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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Andy's Tips for Thursday's Meeting

 Are you ready to share a technique?  This should be fun.  Even if you are a beginner knitter, you may very well know something that the more seasoned knitters may have never learned (or perhaps they forgot it!).  There are multiple ways to do everything from skinning a cat to knitting techniques.  I did a quick search on cast on methods and with no effort, came up with eleven.  Eleven!  Imagine that!  I know  three different ones, that means there are at LEAST eight more I could and should learn.

I am planning on bringing (and you might want to do this too)
1)     a few different swatches on needle (to save time by not having to cast on)
2)     a couple different swatches already cast off (in case someone is going to show us some seaming tricks)
3)     some empty needles and yarn (maybe someone is going to teach some of those cast on methods)
4)     a notebook (because I KNOW I won’t remember every trick and technique and as one of my bosses once told me, “You are only as good as your notes.”)
5)     a couple techniques to share (if no one comes prepared to share, this is going to be a very boring meeting!).

I hope to see everyone in the park for another evening of knitting and sharing with friends!


Well, I never thought of those things.  Did you?  Those are some good ideas.  Guess I'll be swatching later.  See you Thursday, August 14!  

Remember, if it's raining we'll be back in our regular meeting room in the Ziemer Building, so don't stay home thinking you'll get wet.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Get Ready for the August Meeting

Last week (or maybe it was the week before, I forget... oh well) I got an email from Andy, our esteemed Program Chair, about this month's meeting and this morning I realized that this is something you all need at least a week to get ready for.  Now, don't be afraid or plan to be elsewhere on August 14, you can do this.  Here's Andy's email:

At the August meeting everyone is asked to Share A Technique!  It doesn’t matter if you think it's something everyone already knows, because the odds are that we will all learn at least two or three tricks.

Come join us in the park again for an evening of fun and sharing!  Bring a chair and a couple of tricks or techniques!

Remember that "a technique" doesn't have to be some obscure secret knitting magic, it can be your way of weaving in tails or the cast-on your Grandma used or some maneuver that saved you from having to frog most of a project or the stitch Aunt Fanny taught you one summer up at the lake.

Know how to keep your yarns from tangling if you're using two colors?  Bring it.  Have a simple (or different) way to tension your yarn?  I want to learn.  Know how to keep your knitting bag from looking like a rat's nest?  Or how to corral your needles or stitch markers?  We all want to know these things.

This does not have to be something you made up in your own little brain, the tip I'm bringing is a memory trick I learned from a blog I like about two days after I got Andy's email.  (Also "a couple" can mean one; I'm bringing one, one is all I got.)
Don't worry that you're a new-ish knitter and think everyone else will already know everything that you know; it's always good to be reminded of the basics.  Always.  Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing--and cause a person to forget the simple things, especially in the "mental-pause" part of life (which is where I'm at).  Besides what could be better than spending a summer evening sitting in a pretty park talking with friends about knitting?

See you on August 14 in the park!