Close Knit Friends – Brenda Lamay
Close knit friends has been active for over 35 years. The formal business was established as machine knitting became very popular in Oswego County in the mid 80’s, when there was an interest for machine knitting lessons for individuals, and groups. Over time I have acquired used machines, accessories, and yarn. There are often gently used items for sale which I list on the Finger Lakes Machine knitting site.
As an avid machine knitter since 1979 I sell my knitted items to established customers, craft shows as a vendor, and rent booth space at a local business year round.
To promote the art of knitting, I volunteer time to special events to demonstrate what a knitting machine is, and what it can do. The most fun and rewarding experience has been volunteering at the “Sheep and Wool” event in Maryland.
Locally I am a member of the Silver Needles Knitting club that meets monthly in Cortland to learn new techniques and have a great time with fellow knitters.
Knit Knack Shop – Charlene Shafer
Started in 1978 in Peru Indiana. Home of Tamm yarn and carrying Silver Reed & used Knitting Machines, Hague Linking Machines, DesignaKnit & other Knitting Software, accessories, other Coned Yarns & Knitting Machine Pattern Books. Cotton Tale 8 yarn and the extensive pattern books written by Charlene and so much more. Pre-order your coned yarn – just put a note in the special instruction area to have the yarn brought to the Finger Lakes MK Seminar – and save on shipping. http://www.knitknackshop.com/index.html
Charlene Shafer – The Knit Knack Shop
“I had knitting machines since before I had children,” Charlene says. “I was a farm wife who waited at home for my husband to send me off to get a part for some piece of equipment. I knit because I loved it and when the opportunity came to buy the very shop from which I purchased my first machine, well, there really wasn’t a question of whether I should turn my hobby into my business.”
Carol began knitting and sewing at an early age when she decided that creating unique garments and looking different were good things. Those skills led her to a career as a professor of fashion design. She now designs garments and patterns under her label, TrueThreads, for both hand and machine knitting and teaches for shops, knitting guilds and seminars nationwide. Drawing from her experience in the fashion industry as a designer and merchandiser, she strives to spark the creative spirit in students while at the same time developing their technical expertise.
I came to Machine knitting for what I perceived as “instant gratification” and stayed for the abundant creative possibilities. Together with Barb Endler (my now passed away knitting partner) I began BSKnitting Designs and started officially teaching. First instructing at our club level and then traveling to seminars around the US. After Barb’s passing I carried on with the teaching and designing that we both enjoyed so much and have been blessed to find solo teaching also rewarding. BSKnitting Designs’ unique style of teaching empowers the knitter with more in-depth knowledge of their machines and design possibilities. Technique, technique, technique builds skill after skill which enables greater success in machine knitting. My desire is that you leave my class having progressed as a knitter – and having had fun in the learning.
Dad started me knitting when I was 8, but I didn’t discover knitting machines until about 15 years ago. I got off to a slow start with them as I was farming full time and unable to get away to seminars or club meetings and struggled with the internet. I really had to figure out how things worked on my own, and had to make every minute count. What I knit had to be welcomed by customers and generate repeat sales. That ground work has stood me in good stead, and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned with you. This seminar, Sandy E. and I will be co-teaching a class for beginning machine knitters. Two lucky participants will win a free knitting machine. I’ll have 3 classes for Circular Sock Machine knitters. The csm classes will be hands on, with some fundamentals and some more advanced work.
REMINDER: Out of respect for our demonstrators and vendors no outside selling will be allowed at the Finger Lakes seminar. Our members will have a sale list in our seminar book, a perk of being a member. If you find something they have for sale, that you’re interested in, contact that club member with the contact information they provided. By registering for the Finger Lakes knitting machine seminar you agree NOT TO SELL anything at the seminar. Anyone found to be selling, outside of the demonstrators or vendors will be asked to leave with no refund given.
Note from Demonstrator Lora Kinnan of Daisy Knits: “What a fun event and a great group of gals. Each and every one of you was fun to deal with…. The people in my classes were always courteous, very involved and had great questions. It was encouraging to see the level of involvement that every one had. The garments that were presented at the fashion show were wonderful. Thank you for inviting me.
Seminar Accommodations: We have booked rooms at a local hotel. Details here