Posted in News by Rebecca Ganzel Thompson on Apr 26th, 2007
MKG Cable Gram—Volume 23, Number 1
The life of a librarian is popularly supposed to be reclusive and quiet, surrounded by peaceful things like books, ideas, and card-catalog data. To a knitters’ librarian’s existence is added the soft padding of yarn balls and the rhythmic clicking of needles—in short, Dullsville. So it may surprise you to learn that, in my office of Knitters’ Guild Librarian, I found myself one recent weekend under the bright lights of a live television studio with celebrities on every hand.
Posted in News by Shannon Szymkowiak on Apr 26th, 2007
MKG Cable Gram––Volume 23, Number 1
As Alice Adams is out in sunny California nanny-ing her granddaughter, she has stepped down from leading the NLA this year. She has worked hard to get the Northern Lights Affiliate, the Duluth chapter of the Minnesota Knitters' Guild, up and running. We appreciate all of her hard work over the past few years. This may seem like a contradiction due to the handful an infant can be, but we hope she enjoys her well-deserved rest!
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?
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