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 May 9. Members will learn a new knitting stitch for an on-going project of a Mystery Scarf. 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

Membership

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.

News

Our April program was a continuation of adding new stitches to our scarf. Pat Hays gave out an instruction sheet for the Accolades cable stitch.

Suzie Koller shows the hat she knit with a Norwegian saying,
Suzie Koller shows the hat she knit with a Norwegian saying, "May Thor Bless, May Thor Protect."

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 we learned two new stitches to add to our Mystery Scarf. Sandy Kielsgard presented the One Row Lace Scarf and the Knot Stitch.

Virginia Saunders knit this giraffe pullover and a matching cap for our daycare sweater donation project.
Virginia Saunders knit this giraffe pullover and a matching cap for our daycare sweater donation project.

Our January meeting was the start of our Mystery Scarf. Dee Dee Heuer showed us a Chain Cast On to begin our scarf.

Maureen Pritchard shows the beaded socks she knit.
Maureen Pritchard shows the beaded socks she knit.

In December we had our potluck social and collected can goods for a local charity.

Members load their plates with the delicious food.
Members load their plates with the delicious food.

Our field trip to Shepherdstown West Virginia to visit the yarn shop Yarnability was a lot of fun in November. After the group shopped we had lunch at the Bavarian Inn nearby.

Members enjoy shopping at Yarnability in Shepherdstown WV.
Members enjoy shopping at Yarnability in Shepherdstown WV.

In October Sandy Kielsgard showed us how to do smocking in knitting.

Sandy Kielsgard shows a sample of smocking in knitting.
Sandy Kielsgard shows a sample of smocking in knitting.

Our September meeting program was on the many ways of ribbing in knitting.

Jean Allen knit this sampler scarf with different ribbings.
Jean Allen knit this sampler scarf with different ribbings.

In August Pat Hays demonstrated the use of a crochet hook to join pieces of knitting.

Gail Crane has been enjoying knitting toys.
Gail Crane has been enjoying knitting toys.

Our July program was presented by Dee Dee Heuer who showed us how to knit in pockets.

Dee Dee Heuer shows members how she knit a pocket in this lovely sweater.
Dee Dee Heuer shows members how she knit a pocket in this lovely sweater.

In June we met for a salad potluck at a member's home.

Virginia Saunders knit this turtle sweater for a lucky child who receives it in December at our daycare donation.
Virginia Saunders knit this turtle sweater for a lucky child who receives it in December at our daycare donation.

Our May meeting was an interesting program by Waltraud Hornick who showed us how to use a Lucette to make a cord and how she adjusted the pattern using her hand spun yarn to knit a sweater for herself.

Members show their latest projects.
Members show their latest projects.

In April Sandy Kielsgard showed the members how to do the Magic Knot to join yarns.

Juliet Martin shows the bunny sweater and hat she created to give to our daycare project.
Juliet Martin shows the bunny sweater and hat she created to give to our daycare project.

Our March 2013 meeting was learning the many methods of making our own buttons from yarn.

Gail Crane shows the baby shrug in progress.
Gail Crane shows the baby shrug in progress.

In February 2013 Pat Hays demonstrated how easy it is to knit cables.

Pat Hays shows Gail Crane and Barbara Sirbaugh the page in the Vogue Knitting book that has the instructions on which cable symbol is represented and how each is knitted.
Pat Hays shows Gail Crane and Barbara Sirbaugh the page in the Vogue Knitting book that has the instructions on which cable symbol is represented and how each is knitted.

Our January meeting had members bringing their favorite patterns for children's sweaters and hats.

Jackie Grondin shows some of the toys she knit while babysitting her granddaughter.
Jackie Grondin shows some of the toys she knit while babysitting her granddaughter.