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, March 2, 2015

Updated March Meeting info



Everything You Wanted To Know About State Fair Judging and Didn't Know Who To Ask 


Whether is it is finishing , seaming, stitch design, or something else -- we've all wondered.  In March we learn the answers.  Kate Robbins will explain how it works, and bring along knitted pieces, as well, to illustrate what judges look at.   Kate most recently served as judge at the 2014 State Fair.  She is licensed to judge by the Wisconsin Fair Association and the Department of Agriculture and Trade  and Consumer Protection (DATCAP).

Do you have an item you would like Kate to review?  Bring it to the.meeting

There will be a sign-up sheet for  items in 5 categories and we will go through as many as time allows.
(The process will be to go through each category and then repeat the category sequence, as time allows.) 

All categories include male, female, adult and child.
Categories are: 1) Hats  2) Mittens  3) Vests/Sleeveless Sweaters  4)  Cardigans &Pullovers (any sleeve length), and 5) Scarves/Shawls


Knitting Guild Field Trip 

The Art of the Yarn Bowl
Shall we plan  an evening of art, conversation while surrounded by yarn?

Knitting Knook in Fox Point has offered a special evening for us to each paint our own ceramic knitting bowl.
Everything will be set up for us at the shop. The bowls will be  sent out for firing and we return later to pick them up.  The cost is $25.00 per person and there will be a discount on yarns sales to the anyone in attendance at Knitting Knook that evening. 

I'll have more details at the meeting. And I'd like to have a vote

CALENDER OF EVENTS:
   
March 21-22   CEDARBURG SPUR FIBER ARTS TRAIL GRAND OPENING! 
                          MARCH 21-22,  2015   
                          http://midwestfiberartstrails.org/cedarburg-spur/
  
April 17-18      Rites of Spring: Fiber Frolic Around Lake Winnebago   
                          http://www.bleatinghearthaven.com/id11.html
April 18-19      YARNCON 2015     www.yarncon.com    
April 25            Yarnover   http://www.knitters.org/whats-yarnover

June 13-14   Fiber on the Farm     http://www.fiberonthefarm.com     
Website is being updated. 3-2-2015

July 2015:        Meg Swanson’s Knitting Camp in Marshfield, Wi.  On-line applications will be         available Feb 1-8, 2015 @ Schoolhousepress.com.  Lodging and classes @ Holiday Inn Conference Center

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 10 Meeting- Round Robin

Lots of Variety at Round Robin

 We'll split into 4 groups and rotate through 4 interesting demos of tips and techniques to spice up your knitting.  Read closely -- you may want to bring needles and yarn along.

1. Arm Knitting -- a popular new technique. Keep your lap warm as the project grows very quickly. Big stitches with big results.   Bring 90 yds of Super Chunky  #6  yarn for a 5ft scarf.

2. Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Cast-On, Cast Off -- Socks , shawls, and anything the needs to stretch or lay flat are easier with this innovative technique. A resource every knitter needs.

 3. Catch-Stitch for Fair Isle -- Enjoy Fair Isle by minimizing the finishing with a special way to handle the ends left by various color strands.    Eliminate the need to twist the yarn while knitting.

4. Make-Your-Own Yarn Buttons -- A demo of the tools and techniques needed to make colorful buttons.  Now you can make unique buttons just for your projects in any color you want. Watch Anna make one and get the handout with all the instructions you'll need to remember the process.

December Christmas Fashion Show Pictures

What a talented group we are!  You can see that a  lot of time was spent creating these spectacular items.  It looks like everyone had a good time.

Here you are in all your Glory!











































Friday, December 5, 2014

December Updated Calendar

CALENDER OF EVENTS:

December 9: GMKG Holiday party


Feb 7 Knit Michigan! http://knitmichigan.org
Feb 20-22 Madison Knit In http://www.madisonknittersguild.org/Road-Trip!-
MKGKnitIn2015
Feb 27-March 1! Sheep in the City Getaway! http://just4ewe.com/
Sheep_in_the_City/Sheep_in_the_City/Welcome.html

April 18-19 YARNCON 2015 www.yarncon.com

June 13-14! Fiber on the Farm http://www.fiberonthefarm.com

July 2015: Meg Swanson’s Knitting Camp in Marshfield, Wi. On-line applications will
be available Feb 1-8, 2015 @ Schoolhousepress.com. Lodging and classes @ Holiday
Inn Conference Center

December Christmas Party/ Fashion Show

Show Off What You'v e Made -- December is the Member's "Fashion" Show 

In December we  talk and party and enjoy each other's company.  We also get a look at the things we've all been making over this year or last. 

Carol will emcee as each member walks the "red carpet, with the item to show.  Carol will read the description you have submitted of your item and then you  may give a brief statement of how it came to be. 

Some people have turned in their descriptions and others may turn them in at the meeting.  

Let Carol or Betty know 1) name of your item  2) fiber content  3) yarn weight and yardage 4) pattern source.

There' will be much to share and enjoy. 



Bonus: Piper, proprietor of The Knitting Knook in Fox Point, has donated a $50.00 gift certificate !! that will be our raffle prize at the December meeting.  We hope you will have the opportunity to patronize her shop and say a personal thank you on behalf or our guild.   

Pics from November Meeting with Jo Harris

Jo Harris pulled it off again.  She brought along lots of samples of the patterns she has included in her new book "Double Knitting- Inside Out".  She also showed us how to double knit for great effects.  One on one opportunities were available too.  Her Website is www.toadknits.com

Here are some examples of her work-






Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Meeting and updated Calendar

Color Is Fun and We'll Learn How !

Mosaic, intarsia, stranding are just words and need not be intimidating.  All are ways to add color to your knitting. Mary Jo Harris returns in November to show us the techniques needed to master color work through mosaic knitting. She explains things thoroughly, is enthusiastic, eager to answer questions.  She is also releasing a new book on just this topic.

For those who want to knit along while Mary Jo presents, she has provided patterns that are at the end of our Members Newsletter.   They are for a headband and a cowl.

Look at the patterns come to the meeting with the necessary stitches already cast on on a circular needle and bring a stitch marker for use when working in the round. In addition, Mary Jo will bring samples of stranded knitting, intarsia, mosaic knitting, double knitting, entrelac knitting, and modular knitting to show you additional possibilities.

CALENDER OF EVENTS:
 
Nov 11: GMKG monthly meeting
Nov 21-23  Knit DeKoven   http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/ogle-design/2996017/1-25#7

Dec 9: GMKG: Holiday party

Jan 22-24  January Thaw Retreat  http://www.sunvalleyfibers.com/january-thaw-retreat/ 

Feb 7        Knit Michigan!     http://knitmichigan.org
Feb 20-22  Madison Knit In    http://www.madisonknittersguild.org/Road-Trip!-MKGKnitIn2015

April 18-19    YARNCON 2015      www.yarncon.com  
April 25 Yarnover http://www.knitters.org/whats-yarnoverJuly 2015:

Meg Swanson’s Knitting Camp in Marshfield, Wi.  On-line applications will be available Feb 1-8, 2015 @ Schoolhousepress.com.  Lodging and classes @ Holiday Inn Conference Center