Posted in News by Wendy J. Johnson, MKG Member and Cable Gram Designer on Apr 19th, 2007
MKG Cable Gram - Volume 23, Number 1
Dreaming of warm tropical breezes? Look no further than your yarn basket.
How about yarn made from the leaves of the pineapple plant? Habu Textiles, everyone’s favorite stop on the Web for its unusual fibers, carries a yarn called “Fique” that is 100 percent pineapple fiber. The distinctive qualities of pineapple leaf fiber are its strength and lustrous sheen. Fique is said to work up like hemp, but it is softer on the hands. Suggested uses are placemats and other hard-use items. Habu also carries a lace-weight yarn that is a blend of pineapple fiber (60 percent) and ramie (40 percent). This blend works up into a lightweight fabric with a bit more drape than Fique. Check out these yarns at www.habutextiles.com.
Posted in News by Kathy Erickson, MKG Librarian on Apr 9th, 2007
MKG member Shelley Monitor's "Counterpane Crib Blanket" has won the Viewers' Choice Award in a Textile Center show. Monitor's white knitted blanket is part of the "Traditions and Interpretations: Needle Art in the 21st Century" exhibit in the Joan Mondale Gallery. The show opened March 23 and will be up until April 28.
Posted in News by Wendy J. Johnson on Jan 12th, 2007
MKG Cable Gram - Volume 22, Number 4
Have you sniffed your yarn lately? Perhaps this question brings to mind the essence of vinegar, sheep eau de cologne and mothballs? Time to readjust your nostrils! There's a new scent of yarn out there and it doesn't suggest wet dog. How does lavender and ginseng sound?
So here comes Christmas! And what presents are you knitting? I'm only knitting one (so far). Our families are scaling back this year and one of the things my husband and I decided to do was anonymously donate gifts to someone in need who's all alone this Christmas. I got some info about our person from the county agency that runs the program, and one very clear detail is that our lady loves purple. So I'm knitting her a very purple scarf, using some nice acrylic worsted weight and a couple of novelty yarns that are also machine washable. And I just made up a simple design, alternating between stockinette and moss stitch, slipping the first and purling the last stitch of every row. I'm hoping that will keep the edges from rolling too much, because I don't feel like I know what I'm doing when I have to block something. Blocking just feels too, umm, sewy. And sewing is one of my issues that I'm working on, trying not to be frightened of it after traumatic childhood experiences. I got a C in Home Economics and have a dutiful mother who hated sewing but did it anyway because she thought it was required of a Mom, and thus was a scary, crabby lady when the blue Singer came out of the closet--that was always our cue to go play outside. But the scarf doesn't have to be perfect, so there. Just made with loving care. And this is supposed to be fun, yeah?
Posted in News by Rebecca Ganzel Thompson on Jan 12th, 2007
MKG Cable Gram——Volume 22, Number 4
If you love to knit socks, or just love the idea of hand-knitted socks, then you'll want to check out one of the "books" the MKG library acquired this summer. It's a looseleaf notebook filled with every issue of a now-defunct publication, the Heels and Toes Gazette. This short (but densely packed) newsletter was published by Dawn Brocco, a knitwear designer in Saugerties, N.Y., four times a year from 2000 to 2004: 17 issues in all. Enough Guild members recommended it to me that I spent $68 of our book-buying budget to acquire the whole run, then found an extra-sturdy binder to store it in.
In the last issue of Cable Gram, I interviewed several local knitters about their knitblogs. I had one last question to ask them: Why blog? What is the value of having a knit blog? The responses were heartfelt and enthusiastic. “Being part of the blog community is the best benefit,” says Renee of A Good Yarn. “I have met and/or communicated with many other knitters through my blog. I enjoy the opportunity to express myself and start conversations with others about things I care about.”
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.