It was a small gathering today on Zoom on this first day of Spring. The Treasurer gave her report and we have 16 paid members currently. We discussed starting to meet in-person come June/July. Aviva has graciously offered her yard for a gatherings which also has a restroom not inside the house and patio wifi for Zoom. Or a park with a restroom but we’d have to mark out a perimeter with caution tape or yarn to keep curious visitors at a safe distance.
Show and tell began and Carol showed us a lovely colorful woven baby blanket she made some time ago. She will also be doing the Maryland Sheep to Shawl with Meridian Jacobs since it will be virtual.
Heather has been having fun using her Electric Eel Wheel Nano and has been experimenting with plying as she waits for her Ashford to come.
Laura is still working on a recycled cashmere blanket and making produce baskets for her pantry. She also shared some fibery souvenirs from her trip to Websters in Ashland, OR.
Ginger is keeping buy sock knitting.
Kelly showed everyone the yarn, velvet, and various fabrics she dyed with sour grass and backing soda. Orange!
Nancy found some yummy roving at her local thrift store and also shared 2 sweet dog sweaters she had finished.
Sage shared a sweet little dragon she made from her hand spun for her friend’s new baby.
Aviva showed off a hat she made for Sage that matched her birthday jackets!
Due to recent happenings, our monthly meeting was conducted virtually via Zoom this month, thanks to Ange. It worked out quite nice with 11 of us joining in.
Nancy gave the Treasurer’s Report to start the meeting. There was really no new news being that most fiber events have been cancelled for the upcoming months.
Sharolene told us about her paper yarn she’s making with coffee filters, dyed with oxalis and brazilwood. Joan shared a knitted scarf with tons of texture. Patti, Carol, and Ange are all busy making masks, among other things. Nancy showed us a sweet sweater she knitted and also expressed an interest in dyeing with Avocados. Sage was spinning a bright blue fiber and Aviva was spinning silk & yak fiber from Stitches. Kelly shared some recently woven scarves.
The next meeting will be Saturday, May 2, 2020 via Zoom.
There was a large turn out this month on what felt like a warm Spring day!
The Treasurer gave her report and collected dues. Stitches is next week and as always everyone is looking forward to it! Ange told us about the Tribal and Textile Art Show in SF beginning Feb. 21. She also reminded us about CNCH in Burlingame in April. Many classes are still open!
During our meeting many interested park-goers came by and Kelly handed out some flyers for those wanting to learn more about our craft.
Cookie was excited to share her amazing hand-painted Cricket loom and stand. She’s quite an artist!
There was a large group this month for our holiday pot luck/gift exchange. There was plenty of food and fibery gifts!
Our meeting began after lunch which included the Treasurer’s report and the collection of annual dues. We spoke about upcoming CNCH in Burlingame in which there are still classes available. Laura informed us that Stitches West (which is Feb 19-23, 2020) will be moving from Santa Clara to Sacramento in 2022. Carol announced that Meridian Jacobs will be having their shearing day February 1, 2020. Patti and Carol talked about Bethlehem.
It was brought up that perhaps our existing website is not serving us as it should, and also is it worth the monthly fee. We discussed options such as a Ravelry group or even a blog, which would both be free. Sharolene agreed to research these options. We also talked about having business cards made so when we are out (whether at demos or on our own) that we’d have something to give to someone with the guild’s information.
Show and tell began with Laura knitting a shawl from Lambtown fiber spun on her great wheel. Carol was spinning jacob from Meridian Jacobs. Sharolene shared her lovely shawl made from woven squares from her pin loom. Patti was spinning alpaca and also shared a fleece blanket with a crochet fleece edge. Cookie showed us her various pin looms. Cheryl was knitting a hat and Joan shared a delicate blue lace scarf. Kelly showed a black and neon scarf she had just woven and Nancy was “re-knitting” a too wide scarf to a more suitable width.
We were met with cool autumn weather and falling leaves at this month’s meeting. Carol talked about next year’s Sheep To Shawl contest at Lambtown Dixon and the newly formed team. Ange spoke about the upcoming CNCH conference April 3-5, 2020 in Burlingame. She suggested to register soon for classes! She also told us about their fun “Return To Sender” contest. There is more info on their website. Kelly reminded everyone of the Holiday Potluck and optional gift exchange on December 21, 2019 from noon-3:00pm in the Plant/Science building. She also reminded the group about the need for fish themed knitted or crocheted hats for the Courageous Kids/American Cancer society for their April 2020 event.