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Margaret D

Beg:

Born and raised in Montreal, Margaret moved to Vancouver as a young bride in 1965.  She and her hubby moved to the West End & she’s lived there ever since!  She got a job with a family owned real estate firm shortly after her arrival to Vancouver and has been a loyal employee for almost 50 years.

Casting on:

Margaret remembers her Mother teaching her to knit, but it was a very special grade 7 teacher that got her “hooked”.  Her teacher wanted the class to knit for the Red Cross, and her first donated project  was a green vest.  She recalls having to stretch one side of the vest to make it the same size as the other one when whipping it together.  Thus began her life long devotion to charity knitting.

PSSO:

A lover of all things knitting, Margaret enjoys reading books and magazines about knitters and their craft.  She is an avid follower of the blogs of Mason & Dixon as well as the Yarn Harlot.

Knit Knowledge & Know how:

A long time subscriber to Interweave Knit & Knit Simple magazines, Margaret says that if she makes something out of one of the  magazines, she’s lucky!  She loves them for their articles.  She always has a pair of socks on the needles and can be found knitting almost everywhere…buses, restaurants, knit nights.  Most of her projects are donated or given to family and her afghans are often raffled for charity.  Her beautiful Lucy Neatby afghan, Dominos, donated  at the December 2013 WCKG meeting, garnered a sizable donation to Nova House.

Cables & Lace:

Her most enjoyable knitting is for charity and her latest donation, mentioned above, was a pleasure to knit.  Using Noro Silk Garden in beautiful variegated colours, the afghan was highly sought after & the winner is thoroughly enjoying her prize!

Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:

Margaret describes a sweater kit from about 20 years ago that contained “mop” cotton yarn.  The sweater just wouldn’t come together properly and  was not terribly attractive so  after frogging it about 3 times, she just gave up and threw it away…much to some fellow knitters dismay!

Dye Lots:

Hands down, her favourite yarns are Noro Silk Garden and Plymouth Encore.  The Plymouth yarn, used when knitting for children, is a wonderful combination of acrylic & wool & a pleasure to knit with, she says.  Challenging to find here in B.C., she gets it shipped from a LYS in Ontario.  Margaret is a lover of any shade of red and to a lesser degree purple.  She especially enjoys knitting with variegated yarns.

Fibre Fantasy:

“I’d love to own a yarn shop.  I wouldn’t  really want to work in it, I’d just drop by and visit & knit & enjoy the surroundings !”

Guild Gauge:

Nancy Vivien (a founder of the WCKG) invited her to join some time in the ’80’s.  She’s been on various committees over the years & loves to come to the meetings to see what’s on everyone’s needles.  It should also be mentioned  that people love to see what’s on her needles too!

Purls of Wisdom:

“Read to get inspired and to see what other knitters think”.

 

Christmas tree that won’t shed it’s needles…a 9 ft. knitted wonder!

Ladies in the U.K. knit a 9 ft. Christmas tree, complete with decorations.  Eight hundred knitted squares make up the tree, on display at a Christmas festival.  With hopes of raising funds for various charitable organizations, this knitted wonder is sure to amaze and delight.  To read more about the tree and to view more pictures, please click here.03/12/13 Nine-foot knitted Christmas tree in FenstantonPhoto by Keith Jones

Anne W

Beg:

Anne hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland (and just to be clear, it’s pronounced Sin Jawn’s!) where she was a Geology major at Memorial University.  She lived in Ontario for several years, and received her degree in library sciences from Western University.   Anne and her son moved to Vancouver in 1995.

Casting on:

She can’t remember how old she was when her Mother taught her to knit, she just knows it was a long time ago!  Anne  loves all the free patterns available on the internet sites and as a librarian takes advantage of the selection of knitting books available at the library.  She takes credit for ordering some of  the best ones that are available to us all!

KFB & PSSO:

Anne loves to discover how things are made & how they work, hence she’s dabbled in almost everything to do with handicrafts.  She’s made quilts, done some silk painting, crewel embroidery, crocheting, loves to bake and is learning to play the bagpipes!  That’s a busy lady.  Knitting is a passion and it satisfies her desire to figure out the mysteries of patterns and stitches!

Knit Knowledge and Know How:

A favourite website is Knitty.  Just off the needles  is a (free) lace cardigan from that site…Decimal.  After taking the Lucy Neatby workshop she finished the button band using her technique, which she says is a breeze!  She says that she & her Mom knit many, many sweaters from Briggs & Little yarns.  They just “made up the patterns for scratchy sweaters with lots of cables”.

Cables & Lace:

Her favourite project has been the sweater mentioned above…Decimal…which has been 2 years in the making.   Knit in a beautiful coral coloured cotton, the lace pattern and Lucy Neatby styled button band gave her enough challenges to make it fun to knit!

Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:

Anne’s motto when knitting is “never give up”.  Leave no project unfinished, even if it takes a few years to actually get it off the needles!  She recalls a red tweed sweater that took 4 years to complete…but she did it!  She now feels that she has enough experience knitting to deviate from the pattern and ensure that things actually fit!

Dye Lots:

Anne loves bright colours, most especially blues, greens & corals.  You won’t see black or brown in her knitted wardrobe.  She likes to knit with cotton and bamboo…nothing too hot!

Fibre Fantasy:

She’d love to knit an Alice Starmore fair aisle sweater someday!

Guild Gauge:

Anne enjoys the friendships she’s made at the Guild and brings friends along with her to meetings.  She loves the Show & Share portion of the meeting.

Purls of Wisdom:

Anne has just discovered the art of Portuguese knitting which she describes as “pretty cool”.  Her advice for knitting garments is…”the less seams the better”!

 

Nigel P.

Beg:

Born & raised in Buchans, Newfoundland, Nigel moved to Calgary to work as a librarian and stayed for 25 years.  Lured by the West Coast (and a great apartment!) he moved to Vancouver  in 2003 after his retirement.

Casting on:

Nigel’s Mother taught taught him to crochet at the young age of 11.  Wanting to make things that were more “useful”, he learned to knit and hasn’t been able to stop himself!

KFB & PSSO:

When not knitting, Nigel can be found in the water!  As a member of the English Bay Master Swim Club, he’s competed in numerous competitions.  In the last BC Seniors Games, held in Burnaby, he came home with Gold & Silver medals…well done! An accomplished origamist (origami master?) he has over 100 reference books to help him fold paper into beautiful, intricate shapes.  He has also challenged himself by walking several different legs of the famous Camino De Santiago pilgrimage trail in Spain.  During one such 29 day walk, he purchased yarn in Portugal and knit one sock, then upon entering Spain, knit the second one.  Truly an international pair.  This winter Nigel will be spending five months touring South East Asia.  Before he leaves, he’ll be purchasing enough yarn to make sure he can finish the lace tablecloth “Pomegranate” by Herbert Niebling.  We’ll look forward to seeing it at Show & Share in 2014!

Knit knowledge and know how:

Like many of us, Nigel is a big fan of Ravelry and gets much of his inspiration and patterns from that website.  His big complaint is that there are not enough really good men’s patterns, so he’s designed his own, notably socks.  He credits Cat Bordhi’s book “New Pathways for Sock Knitters” as having been the inspiration for many of his designs and techniques.

Cables and Lace:

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Hybrid Yoke Sweater has been one of his most satisfying projects.  Knit out of Cascade 220 yarn in purple heather, he inserted orange for a pop of colour on the inside trim.

Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:

“I’m a cannibal”, he says!  Two sweaters (one from 20 years ago…Kaffe Fassett’s heraldic dog sweater) have both been partially knit, then sat in bags for a while, until he cannibalized the yarn for other projects.  The sweaters, once “eaten” could never be resurrected!

Dye Lots:

He loves “nice, good, fine wool”, most especially in orange & purple.

Fibre Fantasy:

Nigel’s hope is to publish his sock patterns in the not too distant future.  He’s also got some sweater patterns that he’s hoping to share with the world.  We’ll look forward to that!

Guild Gauge:

Nigel’s friend and fellow obsessed knitter, Holli, encouraged him to join.  He loves to share his completed projects  at Show & Share and takes great pleasure in the support and encouragement from his fellow Guild members.   Nigel has been a guest speaker at WCKG, giving us insight into lace knitting…one of his passions.

Purls of Wisdom:

Nigel is encouraging of men to knit.  He has participated almost every year in the Men’s Knitting Retreat, held each fall in Washington State.  Organized by the Organization of Men’s Knitting Retreats (see them on Ravelry) almost 45 men from the US, Canada (and some International) come together to knit and learn.  Just the guys!  His final purl of wisdom is “toe up is where it’s at”.

Find Nigel on Ravelry…  KnitKnigel.

Burnaby knitter wins Debbie Bliss prize

Aruna Neela Russian Doll Baby Blanket Debbie Bliss CompetitionWith the help of the Guild-friendly LYS Black Sheep Yarns, knitter and businesswoman Aruna Neela is the winner of the Debbie Bliss contest for most uniquely designed baby blanket.   “Sweet Dreams Russian Doll Baby Blanket” is a colourfully knitted piece that would look beautiful in any little girl’s room.  In a recent email to WCKG, Aruna wrote that “winning the contest meant so much to me on so many levels….for my work to be acknowledged by a guru like Debbie Bliss is nothing short of amazing”.

WCKG is pleased that Aruna will be our guest speaker at the November meeting!

Read more about her story here.

Carol Milne knits with glass

“Carol Milne Knitted Glass.  How Does She Do That”, is fascinating!  Just how does she knit with glass?  The beautifully illustrated book by author Steve Isaacson, describes her award winning technique.  She “knits” with wax strands then molds the piece (you only get one chance at it) into socks, bowls, slippers, teapots and abstract art forms.  Carol lives and works in Seattle, Washington.  Visit her website @ http://www.carolmilne.com. to see more of her beautiful work and information on her gallery, showings and books.

 

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