March ’22 Meeting Wrap-Up

Our March meeting featured a panel of Guild members who are also Master Hand Knitters. It was so interesting to hear what it took to become certified as a Master Hand Knitter and each of their personal experiences of getting through the multi-year course. Thanks so much to Barb Lind, Lisa Pannell, Roxanne Richardson, and Mary Zweber for being our panelist.

(Click HERE to view a recording of the meeting.)

MKG Educational Grants

If you are interested in taking your knitting to the next level through a certification program, the Guild has grants available for members to help make that happen. Certification does not just include the Master Hand Knitters program; you can also get certified to teach, tech edit, become a fair judge, or a designer. These grants are not for basic knitting skills type classes. This pdf gives a basic outline of the TKGA programs and you can find out more on their website. The Craft Yarn Council also offers certification in teaching. These are not the only programs the Guild will help fund, but gives you an idea of the type we will. If you are unsure if a class you want to take is covered, please email Kelly Amoth at [email protected]. If you are interested in applying you can do so here.

Meeting Recordings

Members can watch recordings of our meetings here. Videos are generally posted within a couple weeks following the meeting.

Board Openings

Help ensure the future of the Guild by joining the Board of Directors! We have an immediate opening for the Programming Director. This position books all the speakers and teachers for our monthly meetings, as well as trunk shows. They serve a three-year term and can serve two terms. We will also have openings in July for a new Vice President and Marketing Director. To find out more about each position visit our Volunteer Page.

Photo of knit gloves, sweaters, and hats with Minnesota State Fair ribbons and rosettes.

Ask a Fair Judge

While we haven’t been able to find a judge willing to speak at a Guild meeting, we do have the opportunity to submit our questions about judging at the fair in writing. If you have a question(s) you would like to ask, please submit it here.

Knitting Groups

The most searched for thing on our website is Knitting Groups. Our list is sadly very small currently. If you have a knitting group that meets in person or virtually and welcomes new members, please fill out the form on our knitting group page to be added to the list.

The Guild hosts two virtual knitting groups. One meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm, and the other gets together twice a month on Sunday morning at 11:00am. Check the calendar HERE for more information and Zoom links.

 

Yarnover 2022 logo

Yarnover

  • We have announced the vendors for the Yarnover 2022 Marketplace! This year you must reserve a free timed-entry ticket to attend. See the list of vendors and reserve your ticket here.
  • Class registration closes on April 15th! Some of the more popular classes are down to just a few tickets. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun! Register here.
  • Yarnover is completely volunteer run and we count on all of you to make it happen. If you have a few hours available to help on April 30th, please sign up for a shift here.
  • The Yarnover Shawl contest is both virtual and in person this year! You can enter either through the website or stop by the Guild table at Yarnover to have us photograph your shawl. Read all the details and enter here.
  • If you have registered for a class, a Marketplace ticket, or volunteer shift and not uploaded your proof of vaccination yet, please make sure to do so by April 15th. Upload your proof of vaccination.

 

Details of Service Knitting Drop-Off Sunday, March 27, 2022 11am - 2pm at the Textile Center 3000 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN

ITEMS NEEDED (Machine washable)

  • Hats and mittens
    (sizes to fit kids through adults)
  • Scarves
  • Warm socks and slippers for young adults
  • Lap blankets
  • Cotton washcloths

YARN DONATIONS

  • Full skeins with labels.
  • Natural fiber or natural fiber blend.

Please, no yarn that is:

  • 100% acrylic
  • Partial skeins or balls
  • Tangled
  • Dirty, musty or smelly

 

Library

The Textile Center Library is open. Please check their website for hours. You can also check books out online and pick them up.

New Magazines

  • Laine Winter 2022 (#13)
  • Rowan 71
  • Pompom 40

New Books

  • Knit From Nature
  • Knit Like a Latvian…Socks
  • Knitting From Fair Isle
  • Knitting with Disney
  • Knitting for Radical Self-Care
  • The Nordic Knitting Primer
  • Icelandic Mittens
  • Knitted Socks from Finland
  • Knit Like a Latvian…Accessories
  • Knit Fold Pleat Repeat
  • Selbu Patterns

Requests and suggestions for books and magazines are always welcome. Email Anne at [email protected]

Designer Spotlight

Our designer this month is Anna Radchenko from Ukraine. You can read more about her on the blog. (Her Granny Socks look perfect for service knitting.)

We also encourage you to support Ukrainian designers by buying their patterns. Ravelry has a search by country, here are the results for Ukraine.

Door Prizes

  • Pattern of your choice from this month’s featured designer Anna Radchenko – Stefanie Hailperin
  • Pattern of your choice from this month’s featured designer Anna Radchenko – Lisa Pannell
  • Digital download Pom Pom Issue 40 – Vicki Eide

Upcoming Meetings

Find all the details on each meeting in Events. Guest passes for non-members will be available approximately one month before each meeting.

  • April – No Meeting/Yarnover
  • May 17 – Amy Snell – Latvian Braids and Other Clever Twists
  • June 21 – Abbie Kenyon – Icelandic Textile Center Artist in Residence
  • July 19 – Kate Atherley – Blocking and Fiber Care
  • August 16 – TBA
  • September 20 – State Fair Show & Tell
  • October 18 – Tanis Gray – Estonian Inlay/Roosimine

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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)