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, November 04, 2012

To all,

The Sophisticated Stitches club celebrated its 10 year anniversary this past October.  It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since Tammy Noble decided to start the club.  Well in the last 10 years things have changed.  We no longer meet at Tammy's store, Knit and Sew, 44 N. Main St, Spring City, PA  19475.  We meet at the local church, The First United Church of Christ, 145 Chestnut St, Spring City, PA  19475.  Another change is our members help to demonstrate.  In the past Tammy did all of the demonstrations.  Finally like most organizations, we have had turnover of membership.  We started with 12 members and currently have 17 members.  That's a great improvement for us.  Our dues were once $15 a year, but like most organizations, we had to raise them.  They are how $25 a year, which I feel is great value for the money.

Over the years, we have had workshops where we hired someone to teach us.  We even held a seminar and invited the public.  But the truth of the matter is, we have so much talent in our club that we don't need to go outside anymore.  Our talented members include Jackie Willard.  She's an ace at Design-A-Knit.  She's so good she taught a class and created a CD to go along with it.  Besides DAK, she is an experienced hand knitter.  So if we need someone to "translate" hand lace to machine and create a DAK file, she's the person for the job.

Another talented member is Deb Rogers. She's demonstrated how to work the G-Carriage, how to knit a pumpkin, various trims, etc.  She's let us use her home as a meeting place which everyone appreciated when we transitioned from Tammy's store to the another location before finally settling on the church.

Then there is Uvyonne Bigham, a knitting business owner, who has years of machine knitting experience on all the Japanese machines and is currently teaching machine knitting at a local high school. Not to mention she has written for many of the machine knitting magazines of yester year. 

Finally there's Tammy.  She can really make a Passap sing.  The garments that she has knitted on the Passap machine have been the envy of many for years.  As a machine knitting business owner, she will teach anyone who wants to learn, how to knit on the Passap.

As for me, I too have grown over the years to become a better hand and machine knitter.  At the last club meeting I demonstrated my method of converting a hand knitted pattern to a machine knitted pattern.  The pattern I chose to knit on my LK150 was a baby sweater with a square neckline.  Everyone at the meeting appreciated my efforts.

Our club is open to anyone who wants to learn machine knitting.  Our dues are $25 per year and our club year is from October to September.

Below is our schedule for the new knitting year.  Our meeting time is Saturday, 10 AM to noon. 

November 10, 2012
December 15, 2012
January 19th, 2013 at the Pottstown Knit Out.
February 23, 2013
March 23, 2013
April 27, 2013
May 18, 2013
June 22, 2013
July 2013 - No meeting
August 24, 2013
September 21, 2013

Any questions just email me.