Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sally Melville is Coming to Indianapolis Knitting Guild!

In case you haven't attended a Guild meeting recently, the BIG news is that designer/teacher/author extraordinaire Sally Melville is going to be conducting a two-day workshop here December 1-2, 2012. The committee for workshops is currently conducting a survey of members to determine which of the many options Sally offers to have for the classes. If you have not received an email listing of the options, contact me at once for opportunity to your selection known.

Sally is perhaps best known among knitters as the author of The Knitting Experience series of books, which she wrote as a guide to knitters of all skill levels. The Knit Stitch offered to take a beginner by the hand and teach that basic stitch in such a way that the world of knitting opened up, using basic patterns inventively. The Purl Stitch expanded the concept with more thought-provoking patterns and how-to photos, with each step carefully photographed and captioned. When Color was published, Sally  again displayed her mastery of the subject beyond the limits of the mortal mind.

Since then, at least two pattern books have joined the bookshelves of many knitters, Mother-Daughter Knits and Warm Knits, Cool Gifts. These were co-authored by Sally's daughter, Caddy Melville Ledbetter, a designer in her own right and young mother. Thus there are projects for babies, children, men and a variety of designs for women of all ages and stages. I have knit several items from these two books, and several women in my on-going knit classes have garments which were both fun knits and welcome additions to their wardrobes.

Sally's emphasis on knitting to flatter and fit the individual knitter is the basis for her books and classes, and those who attend will come away with knowledge they will use in each future knit project.

Monday, May 21, 2012

June Meeting

June 12 Meeting, 7 pm
Agenda Items: tbd
Program: Jennifer Orr, Alpaca With a Twist

Jennifer Orr is a local business woman with a passion for alpacas!  Come hear her relate how she took her love of these animals and created an Indiana business!

Remember, if you are making copies of patterns, you MUST have designed/written the pattern yourself.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

May Meeting

May 8 Meeting, 7 pm
Agenda Items: Vote on the new Bylaws
Program: Sock Exposé
Sock Exposé - the Mysteries of Socks Revealed!
Master Sock Knitters will present the details of what makes a handknit sock great... and not so great.

Beginning with the cuff and 5 different needle styles, moving down the cuff to the heel flap. Next, 2 versions of heel turning will be presented, then the foot instep, working to the toe and some closure options.  There will be a Sock Museum of famous patterns as well as a Pattern Resource Center with many of the old and new books written on the subject.  Members are asked to bring their socks, sock questions, books and stories for sharing.  Please have all socks, books and yarn marked well with your name as these will all be shared among the members.  

Remember, if you are making copies of patterns, you MUST have designed/written the pattern yourself.

Friday, March 23, 2012

April Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 10th.  Erica Kempf from Nomad Yarns will talk about felting, wet and dry felting of fiber, as well as knit then felt (fulling) techniques and bring some examples to share.

Come join us!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Welcome Knitters


Can you feel it?!  Warmer weather and ... while it is only March....I know that some of those good sweaters will be cleaned for storage.   

Time to set my spring resolutions: Surely, I will finish that sweater I started for my husband in LAST April when the temperatures just started to soar. I will knit a snuggly for that September baby.  And, now that my daughter is married, I may actually knit her a sofa throw.   I so look forward to MAKING resolutions!

I would like to welcome you to our website.  It is a sweet little site and it may not change much, but you will find up to date information about the Indianapolis Knitting Guild.   We will be posting our bylaws and standing rules, current programs and other goodies.

IKG was begun in 1988 under the direction of Gerry Mandelbaum (P), Susan Corbitt Brennen (VP), Phyllis McGinley (S) and Marilyn Stober (T).  They have gave us a sound foundation and we are now 23 years strong.   Special Kudos  also to members Rega Kowalski (S) and  Terri Kerr (T) for having held their office for a very long time. Current Officers are my right and left hands: Mary Ellen Lohr and Deb Squire (coVP), Rega (S) and Marsha Callahan (T). Thank you, ladies.

Finally, please join us.  Dues are only $15. We are still meeting at Epworth Church where they have graciously allowed us to meet in their beautiful home. Expect to find knitters of all ages who love to share their projects.  If you are looking for sit and knit groups, we can hook you up.

Knit on!
Peg Alexander
Indianapolis Knitting Guild