Meetings Archive

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.

June 10, 2017 – Year End Potluck, Yarn and Equipment Swap and Sale

June brings our annual year end potluck lunch and yarn and equipment swap and sale. Bring a dish to share and any yarn and equipment that needs a new home.

May 13, 2017 – Nancy Roberts – Machine Knitting to Dye For yarn dyeing technique

Our May program will be a hands on dyeing workshop with Nancy Roberts. We’ve all seen the beautiful and impressive knits she has created with her Machine Knit to Dye For technique and we are so fortunate to have her share her expertise with us. Come prepared with knit blanks and knit samples to test the dyeing before dyeing your larger blank. Directions for knitting the blanks was taught at the March meeting as well as included in last month’s newsletter. If you still need directions, please drop me an email and I will forward Nancy’s instructions to you. The cost for this special workshop will be $50 which includes the cost of the dyes.
June will be our end of the year sale/swap and potluck. Start gathering up your extra items to bring to the sale. This is a great chance to purge your stash and start on a new one.