September ’21 Meeting Wrap Up

We had such a wonderful State Fair Review this year! It was so interesting to hear about all the projects everyone entered. Since we were virtual, we were also able to see things from the Carver and Washington County Fairs and the Indiana State Fair. There is so much talent in this guild!

“No Fair” Awards

We will be hosting a scaled down version of our “No Fair” Awards as part of the October meeting. Submission are due Tuesday, September 28th. There is even a category for your non-knitted items this year! See all the details in the premium book.

Mystery Mini Skeins Sale and KAL

All of our Mystery Mini Skein sets sold out in the first week! Thank you to everyone who purchase one (or multiples). Don’t worry, even if you didn’t get one of our sets, you can still participate in our Mini KAL starting Dec. 1st. You can find the basic details here, but we’ll have more plus lots of project suggestions in the coming months.

Donation Drop-Off Event

Our next drop-off date for service knitting donation is Sunday, October 24th from 11am – 2pm in the Textile Center parking lot. For more details on donating see our calendar.

“The Good Stuff” Online Auction

Like last year, we’ve saved up the best of the donated yarn for an online auction. This year we have over double the lots of gorgeous yarns in every weight. There is everything from single skeins to sweater quantities from Noro, Cascade, Madelinetosh, Blue Sky, Rowen, and more with opening bids starting at $10 or lower. The auction will open at 9pm on November 16th and members will receive a link after the November meeting.

Library Update

Here are the latest periodicals and books added to the library

  • pompom #38 Roots & Branches
  • Nomadic Knits #10 Texas
  • Shetland Wool Adventures Journal #2
  • Rowan #70
  • Laine #12, Autumn 2021
  • Mystic Shawls 2 by Anna Dalvi
  • Ancient Egypt in Lace & Color by Anna Dalvi
  • Knits from Around Norway by Nina Granlund Saether
  • Knit Hats with Wooly Wormhead
  • Geometric Knit Blankets by Margaret Holzmann
  • Ready – Set – Raglan from pompom
  • Take Heart by Fiona Alice
  • Moon and Turtle by Kiyomi and Sachiko Burgin
  • Magical Woodland Knits by Claire Garland
  • Unobtainables by Allison Sarnoff and Heatherly Walker
  • Modern Mending by Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Shetland Wool Week 2021 and Shetland Wool Adventures Journal #3 are both on order.

If you have any questions or suggestions of items for the library please contact our librarian Anne, [email protected]

Designer Spotlight

Our designer of the month is Kacey Herlihy. You can read all about her here.

Micro-Grant Requests

Are you a Guild member that lives outside of the Twin Cities area? Would you like to plan a knitting related event for people near you? The Guild has funds set aside for that purpose!

Door Prize Winners

Kacey Herlihy Pattern – Sharon Wussow

Kacey Herlihy Pattern – Cindy Anderson

October Meeting

Our October 19th meeting will feature Laura Bellows of Jūl Designs as both our speaker and trunk show. Laura will be helping us learn how to wear all those beautiful shawls we knit.

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)