August 13, 2013

NEXT MEETING: AUG 28, 2013, 7 PM

The August meeting has traditionally been our planning meeting for the year. No different this year. Its a good way for all of us to contribute ideas for upcoming meetings and the focus for the year, when we choose to have one.

Mindy and Linnie have stepped up to help put together programs after Laura's terrific three year term as Program Chair. Its not an easy job, and this meeting helps the program chair[s] with looking for and finalizing ideas.
a cotton plant ready to pluck and spin

They have already been hard at work and have a plan that we can help flesh out at the meeting. The focus this year will be on spinning and working with cotton and linen fibers. We are hoping for speakers, a workshop or two, and, of course, the July Dye Day to cap off the year.

hand spun linen thread
You will also have a chance, at this meeting, to sign up for a "special project" we will have that may have a somewhat limited number of people who can participate. Those who come help plan for the year, will have the first chance to sign up--you'll be glad you did!! NO clues as to the project, you have to come Wednesday night.

Bring Show & Tell and a Check Book
Show & Tell of all the yarns and fibers you dyed at our Dye Days workshop with Sara Lamb. And, a check book because its August and that means dues are due for the coming year. $25 per person.

Upcoming dates for your calendar:

Sept. 26  T2T meeting. This is a Thursday evening, the library was unavailable for our regular day

Oct. 5 & 6  Lambtown USA [see the link on the right side under events]

Oct. 13  Rogers Ranch Harvest Festival. We would like to have some one or two go there for the day and demonstrate spinning and /or weaving. There is also the opportunity to sell that day if you are interested in doing so and are producing much more than you can use.

Oct. 26  Ygnacio Valley Library Activity Fair.  12pm to 3pm. Again, we would like a few people to participate in this event. This is geared to the 45 - 55 age group to introduce what others in their area are doing for fun. They are trying to showcase lots of different spare time activities and would be a good place to showcase spinning/knitting/weaving and what our Guild is all about.

Oct. 30  T2T meeting

Even though we have the above two dates set for our meetings, we are still looking to see if the Guild can go back to the room we had through Pleasant Hill, or at least something a bit bigger and one that we could book ahead for the whole year. Keep an eye on the blog for possible location changes. The Library room is good because it is free, but can only be booked 3 months ahead, and not at all if the Library needs that room on that particular day.

For those who asked: 
 Peanut Butter - Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teasp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teasp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips [the mini sized ones will make it easier to slice the cookies]

1.  Combine butter and peanut butter at medium speed in a mixer till well blended. Add sugar, mix in and add vanilla.
2.  Combine flour and salt and mix into dough. Stir in chocolate pieces
3.  Form the dough into a roll covered with wax paper and chill at least 2 hours. 
4. Preheat oven to 325. Slice and bake for 12 - 14 minutes. You don't want shortbread to brown much.

This recipe doubles or triples easily. Its a bit crumbly when cutting, especially if you use full size chips, but just smush back together and its fine. Melt in your mouth goodness.