Friday, June 12, 2009

Upcoming Guild Meeting -- June 20

Our program in June will be an afternoon of "Super Show & Tell". Bring your work -- what you're working now on or something you've recently completed. We'll take time to ooooh and ahhhh and hear some of the details about the materials you used and why, how you came up with your design, what you tried that you hadn't tried before and what you liked about it and what you didn't. It's always fun and inspiring to see the all different interests and talents that are within our group. We look forward to seeing you -- and to seeing your recent work and/or work in progress.

The word on the street is that Beth Parrot's Mini-sock Knitting Workshop on June 6 was a big success with six students, two of whom were brand new to sock knitting. Beth covered a lot of ground during the day, teaching two heels and explaining why she does a three-stitch garter band on either side of the heel. She also showed how to eliminate the hole at the gusset. Anyone know what "tinking" is? This group does -- and practiced doing it. If you know, send a comment and tell the rest of us!

Everyone was so busy knitting at the workshop, no one took any pictures. I hope someone will bring a mini-sock to Super Show & Tell, so we can get a snap and post it here.

The Guild is making good progress in our fundraising project for the Maseru Tapestries Cooperative in Lesotho, South Africa. They need $1,100 to train five new weavers who can help them double the capacity of the Cooperative. The Guild is contributing $500 from our treasury and as of this writing, has collected an additional $400 for the project. Our deadline is June 30, so if you haven't contributed yet, please bring a check to the meeting on June 20 or mail a check made out to the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild, to P O Box 42119, Charleston, SC 29423.

A recent item in the paper indicated that Prince Harry of England is also concerned about improving the conditions in Lesotho. He and Lesotho's Prince Seeiso both lost their mothers when they were young and both of their mothers were involved in solving problems caused by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. So, in 2004, the two princes joined forces and founded Sentebale, (which means "Forget Me Not) an NGO for Lesotho's orphans and vulnerable children who are too often the forgotten victims of HIV/AIDS and poverty.

This 3 minute video shows Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso with children in Lesotho. It is worth watching to see a bit of the haunting beauty of the countryside and a great scene of Prince Seeiso dancing with a group of children. The women in the Masaru Tapestries Cooperative are raising children alone just like the ones you see here. Our contributions will give them a better chance to support their families in very difficult circumstances. Isn't it amazing how our common love of art and craft can knit and weave a safety net for another family in another place?

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