Oct ’21 Meeting Wrap Up

Wow, did we ever have an interesting meeting with Laura Bellows of JUL Designs. We looked at how to play with and style our shawls in different ways to show them at their best. I think many of us walked away with some new ideas about what to look for in shawl patterns in the future.

For members who missed the meeting or would like to watch it again, the recording will be up in the members’ area once it has been edited. Also Laura has kindly offered us 15% off her beautiful closures, pins, buttons and more with the code GUILD.

Donation Drop-Off Event

Our last 2021 drop-off event for service knitting projects is this Sunday, October 24th at the Textile Center from 11am – 2pm in the back parking lot. If you cannot make this date or have questions please contact Betsy at servicemnkg@gmail.com. We will be accepting donations through the end of the year, but just won’t have another open drop-off event.

Great Guild Getaway Yarn for Sale

We will have skeins of the custom-dyed GGG yarn for sale at the above drop-off event. The yarn is called repose and is inspired by Minnesota lakes and skies in late fall and winter. It was dyed for us by Muse2320.

Each skien is 100g/437yds of fingering weight in 3 ply 85% superwash Merino and 15% nylon yarn. The cost is $20 and we will take cash, check, or charge. Unless we sell all 70 skeins, we will have available in the future again.

New Free Pattern – Broadway Ave. Socks

We also have a new free pattern for our members designed to use the GGG yarn. Our member Halee Graham won the GGG Design Contest back in 2019 and we are thrilled to finally be able to share it with you. The pattern will be available starting this Friday, October 22nd on the pattern page in the Members’ Area.

Also, thanks to member Deepa Nirmal for taking all the lovely photos of the Broadway Ave Socks for us.

New Website Update

For the last few months we have been working with the local company Byte to create a new website for the Guild. Our current website is quite old. We are looking forward to the launch of a new site that is mobile friendly, easy to use, and ADA compliant. The new site should be ready to launch in late November. We will do walk-throughs of it at our December and January meetings.


Our Mini KAL will be starting December 1st! So, get your minis ready! Mini-skeins are 20 grams of the same yarn base and vary in yardage from 80-95. Pick out, or design, a pattern to show off your minis, we have put up lots if suggestions in our Ravelry group. You can use as many minis as you like and up to two other background colors in larger amounts. We’ll show off the finish projects at our February meeting and two people will win $25 gift cards to the LYS of their choice.

“The Good Stuff” Online Auction

Our online auction this year will start at 9pm November 16th and run through 9pm November 20th. We have lots of wonderful lots of year to bid on. We’ll do an overview of the auction site at our November meeting and send the link to bid out right afterwards.

Library Update

Here is what is new in the library this month…

  • Amirisu #22
  • Gansey Knitting Sourcebook
  • New Directions in Sock Knitting

Questions or suggestions? Contact our librarian Anne librarianmkg@gmail.com

Designer Spotlight

Our designer of the month is Mary O’ Shea. You can read about her here.

Door Prizes

Amirisu #22 Digital Copy – June Lash

Mary O’Shea Pattern – Rosie Robinson

Mary O’Shea Pattern – Irina Bezroukova

Give to the Max Day

Thursday, November 18th is Minnesota’s annual day to spotlight giving to non-profits, Give to the Max Day. Last year the Guild raised funds to support the fellowship portion of our mission statement. This year we are raising money for education. We are hoping to offer educational grants in starting in 2022 to help members pay for certification classes such as those offered by the TKGA.

You can help the Guild by creating your own fundraising page or starting a team with other knitters.

Go to Give to the Max Day

Scroll down to the Fundraising button and click it:

You will see the three different fundraising options. You want to “Start a Fundraiser,” which is the purple column:


Type in and select Minnesota Knitters’ Guild as your cause:

You will now see your personal fundraising page. You get to add photos, your story, and set a goal for your fundraiser. When you are done with your page, you will get a link to share with family and friends. You can also use the built in sharing tools to share your fundraiser page to your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. When your fundraiser page is final and published, it will show up on the Guild’s main Give to the Max Day page, too.

If you have questions or want help filling out a fundraiser page, send Kelly (vicepresidentmkg@gmail.com) an email!

Thanks for your continued support of the Guild through Give to the Max Day!

Watch for the “No Fair” Awards results in an upcoming post!

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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.

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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 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


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)