April 2022 Meeting Recap: Margaret Radcliffe (Knowledgeable Knitter) presents From Fiber to Fabric: Knitting the U.S. Heritage Sheep Breeds, Member Tips, and Show & Tell
Kimberly Williams opened the meeting welcoming all as they arrived virtually. She asked everyone to enter the raffle and take a short survey to help with planning future meetings. She also shared our mission statement as well as showing recognition of the First Nation populations inhabiting this land before us. Kimberly acknowledged that although the past 2 years have been full of challenges, the guild is thriving. We have virtual speakers scheduled now thru June 2022.
Susan Platt is our newest volunteer and we are still in need of a volunteer to manage sound technical issues.
Virtual Knit Nights are every Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm. All are welcome. Visit the Guild Events page on our website for the current link.
Learning Knitters Group hosted by Anna Lorton is every third Wednesday of the month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. If you have wanted to join please do so this month as this will not continue without participating members. Visit the Guild Events page for the current link.
Kimberly also made a call out for new volunteers to join the board for the 2023-2024 term. Her first request is for a new President to serve. There is no need to have served on a board prior to this. She discussed the primary focus for this position and more information can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org. She shared that the best reason to serve on the board is your love of the guild to help sustain it.
Scarves for teddy bears for Ukrainian refugee children has had a generous response and so please deliver yours to Kimberly Williams in North Portland as soon as possible. Contact her at email@example.com to arrange.
Sheep to Shawl: Looking for team members to compete at Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, Oregon on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 9am to 2pm. Our team needs one weaver and six spinners. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Wednesday Workshop at Weird Sisters Yarn Shop features Maggie Miller teaching Beginning Texture Series: Twisted Stitches on April 20th and May 4th 7pm on Zoom. Visit the Weird Sisters website for the current link.
Member Tips with Anna Lorton
Anna had to miss this meeting, so Emme Von, a sweater knitter, graciously stepped in for the Member Tips. She shared the pros and cons of knitting sweaters. She has knit 27 sweaters to date that she wears, that does not include gifts, etc. She highly recommends knitting sweaters because of all the knitting techniques you will learn, the garment construction information you will gather and because there are so many sweater patterns to choose from. Some of her favorite patterns are from Flax by Tin Can Knits; In-the-round patterns by Jennifer Steinglass as well as pieces and seamed patterns by Patty Lyons. Her recommendation is “Just Knit”.
Next month Anna will share different ways to knit. Email email@example.com if you would like to share some tips.
Sharon introduced our guest speaker, Maggie Radcliffe who is an internationally recognized teacher and author of The Knowlegable Knitter among several other bestselling knitting books. She is also the designer of Maggie’s Rags line of knitting patterns. She spoke to us tonight about using endangered heritage sheep breed wool and the processes it takes to move it from fiber to fabric. She has done extensive research on buying direct from shephards and determining the best wool for different projects. She has put together a spread sheet for many different types of heritage sheep breeds, categorized each of them and indicated how they can best be used. She also showed samples of her work based on the wool used for them. She has extensive knowledge on the subject and suggested ways we can do further research for our projects. This was an interesting and in-depth presentation for knitters to gain more insight into the product we knitters purchase and work up into garments, etc.
(Please click below for Maggie's breed spreadsheet)
Show and Tell
We saw an entire baby layette including a sewn quilt, hats, mits, onesie, sweater, and blanket. Also a Mount Lindo poncho from a bag full of mini’s and lastly a beautiful cowlette was shared.
Join us next month on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 7 PM via Zoom, when Suzanne Bryan presents the Afterthought Pockets.