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September 2019, Show and Share

August 2018 -Februay 2019 COMING SOON

Coming Events

ESSS meetings and activities:

October 13- 12:30 -3:30 pm - Sit and Knit at the Joslyn Center, El Segundo.

October 19  - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - ESSS General Meeting, Joslyn Center, El Segundo.


I’m really looking forward to knitting Deandra, by Safridesign. I love the waves created by the short-rows, and I wonder what it will look like in more colorful self-striping yarns? (This one is free!)

ESSS meetings and activities:

December 18 - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Virtual ESSS General Meeting 

December 12 -12:00 noon-3:00 pm Hybrid Sit 'n Knit

 Note the time change!

If you were at our November 20 meeting you know that the Joslyn Center is now available to us for Sit 'n Knit in person.  Because Sit 'n Knit is held in the smaller room, Sarah (our fearless leader) is able to set up a hybrid get together in person and on Zoom.  Because the number of in person attendees is limited, Sarah is still working out how to allot the available spots.  Look for more information in the newsletter and Sarah's accompanying email.  There are some guidelines below that likely will remain in force.

November 28 -12:30 pm-3:30 pm virtual Sit 'n Knit (this, of course, is our regular time for Sit 'n Knit so even if you aren't able to join the ongoing social knitting on Zoom we hope you will join us for the regular Sit 'n Knit time). Click here for more information

Wednesdays- 6:00 pm-10:00 pm -WIP club (use the Daily Social Knitting  Zoom link-see below) Bring your WIP for the WIP challenge: get help and encouragement to finish (or even frog) it.

Daily Social Knitting - Details here (must log in to see)

Note that in addtion to our daily social knitting, we have Sit 'n Knit on the second and fourth Sunday of the month

I know you all anxious to see the photos of our show and share as soon as possible (especially if you would like to look up a pattern, etc.)

I figured out that there is a way to share the albums of our photos in their "raw" state, before I "make them pretty" .  Since I've been behind on posting the photos (and even further behind since y surgery!) I thought this would be a good way for the membership to have access to the photos as soon as possible.  The list of month below are all links to the album.  Click on the name of the month to see the album of photos from the meeting that month.  And I will get the galleries up to date as soon as possible.

To see the album of photos from a particular meeting, click on the month below

March, 2019

February, 2019

January, 2019

December, 2018

November, 2018

October, 2018

September, 2018

August, 2018

It's (past) membership renewal time!

If you haven't renewed for next year yet, you are past due which means you will lose your access to the members only section of the website. Email us at the address below for your renewal form so we can get you back on track!

If you are not currently a member and would like more information about our guild including how to join, please email us at

September-October 2018, Knit  A Long/Crochet A Long

Our SEPTEMBER to OCTOBER KAL/CAL will continue with the BLOCKS theme, so you can use the Joining Techniques we talked about at the August workshop!

This is a really loose KAL or CAL, where anything goes. You may want to start a project that you know you won’t get done by October. That’s fine! Bring in what you’ve got to the Oct. meeting. If you want to plan a LOG CABIN project, or buy the yarn for one of those spectacular blankets in Noro Kureyon (see examples in our Ravelry KAL/CAL thread), you have time before the September meeting, when LOG CABIN will be the subject of our workshop.

Please share any ideas you have for your fun projects, post progress photos, or yarn shots in our Ravelry thread, and bring in your projects to the meeting, in any stage of completion. You know that everyone loves to see what we’re all up to!

October-December 2017 Knit-a-long/Crochet-a-long

Stash Busting!!

Save your yarn money for holiday shopping! This KAL/CAL is all about **Stash Busting**!

Let's have fun, using yarns from our stash of leftovers. Feel free to use a paid pattern of your choosing, or a pattern from your collection, but here are some free patterns you might like:

Lost in Time ( crochet shawl
Colorful Hugs Prayer Shawl ( crochet wrap
South Bay Shawlette ( crochet shawl
Seraphina's Shawl  ( crochet shawl
Stitch Sampler Shawl  (  knit shawl
LaLa's Simple Shawl  ( knit shawl.

Flamenco Cowl  ( (crochet).
Shuksan Gorget  ( (crochet).
Color Wave Cowl  ( (knit).
6606 Lush Faux Fur Cowl ( (knit).

For inspiration, look at this crocheted cowl, using a Magic Ball! Magic Balls are simply short lengths of yarn, knotted together. The knot can be part of the finished look if you like.
saju's Crazy Cowl  (

Leave enough time in November for the fast-paced **Indie Designer Gift-a-Long 2018**! It's a Ravelry holiday tradition. Indie Designers offer select patterns at a discount for the GAL. They usually include small, fast gifts to make in time for the holidays, and there are fun contests and drawings to spur us on! ...Look for more info. in the next ESSS newsletter.

Lenora has a great idea for a washcloth/dishcloth charity project.  Click here for more information so you can join the fun!

And Linda Gavaldon at Little Piggy Patterns has generously offered to our members a free copy of any of her washcloth patterns for you to make for this effort. Simply head over to Linda's website, or her Ravelry store, Linda Gavaldon Designs.  Choose the washcloth pattern you would like and  email Linda with the name of the design. Don't worry if the one you want is part of a set--you can still choose it.  Just let Linda know the name and she will send you just that pattern from the set.

Washcloth or Dishcloth?  You Decide! 

ESSS is an extremely generous guild.  Our members prove that every month with a wide variety of charity donations – each and every one a loving hands creation.  We have a new focused effort that will run from late summer through autumn. 

Let’s make washcloths and dishcloths.  In general, a dishcloth is made of sturdy cotton and suitable for kitchen use.  A washcloth is often softer and appropriate for face or body.  In this new effort, both are needed.

Linda of Little Piggy Patterns has made a generous offer to help you out with ideas for your cloth.  Click here for more information.

CASE – the local El Segundo food bank – will receive dishcloths for gifting to clients.  These may be any color, any size, and any style that is usable in the kitchen.

 Casa de Los Angelitos is a haven for new mothers and babies.  They will enjoy softer cotton and cotton blend washcloths.  Consider making either mom size (for a bit of luxury) or baby size (for gentle delicate wee ones) in any color or stitch pattern.

 Donations will be collected from August – October at both Sit and Knit and our General Meeting.  We will tag and organize your donations at the November Sit and Knit gathering.  If you have small bars of soap, that can also be donated.  Together, we will be ready to deliver our donations in time for the Fall & Winter holiday seasons.

Questions?  Contact Lenora

Volunteers needed to teach programs.


A request from Sarah (VP/Programs):

Based on feedback from the member survey, we have decided on our program schedule for 2017. Click here to see the list. We are in need of volunteers for the topics listed in red.

The program section of our meeting is aimed at learning. This can be applied not only to the students but also for those instructing. Why not challenge yourself to learn something new and turn it into a class that everyone else can attend and pass on your newly learnt skills.

 Please read the important information about the order of our November meeting below

Special guest instructor Jackson Sheppard and his assistants will lead a workshop on yarn dyeing using Easter Egg dyes. For a $10 materials fee everything you need for the workshop will be provided. Please sign up in advance for this program so that we can be sure to have enough supplies for everyone. (EDIT: although the cut off date for sign-ups was November 1, we have a few extra kits available. If you would like to participate send an email to as soon as possible. We will let you know if we still have supplies available).

We have also planned a fashion show in March of the wonderful creations we will all make with out hand dyed yarn.

Please note: We will also be voting to accept the revisions to the Bylaws and Standing Rules at the November meeting. Please read them before the meeting so you are prepared to vote.  A link to the proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules can be found here.

Important information: Due to teacher availability and clean up issues we will be reordering our November meeting.  The Program will begin at 10:30 am promptly. The Business meeting will follow at approximately 11:30 am and finish at 1:30 pm.

Don't forget!!

Washcloths/dishcloths due at the November Sit 'n Knit on Nov.12

Lenora has a great idea for a washcloth/dishcloth charity project.  Click here for more information so you can join the fun!

And for a generous offer from Linda at Little Piggy Patterns, click here

ESSS Charity Report November 2017


Even with the holidays rapidly approaching, our needles continue to click. Since our last report we have contributed at least 28 items to at least 6 different charities.

This includes 6 scarves, 4 hats / chemo caps, 4 children’s blankets, 7 baby hats, 4 washcloths and a set of adorable triplets from Mama Bear.

This gives us an excellent YTD total of 1,225 items.

This report reflects only items recorded on Ravelry or emailed to me as I have not received the hand written record from last month’s meeting yet. The report in December will include both the October and November sheets, so our records will be caught up for the end of the year.  


As of November our outstanding YTD total is 1225 items.  Well done!


A special thank you to Ann, Linelle and Linda for stepping up to bat as charity contact persons. I know you will do a great job and keep us all posted with updates from the different charities. We really are an amazing team.

VA project

Kits have been assembled for the VA project using some of the beautiful yarn,  generously donated by Jennifer Knits in Brentwood. Kits may be used to make hats, scarves, or 12 inch squares. Squares are for the afghans and need to be trimmed in either black or white yarn. The finished size should be 12 inches so make your initial square a little smaller to allow room for adding the trim.  

Charity Scarf Kits

I picked up more scarf kits from Concepts in Yarn. If you would like to make a scarf for Especially Handmade for You, please take a kit. Remember you must follow the kits directions exactly and return your completed scarf to me. I will take completed scarves to Concepts in Yarn and Especially Hand Made for You will see that they reach Interval House or other appropriate shelter for victims of domestic violence. If you want to be creative and original when making your scarf, please use your own yarn, bring me your completed scarf which I will take to Interval House. Your scarf, is a true hug of love for someone and can really make a difference in their ability to carry on after the trauma of domestic violence.

Please Note: We ran out of time for the Jan-March KAL/CAL show and tell at the March meeting, so you have an extra month to finish your Reyna or Seems Like Old Times shawls. You can bring them to the April meeting.



Cathy at Twist gets credit for this one. She featured two beautiful shawls in her Mother's Day newsletter last year (I made notes when I faved them). Both are free, and both examples she shared used gorgeous Malabrigo yarns!

The first is from one of my favorite crochet designers, Michele DuNaier’s, Seems Like Old Times. The knit shawl is Reyna, by Noora Backlund.

These both would be beautiful in any of your favorite fingering or sock yarns, and you can work with any gauge you like. If you prefer a DK or worsted weight, you could do fewer repeats. But if you choose to use Malabrigo, there is a fun group, here on Rav, where you can share your projects when you're done! 

Even better, Malabrigo March is coming up, and our deadline falls right in the middle of that! You would need to wait until March 1st to cast-on. Perfect for procrastinators like me! And if you finish your shawl(s) for our meeting, you can always cast on another Malabrigo project for the rest of the month.

Check out the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers on, to see beautiful examples of these shawls, and for links to the (free) patterns, the Malabrigo Junkies group, and a link to their Malabrigo March Madness thread. And please share your progress photos with us on our group’s thread. It’s fun to work together!

KAL-CAL January - March 2019

KAL-CAL  April - June 2019

Spring is here! And our new KAL/CAL is:  FEATHERS!

It can be anything you think of that reminds you of birds and feathers, from shawls, to color work (that’s something I haven’t really tried yet), to a literal bird!

I found a few patterns that look fun, and you can find them on the guild’s Ravelry group. Please join us, and share anything you find (or invent) over on our group’s KAL/CAL thread. I’ll also continue to share ideas there. Feel free to PM me (ie, send me a private message) on Ravelry with any questions.

We will share this quarter’s Knit and Crochet “Alongs” at the June meeting.

We ran out of time for the Jan-March KAL/CAL show and tell at the March meeting, so you have an extra month to finish your Reyna or Seems Like Old Times shawls. You can bring them to the April meeting.


Our next meeting is on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Joslyn Center in El Segundo.

For more information and a map, click here



Trendsetter Yarns

Field Trip

Barry Klein


Saturday, August 19, 2017


10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Joslyn Center
Recreation Park, El Segundo
339 Sheldon St.
El Segundo 90245

ESSS meetings and activities:

August 13 - 12:30 -3:30 pm - Sit and Knit at the Joslyn Center, El Segundo.

July 15  - 10:30 am-1:30 pm - ESSS General Meeting, Joslyn Center, El Segundo.

September 16-17  - Sivia Harding workshop, Joslyn Center, El Segundo.

Beth Whiteside Follow-Up Notes

Some of you have been asking about extra notes that you signed up for during Beth's workshop in March.  I've been in touch with her about that and she says that some of them will be coming this week.  As soon as I receive them, I'll forward them on.  The extra notes on Stranding will be coming sometime later in June after Beth returns from TNNA, which is this coming week.  Stay tuned.......

In addition, Beth is going to be in LA the week-end of July 15-16, which is our usual Guild week-end.  She's thinking about having a 3-hour class either Saturday afternoon or sometime on Sunday.  There are no set details yet for either the class topic, the cost, or the location, but she's just trying to determine if there is enough interest to plan it.  If this sounds like something you'd want to do, please let me know what topics you'd be interested in and your preference for Saturday or Sunday.  Thanks! 

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