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 12. We are having our potluck social at a member's home and donating nonperishable food to a local charity. On December 2 we will be donating the sweaters and caps to the Winchester Day Nursery. 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

We visited Sperryville 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.

In October 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.

Virginia Saunders shows the sailboat sweater she knit for the daycare project.  Virginia purchased a cotton sailor hat to donate with the sweater.
Virginia Saunders shows the sailboat sweater she knit for the daycare project.

On the weekend of September 27 & 28 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.

Members Jackie Maxwell and Al Hays attend the booth at the Fiber Festival.
Members Jackie Maxwell and Al Hays attend the booth at the Fiber Festival.

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.

New member Penny Lamons shows her lacy shawl knit in a graduated blue yarn.
Penny Lamons shows her lacy knit shawl.

In August 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.

Norma Begley shows her finished sweater to donate to the daycare project.
Norma Begley shows her finished sweater to donate to the daycare project.

Our July meeting was a continuation of our on-going mystery scarf project. Dee Dee Heuer showed us two versions of the Honeycomb stitch.

Dee Dee Heuer shows the finished lacy shawl she knit.
Dee Dee Heuer shows the finished lacy shawl she knit.

In June 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.

Lambs on the farm.
June lambs.

In May 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.

Dorothea Malsbary models the vest she knit using Cotton Classic by Tahki.

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.