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Thanks to Betsy Preston for stepping in last minute and giving us a presentation on colors and choosing colors. I know I learned some good tricks.
We had a great time with our trunk show guest Theresa Hill of Ewe-Nited States of Fiber. Theresa is not only a yarn dyer, she is one of our far-flung Guild members. You may remember she won our first every Yarnover Shawl contest with her Papillon Shawl.
Theresa has offered us a discount code at her shop from November 16-21. Use the code yarnover2022 for 15% off!
The Good Stuff Auction
Our 2021 Online Auction is currently open for bidding. We have 92 lots of beautiful yarn available. The auction is open through 9pm CDT, Saturday, November 20th. The lowest bid was set to cover shipping, so there are no shipping costs after your bid. Yarn will ship out before Thanksgiving. We had a questions about where the yarn comes from and where the funds go. The yarn is mainly donated to us. We get so many donations and lots of it is not appropriate for our service knitting projects. We had some especially big donations this year at our drop-off events of high quality yarns. The funds made will be used for the service committee as needed, renting the Textile Center for drop-offs, buying appropriate yarn for service knitting, incentive charms, etc… We also use the funds to pay for other Guild activities.
The Yarnover brochure is almost ready to go public! We’ve just been waiting for a few more items to finish it off. Everything just seems to take a bit longer these days. Registration will not begin until January 22nd. We will be requiring that those who go to the dinner or take classes be fully vaccinated and provide us with a vaccination card. We feel this is safest for everyone and what many of the teachers have requested. As for other restrictions for Yarnover, health and safety protocols (masks, social distancing, capacity restrictions) will be implemented on an as-needed basis based on the local conditions at the time of Yarnover. We understand that pandemic conditions can change very rapidly, and we are committed to tailoring our safety strategies based on what is required and recommended at that time.
Yarnover is an expensive event to host and we know it is also expensive to attend. We realize that there are people who would love to go, but the cost makes it impossible. The board is please to announce that this year will be giving out two Yarnover Grants to people couldn’t otherwise attend. These grants will cover the cost of the Yarnover dinner and either a full-day class or two half-day classes. Applicants do not need to be members to apply and if they are not currently members, they will also receive a year’s membership.
Applications will be due December 31st, 2021. Watch for more details and the application link on the website.
We expect the new website to launch on December 1st. It has taken slightly longer than expected, but we are looking forward to a new website that is mobile friendly, ADA compliant, and offers us more usability. We will have a run through of the new site at our December meeting. We know change can sometimes be a little tricky, so we hope to easy everyone in. We’ll also be looking at the new Yarnover registration.
Just a reminder to tag your knitting photos with #mkgshowandtell on Instragram. Our new site will feature those pictures on the front page!
Mini Skein KAL
Our Mini Skein KAL starts Dec 1st. You can find all the details on the blog and there is already a little discussion on Ravelry. Winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to the LYS of their choice.
Since our December meeting falls on the week of Christmas, we will have an abbreviated meeting. We will go through the new website, have a short business section, and then have time for open discussion.
Our January meeting is a Service Knitting Kick-Off for 2022. You’ll heard about and from our 2022 Service Partners. We will also be recognizing our 50+ knitters from 2021.
February is our Annual Meeting. The board will give an update on how the Guild is doing and what plans we are working on for the future. We will also have our Mini Skein KAL show and tell and voting.
2021 Service Knitting Deadline
Our deadline for donations for 2021 is December 31st. We will not have another drop-off event this year, but you can contact Betsy to arrange drop-off or shipping of items.
Knitting Supplies for Afghan Refugees
3 Kittens Needle Arts in Medona Heights is collecting knitting supplies for refugees at Ft. McCoy in WI.
- Any yarn (full or partial skeins) that are wool, wool blends, 100% cotton for washcloths, cotton blends. Please no 100% acrylic or anything that smells (e.g., cigarette smoke, pet odors, mildew).
- Knitting needles and crochet hooks – needles can be mismatched singles, like a single straight or incomplete double point sets.
- Any other misc. supplies are welcome such as tape measures, markers, bags, etc.
Drop Off Days:
Saturday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 23, 10am – 3pm
- Making Stories Issue 6 (fall 2021: Skyward)
- Making Stories Issue 5 (spring 2021: Inside Nature)
- Making No. 10
- Pompom No. 39 (rhythm)
- Shetland Wool Week Annual Vol. 7 (2021)
- Stripes by Veera Valimaki
The Textile Center Library is open or you can order online and pick up.
Designer Spotlight – Renee Strouts
Deepa shared one of her favorite designers with us and you can read about it here.
If you have an up-and-coming designer you’d like to share with the Guild please contact Melissa.
- Renee Strouts Pattern – Bonnie Swierzbin
- Renee Strouts Pattern – Trinity Mueller
- Making – Dusk Issue Digital – Deb Parker
- Making – Gifts Vol. 2 Digital – Linnea Geiger Hill
- Making – Stories Issue 5 Digital – Mary Woods
- Making – Stories Issue 6 Digital – Janette Marquardt
- PomPom No. 39 Digital – MJ Rozendaal
Door Prize Show & Tell
Have you won a pattern from a featured designer or a digital download? Have you knit a pattern from one of our designer spotlights?
We would love to see what you’ve knit from those patterns!
Send a photo of your project, pattern name, yarn used, and any other information you’d like to share to Kelly.
We will share projects at upcoming meetings!
Give to the Max Day 2021
Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 18th. Non-profits fundraising on that day have the chance of winning Golden Tickets, which are prizes on top of the donations they receive. You can donate to the Guild here.
The mission of the Guild is to promote interest, appreciation, education, and fellowship in the art of knitting.
This year’s initiative is to raise funds for educational grants to help our members who are interested in Master Knitting or other knitting certification such as tech knitting, teaching, fair judging, etc…
Donate at the $50 level and your membership will be renewed for another year. Donate at the $80 level and your membership will be renewed for another year and you will receive a skein of the retreat yarn from MUSE2320! You can also gift the membership.
Sunday Knitting Brunch
We’ve had a few questions about whether we will be starting Virtual Sunday Knitting Brunch again. Our plan is to start in January.