Hi, I’m Ashlee DiDomenico, I am a junior majoring in Linguistics, History, and German, and I am in love with all things fiber! I knit, I crochet, and I also spin my own yarn. I love the creativity of making a thing from start to finish, and I’m also fascinated with the history behind the whole process. I’m currently spinning yarn that I’m knitting into an heirloom baby blanket for my sister, who had her first baby back in June. I’m spinning some of it on my spinning wheel, but I’m also spinning some on my drop spindle because it fits in my bag and I can spin in between classes. I’m hoping I’ll have it done before Christmas; fingers crossed!
On October 30th, our general body meeting was Halloween themed! We decorated the room, ate candy, and made a Halloween themed project!
This meeting had a great turnout with close to 20 members present, and about half of the members participating in our special project! Five of those who made this project are pictured below.
As you can see, we made cute candy corn colored bows! Everyone had the option to attach either a hair pin or a magnet to the back. Its a quick and easy project that can be completed in less than an hour. Below is a link for the pattern. The pattern is for crocheting but this project can be knitted as well.
On October 21st, 2017, 2 of our officers and 1 member represented Pitt Knits at PMADD. Pictured from left to right are Ashley Divens, Josie Manns, and Ceara McAtee!
Ashley, Josie and Ceara volunteered at Mary S. Brown Ames United Methodist Church in Greenfield. At this church they prepared food, put up decorations and moved tables to help the church prepare for their spaghetti dinner fundraiser. All of the proceeds of this fundraiser benefit the church, which is currently undergoing plans to be demolished and rebuilt. Our members had a great day and are looking forward to PMADD next year!
Addie Macloce is a freshman and is possibly pursuing a degree in both English Literature and Pyschology. She joined Pitt Knits at the beginning of the semester, which is when she first learned how to knit and crochet. Since then, she has been a dedicated member who attends almost every meeting! Unfortunately she was sick the night of arm knitting, but that did not stop her from learning how to arm knit at our meeting last night! She made this cute black and orange scarf for Halloween!
Hi everyone! I hope your fall semester has been off to a great start! On Friday, October 13th we had our first event of the semester: arm knitting! Just in case you are unfamiliar with arm knitting, it is almost exactly like regular knitting, except your arms are the needles! You begin by casting on 4-6 stitches of extra bulky yarn onto one of you arms, if you are making a scarf. Then, you move the stitches onto your other arm, and finish by casting off. When done, you can transform your scarf into an infinity scarf, leave it as is, or wear it as a cowl. During our arm knitting event, 6 people were actively arm knitting, with Ashlee DiDomenico helping to instruct. In order from left to right, Josie Manns, Ceara McAtee, Mattie Fanty, Ashley Divens, Kayla Loukas, and Kelsey Kayton are pictured.
Below is a tutorial on how to arm knit! It's super easy to learn and creates a cute scarf in less than an hour!
Hey everyone! With only a month left in the semester we hope that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We do have a few event reminders for the end of the year! On Saturday April 1st, we will be having a yarn dying party hosted by Steel City Fiber Collective! We'll be dying our own custom skin of yarn in whatever color pattern you may want and at a very reasonable price. The collective is a really cool space, so come check it out! On April 8th, we'll be a vendor at this year's Eurofest in Posvar Hall selling some really nice color work hats, scarves, coffee cozies, etc. and generally promoting the club and its charitable efforts. If you have some spare time, bring your friends and stop by to say hello! We will be making our donation to Jubilee Soup Kitchen on Sunday April 9th, so make sure you finish up your projects for donation by the Friday before and give them to an officer to put in with the donation. Following that, we'll have our final general body meeting on April 10th, which is a destress event before finals. We'll have some tea and little sugar cookies to snack on and relax while we prepare for the stress of the end of the semester and finals week.
In other news, we'd like to provide you all with the information on our completed collabloration with Pitt NSA (Nursing Student Association). In February, we completed 40 baby hats and one baby blanket, which have now been donated to Magee Women's Hospital right in Oakland. Thank you to all of you who dedicated time to such a wonderful project!See you at the GBM!
Hugs and Stitches,
Shannon Gallagher - Events Coordinator
Welcome back to campus everyone! We hop you enjoyed your Spring Break and had some time to relax. Congratulations to those who have been elected into officer positions for next year! Your new officers are Ashlee DiDomenico as President, Kelsey Kayton as Vice President, Peri Walker as Business Manager, Josie Manns as Events Coordinator, and Ashley Divens as Social Media Coordinator. Also a big thank you to everyone who ran for an officer position; we couldn't keep this club going without all of you!
Our Project Spotlight for this week focuses on our current Vice President, Anna Owen:
This winter break I decided that I wanted to attempt to make something substantial for myself for the first time. I’ve already made quick blankets out of Bernat blanket yarn but that only took a few hours and the chevron blanket I started freshmen year is going nowhere fast. I wanted to do something granny-square like so that I could take the individual pieces with me to class and club meetings. My mother suggested a Log Cabin style blanket, which has many variations and can create some unique patterns. Typically, these patterns start with a small granny-square like patch and then you add to each side with different colors (not working in the round like a typical granny-square). Specifically, I chose a free Red Heart pattern for an Autumn Log Cabin Throw and changed the colors to hues of blue, brown, and red in hopes of creating an almost nautical theme.
Pictured is one of my completed squares (in my colors) and also the complete blanket layout (in the colors red heart suggests). So far, I have 1 complete square with all the colors and I have 35 more that are completed up to the 4th section (the off white). Each square itself gets a border and then I will sew the squares together using a pseudo-mattress stitch (it makes it so you cannot see the connecting strands). The complete blanket will then get a few rounds of border to finish. All in all it cost $70 for all the yarn (I think I will have quite a bit extra) and it will be 6 foot by 6 foot.
Hey everyone!! Here are the blurbs for those members running for officer positions. Read on to learn more about your prospective officers for next year. Elections will be held at our next General Body Meeting, next Monday, March 13, at 9pm. We're also giving out our T-shirts, so remember to pick yours up if you ordered one!
Hi, I'm Ashlee DiDomenico. I am a sophomore, majoring in Linguistics, History, and German. I've been crocheting for 20 years, and knitting for 12 years. I'm the current Social Media Coordinator, so I'm already familiar with the goals and vision of the club. I'm running for President because I feel like I can lead this club forward, continuing our service and community outreach, and spreading a love of fiber arts!
My name is Kelsey Kayton and I am presently a Freshman at Pitt. I am hoping to be a Psychology major and Spanish minor. Other than crocheting, my interests include tennis, ice hockey, reading, drawing, and hanging out with friends. I would like to run for the position of Vice President because I want to help the Pittsburgh community and share my passion of crocheting with others. Also, I think I can improve the connection between the members and officers in choosing the club events.
My name is Peri Walker and I am a sophomore English literature, theatre arts, and economics triple major. I have been knitting for over ten years and I love being able to use one of my most relaxing and creative hobbies to help others. I believe I would be a good business manager because I have experience working with money and because my economics classes have taught me how to make smart financial decisions. I am extremely organized and dedicated and would be very excited to be more involved with Pitt Knits.
I'm Vanessa Colihan, and I've been going to Pitt Knits meetings for a while now, and I really love the concept, the cause, and the people in it. I was really excited when I learned there was a club for knitting/crocheting! And I want to help make sure that it can continue to be there for others as well... which is why I want to run for an officer position. I think the best fit for me would be business manager. I'm not a finance major or anything, but I'm reasonably good at keeping track of my own money, and would be willing to learn anything I needed to know for the position. I've had leadership experience in various group projects in the past, so I believe I'd be able to step it up as an officer!
Hello! My name is Lillie Cutugno and I am running for the Events Coordinator Position. I am from South Jersey and am currently a freshman, planning to apply into the Emergency Medicine program and stay on the Pre-Physician's Assistant track.
I fell in love with knitting when I was in fourth grade and learned how to crochet in high school, crochet being primarily the projects I do now (though I love both just as much!). I am passionate about the club's goal to provide for those in need, and love that everyone in the club uses their beautiful talent for service! With these values in mind, I would strive to continue this.
I have learned about an organization called "Operation Gratitude". They send care packages to troops in Afghanistan, wounded soldiers, and veterans, and collect knitted/crocheted scarves. This is one service project that if the club was interested in I would love to help organize as events coordinator! I would also love planning club bonding activities and events to get to know each other better. I am also in Ballet Club, Hooligans field hockey, and the Pre-PA club. I believe as a friendly person who is very good with time management, I would do very well in this position! Thanks for considering me!
Hey there my name is Josie Manns and I am running for the position of Events Coordinator. I am a freshman and joined Pitt Knits at the beginning of the fall semester. Coming into the club I had no idea how to knit or crochet. Now, however, I can do both! Pitt Knits does wonderful things for several charities in the Pittsburgh community, so I truly wanted to dedicate myself by making it to every general board meeting, movie night, learning event, and even PMADD to stay updated. I am a marketing major here at Pitt, and I was my high school’s newspaper president for two years. These considering, I am really interested and slightly experienced in coming up with ideas for events, working with others to plan them out, and getting lots of people involved. I love the message that anyone willing to learn or those who are already knowledgeable about the fiber arts can come together to help the community by just doing what we love. I have already come up with some new, creative ideas for events for next year. I hope you vote for me because it would be honor to oversee the fun things that we will all get to do together next year.
Social Media Coordinator
Hi my name is Ashley Divens. I am a freshman and I am looking to major in either environmental science or biology. I joined Pitt Knits at the beginning of last semester which is when I first learned how to knit and I am currently learning how to crochet. I am running for the position of Social Media Coordinator because I would love for more people to know about Pitt Knits and about the events we participate in such as service, arm knitting, movie nights, and PMADD. I partook in all of these events last semester and they were a lot of fun! Therefore, since everyone uses social media, I would like to actively advertise these events on facebook, twitter, instagram and our blog in order to make people interested in our great club! I am also active on many social media platforms and I ran a blog on wordpress when I was younger so I am fairly familiar with the formats of these websites! I really hope you vote for me so I can work with all of you collectively to make Pitt Knits even better!
My name is Chloe Reshetar-Jost and I am a junior studying Psychology with a minor in Studio Arts. In addition to crocheting, I really like dogs and food. I would like to run for Social Media Coordinator because I think I could help Pitt Knits to not only keep current members up to date, but also keep organizations within the community updated on our events to ensure that our service has the maximum impact.
Hey all! We have our first Member Spotlight of the semester! Introducing Michael "Steady Hands" Springer!
Hi, I’m Michael! I am currently a senior, majoring in Biology here at Pitt. I have been knitting for about 4 months now. I feel that knitting is very relaxing, and you get to make your own clothes at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds! I recently finished my first project, which was a hat, and I am currently working on a scarf.
Want to be featured in our next Member Spotlight? Send us a picture of you and what you’re currently working on, along with a short blurb about yourself and your current project to firstname.lastname@example.org, or let us know at one of our meetings. Until next time!
Hugs and Stitches,
Ashlee DiDomenico - Pitt Knits Social Media Chair
About 7 years ago, my mom and grandmother brought me to a fancy yarn store for the first time. There was something magical about going to a store completely devoted to yarn for knitters and crocheters! After taking it all in I found myself drawn to the large collection of fingering/sock weight yarn. There was solid yarn, variegated yarn, speckled yarn, pretty much every style you could dream of. I knew that I needed to find a project that called for sock/fingering weight yarn if I wanted to convince my mom and grandmother to buy me the skein of my dreams. I decided I would make myself a pair of socks with a wool blend of self-striping rainbow-dyed sock/fingering weight yarn. My grandmother bought me a sock pattern, size 2 double pointed needles, and of course the yarn. I walked out of the store with giant smile on my face and a determined and excited look in my eyes, for I was ready to make some socks! I might have been determined, but I struggled to learn how to knit on double pointed needles. A few months into the project I was no closer to having my own hand knit socks than the day I was when I got my yarn. I moved on from my sock project; for 2 years I did not even think about picking up the double pointed needles until my grandmother gifted me a pair of socks she had knitted special for me. It was then that I decided that I needed to pick up the needles and get to work on my own socks. It took some time, but I finally figured out how to work in the round on double pointed needles. Eventually I was able to finish one baby sock with my rainbow yarn! However, I got bored of sock making and I let the project sit in my knitting bag once again. Up until last year that baby sock would be the only sock I have ever made; that is until I took a trip to a fancy yarn store once again and bought some beautiful NORO sock yarn. On January 3rd, 2016 I began making my socks, and for 3 months I worked my butt off to finish my socks. On March 29th, 2016 I finally casted off on my second sock, pulled the socks on my feet, and took a finished picture for my Ravelry account! I love my handmade socks and I loved knitting them. It didn't take long for me to make a second and even a third pair! Nevertheless, my sock struggles weren’t over quite yet. This fall I purchased some beautiful green yarn from Steel City Fiber and I finished my first sock few weeks later, but my second sock has been stuck on the needles for months on end. I love knitting socks, but sometimes I just get so bored with it and I struggle to finish the pair. Although I may be riding the sock struggle bus that doesn't mean you should be to. Our social media chair, Ashlee, recently told me about a knitting technique where you can knit both socks at once! This way you will not run into the problem of having one lone sock ever again.
Below are links to two different Youtube videos showing you how to knit socks two at a time in the Magic Loop method!
Toe Up Socks
There’s also the Double-Knitting method, which is knitting one sock *inside* the other, on the same needles at the same time.
Here’s a link with pictures and a description: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATextreme2in1.html
And here’s a Youtube video showing the technique!
Hugs and stitches,
Ashley is Pitt Knit's social media coordinator. In addition to the blog, Ashley runs Pitt Knit's facebook, twitter and instagram accounts. She is a sophomore at Pitt, and is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She has been knitting and crocheting for one year!