May Meeting Recap!

Wow!  What a meeting we had this week!  My knitting mojo has definitely come back strong thanks to all of the excited knitters with their AWESOME show & tell!  Welcome to all of the new guests and returning members!  I think that was one of our largest meetings to date, around 30 knitters!

For those who were unable to join us, here is a brief recap of the meeting:

Show & Tell:  You all know that this is ALWAYS my favorite part of every meeting!

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Bus Trip to Shepherd’s Mill:

We are excited to announce all of the details of the upcoming trip to Shepherd’s Mill!  This is going to be a day-trip that you don’t want to miss out on.  Mark you calendar for Saturday, June 9th.  A lovely chartered bus (with reclining seats & a bathroom) will leave from Wichita and make stops to pick up knitters in Newton, McPherson and Salina.  Not only will we get a private tour of the mill to see how fiber is processed and spun into yarn, but there will be demonstrations, knitting olympics, lots of prizes and give-aways, yarn shopping at the Mill and food!

Tickets: We only have 45 seats, so we know tickets will sale fast.  Tickets run $50 for members and $60 for non-members.  We kept the price as low as possible.  No frets, you will get more than your moneys worth…I promise!  Lunch is included with the purchase of a ticket.  We will be using Paypal, so credit/debit cards will be accepted.  You can also pay with a check or cash at the guild meeting and or via mail (just remember that until you receive your confirmation, there is no guarantee that you will get a spot).

Purchase tickets using Paypal, credit or debit cards on the righ-hand side of our blog!

Educational Program:  Natural Dying

Marnette led a great program on using plants as natural dyes for yarn & fiber.  She was even nice enough to bring Madder Root plants for people to take home (Madder Root gives you wonderful reds)!  Marnette discussed and brought examples of some of the different types of plants that you can dye with and yarn samples to show the range of colors that can be produced.

Marnette also discussed the magical world of mordants (which helps afix the dye to the fiber) and how using different and multiple mordants can vary the shades and colors.  Kim brought examples from the natural dying class that Marnette taught last year at Odd Balls (see slideshow above).  I’ve got my dye kit ready and am saving onion skins!

Secret Sock Knit-A-Long:  We were SUPER excited to kick-off (pun intended) our next Knit-a-long!!!  Using the foot forms that we made at the April & May meetings, everyone selected a foot with a description card attached from the large pile of feet.  Everyone will knit a pair of socks – using the foot form as a guide to make sure they will fit the recipient for their secret swap buddy.  We love the idea of this KAL because everyone can choose to knit a pair that interests them, we are not stuck knitting the exact same pattern.  Also, every level of knitter is able to participate in this KAL as they can use a simple vanilla sock pattern up to Cookie A’s designs.  (I LOVE her…and she knows since I accidently blurted that out when I met her)

Around August (plenty of time so you won’t be rushed) we will have a party and find out who our knitting buddy was when all of the socks are revealed!  Doesn’t this sound AWESOME!!!  You can even bring your socks on the trip and to meetings, since everyone’s buddy is a secret!

If you haven’t knit socks before, we have mentors that we can pair you up with in the guild and will also post several sock tutorials and free patterns on our Favorite Things page of the blog to help.  We will also have small groups meet outside of our guild meetings in various towns to help with any questions.  And don’t forget that your local yarn shop usually has classes and help.

LYS Spotlight:  Odd Balls

Tracy joined us to give an update on her yarn shop that is located in Newton (at the Outlet Mall).  Tracy has recently closed the Wichita location, but plans to re-open in the fall.  Tracy carries a wide-range of yarn, fiber, buttons, books, classes and other knitting accessories in her shop.  Her summer hours are currently Tuesday-Wednesday 10:30am-3pm and Thursday-Saturday 10:30am-7pm and will increase in the fall.  Check out her new location if you haven’t had a chance.  Tracy also has open knit night on Thursday evenings.  Check out her website here.

See you next month for the trip or our next Guild meeting, Tuesday June 12th from 6-8pm  –  Harvey County Courthouse (Newton).

Happy knitting,


PS – Please don’t be offended if you didn’t hear about us prior to this guild meeting.  Grab a friend and come check us out!  Find us on Ravelry and Facebook as Central KS Knitters Guild.

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