Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Volume 4, Issue 6, July 19, 2009

From the President:

Wow! What a great time we had yesterday at our meeting. We had a wonderful demonstration of Naal Binding – the history, a demonstration of how to do it and time to try our hands at it and a display of items made using this ancient technique. If you have never seen Naal Binding, I would suggest you ‘google’ it and look at the applications for it.

We had several visitors yesterday. It’s always great to see our older citizens joining us with their talents. I love seeing how knitting helps them and that knitting stretches beyond age boundaries.

Next month, we will begin our three part series on knitting sweaters. Our goal is to knit Teddy Bear sweaters that we can use to dress bears for our Precious Pals program. I hope you can join us for this series and join in our next Charity Contest – Project Runway!

Later on in the week, I will have the chance to finally sit back and relax this summer. A friend and I will be taking a road trip to Florida. I hope to be able to get some serious knitting done during this time (what better way to pass the time on a road other than reading!). I hope that you too find some relaxing time to knit and finish up some of your projects. Hmmm….I feel a challenge coming on. Stay tuned!

Until next month……Knit On!



Brenda called the meeting to order at 3:07. A somewhat rowdy crowd of knitters settled down for the welcome to our newcomers and the introductions/”What are you working on?” portion of the meeting. Summer knitting included scarves (some Malabrigo!), sweaters, dishcloths, hats, baby hats, and blankets.
Afterwards, our president invited our presenters to begin the educational presentation on Naal Binging. The program included a brief history, a display of some beautiful Naal Binding items, and a hands on demonstration of the techniques. Naal Binding is a precursor of knitting and crocheting and our presenters are artists with the needle. Thanks to Anna for inviting these talented individuals!


Executive Reports

Charity Knitting: Linda P. was unable to attend, so Brenda explained our Charity Knitting projects for the newcomers and announced our next series of educational programs on dressing our Teddy Bears for the TKGA Precious Pals Program. There will be a contest; a Project Runway to determine the best dressed bear. Please make an effort to bring in bears for this worthy project!

Treasurer’s Report: Judy B. reported that there was no change to the treasury. Our total remains $948.97. Brenda explained the dues to the newcomers and those who may not have known that the Guild is hoping to sponsor a knitting event sometime in the near future.

Library: Brittany and Brenda reminded the membership that the Guild has an extensive library for loan. There was discussion as to where the list resides. There is a copy of the inventory list on the Yahoo group page under Files for any member to peruse and choose a title.


New Business

There was brief discussion of the possibility of the Guild doing a demonstration at the State Fair in September. Details will be ironed out at the August meeting.

Member Jessica has received donations of yarn and needles for her project to teach knitting to the caregivers and patients at the Cancer Treatment Center at Children’s Hospital. She reported that she is moving forward and will next try to obtain the required permission to proceed.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00. Please mark your calendars for the next meeting to be held Sunday, August 16, from 3:00 until 5:00 downstairs at the Belle Isle Library. See you then!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Volume 4, Issue 5, June 21, 2009


President Brenda A. brought the meeting to order at 3:07 with a welcome to our newcomers and guests. The question, “What are you working on?” was answered with scarves, socks, blankets, hats, ponchos, lots of stories and sharing of stressful times from the membership, resulting in a great deal of garter stitch!


Executive Reports

The secretary was absent during the May meeting; therefore, there were no minutes to report.

Treasurer Judy B. was unable to attend, so there was no treasurer’s report.

Linda P., chair of the Charity Knitting Project reported that the Guild could use more baby yarn and requested that the membership hunt through stash and seek donations of pastel yarns for the project. Joyce donated a number of bears for the Guild to dress for the TKGA charity project. A “Project Runway” fashion show for the best dressed bear was discussed as a potential contest for the next Charity Knitting contest. Membership is asked to brainstorm for ideas for dressing the bears.

Bethany was unable to attend so Brenda reminded the membership that our web site has an index of all the titles in the Guild’s library and encouraged members to make use of the resource.

Old business

Attendees of WWKIP day held June 17 at Penn Square Mall related the enjoyable experience they had. Pictures have been posted on the Yahoo group site.


In new business, time was given to Jessica to promote her plan to begin a charity knitting project at Children’s hospital. She would like to start beginning knitting classes for the clients and families who are undergoing cancer treatment. She asked the membership to consider what assistance each could provide for this worthy project.


Linda P. did a presentation to finish up our sock knitting series with sock toes and the Kitchener Stitch.

Please plan to join us July 19, when our presentation will be over Naal Binding. Bring a friend!