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We had out monthly fiber guild meeting this evening. It will be our last meeting for the year, as several members have so many committments in December that a meeting was nearly impossible. We will meet next on January 9 for our annual dinner meeting (usually held at Christmas)

At today's meeting, we discussed plans for our dinner, reviewed several acknowledgements received by members or friends of members. Our guild leader Marlene participated in the Foot Hills Art Festival and won 2nd and 3rd prizes for two of her felted projects. Her friend Pam (not a member, but a good friend) has been invited to participate in an event that is by invitation only - an acknowledgement of her skills.

We exchanged aprons for our apron project, but I did not get pictures of the updated versions - I'll try to get that next time.

I presented the information I gathered during my two dyeing experiments. Since I've shared this with you before, I won't bore you with all the details. I had prepared handouts giving my formula, and how the process works for dyeing with food coloring.

Then Bev, on of our charter members, showed up how to make cord, using carpet weft (I think that is the correct term) - we stretched out 8 lengths of the string, pulled the end throw a thimble, and twisted it... once sufficiently twisted, the cord is doubled and tied at one end, then you allow the two ends to twist back on themselves... just like when you ply yarn. I got a few pics of this:

This is Bev showing Marlene how to properly twist the cord.


This is Nan's finished cord:


This is another in process view of the cord making:


And finally this is Marlene's cord:


During the meeting Suzy kept busy knitting on a scarf. Here she is with her mom sitting next to her.


The other thing we did at this meeting was to collect items for two local charities for the holidays. One charity is the local Out Reach Center - we collected non perishable food stuffs for them to distribute at Christmas. The other charity is the Serenty House - an abuse center for women and children. We collected personal items for people who need shelter during this critical time of year. Here is a pic of Marlene and me standing at the back of my nearly filled SUV - I also have two boxes of items at my house and will add them this week prior to delivery.


And finally all of the other members who contributed to these very worthy causes.


And yes we had show and tell and I showed them all of my recently completed items, including the recently completed diaper bag and purse, along with the lining...

Happy knitting, spinning and all things fiber.

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 24, 2009 at 6:37am
Knit4,
Thanks... usually our meeting go from 2 - 5pm one Sunday a month. This particular meeting adjourned at 4pm, and we still got all of that done. In addition to the food and other items donated, we also collected $100 cash which was donated 50/50 to each of the charities. --S
Comment by Knit4Many on November 24, 2009 at 5:54am
Susan: Another great post. Boy you get a lot done in your meetings. How long are they? The cords look great. It so great to give those in need.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 16, 2009 at 2:56pm
Thank you so much Carol. We are all busy people, and while I may do a bit more knitting, others do a lot of other things. --S
Comment by Carol Meissner on November 16, 2009 at 2:39pm
Susan, as usual you impress me with all the wonderful things you do. Not only do you learn and contribute in your guild, you help others in need! Good for you. I am thankful that I know you! Carol
Comment by cherylbwaters on November 15, 2009 at 6:15pm
Now that would have been a sight!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 15, 2009 at 5:48pm
Cheryl: You should have put on the music. You and your DH could have done the twist! --P
Comment by cherylbwaters on November 15, 2009 at 5:44pm
I used to do that cording when I did a lot cross stitch and needlepoint for finishing off ornaments that I made. It is a fun process. My DH would roll his eyes because I would tack one end to whatever was available, then stand across the room to twist. The eye rolling was because it made it difficult to cross the room while I was twisting cord.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 15, 2009 at 5:12pm
Peggy,
I would say that would work. All Bev did was to stick a pencil in the loop formed once pulled through the spool, and kept turning it until the twist was adequate. I think the mixer would work fine! --S
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 15, 2009 at 4:56pm
I read that you can do that kind of cord by using an electric hand mixer.You use just one beater, tie the yarn on and spin. Susan, your blog posts are always fun. Thanks for an interesting read. --P

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