Sunday, August 15, 2010

Where to find the OKC Knitters' Guild!

To all interested parties,

The Metro OKC Knitters' Guild is still VERY active and wants you to join us! We can now be found at out Yahoo group:
where we have all sorts of great info, camaraderie, and great pics and patterns.

Looking forward to meeting you at Guild!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Guild Meeting Cancellation

Guild members

Due to the inability of the leadership to contact the Belle Isle Library to determine whether the library is open, the executive board has cancelled today's guild meeting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Volume 5, Issue 3, February 21, 2010

Vice President Emily S. brought the meeting to order shortly after 3:00 with introductions and "What are you working on?" Members were working on afghans, baby hats, scarves, socks, sweaters, 'mug rugs', charity projects, prayer shawls, helmet liners, cowls, and even a SWATCH!


Executive Reports

Secretary Melissa R. submitted the previous month's minutes. The Board and membership offered thanks for the job done. I have been more than happy to serve the Guild and now hope to work as a regular member to further the goals of the membership. Joyce will now take over as Secretary at the March meeting.

Treasurer Judy B. was unable to attend; however, a guesstimate of some $1200.00 was settled upon as close to the last report.


Committee Reports

Charity knitting was explained to the newcomers by V.P. Emily S.

The Guild Library was explained by Guild Librarian Bethany.

Group Moderator and newly elected Secretary Joyce explained the Yahoo group to the newcomers as well.


Old Business

Elections of Secretary and President of the Guild consisted of Joyce and Lisa L. accepting their new posts by acclamation.


New Business

V.P. Emily S. reminded the membership that there will be a swap meet at the March meeting. Additionally, the Guild needs volunteers to present the educational program in March, Fair Isle Knitting. Jessica G. was drafted to present Toe Up Socks (Step One) in May.


Keela M. taught a session on how to knit using the Magic Loop method. She kindly gave out instructions for a cute baby hat in addition to the basic Magic Loop instructions.

The next meeting will be March 21, at the Belle Isle Library, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. See you there! And remember, clean out that stash for the swap meet!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Volume 5, Issue 2, January 17, 2010

President Brenda A. welcomed LOTS of knitters and new knitters. What are we working on? Cowls, scarves, baby longies, baby blankets, baby sweaters, shawls, mittens, dishcloths, socks, bear sweaters, and afghans among other items. The meeting moved from the traditional tables to chairs and a smartboard where Brenda showed members and newcomers the group blog.


Executive reports

Secretary Melissa R. characterized the minutes of the December meeting for the group with apologies for having forgotten to print them off for approval.

Treasurer Judy B. reported that the guild has $1,208.97 in the account. There was brief discussion of the possible uses of the funds to bring an author or teacher to do a seminar/class/presentation for the guild.

Charity Knitting chair Linda P. was unable to attend; however, Judy B. brought the yarn for use in the projects. Brenda explained the guild's charity projects to our newcomers.

Brenda and Bethany explained the guild's library and the check out process for the newcomers.


Old Business

The list of the 2010 programs have been sent to the Yahoo group members. There are still months needing a presenter. Please let one of the officers know if you are interested in taking on one of the programs.

The call went out for volunteers to run for President and Secretary. Joyce graciously agreed to run for Secretary, but candidates are still needed - please consider this great opportunity to help the Metro OKC Knitters' Guild grow!


President Brenda A. presented a brief discussion about project focus. Any project will begin with the choice of a pattern. She used the Lion Brand web site to illustrate the wide variety of patterns available, the various skill levels, and gave the group tips on choosing a pattern. Choice of yarn was also briefly discussed. The weights of yarn were explained.

After the presentation, the group broke into small groups to teach the newcomers how to knit. There were a total of 22 new knitters, who we hope will return with a few more friends!

The next meeting will be Sunday, February 21, at the Belle Isle Library, from 3:00 until 5:00. See you there!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A message from the president!

Happy New Year to all!

I hope you all had a safe and fantastic start to your new year. We had a great start to our new year with all the snow and cold over the last few weeks. It has been great to snuggle up with a good movie and knitting.

I just wanted to take a minute to encourage each and every one of you to be at our January meeting, this coming Sunday. Our presentation will be built around 'setting knitting goals and what you do to stay focused on a project.' We will also share our January stitch pattern.

It's also that time of year when we are looking for those who are interested in serving the Guild as a Board Member. Both Melissa and I have filled our term as Secretary and President and will be stepping down in February. If you are interested in either position, please let one of the board members (Emily, Judy, Melissa or myself) know. We will take nominations (and volunteers) at the January meeting. If you are interested in a position but cannot make the meeting on Sunday or would like to ask questions before the meeting on Sunday, you can email me at our Guild email -

So....bring your size 7 or 8 needles, a skein of worsted weight yarn, your thoughts & ideas on how you stay focused and get a project done, and your enthusiasm. I look forward to seeing you Sunday afternoon at 3!

Until then - HAPPY KNITTING!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Volume 5, Issue 1, December 13, 2009

Our meeting was held December 13 at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Midwest City. President Brenda Asher called the meeting to order at 3:20 p.m. by welcoming the membership and asking, What are you working on?" There were socks, socks, more socks, blankets, baby hats, soap sacks, sachets, sweaters, and dishcloths.


Executive Reports

The secretary (me) neglected to bring the minutes from the November meeting; however, a brief recap was accepted in lieu of more formal minutes.

Linda P., Charity Knitting committe, was unable to attend, but Brenda reminded the membership to please bring their dressed bears to the January meeting. A representative from the sheriff's office will be attending to accept the bears for the department.


Old Business

a brief discussion was held regarding monthly programs for 2010. Ideas ranged from the 'stitch of the month, to techniques, such as magic loop, to the study of the characteristics of yarns. Worldwide Knit in Public Day and the regular swap meets were mentioned as well.

New Business

Our president, Brenda A. asked the members to seriously consider running for president or secretary, the two offices opening up in 2010. Elections will be held soon.


Our program for December was the ever popular Holiday party - lots of delicious goodies brought by members were shared while the gift exchange game 'Dirty Santa' was played.

Many thanks to our vice president, Emily S. for arranging for the use of the Parish Hall for our festivities!


The January meeting will be held on January 17, where our program will be 'Staying Focused' and there will be a stitch pattern demonstration. Please bring your ideas, your journals, and a buddy!

See you then!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Volume 4, Issue 7, November 15, 2009

First, let me please apologize for missing out on the minutes from the last few meetings. I had some health problems, but am back and would hope for your kind forbearance. Following will be the minutes for November.


Our president, Brenda was unable to attend, so V.P. Emily S. brought the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m. with a warm welcome to our first time visitors. Next, she asked us, "What are you working on?" and our membership did not disappoint! There were baby blankets, hoodies, shawls, washcloths, soap sacks, and beautiful works in process.


Executive Reports

Since I have been away, there was no submission of minutes.

Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Judy B. reported the Guild's total in the bank is $1,208.97.

Charity Knitting: Linda P. was unable to attend; however, Emily explained the charity knitting projects to the newcomers, and Judy brought the charity yarn for members to use.


New Business

The subject of the Holiday party was discussed. The date for the party was set for December 13, a change in the regular date, since the library will be closed on the regular meeting date. An alternate location was also decided on. The December meeting/holiday party will be held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 800 South Midwest Boulevard in Midwest City. An email reminder will be sent out. There is a database on the email ring to note what refreshments members plan to bring. We will play 'Dirty Santa'. Gifts should be limited to $10.00 in value and knitting related. Please come and enjoy our great company.

Other new business included a discussion of programs for the 2010 year. Ideas put forth included Fair Isle, Steeks, stitch patterns, among others. A sign up sheet went around for members to volunteer to teach their 'favorite' stitch.

The discussion was followed by an excellent presentation by Joyce of the history of knitting.

The meeting ended at 5:00. Please mark your calendars for our January festivities on December 13, from 3:00 until 5:00 at St. Christophers! See you then!