January ’22 Meeting Wrap-up

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

Two women outdoors carrying bags of knit hats

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.

February Meeting

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.

Designer Spotlight

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.

Door Prizes

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.

Member Announcements

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.


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Show & Tell

Gneons’s first baseball game is with the mnknitguild for Stitch and Pitch!

#MKGShowAndTell #ImaginedLandscapesKnits #LetsGoTwins

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Stitch & Pitch! [ 🧶 & ⚾️ ] Wait, do I live at the ballpark?! 🤪 #mkgshowandtell #mkgknitter #twinsfan #knitordie ...

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This #cheesehead is ready for the game tomorrow! Last in my series of NFC North Division themed gnomes series commission.
Project: #leavegnomestoneunturned
Designer: imagined_landscapes
#Yarn: #stashbusting
#knittersofinstagram #knitting #knit #knittingaddict #knittingpattern #knitworthy #knittersgonnaknit #knitstagram #fiberart #fiberarts #knitwear #knitoholic #knitandbehappy #knittinglove #instaknit #wool #yarnlove #yarnaddict #knitter #knittinginspiration #knitters #handknit #nevernotknitting #diy #handmade #mkgshowandtell

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Fricken bats (and handknit socks)

📝: String of Lights by sockwitchery
🧶: lavenderluneyarn Agate with Fernwood mini, the harrietandalice colorway from the 2022 mnyarnshophop

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Knitmeg joined the meeting #nutmegthecat #catsofinstagram #mnknitguild #grey #tabbycat #mkgshowandtell ...

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Checking my yarns to make sure the colors have enough contrast for color work.
#knitting #colorworkknitting #mnknitters #mkgshowandtell

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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)