September/October 2012  •  Vol. 22, nos. 7 & 8  •  Circulation: 216

Editor:  Cecile Shmookler

Web Site:

Letter From The President:

Dear Fellow Knitters

Summer is on the wane, but with Fall comes the beginning of the Guild's new year.  New beginnings have also taken place this summer at the temple where we meet.  Temple Beth Am has merged with Temple Sinai to become Congregation Shir Shalom, meaning "Song of Peace."

I am looking forward to this year and all of the wonderful programs that have been planned.  I would encourage all members to actively participate and readily volunteer for the various programs, events, etc.

Knitting and reading are just two of my passions and so I offer this reading tip: Knit One, Kill  Two by Maggie Sefton.  This is the first in a series of light mystery reading.

See you in September,                        --Arch Behrens


  1. Program Schedule for the Year

  1. Fall Seminar Sign Up

  1. Membership Renewal Form

Calendar of Events 2012-2013

Location: Temple Shir Shalom; 4660 Sheridan Dr, Williamsville

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

1st Thursday of the month

Programs presented by Program Chairs Gina Passantino and Mary Grace Duggan

Any member who participates in Show & Tell, Knitted Displays, or who teaches a mini-class will be entered into a drawing for a prize from a local yarn shop.


  1. FIBERS, SHAPES, AND NEEDLE PRIMER – Buffalo’s own knitting expert,  designer and Guild member, Heather Lodinsky, will show us how to employ various shapes such as triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles into our knitting projects. Heather will also teach us how to utilize both straight and circular needles to achieve best results and provide essential information on various fibers, swatching and blocking.

Note:  Heather will be signing copies of her book for those Guild members who already own a copy.  Her books will not be available for purchase at this event.

  1. Show and Tell What I Knitted Over the Summer – show off everything you knitted up while you sat in the sun!                Presented by:  Members


  1.  Sock Conference   – Join us for the Guild’s first ever sock conference. Sign up for a class to learn various aspects of knitting socks, from beginner to advanced. Participants will begin a sock project tonight and at December’s meeting show off their finished socks during our Sock Show and Tell Display.


  1. Vendor night – Vendors from across Western New York and Pennsylvania will  sell their unique yarns, fibers and knitting related gift items.

*** No refreshment needed tonight as refreshments will not be served. ***


  1.   Sock Show Off – Presentation of socks made from patterns received during the October Sock Conference.
  2.    Holiday Potluck Dinner – Please bring a salad, side dish or desert.  The Guild will provide the main course.


  1.   Knitting and Technology - Start the New Year off  with this skill building presentation where you will learn how to improve your knitting using technology.  Bring a laptop or computer tablet.

Presented by:  Jenna Meyer


  1.   Stash Buster/One Skein Knitting

What can you knit with all your leftover yarn?  What about that one, unique skein you bought and now don’t know what to do with it?  Tonight’s the night to learn how to use up all your little stash balls.  Members will start a project tonight  and complete it in time for the March meeting when the projects will be displayed.                Presented by: Members

MARCH 7th 

  1.  Knitted Shawls – Secrets and Tips  

Shawls are a great go-to knitting project.  Our presenters will teach nifty tricks and let you in on secrets for designing and knitting beautiful and unique shawls.  Patterns will also be distributed and members are asked to bring their shawls for a special show and tell in June.

Presented by: Renee Inez and Erin Kosich  

  1.   Stash Buster/One-Skein Knitting Display – Time to show off all the beautiful items that were started at the February meeting.  


  1.   Spinning and Dyeing Yarn -Learn how to spin yarn on a traditional spinning wheel and on a drop spindle.  Once your yarn is spun you’ll want to color it so we’re also including  a presentation on dying yarn.                Presented by :  Susan Sarabasha, Susan’s Spinning Bunny


MAY 2nd

  1.   Auction – Always one of  the most popular events on the Knitting Guild’s calendar of events.  Start saving your pennies now so you can bid high for the yarn you desire.

JUNE 6th

  1.   Last Meeting – President’s Ice Cream Party  and election of new Board Members
  2. Shawl Show and Tell - Members will show off their knitted shawls from patterns taught at the March meeting.

Balsamic Vinegar and Roasted Garlic Dipping Oil

25 garlic cloves (unpeeled) or 2 heads of garlic
2 tablespoons plus 1 cup olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 1/8 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place unpeeled garlic cloves in baking dish.  Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat.  Cover dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes.  Cool.
Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves.  Transfer garlic cloves to blender.  Add vinegar and rosemary and puree herb mixture until smooth.  With machine running, gradually add remaining 1 cup olive oil.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Dipping oil can be prepared 1 day ahead.  Cover and refrigerate.  Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature and whisk before using.  Tear bread and dip into oil.  Enjoy!

Board of Directors & Committee Chairs

PRESIDENT                                Arch Behrens                        634-8288 /

VICE PRESIDENT                        Jenna Meyer                                866-7631 /                

TREASURER                                Patricia Maciejewski                834-2001 /                        

SECRETARY                                Sandy Russell                        886-2825 /

SEMINARS                                Sharon Gerstman                        832-5579 /

PROGRAM                                Gina Passantino                        837-1221 /

PROGRAM                                Mary Grace Duggan                447-7624 /

MEMBERSHIP                                Suzanne Pionessa                        698-1750 /

                                                        Jean Neff                                632-4995 /

NEWSLETTER                                Cecile Shmookler                        632-6919 /

LIBRARY                                        Helen Koszelak                        835-1024

                                                        Kathryn Monckton                485-3428/

REFRESHMENTS                        Barbara Ghiandoni                693-9997 /

                                                        Ann Zablotny                                695-8822 /


NOMINATING COMMITTEE        Adrienne Kotler                        688-0740 /

Knitting Guild Library

The library is for our use and enjoyment.  Please be considerate when borrowing.  the borrowing term is one month.  late fees are assessed at $1.00 per month thereafter.

Hospitality Table (i.e. Goodies!)

Please sign up to bring baked goods and snacks to our monthly meetings.  A sign-up sheet is by the table each meeting.  We need approximately 10-12 volunteers each month.  REMEMBER:  No Shellfish, No Pork products.  THANK YOU!

Satellite Groups

Monday & Thursday Evening:  6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Wegmans  Market Café, 675 Alberta Dr. Amherst.

Behind the Boulevard Mall.  We meet in the upstairs café.

Wednesday Afternoon:  2:30 pm-5:00 pm

Reinstein Library on Harlem Road, Cheektowaga

Across from St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Thursday Morning:  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg.

For further info contact Bernie Eschner, P: 549-4256, E:

Patronize Your Local Yarn Shops

Please support our local yarns shops for quality products and expert advice. Shop names that are indicated with an asterisk * will usually give a discount to KGGB members who show a current membership card. If you are aware of any updates to this list, please pass that information on to the newsletter editor.

A Knitter’s Corner

111 West Center St

Medina, NY 14103

(585) 798-5648

Contact:Jennifer Bansbach

or Erin Karnatz

Daft Dames Handcrafts

13384 Main Rd

P.O. Box 148

Akron, NY 14001

(716) 542-4235

Contact: Daryl

Elmwood Yarn Shop

1639 Hertel Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 834-7580

Contact: Rebecca Lennox

Embraceable Ewe *

213 Main St.

Hamburg, NY 14075

(716) 646-6674

Contact: Erin Kosich

 Have Ewe Any Wool? *

Reopened & Temporarily Across the Street from:

4551 Main St.

Snyder, NY 14226

(716) 839-7800

Contact: Linda Maslona

Karma Knitting*

5546 Main St.

Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 631-9276

Contact: Maryanne Krause

Knox Farm Fiber

Judith Bunn

(716) 480-0086

Online yarn sales:

 Raveloe Fibers

7296 Schultz Rd

N. Tonawanda. NY 14120

(716) 695-7464

Contact: Linda Colligon

Rose’s Fine Yarns of Niagara

67 Canboro Rd West

Fonthill, ONT L0S 1E0 Canada

(905) 892-2222

Contact: Jack MacGregor

Wooly Lamb *

712 Main St.

E. Aurora, NY 14052

(716) 655-1911

Contact: Sharon Kabel


        FALL SEMINAR - October 27-28, 2012


We are very excited to have Gwen Bortner teaching our Fall Seminar.  Gwen is a wonderful designer and teacher.  She is the author of "Entree to Entrelac," and is generally acknowledged as the Entrelac Queen!  She was the star attraction at 2011 Stitches.  Each of her 3 hours classes sells for $75 or more at knitting conventions, and always sells out.  The cost for guild members is $35 per class ($40 for non-guild members).   This is a terrific chance to advance your knitting skills and meet a knitting super-star!  

There are 4 classes, 9AM - 12N and 1PM - 4PM, on Saturday and Sunday.  You can see from the schedule that Sunday is Entrelac Day!  You may register for as many classes as you like.  We will register Guild members in order of receipt of your registration as follows:

1.  All registrations postmarked or received by Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from Guild Members will be registered in order of receipt. Make sure you have already paid your dues, but DO NOT include your membership form and dues in this mailing.

2.  All registrations postmarked or received after Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from Guild Members or Non-Guild Members in order of receipt.


Class Descriptions: (Each class is limited to 25 participants)

Sat. 9 - 12: Build a Better Bag - Knitted bags are the new HOT accessory, and this class includes the best ways to construct a knitted bag; key stitches for creating firm fabrics; and adding "hardware" to complete your bag. Students will create a mini-bag using the various techniques.  Must be familiar with working in the round and/or using double pointed needles.  Some homework.

Sat. 1 - 4: No Wrong Side - Reversible Fabrics - Reversible fabrics are great for blankets, shawls, scarves and even sweaters, but what makes a fabric reversible? And how do you hide the ends, so both sides can truly be the right side?  Learn the secrets to creating truly reversible fabrics along with tips and tricks of finishing reversible projects.  Appropriate for advanced beginner.  No homework.

Sun. 9 - 12: Entrelac Basics -  Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but though it would be too hard?   During the class, each student will knit a small project to gain hands on experience in the entrelac technique.  You will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction.  Must be comfortable with double pointed needles.  Appropriate for advanced beginner.  Some homework.

Sun. 1 - 4: Entrelac: Beyond the Basics: Learn alternative methods for starting entrelac, including one which is invisible.  Gain insights on creating a variety of shapes and forms.  Explore the differences between entrelac worked flat and seamless entrelac.  Students will create a small envelope style bag.  Must be comfortable with entrelac and have completed a project, or have taken Entrelac Basics.  No homework


        FALL SEMINAR - OCTOBER 27-28, 2012


        Mail (or deliver) your registration with a check made payable to

        The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo


        Sharon Stern Gerstman

        116 Brantwood Road

        Amherst, NY 14226

Registrations received or postmarked by Wednesday, October 3, 2012 will be given first preference

______ Sat. October 27 - 9am - 12n: Build a Better Bag

______ Sat. October 27 - 1pm - 4pm: No Wrong Side:  Reversible Fabrics

______ Sun. October 28 - 9am - 12n: Entrelac Basics

______ Sun. October 28 - 1pm - 4pm: Entrelac:  Beyond the Basics

Payment enclosed:         For Guild Members: $35 x ____ number of classes = _______

For Non-Guild Members: $40 x ____ number of classes = _______

If we cannot accommodate you in all of the classes you have registered for, payment will be returned.

*Name:   ___________________________________________

*E-mail Address (please print clearly): _____________________________

*Daytime Phone number (cell # is preferable): ____________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

* Information Required.  Note: you must have an email address to receive confirmation and homework/supply list.  If you do not have an email address of your own, please list the email address of someone who will forward this information to you.  


10am to 5pm  -  Saturday, September 29th, 2012


$5 admission for people over 10 yrs.

Knitting, weaving, spinning, rug-hooking, lace-making, embroidery, felting and more - all of the fiber arts will be well represented.  Members of the regional guilds will demonstrate their craft and possibly recruit you to join them.

We've got animals too!  from sheep-herding dogs to silkworms to lamas and alpacas, even a few bunnies!  

Vendors, Vendors, Vendors! Here's a chance to fill all of your fiber needs at one place. Vendors will have hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns, rovings, fleeces, kits, plus plenty of finished products.  Find the perfect yarn for a scarf, buy a bag to carry your projects, talk with a farmer about their fleece. Other vendors will have pottery, honey, candles and soap. We've got it all.

Directions to Emery Park - from Buffalo andNorth, Thruway (I-90) to exit 54 (Route 400). Follow 400 South to the end where it becomes Route 16. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Emery Rd, go 1 mile, the entrance to the Festival and the Park are on the right.

From the South, Route 16 north to Emery Rd and turn left at the traffic light.

From the West, Center Rd crosses Emery Rd, turn East and go about 4 miles to the Park, entrance on the left.

For more information, go to our website at

Who will get your yarn after you are gone?

Is your stash covered by your fire insurance?

Don’t leave it to chance –

Estate Planning for The Yarnaholic

Call:  Sharon Gerstman at 856-3500

Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo

Come Knit With Us!

Membership Includes:


$15.00 Guild membership dues for the 2011/2012 year must be included with the information below.  Deadline for membership payment is October 31, 2011.  

Current membership card MUST be shown after October 31 to participate in Guild meetings and activities.


__ I give permission to have all of the above information printed in the membership directory.

__ I do not give permission.

Please make check or money order payable to the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo.  Mail with this completed form to:  

Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo

PO Box 232,  Getzville, NY  14068

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Membership cards will be distributed at Guild meetings.  If you would prefer to have your card mailed, a stamped, self-addressed envelope must be included with this application.