The Purpose of The Shenandoah Knitting Guild is to promote the continuing education of persons interested in improving their knitting skills through meetings, workshops, and networking with other knitters locally, regionally, and nationally.
Daytime Meetings are held at the First Christian Church, 75 Merrimans Lane, Winchester, Virginia at 10:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month. When the Frederick County schools are closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed until the third Friday of the month. Our next meeting day is October 9 at the church. The program will be Fringe, Tassels, and Pom Poms. If you want to join our group, we will welcome you warmly. Our group will have a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival September 26 and 27 held at the Berryville Fairgrounds, Berryville Virginia. Stop by and say hello.
Each month our members meet to learn new techniques, share stories and inspire each other by sharing our current projects during Show and Tell.
The Guild members enjoy helping out in the community. One of our on-going projects is “Sweaters and Hats” for two daycare centers, Winchester Day Nursery and Fremont Street Nursery. There is free yarn available to any member who wishes to participate in this voluntary effort. Many of the Guild members are happy to be a mentor/instructor to new knitters. You may contact Pat Hays - 540-888-4348.
Dues of $20.00 are paid at the start of each year. If you join mid year we will adjust the amount of the dues. We have a monthly newsletter which may be postal mailed, accessed through the web site, or sent directly as a pdf attachment to an email.
Our September program was a fun event. Each member participated by giving a knitting hint that is especially useful. We learned quite a few handy ideas from each other.
Guild president Sandy Kielsgard presented the program of When Yarn Is Not Yarn, "Plarn" and "Tarn" in August. She showed us how to cut up plastic grocery bags to make strips to knit into items. She used old tee shirts which when cut up will make soft knits.
In July 2015 Dee Dee Heuer showed us how to do Mosaic Knitting using samples and a handout.
In June we had our annual salad luncheon at the home of a member. It was a relaxing event with lots of good food and conversation.
June Wilmot shows the scarf she is making that uses many yarns but the same lacy pattern.
Guild president Sandy Kielsgard showed us how to do the Russian Grafting technique in April.
Our March 2015 meeting was a Swap Meet. Members cleaned out their yarn stash and accessories to bring so other members could take their pick. The leftover items will be donated to a group who does charity knitting.
In February 2015 Suzie Koller did a wonderful presentation on using up small bits of leftover yarn and gave us good information on how to estimate if a leftover skein is enough for a particular project.
On January 9, 2015 members braved the cold to meet at the church. The program was Buttonholes and Button Loops presented by Pat Hays.
We had our potluck social in December 2014 at the home of member Barbara Sirbaugh which was decorated beautifully for Christmas. After our delicious feast, the officers met to plan the programs for 2015.
On December 2nd members went to Winchester Day Nursery to give out the sweaters and hats they had been knitting all year. The children were ages from 2 years old to 5 years old. This little girl just turned 5 on December 2. She looked especially cute wearing her new sweater knit by Ann Pingley.
We visited Sperryville in November 2014 to lunch together at the Thornton River Grill and then spent time in Knit Wit yarn shop. The owner showed us a technique called hand knitting, you use your hand to duplicate a knit stitch using large gauge yarn made for that purpose.
In October 2014 Dee Dee Heuer showed us examples of the Two Sided Stitches pattern stitch and the Fishersman's Rib stitch to add to our on-going mystery scarf project, and gave us a stretchy bind off to finish our scarves.
On the weekend of September 27 & 28, 2014 our guild had a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville VA. We showed our sweaters and caps, a lacy shawl knit by Dee Dee Heuer and samples of our Mystery Scarf stitches.
Dee Dee Heuer showed us examples of the Sock Rib stitch and the Sip Moss stitch to add to our on-going mystery scarf project. Two ladies joined our guild at the September meeting.
In August 2014 Dee Dee Heuer showed us examples of the Lace Rib stitch and the Eyelet Lattice Insertion to add to our on-going mystery scarf project. Members enjoyed seeing the projects of other members both finished and in progress.
Our July 2014 meeting was a continuation of our on-going mystery scarf project. Dee Dee Heuer showed us two versions of the Honeycomb stitch.
In June 2014 members brought a salad to share and met at Al and Pat Hays' house in Gore where we saw the lambs who were born between March 25 and April 13, 2014.
In May 2014 Suzie Koller showed us the Old Shale stitch to add to our scarf. Dorothea Malsbary models the vest she knit using Cotton Classic by Tahki.
Our March program was the Trinity stitch to add to our Mystery Scarf. Pat Hays did a review of the One Row Lace Stitch and the Knot Stitch as well.
In February 2014 we learned two new stitches to add to our Mystery Scarf. Sandy Kielsgard presented the One Row Lace Scarf and the Knot Stitch.
Our January 2014 meeting was the start of our Mystery Scarf. Dee Dee Heuer showed us a Chain Cast On to begin our scarf.