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 13. We will have a potluck social at the church. Members will bring food for C-Cap in Winchester in lieu of exchanging gifts between members. If you want to join our group, we will welcome you warmly.
An informal gathering called Sit and Knit is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting at 10:00 am. at the Woodbrook Community Center, 100 Rosewood Lane in Winchester VA. Our next Sit and Knit is November 26.
Each month our members meet to learn new techniques, share stories and inspire each other by sharing our current projects during Show and Tell.
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.
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 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.
In October Sandy Kielsgard showed us how to do smocking in knitting.
Our September meeting program was on the many ways of ribbing in knitting.
In August Pat Hays demonstrated the use of a crochet hook to join pieces of knitting.
Our July program was presented by Dee Dee Heuer who showed us how to knit in pockets.
In June we met for a salad potluck at a member's home.
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.
In April Sandy Kielsgard showed the members how to do the Magic Knot to join yarns.
Our March 2013 meeting was learning the many methods of making our own buttons from yarn.
In February 2013 Pat Hays demonstrated how easy it is to knit cables.
Our January meeting had members bringing their favorite patterns for children's sweaters and hats.
We were busy in December 2012. We donated children's sweaters and caps to Winchester Day Nursery, the Laurel Center, and the Salvation Army. We held a food drive for CCAP and had our annual holiday party at the church.
In November 2012 we took a field trip to Woodstock to visit Spin A Yarn at the Market yarn shop. They welcomed us warmly and gave us a free demonstration of a technique called "Four Below". The group had lunch after the shopping experience at the Spring House Tavern. One of our members won a drawing given by the yarn shop.
In September 2012 we had a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville VA.
In September 2012 Juliet Martin showed us how to do correct seams in knitting.
Our August 2012 meeting was presented by Pat Hays. We learned how to do bobbles by crochet and by knitting. Pat also had handouts on using duplicate stitch and embroidery in knitting.
In July 2012 we had a Swap Meet. Members brought yarn and patterns for other members.
Our June 2012 meeting was our Salad Luncheon at a member's home. The food was delicious, and the setting and weather were wonderful.
On May 22 several members visited N.W. Works, Inc. in Winchester to teach some of the clients and staff about knitting.
The program in May 2012 was steeking. Pat Hays and Dee Dee Heuer showed the members how to knit a tube with extra stitches so that it may be sewn to reinforce it, then cut to make a cardigan from a sweater knit in the round.