Our theme of the year for 2017 is color – in any form. There does have to be more than one in the project but it doesn’t have to be fancy – basic stripes are fine. For those who want to be a bit more adventurous there are lots of techniques to try. Think stranded colorwork, intarsia, and mosaic. Using multiple colors in helix knitting (go look it up – it’s cool!), twined knitting, shadow knitting, double knitting, modular knitting, or entrelac can be a fun challenge with beautiful results. If you are interested in a mini workshop on any of these topics let a board member know.
Color was also the topic of our February meeting presentation. Nance came to talk to us about using different types of multi-colored yarns. She showed an amazing range of gorgeous colorwork making use of long color repeats, short color repeats, variegated yarns, and gradient sets. Her samples and discussion were great inspiration to explore color in our knitting – especially appreciated in the grey of winter!
At the January meeting, a drawing was held for places in the group to visit Brooklyn Tweed. On Friday, January 27, the lucky winners met at the Brooklyn Tweed office and warehouse. We were welcomed by Jen, the office manager, and she introduced us to the office staff, many of whom were wearing beautiful sweaters or accessories made from Brooklyn Tweed yarns.
Luigi, who is in charge of business development, gave us an overview of the process that the wool goes through from sheep to yarn. Brooklyn Tweed is proud to say that everything is totally “made in the USA”. The sheep are raised on ranches in Wyoming (the woolen spun yarns) and Montana and South Dakota (the worsted spun yarns.) All of the scouring, dyeing, and spinning processes happen in other places in the US. It is a very complex process! After a Q&A time, we were turned loose to roam the warehouse and shop for patterns and yarn. (more…)
Our January meeting included our rescheduled holiday potluck, neckwear show and tell for the 2016 theme of the year, People’s Choice Award voting for neckwear prizes, and drawings for both the Brooklyn Tweed tour and prizes for membership renewals. Busy, delicious, and fun!
The 2017 board has taken over and there are lots of great programs coming this year. See the Meetings page for the list.
We had a lot of fun things planned for our meeting tonight (Dec 15th) but due to the weather, we feel it’s best that we cancel our meeting tonight and reschedule our holiday potluck to take place at our January 19 meeting.
Our January meeting will start at 6:30 with our holiday potluck (the doors will still open at 6pm). After eating, we will have our drawing for the Brooklyn Tweed tour which is scheduled for Friday, January 27, at 10:30 am, our drawing for early membership registration, registration for our cast on/bind off mini workshop scheduled for February 4, and a quick announcement time to wrap up 2016. In the interest of time, we are foregoing the gift exchange this year.
After the 2016 wrap up, Delanie will take over the Guild meeting and we will have our scheduled January program, which will include our speaker, Duffy Stephens, and show-and-tell time for our theme of the year projects. After show and tell, we will have a quick break to vote for the People’s Choice Award and a drawing for gift cards for those that participated in the theme of the year.