The Bohus exhibit at the American Swedish Institute may have closed — it ran through April 5, 2009 — but there is still time to create your own “poems of color” (to borrow the title of a popular Bohus book). The Knitters’ Guild is paving the way with a special exhibit, for which entries are due June 16.
Our annual Yarnover (held April 18, 2009, at Hopkins High School) isn't just about the classes; it's also about wandering through the market and getting a little of everything that's new. We have folks from the Upper Midwest and beyond selling yarn, patterns, knitting supplies, and general bliss. As always, admission to the sales floor is free of charge, even if you didn't register for a class. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The International Fiber Collaborative, the folks who spearheaded a fiber-wrapped gas station last year, are kicking off a new project this year: creating a full-sized tree. This group, based in Huntsville, Alabama, and founded in 2007 by fiber artist Jennifer Marsh, clearly likes to think big. You can see pictures of their "Gas Station Project" here. Participants took an abandoned gas station in upstate New York and, with the permission of its owner, covered it in "crocheted, knitted, stitched, patched, or collaged three-foot-square fiber panels" that expressed concern about world dependence on oil.
The American Swedish Institute's “Bohus Radiant Knits,” a Swedish explosion of color and texture, opens January 23, 2009, and runs through April 5.
Bohus knitting, which flourished under the aegis of the Bohus Stickning knitting collective in Sweden for 30 years (1939 to 1969), is well-known to American knitters through such books as Wendy Keele's Poems of Color.
The Minnesota Knitters' Guild began 2009 with a year-long Guild service project: The "Block of the Month" club.
We are knitting 8-by-8-inch squares out of machine-washable fibers for afghans. Each month we are posting two patterns, one easy and the other challenging, to our Service Committee blog. To create your square(s), you can use the patterns provided on the blog, or use your own pattern. Either way, we will collect the squares at the 2009 monthly Guild meetings.
Patsy Fisk, chair of the MKG's annual fall Knit-Out, reports that it was "a wonderful success."
With many volunteers and participants, the fifth annual event, held Sunday, September 28, at the Brookdale shopping center in Brooklyn Center, featured two fashion shows and two Fastest Knitters contests. "We had expert knitters and a community service table," Fisk says. "We had Susan Rainey's Thursday Grand Knitters. We had a wonderful master of ceremonies in [MKG past president] Bob Gotwalt. We had a fabulous yarn shop display. We had many, many teachers. Out of an estimated 250 participants, we taught about 100 new knitters the knit stitch."
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.