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.
Pieces of thin wood (matching pairs)
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:
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.
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.