Thursday, July 31, 2003

Knit Out News

A Note from CCK about the D.C. Knit-Out and Crochet 2003

Dear Guild Members:

The Knit Out and Crochet 2003 is just around the corner. It will be
held on Sunday, September 21, 2003 from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the
National Mall next to the Museum of Natural History (between 10th and
11th Streets). The closest Metro station is Smithsonian.

An afternoon of fun-filled, family-friendly activities is planned for
the event. As in the previous Knit-Out & Crochet events, there will be
several tents dedicated to fashion shows (from the guilds, from the
shops, and from the industry), knit and crochet instruction (for adults
and children), knit and crochet doctors (to troubleshoot problems),
charity knitting and crochet, door prizes, and exhibits from local yarn
shops and stores. We are also planning to include demonstrations of
interesting techniques (e.g., team knitting, spinning, etc.), which
were so popular at last year’s event.

We are very excited about this year’s festivities, and need your help
in ensuring that the D.C. Knit Out and Crochet 2003 is an unqualified
success. We need volunteers to assist us with the following activities:

• Distribute flyers in your neighborhood, town, county
• Contribute your hand-knit or -crochet garments for the “from the
guilds fashion show”
• Volunteer on the day of the event: Assist with logistics (set-up,
clean-up), teach knitting or crocheting; take photographs, etc.
• Donate charity items for adults or children
• Help make charity blankets by team knitting and joining ‘squares’
into blankets
• Bring or wear your hand-made items for a “show and share”

Please let us know what you might want to help with. To volunteer or
for additional information, contact your guild president or Capital
Crocheters and Knitters at or 301-530-5821.
All necessary forms including those for fashion show entries, and event
day volunteering are available in PDF format at

We look forward to having you join us in making 2003 a spectacular

--Megan Keister, Event Chair

Capital Crocheters & Knitters, Inc.
a non-profit organization to promote
the education and arts of knitting and crochet

Washington, DC Knit-Out & Crochet 2003 (
Sunday, September 21, 2003, noon-5 pm
On the National Mall in front of the Natural History Museum

July August Newsletter

Maryland Metro Knitters Guild Newsletter July-August 2003

President’s Column

Don’t forget that our new website is:

Our July meeting program was a lesson in steeks. Thank you, Christine Estacion, for doing this program, including the excellent handout and lugging your sewing machine to the meeting. Now perhaps we won’t be afraid to cut our knitting!

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at our new location:
the First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville – across the street from the Prince Georges Plaza Metro Station. The phone number is 301-927-6133. Genia will post directions on our website. We will have the room from 7:00 to 9:30 so you can come early and stay late! Our meeting will begin at 7:30.

Our program for the August meeting is charity knitting. Please bring whatever projects you have completed or are working on. Also, bring patterns for charity knitting. Even if you aren’t currently doing a charity project, you can start one at the meeting. Just bring yarn and needles. We especially request that you knit items to donate to children in Russian orphanages.

Maryland Metro Knitters long-time member Kathy Graziani and her husband have two adopted sons from Russia, Boris and Victor. Boris is 16 and Victor is 12; they’ve been in the family for 6-7 years (6 for Boris and 7 for Victor). The family was planning a trip this summer to visit the orphanage from which the boys were adopted. Unfortunately, due to the time required for visas, they have had to cancel their trip for this summer. However, Kathy will be collecting knitted items and will send them to Children in Common, who will get them to the children who need them most. This organization has an annual trip, which usually leaves in October or November, so the clothes will be there for winter. Kathy will bring information about the group to our meeting.

Items needed are anything warm: knitted or crocheted sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. They should be at least 75% wool. There are no washing machines, so the items do not have to be machine washable. Items should be at least size 2. Please bring all the items to the meeting and we will take photos to send to Cast On magazine showing the good work our guild has done for such a worthwhile cause.

I personally used Kathy's request for donated knitted items as an opportunity to make a child's size 6 sweater out of a particular wool yarn that I love to work on, but usually don't make for children because of the care these fibers require.

I look forward to seeing you all on August 6th.

Happy summer knitting,