June 2021 Meeting Recap: Jesie Ostermiller of Knitty Jo Designs presents Mastering Color Choice, Member Tips, and Show & Tell
by Melanie Chen
The June meeting featured a whirl of color and the announcement of a special in-person knitting event in late August, although Zoom will continue to be the basis for the Guild meetings for the coming months.
Kimberly Williams, President of the Board, began by noting that part of the mission of the Guild is to promote a diverse community. She read a statement “I would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we are gathering today is the traditional homelands of a diverse array of indigenous tribes and bands. The greater Portland metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. We recognize Indigenous peoples as the traditional stewards of this land and acknowledge the enduring relationship between the land and the people since time immemorial.” Let Kimberly know if you would like to read this message at a future meeting.
Meeting Space Ideas Needed! Our growing guild needs a new home. We're looking for an affordable event space for future member meetings. Does your office rent a large room? Or perhaps there's a gym or cafeteria at your kid's school available to rent. Kimberly has some good leads, but welcomes further ideas--she is checking them all out. Send your suggestions to email@example.com
Charity Knitting: The temperatures may be rising now, but before long they will fall again, so if you would like to include some charity knitting in your queue, now is a great time to get started! Winter warmth items are being collected to donate to Rose Haven day shelter and community center. Machine-washable knitted hats, socks, scarves, mittens or even sweaters will all be appreciated. We still have donated yarn to use if you need it, just send the Guild an email to inquire.
2021 Membership: RENEW ONLINE We're happy to have guests at our events. After a meeting or two, we ask that you support our programs by becoming a member. Visit PuddletownKnittersGuild.com/Membership to renew or join.
End of Summer Yarn Swap: Mark your calendars for a long-awaited In-Person PKG Event on Saturday August 28, from 11-2 in Grant Park (NE 33rd & US Grant Pl.) Grab some skeins you'd like to help find new homes or just bring yourself and join us! You don't have to bring yarn to get yarn! Happy with your stash exactly the way it is? Bring your lawn chair and knit in the park with us. We will be so happy to see you!
Social Media Users: Check out or use the tags #puddletownknitters and #pdxknitters to see or share posts with knit-related items.
Upcoming class (via Zoom): With Carolyn Bloom of Bloom Handmade Studio, set for late summer--Are you craving a unique way to add visual interest to your knitting? This class will have you looking at straight stockinette with a newfound appreciation! Learn how to turn both the right side and wrong side of your work into a canvas for embroidery. Stay tuned for more details!
Starlight Knitting Society’s Kool-aid Dye Day returns on Saturday, June 26 from 10 to 3. They’ll have socially distanced stations set up and ready for you to custom dye your very own skein (no prior experience required). You are welcome to bring yarns from home and they’ll have ready-to-dye yarn available at the shop for purchase.
This month’s MEMBER TIPS with Anna Lorton featured Crochet Hooks, in which Anna told us about her own personal progression of appreciation for crochet hooks. She started without using them, but gradually came to realize that they can be very helpful for many things, such as provisional cast on, adding glass beads to knitting, casting off and other uses.
The main speaker was Jesie Ostermiller, author of The Colorwork Bible, and a self-taught knitter and designer who lives in Utah. Jesie’s very informative talk gave Guild members plenty of guidance on mastering color choice and learning how to pick colors that play well together in knitting. Jesie observed that knitters often find themselves stressed trying to pick out colors, or stuck picking coordinating colors, or faced with too many choices. She referred us to the color wheel, comparing it to the hands of a clock, and how coordinating colors are often paired. She also noted that color choices themselves are only part of the secret. The other part is color value, which equates to how light or dark the color is. Jesie showed us how to use the photo edit feature of our phones to easily assess whether two skeins of yarn would pair well together. Perhaps Jesie’s most liberating advice was, “THERE ARE NO RULES, so don’t feel constrained to have to choose colors in one certain way.”
For those who want more, Jesie’s book The Colorwork Bible (a raffle prize won by a lucky attendee at the June meeting) contains chapters outlining more than a half dozen colorwork knitting techniques, and interesting swatch lessons. Jesie also encouraged everyone to sign up for her KnittyJo newsletter.
Guild members’ colorwork, lace, and other fun knitting was showcased during Show and Tell. Raffle prizes included a copy of Jesie Ostermiller’s The Colorwork Bible, a beautiful ceramic mug from Creative with Clay and two skeins of yarn from The Loopy Ewe.