October 2022 Meeting Recap: Member Tips and Beth Brown-Reinsel presents Scandinavian Construction Techniques
by Shela Perrin
The in person meeting was held at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, Or 97213. Social knitting was held from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. RSVPs to reserve a seat were required as capacity is restricted. Covid vaccine and booster proof and masks were required. Bivalent Booster will be required by the December 8th meeting. Proof of vaccination can be emailed ahead to firstname.lastname@example.org or checked at the door. The virtual meeting began at 7:00pm via Zoom. Meeting volunteers are needed to set up chairs, greet members for future meetings. Please let us know you would like to help when you RSVP for the meeting.
Join us for Virtual Knit Nights on our NEW DAY—-EVERY MONDAY. Drop in any time between 6 and 8pm. Visit the Guild Events page for the current link.
Service Project: DROP OFF DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 10TH. North by Northeast Community Health Center is the only medical clinic in Oregon devoted to African American/Black health. The clinic provides primary care services as well as health education and promotion through a variety of venues. Any type of warm item is welcome — hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and cowls. All color and sizes are welcome and crocheted or sewn objects work also.
Matched Set Challenge Project: Final challenge of the year is making matched sets. Think a cowl and a hat. Or a hat and mitts. Or all three, cowl, hat, and mitts. A pair of mitts/mittens/gloves count as one piece. These sets will make wonderful holiday items for NxNE to distribute to their clients. Submit a photo or turn in items by October 31st to be entered in the challenge project raffle. DROP OFF DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 10TH.
Member Tips: Have you ever wanted to try your hand at member tips? Anna is taking a sabbatical, so if you want to sign up for one month or several beginning in January of 2023, please take this opportunity.
Member Tip: This month Anna Lorton shared many good thoughts about buttons!
1. How to match up buttonholes with the buttons placement.
2. How to choose buttons wisely (texture, weight, shank or flat).
3. How to knit your buttons onto your garment.
4. Places to find buttons: Weird Sisters Yarn Shop in St. John’s, Portland, on Etsy, “A needle runs through it” and also craft and fabric stores.
Candidates for 2023-2024 Elections:
Kate Perry - President
Julie Moore - Secretary/Treasurer
Sioux Van Kol - Member at Large
Marla Asbeck - Member at Large
Voting will be at the November 10th meeting. All members attending in person and virtually will have the opportunity to vote.
Communications Chair is also a position needing to be filled through the end of 2023. This position coordinates with the communications committee to post to our social media accounts, update our website, and send out our monthly newsletter. Monthly time commitment is 3 to 4 hours. Please email email@example.com if you are interested.
Business Member Marketplace on November 10th 6pm to 7pm in person only. Level 3 Business Members will be presenting their goods during the social knitting hour. Meet the owners and shop their wares. This year’s vendors include Knitted Wit!
Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival: Saturday and Sunday, October 15th & 16th, 9am to 5pm at the Linn County Expo in Albany, OR. We will be spreading the word about our hybrid meetings and all the benefits of membership.
The Alpacas in Autumn field trip was highly successful and will become an annual event.
Guest Speaker Beth Brown-Reinsel presented Scandinavian Construction Techniques. She has traveled extensively throughout Scandinavia, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and shared with us historical examples of techniques used in designing and knitting sweaters in those countries. These included knitted sleeve facings, buttonbands, the Swedish half gusset, surface design, felt and braid embellishment and many more. She has been teaching historic and traditional knitting workshops nationally and internationally for more than 30 years. Beth is a knitting designer with her own line of patterns. She is the author of “Knitting Ganseys” as well as many articles featured in major knitting magazines.
Show and Tell: In person attendees please limit your items to 1 per meeting. Also please have your pattern name and yarn details ready. Virtual Attendees, please submit your photos, including pattern name, yarn details and anything special about the projects. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Tuesday before a meeting.
Raffle Update: In person attendees will have 2 raffle prize choices. Winners must be present at the end of the meeting to win. Virtual attendees will have 2 raffle prize choices. Winners will be notified the following Sunday.
November Meeting: Jen Parronccini will present “Your most-worn sweater: Choosing patterns for your wardrobe and your life”. Jen will be joining us from Pittsburgh, PA. She primarily designs sweaters, focusing on texture, structure, and fine finishing. She is committed to size inclusion. Her background includes custom sewing and professional tailoring. She also offers workshops and consulting. Her website is www.jpknitsthings.com