The Minnesota Knitters' Guild began 2009 with a year-long Guild service project: The "Block of the Month" club.
We are knitting 8-by-8-inch squares out of machine-washable fibers for afghans. Each month we are posting two patterns, one easy and the other challenging, to our Service Committee blog. To create your square(s), you can use the patterns provided on the blog, or use your own pattern. Either way, we will collect the squares at the 2009 monthly Guild meetings.
Patsy Fisk, chair of the MKG's annual fall Knit-Out, reports that it was "a wonderful success."
With many volunteers and participants, the fifth annual event, held Sunday, September 28, at the Brookdale shopping center in Brooklyn Center, featured two fashion shows and two Fastest Knitters contests. "We had expert knitters and a community service table," Fisk says. "We had Susan Rainey's Thursday Grand Knitters. We had a wonderful master of ceremonies in [MKG past president] Bob Gotwalt. We had a fabulous yarn shop display. We had many, many teachers. Out of an estimated 250 participants, we taught about 100 new knitters the knit stitch."
Posted in News by Shelley Hermanson, Yarnover Committee Chair on Jan 13th, 2009
This is the event you have all been waiting for! In just a few short weeks — Saturday, April 18, to be exact — knitting royalty from around the country will be converging at Hopkins High School for a day of learning, fun, and stash enhancement. This is the MKG's 23rd annual Yarnover, and for many members it kicks off the spring. The most difficult choice is which of the three- to six-hour classes to take. If workshops aren’t your thing, be sure to check out our ever-popular market, where wonderful goodies await your perusal — no admission fee. The current brochure, which describes all the classes and tells you what's still available, can be downloaded here; a printable list of vendors can be downloaded here.
Congratulations to all the Guild members who took prizes at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Creativity and passion were all on display in the Creative Activities display booths this August. Here are our very own August 2008 winners, along with the official category they won a prize in:
Posted in News by Shelley Monitor, MKG President on Sep 21st, 2008
Are you looking for a new charitable project? Something small and fun, yet meaningful? This fall, the MKG Service Committee is collecting individual hats, mittens, and scarves—or three-piece sets—for children staying at the Ronald McDonald House of the Twin Cities. We also accept adult-size items for these children's families.
Knitters can choose to knit one, two, or all three pieces to complete a set. Completed items (machine-washable, please) will be collected at the November 2008 MKG meeting.
Posted in News by Shelley Monitor, MKG President on Jun 15th, 2008
Minnesota Knitters' Guild Cable Gram, Volume 24, Number 1
At the time I am writing this, it is Chinese New Year, and I notice that 2008 is the Year of the Rat. In my knitting year, however, it seems like 2008 is going to be the Year of the Purse.
I try to be an organized knitter. I organize my stash according to its purpose: future projects; leftover yarn from completed projects; yarn that has no real purpose but was on sale (this is mostly Wool-Ease or Red Heart). Each year I make a comprehensive list of projects that I hope to complete based on what is lurking in my stash. I have never gotten close to finishing everything my list, but I feel like I will get more done if I commit some of my projects to paper.
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.