March 2023 Meeting Recap: Member Tips and Brioche Knit Love with Michele Lee Bernstein
by Shela Perrin
March went back to a hybrid meeting. In person meeting at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, in Portland, Oregon, doors open at 6:00pm for social knitting. In Person and Virtual program begins at 7:00pm and there is no entry after 7:00pm. Covid vaccination, booster proof, and masks are required for those attending in person. We are always looking for volunteers to help at the in-person meetings. Please share your availability via email@example.com when you RSVP or by filling out this form.
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Virtual knit night is every Monday evening between 6:00pm and 8:00pm Pacific Time. Drop in anytime and pajamas are encouraged. Visit the puddletownknittersguild.com Guild Events page on our website for a current link.
Member Tips are open for anyone wishing to share favorite tips. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Member Tips this month are shared by Emme Von about the pros and cons of test knitting. Designers use test knitters for their new designs to get feedback. They use it to decide what level of difficulty the pattern is, as well as to evaluate fit and shape for a wide range of sizes. They also use pictures of the samples to post on Ravelry and Instagram when they make the new pattern available. If you decide to become a test knitter the designer will usually ask for any clarity issues in understanding the pattern. The test items are usually kept by the test knitter. The designers also usually give the tester a deadline by which to complete the knitting. If you tend to modify the pattern heavily, don’t read the patterns, are unable to meet the deadline, or just don’t like the finished object then perhaps being a test knitter is not something you would enjoy. However, if you are ready to grow your knitting community and are not inspired by what you have currently, then be sure to read the expectations set out by the designer. You can begin by signing up for all designers announcements for testers on Instagram and Ravelry to get on their mailing lists.
Local fiber events:
Our service project to benefit foster children April challenge is toddler sweaters 2T and 3T and infant sizes are emphasized to be due in April. Baby blankets are a year long need as well. Please
bring your items made with SOFT, WASHABLE YARN, to the April meeting or send a note to email@example.com to arrange delivery. They are in need of many items.
April 29th is local yarn store day. It lands on a Saturday so get ready to spend some love at your local yarn store!
Michele Lee Bernstein designs and teaches from her home in Portland, Oregon. She talked about her journey with brioche knitting and shared samples from her new book, Brioche Knit Love. In her book she teaches a new technique with every pattern. We all brought knitting needles and yarn for a lesson in one-color brioche knitting. Michele shared some of her experiences designing and teaching locally and internationally over 17 years. She began knitting at 14 years old and began brioche in 2017 where she began her love relationship with it. She described her approach in the design and knitting of 2 color brioche, increasing and decreasing, flat color brioche, and syncopation where one color turns to reveal another color as more prominent. Caps, cowls, scarfs, mittens, coasters, stockinette brioche, brioche, and garter stitch. We can sign up for her newsletter by going to her website. Also she has classes coming up at For Yarns Sake in March, April, and May scheduled thus far. Michele can be reached at pdxknitterati.com. She is on Ravelry, Instagram, Payhip, and YouTube.
Raffle prizes for March meeting include a signed copy of Brioche Knit Love by Michele Lee Bernstein and a $25.00 gift certificate to Knitted Wit. In person winners were announced at the end of the meeting, virtual meeting participants will receive notification of their win by the Monday following the meeting.
Show and tell for the March meeting presented a lovely zip sweater, a syncopated shawl, a child’s sweater, all demonstrating skill and design.
Upcoming Fiber events:
April 13th meeting will feature Amanda Lane as she presents Reclaiming Yarn From Knit Projects. Amanda will talk about how to reclaim yarn from thrifted sweaters, including how to over-dye the yarn. She is obsessed with all things fiber and understanding how things work. She loves learning new skills and sharing her knowledge with others. She comes with the perspective of an engineer and a garment designer. Amanda spends most of her free time knitting, spinning, sewing and weaving.
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