December 20 is the Minnesota Knitters' Guild’s annual potluck and Silent Auction. (PLEASE NOTE: thismeeting is one of a handful that's limited to members only. Renew or join here!) For those of you who are new to the Guild or haven't been to our December meeting before, a brief explanation follows.
To raise money for the Guild, members can cull their stashes for yarn, books, notions and other knitting-related items to be sold at the auction. If you want to donate an unfinished project, please include a copy of the pattern if possible.
To save time (and maybe a little frustration during the busy holiday season), members can bring donation items to the November 15 meeting or, as always, they can bring their items the night of.
An information sheet is completed by the donor or a designated Guild member that tells what each item is and if there is a minimum starting bid for that item. For example, yarn is identified by fiber content, color, yardage and a minimum bid, if desired. The information sheets will be available on each donation table the night of.
During the meeting itself, members will have a designated amount of time to roam the aisles and bid on whatever they what to buy. When the bidding is over, the winning bidders' names will be highlighted on each bidding sheet. Members can then pick up and pay for their winning item/items. We will accept payment via either cash, check or credit card.
All proceeds go to the Guild to support the upcoming year’s activities. Anything not sold goes back into the Guild’s stash for use in the upcoming year.
In addition to seeing all of the beautiful knitting submissions (perhaps even including your own?), member-volunteers form The Guild will be around Thursday, August 25 -- the first day of the Fair -- from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Our volunteers can tell you all about our exciting next meeting, explain the benefits of membership, gladly show off whatever project is currently on their needles, and, when applicable, ooh and ahh over your latest creation, too!
A selection of 2015 State Fair ribbon winners.
We will also be accepting charity knitting items. See our Charity Knitting page for more information about the 2016 charity recipients. For charity knitting questions, please reach out to our Service Director, Betty Hanna, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We kicked off our Yarn Ends Challenge in March and there's still plenty of time to join the fun!
Create anything you want, from a coaster to a coat, using primarily yarn ends.
Submit your entry by Tuesday, May 17th by either 1) bringing your finished project to our May member meeting 2) uploading a photo of your finished project to your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #yarnendschallenge or 3) emailing a photo of your finished project to email@example.com.
Entries will be counted once, even if you enter in all three ways. You can, however, enter multiple projects, which will be counted as separate entries.
There will be two prizes available: a random drawing for a participation prize, and a member vote via survey for the member's choice award. Both winners will receive a $50 gift card to Etsy.com.
Posted in News by Barb Lind for Sheri Braun on Feb 22nd, 2016
It's time for our Yarn Ends Challenge! Hope you'll play along!
The challenge began with a great start at the February Tea with many members bringing yarn ends in to swap. We will also be bringing in the left overs to the March meeting if you missed the February tea. Please note that you can use your own yarn ends and send us a photo to be entered into the competition.
Create anything you want, from a coaster to a coat, using primarily your yarn ends.
Bring your final creation to the May Guild meeting to be entered to win a door prize.
If you can't make it to the tea, or to the May meeting, you can still participate using your own yarn ends. Share your creations on your Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook accounts using the hashtags #mnknitguild & #yarnendschallenge.
Must be a Guild member to win. Don't need to be present at the May meeting to win.
Posted in News by Barb Lind for Sheri Braun on Jan 4th, 2016
Early bird registration for members whose dues have been paid by December 15, 2015, will commence on January 9th, 2016, at 8:00 AM.
General registration commences on January 16th, 2016, at 8:00 AM.
We have a newly configured server this year which will be able to handle more traffic than in past years. We monitor everything from the first minute registration goes live. Please know that when 500 people converge on it at once, there is always the threat of a traffic jam. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
Registration for the Great Guild Getaway is now closed.
The retreat will take place March 18-20 in Cross Lake, Minnesota at Camp Knutson.
$200 gets you a shared room for 2 nights, 5 home-cooked meals, several pop-up classes, a yarn tasting and trunk show from Three Irish Girls Yarn, and an awesome swag bag with local chocolate, custom-dyed yarn, a shawl pattern, stitch markers and a lotion bar. Not to mention great company and plenty of time to knit!
Massages and a wine tasting are available for an extra charge.
Get the most out of your love of knitting! Membership benefits include pre-registration for Yarnover, a subscription to our quarterly Cable Gram, organized public service projects and camaraderie with fellow knitters. Annual dues are $30.