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 13. We will have a Sit and Knit to get together to chat and make progress on our projects. We will have a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville VA on September 23 and 24. 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 September program was given by June Wilmot on gauge and the importance of making a swatch to get the correct number of stitches per inch for your pattern.

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Mary Spaid shows the lacy shawl she knit.

In August 2017 Penny Lamons gave a wonderful presentation on yarn properties.

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Penny Lamons uses a lovely lace shawl as an example in her program about yarn properties.

Our July 2017 program was our annual potluck salad luncheon. Members had a wonderful shared feast and spent time getting to know each other.

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Sandy Kielsgard puts the finishing touches on her offering of gluten free crackers.

Our June 2017 program was presented by Penny Lamons, a detailed exploration of yarn properties.

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Marrea Riggs shows a scarf she knit.

In May 2017 Pat Hays presented a program on embellishments to a plain knitted item.

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Dee Dee Heuer shows the scarf she is knitting to donate to a child in the Foster Care Program for when that child ages out of the system at age 18.

Our April 2017 program was a group effort each person sharing helpful hints to make knitting easier.

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Penny Lamons is wearing the finished boxy tee and showing a cowl in progress during the Show and Tell of the meeting.

In March 2017 we learned how to attach a zipper to our knitted projects.

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Diana Ours shows the child's sweater she has in progress.

Our February 2017 program was a Swap Meet.

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Liz Gedling shows the lacy sweater she has in progress.

In January 2017 we learned the basics of entrelac knitting. We will be doing a free class to teach an entrelac scarf to members on a day in the future.

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Libba Pendleton excitedly shows her entrelac scarf in progress.

We had our potluck social in December. Members enjoyed the feast and had a chance to chat with each other. Officers met after the luncheon to discuss programs for the upcoming year.

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Members line up for the holiday feast.

On December 6 we donated the sweaters and caps to Winchester Day Nursery. There were around 42 children who received new warm sweaters. Members knit all year to provide the gifts for the daycare children.

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These children are happy to have new sweaters and hats.

In November we met at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Winchester. The program was Knitting Back Backwards in preparation for our January program of entrelac.

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June Wilmot shows her sweater she knit while watching baseball.

In October we had a field trip to Knit 1 Purl 2 yarn shop in Winchester. Members enjoyed shopping and then lunched together at a restaurant on the walking mall nearby.

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Members Suzie Koller and Yvette Munnikhuysen knit and enjoy a chat in Knit 1 Purl 2.

On September 24 & 25 we enjoyed meeting the public at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival.

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Our booth at the festival was enjoyed by visitors. Pictured from left to right are Jackie Maxwell, George Maxwell, and Al Hays.

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

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

In August 2016 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.

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Wares on display at Briget's Farm Cart.

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