June ’21 Meeting Wrapup

We has such a great meeting with Roxanne Richardson this week. She is such a wealth of information about the history of sweater knitting!

Here are the items from the business portion of the meeting.

Great Guild Getaway Survey

We are feeling optimistic about being about to host the Great Guild Getaway this October, but we would like to know how attendees would feel about accommodations and possible restrictions in this survey. Only people who are interested in attending the Getaway this year need to respond.

2021 – 2022 Board Member Elections

Guild members make sure to check your email for the link to the ballot for our board member elections. We need to reach a quorum for the vote to count.

Micro-Funding

Thanks to our Give to the Max initiative we have $2,000 to give away to members outside of the Twin Cities area to support knitting related activities. Members will be able to request up to $250. Look for more details and how to apply on this blog later this week.

Textile Center

The Textile Center is currently working on their five-year strategic plan. They are looking from input from those who use the center through this survey. The survey closes on June 27th.

Service Knitting Garage Sale

We’re having a Guild garage sale on Sunday, July 18th from 11 AM to 3 PM. The sale will be in Linden Hills in Minneapolis. We’ll post the address closer to the date.

Hundreds of skeins of yarn will be on sale for $2 each, along with some extra special skeins for $5 each. Also, many knitting notions and supplies will be available at a huge discount. Please bring your own bag.
We will also be accepting Service Knitting items (list of needed items) and donations of yarn (donation policy). We will also be accepting 20g or larger balls of fingering weight yarn for our Mystery Mini Skeins.

New Additions to the Library

PomPom #37 – Summer 2021

Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter By Kate Atherly & Kim McBrien Evans

Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy. The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book By Tanis Gray

Members can check out books from the Textile Center Library. You must reserve the book online and schedule a pick-up. All the details are here.

Contact our librarian Anne, [email protected], if you have any questions or suggests for new books.

Door Prizes

Pompom Issue 37 – Anita Ferugson

Shetland Wool Adventures Journal Vol. 2 – Kathy Burns

Variations on a Theme Hat Challenge

We are working on the send hat in our service knitting hat challenge, the Fancy Ribby Hat.

Upcoming Meetings

There will not be a Guild meeting in July because of the Garage Sale.

August – Andrea Wong – Intro to Portuguese Knitting

September – State Fair Show & Tell

MN State Fair

We have not heard yet from the Fair about how the demo area will work this year. We will let everyone know as soon as we do.

Recent Posts

Floor to ceiling yarn of every color sorted into modular shelves.

You Can’t Take it With You

Volunteering at the Textile Center Garage Sale, I’ve had my hands on a lot of fabulous yarn. On occasion I’ve thought something like, “Wow! This Kaffe Fassett sweater kit would never leave my house as long as I could grab it!”

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Show & Tell

Stayed up too late finishing this. Why is it I always want to learn new bind offs when I should be sleeping. #knitting #fiberart #mnknitguild #mkgshowandtell #honeycomb #mohair #yarn ...

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Dame de Fer update. Looks like the body is close to long enough & it will stretch a bit with blocking, so on to the sleeves.
#knitting #mkgshowandtell #mnknitters #sweaterknitting #instaknit #knittersofinstagram
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Baby blanket; service knitting
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#paj #wcw #yzrm1 #gst #mfw #gkfacts #tesetturtunik #mkgshowandtell connect #summ #bomdia instae tanjaundclaudia world_nylon_beauties ...

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Gnedward is the newest gnome in these parts, he loves the windy weather because he is a sailor! A quick little knit this weekend 💙 ⛵
#nevernotgnoming #yearofgnomes #knitordie #mkgknitter
#mkgshowandtell #ifimsittingimknitting
#imaginedlandscapes #madelinetosh
#jimmybeanswool #jimmysgnomecollectionclub

📄 :: Gnedward of Grimblewood by imagined_landscapes
🧶 :: madelinetosh merino light in colors Undergrowth, Antler, Gnome Party & Gnome Hug

All part of the jimmybeanswool Gnome Collection Club
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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

Librarian

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

Treasurer

(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

President

(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

President

(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)