Don’t forget to register for our Retreat!

Registration is currently under way, and closes March 1st, so if you’re planning on joining us (and you really should join us, it will be so much fun!)  you should register soon.  Pop over to our Retreat page to register, or bring a check to our February meeting next week!

Here are the details:

When: March 20-22, 2015
Where: Fort Caswell – Caswell Beach, NC  (view map)
Instructor: Patty Lyons


Knitting ER: Tragedy & Treatments
Required Skills:
Must know how to knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off.  All levels.

It’s happened to everyone. The one thing that can stop our knitting, and cause us to put our projects into a time out – MISTAKES. Never fear simple mistakes again, as you learn how to take control of your knitting. We’ll learn how to read your knitting and master the basics that every knitter needs to know, how to unknit, how to pick up a dropped stitch in stockinette, how to fix garter, how to fix a mistake in a stitch pattern such as rib or seed, and how to fix your stitch mounts to avoid twisted stitches. We’ll also learn a few fancy tricks like picking up a dropped stitch at the end of your row or using a small needle to safely rip down to. Everyone makes mistakes, now learn that it doesn’t have to ruin your knitting.

Skills students will learn: How to pick up dropped stitches in knit, purl and garter and end stitches.  Become master of your mistakes.
Materials: Yarn: Light colored worsted weight yarn or chunky yarn (14 – 16 stitches per 4”) NO NOVELTY OR TEXTURED YARN, needles you used to make your swatch along with a straight or circular needle a few sizes smaller than the needle used for your swatch.
A crochet hook H, I, J, or K

Reading Between the Lines: What Your Sweater Pattern Doesn’t Tell You
Required Skills: Some basic knowledge of sweater patterns helpful, or knitting at least one sweater, helpful but not required.  Intermediate

If you knit sweaters, but always follow the pattern exactly, because you wouldn’t know to begin to change it, this is the class for you. There’s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like understanding sweater shapes, yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally we’ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesn’t tell you how. We’ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions such as “reverse shaping” and “at the same time” as well as “pick up evenly across the row” and even shaping “in pattern”. Learn the secrets hiding inside every sweater pattern!
Note: This is not a pattern reading class.

Skills Students will learn How to do a yarn substitution, understanding pattern schematics, the simple math in patterns, gauge and
Materials: Pencil, calculator, notepad

Slip Stitch & Mosaic Knitting
Required Skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. All levels.

If you’ve always wanted to do color work, but were looking for something simpler than fair isle, and without the bobbins of intarsia, welcome to slip stitch knitting. In this ingeniously simple method of color work, you will be able to create stunning patterns while only working with one color at a time. Come on, “slip into” this beautiful technique.

Skills students will learn: The principals of slip stitch knitting and mosaic knitting.
Materials: 2 colors of worsted or chunky non splitty yarn.  One light color, one dark color, needles appropriate to yarn.

All classes, meals and lodging from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon are included in the retreat price!


I hope to see many of you there!

Heather Storta
CKG President


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A few stats on how this site did in 2014

A fun, quick report on how the CKG site did in 2014:

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October Meeting – Tuesday, Oct. 7th 6pm – 8pm

Special Guest Speaker – Robin Denney – Author and Designer
Robin is the author of Keepsake Christmas Stockings which was released in May of 2013.  She will show some of her designs and speak on the design process for intarsia projects.  You can find her on Ravelry under her name and at her website: if you want to take a peek before the meeting.

November Meeting: 11/4/14 – Sock Drawer Night
Bring in wear tested socks to discuss in an extended show and tell format.  The focus will be on yarn review.  Look for examples of great yarns and disappointing yarns – don’t forget to bring the yarn information to share.  The more wear the better!  If you don’t make socks but use sock yarn for other projects feel free to bring them in as well.

December Meeting: 12/2/2014 –  Annual Holiday Gathering –
Details are being discussed now, we  will gather at  a local restaurant for holiday festivities!  We will also have our annual small/inexpensive gift exchange.

Ongoing reminders:
The Cancer Resource Center at Carolinas Healthcare System’s Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) needs hats and scarves of all sizes. We accept donations at all meetings.

Upcoming events:

Knitting Retreat: March 20-22, 2015 – Camp Caswell at Caswell Beach. Please join us for fiber filled fun with special instructor PATTY LYONS! Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Keep an eye on our Ravelry and Facebook page for more details!

Please feel free to like our Ravelry and Facebook pages to stay up to date!

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The Charlotte Yarn Crawl 2014!

The Charlotte Yarn Crawl starts this Friday, September 26. Please visit, for the details.
The Guild will be car pooling on Saturday, September 27.

Here’s the schedule —
9:45 a.m. Meet at Sharon UMC (Sharon Rd., across from SouthPark Mall)
10 a.m. The Fiber Studio at Yarns to Dye For
11:15 Tangles Knitting on Main
12-1 Lunch in Waxhaw, Rippington’s
1:30 Leslie’s Loops
2:15 Cottage Yarn
3:20 Baskets of Yarn
4:15 back at the church

We’ll spend 30-45 minutes at each shop. Hitting 5 shops in one day will fill up almost half of your passport. Please look for Rachel Eldridge in the church parking lot. She’ll be driving. Other drivers are welcome as well.

See you there!

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