Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pocketbook Slippers

Here is a cute little project sent in by Linda Lindsay. Easy fun and quick. Bet you could even get some done by Christmas if started by tonight!

Pocketbook Slippers

Recommended - size 7 needles and worsted yarn

Cast on 5 stitches
Knit 6 rows
Next row – increase in 2nd stitch of each row until you have 23 stitches on the needle.
Next row – increase in each stitch until you have 46 stitches
Next row – knit 2, purl 2 for 40 rows – about 6 inches
Next row – knit 2 tog until you have 23 stitches on the needle
Next row – Decrease in 2nd stitch at beginning of every row until you have 5 stitches left
Knit 12 rows
Cast off, fold in half and sew the ribbed section together at the ends. Overlap one end of the 5 stitch (strap) end over the other, and sew. Decorate with a button or whatever takes your fancy!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 2010 Minutes

December 2010 Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 11 am, at Nancy Grundy’s home in Carson City. Thank you very much Nancy, for welcoming us. Meetings at Nancy’s house are always very comfortable! We also had a new person in attendance. Welcome Sue Kelly!
Ellen Goldsmith came with her inventory of new alpaca items for sale. If you wanted something and missed this opportunity, please contact Toni Strassburg for information.
The November minutes were not available online as of the meeting date.
Treasurer Report: Doris stated we have paid the reservation for Davis Creek Park, with a $100 refundable deposit. Total balance in account is $2164.50. Dues for 2011 are now due - $25 should be given to Doris please.
Weaving study group will meet January 22nd in Sparks, at 1554 Linda Way. It is a business, however there is space available to set up looms, with chairs. Toni Strassburg will be hosting this meeting. Please contact her if you need more information.
No fair report at this time.
We are still looking for a person to take on publicity. Perhaps there are people in the guild who would be willing to share the responsibility?
Reminder, January 2011 meeting will be held at South Valley Library, so we can view the Gentle Art of Plying DVD part 1. Virva was looking into reserving the library in March, so we can view the second DVD of the same series.
Fiber Challenge: 21 people are signed up to participate! Bags of fiber were passed out at the meeting. Nancy Pryor mentioned there is a bit of vegetable matter in the fiber, and will work with anyone who is having a problem cleaning up the fiber to use. She mentioned some carding methods to eliminate most of the vm. You can add anything you want to the fiber in order to finish your project, and it can be anything of your choosing, so use your imagination. Projects must be finished in August, and will be displayed in our tent during Nevada State Fair.
New guild officers were discussed. Connie Vann is interested in serving as vice president. Virva is willing to continue as president. Also interested in continuing their offices are Toni Strassburg as secretary, Mimi Bullard as learning tree and newsletter, Amy Shannon as webmistress. Barbara Hunt said she would like to assume the raffle duties. We still need someone to take on the hospitality position. This entails bringing the box with the coffee things, and dishes for the potluck meetings.
Update! The equipment list will be on the blog.
New Business: The Great Basin Basket Weavers Newsletter is available if you want to read it. Intermountain Weavers Conference info is also available. Doris has copies of the Heifer International and CERF newsletters available too.
Helen McFarland was in attendance, and she has brand new (eyes just opening!) Welsh Corgi puppies. They will be available for sale as soon as they are old enough. If you are interested, please contact Helen for more information.
Amy mentioned speaking with Kay Fowler. Kay has two Navaho Churro sheep she is trying to find good homes for. Please contact Amy for information if you are interested in providing a home for these sheep. Both are gelded males.
Show and Tell: Barbara; a very nice vest made of Doris’ sheep Ava and  merino/soy sock yarn she purchased from Mim, also hand dyed alpaca sock blank. Janet; 2 ply yarn sample spun by Toni, of her dog Buddy’s fur. Estes; green acrylic and angora bunny fur hat. Linda; pocket sock pattern and sample.
Attendance: Toni Strassburg, Janet Drozd, Doris Woloszyn, Nancy Pryor, Connie Vann, Helen McFarland, Nancy Grundy, Sue Kelly, Heidi Ericson, Linda and Mark Lindsay, Melanie Carr, Perry Louie, Virva Porcelli, Estes Ward, Libby Hejny, Barbara Hunt, Janet Schueller, Amy Shannon, Karen Starr

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years 

January meeting will be at:
South Valleys Library:  will be held in the multi-purpose room.  Driving directions:  Exit onto Mt Rose Hwy from Hwy 395 and proceed west to the first stop light, which is Wedge Parkway.  Turn right and continue about a mile.  Turn right on Whites Creek Ln.  The library is bright yellow and quite visible. 

November 2010 Minutes

November Minutes 2010
Meeting was called to order at 11 am. Meeting was held at Skypeaks
Introductions were made. A couple of new people are in attendance.
Minutes from October were approved.
Treasurers Report: $2436.50 in account. Reservations for Davis Creek Park were made.
Weaving Study Group: Meeting was held at Connie’s home. Next meeting tentatively scheduled for January in Sparks. Nancy also shared info regarding Stephanie’s Helix Scarf project.
Old Business: Scholarship Fund. Fair Report: Jan is no longer with the Guild, so she is no longer working with the fair board. Amy attended the first fair board meeting. 2011 State Fair date: August 24 through 28. The new State Fair theme was very well received by public. Fair office was moved to Mill Street. Changes to fair book must be made by December 16th. Guild must supply chains and locks for gates on guild tent. Angora was eliminated from wool show. Categories redefined for lace and crochet. Handwoven categories redefined. Felting now reduced to wet and dry categories. Number of entries upped from two per person to four per person.
It was decided we need someone from the guild to handle publicity.
Heidi still working on brochure. Doris is working on guild equipment list. Heidi working on getting guild library ready. January meeting is going to be held at South Valley Library in order to be able to view the Gentle Art of Plying DVD. This is made available for January Learning Tree. We could use books on dye process. If you have anything you think might be of interest to the guild, please make your donation to the guild library. Amy addressed gmail and yahoo accounts. Gmail is only to be used by Amy to get info out to guild members. Next year’s meeting list will be posted on blog with info regarding lunch options (brown bag or potluck) Brown bag months are: Jan, March, May, July, Aug, and Nov. All other months are designated as potluck. A BIG thank you to Virva for her work on the fair.
New Business: An invitation was extended to all members by the Job’s Peak Fiber Arts Guild, to attend their meetings. Job’s Peak holds their meetings the 3rd Saturday of every month in Gardnerville Nevada.
Spindle Retreat is scheduled for May 20 through 22. Everyone who attended last year had a great time, so please think about attending. This is a joint effort with Foothill Fiber Guild.
Nancy Pryor discussed a new fiber challenge. She would be furnishing the fiber. Results from challenge will be on display at Nevada State Fair. Projects from challenge should be finished no later than August. Please see Nancy to sign up.
It’s that time of year again! Please think about nominations for guild officers for 2011.
Show and Tell: Nancy - Indigo dyed skeins and sock blanks. Sharon - Rosepath sampler for weaving.
Sharie - Skeins dyed at retreat, hat. Amy - Purple merino cardigan. Heidi - Howard Brush drum carder with fiber.
Attendance: Toni Strassburg, Janet Drozd, Sharon Campbell, Mimi Bullard, Perry Louie, Melanie Carr, Sharie L. Jones, Heidi Ericson, Amy Shannon, Karen Starr, Marilyn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, David Armer, Eileen Jacobs, Nancy Pryor, Sue Kelley, Libby Hejny, Barbara Hunt, Karen Gallio