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 September 14 at the church. Members will do a Book Swap. We will have a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville on September 29 and 30. Stop by and say hello! 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.

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.

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Our August meeting was on Short Rows. We learned German, Japanese, Wrap and Turn, and Shadow Wraps.

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Ellen Folk shows the raglan pullover she knit for the daycare project.

In July guest speaker Susan Wolcott, former owner of Yarnability, gave a program on how to alter patterns.

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Susan Wolcott gives members a primer on the math for altering 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.

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Members get ready to feast.

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.

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Dee Dee Heuer gestures while explaining the difference between Fair Isle and Mosaic.

Our April program was Magic Loop knitting explained and demonstrated by Penny Lamons.

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Cindy Toy shows a French market bag that will be felted when finished.

In March Dee Dee Heuer gave an excellent talk on Lace Knitting.

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Linda Bishop is working on a scarf.

Our February meeting was on Applied I-Cord.

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Ruth Junkins shows the washcloths she knit for her daughter.

In January we had a Swap Meet. We also brought food items for the local charity CCAP.

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Virginia Saunders shows the completed sweater she knit for the daycare project.

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.

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Members enjoy the delicious food and have a chance to chat.

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.

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Children at Fremont Street Nursery will be warm this winter.

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.

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Members look over the display of yarns.

We had a booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival.

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Booth at the 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.

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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.

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