January 2023 Meeting Recap: Member Tips and Anna-Lisa Miller presents Photographing Your Fiber Arts
by Shela Perrin
Due to the number of respiratory viruses that are currently circulating, this meeting was virtual only, to help our members stay healthy. Kate Perry opened the meeting and offered an acknowledgement of indigenous people’s original habitation in this land we now occupy. Kate also welcomed the new incoming board members: Misty Wegman, Julie Moore, and Sioux Van Kol. Next month, February meeting will be hybrid in person and virtual. Proof of vaccine can be emailed to email@example.com or checked at the door. Bivalent Booster is required. 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 by filling out this form.
Be sure to sign up for raffle prizes. $60.00 gift certificate to Abstract Fiber and Yarn and a signed copy of Made with Love by Tom Daley. Winners will be notified this weekend.
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 between 6:00pm and 8:00pm Pacific time. Drop in anytime and pajamas are encouraged. Visit the Guild Events page on the website for a current link.
2023 Guild Service Project:
The guild’s official service project for 2023 is knitting for foster children and families. Our partners are Boxes of Love and With Love. Both recipients will deliver to foster children as they transition to foster care throughout the Portland Metro area and occasionally into extended regions of Oregon and Washington. Hats, sweaters, toys, or more for ages 0-18. Knit, crochet, or weave. Watch for challenges throughout the year. If it is warm, soft, and a child can wear it or cuddle it, there will be a home for it between the two groups. Please be sure to use machine-washable, soft yarn for all submissions.
Guest speaker was Anna-Lisa Miller. She is an enterprise architect, as well as a professional photographer (for 7 years) www.adayinthelightphotography.com and knitter since she was 8 years old. She can be found on instagram at @ahiddenpurl. She works with local knitting designers to help them showcase the artistry of their designs. Anna-Lisa shared a significant amount of tips for taking pictures of our fiber arts projects. She indicated we should pay special attention to the fabric and presenting our items in the best daylight possible with all loose ends woven in or at least concealed. She cautioned not to distract the viewers eye with too much miscellaneous stuff in the background of our photos. Anna-Lisa said if you put your phone on portrait it will make the background blurry, aka Bokeh. She had suggestions on types of cameras and time of day and described different settings and how they will affect photos. She shared what the anatomy of a good photo is and some definite no-nos. Her presentation was extremely interesting and she covered many ways in which we can improve our photos when publishing online to Ravelry or social media. Anna-Lisa also shared pre-shooting tips to cover before i order to get “that” photo.
Member tips were brought to us by Lori Patterson. She introduced steeking, a method of cutting into your knitted fabric that can be very useful for things knit in the round. Extra stitches are knit into a garment. You reinforce the sides where the cutting will occur and put in a crochet chain to hold stitches. Lori demonstrated how to knit with waste yarn and then pull it out, leaving you with live stitches to work a heal in a sock, for instance. Lori suggested using a smaller needle than the one used for your overall knitting to easily pick up stitches. This process is helpful in making socks, sweaters and even rugs. For socks she recommends Knit 2 socks in 1 by Safiyyah Talley and for sweaters Kate Davies Designs. You can search for projects including steeking on Ravelry for inspiration.
Show and Tell: We had two knitters who shared their projects, one of multi colors both knitted and crocheted. The second submission was a lovely cabled knit hat.
If you are interested in showing your project, please present with pictures, pattern name and details of the yarn. Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org before you go to bed the Tuesday before our meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Next Month: Susan Plack will be our guest speaker featuring her take on Let’s Knit Fast! She will demonstrate how we can boost our speed with a knitting machine. Susan is a fiber artist who has learned, created, and taught many different fiber arts. She currently teaches fiber arts classes at a local yarn store. Her area of specialization is machine knitted socks.
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