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January 2009 Meeting

Hello Everyone! Wow another year has begun and I am so excited about what we have planned for the year. First of all we started out with our usual meeting of old business, which is the $25 a year dues, and something really exciting is that we will be drawing for a really cool bag made by my friend Cass Carson. She makes bags out of felted wool sweaters. She made this one specially for the KS My Stitch Crochet Guild. I packed it full of yarns that Shelly Stilger from Twist had donated to the Ya Ya Sales last year and a few things that I picked up along the way. Here is a sneak peek at the bag. The drawing is for anyone that has paid their dues for the year before the end of the January meeting. Then we talked about the Charity Workshop. I have been talking with the activities director of the Wichita Childrens Home to gather a group of children that would like to learn to crochet and then I will organize some members and friends to go over to the Childrens Home and teach them. We are still trying to come up with a date and time. More to come on that. We had some new business to discuss regarding volunteers to sign up for committees. Charity and Events Committees are mine. Program Committee is Wendy. Membership Committee is Rosina. Tamara, Rosina, and Wendy are all on the Budget Committee. Rosina is heading up the Bylaws Committee. We had a few people sign up and I am so proud of all who did. We still need more people to come forward to work with us on all of these committees. It takes everyone of us to be a successful organization. We will be displaying some of our crochet pieces in the windows of Twist again this year for March, which happens to be National Crochet Month. Thank you to Stephanie for volunteering to come up with the display theme. We will need a lot of brightly colored doilies and please bring them to the February meeting for us to use in the display. We will do door prizes again this year so please feel free to donate things that you just had to make and don’t know what to do with them or if you want to make something and donate it, that would be great too. Susan donated a whole afghan this month, we had our lovely doilies and butterfly magnets donated by Linda, and Sharon donated some neat things like book marks, crocheted hanger and I can’t remember the other thing but it was cool. Darn I hate it when that happens. I forgot to take a picture of the donated items, sorry Sharon. But thank you to all that donate we all appreciate it. We are going to do Secret Pals again this year and we are limiting it to members only. We had a copy of CGOA January Newsletter for people who don’t have email to read if they wanted. Rosina had sent out the link to the newsletter before the meeting. Thank you Rosina!

I know you all have been waiting for the Show and Share, so here it goes:
Linda is making a Mother and Baby Prayer Shawl. Beautiful job Linda.

Sharon made a cool bag.


Cori made a very soft hat and cowl from alpaca, a neat wash cloth that she just loves, and her new scarf pattern that is her own design.

Paula is making booties from my Toot’s Crochet Bootie pattern and adding her own top to the bootie. She also finished a beautiful baby afghan.
Susie is just amazing with all that she is making and has made. She made a granny square jacket, felted bag with flowers, and now is making a granny square afghan. I think she is hooked on flowers, what do you think? That’s ok Susie I love flowers too.

Pat is making a beautiful ripple afghan that looks like ordinary ripple on one side and on the other it has hearts. Sorry I didn’t get a very good picture of it and didn’t get the heart side. I think someone needs to fire the photographer.
Cheryl is working on a beautiful afghan that reminds us of a navajo blanket stitch. But it makes a heart design. Very nice Cheryl. Cheryl is one our new members. Welcome to our group.
Pam made a very neat knitted baby swaddler. It just amazes me how the yarn can do that pattern.
This is the cutest family of snowman, woman and children that I have ever seen. Rosina has knitted her oldest daughters entire family into snow people. They are so adorable!
Linda C. has done it again. Kitties in the round. You just amaze me with your talent and your stitches are so even. Beautiful!
Kay made a wonderfully big crocheted bag and Kay is one of our newest members. Thank you for joining our group Kay.








Well it looks like I went a little overboard with pillows this last month. I got on a pillow kick and haven’t been able to stop. I made some pillows out of skirts, then I found some beautiful fabric at Charlotte’s Sew Natural in Newton and had to make pillows and add crochet to them. Then I made a little owl and then made a big owl, and a shawl from the Crochet Today magazine. (I love Crochet Today) Then I tested Cori’s pattern out on some yarn that is called Sockotta. I had such a good time making this scarf. Cori I think you have a hit pattern.

I just love how Steph has made her scarf. Just think I have been trying to get Steph hooked on crochet for about a year, and who would’ve thought that all she needed was the inspiration that she got from Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers book. There’s no stopping her now. Another one hooked, Yippee!
Lee is back and I finally caught her not moving. We’re glad you are feeling better Lee. Lee is working on a crochet on the double scarf to send to the military soldiers.

This is so neat to see people making booties from my Toot’s Crochet Bootie pattern. I love seeing all the different colors of yarn that they choose. Kelly you are doing a great job and I know you will enjoy making many more pairs.


Sue gave this fabric to me that she wove herself during the Ya Ya Sale last year, she thought I could make something with it or she knew I would have to embellish it. But little did she know that she would get the piece of fabric back. Sue was my secret pal last year and for her final gift of the year I embellished the fabric and then she made a wonderful skirt out of it. Sue it looks very good on you and I am so glad you like it. Sue also made a scarf from the November program on International Symbols. It looks great.

Paula also made a scarf from the International Symbols program. I love how that looks.

This work of art is by Linda C. and her secret pal was Susan. Susan couldn’t be at the December meeting so she got her last gift of the year from Linda. Linda you do such a wonderful job.

This is just one of the squares of Susan’s afghan that she is working on. I wonder if we will see the finished project next month?

Last but not least we did the coolest thing during our program. Wendy came up with this idea for our January and February programs. Everyone brought yarn and a hook and then we started a timer and you had 15 minutes to start a project, then the timer went off and you cut your yarn and handed it to the person on the right, they picked up with their yarn and began to crochet for 15 minutes and so on and so on. Here is the pile of art that we came up with. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did, I know it took some people out of their comfort zone, but it made us think outside the box and that is always fun. Next month we will pick up these pieces and continue on and the finished items from next month will be connected and the masterpiece will hang in the window of Twist in the National Crochet month display for all to see. We may get some new people hooked! What do you think?

Happy Crocheting! Tamara

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KS My Stitch in Wichita, Kansas, is the local chapter of Crochet Guild of America. Our meetings are held the third Monday of each month, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome!

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