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

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(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.

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Colorwork and Hats with Mary Scott Huff

(photo © Mary Scott Huff)

“How much creativity can one person have?” That is a question I overheard after Mary Scott Huff finished her presentation at the last guild meeting, and I was asking myself the same thing.

It could be said that this woman certainly has her share and more!

Mary and her daughter, Lindsey, delighted all of us with examples of her color work and amazing hats. Lindsey’s modeling of the hats and her delightful personality made me realize I ‘needed’ Mary’s hat book, Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit. (more…)