Fall Retreat 2016 with Lucy Neatby

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Two Days With Lucy!!!!

I want to thank everyone who spent 2 days with Lucy at our fall retreat. It was an amazing time and much information was shared, practiced, and talked about during the weekend.

Lucy Neatby is one of the most creative and adventurous knitters I know. The samples of her ideas, color-wise as well as functionally-wise, were incredible. The buttonhole was a good one, and I can’t wait to try it again. It will certainly be used in some of my cardigans.

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She is not only a marvelous teacher but a top-level designer and Maker of Beautiful Things. Her vests, socks, hats and all the other things covering the table were truly astonishing. The finishing on her garments was breath taking and we were all wondering and asking each other “how did she do that?”

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From Farm to Yarn at PCC Rock Creek Campus

Natural color yarn is a mix of Romney, Dorset, and Rambouillet sheep. Dark gray is a mix of Jacob and Churro. Light gray is all of those mixed together. They are all very soft.
Natural color yarn is a mix of Romney, Dorset, and Rambouillet sheep. Dark gray is a mix of Jacob and Churro. Light gray is all of those mixed together. They are all very soft.

A year ago, I visited Tina Johnston’s shop in Hillsboro, which is called Black Sheep @ Orenco Station, and learned about how she supports the Portland Community College (PCC) Veterinarian Tech program at the Rock Creek campus. These students are trained to work with vets, zoos, and farms to take care of all types of animals.

The college maintains a flock of about 25 sheep as well as a few chickens, goats, and a cow. The students sell wool from their annual sheep shearing to raise money, but the price for raw wool is very low. So Tina volunteered to get the wool cleaned and spun into yarn that could be sold for a better price. She sells the yarn at her shop and donates all proceeds to the Vet Tech program.  (more…)

Fun and Prize Ribbons at OFFF 2016

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Anna’s colorwork vest
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TKG display

Many Guild members enjoyed the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival last weekend. The festival offers something for everyone – actually lots of things for everyone!

There were dozens of vendors selling every fiber related item imaginable and especially lots of yarn; animal barns full of sheep, goats, rabbits, lamas, and alpacas; classes galore; a lovely display of items made by our Tigard Knitting Guild members; and a fiber division featuring work from invited artists as well as lots of items entered just for fun. This last group included some items by Guild members and some of those items won prizes.
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Picking the Perfect Yarn for Your Project

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Heraldry Mitts
(photo © Theressa Silver)

Theressa Silver is a freelance designer and was our guest at the August meeting. The topic of her presentation was Perfect Pairing: Choosing the Right Yarn for Your Project and she gave us lots of useful information. You may have picked a lovely pattern, a gorgeous yarn, and been spot on with gauge but in the end you just don’t like the finished item. The problem most likely isn’t the pattern OR the yarn, but rather the combination of the two.  (more…)