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 February 10. We will have a Swap Meet where members bring items they no longer need to swap with others. 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 January 2017 we learned the basics of entrelac knitting. We will be doing a free class to teach an entrelac scarf to members on a day in the future.
We had our potluck social in December. Members enjoyed the feast and had a chance to chat with each other. Officers met after the luncheon to discuss programs for the upcoming year.
On December 6 we donated the sweaters and caps to Winchester Day Nursery. There were around 42 children who received new warm sweaters. Members knit all year to provide the gifts for the daycare children.
In November we met at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Winchester. The program was Knitting Back Backwards in preparation for our January program of entrelac.
In October we had a field trip to Knit 1 Purl 2 yarn shop in Winchester. Members enjoyed shopping and then lunched together at a restaurant on the walking mall nearby.
On September 24 & 25 we enjoyed meeting the public at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival.
Our September meeting was held in the church. Our program was a demo of spinning on a spinning wheel.
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 2015 we held our annual potluck social and officers planned programs for 2016.