Saturday, June 7, 2014

June Meeting moved

Our regular meeting location at Epworth Church will be unavailable for the June meeting.   Instead we will meet at our vice president's home. 

Please contact the guild for the address. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

March Minutes

The March meeting was led by Beth Soper (Vice President).    Beth asked for Shop News.

Susan Brennan announced several upcoming events at Mass Ave.    They are (currently) selling some of the shop samples.    Upcoming dates:

In store overnighter April 12th
In store retreat April 24-26th.  $25 plus dinner $7.50
Malabrigo trunk show May 2nd.   5-7 pm,  $5
Check for more info on the blog

Carol Powers  mentioned that Broad Ripple Knits is moving in early April to a bigger location just down the street.

Mandie Harrington announced that she is teaching dyeing at Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival this summer.   

Lana Holden announced that Small Knits Symposium would like to offer Indianapolis Knitting Guild members $15 off a la carte classes at the event, April 25-27th. please email or the guild for the promo code.

The February Minutes were voted on and approved.

Carol (Treasurer) reported the guild has $4859.  She gave $200 to the church that evening as voted on in February.

The Cat Bordhi event was discussed briefly.  Everything is coming together nicely. The event should pay for itself without guild funds.  As of right now the Cowl class is full with 2 people waiting, and there are 2 spaces in the sock class.  Due to a slight scheduling conflict it was announced that the lecture would be moved from 7 to 7:30 to give the preceding event time to get out of the space.

Barb Bettegnies also announced that she would be talking to Lucy Neatby soon about coming in mid 2015. 

Beth announced that the board wants the membership to know that scholarships to events such as these can be made available for members who cannot afford to attend for whatever reason.  If you would like to request one for yourself or another member please speak privately to a board member.

Susan gave our guest presentation.  She showed a project that will be a knit along at Mass Ave in April, the River Run shawl by Mango Moon, and then she demonstrated arm knitting.  She also mentioned Berroco gives a good video tutorial.  This is a great use for silk ribbon or other big unusual yarns. 

There are several examples of arm knitting on Ravelry here  

Monday, March 3, 2014

IKG hosts Cat Bordhi in April

We're so happy to have the opportunity to have Cat Bordhi here with us this April 27-29th, just before TNNA.  Classes will take place at the Broad Ripple United Methodist Church

Cat Bordhi’s mission, according to Stephanie Pearl McPhee, “is to make you a more creative, freethinking knitter who problem-solves and experiments with vigor and fearlessness. The best part? She can.” Cat teaches and inspires more than a thousand knitters each year in classes all over the world. Her YouTube knitting tutorials have nearly three million views, and her innovative books, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, A Treasury of Magical Knitting, A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, New Pathways For Sock Knitters, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks, and an award-winning novel, Treasure Forest, have reached hundreds of thousands of readers. For more information, visit

Cat will give a lecture on Sunday evening: Time Travel to PerĂº—when modern and indigenous knitters join as one.

She will teach Seven Super Skills Cowl on Monday, a class which teaches what she calls her 7 most appreciated techniques in 1 project.

New Pathways for Sock Knitters will be on Tuesday, probably her most well known sock innovations.  Learn to think about socks in a whole new way and stretch the way you think about knitting in general.

Full information on classes and registration can be found here. Please note that priority registration goes to IKG members until March 15th. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

February Minutes

Beth Soper, our Vice President, led the February meeting. 

We discussed our charity knitting projects.  Members brought yarn to share for charity projects.   The contact person for Wishard who had been collected knitted breasts has let us know that they don’t need any more (yay!) but they would really appreciate lap sized blankets and chemo caps.  It was agreed that we could collect 9” squares for the lapghans, and chemo caps should be made with very soft yarn.

It was agreed that we would make a $200 donation to Epworth Church as a thank you for allowing us to hold our meetings there.

We discussed the Cat Bordhi workshops, which will be held from 9-4:30 on April 28th and 29th (Monday and Tuesday).  We are aware that these are not ideal times for some members, but it was quite literally the only time that we could have Cat teach here at all, and we hope that many of you can attend.  There was an email sent out earlier with the sock class choices, please vote for those this week if you are interested.  The other class that was chosen was the 7 Super Skills Cowl, which was a clear winner in our initial poll.

Please look for specific details and registration information to come next week.  Members will have time to sign up exclusively until a few days after the next guild meeting, and then we will open it up to non members. 

Paula Winnig gave a book report on the Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes.  She also brought the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook to share. 

Mary Ellen Lohr gave the main presentation on Mosaic Knitting.  Barbara Walker’s excellent book is here. There is a good Knitty article on the subject if you missed it or would like more information.  You can also find some mosaic knitting patterns on Ravelry.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

January Minutes

This month’s meeting was led by Vice President Beth Soper as our fearless leader has flown south.

Mandie Harrington (secretary) reported that the Membership Directory was in progress but not everyone had responded.  The draft was passed around for additions and corrections.  If you have not responded to the directory survey please do so here or email me with that information.

Barb Bettegnies (Special Programming Committee Chair) asked for additional members to help with the Cat Bordhi committee and Peg Alexander joined.  Barb reports that Cat will split her travel expenses between us, TNNA, and the Small Knits Symposium in Bloomington.  She has asked Cat to extend her stay at the hotel she is staying at for TNNA, and we are making headway toward choosing a location. 

Barb passed around a list of classes Cat offers and asked people to vote.  If you did not get to the meeting but plan to attend the workshop in April, Titles are:

Twenty Misleading Knitting Myths-Uncovered and set right
Time Travel to Peru - When modern and indigenous knitters join as one
Seven Super Skills Cowl
Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks
New Pathways for Sock Knitters
Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters
Personal Footprints for Rebellious Sock Knitters
Carefree Moebius Knitting
Advanced Moebius Knitting and Designing
Engineering New Stitch Patterns
Finding the Fountain of Fresh Knitting Ideas

Please let Barb or I know your preferences if you have them or if you need more information about any of the classes.

Guild members were asked to come to a decision on this year’s charity knitting.  Mary Ellen Lohr suggested the Tit-a-long for breast cancer survivors.  Beth brought up the orphanage in Zimbabwe which we knit sweaters for last year has 60 more children newborn-12 in need of sweaters.  Marsha Callahan suggested Craine House, A halfway house on Michigan Road where non-violent offenders can serve out their sentences with their children, and the kids have a need of sweaters.

The options were discussed and it was agreed that we would have two charity knitting projects, one small and one larger.  The small project is the knitted breasts.  Sweaters will be collected for Zimbabwe until June when they can be delivered, and sweaters after that will be for Craine House. 

The pattern for the knitted breasts is here
They have a need for sizes C and larger, especially sets.  Please Please go ahead and fill them with polyester fiberfill and leave a tail, but don’t close them.  They will add a weight and close them up.  There is no need for the icord or buttons. 

We will get more information about the sweaters for Zimbabwe and Craine house, but all sizes from newborn to youth large are needed.

At February’s meeting anyone who wants can bring yarn (preferably worsted and washable) for sharing or swapping for these projects.

Barb also announced that we are tentatively scheduling Lucy Neatby for Spring 2015.  She will call her to make more specific plans.

Mandie did the Tip of the Month, about weaving in ends of yarn as you knit.  I have a blog post about that here.

Paula Winnig also mentioned the “helpful notes” on Ravelry projects.  So, if you are looking at a pattern and you click the projects tab, you can sort by people who have marked the project notes as helpful (they have a little life preserver on them).  This is useful if you’re stuck, or if you’re altering a pattern in a way someone else may have done before you.

Alice Bell did the Book Report this month on Nicky Epstein’s Knitted EmbellishmentsShe also brought in some beautiful examples of her work from this book, including a gorgeous tree skirt with various knitted trees all over it.

Laurie Hagans mentioned the yarn crawl Roving IndianaYou buy a passport for $5 from any of the 8 participating yarn shops.  You get a 10% discount at each participating shop during the crawl, a chance to win the shop prize at each shop you visit, a portion of the pattern for the crawl (visit all 8 to get the full pattern), and if you make it to all 8 shops you leave the completed section of your passport to be entered in a prize drawing for the overall prize.
Participating shops are

The Clay Purl - Nashville
In a Yarn Basket - Bloomington,
Mass Ave - Indianapolis, Nomad Yarns – Plainfield
Scotland Yarn - Shelbyville
Shabby Sheep and Ewe - Columbus
Sheep Street - Martinsville, and Starstruck Cat Studio - Greenwood.

The event takes place from February 21st to March 2nd.

Joyce Mallette gave the program on attached i-cord.  A tutorial can be found hereShe gave a tip to start the i-cord with 1 stitch instead of 3 and yo twice on the first row to make a nicer beginning, and then S2KP at the end to 1 stitch instead of binding off 3. 

Lastly, we need more volunteers for Tip of the Month.  Please let me know if you’d be willing to do one of these for us. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Meeting

I hope everyone is warm and dry after last week's storm!  

Joyce Mallette will be doing a program on attached i-cord.  People who want to participate should knit a rectangular swatch of garter or stockinette stitch, and bring 2 DPNs about 2 sizes smaller than used for the swatch, and contrast yarn.  Time is 7:00 at the Epworth United Methodist Church as usual, 6450 Allisonville Road

Pre-meeting dinner will be at 5:15 at Logan's Roadhouse, 4825 E. 82nd Street.  598-1347

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October Guild Meeting Minutes

30 knitters attended this month.  We had a number of new guests in attendance (welcome!  We hope you will return again.)

Sign up sheets for Book Reports and Tip of the Month were passed around.  We still have several available times so if you didn’t get a chance to sign up for one, reply back and we can get you in.  Both are expected to be short (5 minutes or so) and informal.

Ann Wright (President) shared the new guild business cards with members and called for shop news.  Ellen McKinney shared that Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville has drop in knitting on Tuesday and Thursday knitting and mentioned the 12 weeks of Christmas patterns that they are working on.  Kathy Treaster shared that she teaches lace techniques at Village on Thursday afternoons from 1-3.

Barb Bettegnies introduced her guest Mandy who owns Groovy Girl Yarn Shop in Kokomo.  (  They can be found at Kokomo Yarnies on Ravelry.

We ran a survey for interest on teacher workshops (which can also be voted on online here:
You do not need to be a member to vote, so if you have a friend who would attend a workshop in Indy feel free to share. 

Preliminary results put Cat Bordhi well in the lead.  Cat does not generally travel and do workshops currently; however she will be in Indianapolis in May 2014 to attend the TNNA convention and is willing to extend her trip to teach us.  Ann appointed Barb Bettegnies to chair the special events committee so we can hopefully make that happen this spring.   The board is tabulating remaining votes for future workshops, some teachers book 2-3 years away.

Barb Layton has volunteered to organize pre-guild meeting dinners for the rest of the guild year.

Ann asked for suggestions for charity knitting. 

  • Ellen suggested the Schuyler Blanket Project which provides blankets to bereaved parents, started by a local mom and knitter.  We could send squares as a group or we could also sponsoring a blanket and assembling it together.  Information on square requirements can be found on the web site above.

  • Beth Soper reports that 21 sweaters for the older children/teens were completed last year and will be delivered to Zimbabwe this fall.  There is a need for around 60 younger children’s sweaters.

  • Debbie Ford-True shared information on the Tit-Along being run at Mass Ave Knit Shop, making soft prosthetic breasts for mastectomy patients.  The pattern can be found on Knitty  Debbie is willing to bring finished boobies to Mass Ave if anyone wants to bring them to guild meetings.  The following info comes from the Wishard contact. 
    • They do not need the A or B cups, so make the 3 larger sizes.
    • Also consider doing some sets, as some women have a double mastectomy.
    • The pattern has an option for 1 piece, which I love as no sewing it together when you finish knitting. Also, go down a needle size on the back side (per the pattern) as this makes a flat back side that will be concave when completed and it will not irritate the incision.
    • Please go ahead and fill them with polyester fiberfill and leave a long trail for us to close it after we add the weight.
    • No need to knit I-cord or add the button for a nipple, the women don't care about that.
  • Bears on Patrol, collecting stuffed bears for children in scary situations was also mentioned.

Ann asked for input on the desire for social knitting time outside of regular guild meetings.  The board would love for someone to organize that so if you have an idea, feel free to suggest it.

Mandie Harrington did a book report on Knit One Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann, published posthumously by daughter Meg Swansen and grandson Cully Swansen.

Beth and Anne Reaves did a wonderful program on double knitting.  (Anne if you can send me a copy of the handout I can put it on the blog).

The meeting was wrapped up with knitter’s show and tell, where lots of gorgeous items were displayed.

Happy Knitting!