Jewel City Knitters

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First Wednesday of Every Month from 7:00-9:00pm
2700 Montrose Avenue, Montrose (view map)
Room 25        818-249-6173

JCK Meeting Agendas and Minutes
(Scroll to bottom for Prior Meeting Archives)


JCK General Meeting
Wednesday, April 1, 7:00-9:00pm

Crescenta Valley Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave., Room 25, Montrose 91020
    6:30pm: Set up, Meet and Greet, Sign In, Get Organized, etc.
    7:00pm: Call to Order [Evelyn Van Orden, President]
    Approval of Minutes [Marsha Stoddard, Secretary]
    Thanks for Treats [Cathy Wacker, Hospitality]
    Treasurer's Report [Jerri Nicol, Treasurer]
    Philanthropy Report [Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy]

    Announcements [Members]
    Knit for the Cure Event Report [Evelyn Van Orden for Michelle Bernal, Event Organizer] 
Show and Share
    9:00pm: Adjourn
7:10pm: Meeting Called to Order   Evelyn Van Orden, President    15 members were present.
    A. Minutes    Marsha Stoddard
        Minutes of the March meeting were posted on the website and a hardcopy provided at the meeting. They were approved.

    B. Treasurer's Report    J
erri Nicol
        1. Jerri reported that the balance in our treasury is $908.73 (no change since last month).
    C. Announcements    Members

        1. Cathy Wacker thanked Jerri Nicol and herself for the yummy treats.

        2. Evelyn announced that there is currently a trunk show from Blue Sky Alpacas yarn company at Needle in a Haystack.
Lynne Emery asked if anyone had seen the Martha Stewart yarn show during which she made a bag for her knitting materials. The show was sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn, with whom Martha Stewart has an affiliation. She interviewed two women who had knit some postcards.
. Evelyn shared a knitting tip with us. When doing increases or decreases, if you need to count rows, clip together the same number of little marking pins and pin that to your project. As you increase/decrease, remove one of the pins. When you use the last pin, you will have finished the correct number of row repeats.
        5. Judy shared another tip for stuffing knit or crochet toyw. If you are using pellets instead of pieces of stuffing material, put them in an old nylon knee-hi or leg from a pair of pantyhose. This acts as a little package to hold the pellets in place so they won’t spill out of seams.

    D. Philanthropy    Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy 
        1. Judy informed us that Afghans for Afghanistan has shipped off to the CURE hospital in Afghanistan a total of 26 cartons, amounting to over 1200 handmade blankets, hats, and socks for newborn babies and kids 2-8 years old. They are continuing to request blankets and socks for ongoing shipments to hospitals. These items need to be made of at least 75% wool.
        2. Jerri Nicol read us a thank you note from the 11-year-old grandson of her friend. He really likes to knit and does it at his school during breaks. Jerri gave him some yarn from our stash to use for making scarves for charities, and he wrote a cute illustrated note to thank us for the yarn.
        3. Many members turned in pastel-colored baby hats of various sizes, to be given to our local hospitals and charities. Some of
Lynne Emery’s friends also sent many hats and booties. We counted over 80 hats! Christ Child Society took 8 pairs of booties. L.A. County Hospital, where member Kimberly Smith works in the NICU, took 38 hats and 10 booties/socks. Methodist Hospital in Arcadia and Huntington Hospital in Pasadena will each get 20+ hats plus booties, blankets, and a sweater. Thanks to all who contributed the cute baby things!
    E. Knit for the Cure    Evelyn Van Orden for Michelle Bernal & Jennifer Minzey
        1. Evelyn gave this report for Michelle who was not able to attend the meeting. Knit for the Cure was held on Sunday, March 15 at the Rose Bowl. It was JCK’s fifth time to participate.
        2. The arrangement was quite different this year, giving us much more space in which to lay out the sale items and more room for customers.
        3. The profit for the day was $3721, the best they have ever had! Knit for the Cure has now donated over $25,000 over 5 years to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
        4. Judy Gregory felt that the overall quality of the items was much improved, and there was more variety this year. There was a “buy two get one free” policy for hats and scarves. The most popular item appeared to be scarves, even after all these years of scarf making and selling. Some customers come back yearly and look for our location.
Michelle Bernal and Jennifer Minzey, our JCK members who organize and execute the event, deserve a huge thank-you for all their efforts. What a wonderful success!!!

    F. Show and Share   Members
    8:45pm: Meeting Adjourned