ESSS meetings and activities:
October 11 and 25 -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
October 17 - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Virtual ESSS General Meeting
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
Other upcoming events of interest:
October 8-11, 2020 - Virtual Vogue Knitting Live
November 12-15, 2020 - Virtual Vogue Knitting Live
December 10-13, 2020 - Virtual Vogue Knitting Live
January 14-17, 2021 - Virtual Vogue Knitting Live
The links for November, December and January virtual Vogue Knitting Live are to the main information page, the links for signing up are coming soon
October 10, 2020 - Sand and Sea Guild workshop with Laura Nelkin Side to Side Sweaters: The Novus Construction (Here's a link to the Sand and Sea Guild's Contact Us page for more information)
Please see the note below about the dates for the various Stitches events listed
September 3-6, 2020 - Stitches MidWest CANCELLED
September 5-6, 12-13, 2020 - Stitches at Home
November 5-8, 2020 - Stitches SoCal CANCELLED
Note: It was just announced that Stitches SoCal 2020, has been cancelled. The letter announcing the cancellation says: "Soon we’ll announce STITCHES Expo at home, a new virtual class track and STITCHES Market experience scheduled for the same dates as STITCHES SoCal (November 6-8, 2020)." Read the whole letter here.
February 18-21, 2021 - Stitches West
NOTE: At the time of this writing in early October, Stitches West is still showing as being scheduled (Stitches SoCal was recently cancelled). The link above should have the latest information about the show.
A message from Pres. Sarah W.
Another month flies by, the holidays are just round the corner but the end of the pandemic doesn’t seem any closer. Please stay safe and stay home when possible. Don’t forget you can always knit. Just because those in power want to open everything up “as normal “ doesn’t mean you won’t be exposing yourself and your family to this invisible threat. The UK is going back into lockdown and while I know you have to go out sometimes I would hate to hear that one of you, my good friends, got sick.
As we are reaching the end of the year it’s time to create a nominating committee so please volunteer to help, also if you would like to help with the running of the guild please let me know.
Mark your calendars for the meeting on the 17th we need more people to attend so pop in for an hour or so and let’s see how many of your smiling faces we can get online!! You won’t want to miss this months program, even if you think you don’t have a stash problem now it’s never too soon to get organized.
"Zoom Room" hours for social knitting
Monday-Thursday 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm -10:00 pm
(Happy Hour starts at 4 pm on Fridays)
Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am-10:00 pm
Volunteers needed to teach programs.
A request from Lenora (VP/Programs):
I would like to request everyone in the group considers
volunteering to teach next year. Remember not knowing a topic is no excuse, use the program as a way to expand your knowledge and learn a new skill or technique, then present your new skill to the rest of the group. I have programs set for the first five months with teachers so you all have time to learn a new skill and teach the program!!
Remember, the program section of our meeting is aimed at learning. This can be applied not only to the students but also for those instructing.
Some suggestions from Sarah S. on :
Staying Sane--Ways to Stay Connected
By now, most of us are feeling the strain of being stuck at home with only a quick trip to the grocery
store once a week. We all know a fortunate few that have been able to continue working either
remotely or on-site as an essential worker. For the rest of us, we find ourselves both out of work
and without our normal social interaction we rely on to maintain our sanity. Fortunately we have
access to a myriad of online social media platforms to help us stay connected with the world outside
our own four walls. I wanted to remind everyone of some of the opportunities that are available.
Keep in mind this list is in no way exhaustive and they are not necessarily all available for free.
• Ravelry – Search for new groups to join that might have discussion threads on non-yarn topics. I’m a member of a crochet & bread baking group. Just be sure to keep your posts thread appropriate.
• Local Yarn Shops – Many local shops have adopted the Zoom platform to host their regular sit & knits. In some cases they may try to accommodate a portion of their planned class schedule on a modified basis.
• Local Yarn Shops, Part 2 – Many shops have continued to offer online shopping or phone ordering for curbside pick-up. In limited cases, you may be able to speak more in depth with an employee or shop in-store with proper PPE and social distancing, depending on where you live.
• Teachers/Designers – Many teachers, whether full-scale platforms such as Craftsy or individual teachers such as Edie Eckman, have increased their library of online classes and/or offered discounts on certain classes. In some cases, they will send out a discount code in their email newsletter. Designers have been offering their newest patterns free for a very limited time after publishing.
• ESSS Guild – By now I hope everyone has taken the opportunity to log into the ESSS Guild Zoom Chat. Sarah W opens it every day at 8:00am Pacific Time and it remains open until 10:00pm Pacific Time. It is open to all currently active members of the Guild. Some times are more popular than others, but this is a good place to get help on a project, catch up on the ever changing rumors for conventions such as Stitches, get ideas for dinner this week, or just chat about how you’re feeling.