2018 Knit Out Registration Now Open

Filed Under (2018 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Chemo Caps, Classes, Events, Knitted Knockers, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Relay for Life, The Knit Out) by admin on 29-10-2017

It’s that special time of the year again!

Knit Out Save-The-Date

We are now accepting registration for the 14th Annual Knit Out to be held at Brookside Country Club on January 20, 2018.

We always have overwhelming response for tickets, therefore we recommend that you do NOT wait. Send in your forms as soon as possible.

Registration and class selection is on a first come, first served basis.

CLICK HERE: Registration Form

Mail completed form with check as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE: Class List

Select your top pick for a class and two alternatives. (One class per person so we can give every knitter personal attention.)

Note that registration fee is non-refundable, as all proceeds go to charity.

Please do not contact Brookside Country Club in regards to the Knit Out. Refer all Knit Out questions to: info@pottstownknitout.com

We are always accepting donations of Baby Hats, Chemo Caps and other comforting charity items. (See our site for easy patterns.) This year our featured item is Knitted Knockers. See registration form for more information and list of approved yarns. Thank you!

 

The Loss of an Old Friend

Filed Under (Events, The Knit Out, Visits With Friends) by Sandi on 23-10-2017

Our dear friend Lenore passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Lenore was a member of Brookside Knits for longer than most of us can remember. She attended regular meetings and attended the Knit Out until a few years ago. “I always enjoyed the Brookside meetings more when Lenore came,” said Laura Piland. “She brought spunk into the room.”

Carol, Laura and Lenore sitting at a table at the Knit Out

Carol, Laura and Lenore at the Knit Out

When she retired to Keystone Villa in Douglassville, we would occasionally take our meetings to the Villa, and later to  Manatawny Manor in East Coventry. At other times, a few of her closest friends from knitting visited her at the Manor or took her out to lunch. “Suzanna said we should not forget about her when she moved out of her house,” added Laura, “and I wanted to make sure we didn’t.”

Joy, Marilyn, Linda, Vickie, Susan, LuAnn, and Sharon at Lenore's 95th birthday

Joy, Marilyn, Linda, Vickie, Susan, LuAnn, and Sharon join Lenore for her 95th birthday.

Lenore S. (Sturges) Daly was born in Phoenixville, PA, the daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Boyer) Sturges. She graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School in 1941. Lenore lived her life creatively.  She worked at an illustrator at Pomeroy’s Department Store. She won many awards for her watercolor paintings. In her retirement years, she enjoyed knitting, including her time as a member of Brookside Knits. She is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

2017 New York Sheep & Wool Festival

Filed Under (Events, Road Trips) by Joy Jannotti on 22-10-2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017 a small group of us took the bus to Rhinebeck, NY for the annual New York Sheep & Wool Festival. The bus left Emmaus at the early hour of 6:30am and we were in the Duchess County fairgrounds by 9:30am. It was a beautiful day for walking around the barns, starting out cool and warming up nicely by afternoon. We went through the bigger barns first, acquiring a few things along the way. After lunch we shed our coats and headed for the smaller barns. We walked around the fairgrounds with a few thousand of our friends, shopping, looking at animals and admiring the wonderful knits on display everywhere. We saw our friend Nancy at Tika Bags; she will be at our Knit Out again this January. After a break with some refreshing apple cider, it was back on the bus at 4pm and homeward bound. Everyone was tuckered out by the end of our glorious day. See you next year in Rhinebeck!

2017 Knitters’ Day Out

Filed Under (Events, Road Trips, The Knit Out) by Sandi on 12-10-2017

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On Saturday, October 7, 2017, Brookside Knits’ members Carol Mays, Laura Piland, Eileen Kampf and Janet Kakareka attended the 32nd Annual Knitters’ Day Out in Summerdale, PA. According to their website, Knitters’ Day Out is “a day and a half of classes, shopping, and camaraderie devoted to knitting and fiber arts, and has been held annually since 1986.” Knitters’ Day Out is a nonprofit organization, run by volunteers, which strives to make high quality knitting instruction “affordable and accessible.”

2017 Knitters' Day Out brochure

This year’s Knitters’ Day Out attracted 315 knitters. Thirty-nine classes were offered over the two-day period: Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon. Registration fees vary depending on the number of classes taken. Lunch and admission to the Market are included in the cost of class registration. Optionally, the Market is open to anyone not taking classes for only $2.Vendors offer all types of local natural fiber yarns and local hand dyes, as well as handmade project bags, yarn bowls, and accessories for all fiber arts.

According to our knitters, the lunch buffet was excellent as usual, prepared by the culinary students of the Central Pennsylvania College.

Beth, Janet, Carol & Laura at Knitters' Day Out showing yarn purchases

Eileen, Janet, Carol & Laura at Knitters’ Day Out

When they were not shopping or eating, all four members attended classes.

  • Carol attended Portuguese Knitting, taught by Ruth Santos. Portuguese knitting is said to be a “super fast method of knitting.” Their project was a cowl.
  • Janet took two classes, Lace Forensics by Tanis Gray, a class meant to encourage knitters who have previously shied away from lace,  and Reversible Entrelac by Gwen Bortner.
  • Laura, determined to master brioche, took Ann Weaver’s Introduction to Brioche Stitch, which taught knitters how to work with three-colors.
  • Eileen also attended Lace Forensics by Tanis Gray and Introduction to Brioche Stitch by Ann Weaver.

The next Knitters’ Day Out is planned for September 28 and 29, 2018.

Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival

Filed Under (Events, Road Trips, The Knit Out, Uncategorized) by Sandi on 27-09-2017

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On Saturday, September 23rd, Karen King and Marilyn Rittenhouse attended the Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival in Emmaus, Pa.

2017 Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival Brochure

Festival Brochure

The festival was cosponsored by The Knitter’s Edge, a family-owned business located in nearby Bethlehem specializing in yarns for knitting, crocheting, and other fiber arts, and the Wildlands Conservancy Pool Sanctuary in Emmaus. The family-oriented event included nature activities for all ages. The conservancy grounds were a lovely setting, especially on this sunny Saturday.

Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival Participants

Festival Participants

There were over twenty vendors displaying their wares in a pavilion and under canvas tents. There were people spinning and weaving with beautiful colors. There were also many vendors with fibers for dyeing and spinning. Several vendors had yarn for sale. Notable was What the Flock where they displayed bright colors in many varieties. There was also some lovely, soft alpaca yarn at Shepherd Hills Alpacas.

Just a short mile away, we found Conversational Threads, an Emmaus yarn shop, which has a huge selection of yarn and knitting supplies. A day seeing beautiful fibers and yarn is always a well spent time.

Lenore’s 97th Birthday

Filed Under (Road Trips, The Knit Out, Visits With Friends) by Sandi on 25-09-2017

Brookside Knitters visited local senior care facility Manatawny Manor to celebrate the 96th birthday of retired fellow knitter Lenore Daly.

The Manor always arranges for a room when “Lenore’s Knitting Group” meets.  For this occasion, ice cream–Lenore’s favorite–was brought along as a treat to all.  A pretty bouquet of flowers and a card from everyone added to the festivities, something Lenore could take back to her room to remember the occasion.  (The ice cream never made it back!)

Lenore, seated at the table, with Laura, Sharon, Janet, Karen, and Vickie behind her. Not shown were Carol and Jane.

Lenore, seated at the table, with Laura, Sharon, Janet, Karen, and Vickie behind her. Not shown were Carol and Jane.

Wrapping Up the 2017 Knit Out: Charity Knitting

Filed Under (2017 Knit Out, Charity, Events, The Knit Out) by admin on 02-02-2017

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Our 13th annual Pottstown Knit Out to benefit the American Cancer Society was held at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown on Saturday, January 21, 2017. It was a lively day of camaraderie and fundraising around our common hobby of knitting and our desire to contribute to the ACS efforts to battle cancer. The day dawned grey and warmer than usual, to the great relief of everyone after winter storm Jonas shut us down last year. Doors to the event opened at 9:30 am, but women were lined up ahead of that time, eager to start the day.

Happy Knitters at the 13th Annual Knit Out

Happy Knitters at the 13th Annual Knit Out

About half of the attendees won a door prize, which were picked up soon after entering the building. Seats at the tables were staked out and the ballroom hummed with activity as women milled about, talking, looking and touching. Long time knitting friends reconnected and new friendships were formed during the course of the day. This year there were 18 basket raffle prizes which all were vying for; it was hard to wait until the end of the day to find out who won! The swap table was overloaded with lots of yarns coming and going.

Alyssa’s massage schedule filled right up. She must have been exhausted by the end of the day! We thank Alyssa for donating her time. We had a couple of new vendors this year, which added to the excitement of the day as we all checked out their hand-dyed local yarns. Most of our vendors have supported us for many years, and we appreciate their contributions to the day, as well as their varied products to choose from.

Donated Chemo Caps 2017

Donated Chemo Caps 2017

We had fewer classes than usual this year, but everyone who wanted a class was able to take one. We are always looking for new teachers, so please spread the word! It is enjoyable to learn a new technique to add to your knitting knowledge. After the classes were finished, we headed back to the ballroom to show and share our knitted creations. How inspiring to see what others have made, hear the stories about the projects and learn what patterns & yarns were used.

Brookside Knits are able to maximize our contribution to the ACS because this event is entirely volunteer run. The teachers donate their time, the country club donates the space, and the vendors donate gift certificates for door prizes. Our only major expense is the food. Thank you to everyone who attended or otherwise supported our event!

2017 Charity Baby Hat

2017 Charity Baby Hat

You were extremely generous in your charity knitting this year. Here is what you knitted or crocheted.

  • 180 newborn baby hats
  • 112 chemo caps
  • 21 toddler-sized hats
  • 4 baby blankets
  • 1 prayer shawl
  • 2 big bags of Knitted Knockers

The baby hats will be washed, dried, and packed up to be contributed (monthly) to the Pottstown Hospital labor and delivery unit along with others knitted by our own Brookside Knitters. The toddler-sized hats and baby blankets will be passed along to the new baby clinic. The chemo caps and Knitted Knockers will be contributed to the cancer center, as will the prayer shawl.

If you knitted pink or red hats they may be in the February bag ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The green hats are filling up the March bag already, and baby pastels will be divided among the bags.

Charity Hats 2017

Charity Hats 2017

Sorting Out the Hats 2017

Sorting Out the Hats 2017

2010 Pottstown Knit Out

2010 Pottstown Knit Out

Baby Hat Donations 2010

Baby Hat Donations 2010

Tips For Future Attendance:

  • To make sure you’re on our mailing list, email info@pottstownknitout.com.
  • Please do NOT contact Brookside Country Club with Knit Out-related questions.
  • Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis; we have limited space.
  • When you receive the email notice, send your completed form and check immediately.

New Charity Knitting Project for 2017 Knit Out and Beyond:

In addition to our ongoing Baby Hats project, Brookside Knits has added Knitted Breasts “Boobies” to our charity knitting. These light, comfortable, knitted prosthetics are made with soft, washable yarn and are an excellent substitute for their silicon counterparts. Consider donating your work to this worthy cause. We’ll be accepting them at the Knit Out and beyond. Patterns available:

Knitters’ Day Out 2016

Filed Under (Events) by admin on 09-06-2016

Knitters' Day Out Banner

September 16 & 17 – Save the Date!

The Knitters’ Day Out committee is pleased to announce the following featured teachers for 2016:

  • Lily Chin
  • Judy Pascale
  • Candace Eisner Strick
  • Eleanor Swogger
  • Ann Weaver
  • Kathy Zimmerman

Class Descriptions

The 2016 Class Description are now available!

Registration Info

Registration opens Tuesday, June 15th, at noon. The registration site will be available about 1 week prior to the opening of registration. If you have registered for classes using our online registration system, your account is still active; you may access the site at that time to retrieve or reset your password. If you are new to Knitters’ Day Out — Welcome! When it’s available, you can stop by the registration site in advance of the 15th to set up your account.

There’s no need to keep hitting the refresh button, we’ll send out a notice when the registration site is available.

Questions?

Submit questions via the Contact Us page.

Good Knitting!

The Knitters’ Day Out Committee
www.knittersdayout.org

(NOTE: this event is held by the Knitters’ Day Out Committee. All inquiries related to the event should be addressed to them.)

Knit Out 2016 Cancelled

Filed Under (2016 Knit Out, Events, The Knit Out) by admin on 20-01-2016

We regret to announce that the Pottstown Knit Out 2016 is cancelled due to the extreme weather forecasts for Saturday.

Safety has to be our first priority. The blizzard warnings and all day snows on Saturday will make traveling dangerous.

We appreciate all your support for the past twelve years that we have held the Knit Out. This is the first time we have had to cancel. We are all very disappointed.

Your registration payments will be forwarded to the American Cancer Society as we are a Relay for Life team in Pottstown. In a future email, we will inform you of our total contribution to ACS.

We would also like to thank Brookside Country Club for their generous support and accommodations for our Knit Out and meetings every year.

We hope you all stay safe and warm at home knitting this weekend.

See you in 2017.

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival

Filed Under (Events) by admin on 02-09-2015

If January seems too far away, perhaps you’ll enjoy a fix of knitting, fun, workshops and more in Rhinebeck, NY.

October 17 & 18, 2015

Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10am-5pm

http://sheepandwool.com/

THE DUTCHESS COUNTY SHEEP & WOOL GROWERS WELCOME YOU TO THE NEW YORK STATE SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL

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