Machine Knitters, Southeastern, PA

This blog is now under the domain of Streets Smarts Fiber Arts. The transition from Spring City Knitters Club to Sophisticated Stitches Club and now Streets Smarts Fiber Arts has been quite a journey. Though this blog will undergo many new and exciting changes machine knitting will still be one of the fiber arts featured Look for information on sewing, machine embroidery, hand knitting, and many other fiber arts related subjects.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Dottie Custer's Swan Song at Spring City Knitters/Machine Knitters Guild of PA Seminar, June 6 & 7, 2008

Dottie Custer – Mention the name Dottie” and everyone in the machine knitting community will know who you mean. So well known is her name and her association with the Oley Valley Knits Seminar, that machine knitters who attended her past seminars naturally remember a wonderful time in their lives. The Oley Valley Knits Seminars were more than a legend, they were an institution of inspiration.

The first time I attended an Oley Valley Knits Seminar was in 2001. At the time, I did not fully comprehend Design-A-Knit. When I learned Ann Gervasio was demonstrating how to work DAK, I knew I had to get there by hook or crook. At the seminar, I never had so much fun learning about machine knitting in my life.

Ileen Levy, Cathie and Frank Sanders, Teena Crawshaw, Charlene Shaffer, Tricia Shaffer, Diana Berns, Sandee Cherry, Jennie Merrit, Lora Kinnan, Deb Oswald, Marcia Hauser, Yvonne Rhodes, Helen Griffiths, Ann Gervasio, Manon Salois, Irene Wood, Renda Kidwell, Joyce Banfi, Uyvonne Bigham, and Tammy Noble have all taught at the OVK seminars between 2001 and 2006.

What a list of who’s who in the home machine knitting community. Like many of my fellow machine knitters, I attended every OVK Seminar including the last year’s 2006 seminar. So saddened to see it end it was the inspriration for the Spring City Knitters/Machine Knitters Guild of PA Seminar.

We are especially pleased to announce Dottie Custer has consented to participate as a vendor at our seminar. We know Dottie will bring her warm and friendly personality to our seminar. But just as the Oley seminar ended after 16 years of continual service, Dottie has decided to close her business. We urge her following to come out to the Spring City Knitters/Machine Knitters Guild of PA Seminar to wish her a warm farewell to machine knitting. She will be selling everything remaining from her shop. We are hoping for a large turnout at her swan song.

To registar for the seminar go to and look for the registration form. From now until March 31, 2008, 2 days are $100 which includes a buffet lunch each day; One day is $50 with buffet lunch.

For information or questions, contact Tammy Noble at 484-685-6154 (cell) or email her at .





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