We had a great time with Theressa Silver of ArgentGal Designs.
We learned all about swatching, substitution, and what yarns want to be when they grow up. Theressa emphasized how important swatching and gauge are. A 1/4 stitch off in your swatch could end up being inches off in the finished product , especially when we're comparing a 4" swatch to a whole sweater. You also have to honor your yarn's career goals and aspirations. You can't make a drapey alpaca into the structured cabled cardigan of your dreams, choose a springy wool for the cardigan or a fluid wrap for that alpaca. Theressa ended by reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of common fibers.
We also kicked off our charity knitting project!
There will be Charity Knitting Yarn at each meeting, grab a skein (or two) knit up a hat or pair of mittens and trade them for more yarn, couldn't be simpler. We'll be collecting at every meeting, with the aim of 125 pieces by September. We're knitting for the Sunshine Division a local organization that's been providing food and clothing assistance to our community for more than 90 years.
Missives from the fabulous women who got the ball (of yarn) rolling.