February 2023 Meeting Recap: Member Tips and Susan Plack presents Let's Knit Fast! AKA Boost Your Speed With A Knitting Machine!
by Shela Perrin
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the meeting was switched to be virtual only on Zoom from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Meetings will return to a hybrid virtual and in-person for the next meeting, March 9th. In person meeting is held at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, OR. 6:00pm to 7:00pm is social knitting, meeting runs from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Capacity is restricted so RSPV is required to reserve a seat. Proof of Bivalent Booster vaccination can be emailed to email@example.com or checked at the door. Masks are also required for the in person meeting. 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 or by filling out this form.
Membership new or renewal is available through the website at the Membership page. Cost is $35.00. Scholarships and Gift Memberships are available. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have ideas for programming and/or speaker suggestions please share them at email@example.com.
Virtual knit night is every Monday evening between 6:00pm and 8:00pm Pacific time, drop in anytime and pajamas are encouraged. Visit the Guild Events page on our website for a current link.
Member Tips are open for anyone wishing to share your favorite tips. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Local fiber events:
This month Margaret Wendell shared the knitting podcasts she enjoys the most:
Our service project to benefit foster children challenge for April is toddler sweaters 2T and 3T and infant sized are emphasized to be due in April. Baby blankets are a year long need as well. Please bring your items knit in SOFT WASHABLE YARN to the March or April meetings or send a note to email@example.com to arrange delivery.
Susan Plack introduced us to the mechanics and inspiration of machine knitting through a demonstration of how a knitting machine makes knitted fabric. She discussed strategies for creating unique projects quickly and encouraged exploration of what is possible with the use of a knitting machine. Susan is a fiber artist who has created and taught many different fiber arts. She currently teaches fibber arts classes at Fiber Rythm Craft & Design. Her area of specialization is machine knitting socks and to date she has knit 245 pairs. The variety of things to make on a knitting machine are endless: color work, ribbing, lace, basic sweaters, socks, jar covers, and you can add hand-done elements when desired. You will likely have to do a swatch to make sure the gauge matches your machine knitted fabric. The machine dictates if you can use fingering or small yarn weight or worsted and larger yarns. You can knit in the round, do a 2x2 cross intermittently in your fabric, cable, etc. The newer machines are made of plastic so look for an older one. Susan is available at firstname.lastname@example.org to help and also Anna is doing machine knitting and can be resourced. Also Karolyn Rainey teaches a zoom knitting class and Susan recommends taking one. There is also a repair person in Washington, if you email Susan she can get you the contact.
Raffle prizes for February meeting are 2 $30 gift certificates to Weird Sisters Yarn Shop in St John’s and 2 $30 gift certificates to Close Knit Yarn Shop on Alberta. Announcements will be sent to the winners by Sunday following our meeting.
Show and Tell: Stephen West’s Twist and Turn MKAL was featured. Please send pictures and yarn information to email@example.com before you go to bed on Tuesday March 7th.
March meeting we are presenting Brioche Knit Love with Michele Lee Bernstein who designs and teaches from her home in Portland, Oregon. She loves using interesting techniques to make small objects from one or two skeins of very special yarn. She will share her history with brioche knitting and samples from her new book, Brioche Knit Love. Bring your US 15 needles and super bulky yarn or worsted weight and US 6 needles. Her presentation will include a starter one-color brioche project.