February 2024- Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Lisa Dachinger

St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road,Harvard, MA or via Zoom

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Members: Free

Guest: $10 or become a member for $35.

This month we will be welcoming Lisa Dachinger of Hilltop Farm & Fiber Arts in Lanesborough, MA. Lisa is a farmer, natural hand dyer, and spinner. She grows many of the flowers and plants she uses to dye. Lisa is going to give us an Introduction to Natural Dyeing. She will talk about how to scour, mordant, dye and shift color on wool using flowers grown on the farm. I will have three types of flowers available for purchase along with some mordant that you can use to dye using a mason jar and the sun!

This should be a fun and informative evening. Lisa will be joining us via Zoom. We plan to be meeting at the church. If you rather Zoom from home, we will be sending out a link to the meeting. For those who are interested, Lisa does offer dyeing workshops at her farm in the summer along with indigo dyeing and botanical printing. If you are interested in attending a workshop this summer, please let us know and we can see about having our own workshop.

In March we hope to have a very talented local designer and yarn shop owner. More information to come once confirmed.

January 2024

St Theresa of the Little Flower, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic holiday season!

This month we will be talking about Patterns Gone Wrong.  Ever have a pattern but it is just not working? Though it was just you? Maybe is it a pattern that has flaws in either fit or design?  We will talk about what to do. We will also have time to go over any questions people might have with projects that have gone wrong. Bring the pattern and the project and let’s see what can be done!

We will also have time to show off our completed items or share any new yarn you may have gotten over the holidays!

It should be a fun night full of knitting and crochet!

December 2023- Yankee Swap and De-Staching

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

St. Theresa’s Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

We will be having a Yankee Swap, Destashing Exchanges and a Potluck. The Yankee Swap has a little twist! Members do not need to bring a gift for the swap. Maryanne will be supplying all of the gifts to be exchanged for our members. Visitors are also welcome to join the swap. Just bring a wrapped item valued around $30. (Thank you, Maryanne!)

De-Stashing Exchange – Did you ever have a ball or skein of yarn you know you will never use? Bring yarn that you no longer want. We will have a table of the misfit yarns. Like the island of misfit toys, one person’s misfit is another person’s treasure. Whatever is left over can either go home with you or will be donated. all of the are asking people to bring an appetizer or dessert to share with everyone.

We will also be having our Holiday Potluck. Please bring something to share with others. Most people bring an appetizer or dessert but it is totally up to you!

This should be a fantastic night full of fun, laughter, good food, great people and lots of surprises! We hope you will be able to join us!

If you are new to guild, please RSVP via our Facebook page or send an email to lbnielsen@gmail.com.

November 2023

Our November meeting is Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 to 8:30, at the St Theresa’s RC Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard. We will be welcoming Alice Dunn-Smith of Birch Tree Knits. https://www.birchtreeknits.com/

Alice is a local designer, who has captured my heart with her designs. She will be bringing some of her designs, and sneak preview of her new designs.

Alice will also demonstrate the duplicate stitch. This technique is used in a couple of her patterns. Blueberry Jam Hat for Kids of All Ages and Blueberries in Winter Hat. This technique can be used instead of stranding colors.

Please to bring a small swatch of a solid color Stockinette, and a tapestry needle that would be great. And some contrast yarn for duplicate stitching.

She will also bring some paper copies of a few of her patterns, and a few kits for the Blueberry Jam Hat for Kids of All Ages, if people would like to purchase.

This should be a fun and informative evening!

All are welcome! Our annual membership is $35 per year. Guest fees for certain meetings is $10. Please invite to anyone interested in attending

October 2023

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

St. Theresa, the Little Flower Church (Our home for the next 12 months.)
15 Still River Road, Route 110
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

This month we will learn about EZ (Elizabeth Zimmerman). Her book Knitting without Tears and the Baby Surprise sweater were both very popular. We will also seeing how people are doing with their Shetland Hats.

Don’t forget to bring in any completed items or show us what you are currently working. Do you need help with a project and we will see if someone can help!

Dues for September 2023-August 2024 is due by October 15, 2023. We will be having some Fall goodies to enjoy!

See you on the 4th!

September 2023

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

St. Theresa, the Little Flower Church (Our home for the next 12 months.)
15 Still River Road, Route 110
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

September’s Subject is – Did you say Fairisle????

We will be discussing color theory and sharing tips to fairisle knitting.  Also we will be discussing our knit-a-long, Buggiflooer Hat.  This is the Shetland Wool Week hat.  Buggiflooer Hat Pattern is $1 at https://payhip.com/b/kepUH.  We will talk about picking colors for your hat from your stash.

Please bring 2 contrasting colors of yarn, one light and one dark, either fingering or sport weight and a circular needle, 16 inch or 24 inch in size US 2 or 3.

I can’t wait to see all of you.  And I hope you enjoy the Fairisle edition of the newsletter.

Invite all your friends along, this should be a fun one – talking about color is always fun for me.

We will also be able to learn more about the ever popular Shetland Wool Week (https://www.shetlandwoolweek.com/) which takes place in the Shetland Islands on September 23- October 1. Many of the events are offered online for all the see! There is also a KAL for those who are interested.

In addition, we will have show and tell and there will be time for questions and lots of lively conversation!

Everyone is welcome!

Please note the annual dues of $35 is due by October 15th.

August 2023 Meeting

I hope your projects are flying off your needles as quickly as the summer is passing! 😀

Our next meeting:

Wednesday, August 2nd
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
St. Theresa Church of the Little Flower
15 Still Water Road
Harvard, MA

This month’s meeting should be fun! We will have show and tell, a speaker, time to knit/crochet along with lively conversation!

Our speaker this month is our own Howard Satterlee! Howard is an accomplished crocheter who creates his own patterns for most of the items he makes. He is going to take us on his crochet journey and show us ways to make your own creations without a pattern!

Howard is always entertaining and a fantastic teacher! Even if you do not crochet, you may find you can use the same principles for creating your own knitting patterns. If you want to learn to crochet…Bring a hook and some yarn and you can learn a few things!

Guests are welcome! The more, the merrier!

July Meeting

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at TBD

We will be meeting at a local restaurant to knit, chat and eat. One of our discussion topics will be charity knitting. Please let me know if you are interested in joining, please contact lbnielsen@gmail! We are still working on the location.

Hope to see you on the 12th!

June Meeting: All things Brioche….(Knitting not the bread!)

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Bolton Public Library738 Main St, Bolton, MA 01740

Brioche knitting is everywhere! It is featured in Vogue Knitting, Noro and the works of lots of designers. All have featured brioche hats, scarves, cowls, jackets and more…

Now it is your turn to give it a try!

Maryanne Cleary and Linda Fisher will be teaching us about all about Brioche!

Please bring 2 colors of yarn either DK or Worsted weight.  A circular needle, either 16 inch or 24 inch in size US7 or US 8. Make sure your yarn is easy to see the color difference.

If you are not interested in learning brioche, we hope you will still come to the meeting. Bring your latest project and show us all what you are up to! If you have made something in brioche, please bring it along!


Everyone is welcome! New to the guild, please come and try out a meeting!

May Meeting: Hand Dyeing with Jerry and Cyndi of Ivy Brambles

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
St. Theresa, the Little Flower Church
15 Still River Road
Harvard, MA

It is finally here! Jerry and Cyndi of Ivy Brambles/Yarn and Fiber will be conducting our Annual Dyeing Workshop on May 3rd from 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM. Jerry will take us on a fun-filled journey to transform a plain natural skein of yarn into your ultimate hand dyed treasure!

This workshop is great for everyone. It does not matter if you are dyeing for the first time or have been coming every year! There are always new things to learn or different colors and combinations to imagine! The possibilities are endless on what you can create. New to dyeing or a seasoned dyer, everyone’s creations are just amazing.

The cost of yarn is $24 a skein. The weight yarns available to dye are Superwash Worsted (235 yards), DK (296 yards) and Fingering/Sock (410 yards) skeins.

Members: Free

Guests: $10