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October Minnesota Knitters’ Guild Meeting

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blond woman wearing a knit hat with rossimine flower details

Estonian Inlay/Roosimine with Tanis Gray

Join Tanis Gray virtually hosted by the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild and learn the art of Estonian Inlay, or Roosimine, in this hat workshop! Originating from the western Estonian island Muhu, this stranding technique has been used for centuries to embellish knitting. Sharing similar characteristics of stranded colorwork, intarsia, and embroidery, this beautiful technique adds texture and color to your knits. We’ll be making the 2-colored version without the braids, but 3 colors may also be used for the Roosimine technique if desired. We will also cover blocking and finishing techniques, and get a great foundation started on a hat pattern in DK weight yarn!

Level: Advanced Beginner – no previous colorwork experience necessary

This meeting is a workshop and will use a hat pattern to demonstrate the technique. The materials needed and homework are listed below. You are welcome to sit-in and learn about Roosimine without doing the hands-on portion.

Materials needed to participate:
• MC: 1 Hank Emma’s Yarn Simply Spectacular DK (3.5oz/100g ea approx. 255yds/233m, 100% superwash merino, 25% nylon) OR equivalent DK weight yarn
• CC1 (and optional CC2): 1 or 2 Minis Emma’s Yarn Simply Spectacular Smalls (.7oz/20g ea approx. 50yds/46m, 100% superwash merino, 25% nylon) OR OR equivalent DK weight yarn (NOTE: The CCs will be held doubled, so please wind accordingly)
• Size US 6 (4mm) 16” Circular Knitting Needle
• Size US 7 (4.5mm) 16” Circular Knitting Needle
• Size US 7 (4.5mm) DPNs
• Tapestry Needle
• Stitch Markers
• Post-It Notes
• Copy of A Short Reprise Hat Pattern found on Ravelry or TanisKnits.com

(NOTE: Some Guild Members have learned the Estonian Braid technique previously. Feel free to add that in as written if desired, but it will not be taught during this workshop. See pattern for details.)

• With smaller circular needle using the Longtail CO technique, CO 100 sts in MC. Join into round being careful not to twist, pm for bor.
• Rnds 1-10: [k1tbl, p1] to end of rnd.
• Switch to larger circular needles.
• Next Rnd: [K10, M1L] to end of rnd – 110 sts.
• Insert optional 2-Colored Estonian Braid here if desired.
• Knit 1 rnd in MC.
• Next Rnd: K45, pm, k19, pm, k46.
• Next Rnd: knit to first marker.

Photo of Tanis Gray wearing a hand knit green hat and sweaterTanis Gray believes that we are stronger together. When we respect each other, listen, learn, and educate, we can lift each other up and thrive as humans. All are welcome here, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, or crafting style.

A graduate of RISD, Tanis lives in Northern VA with her Mechanical Engineer husband and two children. She has been in the creative field for many years, including roles at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, Hungryman Productions, and as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting/Sixth & Spring and co-editor of Knit.1. She has worked on projects with Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm, and Disney.

With over 600 published knitting designs in her portfolio, her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide. Tanis had her own regularly-featured TV spot on PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell and has taught multiple online Fair Isle classes for Craftsy. It is her goal to help anyone who wants to learn how to knit accomplish their fiber goals. She is also a firm believer in using bright colors in knitting and wholeheartedly agrees with Ru Paul, who said, “Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”

She is the author of Knit Local: Celebrating America’s Homegrown Yarns,  Capitol KnitsKnitting ArchitectureCozy Knits,  From Mama, with Love3 Skeins or Less – Fresh Knitted AccessoriesWanderlust – 47 Modern Knits for Bohemian StyleModern Baby Knits, Gradient Knits, Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern BookKnitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book, Knitting Magic: More Patterns from Hogwarts & Beyond, and Knitting with Disney

Tanis is a proud member and volunteer webmaster of the Creative Knitter’s Guild, Martha Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Washington DC Chapter of the Mayflower Society. She volunteers at Sanctuary for Families, Project Knitwell, and local Scouts troops teaching crafts and knitting. Certain pattern proceeds are donated to The National Center for Transgender Equality, The Trevor Project, NAACP, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Doctors Without Borders, Friends of Notre Dame, and Project Semicolon.

Tanis is an avid quilter, cross stitcher, photographer, enjoys Sashiko, hiking, Sudoku, cycling, jigsaw puzzles, baking, crewel work, and spoon carving.

She has won first place nationally for the American Heritage Award and the National Women in the Arts Award numerous times for Fiber Arts.

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Non-members can sign up for a guest pass by filling out the form below.

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If you are not a Minnesota Knitters’ Guild member and would like to join us for this meeting. You can request a guest pass and we will email you the link. Please also consider joining the Guild. It only costs $30 a year and allows us to pay for programming and other activities. (For those of you out of the Twin Cities area, we plan to continue to offer a mix of virtual and in person programs.)
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October 18
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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


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


(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


(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


(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


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)