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 August 10 at the church. Pat Hays will show us four ways to do short rows. 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 July guest speaker Susan Wolcott, former owner of Yarnability, gave a program on how to alter patterns.
Our June meeting was a Potluck Salad Luncheon at the home of Penny Lamons. Members enjoyed sampling each others tasty treats and had a chance to chat and get to know each other better.
In May Dee Dee Heuer explained the difference between knitting using the Fair Isle technique of stranding the yarn and Mosaic knitting where only one color is used at a time.
Our April program was Magic Loop knitting explained and demonstrated by Penny Lamons.
In March Dee Dee Heuer gave an excellent talk on Lace Knitting.
Our February meeting was on Applied I-Cord.
In January we had a Swap Meet. We also brought food items for the local charity CCAP.
We had our potluck social in December. Members enjoyed the feast and had a chance to chat with each other. Officers and members met after the luncheon to discuss programs for the upcoming year.
All year the guild knits sweaters and caps for the low income daycare nurseries in Winchester. On December 6 we donated 48 sweaters and matching caps to Fremont Street Nursery.
In November 2017 we took a field trip to Two Rivers Yarns in Purcellville. The group enjoyed shopping, then gathered at the Magnolias at the Mill restaurant where they enjoyed a lovely luncheon together.
We had a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival.
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.
In August 2017 Penny Lamons gave a wonderful presentation on yarn properties.