The State Fair Round-up is our most popular meeting of the year. Anyone who entered an item in this year's State Fair fiber competitions is welcome to bring the item(s) and judge's comments for an interesting and informative show and tell. Come meet some of the knitters behind the State Fair knitting exhibits!
Find a list of some of the items shown in the meeting here on our Ravelry Group.
Myrna Stahman will be our guest speaker with a presentation on lace knitting. Myrna lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband Bob and enjoys sharing her love of lace knitting by designing shawls and scarves, teaching lace knitting classes and publishing her designs. Her definition of lace knitting is using two sticks and some string to connect a series of holes in a pleasing fashion. Lace knitting does not require 000 needles and very fine thread. Worsted weight cotton and size 7 needles make practical, pretty lace dishcloths. Bulky yarn and size 11 needles produce beautiful lacy afghans.
In addition to a general discussion of lace knitting, Myrna will share some of her adventures while working on her next book: Adventures in Circular Lace Knitting - A Window Into the Designs Published by Christine Duchrow. She will also do some show and tell with items that will be in the book. If time permits, she will also talk just a bit about Dreaming of Shetland, the e-book supporting Deb Robson's research into the Shetland breed of sheep, and will bring samples of two of the designs that will be in that book - a stole and a Faroese-shaped shawl. Join us for this fun and informative presentation.
The Minnesota Knitters' Guild is having a Special Event and Classes on March 4, 2013
Have you ever knit with Hempathy or Silky Wool? Come meet the lady behind the yarn. Elsebeth Lavold has spent the last 30 years as a professional designer, starting the Vikings Knit Project in 1992. She experimented with cable patterns to create a new technique that visually represents artifacts of the Viking age in knitting. She has 461 patterns on Ravelry, such as Gudrid, Greip, Atle Beret, Menja and Swedish Thora, to name a few. Please go and see how she integrates her unique cabling techniques into her patterns.
Workshop 1: - Monday March 4, 1:00 to 4:00PM (CLASS FULL)
Basic Viking Knits - 3 Hours
The focus is on the basic techniques needed to knit the wonderful Viking Patterns. Join Elsebeth as she focuses on the technical aspects of knitting Viking patterns and leads you to understand the grammar of cable patterns. How to read and understand charts. Learn how to cable without a cable needle. Analyze Viking Interlace ornamentation and start designing your own cable patterns. Students should know how to do basic cabling.
Workshop 2: - Monday March 4, 6:00 to 9:00PM (4 SPACES OPEN AS OF 2/20)
How to use the Viking Patterns in your own projects – designing with cables. Basic garments shapes and calculation, cable and motif placement. Details such as cuffs and collars and some finishing techniques will be discussed. Students should know how to do basic cabling and have a basic understanding of garment design.
The cost for each workshop is $45 ($90 for both). Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, you must provide a completed registration form and payment to Jennifer Williams at a guild meeting or by mail. Space in each workshop is limited, so register early. Priority is given to paid registrations. No class spots can be held with an email.
We are starting a new knit night for members. All members and levels of knitting ability are welcome. The kickoff event will be on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30pm. Come to the Panera Bread in St Louis Park off of Cedar Lake Road near the Shops of West End.
Looking for the perfect way to spend a snowy March weekend? For a few years now, the Minnesota Knitters Guild has been heading north to Camp Knudson for three days of knitting, eating, laughing, yarn selling, yarn buying, comfy lodges, beautiful views, massages, goody bags, knitting help, door prizes, and wonderful new friends.
You can also attend an upcoming meeting and fill out a form in person. The retreat will take place on March 15, 16, and 17 in 2013. The cost is $140 with a roommate and $200 if you need a single room. Registration ends on March 1, 2013.
We look forward to this every year; it has become a wonderful part of the Minnesota Knitters Guild tradition.
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.