Schedule of NCKG Programs 2019-2020
September 10, 2019: 30th Year Anniversary Party
NCKG is turning 30! Come celebrate this event. We are planning to have a fun game, a historical recap, cake, door prizes and a special Show and Share.
What to bring: your memories, a drink to go with cake, a pen/pencil and up to three items to Show and Share with one being one of your oldest knits
October 8, 2019: Annual Competition and Fashion Show: The Best of the Best and All the Rest
For those wishing to compete for ribbons/prizes please see below for the Competition Rules.
All are invited to vote in the competition and to bring a favorite creation to model in a quick runway.
1. All entries must be knitted and finished by the entrant.
2. There is no time limit as to when the piece was finished.
3. Bring your item in a bag, labeled with your name and the appropriate competition category (see below). If you use sewn-in name labels, cover your name.
4. Each member may enter a maximum of three (3) items in the Competition. No more than one (1) of those items may be entered in the same category. The Service Projects category is not subject to the maximum number of entries entered in the Competition and the maximum number of entries in a category.
5. If you are unable to attend but wish to submit items, someone else can bring in your entry.
6. If you want to submit an item for the contest, it has to be turned in by 7:00 PM on the day of the competition for it to be included. No exceptions, no late entries will be accepted.
7. Only NCKG members may vote.
IMPORTANT: Members may only enter an item once in the NCKG competition. A member may enter an item in the NCKG competition which has been entered in/received an award from another competition (such as a county fair).
1. Beginner — Those who have knit two years or less.
2. New Guild Member – Those who have been a NCKG member for 2 years or less.
3. Design —The item must be the entrant’s original knitted design and may be the entrant’s published or non-published pattern. Modifications to existing patterns are not allowed.
4. Commercial Pattern — Divided into the following sub-categories:
a. Sweaters & Vests
c. Accessories (including, but not limited to: hats, bags, scarves, gloves, mittens,
d. Socks & Slippers
e. Babies and Children
f. Toys - Knitted toy or purchased toy with hand knitted clothing and/or accessories.
g. Service Projects - All service projects entered into this category must be donated.
h. Other – Knitted home décor, and anything else that does not fit any other category.
5. "PEOPLE'S CHOICE"
Category Note If two (2) or fewer items are submitted in any given category, the items will be placed in an appropriate alternate category as deemed by the Competition organizer(s).
Category Awards In each of the categories, ribbons are awarded for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention. At the discretion of the Competition Committee a prize will be given to First Place winners. In addition, at the discretion of the Competition Committee a prize may be given to Second Place and Third Place winners.
Guidelines for Balloting Please take the time to gently inspect items, looking at them from all sides. Judge items on workmanship, suitability of yarn, suitability of color(s), and style.
What to bring: your favorite project, the name of the pattern and yarn used as well as any competition items.
November 12, 2019: Holiday Potluck and Optional Gift Exchange
Spread the cheer! The guild will provide dessert, plates, cups, etc. please bring a main or side. You may also participate in a gift exchange. Bring something knitting related with a value of $10 or less. Holiday and gift items are encouraged for our Show and Share.
What to bring: a side or main dish, a gift if you want to exchange, and up to 3 Show and Share items especially a holiday or gift item.
January 14, 2020: New Year, New Resolutions
Do you have any unfinished projects? Bring two to show that you’d like to finish in 2020. You may also take a count of how many you have so we might compare! We’d also like to know any knitting related resolutions you’re making and also how your handmade holiday gifts were received.
What to bring: UFOs, your resolutions and Show and Share items
February 11, 2020: Handing Down the Handmade & Mini Lesson on Attached Loops
For the February meeting, we continue to acknowledge the NCKG 30th anniversary by celebrating “Handing down the Handmade” and bolstering our skills with a mini-lesson from Certified Knitting Instructor and member Chris Ignasiak and Win Grossman on how to incorporate loops into our washcloths and dishcloths (Please remember we are still taking donations to the domestic violence center).
Our founder Jan Stephen’s vintage Santa Ornament pattern will be available.
We’d love your participation in our mini-lesson so please bring some scrap worsted weight cotton (such as Sugar and Cream) or regular yarn as well as a set or two of #7 or #8 needles as well as a crochet hook or two sizes G,H,I, or J. Other members may not know to bring supplies, so please be willing to bring extras and to share if possible.
What to bring: A vintage tool, Finished UFOs (remember last meeting), a vintage piece that you or a family member or friend made. Please be prepared to talk about the piece as well as who taught you to knit and when you started.
March 10, 2020: Swap and Swap
We will hold the annual yarn swap with a twist - an optional item swap! Have you ever made a hat, fingerless mitts, scarf, shawlette, or shawl that you decided you wouldn’t wear? If so bring your new or clean, gently worn item and swap. For those that are inclined, make a new item specifically for the event and swap it.
Guild members in good standing are invited to bring yarn, patterns, books, and/or knitting tools priced to sell. This is a great way to either enhance or clear your stash. All members are encouraged to come prepared to buy. This is a great night to invite your fiber loving friends to come, shop, and try out the guild. Sellers are encouraged to give 10% of their sales to the guild as a donation.
Finished UFOs encouraged for Show and Share
What to bring: yarn to sell, your wallet, and 1 or 2 items to swap. Categories to swap within are: hats, mitts, washcloths, shawls, shawlettes, or scarf. One or two items for Show and Share, especially FOs.
April 14, 2020: Designer Group Knit
Member Audrey Knight is a published designer who has prepared a lesson for us. Ever make a scarf and wish the edges looked better? This may be the solution. Homework and details to follow. Finished UFOs encouraged for Show and Share
What to bring: Yarn and Needles (more details to follow), 1-2 Show and Share items, especially FOs
May 12, 2020: Get Ready for the County Fair
Thinking about entering the fair competition? You’ll learn all you need to know from guild ribbon winners and judges. Finished UFOs encouraged for Show and Share.
What to bring: Questions for the panel and Show and Share item, especially FOs
June 19, 2020: Summer KAL
This time you can choose from a group project, a baby project or a summer wearable. We will also check in on our unfinished projects and see how much progress we’ve made. Plan on sharing your KAL items in August. Up to three items including finished UFOs, additional UFOs you’d like to finish, your group project, favorite summer wearable, or baby item encouraged for Show and Share.
What to bring: Show and Share items
July 14, 2020: the Structure of Yarn
Guild members and spinners will explain s and z twists, plies, fibers, and other hidden wonders of yarn. Learn tips and secrets about how different yarns knit up.
What to bring: a skein of yarn you may have a question about, a pattern/yarn combo you are thinking of trying, questions for the panel, Show and Share items, especially items you wish had come out differently, maybe the panel will know why it came out that way.
August 11, 2020: Stash Secrets and Show Off Your Summer KAL
Panel Q and A about how to manage your treasure of skeins and balls, etc. Members will share their systems and tips. Show and Share will reveal your KAL items.
What to bring: questions for the panel and your KAL item(s) as well as 1-2 Show and Share items