Saturday, May 16, 2009

Meetings of the group are cancelled indefinitely. Thank you to all those who came out and shared with the group!

Highly recommended: the drop-in nights at Jean's Material Things, Castlegar's LYS (local yarn shop).

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Meeting night Wednesday March 11 at Jean's Material Things

Please join us for coffee and company at Jean's Material Things in Castlegar, 7pm-9:30pm Wednesday, March 11.
Jean has agreed to allow our group to meet at her shop. She also holds drop-in nights for knitters Tues-Wed-Thurs evenings.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Show and Tell photo; next meetings

Show and Tell is one of the highlights of meetings at the Knit & Crochet Club.
This is one of several Christmas trees decorated by member Sandra L. with miniature hand-knit sweaters, socks, and toques. The little sweaters are quite detailed with cables and colourwork. There was also a sock-in-progress, complete with tiny double pointed needles. She brought it for show-and-tell to the Jan. 14th meeting at Bagels & Brew.
Thanks very much to the staff at Bagels & Brew for the great service.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Castlegar Library.
Following that, there will be a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Bagels & Brew, 6:30 pm.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

There will be no meeting on Dec. 30th.

Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the snow!

Next meeting: January 14th, 2009 at 6:30 at Bagels & Brew in Castlegar. See you there.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Some of Gwen's recent projects

Here are some of my more recent completed projects. Members, please contribute your own photos - email them to me at

This one I call the Starburst doily, cannot remember where the pattern came from - probably from one of those Leisure Arts leaflets Zellers sells.

Hexagonal Crocheted Lace Tablecloth, 39" diameter point to point. It is made of many individual motifs that I crocheted and put together during the long bus rides to and from work at Syncrude in Fort McMurray.

"Delightful Nosegay" doily, which I gave as a hostess gift to a friend in Fort McMurray. The pattern is from the now out-of-print magazine "Crochet Fantasy". The Japanese designers always had the best patterns! I collect issues of this magazine, and also of Decorative Crochet. I also collect vintage crochet and knitted lace patterns.

A pair of socks I made for my sister. The pattern is from one of my many Regia pattern books. The cuffs are ribbed with baby cables.

My daughter at about 11 months old, wearing a knit hooded poncho I made for her. This is an older Pingouin pattern.

Front view of the "Devan" cardigan I made for my daughter Amelia from sock yarn. You can find this pattern at

Back view of the Devan cardigan, with intarsia balloon. This sweater is now having a second life with my new nephew Jacob. Sock yarn (Regia 75% wool, 25% nylon) lasts forever!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Rumours, countdown to Christmas...

Dear Knitters, Crocheters, and fibre-lovers,

It's already November 2nd, so get those needles and hooks moving if you want to be in time for Christmas!

The rumour is...
Jean's Material Things in Castlegar will now be stocking a selection of quality yarns. Check it out and support our LYS (local yarn shop).

The Castlegar Knit and Crochet Guild had a display on the Arts and Culture table during the Open House at the Castlegar Rec Centre, Oct. 29th.

My latest project is a knitted skirt for my daughter, made from a lovely hand-dyed (fall colourway) merino wool sock yarn by Lorna's Laces. It is my own design, with a ribbed waistband, stockinette main body, and it will have a lace edge.

The next project will be a crocheted lace dress for myself. The pattern is by Lily Chin and can be found in the Interweave Crochet pattern library. Check it out at this link:
I think I will substitute a black, glittery fine wool for the cotton called for in the pattern, because cotton has no "memory" and tends to look shapeless so quickly. Or, maybe one of the new cotton + elastic yarns available now.

What are you working on?

November meetings:
See the new Calendar gadget on our web page, to the right, for event listings. (bear with me - there seem to be some technical problems with it.)
The "Second Wednesday" Meeting will be held Nov. 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Bagels n' Brew in Castlegar. (The location will now be a Rotating Location - meetings used to be held at Arby's).

The "Last Tuesday" meeting will be Nov. 25 at the Castlegar Public Library, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.


Gwen Vernham

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Save the dates: Nov. 7-8, 2008

I've just received a brochure in the mail for the 2nd annual BC's Creative Expo, to be held Nov. 7-8, 2008 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre (Canada Place).

The Expo will be showcasing Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing, Knitting, Needlework, Fibre Arts, Beading, and Crafting.

There will be exhibits, hands on classes, educational seminars, free stage shows, contests, and door prizes.

Special rates for out-of-town visitors will be available at the Days Inn on Pender Street.

Visit the website for more information:

Email Gwen if you are interested in a group field trip to this event.