Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild
Meeting Date: Mar. 10, 2009
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
99 Regina St. Suite 508
Newsletter Machine Knitting with Ada
March, 2009 Kate Seely, Editor
KWKG Executive 2008-2009
These are the people who volunteer their time to make
your guild the best it can be. A Word from the President
President: Cari Angold, 519-883-1992
email@example.com March. In like a lion, out like a lamb. It’s always
Vice-President: Karen Austen, such a joy to change the calendar from February to
firstname.lastname@example.org March. You flip the page and there it is: ‘Vernal
519-888-1898 Equinox’. That’s SPRING, folks! The days are
Past President: Heather Morton, already becoming noticeably longer. It won’t be
email@example.com long before the crocuses pop through the soil and
Membership: Karen Crouch, firstname.lastname@example.org the male cardinals perch at the top of the trees to
sing their “come hither” to the females.
Treasurer: Debbie Olheiser, email@example.com
Secretary: Lynne Sosnowski, What a great time of year to be a knitter! While it is
EVENTS_etc@hotmail.com cold enough most days to wear even the heaviest
Programme: Marilyn Everingham, knits, the promise of warmer weather is in the air.
firstname.lastname@example.org There’s still enough time to squeeze in one more
Goodwill: Mary Kanters, 519-634-8262 winter knit while you ponder the spring and summer
Library: Selina Siu, email@example.com styles in your knitting magazines. And have you
Promotion: Ada Myers, 519-749-1561 been out to your LYS (local yarn store) recently?
Volunteer Co-Ordinator: The latest warm weather fibres have hit the shelves.
Bev Mawdsley, 519-634-8615
Knitters’ Fair Organizer:
Not so long ago, the only summer fibre readily
Louise Krmpotic, 519-744-6700
Raffle Table: Alfie Galda, Karen Ireland available to knitters was cotton. Now we are
Yarn Table: Ada Meyers spoiled for choice with linen, bamboo, hemp and
Web Site Co-Ordinator: Lynn Philips seacell to name but a few.
Newsletter: Kate Seely, 519-578-3468
firstname.lastname@example.org With so many great options, the decision of what
Snail Mail Wizard: Lisa Fortin comes next for the needles is a toughie. It’s time to
email@example.com put another log on the fire and mull it over.
E-Goddess: Teresa Cornwell
Web Angels: Lynn Philips
Newsletter deadline for items or articles: Cari
20th of each month
Eclectic Sole by Janel Laidman
Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush for
March, but this is subject to availability of order.
Our library is now online! To see what books the
library has, please check out our LibraryThing
We are working to put our entire book collection
online, so you will see more books being added as Have you ever wanted to know more about knitting
time goes on. The online catalog will not include machines and the beautiful garments you can make
magazines and pamphlets. You do not need to login with a knitting machine? Come to the March Guild
to use the catalog. The best thing about an online meeting and discover the art of knitting machines
catalog, of course, is the ability to search. So, if today. Ada Meyers and Maria Kelly will be our
you are looking to make a new pair of socks, just guest speakers to guide us through this discovery.
type "socks" in the search field in the upper right
and search All fields, and you can come prepared Ada and Maria will talk about the varieties of
with the names of authors and titles to look up at the machines available and what they can create. You
next guild meeting. Our books are sorted will be able to see patterns, yarns and garments
alphabetically by author for your convenience. made with the knitting machine.
We are still looking for the owner of Knit the KW Knitters’ Guild Questionnaire
Christmas Story by Jan Messent. It will be added to We need your help to give us ideas for next year’s
the collection if not claimed at the meeting. program and we need volunteers for the Program
Committee. Please help us by completing the
A reminder that the library is opened 45 minutes questionnaire that was attached to the February
before the meeting, and closes 5 minutes before the Newsletter – I will have copies at the March
end of the break. The library is closed during the meeting. Bring your completed questionnaire to the
meeting. It is currently manned by Suzanne Carter- March meeting or complete it at the meeting and
Jackson, Ellen Lovell, and Selina Siu. you will get two free raffle tickets.
Titles added to the library in Feburary: Hope to see you at the March meeting.
Best of Interweave - Jackets - donated by Brenda
Needled to death by Maggine Sefton - donation Marilyn
French Girl Knits by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes firstname.lastname@example.org
Shibori Knits by Gina Wilde
Continuous Cables by Melissa Leapman
Knitters Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes
We are hoping to add
Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard
More Big Girl Knits by Jillian Moreno
Anne Featonby’s She Ewe Knits is at
Alpaca Acres welcomes visitors to our farm &
Those Pesky By-Laws Give us a call 519-625-1064, www.alpacaacres.ca
A message from your Executive:
Due to increasing operating costs, we are not able to
guarantee that membership dues will remain
unchanged. Therefore, the Guild Bylaws will need
to be amended. Voting on this issue will take place
at our annual meeting in May.
Toot Your Own Horn
We propose that in the Bylaws, the current
statement: At the last meeting I promised to post information
“Annual dues are $35.00 and payment is due in on a show of some of my knitted objects at the
September with membership year running Greenwood Quiltery Gallery, Guelph, in March.
September-August inclusive.” Information is available
be replaced with: at http://www.greenwoodquiltery.com/
“Annual membership fees are due in September Phone 519-822-2790 or
with the membership year running September- 1-866-364-2790 toll free
The gallery is at 275 Woolwich Street, Guelph.
Every attempt will be made to keep our costs and There is access to parking behind via London Rd.
our membership dues to a minimum as we strive to The show is called "Knitting Thoughts Together"
provide our members with a supportive and because I couldn't think of anything inspiring off
educational knitting community. hand.
It runs from 4th to 31st March and includes some
things that appeared in my book as well as some
newer stuff. There is also a Scribble Lace and a
Labyrinth workshop on March 28th.
Words from your
*Local yarn stores
We invite all knitters to visit Yarn Indulgences at
your Kitchener Market. 5 days a week.
Visit our website at
www.yarnindulgences.blogspot.com info. Now That’s a Good
Karen Crouch of Shall We Knit? has a website and The next time you are knitting a swatch (and we all
newsletter at www.shallweknit.com knit swatches, don’t we? <g>), give a thought to
marking the needle size that you used. Very often I
Carolyn Anstey’s Main St. Yarns is at used to swatch a new yarn without a project in
www.mainstyarns.com mind, only to find it later and not know the needle
size, or have written it on a scrap of paper that has
become separated from the swatch. Try one of
When your swatch is done, but before casting off,
knit one garter ridge and then a knit row and
starting from the beginning of the row, create a Look What We Found!
k2tog, YO for each mm. in size, at the end of the
row, create a k2tog, YO for each .25 mm in size and One knitting needle, size 4 mm, Milward, 14 in. or
then cast off. This gives a permanent record in the 36.5 cm. Oh, and in case it’s driving the owner
swatch in eyelets. crazy – the row counter is set at 26.
OR: I will have it at the March meeting – come and find
Leave a long tail at the cast on and put a knot in it me.
for every mm. in size starting at the swatch end,
double back the unused tail and knot in the doubled
part for each .25 mm. in size.
Then you’ll always know.
When A Muse Amuses
Needs and Deeds The KW Guild year of ‘08
(-‘09) is going just great!
1. Pneumonia vest patterns ( knit or crochet) Without any extra workshops or meetings at all
are available from Kate Seely. They are still You were able to make a Mystery Shawl!
being collected for Canada Food For Then, if you chose to create a designer knitting bag,
Children. “I made it myself”, you could brag.
2. The hospital neo-natal unit is still accepting The bonus, of course, you can now carry all,
premie blankets. See Dorothy Fry. Including your completed Mystery Shawl!
3. Emmanuel United Church has now started a
support programme for African women who
are newly arrived in Canada that we call
Women of Worth. Learning to knit and
making the shawls to send back to people in
need in their own country will be part of this
programme. We would appreciate donations
as before of dark synthetic yarn of any
weight or colour.
Thank you again for your help.
Reflections on a Second
Looking for a relaxing weekend in the spring? -
come on out for the K-W Knitters’ Retreat on
Knitting your first pair of socks is always an
April 24th to 26th, 2009 at Brentwood on the Beach
on Lake Huron. It’s nice not having to cook dinner
I was prepared--Regia cotton in celery green, my
the whole weekend. No interruptions to your
double-pointed needles at the ready, and my
knitting. Some have been known to take their
knitting angel/teacher nearby for the inevitable
knitting to dinner and knit when they have finished
'what do I do now' moments. That was July, now it
is February. (To be fair, I did complete several
The cost is $270.00, which includes your
other projects in between.)
accommodation on Friday and Saturday. It also
I thought it would be smart to work on 2 socks at
includes your dinner on Friday night; breakfast,
once. Well--the first sock went well--I shall be the
lunch and dinner on Saturday and brunch on
proud owner of one completed sock very shortly,
grafting and all. The second sock, I swear, has evil
The facilities at Brentwood on the Beach include:
gremlins lurking inside it. It has been torn out, since
indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna; 3 fireside guest
I started the heel, with my able knitting angel's help
sitting rooms that overlook the Lake (great places to
several times over--recently I shaped the instep
knit); endless sandy beach for strolling and
again. Tomorrow I have a coffee date with my
knitting angel for more ripping out. The instep edge
If you have any questions or to reserve a space,
stitches look a little like a dog's breakfast.
please call me at 519-749-9762 or email at
But I am determined! I intend to have a pair of
email@example.com . Two cheques are required,
socks to wear by spring.
one current dated cheque in the amount of $100.00
And when I am finished both socks, I will likely put
and the second one postdated for April 1st, 2009 in
them on and not take them off for a week. Or
the amount of $170.00. Make cheques payable to
conversely, I may frame them and put them on the
Brentwood on the Beach. Send postdated cheques
wall, since this process has been so lengthy.
to Zona Endres, 631 Cardiff St, Waterloo, ON N2T
I can assure you that my knitting angel and I will
2P2 or see me at the next Knitting Guild Meeting.
make a tandem appearance for 'show and tell' when
my green socks are ready for wearing.
So be prepared!! We'll likely hire a band for the Zona
Drops Patterns, garnstudio, has put spring 2009
patterns up on their website. They have also made
some changes to the site -- the pictures are bigger, Ann Clayburn – Madison scarf in Alpaca Acres
and when you hover your mouse over a picture a “Vixen”
large one appears. Trish Rubenstein – wool/silk beaded shawl from
This can be a dizzying experience for the unwary Vogue Knitting
and unprepared. Lisa Fortin – Mondo cable vest
There are a number of modular designs, quite nifty
and including socks!
This is, in effect, the Last Word in
embarrassment. I feel like I should be in some kind
of 12-step programme. I should be in front of a
group saying, “My name is Kate and I can’t type”.
Not exactly true – I can’t touch type. I am of that
generation where, if you could touch type, that is
what you did and became a secretary. I could never
Raffle get the hang of it, and besides, that wasn’t the job or
career that I wanted (I’m not good at taking orders
<g>). So when I was studying to become an
Patricia Moore – Designer Knitting Magazine accountant I watched a lot of friends, who were
Nancy Binder – Designer Knitting Magazine good accounting students, maybe even better than
Nancy Binder – Addi needle huggers me, get sidetracked. It was little things at first. One
Brianne Steinman - Book day the boss would say “my girl (yeah, they did call
Merlin McRae – Notions bag, tape measure us that) is out sick, can you just do this one letter for
Patricia Moore – Lace gauntlets me?” And once that one letter was done, the good
Rebecca Kalbfleisch – Sock yarn accounting student became the default typist and
Brenda McKeown – Nashua Handknits pretty soon wasn’t even bothering to sign up for
Zona Endres – Eucalan new finance courses.
Janet Davidson – Sock yarn
Gina Grobe – Bag & chibi I stuck to my guns and kept not typing. Well, there
Rebecca Kalbfleisch – Set of coasters was one letter that had to go to avoid dire
consequences, but it took all day to do, and after
that I never had to explain again. In fact, I once
overheard a boss say “Don’t even bother asking, she
can’t type and you’re better off doing it yourself.”
Ah, vindication! I used all that extra time to get my
accounting designation and a decent job. Of course
Show and Tell by then, secretaries had become administrative
assistants and bosses had their own computers and
Kate Seely – Angel Baby Blankie had to do their own letters – go figure.
- loud, 2-needle socks
Tricia Siemens – gauntlets from old socks So here I am doing the Guild Newsletter all these
Natalie Nasr – Yosemite sweater years later and I still can’t touch type. I still use the
Christopher Columbus method – find a key and land
on it. I love it when members have something to put ***
in the Newsletter, but groan inwardly when it is
handwritten. I use the computer enough that I can Knitting 911, Knitting 411
cut and paste almost anything, but reading Kate Seely is usually at Starbucks in Waterloo
handwriting and typing it all out? – way too much Chapters from 10 to 11 a.m. on any given
time. So please, send me lots of things to put in the Wednesday. I can answer questions or tell you who
Newsletter, but double please, send me an e-mail so can, or I can calm your panic attack with laughter
that I can cut and paste. Life’s too short to spend it and caffeine.
doing things that you don’t like, when it could be
spent knitting. ***
Call Mary Kanters at 519-634-8262 if you know
Kate of a Guild member who needs sympathy or
congratulations. We like to look after our
One last note: I am sure that the entire Guild joins members, but need to have the info to do that so
me in expressing sympathy to Lisa Fortin at the loss that Mary can send a card.
of her baby. Stay strong, Lisa and we will all keep ***
you in our thoughts.
To access the Newsletter online, go to the main
page of the website (www.kwknittersguild.ca) and
click on the tab (cleverly disguised as the end of a
knitting needle) titled “Newsletters”. This will give
you a choice of the current Newsletter or the
previous Newsletters. The Newsletters will not be
retired for one full year.
Ever wonder what goes on at an Executive meeting?
Thought about volunteering, but don’t know what’s
involved? As a Guild member, you have a right to
attend Executive meetings, albeit without a vote. If
you’d like to sit in, get in touch with Cari at
firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to
get there. The next meeting is Mar. 3/09 at 160
Columbia St. W., Suite 3, Waterloo at 7:00 p.m.
Every time you turn in Zehr’s tapes (and Zehr’s
only, no Real Canadian Superstore, please) to the Did you complete your
raffle table, you get a free raffle ticket. questionnaire?
Every time you send something to get printed in the
Newsletter, you get a chance to win a gift certificate
Knit’n’Chat continues on the 4th Tuesday evening
of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Region
of Waterloo Public Health and Social Services
Building in room 210/211, located on the 2nd floor.
Park across Regina St., behind City Hall.
Diehard chatters meet every week.