December 2022 Meeting Recap: Member Tips and Tina Johnston presents The Portland Community College Project: A Fleece Partnership
by Shela Perrin
In person meeting was held at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, OR. 6:00pm to 7:00pm was social knitting. Capacity was restricted so an RSVP was required to reserve a seat. Covid vaccine and booster proof and masks are required. As of the December meeting, Bivalent Boosters are required.Proof of vaccination can be emailed to email@example.com or checked at the door. Virtual meeting began at 7:00pm via zoom. Meeting volunteers are needed to set up chairs, greet other members and help monitor the zoom chat. Please let us know if you can help when you RSVP.
Membership new or renewal is available through the website at the Membership page. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Early bird discounted membership is available through December 31st. $5.00 savings for an individual and 10% savings on a business membership. Scholarships and Gift Memberships are available.
If you have ideas for programming and/or speaker suggestions, please share them at email@example.com.
Another calling for old phones and tablets with a good camera, wi-if capabilities and a power charger to assist in the meeting production. If you can donate one or more that would be very helpful.
Virtual Knit Night is every Monday between 6:00 and 8:00pm Pacific time, drop in anytime and pajamas are encouraged. Visit the Guild Events page on the website for a current link.
Our Service Project for the benefit of North by Northeast was wrapped up in November. There was an astonishing 828 items made and donated so thank you to all who participated. North by Northeast is the only clinic in Oregon devoted to African American/Black Health. The clinic provides primary care services and health education, promoting through a variety of venues. Raffle winners are as follows:
1st place prize goes to Caroline Barnett
2nd place prize goes to Ann Howell
Prize for the most prolific knitter goes to Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet
Gift of a Dutch Oven was donated from North by Northeast and goes to Jane Henderson $50.00 gift also donated by North by Northeast goes to Patty Blodgett
A ChromeBook was donated by North by Northeast and goes to Cassandra Manuelito Kerkvliet.
Kimberly wished to send a huge THANK YOU to our outgoing Board Members as this year wraps up their term: Anna, Krista, Sharon and Wendy!
Member tips with Anna Lorton: Knitters Confessions - these include things you would not say in front of a room full of knitters. Anna shared secrets from her own experiences and other knitters as well.
1. You can refuse to do a tubular cast on/bind off.
2. You can knit thereby coping with in-laws despite their disapproval.
3. You can enjoy knitting swatches - it's good to play around.
4. Even if you have never made even one adult sweater that does not make you any less a knitter!
5. You do NOT have to deadline knit - No Holiday, No Birthday, No Anniversary to name a few.
6. Ideas for future tips: The absolute best way to weave in ends, how to track projects, what to do with hand knit socks that have been outgrown.
Send your tips and ideas for tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in presenting Member Tips you can volunteer to take one month or several while Anna is on sabbatical.
The Guest Speaker was Tina Johnston. She is the owner of Black Sheep Fiber Emporium and Kokomo Yarns. She spent several years working with the sheep at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus during shearing days. In collaboration with the farm manager, Tina educated veterinary technician students about fleeces. She has also been sharing fleeces with other spinners and working to develop yarns and roving from the fleeces of the Rock Creek Campus flock.
Tina began teaching Math in 2013 and heard about the farm at Rock Creek. They had a herd of 25-30 sheep as well as other animals: cow, horse, mule, rabbits, and chickens. Prior to Tina working with the sheep the farm manager just threw the fleece away. From 2014-2018 Tina attended the shearing and used the fleece for vet tech education. She also has taught classes in roving, yarn spinning and pattern design. They specialized in Roving and DK weight yarn in 2014, Fingering weight yarn in 2015 and Lace weight yarn in 2016-2017. The yarns are typically in 200 and 400 yard hanks. She shared pictures of some of the items made with the yarns.
In 2018 there was a noticeable drop in quality of fleece. In 2019 there was no fleece available, the quality was not good. In 2020 the farm manager retired and a new manager came onboard at Rock Creek PCC. The old flock of sheep were sold and the new manager switched to Finn Sheep to better meet the needs of the vet tech students. New classes for the future are fiber prep, spinning, natural dyes, and knitting with hand spun yarn. The old barn was torn down and a new barn built. Roving and yarn is available via PCC’s online store under extended education.
Tina can be contacted at:
Show and Tell was presented in person and virtually with pictures, pattern name, and details about the yarn. Send your photos to email@example.com before you go to bed the Tuesday before our meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Upcoming January Meeting will feature Anna-Lisa Miller presenting Photographing your Fiber Arts. Anna-Lisa, aka @ahiddenpurl will share her tips for capturing the beauty of finished projects using a camera or phone. She will also teach us strategies that professionals use in editing photos. She’s is a local fiber artist and professional photographer. She works with local knitting designers to help them showcase the artistry of their designs.