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imageI’m going to name it, My 4th of July Hitchhiker. Can’t wear it till September or October. It’s been warm at the September DKG meetings. Can’t wear a shawlette then. This is my second one. I think I’ll make 12 of them and name them. First one was all in greens. Anyone of you 114 knitters/bloggers have a Hitchhiker to share? Patty Lyons is coming to town. Sounds like Christmas. No really. Patty Lyons is the best. I see her designs everywhere in my emails. The info about all of her classes are on Craftsy or on her website. I bet all of her classes are full this month in Centerville. I’m just Knitting hitchhikers and using a technique she taught me. It’s that ‘increase’ where you knit into the stitch and then go to knit into the back of that same stitch but don’t knit it, just slip it. You don’t get that horizontal stitch. Love that lesson. I love the tips on the Hitchhiker. The shawlette is a long, wide scarf done on long US 3 knitting needles.   I find myself increasing “Patty’s Way” in 3 different areas in its construction. To make the tip on a tip you need to increase at the end of the 7th row. Only mistake I made. I had to frog back a long way. I hate frogging and usually can accept a mistake. Lesson learned. Didn’t know it really mattered. It matters. You can buy the Hitchhiker Pattern on Ravelry for $4.51. It comes from europe. I didn’t know how much I was spending since it only showed up in the europian currency. It’s a bargain. You get it right now and you just need 575 Yds of self-striping sock yarn. I’m using 2 different colors (yes skeins). I didn’t have enough of one skein. When I’m 30 tips in I change color but keep the first color and go back and forth for 2 rows each. Join on smooth double increase side. Not 8th row; Purl first stitch, bind off 5 stitches or so. Moms making one that is all blues. She had 3 skeins of the same color. Probably could get 2 Hitchhikers out of those.

Happy 3rd of July!

Heather

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Learning Tree Farm:
Hello knitters! We have a fun opportunity to share knitting with the community coming up in September. Learning Tree Farm will be having it’s annual Autumn Fest event September 23rd. We need knitters to participate in this event to promote knitting as an art to those who attend. Event hours are from 10am to 4pm. Volunteers can work in shifts to knit and show/teach others who will be at the farm who are interested in learning about knitting. Contact Lynn M. for details and to sign up to help at the event. For information about the festival check out their website at: http://www.learningtreefarm.org/

Wool Gathering:
Hello Members,

The 2017 Wool Gathering at Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs will be here before we know it. Currently we need volunteers for 2 hour shifts to man the Dayton Guild table to promote the guild, membership and knitting. The dates are September 16th and 17th. Hours for shifts are Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. This is a great event held yearly to promote everything fiber so pick up a shift and while you’re there you can look around and find something to boost your knitting collection. Contact Lynn M. or Monica M. to sign up. Their contact information is in the guild directory and newsletter.

 

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We are having our annual picnic and celebrating another great year of knitting. This will be our last meeting before the summer break. We will resume in September with new officers. We will be selling some of our DKG merchandise (see picture above) so bring some cash. Also if you have anything that you want to sell bring it to the picnic.   Please keep it to Knitting related objects. We will be presenting Barbara with the Log Cabin Afghan we created at Carol Anderson’s Retreat and Wanda with her gifts of appreciation. You won’t want to miss this wonderful event. We will start at 10 a.m. with Barbara leading the DKG meeting. The picnic is a pot luck so bring something yummy to share. Drinks and place settings will be provided by the Dayton Knitting Guild.

See you there.

Heather

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Mary Shue and Valerie Mosely would like to invite members of the Dayton Knitting Guild and the Wool Gatherers Guild from Plymouth, Michigan, to join us in an Orenburg Shawl KAL (knit along). It will be held in the Dayton Knitting Guild’s Ravelry group. We will open up a thread called something clever like “Orenburg Lace KAL”.

Some of us will be knitting the Diamond Triangular Shawl. The pattern can be found in The Gossamer Webs Design Collection by Galina Khmeleva. You may choose another Orenburg pattern if you wish. The KAL will begin June 1, 2017. You may cast on sooner or join us at any time. There are no prizes and no finish dates scheduled.

The Diamond Triangular Shawl takes about 1000 yards of lace weight yarn. If you need suggestions, suri alpaca, wool/silk blends, non-superwash wool, or wool/mohair blends would work. A natural cream color is traditional but any solid or tonal color that would show the lace pattern would be ideal. A yarn that will hold its shape when blocked is what will work best.
Errata can be found at: https://www.interweave.com/interweave-errata-corrections/.

Please come and join us or drop by the thread to chat. The thread will be active by May 1.
Questions? Contact Mary Shue; willknit4donuts on Ravelry

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If you can not make one of the meetings on May 15th 2017 and would like to cast your vote for Treasurer
Karen Balk or Mary Owens
(the other positions have one person on the Ballot)
Please email your choice to one of the following, NOT BOTH.
Arlene Brown Rivard at:   arivard5@yahoo.com
or
Sherrie Wood at:   woods@cedarville.edu
Voting closes at MIDNIGHT Monday the 15th of May 2017. No votes will be counted after this deadline. Only One vote per member, please.

Also, don’t forget to bring the Log Cabin square that you made at retreat on Monday. I still need 4 more Squares. We will start assembling them on Wednesday, next week.

Don’t forget that you can comment on this Blog if you have anything to say about any of this.

Have a great day,

Heather (your Blog editor)

 

 

 

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IMG_2235We started off knitting the Garter Stitch, then knitted lace, then we did a little cabling and we finished on Sunday with Finishing Tips. If we weren’t knitting, we were shopping. There were 5 vendors at The Yarn Market plus the DKG Market where we were selling our new small project bags and other stuff. Carol Anderson’s daughter, Lori was selling all of Carol’s booklets. The Raffle was going on the whole time too. Mary and Kelly did a fantastic job this year with more than 100 Raffle items. Mary and Kelly gave out door prizes throughout the retreat also. Our Vendors donated most of these fabulous things.

The Garter Stitch project was started before the Retreat. Everyone made 3 red squares out of 100% wool yarn using US 5,6,&7 sized knitting needles. That way we could check our gauge. Which square looked more square? What were the measurements of all three? The 2″X2″ square was probably where most knitters started. This is an ambitious group project done by 48 knitters. We are making a Log Cabin Afghan for Barbara Richardson our DKG President. Barbara is stepping down as President this year. Wanda Royer (Treasurer, Secretary, and Membership chair)  will be getting a well deserved knitted gift as well.

Jane Lippmann stole the show with her Shadow Knitting. She wore a fabulous tunic with Elvis on the back. Then she showed us “The Girl with the Pearl” done in an afghan. There were so many fabulous objects at the “Show and Share” portion of the retreat that you really had to be there to appreciate it.
We had several women show up on Saturday at 7:30 pm to watch this part of the retreat. Barbara had told DKG members at our last meeting that they could come to this part of the retreat. We have never opened up the Show and Share portion of the retreat to the DKG members before.

Carol Anderson was a joy to have as a teacher. Everyone could relax and not feel stressed out by too much lecturing. Carol gave a lot of hands-on instruction. If you needed any one on one time with Carol, she was there to oblige. We had 40 finished log cabin squares by the end of retreat. We only need 8 more and they will be donated at the May DKG meeting. We will be presenting the gifts for Barbara and Wanda at the June picnic. You won’t want to miss that. (If you weren’t at Retreat but want to make a square I can fix you up. Just call me and I will get you started)

During the retreat we presented Barbara and Wanda with a photo album filled with pictures of everyone at this years retreat. We all signed them. Christine Hall’s husband did a great job of taking all of the pictures. We were all working on our log cabin squares while we were being photographed. I think you can still order one of these books if you want to. Just ask Christine Hall to make you one for $25. They make a great souvenir.

Next years 23rd Annual DKG Retreat will be held April 20, 21 & 22 2018. Beth Brown-Reinsel will be our teacher. You better send your registration form in early next year. I’m sure this one will fill up fast.

Happy Knitting,
Heather Janney

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What could be better. Cloudy sky’s, cool weather, Knitting Retreat, FUN….

( makes you think of sweaters) I’m wearing my lined jacket. I took a weekend off and went to a Knitting Retreat. It was nothing like this one. I’m bringing the BOBBLE MACHINE. Set up starts in 10 minutes. I will be putting up signs if anyone is looking for Heather. Raffle girls, Mary Owens and Kelly Gockel will be setting up in the Barrett Room. (We will rename it RAFFLE ROOM. (Also snack and drinks room)

10 am is YARN MARKET set up. HELP THEM if you can.

Did anyone borrow the cart?

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