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President’s Message

Hi, Everyone,     I hope you have been warm and enjoyed knitting since I last saw you. I have been working on a variety of things this month. I spent time working on the sweater I started for myself last month, but I needed to take a Meet and Greet, 7 p.m. break this past weekend to do a baby hat and booties set for a friend at Business Meeting, 7:15 p.m. work. This project has taught me a lot. I typically never do crafty things as commissioned work. I just do not Program will be enjoy doing things under the pressure of time constraints and naming a I n t r o t o E n t r e l a c. price for my work. But for some reason I said “yes” when I was asked to We meet the first Monday of the do this project. Then I inadvertently made it worse for myself by handing the woman a one-skein wonders book and showing her the section of month (except for holidays) at children's things and saying, “pick something.” She did! Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive,Virginia Beach. I have made baby hats before and they usually take a couple hours. Not this one. It took just shy of 10 hours to knit because the entire thing Check to was made by creating elongated stitches and then crossing these stitches. confirm the meeting date. (Slipping four of them and then crossing stitch #4 over the other three Questions? Please email us at and then knitting it followed by slipping #3 over the remaining two and knitting it as well, then knit stitch #2 followed by #1.) Does this sound fiddly and fussy and complicated for a baby hat? It was. Oh yes, the four stitches were followed by picking up a stitch 2 rows down and knitting it together with the next stitch in the row I was working on. Lord have mercy, I will NEVER again hand someone a book and just DEADLINE FOR say "pick something." The yarn cost more than I planned (the project SUBMISSIONS FOR required 560 yards, so I needed two balls of the sock yarn I chose). The APRIL NEWSLETTER: time took me five times longer than expected. I had already told her $25, so I made $6.20 for my 14-plus hours of making this set. Live and learn. MARCH 15 It turned out nice, but I was sick of being involved with it by the time I Please send your questions, was done. I have happily returned to my sweater. I look forward to comments, suggestions, ads, photos, stories and patterns you’d showing it to you at our meeting. Returning to Westminster Canterbury was like returning to working like to share to editor Sonja Barisic at on an enjoyable project. It just felt "right." Please come and have some or 734 Delaware Ave., Norfolk, fun in the penthouse with all the rest of us on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. VA 23508. Thank you, and Until then ... Ahh, the simple joy of a stockinette-stitch, worsted-weight happy reading and knitting. sweater. Allison Hun t Happy knitting.

March 7 Meeting

Member Birthdays This Month Page Leslie, March 15

Is your birthday missing or listed incorrectly? Please email Sonja Barisic at to make sure we set the record straight. Thanks.

Mark Your Calendar s Guild meetings start with Meet and Greet at 7 p.m., followed by the Business Meeting at 7:15 p.m.

March 7 Meeting – Program: Katie Gerwien will introduce us to entrelac knitting. Bring worsted-weight yarn and a pair of needles to use for practice in the program. April 4 Meeting – Program: To be determined. April 8 – Shearing Day Open House, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Cornerstone Farm Alpacas, 26298 Spivey Town Road, Windsor, Va. Call (757) 651-3335 for more information. $1 admission. May 7-8 – Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Information at Sept. 21-25 – The Knitting Guild Association conference, Greensboro, N.C. More information at

Reminder:Where to Send Dues

If you need to pay your dues for the 2010-2011 membership year, please send them to our treasurer, Kathy Brown. If you’d like her mailing address, please contact her at (757) 515-3922 or

Treasurer’s Report General Fund: $2,735.28


Charity Fund: $299.60

Total Funds: $3,034.88

Charity Knitting Update By Debbie Henderson Congratulations to the Guild’s 2010 Charity Knitters of the Year. First place went to Margaret Faust, followed by Wanda Gunnoe, Mel Hutchinson and Lee Werbin. Each winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to her favorite yarn shop. A total of 16 Guild members knit 196 items for charity last year. In the past our numbers have been higher, and this year our goal is to double the number of knitted items. To help reach our goal, the Guild held its first 2011 Potluck Charity Knit-in on Feb. 26 at Debbie Henderson's house.   Throughout this year, the newsletter will feature some charities in the area that would appreciate knitted items from the guild. Two charities that have an immediate needs are Hats for the Homeless and Save the Children, Caps for Good.   Pat Link started Hats for the Homeless three years ago when she realized the Hampton Roads area had a real need. She had retired as a project manager from NASA and wanted to focus her time and energy on a new project. She distributes hats through the Salvation Army,  The Veterans Transitional Home, The Rescue Mission and three churches. She visited the Guild at our January meeting to chat about her organization and donate yarn for hat-making. The primary need are hats for men; however she will take hats for women and children to be distributed to the homeless shelters   Save the Children, Caps for Good is an international effort to make caps for babies born in third world nations that have a high mortality rate. These babies often have a low birthweight and need  to keep their heads warm. This is our only project outside the Hampton Roads area.       Throughout the year we will continue knitting items such as lap blankets, hats, mittens and slippers for St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children  Most of the children range in age between 4 and late teens. Items should be machine-wash and dry.











 Raise those needles (or hooks) and challenge yourself with a goal for charity this year. You can report charity items at the Guild meetings or email Joanne at or Debbie at

Name Your Newsletter

What do you think of these suggestions for a name for our newsletter? The Loop Purls of Wisdom Please email Sonja Barisic at with your choice. The person behind the winning idea will receive a knitting-related prize.


Historically Speaking The column will resume soon. Please stay posted. In the meantime, Karen Richardson found a blog with a historical bent that you might want to check out: One More Stitch. You can read the blog at The writer researchs and recreates garments and objects from the past. Sources range from original items to photographs in books, periodicals, art works, literary references and period patterns. Her research also involves the history of knitting needles and related implements.

On the Radio: Resurgence of Knitting The NPR program “On Point” recently examined the resurgence of knitting, taking a look at how knitting is making a comeback via social media. Whether you agree with the program’s presence or suspect that knitting has been “hot” for much longer than the mainstream media realizes, the program is worth a listen. Guests included Susan Strawn, professor of apparel design and merchandising at Dominican University; Franklin Habit, author of the popular knitting blog “The Panopticon;” Jenna Woginrich, who runs Cold Antler Farm, an online community-supported sheep farm in Jackson, N.Y.; and Street Color, a “yarn bomber” (knitting street artist). If you missed the program when it originally aired, you can listen to it online at

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Luck of the Irish: Pattern Roundup No blarney -- here are some free Irish-inspired patterns for St. Patrick’s Day, and beyond: Irish Hiking Scarf: Irish Aran Sweater: Irish Crochet Pincushion: 13976.aspx Irish Hiking Hat: 2007/02/08/irish-hiking-hat/ Shamrock Basket Liner: homepatterns/p/shamrock-cloth.htm

Virginia Beach Has New Yarn Shop By Andrea Riddle Hampton Roads knitters have a new local yarn shop. The Yarn Club opened on Saturday, March 5, in Virginia Beach. At The Yarn Club, everyone is a member. Come join The Club and immerse yourself in luxurious yarns from around the world. From yarn staples to the most exquisite fibers, The Yarn Club has it all. We also stock needles, patterns, books and accessories to compliment your knitting and crochet.  All are welcome to sit and knit at The Yarn Club, located at 240 Mustang Trail, Suite 8, in Virginia Beach, one block from Lynnhaven Parkway off Lynnhaven Road or Virginia Beach Boulevard behind Beach Ford. We will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed on Sunday so the owner can knit. Call (757) 486-KNIT (5648) for more information.

Please support our advertisers, as they help defray the cost of this newsletter. Be sure to mark your calendar for our Third Anniversary sale on Friday, April 1. Most items in the store will be 30 percent off, including needles and books. Sale does not include consignment items or items already on sale. Hours that day will be 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wow … it's almost spring already. Where is the time going? Yeah, I know … don't ask. Things are turning springy (springish?) around here as well. We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of new spring lines from Rowan and Berroco, along with some of the coolest, must-have buttons you've ever seen. If you're thinking of making yourself a cardigan to keep off the chill as the nights get shorter, keep an eye on our new arrivals – we'll have exactly what you need! Speaking of things you need, mark your calendars for the season's best parties: Spa Night and the annual PJ Party. Spa Night on March 5 kicks off at 6:30 p.m. It's limited to 25 lucky KnitWits and the cost for an evening yarn Ş patterns Ş notions Ş classes of pampering is $65.00. Jason will be offering massages all in the company of friends. as usual, the nail ladies will be there for your manicure pleasure, and there'll be plenty of great food. Hazel has a 945 Providence Square Shopping Ctr Ş Virginia Beach great project planned for all the participants as well – 757-495-6600 Ş you're not going to want to miss this! The PJ Party promises all its usual hijinks and fun. Bring something to work on and your favorite party munchies to share. (And yes, wear pajamas. That's the best part.) There'll be door prizes, bad jokes and a lot of fun for everyone. Make sure you reserve April 16 starting at 6 p.m. so you don't miss out on the madness! We're chugging along to our fourth year of fabulosity and going strong! It couldn't happen without you – our marvelous KnitWits! Come join us!

March 5 begins our second year in our current location. To celebrate, we’re having a big sale. All books are 30 percent off and yarns are 20 percent to 50 percent off. Most crochet threads are on clearance. Spring yarns are coming in. The last two colors of Riveting are in stock. Upcoming workshops: March 19: Dying Your Yarn. $25; materials included. March 26: Knitting Doilies. $5 plus materials. May 7: Beaded Scarf Class. Make the perfect present for mom. 6

March 2011 TKGV newsletter  
March 2011 TKGV newsletter  

Newsletter of the Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia.