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TIDEWATER KNITTING GUILD OF VIRGINIA

November 2013

Purls of Wisdom# NEXT MEETING Monday, Nov. 4 • 6:30 p.m., Help Clinic • 7 p.m., Meet & Greet • 7:15 p.m., Business Meeting Don’t forget the Super Raffle!

WE MEET AT:

Guild members at the Chesapeake Waterways Heritage Festival. (by Molly Larson)

Penthouse Suite Westminster Canterbury 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach

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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Submissions for the December issue of the newsletter are due Nov. 15. Email Editor Sonja Barisic at snbarisic@gmail.com.

INSIDE • 2 Calendar, Member Birthdays, Treasurer’s Report • 3 Knitting Contest Winners • 4 Charity Knitting • 5 Meeting Minutes • 6 Yarn Shop Review

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A message from our president ! I think I am finally drying out from my weekend at the Chesapeake Waterways Heritage Festival. Despite the rainy weather and dozens of standing puddles, I decided to stay, along with Molly Larson, Vicky Shearin and Mary McElroy. We got a lot of knitting done and even won a few raffle prizes. Not bad for a weekend that looked like a bust.! ! Congratulations to Cindy Call, who for a second year in a row won Best in Show in our knitting contest, this time with her beautiful lavender circular lace shawl. The judges commented at the end of the day that the job of judging was much more difficult than they expected and in many cases the difference between first and second place was marginal. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.! ! It is membership renewal time, so please get your membership form and dues turned into Beverly. We are having a board meeting in January and the dues we collect have an impact on our budget and the events we plan for the year.! (continued on page 2)# www.tkgv.blogspot.com

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EVENT CALENDAR NOV. 1-3 Nancy Shroyer meet & greet, classes See previous newsletters for details. Contact loramarin@cox.net NOV. 4 Help Clinic, 6:30 p.m Guild Meeting, 7 p.m. Penthouse, Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach NOV. 8-10 KnitXperience Graves Mountain Lodge Syria, Va. bit.ly/16CnO3t NOV. 10 Charity Knit-In Tea Party, 1-5 p.m. Debbie Henderson’s home RSVP to hendersonjb@cox.net DEC. 2 Guild Meeting & Holiday Party St. Mary’s Home, 6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk; 757.622.2208 www.saintmaryshome.org JAN. 6 Help Clinic, 6:30 p.m. Guild Meeting, 7 p.m. Penthouse, Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach FEB. 3 Help Clinic, 6:30 p.m. Guild Meeting, 7 p.m. Penthouse, Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach

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President’s message, continued from front page" ! I am excited about the upcoming classes with Nancy Shroyer. Though I have taken similar classes in the past, I am hoping that with Nancy’s approach to the subjects of color and spinning I finally “get it.” If you are attending any of Nancy’s classes in November, make sure you check to see if you have homework. ! ! Just a reminder that our holiday party will be Dec. 2, at St Mary’s Home (formerly St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children), and will be a potluck. We will be collecting donations of knitted items such as hats, slippers and lap blankets that night for St Mary’s. If you don’t have time to knit something, please consider donating other items such as gift cards, craft supplies and comfort items. A knit-in to make items for St. Mary’s will be at my house on Nov. 10, from 1-5 p.m. Please send me an email at hendersonjb@cox.net to let me know you are coming. I will have patterns and yarn. You need to bring needles sizes 7 – 9.! ! I need to close this letter and get it to Sonja before I am fired from my job. Stay tuned for more information on our retreat.!

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MEMBER BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH Rae Struebing, Nov. 2

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Barbara Wool, Nov. 2 Cheryl Cauthen Bond, Nov. 13

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Wanda Gunnoe, Nov. 18 Barbara Wright, Nov. 23 Myra Barnes, Nov. 25

Nancy Curles-Quintilone, Nov.13 Cindy Call, Nov. 26 Molly Larson, Nov. 13

Melanie Pérez-López, Nov. 27

Susan Wilkins, Nov. 13

Sue Von Ohlsen, Nov. 28

Brenda Bunting, Nov. 14

TREASURER’S REPORT The Guild’s bank account balance is $6,487.90.

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November 2013

Congratulations to the knitting contest winners By Debbie Henderson

We had 34 entries in eight categories in this year’s knitting contest. Congratulations to Cindy Call, who won Best in Show for a second year in a row with a lace shawl. Kudos also to Denise Call, who had an entry in every category of the contest. ! This year, a scorecard was developed with the judges giving entries a score (1 – 5, 1 being the best) in the following areas: yarn choice, technical ability, execution of design, degree of difficulty and overall appearance. Even with a scoring system, the judges found the task to be very difficult. ! A couple issues mentioned on more than one occasion were the yarn selections for a project to present a project in its best form and blocking. As a guild, I am hoping we will address those issues with Nancy Shroyer’s classes, the retreat and future meeting programs. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and congratulations to all the winners! Check out the Guild’s Facebook group for photos of the entries. ! Category

1st

2nd

3rd

Afghans

Linda Johnson

Denise Call

Cindy Call

Felting

Amy Upson

Marilyn Estrada

Denise Call

Hats/Mittens

Denise Call

Linda Johnson

Amy Upson

Lace

Cindy Call

Denise Call

Linda Johnson

Originality

Denise Call

Jackie Scott

Shawls/Scarves/Cowls

Amy Upson

Linda Johnson

Socks

Denise Call

Sweaters

Cindy Call

Cindy Call Marilyn Estrada

Jai Essenmacher

Denise Call

Don’t you just love when a pattern talks to you? An impromptu knit-a-long has started with the Sambuka Cowl,http://www.ravelry.com/ patterns/library/sambuka, Two or three skeins of DK yarn and a pattern with some twists and turns in it. Not difficult, but not boring either. Join the fun on Saturdays or anytime on Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-yarn-club-inc/2726531/1-25. Post as you go and share with friends; this one is highly contagious! The November Challenge is all about socks, mittens and gloves! Use Done Roving yarns for extra points. Add cables, lace, beadwork and more to add to your winning possibilities. Remember, the more techniques, the more points you receive! Laura Nelkin Bead kits are still the hot gift to make and give this holiday season. Pick up your favorite kit today and enjoy the fun of a fast knit and a beautiful project. Gotta love a BIG YARN SALE! Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, The Yarn Club celebrates Black Friday! Shop early for yarn and save the day after Thanksgiving for the mall. For those who have joined us before, you know all about the great deals we offer. For all of our new folks, check your patterns, make your gift giving list and come early. Check Ravelry for a sneak peak and shop til you drop! Holiday Hours: Friday, Nov. 22, 10-6 Saturday, Nov. 23, 10-5 Thursday, Nov. 28, Turkey Day, Closed 240 Mustang Trail Black Friday, Nov. 29, 10-6 Suite 8 Saturday, Nov. 30, 10-5 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Cyber Monday, watch for deals on Facebook and give us a call! Facebook

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Charity knitting: from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s By Chris Goudeau

You still have time to knit items for the following charities:! Guild member Jackie Scott told us about her church, which is feeding the needy. Her church will do this the week before Thanksgiving and would like to give each person a scarf. So, we are asking that you knit or crochet a scarf, or two, and bring them to the November meeting.! December is our holiday meeting and will be held at St. Mary’s Home, 6171 Kempsville Circle. Now is the time to start your knitting and crocheting. They would like hats (child and adult sizes), lap blankets, slippers. Just like last year you can purchase items to donate. You can find some gift suggestions on a wish list on St. Mary’s website, at http://saintmaryshome.org/donate/wish-list/.! Do you have red yarn in your stash that you are trying to get rid of ? Here’s a way. The Red Scarf Project gives scarves to college-age students in foster care. Foster Care to Success sends three packages during the year; the one sent for Valentine’s Day includes a red scarf. The scarves should be approximately 60” long and 5” to 8” wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front. Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red. ! Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city and group affiliation, if any. Donors also have included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards and more.! NOTE: Scarves are accepted between Sept. and Dec. 15 annually. Please send your scarves only during this time period as space is limited.! Mail to:# Foster Care to Success, Red Scarf Project
 21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130 
 Sterling, VA 20166! Please bring your items to be donated locally to the next meeting and we’ll see that they are distributed. If you have items that you have given to an out of town charity, you should notate that on the charity log. Remember to sign the charity knitting log each month when you attend our meetings or email me at chrisgoudeau64@gmail.com. Thank you. 


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TKGV proposed meeting minutes" !

The president opened the October 2013 meeting at 7:12 p.m. by extending birthday wishes to Guild members celebrating October birthdays.! ! The September 2013 meeting minutes were approved.! ! The treasurer reported the guild’s balance as of this meeting is $5,344.90 and noted several expenses are pending receipt.! ! The president advised she will hold a charity knitin on Sunday, Nov. 10, at her residence, from 1-5: p.m. Please contact the president if you want to attend. The group will focus on items for St. Mary’s. ! ! A member thanked the group for the two bags of scarves for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s homeless project. Additional scarves will be collected at the November meeting (scarves for homeless adults made in washable, dark yarn).! ! The president requested members send book reviews and other news items to the newsletter chair by the 15th of each month.! ! Yarn Shop News:! ! Baa Baa Sheep: is participating in the Ghent Business “Masquerade at Dark” on Friday, 10/25. She will have a party on this date from 12-6 p.m.New yarns continue to arrive at the shop.! ! The Yarn Club: Please see The Yarn Club’s website and Ravelry page for current contests and classes. New yarns from independent hand dyers continue to arrive at the shop.! ! The president announced the Chesapeake Waterways Festival is Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13. Please contact the president to volunteer at the Guild’s booth.! ! The vice president advised the classes taught by Nancy Shroyer on Saturday, Nov. 2, are full. There is

November 2013 room for additional participants in the Sunday, Nov. 3, drop spindle class. The class homework assignment is available for the Fair Isle class.! ! The president advised the Guild will hold a knitting retreat at Corolla, N.C., March 6 through March 9. The president is seeking Guild members to volunteer at the retreat and to volunteer for the planning committee. There will be a planning meeting on Oct. 18. Please contact the president if you want to participate in the Oct. 18 meeting.! ! The president recognized the entire board for their work in the past year.! ! The secretary presented the following slate of candidates for the 2014 TKGV Board:! President: Debbie Henderson! Vice President: Lora Marin! Secretary: Debbie Goodman! Treasurer: Beverly Boler! ! Upon a second on the motion to elect the above candidates for the 2014 TKGV Board, the Guild voted unanimously to accept this slate of candidates. The slate was installed.! ! The president advised the winner of the knitting contest and advised nine Guild members submitted 34 entries. The judges reviewed the entries for yarn choice, technical merit, execution of design, degree of difficulty and overall appearance.! ! The Guild enjoyed the show and tell, followed by the raffle and a celebration of the Guild’s anniversary.! ! There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.! ! ! ! Respectfully submitted,!

Ka tie Gerwien !

Secretary, TKGV


The Knitting Corner closed on Sept. 28. Sue is still available for private lessons, blocking, finishing and consultations for all types of needlework and crafts. Future classes and workshops will be posted here. Contact Sue at 403-1277 with any questions.

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November 2013

Roving reporter: The Needle Lady and Claudia By Nancy Curles Quintilone

While taking the grandkids to see the fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains, traffic stoppage created a side trip to Charlottesville. We were walking along the “famous mall” (which I learned later was Main Street) and I was carrying my granddaughter when something caught my eye: big balls of yarn decorating a storefront window. I realized I was standing in front of The Needle Lady, which was on the list of yarn stores I had researched before the trip. I quickly gave my granddaughter over to my husband and promised that I would only be a few minutes. I released my family to find a toy store, thus avoiding a yarn store toddler/husband implosion.! The store was warm with natural brick wall with that antique look. It had a nice, homey feeling, with many samples of yarn and supplies. A group of women were sitting at a table knitting and discussing yarn dying. We engaged in friendly yarn talk. ! I told them I was from out of town and that I have learned to ask if there is any local yarn. Lo and behold, I met Claudia from Hand Painted Yarns, who was visiting from Harrisonburg. I was introduced to a ribbon-like yarn that she had dyed recently. The store carried many samples of her craft for sale. I chose one in a pale green with a pattern that she had just created, not yet published. I also purchased a skein of lace-weight yarn that she recently dyed. The owner set up the electric ball winder and swift to wind my lace yarn, at no cost. It took more than 15 minutes to wind approximately 900 yards into a cake. ! Claudia visits there about several times a month to share yarn stories and dyeing techniques. I felt really honored to be in the presence of someone who dyes the yarn that I love to work with. The store made me feel very comfortable, and I will definitely be back to visit again. UFO Night, Friday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. until ? Do you have unfinished projects sitting around? Do you feel guilty about starting a new project with another one (or two) unfinished? Then, this is the event for you. Come in and I'll lock the door behind you, and you'll stay until it's finished, even if it's the wee hours of the morning. Not really, you're free to leave when you want. But it is a good opportunity to set aside a long period of time to complete something hanging over your head. Dress is comfortable (code word for jammies) and refreshments will be provided. Please let me know if you'll be joining me so I can be prepared with enough snacks. Ravelry Group: Please join the Baa Baa Sheep Friends group on Ravelry. It's a great way to stay in touch with what's happening in the shop and with fellow knitters. I'm starting a discussion thread on favorite last-minute holiday gifts, so please post a picture of your favorite. New yarn continues to come in weekly. There are new yarns from Mirasol, Araucania and Elsebeth Lavold. I am adding new yarns to the Yarn Tastings with a Twist ,so come on in and try out a new yarn. Cabled Band Hat Class $30, Nov. 7 & 14, Thursdays, 1-3 pm. This is not your basic knitted hat.There’s a twist to it (literally). Start by making the cabled band and build a hat around it! The class is based on a free pattern from Cascade. You’ll learn: Cables, picking up stitches, seaming, decreasing for the crown and Russian Bind-Off. What you’ll need before coming to class: Needles — size 10 for the cable band (any style), AND size10 1/2 — BOTH DPNs AND 16” circulars.; yarn — One skein of bulky Cascade 128 Superwash, 128 yds., or equivalent. Learn to Knit for Beginners Class $30, Nov. 16 & 23, Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am. OR Nov. 12 & 19, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. New fall & winter to noon. yarns are arriving Want to learn the age-old art of knitting? Want to experience wonderful yarn sliding through your fingers, creating weekly, so be sure to something beautiful? This class is designed for the brand new stop by frequently to beginner. see what’s in stock. You’ll learn: Holding your yarn, casting on, binding off, the knit and purl stitches, yarn-over increase, knit 2 together decrease, and how to read a pattern. By the second class we’ll be making dishcloths. You’ll receive two free patterns.Yarn and needles provided for practice.

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World’s Best Scrubby from Molly Larson! Materials! 1-inch wide tulle or netting. Make one long skein of fabric by using Magic Knots (test each knot for strength).! Size 10 or 10 1/2 needles! Instructions! Loosely cast on 20 stitches with garter stitch until the piece measures 4” and bind off.! Notes! This scrubby works marvelously and cleanly rinses after use. After use it may enlarge slightly.! I purchased 2 yards of 72-inch wide tulle and used a rotary cutter to cut the 1-inch strips. Be careful to control the strips because they tangle and can be difficult to separate. From that amount I expect to have at least eight scrubbies.! There is a tutorial on YouTube entitled World’s Best Scrubby. I changed several instructions after making a few in her method.! Magic Knot video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nq_7EXTWHE!

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