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T I D E W AT E R K N I T T I N G G U I L D O F V I R G I N I A May 2013

Purlsof Wisdom NEXT MEETING Monday, May 6

A message from our president

How are those Sandy shawls coming along? I have seen a few people plugging along with their shawls and getting comfortable with the double yarnover technique (I think). Linda Johnson will have some time at the May meeting to clarify or answer any concerns you may have, so Business Meeting, 7:15 p.m. don’t cry and throw your project into timeout. Bring it to the May meeting, whether or not you have issues, so we can see how far along everyone is. Maybe someone will surprise us with a finProgram will be ished project (Linda, Lora, Sue and Cindy, yours don’t count). A revised version of the pattern is included with this issue of the newsletter. What’s in My Our May meeting will feature a presentation of “What’s in My Closet” by the motherCloset: Cindy & daughter team of Cindy and Denise Call, and our nothing-less-than-spectacular Derby hats. Denise Call, plus Derby hats should be knit or fiber-related, which means IT CAN BE KNITTED BUT DOES Derby Hats. NOT HAVE TO BE. Linda Johnson’s winning hat last year was a straw hat that had the yarn, needles, notions and pattern for an entire project attached to the top. Katie Gerwien’s hat was a sand bucket with “knitting stuff ” attached. BE CREATIVE. We meet at: Westminster Canterbury Our Knit in Public (KIP) plan has expanded from a week to a month-long celebration. Why 3100 Shore Drive, not when you’re doing something you love and you want everybody else to know about it, and Virginia Beach. because we had to work around Father’s Day, graduations and Harbor Fest. We will start the month off with a scavenger hunt on June 1 to our local yarn shops for knitting and of course Check to “hunting.” More information is featured in this newsletter, so you need to read it. On June 15, confirm the meeting date. The Yarn Club will sponsor a booth at the Town Fair at the Town Center from 3-6 p.m. Bring a Questions? Email us at chair, a cool drink and your knitting, and join Rusty Boyd for a few hours of knitting. Finally, we will have a Pitch and Stitch Night at Harbor Park on June 29. Tickets are $11 each and I will purchase them ahead of time for those who provide me the funds. Just a reminder that the rules for the knitting contest are available on our Facebook page INSIDE and Ravelry. They will also be available at our Guild meetings, and they were included in the 2 Calendar, Charity Knitting, March and April issues of the newsletter. Sue Von Ohlsen, owner of The Knitting Corner, has offered to be a “coach” for anyone Birthdays, “Weekend” KAL who has questions about their entries or would like some advice. Sue has been a state fair judge on several occasions and is also a master knitter, so she has a wealth of knowledge and experi3 Stranded Knitting Class, ence to share. Cary Grant Did I forget anything? I hope not, but I am sure I will hear about it if I did. Unfortunately, it is that time of year when my brain is split between knitting and gardening. Say it ain’t so! 4 Scavenger Hunt, KIP Help Clinic, 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet, 7 p.m.

Debbie Hen derson

5 TKGV Members Honored, Yarn Cat Toys 6 Meeting Minutes Plus, revised version of the “Weekend at the Hendersons: Sandy” shawl pattern for the TKGV KAL.

TREASURER’S REPORT The Guild’s current bank account balance is: $4,470.

Beverly Boler


Mark your calendars Guild meetings start with Meet and Greet at 7 p.m., followed by the Business Meeting at 7:15 p.m. The Guild also offers a Help Clinic, starting a half-hour before the meeting. May 4-5 – Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, West Friendship, Md. May 6 – Guild Meeting. Program: “What’s in My Closet?” by mother and daughter Cindy and Denise Call. Plus Kentucky Derby hat contest. Hats should have a knitting- or fiber-related theme and be as ostentatious as possible. June 1 – TKGV Knit in Public Scavenger Hunt. Details on page 3 of this newsletter.

June 15 – The Yarn Club will sponsor a booth at the Town Fair at the Town Center from 3-6 p.m. Bring a chair and your knitting, and join Rusty Boyd for a few hours of knitting. June 29 – TKGV Pitch and Stitch Night at Harbor Park. Tickets are $11. See Debbie Henderson for details. July 1 – Guild Meeting. Aug. 7-11 – Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon. Sept. 7 – Deadline for entries for TKGV knitting contest, 5 p.m. Rules on Facebook, Ravelry.

June 3 – Guild Meeting.

Charity knitting: Looking for projects? Please remember people in need By Chris Goudeau

Please remember those in need when you are looking for a project to start and/or trying to figure out what to do with your scraps of yarn (they make great hats). Here’s a recap of the local organizations asking for knitted/crocheted items: Pet blankets – Virginia Beach and Norfolk animal shelters Baby blankets – Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 8” squares – Hugs from the Heart (hospice patients)

Member Birthdays This Month Debbie Goodman May 1

Susan Burnett May 23

Kathy Cayton May 10

Nancy Rantanen May 27

“Weekend” Knitting

Hats and scarves for Veterans – American Red Cross Caps/blankets for kids – St. Mary’s Home, Project Linus, Newborns in Need Bring your items to be donated locally to the next meeting and we’ll see that they are distributed. Remember to sign the charity knitting log each month when you attend our meetings or email me at Sue Von Ohlsen shows off a piece of fiber art she created by fulling yarn.

Linda Johnson displays a version of her Weekend at the Hendersons: Sandy shawl at the April meeting. She’s generously donated the shawl for a TKGV knit-a-long. An updated version of the pattern is included with this newsletter. Says Linda: "Thanks for the great reception for my ‘Sandy’ pattern. I've made a few revisions: section numbers corrected and YO2 for the knitted bind-off explained. I hope everyone is enjoying the project. Can't wait to see what you've accomplished at the May meeting."



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stranded colorwork neatly, and customize your sweater pattern with easy math! With Amy's fall and garden themed colorwork charts, you're sure to select great hue combinations for your personalized sweater. Plus, learn how to work phony seams, knit and stitch a hem in place, graft underarms with the kitchener stitch, and use a sewn bind-off at the neckline.” Amy Detjen has been an instructor at Zimmerman’s Knitting Camp for 20 years, so you could say she’s highly qualified to teach this class. Sign up for this class at

What do Cary Grant, Linda Johnson and Katie Gerwien have in common? By Katie Gerwien

At the TKGV Knitting Retreat, I learned Linda Johnson and I share something in common: Cary Grant is our favorite movie actor. As we discussed our fondness for Grant, we talked about his film “Mr. Lucky.” I watched “Mr. Lucky” recently and enjoyed several great scenes with Grant learning how to knit and focusing on his knitting, particularly in not dropping stitches. If you get an opportunity to watch the movie, the knitting scenes are wonderful, particularly with his dry sense of humor. The movie was released in 1943. I saw the movie on TMC. There are several scenes of the movie on YouTube. You can watch the knitting scene at WWKIP Day at Town Center Fountain: Join Rusty, Heather, Hazel and some fabulous folks from the Yarn Club on Saturday, June 15, from 3-6 p.m. All fiber arts are welcome. We are happy to extend an invitation to WWKIP Day to the Guild. Rusty has some fun up his sleeves! We have a ton of fun classes planned for spring. See our website for details, on the Classes and Events tab. Learn Broomstick Lace with Heather and Rusty. May 4 or June 22. Retro is back and crochet is more popular than ever! Have you wanted to figure out Tunisian Crochet? The Yarn Club is having a group “figure it out” session on May 13 from 5-7 p.m. Basic crochet experience needed. This is a free workshop. May 18 is Debbie’s Cast On, Bind Off class. Learn the best techniques for different types of projects. When do you need JSSBO? What is a provisional cast on? German twisted cast on, anyone? Debbie's classes fill up quickly, so don’t delay. Learn to Crochet a Granny Square. May 31. The blanket isn’t just for grannies anymore! Unlock the magic of Entrelac with Rusty on June 1. Join him for a full-day workshop of twists and turns. We recommend our new Noro yarns for this fabulous class. Broken Seed Stitch Socks with Debbie. Color work and socks on Magic Loop! What a fun combination! June 8, 15, 22.

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Our new yarns have been flying out the door. Road to China Light has been paired with the "Cameo" Shawl, the new Finito is jumping with the Imagine "When" Shawl. Dragonfly has outdone themselves with color in amazing combination of Pixie for the "Shades of Truth" Shawl. Shibui’s popularity continues to amaze us with the "Gradient Cowl" and the "Mix 3 Shawl." I think it’s going to be the summer of shawls, folks! Pop into The Yarn Club to stay up to date with all the latest knitting and crochet ideas. NEW! Art Yarns and TSC Tranquility, 400 yards of heaven. Rich colors and a scrumptious feel; perfect for a one-skein shawlette!


Celebrate knitting in public: Go on a scavenger hunt at our LYS’s By Katie Gerwien

We have set Saturday, June 1, for the 2013 TKGV Knit in Public Scavenger Hunt. Our four participating LYS’s -- Baa Baa Sheep, The Knitting Corner, The Yarn Club and KnitWits -- support our Guild, our events and our raffle program generously throughout the year. This event will give the Guild members an opportunity to spend some time at each shop, or at least some of the four participating shops, and the time to Knit in Public. We will start the day at an optional Knit in Public breakfast at Panera’s Café at Pembroke (corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Columbia Circle, adjacent to the Kmart and Michael’s stores). The breakfast will start at 9:15 a.m. Guild members will receive a 2013 TKGV Knit in Public LYS Passport. Guild members can then proceed to the four participating LYS’s in the order the members choose. If a member can’t

make the breakfast, she or he can start the hunt at any of the four participating LYS’s. The shops will have passports ready for Guild members to start their adventure. Participating Guild members will use the passports to track the points they build during the day. The four participating LYS’s will mark your passport for the time you spend in their shop. Participating Guild members will record the answers to their Scavenger Hunt questions on the passport. We will gather the completed passports at the beginning of the TKGV meeting on Monday, June 3, and determine each participant’s total points. We will have prizes for the top three point earners at the June meeting. Look for more information at the May meeting and on as we get closer to the event.

Why wait for WWKIP Day to KIP?

(by Linda Johnson)

By Lynn Clements

I recently discovered that two of my friends are avid passionate knitters. One saw my knitted work on Facebook, the other when I wore it. (Shout out to Lynn and Mary.) This is the very reason in 2005 Danielle Landes created World Wide Knitting in Public (WWKIP) Day, which this year will be June 8-16. TKGV has events where we all get together and KIP, but I'd like to encourage you to KIP much more than that as a way to get others to discover our hobby. They will learn that our numbers include more than just gray-headed old grannies (like moi) and that diverse groups can come together to achieve

(by Lynn Clements)

something greater than what can be accomplished by an individual. This event has become so popular world-wide that now an entire week has been designated, always the second Saturday to third Sunday in June. The website has information. So mark your calendar or go out right now and knit in your neighborhood or office. You might just discover that your passion is already being shared by your neighbors and coworkers, and that you are brought closer as a result. (by Lynn Clements)

Summer is right around the corner, so why not get ready today! Summer catalogs have arrived! Not only does the catalog include great products, it also includes 10 ways to fit fun into your summer, 10 ways to carry it all on your shoulders, 10 ways to breeze through summer with style, 10 cool solutions for hot summer fun, and 10 solutions sets for getting organized. New stuff for summer! Bring-A-Bottle, Lunch Break and Fresh Market thermals! Best Buds, Navy Cross Pop, Pink Pop Medallion and Fun Flops prints! New colleges added to the Collegiate Spirit Collection! New Hostess Exclusive items! May Monthly Customer Special: It’s all about THERMALS! For every $31 you spend in May, get ANY thermal for ½ off. Whether it’s water for one or dinner for a dozen – whatever you’re carrying, we have a thermal just for you! Visit my webpage to view the complete catalog, the monthly special, or place an order. Should you have any questions, or would to receive the monthly specials flyers via email feel free to contact me directly. Five percent of sales will be donated to the Guild.



Margaret Faust, Helen Prestipino honored

at Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s Volunteer Luncheon By Chris Goudeau

I attended the annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on April 25 and took six of your blankets with me for their Layette Program. This year, Guild member Margaret Faust was recognized with more than 1,000 cumulative service hours and Guild member Helen Prestipino was recognized with more than 600 cumulative service hours to the society. I left with lots of new yarn to share with you at our next meeting.

Zuzu won’t leave my yarn alone when I’m knitting, so I figured our cat needed some yarn of her own. Inspired by some projects I found online, I created cat toys using yarn scraps. 1. Coat Styrofoam balls in Modge Podge craft glue and roll the balls in dried catnip. Let dry at least a couple hours. 2. Dot glue onto a ball using a hot glue gun, then wind scraps of yarn around the ball, adding glue and yarn until the ball is completely covered. 3. Repeat step 2 to create additional toys. 4. Toss the balls on the floor and watch your furry friend play. (by Sonja Barisic)

What do you do with your leftovers?



TKGV PROPOSED MEETING MINUTES 4/1/13 The president opened the April 2013 meeting at 7:15 p.m. with the introduction of the canvas TGKV Knitting Retreat bag and the sock yarn dyed in the TKGV selected color way for the retreat. Both items are available for purchase.

The Knitting Corner: has new yarns available for spring and summer projects. In addition, the shop has a made-in-USA yarn tree designed to hold a ball of yarn while you knit from the outside of the ball.

The president extended birthday greetings for TKGV members celebrating April birthdays. The president welcomed our guests and new member. The president advised the Guild received a nice thank-you letter from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for a member’s donation of knitted socks to the Veteran’s Hospital.

The Yarn Club: has a “Coastal Knits” trunk show now. Also, the shop will host knitwear designer, Laura Aylor, the last weekend in April.

The March 2013 meeting minutes, as corrected, were approved.

The president advised the Gathering of the Guilds will take place on Saturday, 4/6. Again, the Guild will have a table and needs members to support the table during this event.

The president is participating in the Fine Arts Fair at Western Branch Elementary School on Friday, 4/6. If any Guild The treasurer reported the Guild’s balance as of this meeting is members wish to participate, please contact the president. $4,653.18.  Linda Johnson, the author of the Wallis Knits pattern:   The vice president advised the Guild is seeking nominations for “Weekend at the Hendersons: Sandy,” led the program. The the 2014 TKGV board positions of president, vice president Guild will participate in a knit-a-long of this versatile shawl and secretary.  pattern. Linda demonstrated several finished shawls using different types of yarn and subtle stitch variations. And, Linda Sue Von Ohlsen advised she will assist Guild members with reviewed the pattern details.   coaching and answer questions for any knitting projects members wish to enter into the 2013 TKGV Knitting Contest.  The Ways and Means committee conducted the raffle of Members may contact Sue at her shop, The Knitting Corner. various donated items. The newsletter chair thanked everyone for contributing articles.  The Guild enjoyed the show and tell.  The newsletter chair needs to receive articles by the 15th of the month. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The programs chair advised we will hold a Kentucky Derby Hat contest at the May meeting. Members may wear a hat that Respectfully submitted, celebrates the Kentucky Derby and is fiber-related. The hat may be an original production containing fiber or may be a Ka tie Gerwien purchased hat that is embellished with fiber.  Secretary, TKGV Yarn Shop News: Baa Baa Sheep: has new yarns available for spring and summer projects.  

May Class Schedule

Thank you

Spring and summer to the members of the Guild yarns are overflowing!

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WallisKnits……………….………………………by Linda Johnson Weekend at  the  Henderson’s:    Sandy

Yarn: Use any weight yarn Linda’s original  Shawl  (pictured) used Fingering Wt wool (168 grams) and additional stitches before the lace section Lora’s  shawl  used  450  yds  of  fingering  wt  wool   Needle: US 6 or size for your yarn 4 markers K – knit P – purl pm – place marker sm – slip marker YO – yarn over

BO – bind off slk2p - slip one, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over ws – wrong side rs - right side YO2 – yarn over twice; drop extra wrap on next row

Notes:     

When yarning over (YO) on the Purl side, wrap the yarn around the needle 1 ½ times to bring back to the Purl position There will be 4 markers in Section 1. One on each end and one on each side of center stitch. You may wish to use different colored markers. Double yarn overs (YO2) are used to make the edge easier to stretch for blocking Adjust needle size if using a heavier weight yarn. My thanks to Barbara G. Walker “Treasury of  Knitted  Patterns”  for pattern ideas

Section 1 – The Triangle Cast on 9 stitches. Knit 2 rows (garter stitch) Row 1 (ws) – K2, pm, YO, Purl to last 2 stitches, YO, pm, K2 Row 2 (rs) – K2, sm, YO2, K3, YO, pm, K1, pm, YO, knit to end marker, YO2, sm, K2 Note: slip markers as you come to them

Row 3 (ws) – K2, YO, Purl to last marker, YO, K2 Row 4 (rs ) – K2, YO2, Knit to next marker YO, K1, YO, Knit to end marker, YO2, K2. Repeat rows 3 & 4 until there are 229 stitches. (114 + 1 + 114) Note: For a larger shawl, continue rows 3 & 4 as many times as needed making sure you have a multiple of 14 + 5 stitches. Note: Remove center markers as you come to them on the next row.

Next Row: K2, Purl to 2 stitches before last marker, K2. Note: You will  begin  Row  1  of  the  Lace  Pattern  with  the  “knit”  side  facing  you.    The  “knit”  side  will  now  become  the  right  side  row (rs)  and  the  “purl”   row is the wrong side row (ws).

Section 2 – Lace Pattern Note: Adding markers for each Lace Pattern Repeat may help you keep count.

Row 1 – K2, YO2, K1, *YO, k5, slk2p, K5, YO, K1* repeat between asterisks across row to end marker, YO2, K2. Row 2 – K2, YO2, Purl to last marker, YO2, K2. Row 3 – K2, YO2, K2, p1, *K1,YO, K4, slk2p, K4, YO, K1, P1* repeat between asterisks to end marker, K2, YO2, K2. Row 4 – K2, YO2, P3, *K1, P13*, repeat between asterisk to last 4 sts before marker , K1, P3, YO2, K2 Row 5 – K2, YO2, K2tog, YO, K2, P1, *K2, YO, K3, slk2p, K3, YO, K2, P1*, repeat between asterisks to last 4 sts before marker, K2, YO, SSK, YO2, K2. Row 6 - K2, YO2, P5, *K1, P13*, repeat between asterisks to last 6 sts before marker, K1, P5, YO2, K2 Row 7 –K2, YO2, K1, K2tog, YO, K3, P1, *K3, YO, K2,sl k2p, K2, YO, K3, P1*, repeat between asterisks to last 6 sts before marker, K3, YO, ssk, K1, YO2, K2 Row 8 – K2, YO2, P7, *K1, P13*, repeat between asterisks to last 8 sts before marker, K1, P7, YO2, K2 Row 9 – K2, YO2, K1, K2tog, K1, YO, K4, P1, *K4, YO, K1, slk2p, K1, YO, K4, P1*, repeat between asterisks to last 8 sts before last marker, K4, YO, K1, SSK, K1, YO2, K2. Row 10 – K2, YO2, P9, *K1, P13* repeat between asterisks to last 10 sts before marker, K1, P9, YO2, K2 . Row 11 –K2, YO2, K4, YO, K1, YO, K5, P1, *K5, YO, slk2p, YO, K5, P1* repeat between asterisks to last 10 sts before marker, K5, YO, K1, YO, K4, YO2, K2. Row 12 – K2, YO2, P15, *K1, P13* repeat between asterisks to last 16 sts before marker, K1, P15, YO2, K2. Page 2 4/10/13

Section 3 Knit 4 rows continuing to increase at beginning and end of rows. Note: On your last row, make sure you have an even number of stitches. If not, increase or decrease to get there.

Section 4 - Roman Stripes Note: You will no longer increase at each end. Row 1 – K1, *YO, K1* repeat between asterisks to last stitch, K1 Row 2 – K1, *Purl*, repeat between asterisks to last stitch K1. Row 3 – K1, *K2tog*, repeat between asterisks to last stitch K1. Row 4 – K1, *YO, K2tog*, repeat between asterisks to last stitch K1. Row 5 – K1, *YO, K2tog*, repeat between asterisks to last stitch K1. Row 6 – Knit across row. Row 7 – Knit across row. Work rows 1 through 7 of the Roman Stripes a total of 4 times. Note: If you want a longer shawl you can repeat the Roman Stripes section again. Note: Make sure you are on a right side row when starting the Knitted Bind off. Since Roman Stripes is a pattern with an odd number of rows, you may need to knit one row to get back to the right side of your work before beginning the bind off.

Section 5 - Knitted Bind Off You will now begin to bind off using the  “Knitted  On”  method across the live stitches of the shawl. I find using another shorter needle, like a double point, makes holding the work easier. Note: On the even numbered rows you will use 1 stitch from the edging and 1 stitch from the body of the shawl to complete the last K2tog. Note: The double yarn over on row 1 is not dropped on row 2. You knit the first 1/2 of the YO then purl the second half of the YO.

Set up: Using the Cable Cast on, cast on 7 stitches to the end of the last row knit. Next row: Knit 6, K2tog across the 7 stitches just cast on. Turn. Begin Lace Edge Pattern. Row 1 – K3, YO, K2tog, (YO) 2x, K2tog. Row 2 – YO, K2, P1, K2, YO, (K2tog) 2x. Row 3 – K3, YO, K2tog, K4. Row 4 – BO2, K3, YO, (K2tog) 2x.

(8 sts) (9 sts) (9 sts) (7 sts)

Repeat the Lace Pattern across the live stitches. Bind off loosely. Block and enjoy. Page 3 4/10/13

May 2013 Purls of Wisdom v2  

May 2013 issue of the newsletter of the Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia. Revised to add a member birthday.

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