Membership News for September
These are strange and challenging times for San Diegans, for knitters and for members of the San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild. You may be very isolated or even more isolated or stressed due to changes in employment. You may find yourself responsible for the care of parents or more grandchildren. Maybe your budgeting has not allowed you to reward yourself with that beautiful yarn you coveted just a few months ago. But through it all, as knitters, we know how to get by. We pull out our project bag (or bags) and knit a row or two – get our mind off the stressful events of the day or extra calories that you want to consume and we adjust. Just as we adjust the gauge by changing our needle size or shortening the length of a garment or adding in another color after discovering you don’t have as many skeins as thought, we can sometimes adjust our emotions or worries with those daily minutes or maybe an hour of meditative knitting.
The local COVID crisis has also greatly impacted SDNCKG. Sadly, our workshops and retreats are all cancelled for 2020 and beginning in August, we transitioned to Zoom meetings. I hope you were able to take advantage of this new platform and joined us in August for Karen des Jardins’ informative session. Future meetings will offer more knitting events and special guests. If the thought of tuning in to a Zoom meeting in August seemed daunting, I hope you will make the effort to become familiar with how easy it is or if you are not able to technically master it, perhaps a fellow knitter can walk you through the easy steps so that you will “connect” with the rest of us in September. Becoming a Zoomer will open other Knitting possibilities for you including international webinars with noted designers. Following the August meeting, I was very pleased to see how many members quickly renewed their membership for 2020 so they will be able to join us in the future. We also welcome three new members this month who learned about our Guild through fellow knitters or sub groups. We hope to see you in person soon.
One of the most significant things you can do as a San Diego knitter to preserve this wonderful Guild is to renew your membership and spread the word to knitting friends of yours who have not. Our membership numbers are down significantly this year (in part due to absence of workshops) but sending that $25 renewal goes a long way towards our future.