March 4, 2013

Notes of meeting of February 23, 2013

The meeting was held at the Pink Champagne Cupcakery in Franklin.

Kathi presented the Treasurer’s report. Annual dues remain at $20.

We discussed the knitting that we are doing for the women’s shelter and domestic violence awareness. Kathi brought a sample of a beaded “Coping Angel” and a verse of support. She offered to make some of the angels to include with the knit items with the support sentiments coming from “Wooly Wonders”. Catherine provided contact information for the organizers of the Domestic Violence walk in October.
Members were reminded of the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival in March and Knitter’s Fantasy in April.

Our class project was “An Introduction to Knitting with Beads and Wire”. Catherine and Nikki had prepared kits with all of the necessary items. Catherine showed samples of bracelets and necklaces. Knitting with wire was new for most of us, but with Catherine’s direction, we strung our beads and cast on. As we worked on the project, the versatility and potential became very clear and we discussed what else we could do with beads and wire. Everyone was successful in creating beaded wire knitting. Thank you Catherine and Nikki!

Our project for March and April will be led by Debi W. She will teach us sock knitting from the toe up. We will need 2 circular needles and yarn (fingering/sock weight yarn with size 2 needles or DK weight yarn and size 4 needles). Debi recommended that we practice “Judy’s Magic Cast-on”. Instructions for this cast-on can be found in many knitting books and on-line. If desired, we can first practice this method and make a small sachet for lavender or other fragrant material. Debi also recommended “Socks From the Toe Up” by Wendy Johnson as an excellent resource. Our project will be following the pattern for the “gusset heel basic sock”. After the toe-up sock classes, we will move on to ” Socks From the Top Down” in May and June, led by Bridgett.

Show and Tell followed the class. We shared many beautiful baby blankets, scarves, hats, cowls, miniature socks, mittens and hats, and skeins of lovely soft yarn.

Julie distributed Wooly Wonders membership cards for 2013.

NOTE:  Since our usual meeting date (the last Saturday) in March falls on Easter Saturday we will meet one week earlier—March 23 at 10:00 at the Pink Champagne Cupcakery.


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