At the October Guild meeting the need for people to fill leadership positions was discussed. Without volunteers for these position it is likely the Guild will fold at the end of 2019.
The Open Positions are:
Contact us for additional information and/or to be put in touch with the current board members.
Knitting for groups in need will be the focus of our October meeting.
Please bring items you have been working on this year to donate to the groups we are supporting in 2019. We will make sure they get to the appropriate charities.
A few of the groups that we support (but not all) include:
In addition to knitting for these groups, we also received a special request from Sung K at our September meeting. Sung has taught a group from the 11th District CAPS meetings to knit, and now they are working on knitting baby hats for at-risk moms at Mount Sinai Hospital. Sung’s group will deliver the hats towards the end of November, so she will need any donations by the November meeting. These hats must be made with easy care yarn, such as cotton/bamboo/acrylic.
Several our our board members have decided not to continue on the board in 2020. We are announcing this now so that you can begin thinking about the future of our guild and how you can contribute. Without board members, the guild will not be able to continue in its present form.
The following positions will be open at our November elections:
See the September newsletter for more information regarding these positions.
At our September meeting we will explore a technique for knitting stripes in the round which does not include carrying yarn up the side of your work. Helical knitting is a fun way to incorporate yarns from your stash.
Homework is involved for the meeting. Below are the supplies you will need and the prep for the meeting.
• knitting needles (circular or double points) in US 6 and US 8
• yarn from stash in worsted weight - a main color for knitting the brim of a hat and contrasting yarn (minimum of 2 colors) for knitting stripes.
• Cast-on 88 stitches and join to knit in the round
• Knit a 1 x 1 rib, or 2 x 2 rib for desired length (1.5 to 3 inches in length)
• Switch to larger needles and knit 1 row
At the meeting we will continue the hat pattern. If you have small amounts of worsted yarn in your stash and you would like to share with fellow knitters - please bring to the meeting.
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 6:45 to 8:45 pm
2333 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago
August Meeting Ice Cream Social and Charity Yarn Giveaway
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:45 – 8:45 pm
Welles Park: 2333 W Sunnyside Ave
In addition to having ice cream - come and pick up some yarn for charity knitting.
A few months ago the guild received an email from Traci D, who inherited her mother’s stash a few years ago and was looking for somewhere to donate the yarn for use in charity projects. She and her husband will be bringing it to our August meeting.
We hope you can make it to the meeting to pick up some yarn. You can bring your finished charity knitting projects to our October meeting.
Lynette Swanson, of Northbrook’s Three Bags Full, attended our May meeting along with her assistant. They gave us a brief overview of their shop and history, showed us some lovely knit objects, and brought in samples of Isager yarn for everyone to try out.
Isager yarn is a Danish company that Lynette and her customers just love. It is comes in a variety of weights that are well suited to mixing together and combining in projects. Many of us were glad to learn more about this new yarn, while other members shared firsthand experience—like Hannah’s shawl in this month’s Show & Share.
At our April meeting we all got a lesson mosaic knitting. Rosie P brought in her copy of Barbara Walker’s book on mosaic knitting along with printed charts and instructions. After a short discussion, guild members got out their yarn and needles to try it out. By the time our meeting was over, a few people had swatches that were pretty far along. We hope to see some finished projects at Show & Share over the next few months. See the current newsletter for more information on mosaic knitting resources and patterns. Current newsletters are available to WCKG members only. Not a member? Join today!
We also discussed charity knitting and topics for future meetings.
Sam will be able to teach her popular dyeing class at the Welles Park Clubhouse, so stay tuned for more information as we decide on the right month for a class
Please join us for our upcoming meeting on March 12. Our guest speaker will be Amalia Malos from Evanston Stitchworks.
We Need Your Help in Planning the Future of the Guild
We have a serious shortage of board members. We need both a President and Monthly Meeting Coordinator. Last year, Julie S, as WCKG President, assumed both roles.
Without these positions being filled, we will need to break these responsibilities down or change the meeting structure. We have two options:
We need your feedback! We also need your commitment to the future of the guild. The March meeting will allow everyone a chance to weigh in on how you want the guild to proceed.