April ’21 Meeting Wrap Up

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Last gnight’s meeting with Sarah Schira was certainly gnifty! We had such fun sharing her love of knitting and all things gnome.


We also loved ohhhing and ahhhing over the fabulous yarns from Knitcircus in Madison WI.

New Leadership Team Members

We are happy to announce that we have filled the two openings in our leadership team. Sandra Wright will be taking over the role of Programming Director and Janese Evans will be our new Yarnover Chair.

Though Jess Dahlberg is stepping down from the board, she will still be creating the monthly newsletter you receive from the Guild. Members are welcome to email items for the newsletter to her, [email protected].

Upcoming Meetings

May – Jillian Moreno – Yarn Detective

June– Roxanne Richardson – Knitting from Vintage Patterns

July – Yarn Garage Sale (We will not have programming in July)

Aug – Andrea Wong – Intro to Portuguese Knitting

Sept – State Fair

New Ticketing Procedure

Thanks to everyone for rolling with us with the new ticketing procedure. It went pretty smoothly except a few people’s link emails went to spam, we will continue to work on how to make this better. Just a reminder to members, we are using this ticketing system to make it easier for non-members who want to make a donation to the Guild or join the Guild. We did have five new members join this way, as well as, received some donations. We are not asking members to make an additional donation. In a time when membership numbers are down and we don’t have Yarnover, things like this help us to continue to pay for quality speakers and the technology to host virtual meetings.

Service Knitting Drop-Off Event

Sunday, April 25, 12-3pm at the Textile Center. Drive to the back parking lot and we will be there to accept your donations.

Please include a slip of paper with your name and number of items you are dropping off to help make sure you receive recognition charms for service knitting.

We’ll also be accepting yarn donations: full skeins with labels; natural fibers or blends only. Needles are always welcome.

If you cannot make the drop-off event please email Dawn [email protected] to make other arrangements.

Just a reminder that our 2021 organizations are Hats for the Homeless, Hats and Mittens, and the Range Center in Chisholm.

Needed items:

Knitted adult and children’s hats, mittens, scarves, fingerless mitts, and lap blankets.

Library Update

Recently added items

  • Pompom #36
  • Vernal by Irina Anikeeva
  • Celtic Cable Shawls by Lucy Hague
  • Twisted Stitch Sourcebook by Norah Gaughan
  • Strands of Joy by by Anna Johanna

Requests and suggestions for new books and magazines to add to the library are always welcome. Please email our librarian Anne [email protected].

Designer Spotlight

Our Designer of the Month is local designer Barbann Pappas. You can see some of her designs and read about her here.

Melissa needs your suggestions for designers to feature! We are looking for designers that don’t already have a large following. These are designers that could use some publicity. Though not limited to, we would love to feature local and/or BIPOC designers whenever we can. Please email your suggestions to [email protected]

Door Prizes

This month’s winners won patterns from Barbann Pappas.

Congrats to Carrie Ohnstad and Cristina deSobrino!


Variations on a Theme Hat Challenge

Member Bonnie S. has been hosting our Variations on a Theme Hat Challenge. Participants knit up a hat that is acceptable for one of our service partners and show off how they put their own spin on it. The first hat was the 1898 Hat and we will be posting some of the results on our blog. You can see the first batch here.

Our next hat will be the Fancy Ribby Hat (Ravelry link).

State Fair

For those of you thinking of entering the State Fair this year, they have announced that the premium books and registration opening will be June 7th this year. It is typically available in May. There was also a question about whether we had any tips fo

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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


Janese Evans

Yarnover Committee Chair

Bio to come. (she,her,hers)

Kate Westlund

Social Media and Technology Director

(Term 2, Year 3)

Kate became enthralled with knitting when she was a young girl and saw a fellow young person knitting on a plane. She implored her mother to teach her everything she knew, which as it turned out was only casting on and the knit stitch. Once Kate learned to purl froma beginner's kit, there was no end in sight. Kate is the type of knitter who doesn’t always swatch, which is often obvious in her finished projects.

Melissa Mintern

Marketing and Outreach Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

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 2)

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 1)

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.)

Position Currently Open

Programming Director

(Three-year term)

This board position is currently open. If you are interested in helping to source and book teachers and speakers for Guild meetings, please contact Kathy at [email protected]

Rose Tobelmann


(Term 1, Year 3)

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


(Term 1, Year 2)

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

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

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


(Term 1, Year 2)

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)