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.