What a wonderful five years these have been! From just a few people meeting in the Windham Library to overflowing our new expanded space, hearing from wonderful speakers, and meeting great new friends, we have grown so much. Because of our expanded day-job responsibilities and other life adventures, we have decided that the time is right for us to pass on the reins of the guild presidency and vice-presidency to our colleagues Rachel Herald and Autumn Nye, respectively, on an interim basis until we all are able to vote on an official slate of officers this October. Note that Jackie Lambert is remaining as treasurer, and we may be adding one more interim officer as well. We look forward to remaining as members of the guild going forward.
As some of you heard at our February meeting, Jenn will be the new owner of KnitWit Yarn Shop in Portland starting in a few days! The shop will re-open on March 12. We hope you can all make time to stop and say hello. You may also recognize some of the new staff as our own guild members! KnitWit is located at 247 Congress Street in the East End of Portland. Check out the website (to be live soon!) for hours and more information. www.knitwitportland.com
Julie will continue to perform as part of some local and national improv groups and is on the board of www.thefresneltheater.org.
If you are on the mailing list for KnitWit yarn shop, you may have seen this announcement today:
To our wonderful customers – a special announcement from our owner Suzie vonReyn:
“Almost 9 years ago, my husband Tim and I took over the helm here at KnitWit from the shops’ original owners Anna & Josh – hard to believe so much time has gone by! As they say, time flies when you’re having fun 🙂 However, after all of these years, I have decided it is now time to retire and move on to life’s next adventure. But do not fret – KnitWit is not going anywhere!! I am thrilled to announce that the shop will have new owners starting in March – Jennifer Fleck and her husband Chuck Fleck! Many of you already know Jennifer as she has been deeply invested in the knitting community here in southern Maine as one of the founders of the Lighthouse Knitting Guild and the co-host of the Maine Yarn Podcast. I am so happy that KnitWit will live on and be in such capable hands!
KnitWit remains Quince & Co’s original flagship store and with Jennifer’s passion and energy, this change is sure to be a wonderful next chapter in KnitWit’s story.
We’ll be sharing a few other updates about the transition during the next few weeks. For now, please know I am very grateful to all of you – for your support, kindness, creativity and inspiration – and that I am thrilled for KnitWit’s future as it continues to be the happy and creative place it has always been for all of us.”
That’s right, we’ll be owners of KnitWit starting this March! I’m so excited. As you’ve probably heard on my podcast over the last several years, KnitWit has always been my favorite yarn shop.
As we get closer, we’ll get you more details on our “opening” weekend. We hope you all come by and say “hi” and we begin this journey.
Construction on the new Adult Education Center still is not quite finished. So we will be in the old Adult Education area inside the high school again. Enter the high school through the door marked #28. We will be in a classroom space on the left.
Beatrice Perron Dahlen of Thread and Ladle will be a guest teacher at our February guild meeting! She will be teaching us about color theory in our knitting.
Have you ever been unsure of how to choose colors for a project? Color can be a lot of fun where you have some foundational knowledge of how colors play together in different projects. We’ll talk about color blocks, stripes and colorwork and how colors play differently in all these types of knits. We’ll use paper to test out some different color schemes, and then we’ll dive into knitting with our new knowledge of color theory!
• Bring ALL the odds and ends you have in fingering and worsted weights. This is a great way to use them up and have lots of colors to choose from. You’ll have the choice of using fingering weight or worsted weight, so bring all those odd bits of yarn and add what you don’t want to the pile for classmates to choose from! The more colors we have to play with in this class, the better! • Size 4 and 7 US circular needles in 24” length • Stitch markers • Graph paper • Pencils and erasers • Color pencils are handy! • Color swatches from the paint store if you can get your hands on them! • scissors • glue stick or tape