Posted in News by Nancy Darcy, MKG Librarian on Mar 6th, 2008
Minnesota Knitters' Guild Cable Gram, Volume 23, Number 4
I am honored to be the Minnesota Knitters' Guild representative to the Textile Center library. I volunteered for the position last summer because it was unfilled and beckoned to me.
I had no idea what was involved, other than buying books for the library. I have since learned there is more to it than that, but I am up for it! I have a lifelong love affair with books that has resulted in well-filled bookshelves and closets at home (with at least some closet space left for knitting stash). Some might say I am a bit obsessed!
The Minnesota Knitters’ Guild is closely linked to the Textile Center, a wonderful fiber resource in Minneapolis that hosts both our monthly meetings and our extensive library of knitting books. So we were gladdened and saddened by recent news about it—glad for such a generous gift, and sorry that we have lost such an extraordinary friend of knitting.
Here is what Nancy Mambi, the librarian of the Textile Center, writes:
Hello! I’m a member of the Northern Lights affiliate in Duluth, and I am picking up the pen (oops, I mean turning on the word-processing program on my computer) to write a column for you about a knitter’s experiences here, near the shores of beautiful Lake Superior.
Posted in News by Rebecca Ganzel Thompson on Sep 3rd, 2007
To outsiders, entering a hand-knitted item in the Minnesota State Fair competition sounds quaint—a cozy throwback to a simpler time. But if you've ever stood in line outside the Creative Activities building the week before the fair opens, balancing an oversized bag on one wrist, frantically paging through a pink booklet to see if your hat fits Lot 331, 332, or maybe even 356, and casting furtive glances at the amazing piece of intarsia peeking out of someone else's bag, you know that, at least in Minnesota, the State Fair is a hotbed of cutthroat competition on a par with the Tour de France.
Here are the 2007 Minnesota State Fair winners in hand knitting, as posted on the State Fair Web site, http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/results.html . From the State Fair site, click on "Needlecraft" to download the full list of all this year's handcraft winners, including machine knitters, crocheters and quilters, in PDF form.
We've put the sweepstakes winners first, but otherwise we have kept the State Fair format intact (we hope), including the descriptions of the “lots” (general item categories). Don't forget to come to our September meeting if you want to see some of the faces behind the prizes. Congratulations to all!
Volunteering for MKG is a great way to introduce the textile art of knitting to those unfamiliar with it. It is also a way to get to know other guild members—and it is a lot of fun into the bargain!
Most of us volunteer in some way: by driving in a work or school carpool, chaperoning a child’s field trip, organizing a neighborhood garage sale, or baking for a fundraiser. Why not extend that experience to your knitting life? The old saying, “If you want something done, do it yourself” still holds true.
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.