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the Knitters' News :: knitting in Campbell? / more color knitting lessons / managing Meetup emails

From: Mary, a.k.a: s.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:17 PM
Hi knitters,
I've collected up enough things to say to publish a second edition of my newly invented newsletter - the Knitters' News.  Our topics are...
  • Spring Knitty is has been posted
  • Return to Campbell?  Take the poll!
  • Knitspiration knitting guild color work series
  • Managing your meetup email preferences
Fastest and most fun topic first - the spring/summer issue of Knitty, the free online knitting magazine has been posted.  I'm giving you the link, but you have to promise to come right back and read the rest of the newsletter before you get sucked into the new shawls, socks & cardigans : 
In January, I moved our third Wednesday meetup out of Campbell to Willow Glen to find a more hospitable coffee shop.  The space and the staff at Monsieur Beans have worked out great for the last two meetups, but now we have two meetup sessions in Willow Glen - a bit farther south than our previous locations. 
I stopped in last week to talk to the owner of the Coffee Society in the Pruneyard and he was quite welcoming.  He said that if I call ahead on the appropriate day, he would gladly reserve us some tables.  Of course I told him that the Meetup invitations always remind us to BUY FOOD AND/OR DRINK from the hosting establishment.
With Coffee Society for the third Wednesday, the month of meetups would look like this:
First Wednesday: Peet's in Saratoga
Second Wednesday: Monsieur Beans in Willow Glen (hosted by Marcia)
Third Wednesday: Coffee Society in Campbell
Fourth Wednesday: [I'm working on this one...]
Fifth Wednesday: special fun outings, celebrating our extra knitting night.

Before making the change for April, I would love to have your input on the location. Please take the poll: 


And about the fourth Wednesday...Marcia's new second Wednesday meetups in Willow Glen have been so successful that I am now trying to cover all the Wednesdays of the month with Knitting Meetups.  I'm checking out a pearl tea shop in Cupertino tonight as a possible location.  If it works out, watch for a new meetup on the calendar starting in April.






Knitspiration Knitting Guild of Silicon Valley (of which I am currently the Treasurer) meets once a month for a 90 minute lesson on an interesting topic in knitting.  We have just kicked off a series of lessons on knitting with different colors with Amy's delightful double-knitted potholder design. 


In April, color work continues with a Fair Isle wristlet class by Thea Gray, San Francisco knitting instructor.  Come learn about tensioning two colors, how to handle long floats, color choices and more.


The rest of the series - now through August -  will include lessons on Illusion Knitting, Norwegian purl (very handy for two color ribbing), and photographing your color knits.  All the knitting guild meeting times & topics will be posted on our Meetup calendar as well as on the guild web site:






Our knitting meetup mailing list is relatively new to us - we used to use the Message Boards approach to conversations between meetups, but we've shifted over to an email mailing list which delivers the message to our inboxes. 


Luckily when Meetup released this feature, they created controls that each member can use to set up their own email preferences.  If you want to make a change to the frequency or type of email notices you get from this group, just edit your "Membership and Communications" settings, like this:


1 > go to and log in with your email address & password


2 > at the top of the page, choose "Account" to go to your account settings


3 > at the left of the page, choose "Membership and Communications" to go to your list membership page


4 > the membership page lists each Meetup you belong to. You can use this page to edit the email preferences for all your meetups. Our group is the "Santa Clara Valley Knitting Meet up" - so find that one & click on "Edit Email Settings"


5 > The email settings page - - lets you control what type of messages Meetup sends and how often.  Under the "Mailing List" section, you can choose to have meetup send you messages "As they are sent," "In one daily email," or "Don't send mailing list messages". 


6 > Make sure you click "Submit" to save your choices.



If you choose to stop receiving messages, you will also miss announcements from me like this one. Just sayin'.


And please be aware that messages sent to the mailing list are archived at our Meetup site, and are searched by public search engines.  Email addresses are removed from the posted messages, but names and the text of each message are present.  For me, this means that if I want to insult my cousin's knitting, or restaurant, or yarn shop on this list, I won't use her full name... or mine!



That's all The Knitters' News for this week.  Hope you are enjoying some fun spring knitting and will come out to knit with us soon

- spinnity / mary / organizer



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