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, September 21, 2015

Go And Pet An Alpaca For Me

I got an email from Andy yesterday saying she'd gotten an invitation to this event and asking me to share it with you.

The Annual Open House for Shillcox Shamrock Lines Alpaca Farm

Sunday, Sept 27th 
10 am to 4  pm 
5118 Co. Trunk X, De Pere

Alpaca Products, Music & of course, live alpacas.
If I wasn't going to be out of town on Sunday I'd be there, so I'm counting on one of you (or some of you) to go and tell me all about it at the next meeting.  Okay?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What's Happening At The Meeting

The next meeting of the BLKG is this coming Thursday, September 10 and we'll be back inside The Zeimer Building of the First United Methodist Church.  Doors open at 6:00 pm for Knit Doctor, meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

We have new Program co-chairs, Becky and Jannete, and they've declared this our "Back To" meeting as it's Back to School season and Back to Work from summer fun.  At our "Back to" meeting this month, they're planning some ice-breaker activities since some of us have been with the Guild since dinosaurs roamed the earth and others are Guild newbies.  That means everyone bring and wear your NAME TAG, please.  If you can't find yours or never got one, print your name on a piece of masking tape and stick it on so we can call you something other than "hey, you with the string and sticks."  Becky and Jannete said something about asking everyone to fill out a survey but they promised snacks while we do it.  Be sure to stick a pen or pencil in your knitting bag.

Speaking of bringing things, if you weren't at the August meeting in the park, Kathy P talked about planning a project, like last year's Shelf Elf, for us all to do at the Knit-Away Day on Saturday October 17th.  After a lot of discussion it was decided that I'd bring a stack of free ornament patterns to the September meeting so everyone can gather the supplies during the month to bring along, so those who choose to play along will all knit some sort of ornament, probably not the same one.  If you don't celebrate Christmas or aren't interested in making an ornament, bring a project of your own and knit on it.  So I'll be bringing copies of some free patterns and you'll be bringing $10 (exact change, please) to pay up when you sign up.

Also at the Knit-Away Day, since it was so much fun last year, we'll be having a Gift Grab so please bring a small wrapped gift, something not too expensive and knitting-related.  Kathy has hopes that there will be a lot more gift grabbing this time too.

***Keep in mind that elections are coming up in November.  The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer need to be filled.  Consider stepping up and helping the Guild stay the educational and fun place it has grown to be.  If you do decide to run for office remember you won't be alone, past officers are willing to help you.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What To Do If You're Not Getting Gauge

I'm a regular reader of the Glenna Knits blog.  She's a Canadian sweater designer (who loves cables) and avid sock knitter.  Her blog posts are often instructive and informative.  This latest one has some very valuable advice about getting gauge and how to make adjustments to get a sweater that fits and is the fabric you want so I thought I'd share it with you since, despite the current heat and humidity, sweater weather is on the way.  Click the link below for a short lesson in getting gauge.  (Don't panic, it involves swatches.)

What to do if You're Not Getting Gauge