June 2022 Meeting Recap: Sydney Crabaugh presents Knitwear Becomes Fashion: Twentieth Century Knitting History and Member Tips
by Shela Perrin
Our July meeting with be a hybrid one so you will be able to join virtually or be in person at the meeting. The new meeting site is at the Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, OR 97213. Doors open at 6:00pm for social knitting. Covid vaccination, booster proof and masks are required.
The Guild cannot function with volunteers, please consider the following positions:
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For more information visit the About page, talk with a board member, or email us at email@example.com.
Virtual Knit Nights are every Tuesday between. 6:00pm and 8:00pm. All are welcome. Visit the Guild Events page for the current link.
Please save the date of Saturday, July 16th, 1-3pm for an Ice Cream Social, location to be announced.
2022 Service Project - North by Northeast Community Health Center is the recipient of all projects donated. Any type of warm item is welcome - hats, gloves, scarves and cowls. Any size and color, knit, crochet or sewn. More information on the Guild Service Project page. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop off or hold items for the final delivery in the fall.
Dishcloth Challenge items to be included in the produce boxes distributed to the community by North by Northeast Community Clinic. Finished items are due by June 30th. Email email@example.com to arrange a drop off. Every item will give you a double entry for some great year end prizes. The person completing the most dishclothes will win a $25 gift certificate to the yarn store of their choice. Every item will earn one chance in a random drawing for 2 skeins of Knit Picks Chroma Fingering, Get your Neon (70% SW Merino, 30% Nylon, 396 yards/100g).
Welcome to two new business members:
3 Green Sisters in Portland, Oregon
Nancy Williamson Framing & Fibers in Clatskanie, Or
Member Tip with Anna Lorton: socks, socks, socks!
Anna described the basic construction of a sock is the cuff, leg, heal, gusset, foot and toe. You can accomplish knitting a sock with circular needles or double pointed needles. You can
make two at a time with a magic loop method, sock race 2 at a time or knit 2 socks in 1. You can knit one sock and then knit the 2nd sock in the opposite direction. Once completed make sure they fit and then take a few weeks to get used to them. On the plus side they are portable, beautiful yarns to choose from, they take a small amount of yarn, some of the knitting is mindless and they provide warm feet!
Rye Light pattern by Tincanknits, free on Ravelry.
Rose City Rollers pattern by Mara Catherine Bryner, free on Ravelry
Vanilla is the New Black pattern by Anne Fletcher, free on Ravelry
Next month Anna will share tips for the provisional cast on.
Guest Speaker Sydney Crabaugh described how knitwear has become fashion through the history of knitting from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s. In an interesting and fun presentation Sydney shares the history of knitting and how it eventually becomes a fashion statement. She begins with knitting for WWI, then cycling garments, how knit wear became popular in the 1920’s, then 1930’s when the stars of Hollywood begin knitting on and off the screen. 1940’s and WWII everyone became involved knitting for the war, after 1945 people began to knit for themselves. Yarn was cheap. 1950’s Argyle became very popular. She recommends the book No Idle Hands The Social History of American Knitting by Anne L. Macdonald.
Squid’s School of Vintage Knitting on Patreon.com/squidschool