Boy, did we learn a lot about yarn from Jillian Moreno at this week’s meeting. I found myself checking out the number of plies in the yarn I’m using and thinking about how that effects my color work in a new way.
Textile Center Update
The Textile Center will not be making meeting space available to groups for the rest of the year, so we will continue to keep our programming virtually. They have added an ionization unit to the HVAC. They are working to make the rooms and technology work for meetings to be live and virtual. They are currently working on their 5-year strategic plan and the Guilds are part of that. They have already met with Guild leaders for more input and in June we will link to a survey where you can also give yours. Meeting Ticketing
Thanks for going through the learning process with us on this. Members will no longer have to pre-register for meeting. You will receive a link in the monthly newsletter and it will also be available in the members only area of the website here. Non-members will still be asked to pre-register and be given the option to make a donation or join the Guild.
As things begin to open up in Minnesota, we are looking at our upcoming events as well.
Stitch ‘n’ Pitch – We have reserved our typical section for September 12th. Target Field is opening to full capacity.
Great Guild Getaway – We are hopeful to still have the retreat October 21st – 24th. We are touching base with Camp Knutson. Reservations will open in August if we are good to go.
State Fair Gnome Takeover – After our April meeting some of us were talking about how there were so many Harriet’s Hat entered in the last Fair & how it was fun to see them all around the Creative Arts displays. We thought wouldn’t it be fun if there were gnomes all through the displays this year?! So, we are encourage everyone to enter their knit gnomes in this year’s State Fair. When the premium book is released in June we’ll let you know which categories they would be eligible for.
Website – We are currently meeting with companies to have a new website built for the Guild. The current website is not mobile friendly and doesn’t have all the usability we would like. We hope to have a new site by the end of the year.
Mystery Minis Sale & KAL
Spearheaded by our newsletter editor, Jess Dahlberg, we will be holding a mystery minis sale and KAL. Later this year, you will be able to buy sets of mini skeins from the Guild. In January and February we’ll share patterns for mini skeins and host a KAL. Stay tuned for more details!
With that in mind, we will be accepting donations of fingering weight yarn at our July garage sale. We will even accept partial skeins as long as they are 20g or more. (Normally we do not accept donations of partial skeins.)
Yarnover 2022 is in the planning stages! Mark your calendars for April 29 – May 1st. Our weekend-long convention brings education, builds community , and is completely volunteer run.
We have great, experienced leadership:
- Registration: Becky Herra
- Instructor Relations: Anna Turk
- Vendor Relations: Diane Mountford
- Sponsorships and Door Prizes: Caitlin Maier
- Planning Team Assists
- On-site Volunteers
Contact Janese – firstname.lastname@example.org
April Drop-Off was a great success!
- Over 750 hats, mittens, scarves, lap blankets, cowls, and
fingerless mitts were received and sorted
- More than 200 skeins of yarn and knitting notions
- 54 members earned one or more charm markers as a
Keep up the good work and mark your calendars for the
next drop-off at the yarn garage sale on Sunday, July 18!
You can check books out of the Textile Center Library! You must reserve them ahead of time and schedule a pick-up time. All the details are here.
- Making #11 (Dawn)
- Nomadic Knits #9 (Iowa/Nebraska)
- Rowan #69
- Laine Summer 2021
- 52 Weeks of Shawls
- Big Foot Knits
- Color Wheel Knits
June 15 – Roxanne Richardson – Decade by Decade, One Sweater at a Time
July – No programming – Yarn Garage Sale July 18
August 17 – Andrea Wong – Intro to Portuguese Knitting
Our featured designer is Betsy Preston.
Pattern of choice from this month’s featured designer Betsy Preston – Kathryn Brenny and AJ Niehaus
Making Magazine #11 – Dawn – Karen Krewer
Making Magazine Winter Vol. 2 – Gifts – Deepa Nirmal
Color Wheel Knits – Susan Rainey
Big Foot Knits – Ruth Ann McGlynn