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 October 14. We will take a field trip to Knit 1 Purl 2 yarn shop in Winchester VA. After our shopping, we will have a luncheon at one of the restaurants on the Winchester walking mall nearby. If you want to join our group, we will welcome you warmly. Stop by the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival on September 24 and 25 in Berryville VA to see us at our booth where we display our knitting.

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 September meeting was held in the church. Our program was a demo of spinning on a spinning wheel.

Pat Hays shows how to spin wool fleece into yarn on her Babe spinning wheel.

In August our group met at Bridget's Farm Cart in West Virginia to see the sheep, llamas, and alpacas and see what Bridget Brown had for sale in her farm shop/studio.

Wares on display at Briget's Farm Cart.

Our July program was Duplicate Stitch presented by Jean Allen.

Gail Crane shows the vest she recently finished.

In June we had our annual potluck Salad Luncheon.

In May our program was about dry felting with a needle and wet felting using various techniques.

Sandy Kielsgard shows the Tee Sweater she recently finished.

Our April program was a Swap Meet and guest speaker, Colette Retrosi, from Spin a Yarn in the Market in Woodstock.

Colette Retrosi explains the types and textures of yarn.

In March 2016 our meeting was a program about blocking knitted items.

Renee Lavitz shows the cat patterned sweater she knit.

Our February 2016 meeting was a program about organizations who accept knitted items for donating to those who are in need.

Pat Hays shows the hand knit and hand spun vest from her natural color sheep at Hickory Hill Farm in Gore VA.

In January 2016 we welcomed our new Guild president Barbara Resan. Pat Hays presented the program of Dyeing Wool with natural substances, Kool-Aid, and acid dyes.

Jackie Grondin displays her Show and Tell item, a dress for her granddaughter.

In December we held our annual potluck social and officers planned programs for 2016.

We enjoyed the array of delicious food at our December meeting.

On December 1 we donated 33 sweaters and caps to Fremont Street Nursery in Winchester Virginia..

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.