March ’21 Meeting Wrap Up

We had such a wonderful meeting this month with Kim McBrien Evans! Members can watch Kim’s slideshow by signing into the site and going to the Previous Meeting Recordings page in the Members’ Area. Also look for an email with codes for Kim’s Patterns and Indigodragonfly Yarns.

New Meeting Registration Procedure 

Hosting Guild meetings is not free, we pay for the speakers, technology subscriptions, and more. A typical meeting costs between $3 – $5 per attendee. With that in mind, we wanted to offer a way for non-members to make a donation when they register for a meeting.

Starting next month, you will be given a link to a ticketing site for each meeting at BetterWorld.org. (This is the same site we used for the December auction.) Members can just chose the I am a member option to “purchase” their ticket. Non-members can chose to make a donation or join the Guild when they “purchase” their ticket. Everyone who reserves a ticket will receive the Zoom link the morning of the meeting.

The biggest difference for members is that the deadline to reserve your ticket will be the day before the meeting. 

The Guild Needs You

We are still looking for members to fill our open volunteer positions.

Service Knitting Drive Up Drop-off Event

  • Sunday, April 25, 12-3pm at the Textile Center
  • Accepting knitted items for our community partners and
    yarn donations
  • Can’t make the event? Contact Dawn to arrange to send your donations.

Our 2021 partner organizations

Featured Designer

Read about this month’s featured designer, Dawn Landix, here.

Door Prize Winners

Lauri Winterfeldt

Lynne Linden

Linda McShannock

Upcoming Meetings

We have a great series of programming coming up…

April – Sarah Schira (Imagined Landscapes) – A Conversation with the Maker

May – Jillian Moreno – Yarn Detective

June – Roxanne Richardson – Knitting from Vintage Patterns

July – Garage Sale

August – Andrea Wong – Portuguese Knitting

September – State Fair or No Fair

Social Knitting

We have two more virtual social knitting get-togethers this month. These are open to everyone and you can join anytime.

Thursday Knit Night – Thursday, March 25th 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Zoom Meeting ID:813 3035 7398 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81330357398

Sunday Knitting Brunch – Sunday, March 28th 11:00am – 1:00pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 848 7745 7613  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84877457613

Member Announcements

Cori (irockknits) invited everyone to join her new Knitting Exchange group, a place to sell or trade WIPS or finished knits.

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!”

Read More »

Show & Tell

Gnicki is a gnome after my own heart! She loves s’mores, campfires, and hoodies!

I loved knitting imagined_landscapes Nice to Gnome You Pattern in June and might just have to knit another one this month.

#YearOfGnomes #NeverNotGnoming #ImaginedLandscapesKnits #MKGShowAndTell
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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
#mkgshowandtell
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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)