June ’22 Meeting Wrap-up

Our speaker last night was MKG member Abbie Kenyon who spent the past winter in Iceland as an artist in residence at the Icelandic Textile Center. She told us of her time there and her journey as a fashion designer and knitter. Members, watch for the video of the talk to be posted in the dashboard.

(Click HERE to view a recording of the meeting)

2022 – 2023 MKG Board Vote

Our current board term ends on July 31, 2022, which means the new board slate needs to be approved by the membership. Members should have received an email with the link to their ballot on the morning of June 22, 2022. If you did not receive your email please check your spam. If you do not see it there, email our secretary Kelsey, secretarymkg@gmail.com, for the link to the ballot.

We will announce the results of the ballot at our July 19th meeting.

Open Board Positions

We still have openings for a Programming Director and Vice President. The Guild works much better when we have a full slate of directors and other board members are not trying to do the work of two positions. Without members willing to step up and take their turn volunteering, it will become harder and harder for the Guild to put on programming, events like Yarnover, or even exist. We have over 570 members, yet only one person has shown any interest in joining the board.

People often say they don’t think they have the time or experience to be on the board. All of our board members have families, jobs, and other interests. We have split the job responsibilities up to make it work with the rest of your life. We also work as a team and cover for each other. Beyond the monthly MKG meeting, the board meets on the first Tuesday of the month via Zoom for an hour or two. Beyond that, most board members say they put in about an hour or so of work a week. As for experience, there is none required. If you can use email, you have most of the skills you need. It’s more wanting to make the MKG better.

About the two positions:

Programming Director – The Programming Director books the teachers and speakers or plans an activity for our monthly meetings. Knitting teachers and speakers want to work with us and it is as easy as reaching out by email to book them. With virtual meetings also means it is easy to book bigger named speakers from anywhere. If you enjoy the speakers at our meetings and would like to influence who those are in the future this is the position for you. This job can be done remotely if you are not in the Twin Cities. The Programming Director can also create a programming committee to help with any of the position tasks.

Vice President – The Vice President helps the President oversee and direct the board. They facilitate our grant programs, educational, Yarnover, and micro-funding, organize the Give to the Max day outreach, and handle the door prizes at MKG meetings. If there is not a board member on the Yarnover and Great Guild Getaway committees, they serve as the liaison to the board for those committees. They serve a two year term and then serve as President for two years. This really allows us to have a President ready to go at all times. This is a new position and one that allows the person holding it to focus on projects they think are important for the Guild. (The President’s role is much the same, as beyond the basics of running meetings and some business items, the President can choose their own focus.)

If you are interested in finding our more about being a part of the MKG board please email Kathy, presidentmkg@gmail.com or Kelly, vicepresidentmkg@gmail.com.

4 Day KAL logoSailaway 4 Day KAL Cast On Party

Are you joining in on Olive Knits’ 4 Day KAL for the Sailaway sweater? A few of us are and we thought why not get together for our cast on. We’ll be meeting Friday, July 1st at Venn Brewing from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Get more details here.

Twins logo in a baseball with knitting needles through itStitch ‘N’ Pitch

Stitch ‘N’ Pitch with the Twins will be Sunday, September 25th at 1:10pm against the LA Angels. Tickets will go on sale later in July. You can read all the details about this fun day out here.

Upcoming Meetings

Garage Sale

We had so much fun at last year’s garage sale we’ve decided to host one this year too on Saturday, July 23rd. Get great deals on yarn, books, and tools with all proceeds supporting the Guild. The address and all the details are here.

You can also drop-off donations for our service partners and yarn at the Garage Sale. Details on this year’s service partners, the items they needs, and yarns we’ll accept for donation are all on our Service Knitting page.

Designer Spotlight – Tamy Gore

Read all about this month’s designer Tamy Gore

Door Prizes

Tamy Gore Pattern – Julie Kelly

Tamy Gore Pattern – Nicole Galvan

Amirisu 2 Digital Download – Stacey Ross

PomPom #41 Digital Download – Jill Mead

Education Grants

Interested in taking your knitting skills and knowledge to the next level? The Guild offers Education Grants to members. These grants are for certifications such as Master Hand Knitter, Tech Editing, Design Writing, Fair Judging, and so on.

  • The grant is open for applications here!
  • Open to members of the Guild
  • Can apply for up to $100
  • Board will review applications at monthly meetings
  • Questions? Email Kelly, vicepresidentmkg@gmail.com

In Person Meetings

We had a couple questions about when or if in person meetings will start up again. The Textile Center is going to start allowing space rentals in July, but they are only renting 2/3rds of the space we typically use and have said they don’t want big groups like ours yet. We are also researching other places to hold meetings such as schools and libraries. We do still plan on keeping a good portion of the monthly meetings virtual. So many of our members are not in the Twin Cities, virtual meetings allow them to attend and be part of the Guild. We’ve overwhelmingly heard that people like the virtual meetings and don’t like going to the Textile Center. Virtual meetings also give us the opportunity to book bigger name speakers and teachers no matter where they are based. The hope for the future is to have a mix of virtual and live meetings, where virtual meetings are more about speakers and live meetings are more social activities. This, of course, will depend on having a full board and members who are willing to help volunteer at live events.

Recent Posts

Show & Tell

My November gnome for #yearofgnomes 💗 🍄

Patterns: a combo of #leavegnomestoneuntuened (Gnewt’s hat), #ADVENTuregnome (beard), and I can’t remember which pattern I followed for the body— all by imagined_landscapes

Multicolor - thekineticknitter
Grey - hazelknits
White - leadingmenfiberarts


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🎃 October Knits 🎃

🌿Stack of Books sock
🪴WIP - Musselburgh Hat
🌿WIP - Love Note Sweater
🪴Vanilla DK Sock
🌿WIP - Fall Frolic Sweater
🪴Here Comes the Sun Sweater

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Big G is ready for Georgia-Florida this afternoon! Tiny gnome from last month for scale…

Rest In Peace, Coach Dooley. ❤️🖤❤️ #DGD

#GnomeMKAL10 #YearOfGnomes #NeverNotGnoming #GoDawgs #MKGShowAndTell

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Current mittens- such a crazy pattern from Eventryvotter! In Norwegian, but I have a “cheat sheet” and of course the pattern. The white is Brooklyn Tweeds’s Peerie in Glacier, the background was a gift from my nephew Ben at Christmas from Bellingham, WA- Apple Fiber Studio hand dyed. Absolutely a dream to knit with. #mkgshowandtell ...

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And we have a yoke! I just love a good yoke shot. 🥰

📝 #Colorstorytee by tifneilan_handknits
Main color: creamy white color berrocoyarn
🧡 Ecola Worsted in Firebird seachangefibers
💚 Spruce by sillygooseyarns
🤎 Chocolate by sillygooseyarns
🤍 light grey blueskyfibers

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#FOFriday: I finished this sweater for my son last week. Last Friday it was too chilly and grey to do an outdoor photo shoot, and this Friday it was quite warm.

Pattern: #EarlySowingSweater by jp_knits_things

Yarn: Fleece Bluefaced Leicester DK by westyorkshirespinners in colorway Brook . I really love the depth of color.

Modifications: I chose to do full length sleeves, instead of the 3/4 specified in the pattern.

I have plans to make another one for his sister using the same yarn in a different colorway.

#Knitting #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #HandknitSweater #KnittingForKids #CabledSweater #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)