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November 2018
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President's Message

I've been having a little anxiety about the recent number of projects I've started and the subsequent works-in-progress that have been piling up. So I started to wonder why I am starting so many new projects without regard to how or when they might be finished. And why it's causing me so much anxiety.
There's the process vs. results argument -- that some people knit because they love to, and the finished item means little to them. And others knit because they want the finished project, and usually only have one project going at a time.
Personally, I think process/results is a continuum. I rarely knit just for results, and when I do, I don't enjoy it much. But I'm not a total "process" person either. I do choose projects based on an FO I want, and I do finish projects once in a while. 
So let's make a deal. Don't judge me on the size of my stash or the number of WIPs on my Ravelry page, and I won't judge you for making one project at a time and not having a stash at all. I'm glad we share our love of this wonderful hobby, and the fact that we are blessed to choose how we want to enjoy it!
November 14, 2018 Guild Meeting
St. Charles Episcopal Church
994 N 5th Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Laura Keiken from Wool and Company will be teaching us how to "Cable without a Cable Needle." The free pattern chosen for this technique, is the Antler Hat by tincanknits. You an choose to make the hat OR knit a flat swatch to practice the cabling technique.

Here is your preparation homework:
  • Download and print the Antler Hat pattern by tincanknits from Ravelry.
  • Choose 120 - 200 yards of a light colored worsted weight wool (for baby to adult sizes).
  • Find your #6 and #8, 16 inch circular and double point needles for the hat OR your #8 straight needles for the swatch.
  • For the hat: Choose your size and knit in pattern up to the antler cable pattern.
  • For the swatch: Cast on 32 stitches. Work K1, P1 ribbing for 6 rows.
  • Bring your knitting and the printed pattern to the meeting on November 14th.
After the class, there will be time for you to ask Laura any questions about knitting in general.

If you have any questions before the meeting, you may email Christine at
Looking forward to a very informative evening!
November/December Charity Challenge

Collecting hats, mittens, and scarves for McGregor Elementary School District, McGregor MN.

Bridget Christianson lived and graduated high school in this tiny town, and they are in-need of winter wear for children. Collecting at the November / December meetings
October Charity Challenge Follow-Up

THANK YOU to everyone that contributed items for Elgin Community Crisis Center. We collected 33 hats, a few gloves and some hand-knit scarves. They have been delivered to the center (minus Tinker, my cat!)
~teri denault
Cleaning House?

If you have any unwanted yarn that can be used for charity knitting, it will be collected at meetings. Acrylic welcomed.
Hand-Dyeing Workshop

A big thank you to Kate Keir with 912Yarn. The event was a huge success and we hope to have another in the spring.
Crochet & Knit-A-Thon
To benefit Snug Hugs for Kids™
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9am - 2 pm
Resurrection Lutheran Church
2567 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506

Snug Hugs for Kids™ is a winter clothing drive sponsored by Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops that benefits the children and families served by Children's Home & Aid. Knitters and crocheters from across the nation are invited to craft mittens, hats, scarves, sweaters, socks, slippers, booties, afghans and blankets for newborns to 18 year old children. Most needed items are twin and full size afghans or blankets.

Caron Carlson from FVKG will be attending and would like to fill a table or two with Fox Valley Knitters. A light lunch is provided at the event. Caron will be collecting items
if you have a donation and won’t be able to attend.
More information >>
Registration form (by November 16)

Caron Carlson
Backyard Fibers Seeks Sample Knitters

Chicago-based Backyard Fibers, our vendor for this year's Summer Fling, is looking for knitters to create project samples in their new colors for use at trunk shows and yarn conventions. Base yarns include a 2-ply light fingering, 3-ply sport and 3-ply DK, all 100% merino wool.
Compensation includes pattern cost if applicable, any yarn left over after project is complete, PLUS the same amount of yarn used for the sample in the color(s) of your choice, for your personal use.

Download complete sample knitter information
Open Knitting Times

If you want to go to an open knit and looking for others to knit with, post on our Facebook page and ask for people to join you. Someone is usually looking for the same thing.
FVKG Open Knit times
(Members of FVKG will be present)

Saturdays, 1-3pm, Batavia Panera (or Batavia Library when posted on Facebook)
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am, Arcedium Coffeehouse, St. Charles

Other Open Knit times
Elgin Knit Works: Wednesdays 5pm-8pm, Fridays 11am-1pm
String Theory: Thursdays 1-3pm
Wool and Co.: Check website
Special Yarn Shops
These shops are special because they offer discounts to FVKG members.

Elgin Knits Works (point system for discount)
8 Douglas Ave., Elgin

Esther’s Place (15% discount)
201 W. Galena St. (Route 30), Big Rock
630-556-WOOL (9665)

Fine Line (10% discount)
6N158 Crane Road, St. Charles

The Fold (10% discount)
3316 Millstream Road, Marengo

Knitche (10% off most yarns)
5150-B Main Street, Downers Grove

Needle Things (20% off yarn, patterns, & notions)
426 South Third Street, Geneva

Wool and Company*
107A West Main Street, St. Charles
* Inquire about Special Membership
2017 / 2018
FVKG Board Members

Jenny Bezingue (
Vice Presidents / Program Committee Chairs:
Gretchen Gibbons (
Christine Rachke (
Teri Denault (
Jody Nye (
Jennie Wagner (
Jane Gabrielse (
Sandy Smith (
Barbara Young (
Laurie Anne Maska (
Guild Meeting Agenda
6:00 pm: Set up
6:30 pm: Gather to knit
7:00 pm: Meeting begins:
 - Introduce new members/guests
 - Show and Tell
 - Door Prizes
7:30 pm: Break
7:45 pm: Program
9:00 pm: Lights out
If you have information for the guild at large, send it to Please indicate whether your message should be sent as an eblast as soon as possible, or if it can wait for the next month's newsletter. The board reserves the right to accept, reject or edit all messages to be sent to the membership.
FVKG currently meets the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.

2018 - 2019 Meeting Dates:
November 14, 2018
December 12, 2018
January 9, 2019
February 13, 2019
March 13, 2019
April 10, 2019
May 8, 2019

St. Charles Episcopal Church
Fellowship Hall
994 N 5th Ave.
St. Charles, IL
Fox Valley Knitters’ Guild Mission Statement
The purpose of the Fox Valley Knitters' Guild is to promote and foster an interest in knitting, to provide the opportunity for study and sharing to broaden one's skills, and to encourage high stand-ards of design and technique in various forms of knitting.

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