Lighthouse Knitting Guild of Maine
Knitters' News
June 2019
Issue #39

NEW LOCATION! Adult Education Learning Center at the Windham High School. 

We'll have a guest from the Cumberland Fair to speak about the guild's exhibit in September.  The fair runs September 22-28 so mark your calendars!

In the US, agricultural fairs did not begin to catch on until the early 19th century, when the first American fair was held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  Initially fairs were religious-oriented events, but they eventually began to focus more on agriculture, competition, and education.  The Cumberland Fair will have pumpkin weighing competitions, harness racing, steer pulling, demolition derbies, 4-H livestock and musical entertainment as well as a whole Exhibition Hall to explore and carnival rides to enjoy. 



Have skeins that need winding? Bring them in and use a ball winder and swift generously provided by Rachael.

May 24 through September 2 - Maine Yarn Cruise

July 6 - Monthly meeting - Special guest Carolyn Small will join us to discuss our presence at the Cumberland Fair

August 3 - Monthly meeting

September 7 - Monthly meeting

September 22-28 - Cumberland Fair


To assist with covering the cost of our new space, dues will increase to $20 per year beginning January 1st. Your support will allow our group to add more classes, vendors, and field trips to our calendar. Please continue to spread the word about the guild to increase our membership, which will benefit us all!  If you need more Guild business cards to distribute, ask one of the officers for more.

Things are starting to grow! Follow on Facebook or visit the website for news, recipes, and other updates! 
Here are some red, white and blue projects to celebrate the 4th of July!  I found these free patterns on Ravelry using the pattern search button.
It’s not too early to start thinking about our participation in the Cumberland Fair this fall! Carolyn Small, the superintendent of the Exhibit Hall was thrilled to learn that at our November meeting, we voted to provide a live knitting “sit-in” in the Exhibition Hall.  Individual Guild volunteers will sign up for shifts to sit and knit in the Exhibit Hall, showcasing for the public the art and craft of knitting. We will have a table nearby to exhibit some of the Guild’s fine work and provide information on our Guild. Additionally, there are opportunities for us to compete for prizes!  As a group, we could create an exhibit table in competition for a prize. Also, any individual can submit a finished piece in competition. (The piece must have been finished in 2019.) More information on the Exhibit Hall and competitions can be found in the Fairbook downloadable here: (Note: this is the 2018 Fairbook. The 2019 edition has not been published yet. See p.14 for general information on the Exhibit Hall, pp. 22-23 for information on individual competitions and p.28 for information on group competitions.)

Other Knitting Opportunities 

We know that once a month isn’t enough knitting time!  Here are some other local times and places to drop in and knit.  Email us with others you may know about or any changes. 

  • Windham Public Library - Tuesdays 1-3 pm, free 

  • Riverton branch of the Portland Public Library Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30 pm, free 

  • Westbrook Community Center - Fiber Arts room open 9am to 2pm M-F and 9am-noon on Saturday. Free use of cutting tables and sewing machines and time to hang out with other creative individuals. 

  • Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland, Sit & Knit – Wednesday 6-7:30 pm 

  • Rosemary’s Yarn Shop, Rte. 302 Windham – Sundays 5-7 pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10 am -12 noon, free 

  • Scarborough Public Library has knitting time from 10 am -12 pm every Saturday.  Address is 48 Gorham Road. For more information call 883-4723, option 4 
  • South Portland Public Library KnitChat! occurs Tuesday evenings at 6pm and Friday mornings at 10am.  
  • Pints and Purls occurs on the last Wednesday of each month from 7-10pm at Foulmouthed Brewing, 15 Ocean Street in South Portland
  • Panera Bread at 75 Topsham Fair Mall Road in Topsham, ME, every Tuesday at 4:30
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Special Offers 

Halcyon Yarn 

Halcyon Yarn in Bath has partnered with us!  We are now part of their Guild Rewards program.  

Make sure you mention Lighthouse Knitters Guild when ever you make a purchase at Halcyon Yarn and they will support the guild with 5% of all purchases at the end of the year.

Advertising Opportunities

Do you own your own business, or know someone who does?  Here is an opportunity to advertise at really low rates, and help our Guild grow.  Our newsletter is shared with membership and on our website. 

Annual rate is $50.

And you get a 20% discount on your advertising rate ($40 annually) if you offer our Guild members any discount on your products and/or services.


2018-2019 Officers 

President - Jenn Fleck 

Vice President - Julie Nye 

Secretary - Rachel Herald 

Treasurer - Jackie Lambert 

Public Relations – Autumn Nye

Don't forget to follow us on Ravelry and Facebook (link below) for news and photos. Please contact one of us if you have ideas to share or other special requests, or if you would like to volunteer to teach a lesson at an upcoming group session!
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