On August 23rd, starting around 7 p.m., baseball players from the St. Paul Saints and the Sioux City Explorers will gather at Midway Stadium on Energy Park Drive in St. Paul to watch the knitting action in the stands and try to play some baseball.
The night will begin with a yarn swap at the front gate before the game. So far, no word on how many ballplayers will attend the swap.
Those knitters who are able to break away from the swap and make it through the gates may then form their own teams in the stands and make up their own knitting challenges as the baseball game progresses.
If you are a Knitters' Guild member, all books reviewed by Jen, the Guild Librarian, are available for you to check out free from the Textile Center Library--just another benefit of Guild membership!
Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd
The first thing that should draw you to this book is the author, Ann Budd. Even if you have only been knitting for a short while, chances are good that you have loved Ann's work or have benefited from her instruction in some way. The book has something to offer both the knitter who has never knit a sock and the knitter who has maybe a slight addiction to the soft tubular creation. Getting Started Knitting Socks becomes indispensable when you realize just how much yarn you have stashed away, and just how many gifts are on your to-do list!
Planning a trip to Stitches Midwest in August? Twenty Chicago-area yarn stores are sponsoring a yarn crawl the same week, from August 13 through 22.
Each store will be giving out a store-exclusive free pattern, a discount on yarn purchases, and a chance to participate in a raffle for a gift basket worth $100. Yarn crawlers get the chance to participate in the grand prize raffle worth $500 if they visit 10 stores.
For more information, go to the Ravelry group Chicagoland Yarn Crawl, where you can find the names of participating stores, store hours, directions, and events.
Author and Irish lace historian Maire Treanor will present a one-hour illustrated talk on the history and patterns of Irish Clones lace on July 29, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul.
Treanor will also sign copies of her book “Clones Lace,” which will be available for purchase. Refreshments and a special theme tour of the Hill House highlighting Mrs. Hill’s needlework will follow the program.
Carrie Bartz, who had just begun a term this spring on the Minnesota Knitters' Guild Board as Secretary, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 21, in Woodbury. She was 52. Services were held on June 28 at Wulff Woodbury. At press time, an online obituary was available at http://tinyurl.com/bartzwulff.
Carrie knew computers, and she knew knitting. She worked as an information technology specialist for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and had been a member of the Guild for less than a year when she volunteered for MKG's Web Site Task Force in 2009. Smart, friendly, and a passionate knitter, she was an invaluable member of the group as it met over the year, first to describe what the Guild needed for its new Web site, then to advertise for and finally hire the company that did the redesign over last fall and winter. Among other things, according to Guild President Shelley Monitor (also a member of the task force), Carrie compiled most of the Resources section of the new Web site, which was launched in May -- patterns, tutorials, yarn shops.
The loss of Carrie, our friend and colleague, will be keenly felt for years to come at the Guild. We are grateful for the intellectual legacy she left us, and mourn her passing.
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