Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild to give knitters of all skill levels the opportunity to get to know other knitters, to learn new techniques, and to share their ideas, resources, and talents with the community.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Whole Lot of Learning Going On

The time flew by at the meeting with our March Round Table Techniques.

Barbara Malcolm taught Magic Loop knitting.  This method is used to avoid ladders (or visible “seams”) where the needles end and begin when knitting in the round with Double Pointed Needles.  One long circular needle going through contortions does make this magic.  Pretty amazing.

Zoe Moulton taught a crochet cast-on that rocked my world when she showed us.  I can understand why she was so excited about it.  The method is so easy and makes the most beautifully even cast on (beats a crochet chain cast on hands down!).  The beginning of the waste yarn is so easy to find and it removes easily.  I may go looking for projects that need a provisional cast on just so I can play with it.

Victoria Jicha took us back to the basics that some of us never learned, or learned incorrectly.  Seaming is such an important part of our finishing touches.  A poorly executed seam can make good knitting look as if done by a monkey (I speak from personal experience here).  Vicki taught us how to make our seams properly.

We lost track of time, and it was almost 9:00 before we broke for those fabulous little fruit-filled delights that Zoe brought.  Show & Tell followed so we were all a bit later than usual arriving home.  I think that is a sign that everyone had a good time and maybe learned a few things in the process. 

Thank you Barbara, Zoe, and Victoria!

by Andy Trotti


Our 92-year-old, preemie hat knitting sensation, Fern, sent along another bunch of hats.  She makes the cutest hats.  The Guild supplies her with yarn and she cranks them out.  Some of the rest of us make one here or there but that Fern, she's our mainstay.  Vicki and Mitch go over to Bellevue Retirement Center a couple afternoons a month to knit with the residents and carry Fern's hats to me to deliver to those tiny people who need help regulating their thermostats.  I hope I can be a hat machine like Fern when I'm 92.

I'm still working on my resolution to make 3 men's chemo hats every month in 2014.  Mitch regularly goes to the VA to deliver them for me.  We can always find a home for hats, mittens, and scarves if you get the urge to knit some.  Join us in a little charity knitting, it feels so good.  Contact Vicki Jicha if you need charity-knitting yarn.  The Guild has bins of it available for your charity knitting or crocheting pleasure, and with the way this winter is hanging on everyone's going to need hats for a while yet.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Here's Your Homework Assignment for the March BLKG Meeting

Last March we had Round Table Techniques, and it was such a success that we are going to do it again on March 13th.

Barbara Malcolm will be showing us Magic Loop knitting.  To learn to knit with Magic Loop each knitter will need a small amount of yarn (worsted or sport would be easier to manipulate), circular needle appropriate for the yarn with at least 40" cable, a stitch marker, and a sense of humor.  That last bit is NOT optional.  Learning a new trick isn't always easy so you need a sense of humor for all the goofs you'll make.

Zoe Moulton is going to share a crochet cast-on that she discovered.  For her lesson you will need yarn and needles (size of your choice) and a crochet hook close to their needle size.

Victoria Jicha will be teaching us the proper way to seam our projects.  If you want hands-on instructions for the seeming lesson, bring 2 swatches to seam together along with a tapestry needle and a pair of small scissors.

Please come and enjoy an evening of stress free learning.

Remember, this is your guild, and if you have a technique that you would like to learn or teach, just email Andy at eastconsingirl@gmail.com.