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Meeting Notes – December 2018

We had our annual holiday pot luck this month. It was a good turnout with plenty of yummy food and fun gift exchange. Patti told us about Bethlehem and their record number of visitors! We had show and tell and collected our annual dues. We discussed making up fliers for spinning demos to give out to those that are interested.

Meeting Notes – October 2018

We had a small but pleasant gathering this month with very nice weather. The Lambtown Sheep To Shawl contest earlier this month was discussed. Sounds like it was a good time had by all!

Cookie shares her project containers made from water bottles.

Ginger showed off her lap afghan made from crochet and cross stitch.

Kelly shared her pumpkin made from woven fabric from her hand spun with wet felted leaves.

Meeting Notes – August 2018

We had a nice turn out this hot summer day.  We were able to keep cool under the shade of the trees with a slight breeze.

Our discussions included the upcoming Wool Auction at the Monterey County Fair on September 3rd; Spinning demos at Antique Autos at History Park in San Jose on September 23rd; Lambtown at Dixon and the Sheep to Shawl contest October 6 & 7.

Our meeting under the trees

Cookie shared her Mini EEL electric spinning wheel from Dreaming Robots.

Yarn from Scotland

Mule fiber from Bunloit Woolery, Scotland

A sample of hand spun woven fabric to be turned into a holiday garment.

Woven straps

Meeting Notes – June 2018

This month’s meeting was met with high winds and cooler than expected temperatures! Upcoming Sheep To Shawl for Convergence – Reno in July and at Dixon in October was discussed. Several bags of free alpaca fiber from a farm in San Martin were also brought to the meeting.

One of our members shared her WIP of 2-at-a-time socks.

A lovely collection of knitted fingerless mitts.

One of the local chickens found our bags of alpaca fascinating and stayed there for quite some time.

 

Meeting Notes – September 2016

We had a quick business meeting this month called to order by Aviva. The meeting was limited to introducing ourselves to Royce, a newcomer, and doing show & tell.

Kelly was present, spinning wool.

Laura was spinning on her big support spindle. She showed us a green scarf that she’d woven on a borrowed Cricket loom. It was woven from a variety of yarns made from silk and/or cotton.

Laura's scarf woven on Cricket loom

Laura’s scarf woven on Cricket loom

Aviva was knitting a shawl from mohair that she bought at last year’s Lambtown festival.

Aviva's mohair shawl-in-progress.

Aviva’s mohair shawl-in-progress.

Royce, a newcomer to our group, showed up after learning about us on our website and contacting Aviva to confirm where & when. Royce has been spinning for a few months now. She was spinning a merino/tussah silk blend on an Ashford wheel during the meeting. This was her first experience with silk. She started drafting the blend as usual but wasn’t happy with the result. She then learned about spinning from the fold and after finding that technique gave the effect she wanted, has been using it ever since. Royce is an experienced knitter. She’s been honing her spinning skills by studying sources such as Craftsy’s Foundations of Spinning. Royce showed us bags (many of them!) that she’d made.

Royce's bags

Royce’s bags

Cookie has been spinning Cormo and California Red of late. Most recently, she’s been spinning a blend of those two wool breeds. She also showed us one ball that she’d spun from the longer wool separated out by combing California Red. That ball was close to white. And Cookie showed us a second ball spun from the leftover shorter fibers. The second ball was distinctly reddish. If it were a horse, I’d call it a roan.

Cookie brought a couple of containers she’d made using crochet and empty 2 liter plastic bottles. Cookie cut off the top of the plastic bottles and put little holes near their cut edges. She then crocheted a cylindrical section anchored in the holes. She crocheted the top of the cylinder so as to let her thread a drawstring through and added a handle. The handles were made using a crochet hook as a lucet. In one container, Cookie is keeping silk caps and a drop spindle made from a dowel and a 1 inch wooden toy wheel.

Cookie's plastic bottle/crocheted containers

Cookie’s plastic bottle/crocheted containers

Ginger was still spinning her coarse gray Cotswold fleece. She would hand card a bit then spin it. She’s planning to weave that and some other coarse gray fleeces she has into fabric. She’s dreaming of sewing lined garments from the fabric — suits? coat? cape?

Sharon, the events coordinator at the park, dropped by and asked if any of us could come October 1 to the park’s Mountain Music Fest to demonstrate (details at http://PruschFarmPark.og). Ginger promised to send out an email to the guild with Sharon’s contact info. Unfortunately, some of us are already committed to the sheep to shawl contest Oct 1 at Lambtown. Lambtown also runs on Sunday so if any of you are in a position to demonstrate, please read your email and contact Sharon.