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 –

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

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!) 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)