The Northern Lights Affiliate hosted the 2nd Annual North East Minnesota Knit-Out and Crochet on October 8, 2005 at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. The day, which Mayor Herb Bergson declared "Knit and Crochet Day in Duluth," was a huge success.
A Grand time was had by all at the Knit-Out on Sunday, October 9th at the Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka. We passed out more than 1,000 flyers announcing our event. The Hopkins Sun Sailor newspaper not only listed us in the community news, but had an article about Knit-Out as well. We had about 40 volunteers, and our Master of Ceremonies this year was Bob Gotwalt. We had knitting experts there to answer knitting and purling questions. We had a great charity table that accepted completed projects and gave out patterns to start new projects.
Charitable Crafters was started in August of 2001 by Tina Shaddox of Duluth, Minnesota. Tina had been reading about programs to send hand-knit items to needy people in other countries, but really wanted to keep her efforts local. She saw the great need locally for warm hats & mittens, chemo caps and blankets. She thought that perhaps other local knitters and crafters felt the same way, and decided to advertise the idea of forming Charitable Crafters. She put up flyers at local yarn shops, and ran ads in some of the newspapers. To her amazement, people responded.
Posted in News by Rebecca Ganzel Thompson on Oct 30th, 2005
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"The entire evening was fabulous - a gala," one satisfied guest was reported as saying. "[It gave Kaffe Fassett] the warm welcome he deserves."
She was speaking of the October 7 event at the Textile Center, where internationally known textile designer Kaffe Fassett spoke to a rapt crowd for an hour and a half. More than 225 tickets were sold for the event, which both promoted Fassett's new book, Kaffe Fassett's Museum Quilts: Designs Inspired by the Victoria & Albert Museum, and raised much-needed money for the Textile Center Library, in which the Minnesota Knitters' Guild is a participating member.
Posted in News by Evelyn Kindley on Oct 30th, 2005
MKG Cable Gram - Volume 21, Number 3
The Minnesota Knitters' Guild took up its post in the Creative Activities building as usual on the first Friday of the State Fair. It was a rainy morning outside, but inside needles clicked away as we answered people's knitting questions, promoted Guild activities, and shared observations on the wonderful knitting entries on display a few steps away. Our own Susan Rainey won the sweepstakes with a stunning cardigan that had a technically difficult construction. We had a record turnout of volunteers to staff the booth and so were able to provide a variety of solutions to knitting problems and to wax enthusiastic about the activities of our guild. Members of the Northern Lights affiliate made the trek from Duluth to help, making the day's activity truly an all-Guild event and living up to the State Fair claim to be the "great Minnesota get-together!" It was great fun to talk to non-knitters from Guild families, who showed remarkable knowledge of the State Fair knitting competition. Overheard remarks included, "The judges probably didn't like the buttons!" "Next year knit an Alice Starmore!"
How do you think about your knitting? Is it a hobby, is it strictly for fun? Do you use the same favorite patterns over and over again? Or do you approach knitting like a student, eager to progress in your skills and make more difficult pieces, because you love a challenge? I’m trying to find some middle ground, especially now that I realize I haven’t picked up any knitting in almost a month (horrors! Don’t tell the knitting police, or they’ll hunt me down and revoke my license to call myself a knitter). This is really the first time I’ve taken a break for longer than a few days since I started knitting two years ago. The back panel of my dear husband’s sweater is languishing on the couch in my office. I’m in the middle of that subtle herringbone pattern I mentioned in the last column, and although I love how it looks, it’s not very relaxing to knit, and even with stitch markers I really have to concentrate to keep track of where I am. I am missing the feel of knitting in my hands, but I feel like I would be wimping out if I started another easier project just to have something fun to work on that doesn’t take a lot of concentration.
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