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July 2011

Purls of Wisdom


JULY 11 MEETING Meet and Greet, 7 p.m. Business Meeting, 7:15 p.m. Program will be

Biannual Yarn Sale. We meet the first Monday of the month (except for holidays) at Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive,Virginia Beach. Check to confirm the meeting date. Questions? Please email us at

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2 Member Birthdays, Calendar 3 WWKIP Day Thank You 4 WWKIP Photos 5 Ravelry, LYS Ads 6 Submission Deadline, Find Us On Facebook, LYS Ads












President’s Message Dearest Knitters, I absolutely must start this month’s newsletter with a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Cheryl Cauthen-Bond for putting together the World Wide Knit in Public Day. Once again it was a big success. I also would like to thank all the local yarn stores who both donated items to make it a great day and also came and displayed their merchandise. I really appreciate the support you have shown the Guild and look forward to working with you all in the TKGV President Allison Hunt at future. WWKIP Day on June 19. Admittedly, it is a little hot in July to have a big wooly project in your lap. That being said, there are a million great small projects to get after. Why not learn to knit socks this summer? Or, what about making dish cloths and face cloths now so you are way ahead of the game when the holidays roll around? Baby hats are always needed for our various charities. For that matter, any hat is a good small project. Whatever you do, I know it will be lovely. You folks are mind bogglingly talented.   I wait all year for the greatest sporting event of the year, the Tour de France. If you have never watched any professional cycling, I would encourage you to watch this. Every single day is like the Super Bowl. It is all guts and glory. As for me, I will be parked in front of my TV with my knitting needles a-clicking all month long.   Don't forget that our meeting this month is on the second Monday of the month because of the Independence Day holiday. See you at Westminster on July 11 at 7 p.m. for our yarn sale. There will be loads of bargains to be had. Allison   Life is Good!





General Fund: $4,391.32 Charity Fund: $326.60 Total Funds: $4,717.92 If you need to pay dues and cannot attend a meeting, please call me at (757) 287-3625 or email and I will send you my address. -- Bev Boler

Member Birthdays This Month

Joanne Fischer, July 4 Jean Mills, July 4 Nancy Blaylock, July 7 Beverly Boler, July 11

Linda Johnson, July 11 Andrea Riddle, July 20 Margaret Camp, July 21 Celesteen Matthews, July 29

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.

July 11 Guild Meeting – Biannual Yarn Sale. Don’t pass up the chance to trim your stash. One knitter’s stash is another’s treasure. Aug. 1 Guild Meeting – Get ready for Sally Melville with a fashion show of her garments. Please email Trink Dahl-Prince at if you have a Sally garment or knitted item to share. She will need your name, the pattern and yarn used. Aug. 25-28 – Stitches Midwest, Schaumburg, Ill. Information at Sept. Guild Meeting – Back to School Night-Fall Classes-Activities at the local yarn stores. Stay tuned for details. Sept. 21-25 – The Knitting Guild Association conference, Greensboro, N.C. Information at Sept. 24-25 – Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, Berryville, Va. Information at Oct. 1-2 – Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials, at James Madison’s Montpelier. Information at Oct. 20-23 – Stitches East, Hartford, Conn. Information at stitches/east. Oct. 21-23 – Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, N.C. Information at Oct. 22-23 – Sally Melville classes, Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia, Westminster Canterbury, Virginia Beach. More information on the Guild’s Facebook group page. Please email Trink Dahl-Prince at if you have suggestions for programs to present at the monthly meetings. All ideas happily accepted.


A Big WWKIP Thank-You By Cheryl Cauthen-Bond Thank you to everyone who came out to the d’Art Center on June 19 and/or donated fabulous yarn, needles, magazines and other prizes to help make this year’s Worldwide Knit in Public event another success. Please be sure to support the wonderful vendors who donated items for the raffles and goodie bags. If you have any pictures from the event, please email them to me at I will use them to make a “smile box” thank-you for the sponsors. Left: Cheryl Cauthen-Bond with just some of the goodies that were donated for the Guild’s 2011 WWKIP Day event.

The Knitting Corner was one of the local yarn stores on hand for WWKIP Day. Guess the weight of the giant ball of yarn for a chance to win a bag of Manos del Uruguay Silky Merino worth $130. Chances cost $1, with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Scenes from 2011 WWKIP Day

Above: Guild members Kimberly Nicdao Reynolds, left, who handed out goodies courtesy of knitting publisher XRX Books, and Andrea Riddle, right, whose local yarn shop, The Yarn Club, was among vendors at the event.

Above: Fiber fans filled the d’Art Center. Right, top: Guild member Karen Richardson. Right, middle: Guild members Lisa Roberts, left, and Peggie Meyer, right. Right, bottom: Guild member Norma Haynes.


Knitters Get Social

Online magazine Slate recently featured an article about, calling it the “best social network you’ve (probably) never heard of.” Well, maybe non-knitters haven’t heard of it, but Slate also notes that Ravelry’s users “absolutely adore” the site and consider it an important part of their social lives. Writer Farhad Manjoo goes on to note that the fact that Ravelry, with 1.4 million registered users, is about one-five-hundredth the size of Facebook is one of the reasons for its success. Social sites work better when they are smaller and tailored to cater to a specific group, argues Manjoo, who is not a knitter but is married to one. You can read the full Slate article about Ravelry at

Please support our advertisers, as they help defray the cost of this newsletter. We have several great classes coming up: July 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Learn to Make Socks (knit or crochet). Three sessions; $30 plus materials. July 16, 1 p.m. Entrelac. If you missed the last workshop, this is the one you will want to take. This workshop is not scheduled to repeat before the winter holidays. $10, plus yarn purchase. July 23, 1 p.m. Kitchener Stitches: What they are, how to do them and when to use them. $10; limit 10 students per class. Summer is in full swing, and so is the Summer Sock Spectacular. We're in the thick of classes in technique and design for all levels. There are spots left if you've got a socky itch to scratch, so check out the offerings on our website. Check out the Express Sox series, teaching you the basics in half the time, or dive in deep with stranded colorwork in August. We've haven't forgotten you crocheters, either: you too can join in the madness with super speedy techniques to create your own pair. Knit or crochet, you are invited to show off your creative side. The Sock It To Us contest is in full swing, and we're looking for you to Sock Us Out with your best work. You have to use fingering weight yarn purchased from KnitWits. Enter either the best knitted/crocheted sock category, or really test your skills and show off a piece that isn't a sock. We're giving away most excellent prizes to the people's choice in each category! Deadline for entries is Aug. 1, 2011. Oh hey – almost forgot Christmas in July! It was a hoot last year, and we're breaking out the holly and garland again this yarn Ş patterns Ş notions Ş classes year. We'll have great gift ideas to buy AND make all month all in the company of friends. long (felted bags, easy-to-finish projects and more), plus a little nudge in the right direction (ahem … sale) at the end of the month to help you help the elves out this Christmas. 945 Providence Square Shopping Ctr Ş Virginia Beach Enjoy your summer, don't get too sunburned, and if you 757-495-6600 Ş need to duck out of the heat and into the cool, come join us KnitWits!



Please send your questions, comments, suggestions, ads, photos, stories and patterns you’d like to share ASAP to editor Sonja Barisic at or 734 Delaware Ave., Norfolk, VA 23508. Thank you, and happy reading and knitting.


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Please support our advertisers, as they help defray the cost of this newsletter. Fireworks simply cannot compete with the amazing colors that are exploding all over The Yarn Club. July welcomes new and exciting yarns with the full line of Madelinetosh, new fall yarns from all of our favorite suppliers, outstanding new patterns from the best designers around, and lots and lots of classes. Join us for our storewide knit-a-long, “Sounds of Silence Cardigan” from Filature Di Crosa. This ultra-luxurious combination of yarns will send chills up your spine. Surprises and excitement abound in every new box and just in time to start our holiday knitting. Also for the holidays, check out our “Quick-knits” baskets. Here you will find inexpensive ideas that are perfect for your holiday giving. I want to personally thank you for the overwhelming support and outpouring of knitters’ love. Continue to follow us on Facebook, Ravelry and our website,

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Our July sale is 30 percent off all Cascade Yarns and all Universal Yarns. We have lots of Cascade to choose from, from laceweight to Baby Alpaca Chunky. Sale ends on July 30, 2011. Our August sale will be 30 percent off all Manos del Uruguay Yarns. Have a great summer of knitting!


Purls of Wisdom July 2011  

July 2011 issue of the newsletter of The Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia

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