by Shela Perrin
Guest Speaker: Unexpected Knitting with Xandy Peters
In person meeting at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. 97213. Doors opened at 6:00pm for social knitting. In person and virtual program began at 7:00pm and there was no entry after 7:00pm. 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 assistance, A/V support, the help desk and to monitor the zoom chat. If you are interested please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Seth is our 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.
If you know of any upcoming fiber events or have a guild speaker or topic idea, please email those to email@example.com. The 2024 speaker schedule is currently being developed.
Raffle prizes for this meeting include a $25.00 gift certificate to Knitted Wit/Craft Emporium, a gift basket from Knitted Wit/Craft Emporium and a pattern of your choice designed by Xandy Peters.
Virtual Knit Nights are every Monday from 6-8pm Pacific Time. Knit and chat from the comfort of your own home, pajamas are encouraged. Zoom links are on Puddletown's Events page.
Early Bird Membership Offer: Annual membership to the guild is $35.00. All memberships are up for renewal at the beginning of the new year. If you renew or begin your 2024 membership during 2023 the rate is discounted to $30.00 (A $5.00 savings). Scholarships and gift memberships are available. Just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at puddletownknittersguild.com/membership.
Special Announcement: The Board will be reviewing and changing the bylaws of the guild. The proposed changes center around the board member term limits and the leadership structure. Join us for a virtual meeting January 17th, 2024 at 6pm (Zoom link on will be on the Puddletown website). www.puddletownknittersguild.com. If you cannot attend the virtual meeting please send comments to email@example.com. We hope to have a draft of the changed bylaws ready to be reviewed by the general membership in February and to approve them in an official meeting in March, 2024.
Please fill out the membership survey on the Puddletown website under the Guild meetings tab.
Service Project for 2023 is complete. We donated 156 items to our partners, Boxes of Love and With Love:
Our service partner for 2024 is Rose Haven. They are looking for hats, mitts and cowls, small things to keep people warm. We are looking for members to contribute to PKG in a fun and joy-inducing way by joining the Service Knitting Committee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Member tips with Anna Lorton: Reverse Long Tail Cast On is her subject this month. Anna shared that the backwards loop cast-on is hard to keep stitches even and that the long tail is really just a fancy backward loop knitted and this will give you very even stitches. Anna wanted to be able to cast on with a perl long tail, so she figured out how to do a reverse long tail cast on. On the 2nd row you can knit into the back loop instead of the front loop to keep your work looking good. Send your tip suggestions or volunteer for future member tips by reaching out to email@example.com.
Guest Speaker this month was Xandy Peters sharing his tips for unexpected knitting that can turn into a new stitch pattern or something you love. You can begin by having an idea of something you want to make, but maybe you don’t know how to make it or you might make a mistake that you actually really like. You can be inspired by all sorts of circumstances. Xandy has been knitting since he was in school and when he went to college he started with industrial design. He stresses to pay attention to mistakes and to try things with a new perspective, a new approach. He shared with us that form follows function and that innovation is iteration - once you have done everything, try again. He recommended a book, Principles of Fabric Formation. He starts an idea with diagrams and progresses to knitting swatches with different stitches and said the more you repeat something, new ideas can come up. Save your mistakes and take a picture of it if you are going to tear it out. You can use other hobbies to inform your knitting. Mix your skill sets and expand on them. Xandy offers us a 23% discount up thru December 23, 2023 on any purchases of his patterns just type in winter23 at checkout.
Xandy’s web site is www.xandypeters.com
He will be teaching classes at the Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma during February.
Show and Tell: we saw some of Xandy’s patterns knit up, sweaters extraordinaire, shawls. January 2024 meeting with be a sweater show and tell to show off your talent and beautiful sweaters and also any goofs or mistakes you want to show. The virtual attendees will be in a zoom meeting instead of a webinar.
Upcoming fibre events:
January Guild Meeting is all about the sweaters everyone has made.
February speaker will be Sivia Harding and she will be sharing about Roosimine and Vikkel a perfect pair. Roosimine is an Estonian inlay color work technique that is easy and produces a delightfully embossed texture that is unlike anything else.