Quite a few BLKG members found their way to the Fellowship Hall for our, one week early, November meeting. That is one huge room! Vicki Jicha started the meeting with the news that we have a nearly full slate for the upcoming officer elections in December. Thanks to all who have stepped up to the challenge.
We were lucky to have Julie Deprey who teaches knitting through Monterey Yarns (a BLKG corporate member) talk to us about gauge and yarn substitution. She made a strong case for the need to knit a gauge swatch, especially if you want the garment that you're knitting to fit. She brought along a warm, snuggly, and elegant vest she'd knitted as a store sample and had made a dramatic and some might say risky yarn substitute. (I can't speak for anyone else but I confess that wondered if I could make off with it and skip the knitting part.) She had made wonderful, laminated Standard Yarn Weights cards with samples of the yarns looped into holes along the bottom for each of us to keep. On the reverse she included a schematic example and an explanation of "ease" which governs the fit of your knitted garments. Thank you so much for the handy tool to add to our knitting arsenals, Julie. (Don't worry if
you missed the meeting, Julie gave the extra Yarn Weight cards that
she'd made to Vicki so talk to her at the December meeting to claim
yours.) She also donated one of Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements for the Guild library. If you don't have one, check it out either online, at your LYS or in the BLKG library. It's an invaluable tool that helps you decide how much and what weight yarn to buy when you're making all sorts of sweaters and accessories. Thanks again, Julie, for an entertaining and informative program. You're welcome to come back anytime, even if it's just to knit and visit.
REMINDER: The Guild meeting Thursday, December 13 brings not only the Officer Elections, which we need as many of you as can possibly make it to attend, but our annual Holiday Potluck and Dishcloth Exchange too on . We'll be back in our usual room and look forward to seeing all of you there.