by Shela Perrin
Guest Speaker: Sámi Knitting with Laura Ricketts - Drawing on 10 years of research Laura will acquaint the audience with the subsets of Sámi culture, Sámi knitting and some regional differences in patterns and practice.
In Person meeting at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97213. Doors opened at 6:00 pm for social knitting. In person and virtual program began at 7:00 pm. In person attendance is limited to 75 people so you must RSVP online to save a seat. Masks are recommended but not required. To continue to be accessible to everyone we will continue to have a virtual format. Meeting volunteers are needed to set up and put away chairs and tables, registration, meeting assistants, A/V support, the help desk and to monitor the zoom chat. If you are interested please write to email@example.com. Seth is our new volunteer chair and he can answer any questions you may have about volunteering.
Kate Perry made the acknowledgment of the land we are gathering on as traditionally stewarded by indigenous peoples since time immemorial.
2023 membership that begins July and going forward are subject to dues pro-rated to $17.50 for the year. All memberships are up for renewal at the beginning of the new year. Scholarships and Gift Memberships are available just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at puddletownknittersguild.com/membership.
If you know of any upcoming fiber events or have a guild speaker or topic idea, please email those to email@example.com.
Raffle prize for this meeting is a $25.00 gift certificate to Sunny Day Fibers, one of our business members.
Virtual Knit Nights are every Monday from 6-8 pm Pacific Time - knit and chat from the comfort of your own home, pajamas are encouraged. Visit the Events page for that week's link.
The official Service Project for 2023 is knitting for Foster children and families for our partners Boxes of Love and With Love. The Summer Sprint Challenge is diverse skin tone dolls for Foster kids! Baby blanket challenge is ongoing all year long. Dolls are due by September meeting in person or email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dolls earn two entries and non-doll stuffed animals earn one entry in the random drawing for prizes. Create dolls of any size using your fiber art of choice. Dolls with darker skin tones are especially needed. Machine-washable yarns preferred, think toddler toys. Play it safe, use safety eyes or embroider facial features. It is also time to start thinking about what organization we’d like to serve next year. Please send your ideas to email@example.com.
Bonus for all service knitters! Free patterns courtesy of designer, Susan B. Anderson. Patterns include Mary, Millie & Morgan plus Flower Fairy and Leaf Sprite Mermaids. Request your pattern by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm you are participating in the Diverse Dolls Challenge and agree that you won’t share the free patterns outside of the guild. You can also check our Ravelry group for other pattern suggestions.
Member Tips with Anna Lorton was presented at the meeting. Please send your tip suggestions or volunteer for future member tips by reaching out to email@example.com.
Guest Speaker: Laura Ricketts presented Discovering the Wonderful World of Sámi Knitting. Laura shared with us her in depth knowledge of Sámi Knitting as well as a wonderful and historical account of the lives and traditions of various Sámi people. The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN-recognized indigenous people. On the fringe of European society, their knitting tradition has been largely unknown or ignored. Nevertheless, Sámi knitting is a small microcosm of a beautiful, unique textile tradition. Laura is a Lead Fiber Art instructor at North House Folk School, where traditional craft is taught on the shore of Lake Superior. She has written an ebook, Discover the Wonderful World of Sámi Knitting, available online. This ebook from PieceWork is a pdf with five mitten patterns inspired by the indigenous peoples of Norway, Finland and Sweden. The book offers an in-depth look at the Sámi people and their knitting techniques, including ribbing, using tassels and Pom-poms, etc. Each pattern has a story about customs of the Sami people who first made them.
Show and Tell: In person participants brought finished items with pattern name and yarn details handy. Limit to one item per meeting. Virtual attendees, submit your photos, induced your pattern name, yarn details anything special about the project. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org before you go to bed on Tuesday before the next meeting.
NOTE: September meeting will be a Sweater Cast-On Party instead of the usual presentation. Fellow members to help with measurements and gauge. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Virtual attendees will be in a meeting, not a webinar, so will be able to interact with each other. Board member pattern recommendations:
Scrappy Cardigan by Safiyyah Talley
Spearheads by Jared Flood
Dog Star by Tin Can Knits
Strange Brew by Tin Can Knits
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith
Upcoming fibre events:
PKG Gear is available at CafePress. T-shirts, bags, stickers and more to choose from, you’re bound to find something you like.