Posted in News by Shirley Ungar, MKG Community-Service Committee Co-Chair on Sep 1st, 2002
MKG Cable Gram — Volume 18, Number 3
This quarter [summer 2002], the Minnesota Knitters' Guild provided yarn and plastic needles to support groups at the Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women at Shakopee, which houses about 370 women.
Delores Host, Shakopee's work-assignment coordinator, tells us that women at Shakopee spend anywhere between 15 and 40 hours per week taking classes and/or working. They can learn office skills, become computer literate, study toward a GED, or work as a cook, library clerk, dishwasher, housekeeper, or industrial worker, among other opportunities. They are paid 25 cents to 50 cents per hour.
My 93-year-old grandmother is my handcraft hero, so it is fitting that I found this little book at an antique shop visit made during the trek along the St. Croix Valley, from her home to mine. It is a slim red hardcover volume (only 68 pages), perfect in condition, originally owned by Ester Nyström At $12 it seemed a bit expensive, but I could not resist this gem with its extensive directions for constructing and using spool knitters, many little patterns, and charming old photographs.
This winter I cast-on some Regia sock yarn, intending to make myself some colorful socks. To avoid SSS ("second sock syndrome") a sad disorder which prevents completion of the second sock in a pair after finishing the first, resulting in the production of many lonely, single socks), I typically work socks in tandem. I knit the first sock to the ankle, then cast on the second sock using another set of needles, complete it to the ankle and finish the heel. Then pick up sock #1, complete heel and the foot. On sock#2 complete foot and toes, and finally complete the toe of sock #1. Both done at the same time!
After the tremendous response to knitting for the babies of Hennepin County Medical Center at our February 19 Guild meeting, why not keep knitting for babies and young children? Project Linus is looking for volunteer knitters to make blankets to be given to seriously ill or traumatized children.
Carol Anderson's Cottage Creations are known as thee place to find patterns that are useful, practical, down-to-earth... and truly beautiful. Her talents range from the Wallaby Sweater, a hooded pullover with hand-warming pouch that anyone would love to wear, to her fanciful collection of dolls patterned on cultures from all over the world.
Posted in News by By Shelly Britton, Librarian on Dec 31st, 2001
MKG Cable Gram - Volume 17, Number 4
After months of planning and preparation, the final pieces of the Textile Center Library are coming together! As I write this article (in mid-November), the search is on for a professional librarian. Computers and software are being purchased, many feet of new bookshelves have been ordered, and the search for donated tables and chairs has been successful.
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.