March 11, 2016

Lighthouse Knitting Guild of Maine brings fiber arts to the region - By Michelle Libby

Once a month, the Lighthouse Knitting Guild of Maine gathers at the Windham Public Library to work on their latest knitting or crocheting project, to talk and to learn. As a part of The Knitting Guild Association, the local group receives benefits from area businesses and can also be a member of the National guild as well. The biggest perk is the comradery from like-minded knitters locally. 
“We sit and knit,” said guild president Jenn Fleck. “We teach people to knit and become proficient.” The guild started in September and has been quietly meeting since then. 

The group has speakers from within the organization and some from outside their membership. Last weekend, Pam Harwood of Longwoods Alpaca Farm taught the guild about Fair Isle knitting. She also brought many items to sell since she is downsizing in preparation to live on a boat. 

Most members work along with the class, but many bring their own knitting projects to work on when there is free time. The friendly group welcomes newcomers and is eager to talk about their projects and show off their work. No one is left out of the conversation. 

At the April meeting, there will be a yarn swap. Members bring in any yarn or knitting supplies they no long need and take home other items or yarn. Left overs will be used for a fundraiser. In addition to the yarn swap, they will also be a group knit to learn continental knitting. 

The board members are Fleck, vice president Julie Nye, secretary Kim Gouzie and treasurer Jackie Lambert. The knitters also provide information on charities that accept knit items, like hats, mittens, scarves and gloves for students.   

http://www.lisafriedlander.comMembership dues are $10 for the first year. They are hoping to have a booth at Summerfest to help raise money for more speakers and activities. 

The guild meets the first Saturday of the month unless it’s a holiday. For more about the organization, visit them on Facebook or at their website

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