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 September 9. Our program is a spinning demo by two members of our knitting group. They will explain the method of turning wool from sheep into yarn for knitting. If you want to join our group, we will welcome you warmly.
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.
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.
Our July program was Duplicate Stitch presented by Jean Allen.
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.
Our April program was a Swap Meet and guest speaker, Colette Retrosi, from Spin a Yarn in the Market in Woodstock.
In March 2016 our meeting was a program about blocking knitted items.
Our February 2016 meeting was a program about organizations who accept knitted items for donating to those who are in need.
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.
In December we held our annual potluck social and officers planned programs for 2016.
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.
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 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.
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.
In July 2015 Dee Dee Heuer showed us how to do Mosaic Knitting using samples and a handout.
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.
Guild president Sandy Kielsgard showed us how to do the Russian Grafting technique in April.
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.
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.
On January 9, 2015 members braved the cold to meet at the church. The program was Buttonholes and Button Loops presented by Pat Hays.