November 2022 Meeting


Saturday, November 12, 1–4 PM

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West), New York, NY

GUEST SPEAKERS: Sven and Laura Risom, Founders, North Light Fibers

Most days, Sven and Laura Risom can be found at their mill on Block Island, Rhode Island, literally in the middle of a farm dating back to 1661, among a bevy of animals, including Scottish highland bulls, kangaroos, emus, yaks, sheep, and zeedonk—what?! Sven and Laura started North Light Fibers in 2009 as a micro mill, producing artisanal handcrafted knitting and weaving yarns that are minimally processed and blended from exotic fibers. The mill is one of the most complete in America, taking fiber “from Shearing to Skeins.” The Risoms and their team love to give tours of the mill. Guests can feed the animals and learn how well-known yarn lines—Water Street, Atlantic, Spring Street, Seaside, Forever Lace, and their newest, a fingering-weight yarn called Lighthouse—are manufactured.

Sven and Laura will give a virtual tour of their mill and talk about the process of making North Light Fibers yarns. They will tell us what makes the various yarns different and how little things can have a major impact. For instance, steaming a project during the finishing process will “re-balance” the yarn and yield a nicer fit. There will be a trunk show of designs created with North Light Fibers yarn by world-renowned designers like Norah Gaughan, Deborah Newton, Melanie Berg, Olga Jazzy, and many more.

Sven and Laura will provide mini skeins of their incredible yarns and we will knit swatches during the meeting for a super special, fun, and collaborative Guild project. To participate, bring your needles (US sizes 6–8). North Light Fibers yarns and kits will be available at the meeting at a 10% discount.

Show and Tell
Seeing our members’ knitted items at Show and Tell has been so inspirational. Keep ‘em coming for November! Look for photos of these beautiful creations on the BAKG website and Instagram and Facebook pages.

Bring a Guest
As always, a guest’s first visit is free, each subsequent visit is $10, and the fee may be applied to annual dues if paid on the meeting day. NYSEC requires attendees to wear face masks. BAKG reserves the right to change our COVID policy as the situation evolves, and in compliance with NYSEC rules. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home for the safety of our members. There will be no KAL or other breakout tables at the November meeting, but there will be a place for charity knitting drop-off.

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