We’re Moving

church3  After many years at the Tigard Senior Center, the Tigard Knitting Guild is getting a new home! May 19th is going to be our last meeting at the Senior Center. On June 16th we will be at our new location and feedback so far has been very positive! We will be able to walk in, socialize, have our meeting, and head home without having to move tables, chairs, or do anything except put out water, cups, and napkins for snacks!

The room is open with no posts to obstruct the view, good lighting, good acoustics, a wonderful PA system if needed, a projector and screen, no noisy refrigerators or freezers, and we won’t hear the toilet flush! Another plus is a large parking lot that is well lit.

I’m excited to introduce you to our new meeting space so bring out those stash items you want to re-home and come to the yarn swap in June! See you in May for our farewell to the Senior Center.

Click here for map location of Calvin Church, 10445 SW Canterbury Lane, Tigard, OR 97223

Purple Hat Charity Knitters Are Working Hard

phats1Some of our members have been knitting hats for the CLICK for Babies Purple Hat Campaign. This campaign works to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying. 26 hats were collected at our last meeting. These baby hats are quick and easy to make – just ask Patti. She finished 14 last month! Anna collects the hats all year long and donates them for us. The need for the hats is great and your efforts will be appreciated. For more information about yarn and sizing see our charity knitting page here or go to the CLICK website for patterns and more info. Thank you to everyone who has participated!!

Anne Berk – Knitting Publishing, Past, Present, and Future

(photo © Anne Berk)

Our guest speaker this month was author, teacher, Master Knitter, and designer Anne Berk. Anne gave us a fascinating look at the world of knitting in print from the early part of the 1900s to today. Did you know that the first “real” knitting pattern book was Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Knitting Without Tears”, published in 1971? Before that, knitters relied mainly on patterns published by yarn companies to sell their own yarns (often with no yardage information included, to make it more difficult to substitute a different yarn). These frequently had very brief instructions, no photos, and minimal (or no) illustrations.