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 was to be July 10, but we are unable to hold it due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Our guild president Liz Thomas is now doing Zoom meetings for members on the day and time we usually meet in person. 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.

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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.

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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

Members are staying home due to the pandemic. Many are keeping busy with getting gardens planted, knitting, and staying safe and well. We put together a newsletter for May and June to send out to the members who had contributed notes and photos of what they were doing while at home.

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Al Hays adds a few rows to his scarf.

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Donna Foley knit 56 hats so far for the Chemo Grannies group who donate to ladies who are getting cancer treatments.

Members were staying home due to the pandemic. Many are keeping busy sewing masks to donate to hospitals and health clinics, others are busy knitting charity sweaters and other projects.

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Cindy Palo knit this sweater for our daycare program.

In March 2020 Megan Russell gave us tips on finishing our knitted projects.

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Peggy Carper shows the Apple Blossom themed shawl.

In February 2020 Pat Hays demonstrated the methods of thrums in knitting.

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Linda Bishop shows the colorful scarf.

Our January 2020 meeting was a Swap Meet. Members brought non-perishable food to bring to CCAP.

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New guild president Liz Thomas shows the doll Emma and the items she makes for her.

In December we had our annual potluck social at the house of a member. We each brought a sample or a story about our other hobbies. After the meeting and feast, we planned the programs for 2020.

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Outgoing president Barbara Resan is decked out in holiday lights.

Members of the guild helped the children at Fremont Street Nursery pick out sweaters and caps.

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The Fremont Street Nursery children were enjoying the new sweaters and caps.

Members enjoyed the field trip to Needles in the Haymarket yarn shop in November. We had lunch together at the restaurant across the street after making our purchases.

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A lovely selection of yarn is available at Needles in the Haymarket.

In October 2019 Jackie Grondin explained yarn curls and showed examples of how to use them.

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Jackie Grondin shows how yarn curls can be used.

We had a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in September 2019.

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Our program for September 2019 was the Russian Join and the Jogless Jog.

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Donna Foley shows the cotton cardigan she knit for our daycare project.

In August 2019 members brought knitted items for the home.

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Sandy Kielsgard shows the lemon slice scrubby she knit.

At our July 2019 meeting we learned the basics of knitting a Side to Side Sweater.

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Jackie Grondin shows an example of a sweater knit cuff to cuff.

In June 2019 we had our annual Salad Luncheon.

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The group have a meeting before the luncheon.

Our May 2019 meeting was a fashion show with members showing off their creations.

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Sherry Miller shows the pullover she knit.

In April 2019 we learned the Japanese Bind Off.

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Celeste Youngblood shows the lacy shawl she knit.

Our March 2019 program was on making Pom Poms.

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Diana Ours made this fringed poncho for her granddaughter.

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