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.
Posted in News by Shelley Hermanson Chair, MKG Yarnover Committee on Aug 10th, 2007
MKG Cable Gram—Volume 23, Number 2
Wow. Now that Yarnover 2007 is over, it doesn’t seem possible. We plan for a year, and then the big day is here for our annual workshops, keynote speaker, and vendor market. Before we know it, the day ends, with everyone tired and happy.
Posted in News by MKG Board Members on Aug 6th, 2007
MKG Website Exclusive — knitters.org
Each quarter, the Minnesota Knitters' Guild encourages members to knit for a special charity or community service. Our second- and third-quarter projects for 2007 both involve the Ships Project. This national organization was founded by Florida knitter Ellen Harpin (who was named XRX Stitches’ “Knitter of the Year” in 2005) shortly after the 9/11 attacks. From the pair of knit slippers that Harpin sent to an "Any Sailor" respondent aboard the U.S.S. Bataan have grown thousands of handmade hats and slippers sent to soldiers, sailors, airmen (and -women) and marines deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. A list of tested patterns is on the Ships Project Web site.
If your idea of Irish knitting is a traditional fisherman's sweater, you haven't visited Maggie Jackson's Web site. At MaggiKnits.com, the County Antrim–born knitting designer shows off some amazing garments, some of which look like a mermaid or a spider might wear them, others as elegant as an evening in Paris.
Posted in News by Rebecca Ganzel Thompson on May 14th, 2007
The May MKG meeting (held Tuesday May 15 at the Textile Center) was all about socks! Members were invited to bring enough sock yarn to knit a pair. At the meeting, they exchanged their yarn with that from another adventurous attendee, and picked up a free sock pattern or two. (For MKG members who remember previous “sock exchanges,” that wasn't what this was; we exchanged only the yarn, not a finished pair of socks.)
If you're new to knitting socks, or if you want to jazz up your sock repertoire with a few free patterns, here are some possibilities:
With the world of knitting books exploding, publishers (and writers) seem to reaching lately, making often desperate attempts to grab oversaturated readers’ attention. “Sex it up and it will sell” seems to be the idea behind many of these books. But do they deliver what they promise? No. And Yes. Sometimes even I can’t figure out what they’re promising.
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.