Meetings Archive

October 13, 2018 – Members Helping Members – Guests Welcome!

This month’s meeting will be a time to bring your machines (if you wish) and any questions you might have about your machine knitting projects.

There is so much skill and talent among us that you will find one or many who have answers and suggestions to improve your knitting.

Bring your projects to Show and Tell!

September 8, 2018 – Richard Smith

Our September speaker is the amazing Richard Smith. He does not teach very often anymore, so we are indeed privileged to have him spend the day with us.

Morning Session

Basic Knitting Machine Operation and Functions

Richard will cover basic machine operation: the function of “B” needles, “C” needles and “D”/”E” needles. This includes stitches commonly available such as slip, tuck and two color Fair Isle, knit-weave and knitted lace. Though it says “basic”, this will be a wonderful introduction to our newest knitters and a great refresher course for the rest of us!

Afternoon Session

An In-depth Ribber Tutorial

Richard will show us  how to set up the ribber and will go on to show many of the possibilities that are opened up to us if we include using a ribber on our machines.

June 9, 2018 – End of Year Potluck, Sale and Swap

June is our semi annual potluck and sale/swap for all things fiber related. Bring a dish to share, some goodies to sell off and some small bills or your purchases.

May 12, 2018 – Juan Alcantar

Our May program promises to be fun and informative. Juan Alcantar will be presenting to our guild for the first time. He has worked in the knitwear industry and will be sharing techniques he has picked up over the years.
He will be teaching tips and tricks for easy buttonholes. Straight line hems, interesting decreases to create new and fun visual effects, finishing and fit techniques. Measuring techniques to create perfect armholes and neckline. He will also share a short lecture on the history of his knitwear line.

Juan has been enthusiastically talking up his seminar on Facebook and he sounds like he is really thrilled to get to share his knowledge with us.

On June 9th, we will have our Sale and Swap and our End of Year Potluck luncheon.

April 14, 2018 – Member Demonstrations

April’s program will be a combined effort of several of our members. Reba will teach several cast ons and bind offs. Nancy will teach a method for invisible seaming and I will teach an easy sew as you go vest, knit in strips with pockets in the side seams.  I hope everyone will come away with some new tricks in their machine knitting arsenal.

May will be a seminar with Juan Alcantar from Los Angeles.  If you’ve been following the machine knitting group on yahoo, you would have seen some of his creative techniques that he will share with us.

See you in April.

March 10, 2018 – Helen Sharp

For our meeting on March 10, we are lucky to have Helen Sharp as our presenter. Helen Sharp, a successful and respected sweater designer, recognized a need for improved education in machine knitting and knitwear design.  With that end in mind, in 2008 she created The Knitting School in Seattle.

The ability to shape knitted fabric is one of its main attractions (alongside its stretchiness).  It eliminates waste and when combined with short-rows can turn a flat piece of knitting into a three dimensional object. That is the function of shaping or fully fashioning.  But what about the aesthetics?

An interesting and unique shaping technique can elevate an ordinary raglan sleeve sweater without having to recalculate the pattern.

I will demonstrate commonly used techniques and why you should and (maybe) should not use visible fashioning, purely from a visual perspective.

Then illustrate why it is worth spending some time exploring possibilities outside of single, double and triple decreases.

Morning: Single bed shaping – classic single, double and triple decreases and further exploration.

Afternoon: History of shaping in the machine knitting industry. I will talk about the evolution of the fashioning process from a hand-manipulated technique to an automatic process and how that has changed the knitted products we can find today (shoes! aerospace! medicine!). Double bed shaping on a variety of rib fabrics.

This is the first time our guild has had Helen Sharp and I hope we get a great turnout for her program.

Our April meeting is without a formal presenter.  We would like to arrange mini workshops presented by our members.  Please let me know if there is something that you could teach or demonstrate or if there is something that you would like to learn.  We have a lot of talent and expertise in our own membership and this is a great time to share and learn.

February 10, 2018 – Rebekah Younger

Rebekah Younger will be presenting her patterns and techniques using plating, knitted in panels and dropped stitches as featured in a sideways knit vest in the morning session.

You can view and order the pattern online at

The afternoon session will be hands on knitting the asymmetrical vest using your bulky or mid-gauge machine (LK-150).  Rebekah will cover reading pattern charts and further tips working with plating and combining yarns.

January 13, 2018 – Sarah Etchison

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get back to knitting.

For our January meeting, Sarah Etchison, one of our favorite presenters, will be sharing techniques for making yoke sweaters.  She has several methods that she will be teaching us.

In February, Rebekah Younger will be teaching us about plating and some other techniques which make her garments special.

If anyone knows of someone who they would like to have present at our guild, please let me know.  We are always looking for new (or old) instructors and would love input from our members.

December 9, 2017 – Bi-annual sale and Holiday Potluck

December will be our bi-annual sale and potluck.  Please empty your stashes and come prepared to sell and buy.  One person’s trash is another’s treasure as they say.
We will also have a potluck which is a wonderful time to just get to talk and catch up with other members.
In January, Sarah Etchison will be joining us again.  Her topic will be announced in our next newsletter but I’m sure she will have something fascinating to share with us.

November 10 & 11, 2017 – Carol Scott – 2-day Seminar

For Carol Scott, sharing her passion for all things fiber has become a second career after retiring from 26 years as a professor of fashion design in 2007. Besides teaching, her career has included designing knitwear for a New York children’s manufacturer, fashion show production, retail manager, manufacturer’s representative and personal wardrobe consultant. She also designs and writes patterns for books, yarn companies and Ravelry.  Drawing from her experience in the fashion industry as a designer and merchandiser, she strives to spark the creative spirit in students while at the same time developing their technical expertise.

This month, we will have a two day seminar with Carol.  The dates are:

We will start at 9 am each day and the cost is $65/day. You may mail a check (made out to MKGSFBA) to Lois Stevens.  Or you may pay at the door.


DAY 1- Friday – Great Beginnings, Funky Fairisle, Nifty Necklines

DAY 2-Saturday – Hems, Bands and Trims, Trendy Tuck, Diagonal Knitting, Knitweave Magic

These are the proposed topics but please bear in mind that Carol will be responding to questions and participant interest, so the schedule may change.

October 14, 2017 – Susan Lazear

For our October meeting, Susan Lazear will be sharing the inspiration that she found during her travels in Japan. In the afternoon, we will all get to try our hands at indigo dying using some of the Japanese Shibori techniques that we saw in the morning.  You are invited to bring in a scarf knit with natural fibers (wool, silk, cotton, alpaca) to dye.  You may also knit some swatches or washcloth size pieces to practice different techniques.  The following is a list of items to use in your Shibori dyeing.  I will bring some items but please bring some of your own. The afternoon session is open to members and will cost $25.

Shibori Devices:
Various clamps
Pieces of thin wood (matching pairs)
and C-clamps
Cord/Rope – maybe ½”
Rubber bands (elastics)
Plastic PVC Piping – 1-2” diameter, and longer than the depth of liquid in the bucket (we will be using standard 5 gallon buckets like you would find at Home Depot).

September 9, 2017 – Helen Koshak

We will be kicking off the year with Helen Koshak from Newton’s.  She has some interesting topics for us as well as the wonderful yarns that they will be bringing.  These will be her topics for our September meeting:

Morning Session

Garter Stitches on the Bulky

How do I create a Garter Stitch on the knitting machine? I incorporate the ribber to knit a garter stitch on the front or “public side” of the sweater. The tools I use are:

Cast on comb, Latch tool, Clothes Pin/Pins, Double Eye Needle, Triangle weight holder, Large/Small ribber weight/s. The techniques shown can be created on any gauge machine.

Afternoon Session

Is it Ombre or Gradient??

By using this technique, you can create Designer Knits with ease. There is not much difference between using the stitches, but the color and yarn placement that is important. Regardless of the type of your machine (manual, punchcard, or electronic) the techniques Helen will demonstrate, will allow you how to upscale your Designer Knits.