September 6th, 2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30 PM
This is the meeting we dedicate to charitable knitting projects.  Norma Zaccagni will present various patterns, yarns, advice that are suitable for our forray into knitting projects for the ones who might need some warm items.  We will explore the charities that receive our offerings and find out what we can do to promote the projects.  If you have a pattern that you find particularly suitable for this sort of project, please bring it along to showcase.

August 2nd, 2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30 PM
This month Cathy Riemer returns with a workshop on Japanese Short Rows.  With Cathy’s usual precise and detailed instructions you can learn the value of this short row method.  Materials and homework to prepare in advance:
Materials:
— Practice yarn in a solid color that makes stitches easy to see
— Needles appropriate for your yarn
— 6 removable stitch markers or coil-less safety pins
 
Homework:
 1. Review and practice doing the “ssp” (slip-slip-purl) stitch, a.k.a.
     “left-slanting purled decrease”: with yarn in front, slip one st knitwise,
     slip another st knitwise, return both sts to left needle, reach the right
     needle tip around behind and insert it from *left to right* through both
     sts, wrap yarn and purl the sts together.
 2. CO 35 sts and work at least 3 rows of stockinette, ending with a purl row.
Join us!
July 5th, 2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30 PM

We are jumping on the bandwagon with Christmas in July.  Join us for some patterns that will bring the Christmas spirit in the making.  Small ornaments, tiny sweaters, little trees and bottle toppers will be explored.  Jean the KnitWit will be working on a small Santa.  Materials to bring:  bits of worsted or DK yarn in holiday or bright colors, double point needles to match the yarn weight  (US 3, 4 or 5.)   A small salad fork will aid in the making of tiny pom-poms for the tiny hats.  We will have a use for those wine bottle corks you’ve been saving!

June 7, 2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30 PM

In continuing reprisal of our classes from The Love of Fiber, Kate Torres will share with us her presentation of Forethought/Afterthought Heel.  If socks have scared you (those heels are intimidating!) then fear no more. This class will teach the forethought-afterthought heel; great for the first-time sock knitter, or the experienced sock knitter who wants a quick and easy way to keep self-striping yarns do

ing what they do best. We will discuss fit, sizing, using waste yarn to place the heel, decreasing, picking up stitches and knitting the heel.  Materials:  A partially completed cuff-down or toe-up sock that is ready to start the heel (placing waste yarn), or a finished tube sock with waste yarn already in place and ready for pickup. If you’re not ready for that, that’s okay, you can watch and learn!  IT’S TIME TO CONQUER SOCKS!

May 3rd, 2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30
For this month’s program Hannah Black will reprise her Needle Felting Demonstration first presented at For the Love of Fiber.  A demonstration only, Hannah will provide tips and tricks for working wool into any form you desire.  Hannah has created marvelous monsters and realistic creatures from nature.  (If we get enough interest, we will try to persuade her to teach a class at a future date for us to make our own little creations.  That’s when the bandaids will come in handy!)  For this meeting we need no supplies, just attention.
Join us!
April 5th,2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30

This will be our first meeting post For the Love of Fiber–time for a breather and a report on the big event and to greet our newest members!  Our program this month once again features Diane Senn and a continuation of Entrelac program. Last month we worked on a flat swatch in entrelac.  This month it will be a hat done in the round. You will need16 in circular needles, size 5and 6 for a child’s hat and larger for an adult and 2 or more colors of yarn.  With the larger needle, cast on 64 sts and join without twisting. Knit ribbing as long as you want it  or 8 rows of stockinget for a curled edge.  Place markers every 8 sts in the last row. These live sts will be used for the base triangles.

If you weren’t here last month, or want more work on the swatch, you need needles and 2 colors of yarn.  Questions, Diane 237-7340

March 1st, 2018_Patton Township LIBRARY_6:30 – 8:30

This is the last meeting before we present For the Love of Fiber to Centre County on the 17th!  Bring all donations, prepare to sign up for volunteering, and bring good cheer!  
This month our own Diane Senn will preview her FLoF presentation of Entrelac.  We are the guinea pigs for Diane!
The knitting technique known as entrelac produces an interlocking diamond pattern which results in a woven fabric look.  We will be making a swatch which includes the basic triangles and rectangles which make up entrelac patterns.  PLEASE BRING TWO DIFFERENT COLORS OF WORSTED WEIGHT YARN AND  NEEDLES SIZES 6 – 9  (SINGLE POINT OR CIRCULAR) AND TWO STITCH MARKERS.  If you can master this swatch you will be on your way to intricate entrelac!Dianesentrelac
February 1st, 2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30
We are scheduled to meet the Day before Groundhog Day!  There will also be a brief meeting of the For the Love of Fiber Committee that begins at 6:30 and runs concurrently with the regular meeting.

This month, our own Jean Barczak will be showing some new edging techniques.  There is minor HOMEWORK to have ready.  These are swatches to have ready to learn the following techniques:

  • Knitted tendrills. Use any weight yarn and needles you would like. Cast on about 20-25 stitches and do about 6 rows of stockinette.
  • Lateral braid (also called Vikkel or Estonian braid). Cast on about 20-25 stitches and do about 6 rows of stockinette.
  • Buttonloops. Cast on about 10-15 stitches, knit about 5-8 rows and bind off.
  • The 4th thing Jean will share is 5 ways to do neat side edges. Jean will have a hand out for you to try at the meeting or at home and will also have a sample of each of the five different ways, which are:

    Slip stitch chain edge
    Slip stitch knotted edge
    Double garter edge
    Seed stitch edge
    I-cord selvage

January 4th, 2018_Patton Township Building_6:30 – 8:30
We are scheduled to meet this week, Thursday, January 4, for the first meeting in the Happy New Year!  This meeting is centered on Charity Knitting and we will focus on various items to knit and the patterns for them.  If you can come prepared with yarn (acrylic bends or washable wool) and needles to match size-wise,  Norma and Dawn are bringing patterns for hats, mittens, baby sweaters, and more.  Some of these are listed on our Ravelry page https://www.ravelry.com/bundles/charity-patterns-20 so you can get an idea of what supplies you might need.
There will be some yarn available, and more as the year goes on.  Norma suggests for her some of her items Size 8 straight or dpns or 12 or 16″ circulars or longer for magic loop, and worsted weight yarn.  The hats seem to need either dpns in size 3 or 4, with sport weight or baby yarn.  Well…bring what you have and we’ll see what happens.
If you are interested in Knitted Knockers, the yarn required is sport or DK weight all cotton and soft.  I use US size 4 double points and one stitch marker.  Cathy Riemer has several suggestions for making these even easier to knit.  I will bring pattern notes for these.

This could be an excellent opportunity to learn some new techniques on small practice articles–like a long tail tubular cast on for the Classic Cuffed Hat, or thumb gussets on the World’s Simplest Mittens.  Both of these patterns are found on our Ravelry page as noted above. This can use up some leftover stash, especially if you should choose to make an essay into Fair Isle Knitting as in the Tin Can Knits Clayoquot Toque (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clayoquot-toque).  I’ll have some copies of this one.  This isn’t wasted knitting time–it’s learning functional techniques while doing a good deed.  Go ahead–Feel good about yourself!!!

December 8th, 2017_Holiday Party!!!  Patton Township Building_ 6:30 – 8:30    This is the annual covered dish gathering, featuring congenial dinner and the Fiber Gift Exchange.  If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift (fiber or knitting related totaling approx $20) to put into the pool for the drawing.  Bring a gift, get a gift.  There will be no fisticuffs or grappling over the perceived best gift.  All in good fun.  Dinnerware provided by Guild.  The Guild is known for excellent food offerings, bring on your best!

November 2, 2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.  This month, Susan Magargee will present a brief program on slip stitch patterns as an introduction to mosaic knitting.  Slip Stitch is a way to fool the eye of the observer into seeing something that looks much, much more complicated to knit than it really is.  Using only one color per row, slip stitching allows color patterns to emerge using color from the row below.  We will casually explore this method through example allowing its ease and usefulness to come to light.  There will be an opportunity to knit along to experience various aspects of slip stitch patterning.  Bring several colors of matching weight yarns in colors that please along with needles appropriate for the weight.  One swatch uses double points, but most are fine with single points.  If you like, start several swatches of about 15 – 20 stitches using one color, then purl one row leaving a long yarn for working the swatch.  We’ll be using two or three colors for each swatch over several rows.  We’ll adapt as we go.

October 5, 2017  Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM  Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.  Our program this month will once again be presented by Chelsey Fisher who will enlighten us on the mysteries of Steeking.  Steeking is a method for knitting an article in the round that later is cut at a designated place to allow it to be opened up to insert a button band or zipper or to attach sleeves to a garment.  This enables, for example, the knitting of a Fair Isle piece that is all knit stitch without purls that can be made into a cardigan by cutting, WITH SCISSORS, at the designated stitches and binding off the loose stitches to form the opening that doesn’t unravel.  You’ll see…

Here are Chelsey’s instructions for the workshop sample: Materials:  Worsted yarn (something not slippery), stitch markers, a contrast color yarn, a knitting needle (double points or circular), crochet hook that fits the yarn, darning needle, scissors.  With the Main Yarn and double pointed or 16-inch circular needles, cast on 13 stitches, place marker, cast on 25 more stitches. [38 stitches]  Place a different color marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches. Round 1: Knit to next marker, sm, p1, k10, p1, knit to end of round.  Repeat Round 1 until piece measures about 4 inches from cast-on edge. Bind off.

Chelsey will guide us through the technique that could make Fearless Steekers of us all!

September 7, 2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.
This month we will have a reprise of Bonnie Ottaviani’s Tension and Pain Relief Strategies which she presented during For the Love of Fiber_2017. Do you push for “just one more row?”  Does that additional row give you tense shoulders, aching hands and wrists? Do you sit for hours at your spinning wheel only to feel strained or stuck when you do stand up? Do you have aches and pains from working on a project too long? This Knit & Yoga session will show how to avoid those project stoppers while sharing your passion for knitting, crocheting, or spinning with other yarn and fiber lovers. Bring your current works-in-progress and while you work, you’ll learn important strategies and a little yoga to avoid repetitive stress injuries while sharing our passion for all things fiber! The mission is to inspire you to be physically and mentally healthy to pursue the activities you love through both yoga and a healthy lifestyle.

August 3, 2017  Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM  Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.  Our program this month will be presented by Chelsey Fisher who will show various methods of casting on and binding off, with tips as to which projects they are best suited.  Bring scrap yarn and suitable needles for the practice of these useful techniques.

July 6, 2017  Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM  Monthly Guild meeting,  official business begins at 7 PM.  This week Megan Tomkiel will present a program featuring how to achieve the Twisted Garter Stitch Cuff, a decorative edge for necklines, sleeve edges, or sock tops.  Bring scrap yarn and needles to match, along with a yarn needle to finish the join.                                                                         

June 1, 2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM  Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.
Time for the bi-annual election of Guild officers.  A quick look at the slate of candidates for President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and a vote by current guild members. Our program will be presented by Cathy Riemer, a reprise of the Love of Fiber class, A Different Way to Approach Kitchener Stitch.   Bring with you materials described in this link:  Kitchener Stitch–Materials

May 4, 2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.
Back to skills…Melissa Carpenter will present Fiber Preparation:  Worsted and Woolen with a demo of the ways from fleece to spinning of the two radically different yarn production methods.

April 6, 2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.
Now that our annual Love of Fiber Event has occurred, we can get back to the business of improving our skills in the knitting line.  We will have a recap of the Big Day and move on toward planning our future programs for each month.  With a sigh of relief, we will sit and knit at last!

March 2, 2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.
We are working on finishing touches for our annual For the Love of Fiber event, to be held at The Match Factory on March 18, 2017.  The anticipation is growing and some prep is needed.  We will have social knitting time, too!

February 2, 2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM.
We are gearing up for our annual For the Love of Fiber event, to be held at The Match Factory on March 18, 2017.  If you have them, bring your name badges from last year.  More to come.  We will have show-and-tell and social knitting!

January 5,2017 Patton Twp Building 6:30-8:30 PM
Monthly Guild meeting, official business begins at 7 PM
This is the time to regroup from the holidays and make purposeful strides toward FLoF organization. Plenty of time for social knitting as we contemplate the agenda of techniques to learn this coming year.

For additional information, please email centreknitters@gmail.com

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