About the Guild

The Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild is open to anyone interested in knitting at any level. Our mission is to promote interest, appreciation, and skill in knitting. The Meetings are always the second Tuesday of every month except January and August. Social Hour begins at 6:15 pm. Our “Knitting Doctors” are also available at that time for advice and consultation on your knitting problems. The meeting begins at 7:oo pm followed by the Monthly Program. Address and location are: Harwood Place, 8220 W Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa, WI Please join us. If you wish to contact the Guild please email us at gmkg@prodigy.net

Monday, May 12, 2014

May and June Programs





May -- Come for the party! and help the Christ Child society as we donate items for babies in need.  We will have a social time to have fun together and also hear about the Society from one of its representatives.

Carol and Betty have asked for additional food for the baby shower.   A paper plate with a dozen special tasty morsels will be great.   Any leftovers can be taken home.  Please remember nothing drippy or wet. The list of volunteers we already have are-

Dianna D-- paper plates, napkins and fruit dish
Carolyn M-- cookies, soda and cups
Karen L--Cookies, soda and cups
Pat Hi-- snacks
Betty P--Bar cookies

June -- Jennifer Donze, master knitter, will be with us guiding us further on how to produce polished finished projects.

"Weaving in Tails" is a hands-on workshop about the 2 best ways to weave in tails.  Special note: Please bring along a light colored swatch in plain stockinette made with worsted weight yarn, some bright colored scrap yarn and a tapestry needle.    Jennifer will talk about the planning process for weaving in tails and demonstrate the 2 best ways to weave in tails.

We have enjoyed Jennifer's presentations before and always learn so much.  See you in June!


For those who spin and dye this might make the process a little faster.
Photo of sheep in Ireland.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

GMKG Road Trip

A dedicated group of our knitter/shoppers went to Susan's Fibers in Columbus,  Prairie Junction Yarn Shop in Sun Prairie and Kaleidoscope Fibers in Cambridge on April 26.  They had a great time and sent along some pictures to share.

The first four are in Columbus.





Here they are at Kaleidoscope Fibers in Cambridge.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Meeting and future programs

Here is a quick update on our future programs.
April is the Auction
May is our Baby Shower to benefit The Christ Child Society
June will have Master Knitter Jennifer Donze with us.
July is Elections and The Brown Bag Exchange

GMKG 2014 Annual Auction

Here is more information on what to expect at the Auction.

 News to Use for the April  8 Auction

The April auction is coming upon us soon and I want you to start thinking Spring,
gardening, pastels, picnics, patriotic, grilling, children, coffee, chocolate, stuffed toys, pin
cushions, aprons, pot holders, home-made cards, bakery, flowers and on and on. This
should give you some ideas for items to offer.

I also want to walk you through the evening so you’ll have some idea of what’s going to
happen. First, when you come in the door, there will be two members sitting at a table
to register you. They will have you sign your name and assign you a paddle number for
bidding. If you  want to donate an item you’ll make your way to the front table to hand in your auction item. This should have a 3 x 5 card attached with four things written on it. 1. A description. 2. An
opening bid . 3. The value of the item . 4. Your name.

During the auction there will be two clerks keeping track of the bidding. They’ll write
down how much the winning offer was and which number made it. At the end of the
auction, the clerks will be the cashiers and will take your money. Checks are most
appreciated, cash is great ( but I don’t always know how much I’ll spend). We don’t
have the capability to take credit or debit cards
.
Come one and all. Bring guests- lots of them. Bring your checkbooks. The profits of
this auction will go into the treasury for future programs. So it will be a win/win for
everyone. You’ll get a great auction item and programs at our meetings. Get your
guests to join the Guild too.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 2014 Meeting with Susan Forbes

Susan Forbes gave us lots of information on the effects of processing on different fibers.  She brought lots of Noro Yarn from Knitch along with books and her own dyed yarn and knit and dyed yarn blanks.  Beautiful colors and textures.  See Susan at  http://www.fairyyarnmother.com.





February 2014 Round Robin

 Deb prepared a number of Intarsia samples for us to work on.


Karen taught us how to thrum mittens. 

Anja showed us how to cast on from the middle also known as the disappearing loop method. Not pictured is Betty, who showed us how to work jogless stripes. 

Pat and Anna gave us MANY ideas for knitting lace!  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 2014 Meeting and Future Programs

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 11.   Our Program will be-

Luscious Fiber -- Beautiful Color!!

Learn "All About Fiber" at our March meeting. Midwest fiber artist Susan Forbes will talk
with us about natural and man-made fibers -- wool, silk, alpaca, bamboo and more.
Susan, (also known as the Fairy Yarnmother) creates beautiful fibers out of
combinations of these fibers and designs hand-dyes in colors that are subtle to brilliant.
This is an opportunity to get questions answered about how fibers behave and how to
use them.  Betty and I were wowed when we saw these wonderfully designed fibers.
Susan also brings a large array of colorful yarns -- both her own designs and commercial
yarns -- so that you can see touch and purchase, if you choose.  We will build in time for
looking and shopping
.
Our April meeting will our Annual Fundraising Auction
.
May is our Annual Baby Shower. We donate all of our knitted and purchased baby
items to a local charity. Games, prizes, punch and treats will rule the day.

In June  Master Knitter Jennifer Donze returns with concrete examples and clear explanations to make
knitting polished and satisfying. Specific topic information will come in the next
newsletter.