by Shela Perrin
Instead of a guest speaker the September meeting featured a sweater cast-on party. Kate Perry shared the myriad of things to consider before knitting a sweater. Fellow members advised on measurements, gauge, pattern and yarn choice, technique tips, and more. There were snacks and refreshments for those attending in person.
In person meeting at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church located at 1907 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, Or 97213. Doors opened at 6:00pm for in person social knitting and zoom participants were in a meeting instead of a webinar so they could interact with each other beginning at 6:30pm for social knitting. In person and virtual program begins 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 strongly recommended but not required. To continue to be accessible to everyone we will continue to have a virtual format.
Kate Perry made the acknowledgement that the land we gather on today rests on traditional village sites of indigenous peoples as they are the traditional stewards of the land since time immemorial.
Currently there are three Board Member volunteer positions - Vice President, Secretary, and At Large positions. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before their October board meeting.
Meeting volunteers are needed to set up and put away chairs and tables, registration, meeting assistants, A/V support, the help desk, and to monitor the zoom chat. If you are interested please write to email@example.com. You can sign up for one single shift or commit to a position for the rest of the year. Seth is our volunteer chair and he can answer any questions you may have about volunteering.
2023 membership that begins July and going forward are subject to dues pro-rated to $17.50 for the remainder of the calendar year. All memberships are up for renewal at the beginning of the new year. Scholarships and gift memberships are available, just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at puddletownknittersguild.com/membership.
If you know of any upcoming fiber events or have a guild speaker or topic idea, please email those to email@example.com.
Raffle prizes for virtual participants of this meeting include a $35.00 Tumalo Fiber Gift Certificate, Tin Can Knits' Strange Brew E-book, or one of their sweater patterns of your choice up to $15.00. Raffle prizes for in-person participants include a Tumalo Fiber Gift Certificate in the amount of $35.00, a set of Fair Isle Pint Glasses, or yarn!
Puddletown's meetup for the Stephen West Mystery Knit Along for 2023 is on Zoom Sunday October 8, 15, 22 and 29th from 7-9pm. Zoom links are on Puddletown's Events page. If you want to participate, you'll need to purchase the pattern from Ravelry. Further information about the MKAL itself can be found at https://www.Stephenandpenelope.com/pages/faq-mkal.
Virtual knit nights are every Monday from 6-8 pm Pacific time - knit and chat from the comfort of your own home, pajamas are encouraged. Zoom links are on Puddletown's Events page.
Service Project still ongoing: Diverse Dolls for Foster Kids. Dolls were due at September meeting or email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick up. Prize winners will be announced in October. Other cozy items are also welcome. Baby blanket challenge continues until November.
Help us find our 2024 Service Project Partner! Do you know of an organization we could serve? Please email Ellen with ideas at email@example.com.
Loose Ends is an organization committed to finishing projects loved one left behind. Contact them if you need a project finished or if you have time to give and you can finish a project. You can register at www.looseendsproject.org and get more information.
Member tip suggestions or to volunteer to share tips please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show and tell sweaters large and small were brought to us by Kate Perry and Susan Plack. In person participants bring finished items with pattern name and yarn details. Limit one item per meeting. Virtual attendees, submit your photos, including your pattern name, yarn details and anything special about the project. Email your photos to email@example.com by Tuesday evening before our Thursday meeting.
In lieu of a guest speaker Kate Perry shared a fabulous array of tips at our September Sweater Cast-on Party! How to choose a pattern, places to find sources of inspiration, discerning what pattern elements are preferred, ways to filter our searches on Ravelry, choosing the best yarn for our project, swatching, measurement taking and tools for success. In person participants had stations to visit and the virtual participants took part in a zoom meeting to share information. Also refreshments were served, and a library of resources was shared.
Guest Speaker next month will be Laura Nelken presenting Bling Your Knits! She will take a deep dive into all the ways you can add beads to your knitting. Laura is a prolific and innovative knitwear designer with a passion for knitting with beads.
Upcoming fibre events: