March 21st meetings will be held at the Wichita Central Library
April, May, and June will be held at the Evergreen Branch Library while the Central Library location is relocating to the new building.
We, as a guild, want to make an impact in our community by not only making items and donating them to locally-based organizations but by raising money as well.
In the spirit of helping these charities and our friends and neighbors in Wichita, we present the East versus West Challenge!
Rules are simple!
1- Pick a team. Dividing line is east or west of the Central Library. Doesn’t matter how far east or how far west you are, that’s what team you’ll be on!
2- Knit, crochet or sew items for the following local charities: Bridget’s Cradles, Knitted Knockers, Victory in the Valley, or the Wichita Family Crisis Center.
Donate money or store-bought items instead. Every dollar donated or spent on donated items towards these charities is worth one point for your team!
3- Bring your donations to the March 21st guild meeting being held at the Evergreen Library.
If donating items and/or money be sure to bring the receipt and the items to claim your points.
4- Guild board will tally points!
Points are as follows:
Bridget’s Cradles Prayer square/Heart: 1 point
Cradle set: 5 points
Knitted Knockers Pair of knockers: 20 points
Individual knocker: 10 points
Victory in the Valley Blanket: 100 points
Wichita Family Crisis Center Hats: 5 points
Mittens/Gloves: 20 points
Scarves: 25 points
Sweaters: 75 points
*Note- Store bought items are only worth their dollar amount in points and not additional points.
The winning side’s participants will get lunch paid for by the Guild at the April meeting, after the morning meeting, 1pm.
I’ve been a knitter for more than a decade, but there are still things I learn each time I come to Knitter’s Guild. It’s funny how one technique that seems obvious to someone else may be something I’ve never heard of, and vice versa. One recent example that struck me was the difference between frogging and tinking, and the use of lifelines. Frogging is when you undo your work by ripping it back (think: the rip it, rip it sound of a frog), whereas tinking is undoing each individual stitch at a time (tink is knit spelled backwards). I genuinely didn’t know there was a difference and this made things complicated whenever I’d undo work, because I wasn’t thinking about what made the most sense for that mistake.
It’s so crucial at whatever experience level you’re at to think critically about why you’re doing things a certain way and what purpose it serves. Perhaps you’re new to knitting and are learning how to fix mistakes, this might be a helpful starting resource for you? Or maybe you’re more comfortable with techniques, and it’s worth it to think about if an afterthought lifeline or a dpn slipped between rows would help you from frogging too far back?
Lastly, I think these two articles (Part 1 and Part 2) would be very useful for anyone struggling to fix mistakes in lace, cables or colorwork. Part of our next meeting is going to be focused on helping each other fix mistakes or frog items that went totally awry, so I hope this can be a starting point for anyone who feels overwhelmed or unsure of how to correct their work.
We will be moving our Fixing, Friends & Frogging to the March meetings:
Don’t forget to work on charity knits!!
I think I will pull out my knitting machine and get some lap blankets done…what will you all work on while home due to the lovely winter weather??
~Chauntel Ensey, Treasurer & the Wichita Knitters’ Guild Board (old and new while we are in transition)
Hey y’all! I know we’re continuing our month of charity knitting, but I wanted to think about how we can keep some of that momentum going through the rest of the year. If you’ve found that you have little bits of yarn leftover from all your projects but don’t want to just toss them, this is an awesome way to use it all up for more projects that can be donated throughout the rest of the year.
Helix knitting is a super colorful way to incorporate lots of different yarns in a cohesive way that’s perfect for kid’s projects, which means it’ll be an even faster knit!
I’ve got some helpful resources linked that show how it works, as well as the pattern for the hats featured in the photo:
Wichita Knitters’ Guild
January Meeting 01/17/18
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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION – If you have not yet, please see Chauntel after the meeting, $30 payable cash or check made out to Wichita Knitters’ Guild
NEXT MONTH’S AGENDA – February
Teresa Lee – President, Tami Carlson – Vice President
Sarah Sales – Secretary, Chauntel Ensey – Treasurer
Education Coordinator – Deb Romero Social Media – Rachel Kashani