14 years ago Sue and Margaret were visiting several suri alpaca farms in Minnesota. At one of the farms they purchased 3 skeins of yarn from 3 different animals. Sue knit them up into scarves (Margaret didn’t knit…yet). One was “hairy and scratchy”, one was “very hairy and scratchy” and one was just lovely! The lovely one has beautiful drape and luster. So they knew that the fleece could be wonderful or it could be less than satisfactory, depending on the breeding. So they set about starting their own herd and breeding with the best seed stock they could afford. From the beginning the learning has been straight up and still is. Through trial, error and not a little heartbreak, they feel as though they may have reached their goal of producing the finest suri yarns available. These yarns are prized for their luster and softness and ability to take dye. Then along came Margaret’s husband, the engineer and math geek! Dean set about finding a way for them to be able to enter the wholesale market! And there in hangs a tale...
Please join us as we welcome Sue and Margaret from Little Gidding Farm for our June Meeting!
Please join us on July 21, 2015 at 7pm for our annual picnic.
We will meet indoors, for optimal knitting conditions, and enjoy lovely catered treats. So, come and take a break from your busy summer schedules and relax with your fellow knitters.
What do you like to knit in the summer? Small projects? All the dish cloths you can manage? Please bring your favorite summer knit for show and tell. Whether on the needles, or something you finished last summer, we want to see what everyone is knitting this summer.
We are happy to offer two embellishing workshops with local designer Marie Mayhew. Marie is the author of the recently published book Whimsical Woollies: 20 Projects to Knit and Felt, which includes a section on embellishments.
Both workshops are being held at the Textile Center. The morning workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The afternoon workshop runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost for each workshop is $45 for MKG members.
Morning Workshop - For the Love of Detail - Needle Felting: Learn the tools, techniques and fun of embellishing with a little roving and a sharp needle. Create two-dimensional designs to be used on any felted project: polka dots, flowers, and other whimsical shapes. This is a great embellishing technique for felted slippers and mittens. The workshop will finish with the opportunity to learn hands on how to sculpt with needle felting, by keeping the work 3-dimensional. You will sculpt a miniature roving ornament with plenty of time for the holidays!
Afternoon Workshop - For the Love of Detail - Embroidery: Embroidery is a great addition to any needle felting and appliqueing project! At the end of this workshop you will know how to embroider four basic stitches: blanket stitch, feather stitch, chain stitch, and French knots. You will create a sampler using wool yarns and DMC cotton floss.
Topic Description: Marie will talk about adding simple detail, texture and color to your hand-knits through embellishing using embroidery, buttons, applique and needle felting. Come with a project for show-and-tell that you have embellished or one you want to embellish. Marie will have time to answer questions and give suggestions for embellishing your own sweaters and knitted items.
NOTE: Marie will also have available her new book, Whimsical Woollies. It has an extensive section on embellishing on hand-knits (mainly felted items), which makes for a great reference book. These techniques can be adapted to hand-knits.
August Northern Lights Meeting View Details
DATE IS TO BE DETERMINED!
Glensheen Art Fair Outreach Weekend
Host: Susan Bathory
In lieu of a meeting, we will have our outreach booth at the Glensheen Mansion Art Fair. Details to come.
Join the Minnesota Knitters' Guild at the "Great Minnesota Get-together". We will be in the Creative Activities Building, near the Fair's East Gate, between 9am and 9pm. Join us to discover arm knitting, cast on techniques and view the members' creations. While you are there find out about our meetings and how you can join the Guild to take your knitting to the next level.
Get the most out of your love of knitting! Membership benefits include pre-registration for Yarnover, a subscription to our quarterly Cable Gram, organized public service projects and camaraderie with fellow knitters. Annual dues are $30.