May ’21 Meeting Wrapup

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.

Guild Updates

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

Looking for:

  • Planning Team Assists
  • On-site Volunteers

Contact Janese – [email protected]

Service Knitting

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
    thank you

Keep up the good work and mark your calendars for the
next drop-off at the yarn garage sale on Sunday, July 18!

Library Update

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.

Recently added


  • Making #11 (Dawn)
  • Nomadic Knits #9 (Iowa/Nebraska)
  • Rowan #69
  • Laine Summer 2021


  • 52 Weeks of Shawls
  • Big Foot Knits
  • Color Wheel Knits
  • Evolution

Upcoming Meetings

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

Designer Spotlight

Our featured designer is Betsy Preston.

Door Prizes

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

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

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

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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


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


(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


(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!) 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


(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)