April meeting

alpaca

It’s April! Our next meeting is this week. This one should be really fun: Batts to Hats!

Can you spin and knit a hat in under two hours?  Here’s how it works…. Choose a partner. OR we can partner up at the beginning of the meeting- but if you want to win we might suggest reaching out to other members and making a partnership and a plan ahead of time.

The goal is to create an adult sized hat from raw material to wearable item in two hours. Each team will provide their own fiber and any necessary tools (knitting needles, crochet hooks, pattern, sewing needle) It can be in any preparation with the exception of pencil roving. So it can be batts, locks, or commercial roving. You and your partner must spin the fiber and then craft it (knit or crochet) into a hat that would cover your ears and that will fit an average adult head. You can add any embellishments that you want as long as you remain true to the rules. At the two hour mark, we will stop the activity and judge the finished products.
Awards are based on completion time, in addition to an over-all Guild Favorite Award.  Here is an article and a pattern for a half- hour hat:

http://www.gvhg.org/halfhourhat.pdf

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 a knitting book donated by Cal.

Also new: Fiber of the month club! March’s Fiber was Cormo, brought in by Paula of White Barn Farm in Gardiner, who raises Cormo sheep. (Note: we will be skipping our show and tell this month, as we’ll need the extra time for the Batts to Hats contest. If you made something with Cormo, please bring it in May!) 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. The photo above shows some of the lovely things our members did with the February fiber, Alpaca.

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

Dues are due! The guild membership dues for 2013 are $15.  Your membership fee will help the guild acquire more books, equipment, and allow us to have a beautiful booth at the various fairs this year.  We are planning workshops and fiber swaps at every monthly meeting.

UCHG Meeting
Date: April 11th (always the 2nd Thursday of each month)
Time: 7pm
Location: Ulster County Senior Center: 1 Town Hall Drive – Lake Katrine, NY
Topic: Recommendations for our library (books and DVDs)

Activity: Batts to Hats contest: You will need your spinning wheel and roving or batts and knitting or crochet needles.

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!

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