Meetings Archive

November 12, 2016 – Rebekah Younger

We are pleased to have Rebekah Younger, one of our former members doing a hands on workshop at our November meeting. Rebekah has had 25 years of experience knitting and writing patterns for her own line, Younger Knits, along with companies like Margaret O’Leary and Duna Designs. She stopped producing her line of contemporary knits for women but she is selling her knitting patterns. She will be teaching her charting and finishing techniques that set these designs apart as well as sharing her timesaving techniques.

In the afternoon, we will be working with plant fibers-linen, cotton, rayon and bamboo. We will learn what the swatch can tell you and how to work with the natural properties of the fiber to create garments with finished edges that make the most of these properties. If time permits, we will move on to designing a simple garments based on the swatch using the techniques of pattern writing covered in the morning.

Rebekah suggests bulky or mid-gauge machines, but if someone only has a standard that’s fine too. As for yarns, cotton, linen, bamboo or rayon are fine. She will be bringing yarns to sell too, so that’s an option. It would be great to have a variety of yarns so people can see how they respond differently, so smooth, boucle or ribbon, etc. are all good. I’d stay away from any that have a stretch fiber in them.

If you know in advance that you will be attending the afternoon session, please let me know. This will help us determine how many tables we need to set up. You are still welcome to come even if you don’t let me know in advance but it is helpful to know in advance for set-up.
It sounds like the plastic mid-gauge machines would be fine, if you have one of those machines.

Lois Stevens and Nancy Roberts

October 8, 2016 – Debbie Anderson

Debbie Anderson will be coming to teach us how to make buttons that will enhance our knit items. You can check out her website at https://athousandcanes.wordpress.com/

In February, we are having Carolyn Barnett for a two day workshop. She uses polymer clay buttons on her garments so you should check out her website for some ideas and inspiration. http://barnett-knits.com/index.html#.V-A9vJMrLVo

Debbie will be bringing polymer clay, stamps, inks, and assorted items to decorate our buttons. You can stamp dye based inks and they will become permanent additions to your buttons. Stamps can also be used for texture. If you have any favorite stamps, bring them. Debbie will also bring some button molds and will show us how to make our own molds from buttons or jewelry.

Debbie will bring ~ 2 oz of polymer clay per person for the afternoon hands on session. She will have black, white, primary colors, probably an off white or beige. If you have specific colors in mind you should bring them with you. If you use more than 2 ounces, you can buy more from Debbie.

If you have any clay tools, bring them. There will be tools to share but if you have your own, you won’t have to wait to share. This is a suggested list but not necessary to buy things:

clay blade for cutting clay- an x-acto knife will work, too
non-porous surface to work on so we don’t scratch the tables 10×10 or larger-plexiglass, formica, tile, glass, cookie sheet. A cookie sheet is good so you can carry your buttons home to bake if we don’t get around to it that afternoon
Pasta Roller- if you have one
Acrylic roller or brayer
Different shape cutters- like small cookie cutters that would make interesting shaped buttons rubber stamps, for texture
stamping inks
toothpicks or wooden skewers to make holes in the buttons

Please don’t let this list intimidate you. These are just suggestions- you should still come and experience our first button play day even if you don’t have anything.

Lois Stevens

September 10, 2016 – Helen Koshak

Morning Demonstration – 1 hour: Is it Tuck or Is it Slip

“Tuck or Slip Stitches”

In Tuck stitch the needles in “B” position do not knit and the yarn adds an extra loop with the pass of the carriage. When these needles return to upper working position all of the loops in the hook of the needle knit resulting in a texture fabric. Slip stitches are created on the knitting machine when the needles in “B” position do not knit and the yarn slips in front of the needle. Helen will show how to combine Tuck and Slip stitch for new interesting solid color and multicolor surface textures.

Afternoon Demonstration – 2 hours

Shawl Shapes “The Final Five Shawl Shapes”

Helen will review how to knit Five Basic Shawl Shapes. These shawls can be knitting on any stockinette machine with any yarn. Learn how to knit Square Shawls, Circular Shawls, Triangular, SemiCircular, and HeartShaped by changing the number of increases and knitted rows. Adding different stitch patterns allows you to further expand the look of the shawls.

Helen Koshak is a creative knitting instructor and the co-owner of Newton’s Yarn Country in Anaheim, California. She has been designing ladies and men’s knitwear since 1976. As a professional designer, she created hand and machine knits that were produced domestically and overseas. Retiring to begin a family, Helen became involved at Newton’s Yarn Country once her sons started school. At Newton’s, Helen gives machine knit instruction on Silver Reed/Studio, Brother/KnitKing, and Toyota/Elna, as well as DesignaKnit through her DAK Directives. Helen constantly creates knitwear patterns for both hand and machine knitting. With her husband Norman, they have combined her love of design and his expertise of twisting and dying to create unique yarns.