March 2014 meeting

spinOur next meeting is Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Ulster Town Senior Center at 7pm (always the 2nd Thursday of the month).

February’s meeting was canceled due to yet another snowstorm. So this month will be our first regular meeting of the new year. Come join us in dreaming up  some plans, goals, projects and activities for the year. Spring will come again!

Bring your wheel or drop spindle for a chance to win a doorprize!

Know of any interesting fiber-y articles, blogs, happenings? Please share, or forward to ulsterspinnersATgmailDOTcom to have it included in our newsletter or here on the web.

UCHG Meeting
Date: March 13th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: Activity planning for 2014

Are you on Ravelry? Did you know we have a UCHG Ravelry group? Please join us for ongoing fun and chat throughout the month between meetings!

You can also hang with us on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/UlsterCountyHandspinnersGuild

January 2014 meeting

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Our next meeting is todayThursday, January 9, 2014 at the Ulster Town Senior Center at 7pm (always the 2nd Thursday of the month).

This month is our annual election! Please come and volunteer for a position! Or at least come and vote! We really need a new Secretary and a new Newsletter Editor.

UCHG Meeting
Date: January 9th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: Elections and event planning for 2014

Are you on Ravelry? Did you know we have a UCHG Ravelry group? Please join us for ongoing fun and chat throughout the month between meetings!

You can also hang with us on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/UlsterCountyHandspinnersGuild

december meeting

uchgnovuchgnov2uchgnov3uchgnov4Our next meeting is this weekThursday, December 12, 2013 at the Ulster Town Senior Center at 7pm (always the 2nd Thursday of the month).

This month is our annual Holiday Party! Bring a potluck dish or dessert, and a small, fiber-related gift if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange. And as always, please bring your own reusable cup or mug and we’ll heat up some water for tea!

Now is the time to consider running for an officer position for 2014. We really need a new Secretary and a new Newsletter Editor.

At our last meeting, we did Show and Tell from Rhinebeck. Whitney took 2 classes there and brought her samples from a natural dyeing class and a breed fiber spinning class.

UCHG Meeting
Date: December 12th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: Holiday party and gift exchange

Are you on Ravelry? Did you know we have a UCHG Ravelry group? Please join us for ongoing fun and chat throughout the month between meetings!

You can also hang with us on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/UlsterCountyHandspinnersGuild

November meeting

yarnitectureOur next meeting is this weekThursday, November 14, 2013 at the Ulster Town Senior Center at 7pm (always the 2nd Thursday of the month).

Were you at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival? We were! I (Cal) was fortunate to be able to take a spinning workshop on the Thurday before, with Jillian Moreno (those are some of her class samples above). It was really fun, and I learned a lot about spinning the yarn I need for a project, as opposed to spinning on “auto-pilot”…

If you brought home some fun new goodies from the festival, bring them to the meeting for Show and Tell!

We have a fun new enticement at every meeting: Door Prizes! You get one chance to win by bringing your wheel or spindle. Additional chances can be purchased for $1 each (all proceeds benefit the guild of course). This month’s prize will be brought by Hetty. We need a volunteer each month to donate a prize, so let us know if you’d like to contribute!

We also now have a snack at every meeting. Paula’s bringing the snack this time. Please bring your own reusable cup or mug and we’ll heat up some water for tea!

Fiber of the month will also be brought by Cal.

UCHG Meeting
Date: November 14th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: Discussing Sheep & Wool (+ Show and Tell!)

Are you on Ravelry? Did you know we have a UCHG Ravelry group? Please join us for ongoing fun and chat throughout the month between meetings!

You can also hang with us on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/UlsterCountyHandspinnersGuild

September meeting

uchgOur next meeting is this weekThursday, September 12, 2013 at the Ulster Town Senior Center at 7pm (always the 2nd Thursday of the month).

Our color is now BLUE! Another fleece-to-shawl team was formed for the Dutchess County Fair in August, with Hetty as the weaver, and Mel, Betsy, Chris and Nancy spinning. This time our team took FIRST PRIZE!!! Way to go, ladies!

Also exciting: we have new additions to our library! Helen is updating our library and has acquired several enticing new books and DVDs.  Huzzah!  Please bring your book back if you borrowed one so the rest of us get a turn.  Email Helen if you have any questions: helenofmemphis@gmail.com.

We have a fun new enticement at every meeting: Door Prizes! You get one chance to win by bringing your wheel or spindle. Additional chances can be purchased for $1 each (all proceeds benefit the guild of course). This month’s prize will be brought by Jeanne. We need a volunteer each month to donate a prize, so let us know if you’d like to contribute!

We also now have a snack at every meeting. Whitney’s bringing the snack this time. Please bring your own reusable cup or mug and we’ll heat up some water for tea!

Fiber of the month will also be brought by Whitney.

UCHG Meeting
Date: September 12th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: Planning for Harvest Festival and Sheep & Wool

Activity: Hetty will tell us about her MAFA experience, and then showing us how to do granny squares. Bring your crochet hooks and scrap yarn!

Are you on Ravelry? Did you know we have a UCHG Ravelry group? Please join us for ongoing fun and chat throughout the month between meetings!

You can also hang with us on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/UlsterCountyHandspinnersGuild

August meeting: Did we see you at the fair?

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Our next meeting is this weekThursday, August 8, 2013 at the Ulster Town Senior Center at 7pm.

This past week was the Ulster County Fair! Our guild participated in many ways: *Yarn bombing* the Wool Room, spinning and sharing our love of fiber to fair-goers as they passed through, entering the fruits of our labors to be judged and win prizes, our Batts to Hats competition on Thursday evening, and the big event: the Fleece to Shawl contest on Saturday (our team took 2nd place of 4!). This year’s fair was bittersweet because it was the last with our longtime member Laura Watson as superintendent, as she is moving to Maine. Thanks Laura, for ALL of the work you’ve done over the years! We will miss you!

See more fair pics on our UCHG Facebook page, and in my Ulster County Fair photo album.

This month we’ll be reviewing the fair and probably start planning for Rhinebeck. Hetty is trying to get a fleece-to-shawl team together for the Dutchess Fair at the end of August.

We have a fun new enticement at every meeting: Door Prizes! You get one chance to win by bringing your wheel or spindle. Additional chances can be purchased for $1 each (all proceeds benefit the guild of course). We need a volunteer each month to donate a prize, so let us know if you’d like to contribute!

We also now have a snack at every meeting. Please bring your own reusable cup or mug and we’ll heat up some water for tea!

UCHG Meeting
Date: August 8th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: Fair review, planning for Sheep & Wool

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Are you on Ravelry? Did you know we have a UCHG Ravelry group? Please join us for ongoing fun and chat throughout the month between meetings!

You can also hang with us on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/UlsterCountyHandspinnersGuild

July meeting: Silent Auction!

mel's artyarn Our next meeting is this weekThursday, July 11, 2013 at the Ulster Town Senior Center at 7pm.

The luscious yarn above was made by Melody, who demonstrated art-batt carding techniques at the June meeting.

This month’s fun: Our annual Silent Auction! Bring an item or two from your stash that you’ve fallen out of love with, to donate to the guild for the auction.  Many great items have shown up in the past- like books, equipment, fiber, yarn, etc… You can end up with some great stuff for just a few dollars.  It’s a great way to fund the guild, and get some new goodies!

We have a fun new enticement at every meeting: Door Prizes! You get one chance to win by bringing your wheel or spindle. Additional chances can be purchased for $1 each (all proceeds benefit the guild of course). We need a volunteer each month to donate a prize, so let us know if you’d like to contribute! Last month’s prize was an incredible art batt, carded by Melody (aka byMelody) and won by Cal, who was very happy! This month’s prize will be donated by Paula.

Also new: Fiber of the month club! This month’s fiber will be brought by Kate. Each month we will have a new fiber for you to explore.  We would love for sponsors to organize this activity each month.  If you have a breed that you’ve been wanting to try, or show off, please let us know at the meeting and volunteer to sponsor it.

We also now have a snack at every meeting. This month’s snack will be provided by Whitney. Please bring your own reusable cup or mug and we’ll heat up some water for tea!

UCHG Meeting
Date: July 11th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: The Ulster County Fair is coming up quick! This is our last meeting before the fair: July 30-August 4. What will YOU be entering?

Activity:  Silent Auction

Are you on Ravelry? Did you know we have a UCHG Ravelry group? Please join us for ongoing fun and chat throughout the month between meetings!

You can also hang with us on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/UlsterCountyHandspinnersGuild