May Meeting – Ivy Brambles Dyeing workshop with Cyndi and Jerry

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We are so excited to welcome back Cyndi and Jerry of Ivy Bramble for their annual dyeing workshop!  It is being held on Wednesday, May 4th from 7 PM – 9 PM at Holy Trinity Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. 

The yarns are all $24 per skein.   Here are the yarns being offered for dyeing:

  • Fingering/sock weight at 440 yards per 100 grams
  • DK weight at 296 yards per 100 grams
  • Worsted weight at 235 yards per 100 grams

They are able to support anyone who wishes to make a sweater quantity, in case there is interest.

The admission to the workshop is free for members and $10 for guest. We are offering a membership special.  If you join the guild in May for $25, you get the 22/23 membership for free.

This year we are requesting for people to reserve their spot by ordering the yarn prior to the meeting.  We ask you to use Venmo or you can also pay by check. Make check out to NVKG and send it to: NVKG C/O Linda Fisher, 3 Kattail Road, Hudson, MA 01749to pay for the yarn.  In the comments list the yarn requested, number of skeins and if you are paying the $10 guest fee or the $25 membership fee for 22/23.

Here is a sample order from the comment section of the Venmo:

2 fingering

2 worsted

Dues 22/23

https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3103961523421184307

Please contact LBNielsen@gmail.com if you have any questions.

April Meeting

So Let’s Talk about Hand Knitting. At April’s meeting, we will take a dive into hand knitting. Where did it come from, where is it going and what does social media have to do with it? So bring some needles and yarn and let’s knit. We will try some new stitch patterns!

For those who crochet, come and show us your favorite stitch patterns!

Our meeting is held at Holy Trinity Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA from 7 PM – 9 PM. Beginner to Expert…All are welcome! Please come and join in the fun!

March 2022 Meeting

Thank you to all those who were able to join us on Wednesday evening. Jill was just a fantastic speaker and a delight! Each of her patterns have a story behind it, may teach you something new that and many have a new take on every day stitches. Jill encourages BYOD—Bring your own designer – letting the knitter to tap the designer within and make each project being knit thier own. If you missed the meeting, check out Jill’s designs at KnitSisu.com and Raverly.

It was a very special evening. To have Jill and her designs in person with our fellow knitting friends gathered together in the same place, knitting, laughing and just enjoying being together was just magical! Everyone left feeling happier!

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm, at the Fiber Loft, 9 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard, MA. We will be meeting upstairs in the big room.

We had a fabulous speaker this month! Jill of Knit Sisu will be joining us in person. She will discuss her approach to knitware design, instruction, and host a Q & A. In addition, Jill is going to share her trunk show with us!

It should be a wonderful evening! The meeting will be held in person and via Zoom.

All are welcome from those just learning to knit or a seasoned professional it should be a fun evening for everyone!

February 2022 Meeting

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm, at The Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, (formerly known as St. Theresa, The Little Flower Church), 15 Still River Road, Harvard.

This month Maryanne Cleary we will be doing Twined Knitting, which is a technique of knitting from the Scandinavian countries. See the newsletter for the pattern suggestions.  Materials you will need:  Worsted weight yarn (preferable wool) wound into a center pull ball, size 5 double points or circular needles, and 2 additional double point needles any size.


If you select the two color mittens.  You will need to wind about half of one color into a center pull ball, then the  half of the second color will go on top of the first color to make the 2-color ball.

It should be a wonderful evening! The meeting will be held in person and via Zoom.

Our annual dues is $25. Visitors are welcome! Just learning to knit/crochet or a seasoned professional…Everyone is welcome!

January 2022 Meeting

Wednesday, Janurary 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm, at The Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, (formerly known as St. Theresa, The Little Flower Church), 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. You may also join us via Zoom.

Designer, Knitter and Author Robin Hansen will be joining us for all things Mittens. We will learn about Maine Fisherman Mittens including the proper way to felt the mittens down to size. Robin will take us on a journey of mittens from Maine and other parts of the world. She is an amazing speaker!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Robin!

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November Meeting

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 7:00 pm, at The Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, (formerly known as St. Theresa, The Little Flower Church), 15 Still River Road, Harvard.

Our program for the evening is Meditation and Making with Chris Croucher. As an artist, dancer and healer, Christopher Croucher works with clients to find ways to bring about healing and well-being into their lives. During this month’s NVKG workshop, Chris will lead us through an experience of using the act of crafting to meditate, clear the mind, connect with the body, and find some pathways to healing and self-care. *You do not need to have any prior experience meditating to benefit from this workshop. Just bring a project to work on and get ready to relax! **The best projects for this workshop are ones that are repetitive such as simple knitting projects, spinning, and anything that has a slightly tactile or physical sensation to it such as felting. However, if you find that diving into a complicated project helps you to lose yourself for a bit, by all means, that’ll work too!

Wearing a mask is required by all who attend per the Harvard Board of Health, September 152021.

Our membership dues is $25 a year. Visitors are welcome, but may be asked to pay a $10.00 fee when we have a special speaker or workshop.

October Meeting

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 7:00 pm, at The Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, (formerly known as St. Theresa, The Little Flower Church), 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.

The program for the evening is Tips & Tricks and Charity Knitting. Please bring some worsted weight yarn, size 8 needles, and a crochet hook H or I.

Wearing a mask is required by all who attend per the Harvard Board of Health, September 15, 2021.

Our membership dues is $25 a year. Visitors are welcome, may be asked to pay a $10.00 fee when we have a special speaker or workshop.


March Meeting

Our next meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, Wednesday, March 3, at 7:00 pm.

We are pleased to welcome Marin Melchior of MarinJa Knits in Vermont. Marin is a knitting designer who’s most popular pattern is the Papillon shawl. She will discuss pattern designing and share with us how she got interested in doing this, as well as what motivates her. She is excited to talk about all her fabulous designs. If you have made the Papillon, or any one of her other patterns, Marin would love to see them. 

Our membership is $25 a year. Guests are welcome to attend the program for a $10 charge.

Please click here for more information or to receive the Zoom link.

February Meeting

Our next meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 pm.

Our guest for the evening is Laura Ricketts. Her presentation will be “Discover the Wonderful World of Sami Knitting”. Laura is a knit and crochet instructor from Indiana, specializing in the knitwear of the Sami peoples. After participating in a Nordic Knitting conference, she began researching the contributions the Sami have made to the knitting community. She has toured the Sami lands, visited museums and groups, studied and written about many beautiful examples of Sami knitting. As a former history teacher, Laura enjoys opening this world to others and has spoken and taught classes at folk schools, Finnfest, American Swedish Museum, Nordic Museum’s Nordic Knitting Conference, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and knit shops. You can see more of her work and upcoming classes at www.LauraRickettsDesigns.com and she is LauraRicketts on Ravelry. 

The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN-recognized indigenous people and have a culture rich with fiber traditions. In Laura’s “Discover the Wonderful World of Sámi Knitting” presentation, you will be introduced to traditional Sámi knitting, which was almost exclusively used to produce hand garments. We will view many images of mittens from her trips to northern Scandinavia and learn about the four characteristics which set Sámi mittens apart: cuffs, thumbs, decreases and braids (with and without tassels). In our techniques portion of the time together, we will create sample swatches of two different  slyngbordens (Norwegian) or kierrekerroses (Finnish) “braids,” more commonly known as Latvian braid in the States.

If you’d like to learn these techniques, you’ll need worsted weight, wool yarn in two contrasting colors (you may want to have a third color handy, as well) with needles of a coordinating size. You will also want your regular knitting helps — scissors, tapestry needle, etc. Your sample may be knit either flat or in the round. Please cast on at least 20 stitches and have about an inch of ribbing on your needles ready to go.

Laura Ricketts is a lead instructor at the North House Folk School. The school has a Fiber week every February. With Covid, it is not only all online, but it also has taken over the whole month. There are lots of “lunch lectures” and informative presentations people can sign up for, many of them free. The big speaker is Annemor Sundbø, who will be talking February 11 at noon Central time. There are also some great classes being offered, as well. Laura is going to be teaching a Skolt Sami mitten class entitled Birch Leaves. For those who are interested, here’s the link for the month.https://northhouse.org/events/fiber-week

Our membership is $25 a year. Guests are welcome to attend the program for a $10 charge.

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December Meeting

Our next meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

Our guest speaker for the evening is crocheter Laurie Sims. Laurie works with Nanne Kennedy of Seacolors Yarnery at Meadowcroft Farm in Washington, ME. Laurie teaches crochet finishing to knitters and states, “From the simple brim of a hat to a sweater with a knit bodice with crocheted cuffs, adding crochet to your knit work can add eye-catching details, make it truly one of a kind, and even elevate it to art!” She’ll give us an overview of how crochet finishing is done, including a slide show of the process steps, and show some finished work. Nanne will be on hand for yarn and pattern questions.

Membership is $25 a year. Guests are welcome to attend the program for a $10 charge.

Please click here for more information or to receive the Zoom link.