Service Knitting 2022
January was the kick-off for a new year of service knitting and an introduction to this year’s service knitting partners. This year’s partners are MoveFwd and Sanya’s Hope for Children. We were joined by representatives of both organizations to find out more about their missions and how the Guild can help.
MoveFwd helps young people and their families who are in need of therapy, housing assistance, and other basic needs. The Guild will be helping by providing hats, mittens, scarves, warm socks, slippers, lap blankets, and cotton washcloths.
Sanya’s Hope for Children provides Christmas bags for 500 homeless children in Minnesota. The bags contain school supplies, a toy, mittens and a hat. The Guild will be helping to provide the hats and mittens.
- You can read more about each organization on their websites. To get details and guidelines on donating items to the Guild’s projects, visit our Service Knitting page.
Service Knitting 2021 Recap
In 2021, we had 2127 items donated. The items were knit by 98+ knitters. (We don’t have an exact number as oftentimes someone dropped off for multiple knitters.) The Guild is so grateful for everyone who donated, but we want to especially thank our knitting superstars who knit 50+ items last year.
Alice Ableman, Michaeleen Anderson, Mary Brown, Elise Frederick, Mary Hamre, Betty Hanna, Nancy Hannah, Judy Hasse, Janet Holler, Janette Marquardt, Judy Nielsen, Margaret O’Brien, Julie Sellner, Anne Shea, Bonnie Swierzbin, and Friends of Kelly Amoth.
We also send a special thanks to the Potomac Bead Company in Alexandra, MN for being a drop-off point for donated items. They helped us collect over 150 items from their customers. They will continue to be a drop-off location in 2022.
We are sending out the final stitch markers, including the special MKG marker, to all the members who have yet to receive them this week.
Mini Skein KAL
Our Mini Skein KAL is coming to an end. We’ll have a show & tell at our February meeting, get the details on how to submit your projects here. Remember projects do not need to be from our mystery mini sets, they just need to showcase minis. (A mini is a skein of about 20g.) You are also welcome to submit more than one entry.
Because of Covid, Yarnover 2022 will be a one-day event with classes and a Marketplace on Saturday, but no dinner on Friday or in-person Guild meeting on Sunday. Registration for members will open on February 5th. All attendees, teachers, vendors, and volunteers will need to show proof of vaccination and wear masks. Free timed-entry tickets will be available for the Marketplace for those who are not also attending classes as we get closer to Yarnover. We plan on still having a Yarnover Shawl Contest, but it will be mostly online as we did the last two years.
We will need volunteers to staff Yarnover, so watch for a sign-up sheet soon.
The Yarnover page will be your place for all the information on Yarnover. It will be updated with all the changes over the next week.
A big thank you to Janese Evans and her Yarnover Committee, Anna Turk, Becky Huerta, Diane Mountford, Caitlin Maier, and our Vice President, Kelly Amoth for keeping the planning rolling during these uncertain times.
Our February 15th meeting is our Annual Meeting. The board will give a recap of how the Guild did in 2021 and talk about future plans for 2022 and beyond. That will be followed by our Mini Skein KAL Show & Tell.
Our Designer of the Month is Emily Sheehan. You can read about her here.
If you have suggestions for a Designer Spotlight we would love to hear them. We focus on smaller or up-and-coming designers, not those who already have 1000’s of people making their designs. We are especially interested in spotlighting local or BIPOC designers. Please contact Rose with any suggestions.
Emily Sheehan Pattern – Rosemary Knapp
Emily Sheehan Pattern – Scott Dibble
Have you made a project from one of the patterns, books, or magazines you won as a door prize from the Guild? We’d love to see them. Send a photo of your project with the name of the pattern, yarn used and any other information you would like to share to Kelly.
Meg Duncan shared with us that STRIKKEKOS: The Cozy Norwegian Mitten Knitting Showcase will be opening at the Norway House on January 22nd and running though February 20th. The mittens were all knit by volunteers across the Midwest including some Guild members.
Scott Dibble shared a service knitting project he is hosting, Wrapped in Love, which is accepting baby blankets to help young mothers through various local organizations.
We also reminded everyone of our virtual knitting groups. These groups are social get togethers with no programming & just a great time to meet other knitters, talk about knitting, among other things, and even ask some knitting questions. Everyone is welcome to join in anytime. We have a group that meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00pm and one that meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 11:00am. You can find Zoom links for each time on our Events page.