January Wrap Up!

Happy New Year!  The January 2013 meeting didn’t disappoint!  We missed a few of our regulars (darn flu bug) and welcomed a couple of guests to our meeting.

On to the recap of the meeting:

Show & Tell:  You all know that this is ALWAYS my favorite part of every meeting!  Check out the slideshow.  (Hopefully I tagged projects correctly, let me know if there is a mistake-it’s an easy fix and I like to be accurate in case somebody wants to ask you about your project).

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Wrap It Up! KAL Exchange:

Finally, our January meeting arrived so that we could exchange our knitted wraps!  Everyone exchanged projects (pictures are included in the Show & Tell photo slideshow above).

 

If you have ideas for future Knit-A-Longs, please let us know!!

 

Program:  Steeking 101

Steeking was the topic of the evening.  Everyone used a small swatch to practice the crocheted steek method.  Here is a link to the free Steeking Tutorial on Ravelry that is awesome!  Here is a YouTube video (there are tons of videos on You Tube).

Steeking Tips & Reminders: (since I know everyone stopped listening as soon as they pulled out their scissors)  🙂

  • Steeks can be used to create a cardigan, v-necks and other necklines, arm openings, blankets…and anything that you want to knit-in-the-round and cut open.
  • Steeks are worked over a “bridge” of 3-6 extra stitches (you can adjust as the number as needed based on your gauge/project/desired finish.
  • Crocheted Steeks remain flexible (more than a sewn steek on a machine), but still offer support for the stitch you are going to cut.  And a nice finished edge.
  • Choose a crochet hook that is similar to the size of your knitting.  If it looks really wavy, then you need to adjust the size of your hook (down usually)
  • *This wasn’t included in the program, but on one of the videos the knitter purled those “steek stitches” and then turned the sweater inside out to cut the steeks.  The steek might fold over even better than usual.
  • There are as many modifications and tricks as there are knitters.  Just be brave, secure the stitches and cut!

Announcements:

  • The CKKG Board met for our Annual Retreat on January 5th.  We reviewed the guild By-Laws, meetings, events and programs for 2013 and much more.  We will give an update, present the changes to the By-Laws for discussion and have a vote by our membership at the February meeting.  Please feel free to send us a quick email, telling us what you think/want to us at CentralKsKnittersGuild@gmail.com or on our Ravelry page.  You can also chat with one of the Board members individually if you prefer.
  • Charity Knitting: check out our Ravelry thread for organizations looking to help provide kitted items for the community.  We plan to update this throughout the year, so the holiday rush doesn’t creep on us!  If you know of any charity projects, please post them in the thread!!!

Thank you for the yummy snacks ladies!

See you next month for the February Guild meeting, Tuesday February 12th from 6-8pm  –  Harvey County Courtshouse (Newton with carpools from North & South).

Happy knitting,

Kim

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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