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"The HUB" Vol. XXIII, No. 2
Bimonthly newsletter of March - April 2002


April 6, 2002 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Program: Two Sticks and a String

Bring your current knitting project and relax for a couple of hours. Kate Arkwright will demonstrate ways of constructing your own needles with dowel rods and beads and discuss tension-relieving exercises for knitters, spinners and weavers. Cheryl Geist-Brozell also asks that we bring our favorite knitting books and patterns to share and our knitting triumphs and failures for an expanded show and tell.


Dues are still due and still only $10 per family.

The following members have already renewed their membership for 2002:

Amy Albrecht
Bonnie Crytzer
Lorraine Dallas
Ilene Elliston
Susan Fenton
Elaine Fertig
Karen Fry
Cheryl Geist-Brozell
Linda Gross
Judy Hanninen
Barbara Hauck
Sharon Heiser
Susan Helm
Deborah King
Sharon Kresse
Chelsea Licht
Barbara Lodge
Mary Musser
Joyce Rose
Sandra Grimm
Donna Long
Roz Macken
Nancy Marts
Mathilda Murphy
Lyn Nagel
Anne Peppel
Sigrid Piroch
Sharon Reiland
Jill Rouke
Ruth Ruggerio
Ann Sheffield
Janet Smouse
Sue Spencer
Ruth Walker-Daniels
Donna Wellman

If your name is not on this list and you wish to renew your NPSWG membership, please send a check for $10, payable to NPSWG, to Susan Fenton (see Guild Directory for address). The next HUB will include the 2002 Membership list, and only members who have paid dues by May 1, 2002 will be included on that list and will receive the next HUB.


The Guild web site,, has a new Members Only area. Current guild members can register to create a username and password to access the site. Registration is free, and only needs to be done once. To register, you must know your Guild membership number--this number is now printed on your Hub mailing label, directly above your name. If you receive the Hub via email, contact Susan Fenton at for your membership number.

Once registered, guild members can use the username and password they've created to enter the Members Only area at Once they have entered the Members Only area, members can view the Guild Membership Directory, see a list of current Guild officers and update their own contact information (address, email, etc). More features may be added later.

If you have any questions or difficulty contact Susan Fenton at


Treasurer's report:

Checking account balance: $472.99
Savings account balance: $3,372.93
Helen McCartney Gift Fund: $1,890.90


Ann Sheffield is setting up a workshop for 2003 with Beth Brown-Reinsel, author of "Knitting Ganseys." She will do a two day workshop on two different kinds of knitted mittens - Norwegian and Swedish twine knitting. (We voted on mittens instead of a mini fair isle sweater). It will be Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1, with a lecture/slide show on Saturday night on Scandinavian sweater construction. There will also be a short guild meeting that evening. Class size will be 20.

It's time to form a nominating committee.

Donna Wellman suggested that one person from programming stay on to assist the new person. Kate agreed to stay on for another term.

There was discussion about the rental of equipment. We have been losing money and some of the bobbins from the wheel are missing. Donna Wellman agreed to take on the task of monitoring the rental and collecting the money.


The Spin In is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, 2002 at Cook Forest. This year's festival will be held in conjunction with the Herb Fesitval.

Nancy Griffin will do a two hour workshop on core and ply spinning which will cost $20. She will also do a one hour workshop on basic knitting for $10 plus $5 for needles.

On Sunday, Kathy Plack will do a flax demo, Donna Long will demonstrate the picker and Roz Macken will do a demo on wet felting.


Treasury Report: Balance $3758.06

Minutes of Oct meeting were read.

Maggie Fry-Manross volunteered to be the new editor

Dues are due--$10--please send /give checks to Susan Fenton.

Monthly meetings were discussed. Rather than official meetings, it was decided that a new study group will meet on the first Saturday of the odd months, probably at Mercy Hurst. All members are welcome and it is expected that Mercy Hurst students will also become involved. First meeting will be first Saturday in March. Mercy Hurst has a van and there is the possibility that we can schedule trips to places like Toronto, MD Sheep and Wool, DC Textile Museum??? Use must be scheduled way in advance of event.

The question of changing regular meeting dates to accommodate other events was discussed. It was decided that we should avoid doing this, except when we can't. It was noted that special activities can take place other than on meeting dates--just schedule a special date.

Donna Wellman thanked all who helped make her shawl--it kept her warm while undergoing chemotherapy. It was decided to continue our subscription to BeadWork for one more year. Mercer guild wants to know if we are interested in sharing a bus to the MD Sheep and Wool Show. We agreed to demonstrate at the 2002 Highland Games--May 18.

Helen McCartney Memorial Scholarship. It was proposed that a committee be formed, chaired by Barb Lodge, to study the best way to proceed with the memorial scholarship. Ellen, Sue, Joyce, and Donna W., volunteered to serve. Joyce Rose provided the application form used by the Rochester guild. It was decided to give the three shawls that Barb had woven using Helen's wool to the McCartney family. Barb will be reimbursed for the cost of the wool.

Bonnie Crytzer reported on the status of the Spin-In. June 1-2, 2002, our regular meeting date!!! We will have our regular meeting in Cook Forest. A guild booth will cost $50. Members who sell their items will share in the cost. We can organize a Sat-Sun workshop, contests, and a shawl demonstration, and provide prizes. We can rent a lodge. A committee of Maggie, Sharon, Elaine, Donna W., and Roz will study and decide on particulars.

Ann Sheffield said she is thinking of organizing a knitting workshop with Beth Brown-Reinsel and wondered if there was any interest. She will bring particulars to the Feb meeting.

Show and Tell. Ann showed a combination drop spindle/bobbin invented by her friend, also various carved wooden spinning tools, Sue Spencer modeled her Guatemalan skirt and belt, and showed handspun handwoven cloth, and a knitted lace scarf of the 2-ply McCartney yarn, Donna Long a handspun machine knit merino sweater, hat, and scarf, Ruth W-D had another skein published in Spin-Offf, Elaine a needle felted character head. Amy Albrecht showed silk embroideries from the Widow's Friend, a marketing organization for work done by Bangladeshi widows.

Sigrid Piroch gave a very interesting presentation showing her collection of antique shuttles, explaining the features and uses of different mill and handweaving shuttles. She also showed new Schacht stick, boat, ski, and end-delivery shuttles and demonstrated their features--even a self threading shuttle!!. Members were able to try the various shuttles on the looms which she had set up. Sigrid is a vendor for Schact spinning and weaving items, and indicated that there would be a price increase on the shuttles in May.


The Mercer County Spinners and Weavers Guild is sponsoring a bus trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year. A 47 passenger bus has been booked for Sat. May 4. The cost per rider is $50. We will be departing the Episcopal Church in Meadville at 5:30 a.m. and stopping at the Grove City Outlet Mall at 6 a.m. We will depart the festival between 6 &7 p.m. We had a really good time last year and are looking forward to doing it again. Arrange your schedules and talk to your friends. Let's fill up the bus. Send your money to Judy Hanninen (see Guild Directory for address) who will keep the list of passengers and make sure the money gets deposited in the account. Call or e-mail Judy with questions.


Jill Rouke has a set of Bonnie and Jim Crytzer's four-tine wool combs for sale, complete with basket, for $100.00. They are in good shape. Anyone interested can call Jill in the evening (see Guild Directory for phone number).


Hi, I was told that you might be able to help me. I am looking for a Newcomb Weavers Delight loom. My neighbor weaved rugs on them for thirty years and gave hers away just days before I talked to her. She has offered to teach me everything she knows, but I need to find a loom, and I am not having any luck. I don't want to miss out on such a great opportunity. If you have any information, please let me know.


I took over the newsletter this month and now I hate my computer even more than I did before! Hopefully I will be able to figure things out before too long and the masthead will be correct in the next issue.

If you would like to submit items for the newsletter, send them to Maggie Fry-Manross (see Guild Directory for address) . You can also e-mail me at or

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