Jewel City Knitters

Message Board

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)


Wednesday, April 3, 7:00-9:00pm

Crescenta Valley Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave., Room 25, Montrose 91020
    6:30pm: 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]
    Book Reports [Members]Show and Share
    9:00pm: Adjourn
7:10pm: Meeting Called to Order    Judy Gregory, Vice President    15 members were present.
    A. Approval of Minutes    Marsha Stoddard
        1. The minutes of the March General Meeting were posted on the website and a hardcopy provided at the meeting. They were approved.
    B. Thanks for Treats    Cathy Wacker
        1. Cathy thanked Lili Horjea and Michelle Tang for the yummy treats.
   C. Treasurer's Report    Jerri Nicol
        1. Jerri reported that the balance in our treasury is $908.73 (no change since last month).
    D. Announcements    Members 
        1. Judy Gregory reported that Evelyn is sick with a cold, so Judy is filling in. Evelyn, we missed you!   [I missed all of you too! -E]
        2. Kimberly Smith told us that all the preemies at the NICU are doing well right now. The unit was able to prevent a set of triplets from being born way too soon, and the mother is currently still carrying the babies
        3. For our meeting for May 5, please bring magazines to share and trade.

    E. Philanthropy    Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy 
        1. Judy said that Afghans for Afghans is doing a quick collection of items for kids age 7 – 14. They need vests, sweaters, socks, hats, and afghans. She is storing smaller items to send in future boxes. If you are continuing to make wool things, they should be at least 75% wool, worsted weight.
Jerri Thomson announced that recently she took 34 chemo caps, including 25 from JCK members, to Knots of Love (KOL). At our meeting, Jerri collected 23 more hats from members! This month that organization donated 1,108 caps to hospitals and cancer treatment centers! Since they began in June, 2007, they have donated 45,186 caps! Jerri will continue to collect and periodically deliver our hats to KOL. These hats should be 7” high, for medium heads, and 8”-10” high for large. The circumference should be 22”-24”. Simply Soft is a good worsted weight yarn to use, and the lists of recommended yarns as well as patterns are listed on the KOL website: We can use whatever patterns we like but should stay away from anything lacy. They prefer hats done without seams, using circular needles. Judy indicated that in a conversation with KOL, she learned that any soft yarn will be ok to use, although in the past they have seemed quite adamant that we should only use their recommended yarns. For more information or questions, contact Jerri Thomson, 818-790-8440 or
        3. Betty Molinaro reported that on March 24 she and Jerri Nicol and a few other members went to the Christ Child Society gathering at
St. Andrews church in Pasadena and delivered 18 baby blankets, 9 baby hats, and 2 baby sweaters from our members. The members also sat and knitted with the women there. The next meeting of Christ Child Society will be Wednesday, April 28, from 9:30–11:30. If you are interested in going to knit with them, contact Betty, 818-247-9521.
        4. Some of our charities for which we collect donations regularly all year are: Christ Child Society (baby hats, booties, sweaters, blankets); Brothers Helpers (any items of clothing or blankets); Afghans for Afghanistan (wool sweaters and socks for kids and various-sized afghans); Knots of Love (chemo caps using specified yarn); Operation Gratitude (scarves and hats for our troops – specified scarf lengths).
        5. Marsha will continue to collect adult hats and scarves to be donated to Operation Gratitude. The deadline for these items is in early December. The website gives specifics on scarf lengths. They are looking for washable dark colors, usable for either men or women. For questions, contact Marsha 818-249-4892 or

    F. Book Reports
        1. Our list of books for 2010 is posted below.
    G. Show and Share    Members 
pm: Meeting Adjourne

JCK Favorite Books 2010

Knitting Tips & Tricks   Chin, Lily   Many ideas & tips

Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques   Wiseman, Nancie
50 Baby Booties to Knit   Mellor, Zoe   NO! Many patterns wrong

And So to Bed   Guy, Lucinda   Kids bedtime patterns

Dream Toys   Garland, Claire   Cute toys                                 

Knitted Babes   Garland, Claire   Knitted dolls & clothes

Itty Bitty Nursery   Anderson, Susan   Unusual baby things

Getting Started Knitting Socks   Budd, Ann   Good photos; yarn weight chart

It Itches   Habit, Franklin   Funny book of cartoons

Organic Cotton Kids Collection   Rowan (Publisher)

Designing Knitwear   Newton, Deborah   Helps w/ changes to patterns

Kit - Summary plus key chain tag on Kitchener Stitch   KnitPics
Quick Knit Baby Afghans   Leisure Arts 2894

Book of Fair Isle Knitting   Starmore, Alice

Knitter’s Book of Wool   Parkes, Clara   Wool & felting info

Green Sweater Pattern   Zimmermann, Elizabeth   Pattern

Corking (Kids Can Do It)   Sadler, Judy Ann   Spool knitting

Vintage Traditions   Interweave Press


Note: Jo-Ann's has good selection knitting magazines


• March 3, 2010 General Meeting
• February 3, 2010 General Meeting
• January 6, 2010 General Meeting

• December 2, 2009 7th Annual Holiday Potluck
• November 4, 2009 General Meeting
• October 7, 2009 General Meeting
• September 2, 2009 General Meeting   Meeting Cancelled Due To Wildfires!
• August 5, 2009 General Meeting
• July 1, 2009 General Meeting
• June 3, 2009 General Meeting
• May 6, 2009 General Meeting
• April 1, 2009 General Meeting
• March 4, 2009 General Meeting
• February 4, 2009 General Meeting   Includes JCK Favorite Books
• January 7, 2009 General Meeting

• December 3, 2008 6th Annual Holiday Potluck
• November 5, 2008 General Meeting
• October 1, 2008 General Meeting
• September 3, 2008 General Meeting
• August 6, 2008 General Meeting
• July 2, 2008 General Meeting
• June 4, 2008 General Meeting
• May 7, 2008 General Meeting
• April 2, 2008 General Meeting
• March 5,2008 General Meeting
• February 6, 2008 General Meeting
• January 9, 2008 General Meeting

• December 5, 2007 5th Annual Holiday Potluck
• November 7, 2007 General Meeting
• October 3, 2007 General Meeting
• September 5, 2007 General Meeting

• August 1, 2007 General Meeting   Includes JCK Favorite Books
• July 11, 2007 General Meeting
• June 6, 2007 General Meeting

• May 2, 2007 General Meeting

• April 4, 2007 General Meeting

• March 7, 2007 General Meeting

• February 7, 2007 General Meeting
• January 3, 2007 General Meeting

• December 6, 2006 4th Annual Holiday Potluck

• November 1, 2006 General Meeting

• October 4, 2006 General Meeting
• September 6, 2006 General Meeting
August 2, 2006 General Meeting
• July 5, 2006 General Meeting

• June 7, 2006 General Meeting
May 3, 2006 General Meeting
• April 7, 2006 General Meeting

• March 20, 2006 Round Table Meeting
• March 1, 2006 General Meeting