May 2022 Monthly Round-up

Welcome Guild Members and Friends! The Monthly Round-up is where you’ll find a summary of upcoming guests, workshops, knit-alongs, with topics and links gleaned from our monthly meetings. Please enjoy and feel free to drop us a line with any suggestions or corrections.

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Upcoming Events

Knitting Guild Meetings

June 6th Meeting – Francoise Danoy, Demystifying Shawls

July 11th – Molly Conroy from HOKC (Hands on Knitting Center) Presentation on plant-based fibers

September 12th – Nancy Bates, National Parks Hats

Day Trips

August 29th – Hands on Knitting Center – Lunch and Workshop

Sept 28th – Alamitos Bay Yarn Company – Lunch and Workshop



  • San Diego Yarn Crawl – Sept 9-12 
  • Knit Dizzney – Sept 18th
  • Stitches SoCal, Pasadena – November 12-13

Book Review, Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes

I think this book is an important read for anyone interested in preserving American wool. Here’s a succinct review:

“A delightful memoir and behind-the-scenes look at the processes behind turning a bale of wool into yarn. Parkes’ writing is always engaging and finely balances technical writing with recollections of her adventures into the world of wool production. Having decided to purchase a bale of wool, Parkes decided to follow the processing of the regionally-sourced bale, from scouring to spinning to dyeing. Her “Great White Bale” project spanned the country as each of the quarters of her bale got processed at different mills into different weights of yarns and then dyed using a variety of methods. From one of the smallest mills in the country to a commercial mill (that’s mainly known for spinning the yarn that wraps baseball cores) Parkes highlights the struggles of mills to stay afloat in the market and the difficulties finding parts for their ageing equipment, but also highlights the pride of these companies, continuing an American tradition as well they can in a society that doesn’t value wool nearly as much as it used. Her yarns also go to different kinds of dyers (natural, hand-dying, and commercial) to highlight their processes and how the different yarn will react with different dyes.”

May Birthday presentation


May we travelled another 7,013 yarn yards

Bringing our grand total to 210,374 yarn yards (94% of Goal!)

We’re aiming for the Moon! 225,623 Yarn Yards!

The May Winner is: Joanne Hunt

Click below for:

Mileage maker info, Tracking sheet only

May Knitting Zoo Patterns

For May we have some cute reptiles!

Dinosaurs are preshistoric reptilian creatures that lived on Earth 245 Million years ago. They varied greatly in size and shape, much like our knitting versions will be!

The term ‘dinosaur’ comes from the Greek word ‘dienos’ meaning terrible and ‘sauros’ meaning reptile. The dinosaurs were called ‘terrible’ because of their huge size. A dinosaur’s brain was usually the size of a lime. Dinosaurs lived on all continents. Evidence and fossils of dinosaurs have been found all over the world.

The Knitting Zoo would like to have some wonderful examples of dinosaurs!

❖ Please feel free to knit (or crochet) any animal for the “zoo”, you  don’t have to follow the monthly “animal” and can use any pattern.

❖ Patterns we provide are free and will be posted on our website

❖ Bring your finished animals to any KG of the Desert meeting. You  will be registered for each animal you knit. There will be a special  prize drawing at the luncheon in March for anyone that has knitted  (or crocheted) an animal. 

❖ Animals should be at least 5” in size – no miniatures! 

❖ All animals will become property of KG of the Desert and will be  donated to a shelter (To be announced) after our luncheon in March.

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