December 12, 2015 – Holiday Potluck/Yarn and Equipment Swap/Arduino Hack Presentation
December’s program is a time to celebrate! We’ll be having a yarn and equipment swap, a delicious potluck, and a member presentation by Adrienne Hunter. It should be a great time for enjoying each others’ company and talent.
Adrienne’s presentation is “Hacking a Brother electronic knitting machine.”
Adrienne will show how to use an open-source hack to get any pattern or picture from your computer to the machine. It was designed by this team in Germany: ayab-knitting.com You remove the 80s-vintage control electronics and put in an *Arduino instead, which directly controls the needle-selection mechanism. The Arduino tells the needles where to go, a row at a time from your computer via USB. She’ll also talk about some new developments coming soon, improvements to both the hardware and software to make it more usable and less of a hack. Time permitting, she’ll also discuss the other hack that has been around for longer. Img2Track by Daviworks, where you change nothing in the machine itself, just use a new cable.
*The Arduino is a programmable chip commonly used in hobby robotics etc. For this purpose, there’s no need to understand what it is nor how to program it, that has already been done.
Also, please bring cash or checkbook to buy goodies.
November 14, 2015 – April Mills
April Mills will be our presenter.
In the morning April will talk about “How to Beat the Cotton Beast” with suggestions about both techniques and how yarns made of other fibers spun with cotton work.
In the afternoon she will start with “Necklines Made Easy” and if we have time, either knitting Fantasy Flowers or Instant Arans.
April Mills has been hand knitting since childhood, and machine knitting since 1967. She has taught classes and workshops all over the US and also in Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. She has written 15 books for machine knitters and over 35 leaflet patterns on everything from Scandinavian coats to string shopping bags and American doll clothes. She has a webpage at www.aprilmills.com for all of her patterns and supplies.
October 10, 2015 – Paola Trombetta
Paola Trombetta has taught knitting and machine knitting in the Bay Area for many years. Coming from a background of production machine knitting in Italy, she is conversant with almost every type of machine. She is famous for being able to hear something going wrong with a student’s machine from way across the room and come running to fix it, and can tell you how to fix almost any mistake you can make – including things like pants with two different length legs.
Paola is going to give us a presentation of how to update her one-hour sweater, changing the silhouette from boxy to fitted with lots of fashionable “tweaks” that can be easily added. In the morning she will talk about stitches and yarns. At the afternoon seminar she will demo portions of the garment and show how to make it much more fashionable and interesting.
Paola would like everyone who has made one or more one-hour sweaters to bring them to the meeting.
The one-hour sweater is a great starting place for very beginning beginners, as well as a very quick and easy fun sweater to make in an afternoon.
September 12, 2015 – Helen and Norman Koshak
We are kicking off the year with Helen and Norman Koshak. Norman will be bringing his wonderful yarns so bring your checkbook and stock up for this new year.
And Helen is always a terrific presenter. Helen’s morning program will be Knitting in the Round. This is a very underutilized technique. Helen will cover the correct ribber set-ups for both Brother/Knitking and Silver Reed/Studio. This is a great feature for socks, neck treatments, hoodies, etc.
The afternoon program will be Partial knitting or Knitting Shortened Rows. These shortened rows are needed for collars or darts, but can also be used as the center of interest in your garment design. Helen will cover her repertoire of miters, short row knitting, and spiral short row designs. Her patterns using these techniques are really beautiful.
Paola Trombetta will be our presenter in October. Over the years Paola has brought us many techniques designed for beginner knitters which are easily used as the basis for much more complicated garments by experienced knitters. We look forward to Paola’s expertise and enthusiasm in October. She will be a special treat for our newer knitters.and our more experienced knitters. Remember – You must be a member of the guild to attend the afternoon session, and the morning session is open to guests only one time.
June 13, 2015 – Sarah Etchison
This June we will not have our usual end of the Guild year pot luck. Instead we will be having Sarah Etchison for both our usual morning meeting and the afternoon seminar meeting. Sarah never fails to teach us something both useful and exciting, and it looks like this will be a fine way to end our current year. We will need refreshments for the morning session coffee break, as usual, and those wishing to stay for the afternoon will need to bring their lunch. The usual $20 charge for the afternoon session will apply.
Combing lace with tuck and weaving
Lace by itself is extremely beautiful. However, when lace is combined with other techniques such as weaving and tuck, even more fabulous patterns can be produced. We will explore this stitch technique and learn how to modify lace patterns to incorporate weaving or tuck.
Automatic shaping using punch cards or electronics
A great way to speed up your knitting and take advantage of the knitting machine’s capabilities. Shaping for toes, heels, armholes, necklines, etc. can easily be accomplished by the use of the punch card or electronics. This is not a new concept. We will re-visit the techniques.
May 8 and 9, 2015 – Diana Sullivan
The seminar will be from 9:30 to 5:00 both Friday and Saturday. Doors will be open by 9:00. We hope to start on time at 9:30 so please come a little early.
The seminar will cost $50 per day, and requires membership in the guild ($20 to join for the remainder of the program year). You may still sign up at the door for either day. Both days will be “bring your own lunch”. Morning snacks are always appreciated and we will have coffee and a coffee break as usual.
Diana Sullivan is known to most knitters through her vast assortment of machine knitting videos on You Tube. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow and her personality sparkles. For those of you that somehow have missed her videos, following is her resume plus an outline of what she plans to teach.
Diana has been doing needlework since childhood and began machine knitting in the mid-70s. She owned a yarn shop and machine knitting dealership in California during the 80s, and after selling that shop, she began working in accounting but kept on knitting.
In July 2009, in an effort to assist beginners who couldn’t find teachers, she started putting simple machine knitting lessons on YouTube. Now, Diana has over 160 machine knitting videos on YouTube with over 2 million views, including lots of lessons, projects and technique demonstrations. She sells pattern books and DVDs as well.
http://diananatters.blogspot.com/, is stuffed with machine knitting information, patterns, photos, and ideas
This should be a fabulous seminar. Hope to see lots of you there.
April 11, 2015 – Members Helping Members/MK Swap
We will be having our machine knitting related swap for the April meeting. We will also have our annual members helping members meeting, so bring your machine/device and get some advice from our more seasoned members. There will also be members doing demonstrations.
March 14, 2015 – Nancy Roberts
Nancy Roberts’ program will cover the ins and outs of DAK 8. She’ll start with the basics of designing a custom shape. She’ll teach us how to create a stitch pattern how to integrate it with the shape pattern. She’ll show us how to insert cables and how to use the lace tool to design simple and complex lace patterns. She’ll cover the “how-to’s” for creating a shape from scratch and how to knit the shape at an angle, off-center or side to side. She’ll also discuss ways to take a hand knitting pattern or ready-made sweater and enter the shape into DAK. Along the way, she’ll point out the new features contained in DAK 8. In the end, Nancy hopes that those who already own DAK will use it more, and those who don’t have it, will be equipped to decide if it’s a machine knitting tool that they would like to use.
February 13 and 14, 2015 – Susan Guagliumi
On Friday, February 13th, and Saturday, February 14th, we will not have a regular guild meeting. Susan Guagliumi, world renowned designer, educator, and author, will be with us. Susan’s career in the machine knitting industry has spanned more than 25 years and included positions with three knitting machine companies. Many of us are familiar with Susan’s books on hand-manipulated stitches for the knitting machine.
Both of Susan’s classes will be at the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall from 9 am to 5 pm with an hour for lunch. (Bring your own lunch.) And each day has a $50 registration fee. Friday’s class, February 13th, will be lecture and demonstration. Susan will present highlights from her new book, Hand Knits by Machine. This will include a discussion and demonstration of the machine knit equivalents to the most common hand knit cast on, increase and decrease and bind off methods. You will find it a lot easier to work from hand knit patterns once you understand some of this information. She will also teach easy methods for entrelac and modular knitting. All of this will be covered in the presentation to the whole group.
As time allows, Susan will also present material from the book she is currently working on, Mostly Hand–Manipulated Stitches. This book, the third in the series of Hand– Manipulated Stitches, fully develops the possibilities for i–cord, ladders and a number of other techniques, taking them to the extreme for fabrics and trim treatments. Definitely not your same old hand manipulations!
Saturday’s class, February 14th, will be a hands-on workshop with bulky machines which will go into more detail and practice.
Susan is also offering us some special attention. You can check out the hard to find, specialty tools that Susan sells on her web site at www.guagliumi.com. She will deliver the tools to us to avoid shipping charges so do not place the order through the web site. Instead, you can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will tell you how to go about ordering. While you are on the web site, make sure you sign up for the free downloads and her newsletter!
January 10, 2015 – Susan Lazear
As many of our members know, Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego, actively designs clothing, and has written books on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for Fashion Design. Susan is also responsible for the creation of a line of software for sewers and textile artists under the Cochenille Design Studio name. Susan also teaches design workshops around the world.
Susan’s morning presentation will be, “The Asian Aesthetic in Fashion”. In her lecture, Susan will show us Asia’s influence on fashion and help us to begin to plan how to incorporate the Asian style.
The afternoon workshop is titled Fashion Transformers. In Susan’s words, “This workshop combines the Asian fashion art of combining simplicity with innovative style. Learn how to plan and knit or sew garments that offer multiple looks in one piece. Turn it upside down, wrap it in a different way, reposition it on your body; all options should be considered. Students will measure, and plan two garments during the class. Fabric and yarn choices will be discussed as they impact the style will also be covered”.
December 13, 2014 – Pot Luck lunch and Member Swap/Sale
It’s our last meeting before the holidays with enough time to get started on those last minute MK gifts. Good food great company and knitting, what more could you ask for!
Marti Christopher will demonstrate the short rowing technique she perfected in the beautiful garment she showed us a few months ago. Ellen has agreed to a member request to demo how to set up the ribber and how to make adjustments.
The machine will be set up so if you have any challenges you need help with, this would be the time. Also, if you have quick gift ideas or things you’ve made before please bring them.
Bring yarn to swap or sell including the yarn you bought at the last swap if you haven’t done anything with it yet. If you have machines books or equipment to sell, bring that too. Try to put your name and prices on items ahead of time because things move quickly.
Please bring a dish to share that would feed about 6. For those of us that don’t cook, just pick up something. Breakfast or lunch items would be perfect. See you there.
November 8, 2014 – Juan Teran
Juan Teran returns to our guild for a more in-depth presentation of how to make tailored suits in the style of St. Johns Knitwear. In the morning he will demonstrate how he finishes garments. He will bring a partially made jacket and show us how he sets-in a tailored sleeve, makes a collar, attaches a zipper and more. He uses both knitting and sewing machines to accomplish these tasks, and both will be available for his demonstration.
In the afternoon, Juan will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create your own custom fit pattern. We will take measurements and create our own jacket patterns as he explains the process. You can bring a gauge swatch with a pre-calculated gauge, or you can go through the steps- using Juan’s optimal gauge for wool-ray fabrics of 9 stitches and 14 rows to the inch. If you plan to stay for the afternoon, bring a tape measure and wear clothes suitable for taking your measurements.
October 11, 2014 – Aida Berkovitz
Long time Guild member, Aida Berkovitz, will be demonstrating knitweave. Aida’s been a fan of knitweave for many years and will bring all kinds of examples to show. She’s spent a lot of time perfecting her favorite techniques and will talk about some of those characteristics. Other long time Guild members may remember her cut and sew jackets from years back.
In the morning program Aida will talk about and show her garments, wall hangings, and loads of swatches in knitweave. She’ll share her thoughts about yarn types and stitch patterning that works best for knitweave. She’ll also talk a bit about the characteristics of the fabric.
In the afternoon, Aida will demonstrate how knitweave is done on the Guild’s standard gauge knitting machine. She’ll show a couple different types of background yarns and weaving yarns. Members are encouraged to look through your yarn stash and bring along some interesting yarns you’d like Aida to try as a weaving yarn. We’ve seen some members – e.g., Marti Christoffer and Marty Jonas – who have used cut strips of fabric, for example, as weaving yarns with quite interesting results. If anyone wants to bring and set up their own machines to follow along, we can enlist them to also try some of the test weaving yarns.
September 13, 2014 – Lorna and Jill Watt
Our September program will feature Yarn Bomber sisters and techniques used for novelty projects. South Bay group members Lorna and Jill Watt are yarn-bomb artists in San Mateo. Their website is: See knitsforlife.com, and video which shows them using their Toyota and Bond knitting machines to complement the hand knitting and crocheting is linked here: http://www.cctv-america.com/2014/07/18/yarn-bombing-street-art-knit-in-happiness.
June 14, 2014 – Pot Luck lunch and Member Swap/Sale
For our June meeting we will be doing our Pot Luck lunch and Swap/Sale of yarn and equipment that is in need of a new home.
May 10, 2014 – Nancy Roberts
Nancy Roberts began machine knitting in 2003 when she wanted to experiment with dyeing knitted fabric to create her own self-striping yarns. She has used these yarns in knitted, woven and felted creations. Nancy soon realized that knitting machines had so much more potential than just knitting fabric blanks for dyeing. She now focuses on tailored knits. Nancy teaches her methods at local and national knitting, weaving and spinning conferences, and her work has been featured in Spin-Off, Handwoven, and Knitwords magazines.
Potpourri of Machine Knitting Techniques
Nancy has picked up and invented various techniques along her machine knitting journey. Others seem interested in learning them, so she’s but together a collection that will include:
• “Faux Intarsia” to eliminate both the use of an intarsia carriage and laying yarn across needles
• How to be a human linker
• How to hang a very neat (no gaps) button band
• Latching up a dropped stitch from the front and without a latch tool
• Sweater selvedge treatment to avoid points where the side seams meet
• Knitting on woven fabric
“Machine Knitting to Dye For” Demonstration
Nancy will bring lots of her MKTDF samples to show what can be done using self-striping yarns. She will also demonstrate her methods for knitting and dyeing the knitted fabric.
April 12, 2014 – Linda Handy and Lois Stevens
This month we have our two very talented Program Committee members teaching us how to make some creative garments.
Linda Handy started knitting 25 years ago on a Bond. She called the help line so much that they decided to make her a demonstrator at the local Calumet City store in Illinois. She eventually purchased a 940 after taking lessons from Jill Stern, Bonnie Triola and Gene Bailey. Linda was living in Chicago in married-student housing with a little kid and a husband who left television news to go into Seminary. Knitting kept her sane (not really) as she moved every two years. The first thing she always did was join the local guild. It was a great way to meet new friends and knitting is a big deal in snow-blanketed states.
Linda loves to make flowing dramatic types of clothing and use texture and multiple fibers to create fabrics that she likes. She is not one for complicated patterns, preferring simplistic lines with dramatic outcomes. Oh yeah, her first degree was in fashion design.
Linda is going to take members through a step-by-step process to chart and then knit a fabulous cardi-wrap pattern by Susan Lazear. In the class we will take point-to-point measurements for her chart. No worries, this is not a fitted garment so no waist measurements! Then we learn how to fill in the blanks to complete a customized pattern that you can knit over and over again using different textures and yarns. You won’t believe how simple it is to create this fabulous jacket.
Susan, a friend of our Guild, has graciously agreed to send us 40 copies of the pattern and measurement chart and is only charging us $5.00 a copy so you can have your own pattern.
Please bring a tape measure if you can remember and your imagination. Linda is challenging you all to go home, knit something up and bring it to the May meeting to strut your stuff!
For those of you who have already made this pattern, please bring it in to show. Remember her motto, “if there’s no drama, there’s no point.”
Lois Stevens has owned a knitting machine for about 30 years but it has only been in the last six or so years that she got seriously involved in the use of knitting machines. Her degree is in Art with an emphasis in ceramics and she has been selling pottery since she graduated from San Jose State University in the 1970s. Recently, Lois stopped producing pottery for sale, but she takes her knitting to a few local arts and crafts shows.
Lois tries to knit items that she can produce quickly but don’t look like it and was thrilled to be asked to test a pattern for Michelle Goodhand. It is a lovely, drapey vest that is knit side to side in one piece and only requires two short seams from the neck to the underarm. She will be selling Michelle’s pattern for $5 as well as sharing her variations on this pattern.
March 8, 2014 – Richard Smith
Richard Smith started machine knitting in 1976. He has written numerous books about machine knitting patterns and techniques, and has demonstrated in over 200 machine knitting seminars.
Richard has been teaching machine knitting for 22 years, including techniques of garment knitting and machine operation; a semiannual 14-week adult education machine knitting course; and two-day, hands-on, workshops for each of the 910, 930, 940, 965, 950, 950i, 970 and 270 Brother electronic machines.
Richard sold and repaired knitting machines for 25 years. He has retired from active selling and teaching but remains an active machine knitter.
- The A, B, C of machine knitting needles – or why your knitting just fell on the floor, and what to look for when things go wrong.
- What happens with “B” position, “C” position and “D/E” position needles while using different settings on the carriage.
- Using stitch pattern cards/programs to set needles for patterning including lace.
- Getting friendly with your ribber:
- Casting-on techniques and using weights
- Ribbing for bands
- Full-needle ribbing
- Set-up and use of slip stitch, tuck stitch and ribber racking lever patterns
February 8, 2014 - Loretta Warner
Loretta Warner has been a member and friend of our Guild since the early 1980’s. Her philosophy is to create beautiful, handmade pieces with the true goal of serving others. She is always looking for opportunities to expand her capabilities both as a skilled artisan, mentor and lifelong learner.
Loretta is a Berkeley-based textiles artist and knitwear/couture fashion designer with more than 30 years experience. She is a native Californian who is inspired by her love of the colors and textures of the land that surrounds us.
Her work is both playful and deeply considered. Pieces are created from the best yarns and luxurious fabrics using a variety of tools-of-the-trade, including knitting machines of various gauges, sewing machines appropriate to the work, and the use of long practiced handwork skills.
Morning session – Slide show and talk with a group of pieces from Loretta’s Collection and other pieces as well. Note: Guild members are encouraged to bring their work using any and all “luxurious yarns”!
Luxurious Fashion: Winter–Spring 2014, A look at inspired street style, chenille, and a few designers. We will discuss the trends for the new season and chenille: what it is, characteristics, why it’s hard to knit, and what you can do about it.
Afternoon Session – Working with luxurious yarns that are often hard to knit.
Workshop Demonstration including:
- Using the steam iron: like an artisan, like a seamstress, how to handle the knitting in order to get great drape ability without killing it.
- Bulky chenille: (Touch Me, Valentina) Step by step from knitting to the finishing: the creation of panné velvet.
- Standard knitting: chenille deluxe (1200, 1300) and baby chenille (2000); soft metallic (lurex), Fortuny, Slinky, Sleek and Fluffy. Chenille plaited, Chenille as fabric, seam finishes and more as time permits.