2022 MN State Fair Winners

Congratulations to everyone who won a ribbon at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair!

Here are the winners of the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild Awards. Each winner receives a rosette and a year’s membership to the Guild.

two blue rosette awards from the Minnesota State FairBest Hand Knit Item – Kathleen Lockhart

Best Shawl – Brooke Roegge

Best Mittens – Shelley Balfe

Best Hat – Lucy Norman

Best Afghan – Denise Stanley

Best Sweater – Lucy Norman

Best Socks – Christine Petterson

Best Gloves – Abbie Kenyon

And here are all the current Guild members who took home ribbons for their hand knitted items. (If we’ve missed anything, please contact Kathy to have it added. Knitted items outside of the categories below are hard to pick out in the results list.)

Needlecraft Awards

Shawl or stole, heavy weight yarn, 16 in. or more in width
3  Amy Roos
4 Jodi Horne

Shawl or stole, medium weight yarn, 16 in. or more in width
1  Sharon Knutson
2  Tracy Pokrzywa
3  Gae Jarvis
4  Meaghan Harvey
5  Barbara Strenge

Stole (rectangle), lightweight yarn, 16 in. or more in width
5 Amy Roos

Shawl, fine weight yarn, 25 in. and over in depth from neckline
4 Amy Roos

Shawlette; fine weight yarn, up to 25 in. in depth from neckline
1 Amy Roos
2 Kendra Holmes

Shawlette, medium weight yarn, up to 25 in. in depth from neckline
1 Amy Roos
3 Anna Turk

Mittens (includes fingerless gloves), texture
1 Shelley Balfe
2 Delia Lam
4 Elizabeth Nee

Mittens (includes fingerless gloves), color pattern
3 Delia Lam
4 Elizabeth Nee

Scarf, heavyweight yarn, less than 16 in. wide
2 Deepa Nirmal

Scarf, lightweight yarn, less than 16 in. wide
1 Susan Rainey
3 Robin Westacott

Gloves
1 Abbie Kenyon
2 Shelley Balfe
3 Lucy Norman

Cap or hat, plain
2 Susan Rainey

Cap or hat, color pattern or intarsia
1 Lucy Norman

Socks, solid, texture
1 Shelley Balfe
2 Christine Petterson
3 Bonnie Esplie
5 Kristi Peterson

Socks, open work
1 Bonnie Esplie
2 Shelley Balfe

Socks, color or intarsia
1 Christine Petterson
3 Shelley Balfe
4 Kelly Amoth

Socks, plain or ribbed
2 Amanda Dosdall
3 Bonnie Esplie
4 Shelley Balfe
5 Katie Block

Child sweater, dress or suit, plain, size 3 – 12
3 Elizabeth Nee

Child sweater, dress or suit, texture, size 3 – 12
3 Elizabeth Nee
4 Bonnie Esplie

Child sweater, dress or suit, color pattern or intarsia, size 3 – 12
3 Shira Burton
5 Elizabeth Nee

Adult sweater, plain pullover
3 Elizabeth Nee

Adult sweater, texture pullover
4 Gae Jarvis

Adult sweater, texture cardigan
3 Shelley Balfe

Adult sweater, limited use, texture pullover
4 Elizabeth Nee
5 Shelley Balfe

Adult sweater, limited use, texture cardigan
5 Anna Turk

Adult sweater, color pattern pullover
3 Evelyn Davidheiser

Adult sweater, color pattern cardigan
1 Evelyn Davidheiser

Adult sweater, limited use, color pattern pullover
4 Tracy Pokrzywa

Adult sweater, limited use, color pattern cardigan
1 Lucy Norman
2 Susan Rainey
4 Shira Burton

Adult sweater, intarsia
3 Melinda Torok-Singleton

Adult jacket/coat, outerwear
3 Karen Lehman

Sleeveless sweater or vest, plain or texture; color pattern or intasia
2 Susan Rainey

Cowls
1 Susan Rainey
5 Kristi Peterson

Cape or poncho
3 Kristi Peterson

Knit bag, felted
5 Christine Petterson

Knit bag, non felted
1 Susan Rainey
3 Abbie Kenyon

Not otherwise specified, wearable
2 Kira Wortman

Not otherwise specified, not wearable
1 Tracy Pokrzywa

Northfield Yarn Award – Best Adult sweater, color pattern or intarsia
Evelyn Davidheiser

Work of Senior Citizen Awards

Knitted scarf
3 Linda Mcshannock

Knitted, not otherwise specified in other classes
2 Susan Rainey

Garment Making Awards

Infant or Toddler bonnet or cap, knitted
2 Kelly Auer

Booties
1 Kelly Auer

Afghan, knit, no larger than 42 in. x 42 in.
1 Anna Sorgert
4 Kelly Auer

Infant or Toddler sweater or jacket, knitted
1 Anna Sorgert

Infant or Toddler 3-piece ensemble, knitted
2 Anna Sorgert

Don’t forget our 2022 Fair Review will be on September 20th. We’d love to see all your entries, whether they won a ribbon our not. All the details for submitting yours are on our calendar. We also welcome entries from county fairs and state fairs other than Minnesota (though our state fair is the best).

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Meg Duncan

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 1)

Meg grew up surrounded by makers. Her mom, a master quilter, former Home Ec teacher, and 4-H club leader in Duluth, taught her to sew, embroider, and cook. She won a trip to the State Fair as the Dress Review Princess at 13! Another MKG member taught her to knit continental style 15 years ago. Meg can’t sit still and NOT be knitting, embroidering, rug hooking or sewing. Favorite thing to knit? Mittens! She loves taking classes and learning new things – absolutely amazed and inspired by all the amazing knitters in the guild! (she, her, hers)

Jess Dahlberg

Newsletter Editor

Jess learned to knit in middle school and attempted (but never quite finished) a few garter stitch scarves. Years later, she picked up crochet with her best friend in law school and eventually fell back into knitting. Ever since then, she's been a daily knitter (commuting time for the win!) and has never looked back. She enjoys knitting gifts for friends and family and loves trying new techniques. (she, her, hers)

Laura Haave

Great Guild Getaway Committee Chair

Laura learned to knit in 2003 by taking a four-week class during MIT's annual January Independent Activities Period. The class project was a striped hat knit in the round, and since that time, Laura has been a big advocate of 1) helping other adults learn to knit for the first time, 2) hats as a manageable first project, and 3) circular needles for everything. She enjoys thinking about knitting and planning her next project almost as much as she enjoys actually knitting. Laura is highly motivated by knit-alongs and loves to knit in community. (she, her, hers)

Anne Rojas

Librarian

Anna Turk

Yarnover Committee Chair

While Anna learned to knit at some long-forgotten point in time, her commitment to the craft really began her freshman year of college. Sitting still has never been Anna’s strong suit, and giving her hands something to do while chatting with friends or watching movies in the dorm brought a sense of calm during this new chapter of her life. Once the sense of calm wore off (and no one else needed a scarf), she began trying new techniques, patterns, and projects, and until 2018 was primarily a self-taught knitter. After being intimidated early in her crafting, Anna feels strongly about creating a welcoming environment within the fiber community for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. She enjoys knitting and fiber traveling, test and service knitting, a good challenge (knitting or otherwise), and is likely to have at least 3 WIPs at any one time. She is also learning to spin and ply her own yarn! (she/her/hers)

Bonnie Swierzbin

Marketing Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Bonnie comes from a long line of makers, so between their sewing and her own knitting, her Barbies had loads of one-of-a-kind dresses. She loves to buy yarn and knit while she travels, so she has a yarn stash the size of Cleveland and memories imbued with knitting; she can tell you exactly what baby sweater she was making on the overnight ferry from Rab to Split, Croatia, in 1985. When she isn't knitting, Bonnie is dyeing yarn and vintage textiles, embroidering, and making felt or silk paper vessels. She's happiest when she is learning a new skill or knitting technique. (she, her, hers)

Melissa Mintern

Technology Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Melissa has been knitting for 15 years. She loves socks and sweaters. She is a new member who hopes to use her marketing background to lift up the MKG. While she isn't local to MN, she really loves the atmosphere created by the Guild. Melissa and significant other Al enjoy traveling, wherein Al graciously offers to drive so Melissa can knit in the passenger seat. (she, her, hers)

Nikky Heidel

Membership Director

(Term 1, Year 3)

Nikky was first introduced to knitting in 2012 when her visiting sister-in-law taught her the basics of casting on and the knit stitch. A few weeks later, she learned how to purl from her mother-in-law. From there, it quickly became a passion and she has taken on each new project with a desire to expand her skill and discover new techniques. She loves a good mystery (knit-a-long) and knits way more shawls than a single person can wear in a month.

Betsy Preston

Service Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Betsy never had patience for knitting, until she found herself spending a lot of time at little league games and waiting for the last kid to emerge from the locker room after swim practice. With her background in graphic design, stranded colorwork has a natural appeal. Not to mention the practicality of an extra layer of warmth. Betsy has recently begun publishing her original hat and cowl patterns, which are available on Ravelry. (she, her, hers) (See our Service Knitting Page for more information about our current projects and donation process.)

Janet Ungs

Programming Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Janet taught herself to knit from a small green and white paperback called “Learn to Knit” at the age of 10ish. Her first attempt at a cardigan, with some very heavyweight baby blue yarn, was done without checking gauge. As you can imagine, it was very large, but amazingly still lives in the closet of one of her younger sister‘s friends! To this day, she still struggles with doing a gauge swatch every time, although the journey of making the product is always fun! Janet loves to knit socks, sweaters, and hats, but blankets? Not so much. She likes color knitting as well as making cables. Lace? Not very good at that. (she, her, hers)

Rose Tobelmann

Treasurer

(Term 2, Year 1)

Rose learned to knit from her mother at the age of ten. She started knitting on the ends of small paint brushes. She continued to knit off and on through her teenage and young adult years and became a more avid knitter after taking a Norwegian sweater knitting class through community education. Today, knitting has become a passion and she knits for charity, herself, and her family her stash. She enjoys meeting other knitters and learning new techniques.

Kelsey Sorenson

President

(Term 1, Year 3)

Kelsey learned the knit stitch from her grandmother in middle school, and filled in the gaps enough to make lots of scarves for quite a few years. She began expanding her skills in college and is always looking to learn more. Kelsey is drawn toward projects that are seamless or include stranded colorwork. (she, her, hers)

Kelly Amoth

President

(Term 1, Year 1)

A visiting friend from Seattle taught Kelly the very basics of knitting (a twisted loop cast on and just the knit stitch) in 2008 before flying home. Turning to the internet (thanks knittinghelp.com!) Kelly taught herself through a lot of trial and error. Uncontent to keep knitting the scarf she’d started as her first project, she jumped into knitting a pair of striped mittens for her non-knitter, but very knitworthy, twin sister. Twelve years later the mittens are still in her sister’s glove box, and Kelly is usually horrified when she pulls them out and sees the mistakes she made using double pointed needles for the first time. Kelly loves knitting socks and is thankful for the many months of cold weather when she gets to exclusively wear her handknits. (she, her, hers)

Kathy Lewinski

Webmaster

Kathy has always been into crafts, but didn’t teach herself to knit until after college. She really got hooked while living in San Francisco when a friend opened a knitting store. To pitch in, Kathy started knitting up fun (and odd) things for window displays, as well as teaching classes. In the last couple of years, she has started designing her own knitting patterns (many of them available for free on Ravelry!) with toys and mittens being her primary obsessions. (she/her/hers)