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Lighthouse Knitting Guild of Maine
 
Knitters' News
 
February 2019
Issue #35

12:30pm-3:30pm
NEW LOCATION! Adult Education Learning Center at the Windham High School. See below for directions!
 
BIG NEWS!
To accommodate our growing group, we are moving to a new location effective immediately. We are becoming part of the Windham/Raymond Adult Education program, which will give us access to their brand new facility. Here's how to get there!

DIRECTIONS TO WINDHAM HIGH SCHOOL (WHS)

Windham High School in Windham, Maine is located on Route 202, one mile west of the Foster’s Corner Rotary (intersection of Routes 302 and 202).  

From the north:  travel south on Maine Turnpike to Gray, Exit 63 (formerly exit 11).  Turn left onto Route 202/115 S. In a few miles Route 115 will split to the right, continue straight on Route 202 W.  A few more miles will take you to Foster’s Corner Rotary.  Continue straight on Route 202 W for one mile. Windham High School will be on right.  Entrance road is beyond the school.

From the south:  travel north on Maine Turnpike to Westbrook/Portland Exit 48 (formerly exit 8).  After the toll plaza, continue straight thru the traffic light and across Riverside Street.  At the next light turn right onto Route 25 / Main Street (note McDonalds on your right). As you approach downtown Westbrook, Route 25 will turn to the left around Rite Aid.  Continue straight on Cumberland Street / River Road and immediately go over a small bridge with the Sappi Paper Mill on your right.  Continue for 6 miles to the intersection of River Road and Route 202. Turn right onto Route 202 E and continue for about 3 miles.  High school and will be on left. Entrance road is before the schools.

From the west:  travel east on Route 202.  After crossing the Windham town line, continue for 4 miles.  WHS will be on left. Entrance road is before the schools.

Once you get to the school campus, enter at either the Maine Entrance sign (only after 2:30) or the Campus Sign.

To get to the Adult Education Office/Learning Center:

Main Entrance – You will see a clock tower on the front of the High School. Please keep that to your left (you can disregard the “One-Way Do Not Enter” sign at that time of the day). At the end of the access road, you will see a maintenance building on the left. The Adult Education Learning Center is the square, white building in the parking lot. If by chance the building isn't completely ready for us, we will be meeting in the same classroom as last month (Door #28).

A NOTE FROM THE GUILD OFFICERS

Did you happen to catch The Today Show on February 27?  There was a great segment on knitting!  Apparently, a bunch of their staff took an intro to knitting class together to try to understand why our craft is becoming more and more popular.  There was a lot of talk about how it improves mindfulness and lowers stress levels.  But we all knew that already.  And speaking of media attention, a reporter from The Windham Eagle is expected to join us on Saturday.  This will be a great way to let others know about our group and continue to grow.  
 
Our March meeting will also be our annual swap.  Bring any yarns that you don't expect to use and grab some new items to love.  You can bring yarn, needles, pattern, or other knitting-notions.  Everyone who brings something will receive a random number, which will determine the order in which you will get to pick your first item.  Once everyone who contributed has had a turn, it will be open for any members.  Don’t worry, there will be more than enough for everyone to get some goodies.  

Jenn

Calendar/Reminders

Bring your skeins that need winding and use our ball winder and swift.

March 2, 2019 - Yarn Swap!

Dues

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.

The farm stand is closed for the season, but you can follow on Facebook or visit the website for news, recipes, and more. 
Shawl Shapes with Bristol Ivy

In December, guild members were able to experience 3 hours of lessons, laughter, experimenting, excitement, and much more during a Shawl Shapes class led by local designer and author Bristol Ivy.
The first lesson learned was that we should not be afraid to play with stitches and designs but rather experience knitting as having “recommendations” instead of “rules”.  This mindset is part of Bristol’s designing approach and is also a common theme in her book Knitting Outside the Box which was available for purchase (and autographed 😊).
We learned there are 6 distinct shapes for shawls besides a rectangle: top-down triangle, top-down trapezoid, top-down crescent, sideways symmetrical triangle,  sideways asymmetrical triangle and half-pi (semi-circle).   Each shape can be modified to make them unique while being anchored in 2 fundamentals – how often you increase and where each increase occurs.
Participants were able to create 4 mini-shawls that illustrated the differences between how often and where increases occurred.  We also learned a few different ways to bind off in order to give a nice stretchy edge which helps when blocking finished projects.

Thank you to Bristol for being a fun and engaging teacher and to the Walker Memorial Library for temporarily hosting the guild meeting in their beautifully renovated space! 
Guild KAL (Knit-a-Long or Knit Along or....)

As mentioned at December's meeting, we have started a new KAL with the Long Shadows Shawl by ANKESTRiCK. It's a simple, classic design utilizing single-color brioche. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry here. If you are participating or would like to see the KAL progress of others, click here for the Ravelry thread.

If you aren't sure what a KAL is, here's a link to a KAL description from The Fibre Co.
Meet Our Members
Member Name: Chris Gray
Where were you born/live now: Waterford, PA
Family: Husband Dan, cats Jinxy & Neo
Profession: Psychologist
Creative crafts/other interests: Knit, crochet, cross-stitch
Current # of WIPS: 4ish
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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: https://cumberlandfair.com/wp-content/uploads/fairbook-1.pdf (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
SHOW AND TELL
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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 

jennifer.m.fleck@gmail.com 


Vice President - Julie Nye 

woulley@gmail.com 


Secretary - Rachel Herald 

riveryarn@aol.com 


Treasurer - Jackie Lambert 

jackiewlambert27@gmail.com 


Public Relations – Autumn Nye 

autumn.nye@gmail.com


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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