March 2012 Newsletter

2012-03_headerNext Meeting March 17, 2012
10 AM – 4 PM (more or less)
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February Nutshell
by Ginger and Sue

Please note I (Sue) have been working on the website and newsletter since January of 2008. As of election time this year (November of 2012) someone needs to step up and take over the newsletter. I’m more than happy to train my replacement. Start thinking seriously about who would like to replace me.

Old Business

Is anyone interested in having Carson Demers put on this class for our meeting (or some other time)?

Sue found this class through the Yarn Harlot’s blog. Carson charges $100 an hour plus expenses. Since he lives in San Francisco, the expenses will be minimal. He’s willing to work with us if we want something different than his standard class.

Ergonomics at Your Spinning Wheel – Ergonomics for Spinners (3-hour class) by Carson Demers

Time seems suspended when you’re at your spinning wheel. Hours melt away but stress and strain can be accumulating in your body. Spinning shouldn’t hurt! In this class you’ll learn what ergonomic risk factors are and where they exist in spinning at a wheel. Most importantly you’ll learn what to do to minimize them and early warning signs that could prevent an injury. Safer strategies for seating, balancing your spinning work, and of course, stretches will all be taught.

This is not a “how to spin” class. Students must be able to spin a singles.

Materials: spinning wheel and fiber of student’s choice to spin during class. Students are asked to bring a bath size towel.

Aviva has the spreadsheet she made with the contact information of guild members. She will email it to the attendees at the January meeting. The presidents will print off copies and bring them to meetings.

New Business

In response to a card from Chris Wallace’s husband, Ginger has volunteered to print and mail newsletters to Chris.

Treasurer’s report: $811.41 in the bank (Dues have not been deposited, yet). Dues ($15) are due in January. If you miss Lotus at a meeting, you can send a check to her at P.O. Box 5, Mount Hamilton, CA 95140.

No Context: The notes say:
“Email Carol, Lotus and Aviva with Claudia Ward’s email regarding the Monterey County Fair wool judge – she teaches classes and will be around a couple of days before.”

Question: Would we be willing to give pointers or demos or whatever to an author-friend researching a fiber-spinner character for a book? Reactions were generally favorable though there are no details at this time.

Show ‘n Tell

Please forgive the editor if the pictures and text are not matched correctly.

Nancy D.: went traveling, again. Saw a cute origami tip. The website might be

Judy: has a new, hand made wheel. The maker is a math major and wood worker. She brought a 20 year old fleece and is learning to spin, again.

Picture of a spinning wheel

Judy’s wheel (I hope)

Sharolene.: arrived and brought her drum carder.

Carol: started a knitting project. She got a pattern book last year and is trying out one of the sweater patterns. It’s a big circle with added sleeves. She’s using a fairly chunky color changing yarn.

Diane: was visiting. She recently bought an Ashford Traditional and wants to learn to spin. While she’s at it, she also wants to learn to knit and crochet.

Diane (I hope)

Diane (I hope)

Lotus: is working on an easy project. It’s a tam for her the mother of her daughter-in-law and is being done in leftovers from the hats she knit for the kids. She has about an inch of it done.

  • "Return to Sender"

Jennifer: has a new Ashford rigid heddle loom. She’s spinning old fiber. She hasn’t been around due to the demands of school, her horse and a weaving group.

Ginger: is continuing to work on her afghan stitch, Navajo-flavor throw. She’s almost halfway done. She made one set of baby trousers for one of her many pregnant colleagues. She couldn’t resist doing the first square of a a kit. She spent longer reading the pattern then crocheting. The pattern was very complex.

A brown and white crocheted square

The first square

An afghan stitch throw with a zigzag design

Nearly half way

And that’s February in a Nutshell.

If you have news or pictures of interest to the group please send it to


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