February 11, 2015
Welcome Margaret Radcliffe!
Margaret will speak about her open-ended design process – “If you can knit a triangle, you can knit anything!” I’m sure you have some ideas, some not quite detailed projects in the back of your mind – get some ideas of how to bring those ideas to life with yarn and pointy sticks.
A knitter for 50 years, a designer for 35, and a teacher for 22, Margaret Radcliffe is the author of the bestselling Knitting Answer Book (Storey Publishing, 2005), The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques (2008), and Circular Knitting Workshop (2012). Her fourth book, The Knowledgeable Knitter, was released in September 2014, and the second edition of The Knitting Answer Book was just released in January 2015. In 1997, Margaret founded Maggie's Rags and publishes a line of knitting patterns under that name.
Margaret’s books explore knitting techniques in a depth well beyond what’s usually presented and do so in a way that makes both the techniques and their appropriate uses clear to readers. As a designer, her specialty is rewarding garments that look complicated but rely on the simplest knitting techniques. As a publisher, she focuses on patterns that help knitters learn new techniques and improve their skills. As a teacher, Margaret enthusiastically teaches everything from beginning knitting to garment design, and is acclaimed for her ability to help all knitters to develop their independence and creativity.
Margaret's many teaching venues include the John C. Campbell Folk School, The Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), Knitters Day Out, the Schooner J&E Riggin, and shops and fiber guilds across the U.S. and into Canada.
Like many knitters, Margaret has a varied background. She has degrees in Medieval Studies and English Literature, has been an internal auditor, computer programmer, business executive, research administrator, dancer and editor.
Plan to join us on Wednesday, February 11 – this will be a really interesting meeting!
- Susan Parke, Program Co-Chair
This year we have a somewhat unusual KAL: we will knit a project using colors blue and green. It is up to you whether the project will be big or small, uses one skein or twenty just as long as blue and green are recognizable as primary colors. If you are a sports fan, this is an opportunity to knit something in Seattle team colors, both the Seahawks and Sounders fit the bill. You could knit a sweater or socks or a shawl. You could pick cables or lace or fair isle. Or you could knit miles and miles of stockinette (hey, some of us like that!). You have several months to plan and swatch and knit: we hope to have a big KAL showcase in November.
- Anu Slorah, Newsletter
P.S. I highly suggest looking at blue and green gradient yarns on etsy.com, there is some serious eye candy out there!
2014-2015 Business Members
In December we had a fabulous holiday party where all guild members got a gift and some even two. All these gifts were generously donated to us by yarn companies. We would like to thank the companies that gave us either gifts or gift cards!
This year we will knit for two charities: Knitted Knockers and bear clothes for Camp Erin. More information about Knitted Knockers in our September and October newsletters and description about Camp Erin in January 2014 Cablegram. The Knitted Knockers are an ongoing project while Camp Erin bear clothes have a deadline: these need to be done by July.
There are a few easy to customize patterns written for these bears linked on our Ravelry page. If you knitted a bear outfit, it would be lovely if you linked your bear picture and pattern to the thread. Last year we knitted outfits for 120 bears. We have the option of doing either 60 or 120 again, half for the TEEN session and half for the 'under 13' session.
- Paulette Hauck, Program Co-Chair
Seattle Knitters Guild Calendar 2015
February 11 Margaret Radcliffe
March 4 Suzanne Tidwell, Fiber Artist
April 1 Fiber Frenzy
May 6 Lorilee Beltman, Teacher and Knitting Visionary
June 3 Let’s Knit
July 1 YOTH Yarns
July 28 Stitch'n'Pitch
August 5 Ice Cream Social
September 2 Mary Newlander, Cantering Crow, Hand Dying Yarns Demo
October 7 Knitting School
November 4 KnitAlong
December 2 Holiday Party
Speakers are subject to change
Seattle Knitters Guild (Est. 1985)
Meetings every first Wednesday of the month 7pm. Visitors always welcome.
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 – 35th Ave. NE, Seattle (NE corner of 35th and 80th)
Parking available in the lot behind the church or across from the south side of the church on 80th.
Dues: $25 per year, $15 after July 1
Library cart open 6:30 to 7pm, only members may check out books.