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Lighthouse Knitting Guild of Maine
 
Knitters' News
 
March 2019
Issue #36

12:30pm-3:30pm
NEW LOCATION! Adult Education Learning Center at the Windham High School. 
 
A NOTE FROM THE GUILD OFFICERS

Hey everyone! 
Oh, I love this time of year. The snow is melting and little bits of green are starting to poke through the ground. I think that in areas like Maine, spring brings a sense of euphoria as people start enjoying the warming weather (I'm already seeing folks in shorts!), longer days, and the comfort of blooming flowers.

And yet, our group accomplished so many positive things through the winter! For starters, we hosted two wonderful teachers, exchanged yarn, started a KAL, and moved to a new meeting space! Looking at our calendar ahead, we don't have much booked in the next few months. I know our members are full of new ideas and wonderful skills. What would you like to see our organization doing through spring/summer? Do you have a skill you'd like to share with the group? Bring your great ideas forth like tulips breaking through the last bit of snow!

Cheers, friends!
Jackie

Calendar/Reminders

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

April 6 - Monthly meeting

May 4 - Monthly meeting

June 1 - Monthly meeting

June 1 & 2 - Fiber Frolic @ Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME

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. 
Color Theory for Knitters with Beatrice Perron Dahlen
At our February meeting, our members were treated to a full lesson in Color Theory with local knit designer Beatrice Perron Dahlen of Thread & Ladle. 

Each attendee received a color wheel to use for reference and inspiration (and guidance for actually using it!), as well as a new stranded colorwork pattern created by Bea to accentuate complementary color combinations. Over the course of the class we learned about complementary colors, sorted paint chips, identified multiple color groupings (primary, secondary, etc.) and palettes, played with color values, and sorted patterns and prints into groups. 
One of the tricks we practiced was taking black & white photos of yarn combinations to easily see the difference in color value (the relative lightness or darkness of a color). Choosing colors of differing values will ensure that your color combinations really pop, which can be especially handy for colorwork projects.

As with Bristol's class, those in attendance were given the opportunity to purchase Bea's beautiful Maine Knits book and get autographs!
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: Ellie Fellers
Where were you born/live now: Boston, MA / New Gloucester, ME
Family: 4 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 4 grand dogs
Profession: Retired physical therapist
Creative crafts/other interests: Knitting, quilting
Our yarn swap brought in a HUGE amount of yarn! Everyone went home with a little something new. Most of the leftover yarn was boxed up for donation. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped!
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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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