October ’22 Meeting Wrap Up

Did you miss this month’s meeting? Here’s a short wrap up.

Program Recap

We had a great presentation from Tanis Gray about Estonian Inlay/Roosimine! She explained the technique and demonstrated the first few rows of the technique from her pattern A Short Reprise Hat.

If you missed the meeting or want to watch her demonstration again, the meeting recording has been uploaded. Remember to login to your dashboard in order to access the video recording.

We are still collecting items for MoveFwd (Move Forward) through the end of the year.

They are looking for:

  • Hats and mittens
    (sizes to fit kids through adults)
  • Scarves
  • Warm socks and slippers for young adults
  • Lap blankets
  • Cotton washcloths

All items need to be machine washable. Remember to also wash your finished items before dropping them off.

You can also drop off your service knits at the Sip and Knit and Knitting Around Town events. Check the calendar for upcoming dates.

Upcoming Events

Remember to check the Guild’s calendar for all upcoming events!

Sip and Knit

drawing of a pint of beer, coffee cup, donuts, yarn, and knitting needles.

Come and join us November 5 from 10:00am to noon for coffee, beer, donuts, and crafting with friends!

Food & Drink: Venn has espresso drinks, coffee, tea, soda, and juice, as well as beer for purchase. You can bring in your own water. The Guild will be bringing donuts. You are welcome to bring other food as well.

Getting There: The Blue Line 46th Street Station is just outside the brewery. It just down Hwy 55 from Minnehaha Falls and the Grand Rounds bike path. There are Venn specific parking spots to the north of the building and on-street parking.

You can also park at the Fort Snelling Park and Ride and take the Blue Line north 3 stops.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome.

Thanks to Venn Brewing for hosting us!

Knitting Around Town

drawing of a sheep knitting


Guild members on the move! Let’s visit a new library in the metro area each month to get together and knit!

Join us at the Eden Prairie Library in the Bluestem Room from 5:30-8:00 pm.

Questions or want to suggest a location? Email Meg, vicepresident@knitters.org



Designer Spotlight

Rebecca McKenzie is the knitwear designer behind the Raging Purlwind brand. Finding that her body had changed drastically after giving birth to her daughter the brand grew out of Rebecca’s desire to create clothes that would fit her post-baby body rather than trying to make her body fit into her clothes. She has a whimsical style and enjoys designing colorful, vintage-inspired knitwear pieces that she hopes will become staples in an everyday wardrobe. Check out Rebecca’s patterns on Ravelry.

The Guild seeks to highlight:

  • BIPOC designers
  • Local designers
  • New designers

Designers should also have:

  • A presence on Instagram
  • Multiple patterns on Ravelry

If you have a designer you’d like the Guild to spotlight, email Rose. And don’t forget that if your designer is chosen, you will receive on of the designer’s patterns!

Door prize winners this month are:

No Fair Award Winners

orange prize ribbon that says No Fair Awards 2022Thanks to everyone who submitted entries to this year’s No Fair Awards. The categories and winners are:

Single sock or mitten syndrome – Kate Crandall

Stranded on sleeve island – Deepa Nirmal

Start all the projects – Kate Crandall

Not (for the) Fair – Julie Muehlberg

Oh, the places you’ll knit (or crochet) – Kelly Auer

I’m a fan – Amy Schoen

Lost at yarn chicken – Karen Rumpza

It’s spooky season – Kathy Lewinski

I’m not a one trick pony – Elanie Klobe and Robin Westacott

If you’d like to see and hear the stories behind all the submissions, make sure to check out the meeting recording. The No Fair Awards Show and Tell is at the end of the business portion of the meeting.

Next Meeting

Photo of a woman with grey hair. She wears glasses and a blue scarf. She is holding a brown fair isle sweater

Developing Color Confidence with Janine Bajus

Join us on November 15 for our meeting with Janine Bajus. She shares, “I have been teaching knitters around the world how to develop their own personal Fair Isle designs for 18 years—Fair Isle knitting is my passion, so much so that I wrote a book entitled The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way. The most common thing I hear students say about themselves is, “I’m no good with color.” Few people are born with confidence in this area—but there are ways to develop confidence in your ability to choose colors. In this talk I offer information and simple exercises to help you confidently make color choices that please you!”

Janine Bajus, a.k.a. the Feral Knitter, has been fascinated by color and pattern and how they collide in Fair Isle knitting since she was given a classic yoke sweater in high school. She teaches the joys of expressing yourself through Fair Isle design around the country at Stitches events, Sievers School of Fiber Arts, guild retreats, and virtually, and she leads fiber tours around the world. Her book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, is a guide to creating your own unique garments. She knits, spins, gardens, cooks, and writes in Berkeley, California. See her designs at feralknitter.com; see what she’s obsessed with on Instagram @janinebajus.

See the event calendar for all the details about the homework before the meeting.



Take care and happy knitting,

Recent Posts

Show & Tell

October & November knits & spins!
All of these I either finished or started in Oct and/or Nov. There’s a lot here so let’s get to it!

🧶#WrappedInGreybow and #ColorStoryTee both by tifneilan_handknits
🧶#sharonairmkal by casapinka
🧶 #CuriosityCowl by toriknitsnyc
🧶 WIP Headwaters Project bag by muse2320fiber
🧶#musselburghhat by ysolda
🧶WIP #carltonpeaksocks by harrietandalice
🌀Purpley-grey BFL from feederbrookfarm
🌀 Two small samples of unknown fiber from intothewhirled
🌀SIP (spin in progress) Romney by intothewhirled

Plus …not seen here is a test knit sweater I completed. That will get its own post when it’s released this month. 🙂

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I don’t often knit with chunky yarn but when I do, I always forget how fast it knits up! Casted on this new test knit tonight and already halfway through. It’s the #copperfoxescowlsb by kaceyknits. Look for it to come out soon!

🧶 lionbrandyarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in “Gray Marble” and in “Iris”

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Tired of leftovers? Here’s a pair of coordinating hats designed to solve that problem. Three skeins, two hats!

Mountain Muse Hats
Pattern: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mountain-muse-hats
Yarn: Berroco Vintage (worsted weight, held double)

#mnknitters #mnknitguild #mnknittersguild #mkgshowandtell #berrocoyarn #muse2320fiber #quickknit #berrocovintage

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My daughter’s new hat is getting tried out in the snow.

Pattern: #SnowbirdHat by harvestedhues

Yarn: the pink is Simply Wool Worsted by knit_picks in colorway Winkle. I dyed it with cochineal from a kit from theloveofcolour . The other yarn is handspun from Corriedale/sari silk roving from getbentzfarm
Size: medium, worn by a 5-year old.

I didn’t have enough of the pink yarn to do the full length of the brim for folding it up, but it works for her now.

#Knitting #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #HarvestedHues #HandknitHat #HandspunHat #KnittingWithHandspun #TestKnit #MKGShowAndTell #KnittingForKids

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I finished the #bearpawkalchallenge.

This was my first time knitting toe-up socks and it took a little trial and error to get the right foot size. Do you have a toe-up pattern you like?

Overall, I’m happy with the fit and how they turned out. These will be my husband’s Christmas socks. He tried them on and now they will stay under the tree until Christmas morning. 🎁

📝: Bear Paw Socks by dreareneeknits
🧶: republicofwool ‘Yosemite’ held with yarn I naturally dyed with marigold and walnut

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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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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)