December 2022 Meeting Wrap Up

Did you miss this month’s meeting? Here’s a short wrap up.

Program Recap

Photo of a hand knit sheep puppet with first premium and sweepstakes ribbons from the Minnesota State FairThis month’s meeting featured Guild member Karen Lehman who shared about her adventures participating in the Shave Em to Save Em initiative and what she learned about different sheep breeds through making puppets out of their wool. I didn’t know there were so many unique breeds of sheep and really enjoyed hearing about Karen’s creative process.

Here are the resources Karen shared during the meeting:


The Livestock Conservancy

Shave’ Em to Save ‘Em

Sheep and People:

Barbados Blackbelly, Will Hueston & Pam Hand, Springwood Farm, Free Union, VA.

Cotswold, Tami Bowser, Windridge Fiber Farm, Holland, WI.

Jacob, Theresa Bentz, Northfield, MN.


The Fleece & Fiber Source Book, Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius, Storey Publishing, 2011.

Yarn Works, W. J. Johnson, Creative Publishing International, Inc., 2014.

Estonian Hand Puppets, Anu Kotli & Carol H. Rhoades, Spin Off, Summer, 2006.

If you missed the meeting or want to watch it again, you can find the recording on your dashboard after it has been edited and uploaded. Remember to login to your dashboard in order to access the video recording.


Give to the Max Day 2022 Recap

Thanks to everyone who donated during Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual day of giving. The Guild received $1706 in donations.




Board Update

The Programming Director position still remains open on the board.

If you have questions about the role or are interested, email Kelly at


Thank you to everyone who knit service items for the Guild’s service partners, Sonya’s Hope and MoveFwd, this year. We were also able to support Hats & Mittens and Resource West with donated items.

Total donations this year were:

  • Hats: 1043
  • Mittens: 250
  • Scarves: 89
  • Lap Blankets: 23
  • Shawls: 8
  • Slippers: 86
  • Baby Sweaters: 2
  • Socks: 17
  • Dishcloths: 187

For a total of 1705 items!

Number of Groups or Individuals that made donations in 2022: 77

Extra thanks to the following individuals and groups who donated over 50 items this year:
  • Potomac Bead Company  (Donation collection point in Alexandria, MN)
  • Nancy Knoth (Knitting group at Emma B Howe Family YMCA, Coon Rapids, MN)
  • Rachel Imbrock & Pema Lama
  • Kim Freeman
  • Judy Nielsen
  • Margaret O’Brien
  • Teresa Bohannon
  • Patricia Mendez
  • Anna Turk
  • ML Egan (donations collected at Yarnery)
  • Rose Tobelmann
The next service drop off date will likely be in the spring, but in the meantime you can always bring items to the Sip and Knit and Knitting Around Town events. Check the calendar for upcoming dates and locations.

Upcoming Events

Remember to check the Guild’s calendar for all upcoming events!

Sip and Knit

drawing of a pint of beer, coffee cup, donuts, yarn, and knitting needles.

Come and join us January 07 from 10:00am to noon for coffee, beer, donuts, and crafting with friends!

Food & Drink: Venn has espresso drinks, coffee, tea, soda, and juice, as well as beer for purchase. You can bring in your own water. The Guild will be bringing donuts. You are welcome to bring other food as well.

Getting There: The Blue Line 46th Street Station is just outside the brewery. It just down Hwy 55 from Minnehaha Falls and the Grand Rounds bike path. There are Venn specific parking spots to the north of the building and on-street parking.

You can also park at the Fort Snelling Park and Ride and take the Blue Line north 3 stops.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome.

Thanks to Venn Brewing for hosting us!

Knitting Around Town

drawing of a sheep knitting

Guild members on the move! Let’s visit a new library in the metro area each month to get together and knit!

Mark your calendar for:

  • Sunday, January 15th: noon to 4:00 p.m.

Golden Valley Public Library

  • Saturday, February 18th: noon to 4:00 pm

Eden Prairie Public Library – in the Bluestem Room

Thursday, March 16th – location TBD
Sunday, April 23 – location TBD

Questions or want to suggest a location? Email Meg,



Yarnover 2023 (September 22-24) is starting to shape up. The full class and teacher list is live. Check out the Yarnover page to catch with any news you’ve missed.




Designer Spotlight

Our Designer Spotlight is Sylvia McFadden.  Sylvia hails from Vancouver, BC and designs patterns “her own way.”

We like her because of the variety of designs and her comment: “As someone who has been low-income most of my life it is important to me to be able to make my designs accessible to folks in tight financial situations! ”  She is passionate about anti-racism work, mental health awareness, fat liberation and working with young folks (and fighting ageism)

Thanks to Meg Duncan for the suggestion.  I’m sure you will enjoy perusing Sylvia’s designs on Ravelry.  Sylvia also has a website



The Guild seeks to highlight:

  • BIPOC designers
  • Local designers
  • New designers

Designers should also have:

  • A presence on Instagram
  • Multiple patterns on Ravelry

If you have a designer you’d like the Guild to spotlight, email Rose. And don’t forget that if your designer is chosen, you will receive one of the designer’s patterns!

Library Update

The following books and journals have been added by the Guild to the library at the Textile Center.

  • A Shetland Knitters Notebook by Mary Smith
  • Charming Colorwork Socks by Charlotte Stone
  • Vogue Knitting Lace
  • Beyond Knit and Purl by Kate Atherley
  • Ready Set Socks by Rachel Coopey
  • MDK Field Guides (the full set!) by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
  • Making #14 (last print issue)
  • Making #1-4, 6 (back issues)
  • Wool Week Annual, Vol. 8 – 2022
  • Amirisu #25 – Winter 2022
  • Rowan #72

Not sure how to check out a book or want to search the catalog? Go here to get started: Textile Center Library

Have a book suggestion or request? Email Anne at

Mini Roosimine Show-and-Tell

Blond woman wearing a knit hat with rossimine flower details

Did you knit Tanis Gray’s roosimine hat, another project using the technique or have a work in progress after the October meeting?

Nikky would love to share these at the next meeting. Send her at email ( to share about your project.






Next Meeting

Service Partner Kick Off

Join us at the January meeting to learn about the service partners the Guild will be supporting in 2023!

Hope to see you there.

Take care, stay warm, and happy knitting!

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Headshot of Roxanne RichardsonRoxanne Richardson is a knitting communicator who lives in Minneapolis. Her YouTube channel explores a variety of knitting-related topics, including knitting history and techniques, and she writes technical knitting articles for Interweave publications. She’s a certified master hand knitter and certified knitting teacher, and she can’t wait to answer your burning knitting questions.

Currently Open

Marketing Director

The marketing director position is currently open. For more information contact the Guild 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!) 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)



(Term 1, Year 1)

Kendra lives in the Twin Cities and learned to hand knit from her mother in middle school. In the last few years, she has also learned crochet and machine knitting. Kendra enjoys knitting items to donate and challenging herself with new techniques. She prefers knitting in the round with colorful yarn. (she, her, hers)



(Term 2, Year 2)

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.

Open Position

Programming Director

(3-year term)

This position is currently open. If you are interested in volunteering for the Guild board, please contact our president, Kelly, at the email me link below.


Service Director

(Term 1, Year 3)

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.)


Membership/Programming Director

(Term 2, Year 1)

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.


Technology 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)


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)

A photograph of hands knitting green yarn against a black background.Project HandWork is an exhibit of photos by photographer Christopher Dykes. Using flash, a backdrop, and the infinite human variety, Christopher is collecting a series of images of hands at work in the fiber community. Manicures, hangnails, tattoos, wristwatches, cheap yarn, expensive silk, easy socks and exquisite lace all show the human diversity and the compulsion to create.

Yarnover attendees may have their hands photographed for a $50 sitting fee. Each sitter will receive an edited photo via email. The sitting fee goes to Help In Crisis, his local domestic abuse shelter. 



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)


Newsletter Editor

I grew up watching my mom knit. She tried to teach me as a kid and I never enjoyed it, but after finishing college I found myself with extra time and no hobbies. In the last 20 years I have dove in all the way and love to learn new and challenging techniques. As my fiber love has grown, I have also started raising sheep in order to go from sheep to sweater. I love interacting with the sheep who have big personalities and learning to process and spin the wool has been a great adventure.


Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

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)

Our spinning demonstrations are sponsored by Get Bentz Farm. 

Theresa Bentz of Get Bentz Farm, Northfield, MNAfter growing up in the city and suburbs, the owners of Get Bentz Farm felt a need to be closer to nature and to be more connected to where their food came from. 

In 2014, they found a farm house for sale and later that year they decided on and purchased their first two Icelandic sheep. 

Once they had a good size flock they began marketing the amazing meat and wool. Initially, they found that many mills in the area do not process dual coated long wools, which slowed down their growth in yarn, but they did find a great market for wool filled bedding products and batting for spinning. 

Today, they have a variety of yarns, batting and roving as well as finished products like dryer balls, sheepskins, and wool bedding. Most recently, they opened their own Get Bentz Wool Mill as well as their own line of yarn – Badgerface Fiber.

Mona McNeely been a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor since 2016 and has studied yoga since 2002.   

She has three grown kids and two, almost three, grandchildren. Her grandma taught her to knit when she was seven. She picked it up again in her early 20’s and hasn’t put the needles down since. She is also an avid spinner and has woven her share of rugs. In her spare time, she volunteers at a non-profit called We Can Ride where they use horses as therapy for people with disabilities. She also works full time as a Treasury Analyst for a fairly large company.  Somehow it all balances out.

Midwest Machine Knitters' Collaborative logo

The Midwest Machine Knitters’ Collaborative (MMKC) is a Minnesota based fiber guild established in 2011. We envisioned the Collaborative as a way to connect with other machine knitters who like to think (and knit!) outside the box. MMKC provides a forum to promote fun, interest, appreciation, education, inspiration, and camaraderie in the art of machine knitting. We welcome all levels of experience, as this is the best way to learn and inspire. We will all become better knitters through collaboration.



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)