Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Look at the Library - Book Review

The following was submitted by our new librarian, Karen J.

A Look at the Library

Each month I will review five books to familiarize and encourage our members to utilize the LIKCG library. I will bring those books to the next monthly meeting so they will be available to you. If you have any special requests, please do not hesitate to contact me, Karen J, at
____________________________________________________________________ Greetings From Knit Café, by Suzan Mischer, c. 2006, is the product of a young woman who is living out many of our own fantasies. That is, she left her stressful high power job as an executive at CBS to raise her children in Los Angeles. She soon became an avid knitter, honing her skills in a local Starbucks coffee shop after dropping her children off at school in the mornings. Like many of us, she dreamed of opening a yarn store for knitters to congregate and relax, complete with soothing beverages, good food, music, books and an eclectic mix of her own favorite yarns. The store opened in 2002 and welcomes knitters 7 days/week.

This book is a compilation of 30 projects that run the gamut from a yarmulke to a 28" X 70" pom pom awning! The book is quite entertaining to read as well as a bit off centered. If you are looking for staple projects this would not be my first choice; however, if you wish to surprise yourself or delight a friend with a computer keyboard cover, a bikini or a red carpet gown, look no further!___________________________________________________________________ Knitorama, by Rachael Matthews, c. 2005, is a collection of some of the zaniest projects I have ever seen and believe it or not, many of them are actually quite functional! Among the projects are cotton dishcloths, which can be washed and bleached repeatedly, are a great way to experiment with a variety of stitch patterns, and as stated in the book, are a way to “feel proud as you leave it draped and drying over the taps”. Fried Egg Ear Muffs (theirs are sunny side up) are crocheted and merely slip over your auricles. That’s pretty zany, right? In addition, there are shoelaces, duster gloves, apple protectors, sponge covers, booties to cover the ends of the drumsticks of your Thanksgiving turkeys and brassieres to choose from.

The projects that intrigued me the most are the knitted pastries, chocolate cake and ham sandwich which all look quite realistic and are sure to be conversation pieces, albeit lacking nutritional content! On a more serious note, the first part of this book contains much information on how to distinguish yarn content using a flame test, how to decipher the symbols on a yarn band as well as several ways to thread the yarn through your fingers to achieve optimal knitting tension. ____________________________________________________________________
Lion Brand Yarn: Just Socks, c. 2007, is a compact book containing both knit as well as crochet sock patterns. It is organized from simplest to more complex and utilizes the readily available yarns by Lion Brand.

At first I thought mainly beginner sock knitters would be best served by this publication. The patterns mostly call for yarns of heavier gauge than the traditional sock/fingering weight types. Upon closer look however, I realized that knitters of many skill levels might like the lovely Chevron Lace Socks, Striped Footsies (for those gals who wear tennis sneakers), and the Toeless Pedicure Sock. These would make special gifts for the friends and daughters in your life. I look forward to trying the Norwegian Style Footed Slippers which feature a variety of gorgeous fair isle patterns with only three colors to juggle. Thanks again to Lion Brand Yarns!____________________________________________________________________ 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant, c. 2007, is a book I have seen many times in bookstores as well as local craft outlets and I have always passed on purchasing it. Having to peruse it more carefully today, I see now that I really did not “get” what makes this volume unique and worth reading. The problem I had was that all the projects are pictured (3-4 per page) within the first 32 pages. You really need to study these photographs carefully to determine if you would want to knit an item because you don’t get any second looks or additional views of the projects before turning to pages 33 - 256 of printed instructions. However, once you decide, as I did, that you love the Christening Shawl, 3 Seasons Lace Vest, Rhea Lace Stole, Dogwood Blossom Wrap, Ruffled Neck Warmer, Horseshoe Messenger Bag, Cable Mittens, Cabled Baglet, and Cross Stitch Scarf, you will head for the chapters which, by the way, are organized by yarn gauge. Now that’s unique!____________________________________________________________________ Yarnplay, by Lisa Shobhana Mason, c. 2006, is a well organized book containing an introduction that discusses yarns, needles, and tools. The projects follow and are organized according to items for the household, clothing accessories, sweaters, vests and tank tops. The photographs are beautiful, plentiful and especially informative because they depict a variety of angles and details for each of the projects in this volume. The author is very specific about the yarns she chose for each project. So, if your stash happens to contain some very well known brands including Rowan, Araucania, Filatura di Crosa, Lorna’s Laces, South West Trading Company, Artyarns or Noro, you are in luck!____________________________________________________________________

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LIKCG Minutes 01/08/09

Matty opened the meeting by welcoming new member: Lily Weir.

Board Vacancies:

At our last meeting a request was made for a Program Chair, and to date there have been no volunteers from the membership. In view of this, Meryle has volunteered. The floor was opened for other volunteers/nominations, No volunteers came forward thus Meryle was nominated, seconded and voted in as our new Program Chair. Her position as Librarian is vacant and volunteers were requested. Karen Joelson volunteered, was nominated, seconded and voted in as our new Librarian. Congratulations & thanks to Meryle & Karen!

Future Meetings: Important Reminder- February meeting will be Thurs. Feb. 19th (the 3rd Thurs of the month) since the Clubhouse is closed for Lincoln's Birthday. Vogue Editor Carla Scott is our guest for the March 12th meeting. Jack from Lion Brand Yarn is scheduled to be our guest for the June 11.

Matty reminded members to sign up to bring refreshments for upcoming meetings.

Knit Knotes: Matty apologized to the membership for the delay in the January newsletter, and hoped those with email got the meeting reminder in time.

Communications: If a meeting has to be canceled, the board will try to contact members, but members should contact the Clubhouse at 516 898-4650 for closure information. Angela has set up a new email for the Guild-- Also a reminder of our Blog & Ravelry sites where notices can be found: and on Ravelry you will find our “Forum” at

Meeting Plans: There was an extensive discussion and request for ideas from and interest of the membership for upcoming meetings. Possibilities are: “knit along” with everyone working on the same project, ie. cable blocks, socks, sweater, etc., book discussions, and yarn shop reviews. Eileen mentioned a shop in Valley Stream is interested in doing a presentation, Llama farm owner, workshops or mini-classes. 2009 has been declared Year of Natural Fiber, so we will have programs with that in mind. Sheets were passed around to get an idea of members' interest in participating in the above or other activities.

Warm-up Knit: Liz had announcement for Warm-Up Care to Knit Saturday 1/7/09 at 10am at Harbor Fields Library in Greenlawn. Squares will be knit.

Matty halted the business meeting for our delicious PotLuck Dinner after which we resumed for Show & Tell. Thank-you to our members who voluntarily stepped in to help set up the tables with the abundance of wonderful food, and also with clean-up after. Despite the cold night, our attendance was approx. 41, and the dinner was a huge success-Excellent Food!!!

Show & Tell: Susan-Cotton cardigan, Sandy- Icarus lace shawl (interweave press pattern), Sue K -Fair Isle sweater with hand lining, Liz-Cabled hoodie, Linda-Checked mohair sweater, Marlene-Vest (her own design), Tracy-Extra long striped scarf, Meryle-Entrelec felted bag with leather handles, Judy-Luna moth shawl ( pattern), Marian-Potato chip scarf, Marian & Tracy-Entrelec shawls (works in progress), Matty-One sock, the mate is on needles. As always these handcrafted items were beautiful showing much care, creativity and talent.

The meeting was closed by Matty.

Refreshment Reminder for the February 19th Meeting
Beverages: Anjanette Cooper & Meryle Greenberg
Snacks: Sue Klingener & Judy Lambert

Green Knit Knotes Thank You

Thanks to the 55 members that as of January 13th signed up to get the Knit Knotes via email. This will save the Guild $23.00 monthly and $276.00 annually on postage alone (and this does not take into consideration the USPO postage increase of Feb, 09). This extra money can be spent on programs, supplement to Day Of Learning & Charity Dinner, Books or however needed.

Respectfully submitted by Judith Lambert, Recording Secretary.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

LIKCG Minutes 12/11/08

The meeting was called to order by Matty.

The first order of business was to inform the members of a meeting cancellation policy. Members can call the clubhouse for cancellation information: 516-868-4650. The board will have a "Call chain" in order to notify members.

Charity Donations: All members with charity donations were asked to give them to the appropriate people. We have knitted approx 80 scarves for the Special Olympics.

Treasurer's Report: Barbara stated that to date, we have 70 paid members. Dues will be $20.00 until 12/31/08, and $25.00 beginning 1/1/09. There is presently $1690.00 in the treasury.

Board Vacancies: Unfortunately Eileen our Newsletter Editor and Jeanmarie our Program Chair have informed us that they will have to step down.

For Newsletter editor, Karen Sharp has volunteered, it was opened to the membership to see if there any others who would like to volunteer for the position. There were no volunteers, thus Karen was nominated, seconded, and voted in as our new Newsletter Editor. Congratulations!

The position of Program Chair was opened to the membership and there were no volunteers. Matty asked that members please think about the position and it will again be brought up at our next meeting. Denise Liebenstein (pardon if your name is incorrect) said that she could help with the mailing if needed.

Greeter/Check-in: We need someone to greet and check-in members/guests, and collect dues at the door. Crystal and Marion volunteered to share this responsibility. Thanks!!!

Potluck Social: Our next meeting on Jan 8, 2009 will start the new year with a Potluck Social!! Please sign up to bring your contribution to our dinner. If you are/were unable to sign up, just bring something on the 8th and enjoy the gathering. Also, please sign up bring refreshments for future meetings. Both sheets will be passed around.

Show & Tell: Lucy-Poncho, Tracy-Striped child's sweater & striped hat, Linda-Sweater & scarf, Joanne-Crochet lap blanket, Joyce- Shawl, Matty-Ribbed cap in Irish colors, Anjanette: SuperChunky vest. All of the projects are works that should make their owners very proud!!!

Matty closed the business meeting and introduced Barbara Kerr who presented :"A-Z of Knitting Tips and Techniques".

Respectfully submitted, Judith Lambert, Recording Secretary