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. Tina came to our October 2016 meeting to tell us about this wonderful program.

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…)

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 2016 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…)

Hand and Body Exercises for Knitters

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Ruthann Marquis, OT was our guest for the July 2016 meeting. She shared information that will help make our knitting more pain-free and therefore, more enjoyable. She discussed posture, and why and how often we should change what we’re doing. Ruthann also covered what to do when our hands feel tight and achy and many other aspects of making knitting more fun and pleasurable for everyone. There is a copy of the handouts she brought for us on the ‘Articles’ page. (Look for the link on the menu on the right. You have to be logged in to see it.)

Yarn Swap 2016

YarnSwap1 Our annual (more or less) yarn swap auction took place at our June meeting. The new meeting space was perfect and we pretty much filled it to the brim with yarn, bags and books to sell. If you weren’t there you missed out on some great deals on great stuff! A free table loaded with patterns was popular too. Remember to bring your no-longer-wanted items to any meeting for the sharing table.

 

Sharing1 We also had a show and tell for items made at the spring workshop in May. It is always fun to see all the creative things made from the same pattern. Thank you to everyone who shared!