December Holiday Party, 2016!

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December Holiday Party!!
Wednesday, December 14th
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Members should have received address and details via email (a members only event)

Bring a side dish or dessert to share! Bring your knitting!

Come and enjoy an evening with friends, door prizes, a gift exchange, and good food.

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Patty Lyons’ Classes Announced

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The Salt Lake Knitting Guild is hosting Patty Lyons, a nationally acclaimed knitting teacher, in Salt Lake City, March 11-12, 2017. While we have not yet settled on a location, we have confirmed that she will be teaching the following knitting classes.

Design Your Own Top Down Raglan – a 6-hour class

Top Down Raglan is not only a fun way to knit, but a simple and easy way to design. A raglan can fit you well if you know the simple math of how the pieces work (no more too tight or too loose armholes ). After you learn how to properly measure yourself for top down and get your own custom measurement sheet, we will explore ever aspect of design from the cast on to finish. We will learn a variety of necklines, waist shaping, and After this class you will not only be able to create your own garments, but you will understand how top down patterns are written and know how to alter existing patterns. Your perfectly fit sweater awaits you. WARNING: Math is used in sweater design.

Patty’s Knitting Bag of Tricks – a 3-hour class

There are so many wonderful knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I’ve accumulated quite a few fantastic tricks.  I love it when I’m teaching a class and a student declares “I love that tip”.  So, I’ve decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class.  From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YOs, to how to avoid the gap at the end of a bind off, how to tighten your first stitch, how to make better neck divides, and more. Get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks.

Secrets to Spectacular Sweater Success – a 3-hour class

There are so many ways your sweater can go wrong but even more ways it can go sooo right. In this “all things sweater” over view class will cover some of the most important things you need to know, as well as a host of fantastic hands on knitting tips to get you to your perfect sweater. After a brief exploration of fiber & pattern choice, we will look at swatching best practices that go far beyond gauge.  We will also take a peek into the pattern to see what it will and won’t tell us. Next we will delve into specific knitting techniques to discover a host of “the pattern never told you that” knitting refinements; from better cast ons, ways to improve the look of your rib, shaping, shoulders and over all fabric as well as a few fantastic bind offs. Finally we’ll address some finishing issues that plague many a knitter, when we explore the best practice for picking up stitches,
(including the oh so tricky button band on a v neck trauma) as well as the best way to set in a sleeve. Discover the secrets and make this the year of your perfect sweater 

As usual, guild members will have the opportunity to register for classes in early 2017, before the general public. These classes are expected to fill up quickly, so watch your email and the Guild website for notice that registration is open.
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Member Yarn Shop News

The October Guild meeting featured presentations from three member yarn shops and information about the benefits of local shopping.

The Wool Cabin

KayeLynn Van Wagonen, the Wool Cabin

KayeLynn Van Wagonen, the Wool Cabin

New store owner KayeLynn Van Wagonen is brim-full of energy and enthusiasm for her new yarn shop! With an extensive class listing, and some new yarns coming in to blend with the Wool Cabin traditional fare, she’s hit the ground running. What’s more, the store is increasingly showcasing local talent: dyers, teachers, and lovely tools from local potters and craftspeople. Kudos to Suzette and Alison for such a smooth shop ownership transfer! Learn more at the Wool Cabin website.

Wasatch and Wool

Wasatch & Wool, in Park City

Wasatch & Wool, in Park City

Margaux Kelleher brought some lovely knit samples showing off new yarns with sparkles, wonderful softness, and unique textures, many from sources off the beaten track. She’s encouraging local knitters to support local designers and learn new skills with her eighteen-month-long Knitting Pentathlon. Register with Wasatch and Wool, purchase your yarn through them, complete projects in the five Pentathlon categories by December 2017, and win the awesome W&W swag bag! Subscribe to the shop newsletter for all the details and info about open knitting opportunities at the yarn shop in Park City.

Unraveled Sheep

A small selection of the inventory at Unraveled Sheep in Sandy.

A small selection of the inventory at Unraveled Sheep in Sandy.

Verla Younker brought baskets of shop samples, featuring local designers, local dyers, and classes by local teachers. This yarn shop is carrying patterns by local designers like Katy Carrol and Mary Triplett and organizing knit-alongs. Furthermore, they are excited to be hosting Greenwood Fiberworks and Greensleeves Spindles annual trunk show November 5th. Watch the shop blog and Facebook page for the latest news.

 

Shop Local!

It was fascinating to see the ways that these three yarn shops are employing local talent to further strengthen our thriving knitting community. They all spoke about helping clients with patterns, sourcing additional skeins of yarn for a project (even from the original lot, no less!), and the satisfaction of going the extra mile to put together the right pattern and yarn for customers. Yes, Utah’s local yarn shops are a knowledge resource that adds value!

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Calling New Knitters!

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A happy New Knitter with her successful fingerless glove!

To encourage a new generation of knitters and to support those who want to learn more or are intimidated by expert knitters, the Guild has begun hosting a weekly get-together to knit and learn new skills together. We invite new knitters, those returning to knitting again after time away, and knitters who are looking for a little support or a few answers, to join a few Guild members and veteran knitters in the New Knitters Group!

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Mastering color work!

Current Meeting Location

The group meets at one of the Guild member yarn shops each Saturday. It’s meeting at The Wool Cabin, located at 2020 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City from 10:00 to noon every Saturday through November 12. Contact the store at 801-466-1811 for more information.

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Knitting in the round!

Last month the group met at Unraveled Sheep in Sandy, Utah. Locations for future months will be posted here on the website.

For Yarn Shops and Volunteers

If you’re a LYS owner, and would like to host a month of new knitters and the shop traffic that they bring, please contact Susan Lewin.  Likewise, if you’re a guild member an would like to help new knitters gain fluency in our craft, Susan would love your help!

 

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Charity Knitting Update

heart-1170606Shelley Ericson has been moderating a Ravelry thread in order to connect interested knitters to good organizations with needs for knits. Several guild members have offered to collect items at meetings and deliver them to local hospitals and other collection sites. Check the Ravelry thread to see if your favorite charity is among them. If it’s not, post to the thread and see who else is knitting for your group!

Remember to let Shelley know if you knit for a cause: she’s keeping track of guild member donations, and this year is off to a fast start!

De-stash for a cause!

Amy Hargreaves is collecting synthetic yarn for the women’s prison and Rachael Lauritzen is searching for yarns in natural fibers for the kids at the Waldorf School that are keen to learn how to knit. So de-stash and help a novice knitter!

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Next Guild Meeting

December Holiday Party
(a members only event)

Wednesday, December 14th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Members should have received address and details via email
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January Mini-Workshops
(a members only event)

Saturday, January 14th 1:00pm
More details coming soon!
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February meeting

Murray Public Library
166 East 5300 South
Murray, UT 84107

Wednesday, February 8th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Contact Us:

The Salt Lake Knitting Guild
P.O. Box 2342
Sandy, UT 84070

Contact@SaltLakeKnittingGuild.org