Fun time with Janet Hampson

[May 3, 2017] Janet Hampson, former owner of the WoolPack shop in Acton, stopped by to convince us that swatching actually IS a good practice.

Janet Hampson

Janet Hampson getting her point across!

From the swatches we knit before getting into a project, we can determine whether we like the fabric produced enough to make a sweater. We can adjust the swatches to meet our goals, and adjust the pattern based on the swatch to get a garment that fits and feels nice!

May Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.

Please join us for “The Life Cycle of Wool” with Janet Hampson, the former owner of The Woolpack in Acton. Janet is going to share many interesting tidbits about yarn and it’s life. Please be prompt and bring size 8 needles. Janet will supply the yarn. Questions will be taken at the end of the presentation.

Since this the last meeting of the Guild this year, we hope you will want to rejoin for next year. Our treasurer, Elaine, will be happy to sign you up for next year. Please let us know how you liked this year and if there is a topic you’re interested in or maybe you’d enjoy more get togethers without a speaker. Thank you for your support and remember, everyone is an important part of our success. Our membership dues is $25.00 a year. Sign up early for a $5.00 discount. Offer ends June 1st.

Bring along the yarn you dyed at our last meeting to show off your work of art!

Guests may attend the evening at no charge.

We are privileged to host A Hundred Ravens on Saturday, June 24th, 11:30 am-3:30 pm. If you wish to join our session, please let Sheilah Johnson know no later than May 3rd. This workshop is on Gradient Dyeing, and open to 20 people. The cost is $65.00 and will need to be paid for by June 1st.

As usual, we will have the attendance raffle. Come to the meeting for your last chance of the year to win a prize!

For more information, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035) or Lynn Cooke (508-631-1972).

Comments now disallowed

This web page has been up for almost a year now, and it’s amazing to me that the spammers can so easily find us. Nearly every day I get a notification of another comment. I won’t bore you, but the “nice ones” suggest that we could generate much more traffic for our site if we simply sent them money for consultations. The “not nice ones” are less subtle in their content. And very few members seem to post “real” comments.

Given the preponderance of “spam” comments compared to the “real” comments from our members, I am inclined, and have unilaterally decided, to eliminate the ability to post comments on our site.

If you have a comment on one of the pages, or have something to say, please let one of the moderators (Alison, Lynn, or John) know, and they can add a comment or a post for you. Alison and John are Administrators, and as such can add you as an Author so you can pen your own articles for the blog, if you’d like.

 

Six TED Talks for the Fiber Arts Lover

If you are unfamiliar with the TED Talks series, here is a great way to be introducted. They have a set of Six TED Talks for the Fiber Arts Lover that I recently encountered.

So, pull out a pair of headphones, plug into your computer, and enjoy!

 

April Meeting

                  

Our April meeting is the Ivy Brambles dyeing workshop and will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. This was the only time we could schedule Jerry Catt. 

The cost of the yarn and the yardage of each type of yarn is as follows:

Superwash Merino Sock yarn – 440 yards / skein for $18 skein

Superwash Merino Worsted – 235 yards / skein for $18 skein

Superwash Merino Lace – 1000 yards / skein for $30 skein

Super Bulky Superwash Merino – 140 yards on a 200 gram skein for $30 skein

If you haven’t already, please send an email to Elaine Swee indicating the type of yarn and the number of skeins you are planning to purchase so that she can give Jerry an estimate of how much yarn to prepare and bring to our meeting. He usually brings extra yarn in case you would like to purchase some additional skeins.

Remember, membership dues are $25 a year. Guests may attend this meeting, but will be charged $10 to participate.

As usual, we are holding attendance raffles drawn at random meetings throughout the year. The more meetings you attend, the better your chances are of winning!

For more information, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035) or Lynn Cooke (508-631-1972).

March Meeting

 

Due to a scheduling conflict with the Church, our March meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.

Bring your no longer wanted, but gently loved yarn, needles, knitting books or magazines, to give away or swap. Additionally, bring along any UFO’s you might have hanging around and the group will vote on whether you should finish or toss.

Tea and cookies will be served. Dessert donations welcome.

Remember, membership dues are $25 a year. Guests may attend this meeting at no charge.

As usual, we are holding attendance raffles drawn at random meetings throughout the year. The more meetings you attend, the better your chances are of winning!

For more information, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035) or Lynn Cooke (508-631-1972).

February Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.

Our member, Fran Meyers, will teach the German Short row. Additionally, we will be working with cotton yarn. Please bring a pattern, cotton yarn, and knitting needles – size 6, 7, or 8. Suggested easy patterns from Ravelry are as follows:

Knitted Dish Scrubbie Pattern, Addicted to Caffeine, Eloomanator’s Diagonal Knit Dishcloth, Round Dishcloth by Julee Fort, Grandmothers Favorite, Owl Coffee Cup Cozie, Coffee & Cream and Life is better with Caffeine.

If you are not a member of Ravelry, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035), so she can have copies available.

Fran will also be teaching the Russian join. Please bring a small amount of worsted yarn from your stash.

Remember, membership dues are $25 a year. Guests may attend, but will be charged $10 due to the speaker.

New this year, we are holding attendance raffles drawn at random meetings throughout the year. The more meetings you attend, the better your chances are of winning!

For more information, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035) or Lynn Cooke (508-631-1972).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a conflict with the church’s calendar, our March meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8, instead of March 1.

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January Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.

Bobbie Groome, knitter, designer, author, teacher and yarn shop owner, will share the memories and experiences of her 90 years as a knitter. Copies of her newly published book, Journey: A Knitter’s Research From Lerwick to Land’s End, will be available for purchase at $29.95, as well as yarn for sale.

Remember, membership dues are $25 a year. Guests may attend, but will be charged $10 due to the speaker.

New this year, we are holding attendance raffles drawn at random meetings throughout the year. The more meetings you attend, the better your chances are of winning!

For more information, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035) or Lynn Cooke (508-631-1972).

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December Meeting

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Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.

Tammy Davis will be teaching us needle felting Christmas Gnomes. Kits will be provided with supplies. Cost of kits are $5-$10.

Prior to our meeting, we invite you to join us at 6:30 pm for our annual Holiday Yankee Swap. If you choose to participate, please bring a wrapped gift valued at up to $20.

Remember, membership dues are $25 a year. Guests may attend.

New this year, we are holding attendance raffles drawn at random meetings throughout the year. The more meetings you attend, the better your chances are of winning!

For more information, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035) or Lynn Cooke (508-631-1972).

November Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.

We will have 2 guest artisans for the evening; Leslie Wind, Jeweler and Rose Ann Hunter, Fiber Artist. Leslie makes jewelry and tools for fiber artist in gold, sterling silver and gold. Rose Ann turns fabric, yarn and embellishments into art. All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome to come learn, share and have fun!

Remember, membership dues are $25 a year. Guests may attend, but will be charged $10 due to the speaker.

New this year, we are going to be holding an attendance raffle at the last meeting in May. The more meetings you attend throughout the year, the better your chances are of winning!

For more information, please contact Sheilah Johnson (978-833-7035) or Lynn Cooke (508-631-1972).