Shenandoah Knitting Guild

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 December 11. Members will meet to have a potluck social at the Willow Lawn community center in Winchester. If you want to join our group, we will welcome you warmly.

Guild Activities

Each month our members meet to learn new techniques, share stories and inspire each other by sharing our current projects during Show and Tell.

Members show their latest projects.

Community Outreach

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.

Virginia with Child Sweater Children Receiving Sweaters


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 November event was a field trip to Cutthroat Yarn shop in Leesburg, then a feast in a private room at the restaurant next door, Eggspectation.

Members and their guests peruse the menu at Eggspectation restaurant.

In October Al Hays showed samples of pom poms, tassels, and fringe. Al told of a special technique to allow your knot to stay tight while you fasten it.

Our booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in September was a lot of fun.

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.

Ann Pingley showed her finished lacy cowl during Show and Tell. Ann's hint was to use a lot of life lines when knitting lace.

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.

Jackie Maxwell wears a sweater she recently finished.

In July 2015 Dee Dee Heuer showed us how to do Mosaic Knitting using samples and a handout.

Jackie Grondin shows us her snail that she knit for her granddaughter.

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.

June Wilmot shows the lacy scarf in progress during Show and Tell.

Guild president Sandy Kielsgard showed us how to do the Russian Grafting technique in April.

Sandy Kielsgard shows the many items she has been knitting during Show and Tell.

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.

Renee Lavitz is finishing up the multi-patterned scarf from 2014.

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.

Pat Hays and Barbara Sirbaugh listen while Suzie Koller does the program.

On January 9, 2015 members braved the cold to meet at the church. The program was Buttonholes and Button Loops presented by Pat Hays.

Jackie Grondin and Barbara Resan smile during the Show and Tell session.

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.

Members enjoy the potluck social.

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.

This child had her tiara on for her fifth birthday.

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.

Gail Crane looks at the Knit Wit shop wares.
Gail Crane looks at the Knit Wit shop wares.