Seattle Knitters Guild Holiday Party
The Seattle Knitters Guild is the largest group of clicking needles I have ever attended. Even in the heat of summer, I’ve never been to a meeting with fewer than fifty members.
The volunteers who chair the various committees have organized cruise ship luncheons, bus trips to the lavender fields, local yarn store hops, Fiber Frenzy for members to sell each other their knitting stuff, and stitch and pitch nights at the Seattle Mariners baseball games.
Past guest speakers include Vivian Hoxbro, Kristin Spurkland, Jean Wong, and many others. My only regret is I live an hour and a half away. I’d love to go every month – truly an amazing organization with dedicated volunteers.
December is the annual Holiday Party. I always travel north for this event. Every member gets a raffle ticket for prizes donated by local yarn shops and knitting establishments both near and far. Businesses have been so generous that everyone receives a gift.
It’s kind of like Christmas morning when you were a kid – no matter how excited or good you have been, you have to eat first before anyone opens a present.
The food is potluck and wonderfully diverse. My favorites this year were the tabbouleh dish, a cheese/vegetable/rice casserole, and the pumpkin fila. It makes waiting for the drawing a little bit easier.
While we ate, Australian author Anne Bartlett read excerpts from her book, Knitting: A Novel, and spoke about her likes and dislikes of the writing process.
She even shared some stranded knitting she had done for her husband many years ago.
When she finished, she generously gave away over two dozen copies of her book.
What did I take home from the wall of gifts?
Thank you to everyone who made this event such a hoot.
The Seattle Knitters Guild meets at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th NE, Seattle.
All ages are welcome.
December 14, 2006