Congratulations to all the Guild members who took prizes at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Your skills and talents set a standard for all of us to admire and appreciate, and you honor us with your creativity and passion for our craft.
We got a note in April from Jennifer Marsh that the International Fiber Collaborative's 2009 project, "Interdependence," is complete and on display in Huntsville, Alabama. Marsh is the founder and director of the collaborative, and we invited you to participate in this project — creating a full-sized tree out of fiber — in January. Marsh reports that 7,000 handmade leaves were contributed by people from 23 countries and 39 U.S. states, including many schoolchildren. The tree's final home is to be in the Earlyworks Childrens Museum in Huntsville.
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.
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.