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, June 20, 2016

Stitches Bus Trip on Saturday, August 6



Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild Bus to Stitches Midwest

The Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild will be hosting a coach bus to Stitches Midwest 2016 at Schaumburg IL. http://www.knittinguniverse.com/ midwest2016
You can spend the day taking classes or shopping til you drop! For lunch you can bring your own food and drink or purchase it there. Last year there was a free shuttle that went to the Schaumburg Mall. There will be plenty of places to sit and take a break. Last year we registered as a bus trip and got lots of freebies like yarn, needles, books etc. We will also be eligible for discounted entrance tickets depending on how many are on the bus.

All this fun will be happening on Saturday, August 6 and is open to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the Guild to come along.

We leave the Hales Corners Park and Ride at 8:30am, arrive at Stitches at 10am when we will be met by Stitches staff with our discounted entrance tickets. We leave Stitches between 5:00 and 6:00pm and return to the Hales Corners Park and Ride at 6:30 to 7:30pm.

The cost will depend on how many seats we fill. You can email the Guild for more information at gmkg@prodigy.net or call Jackie at 414-351-2202.  would like an answer by July1 please.

We hope you join our Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning, Weaving, Etc. Party Bus! 

Signature Needle Arts at the Guild

We had three generations of the Bothe women come to our June meeting and share with us the trials and tribulations of starting a small business and the effort it takes to keep it up to speed with customer needs. They proudly make their products in Kenosha, Wisconsin and all of their supplies and third party sale items are Made In The USA.  They have customers around the world now.   During the 2008-2009 recession no one from the Signature side of the company saw their hours cut.  Congratulations to them and to us for keeping their quality high and our budgets in line and so that we could still keep buying their  products.  http://www.signatureneedlearts.com

They brought examples of the design process to show the evolution of an idea into a marketable product.   They knew their audience and brought lots of needles and accessories for sale.  They have some great,  clever and innovative products.  

They also ran a raffle for three winners of their products.  Here are some of the items they brought along.  They had pretty brisk sales so I am sure they didn't have much to carry back home.






Pictures of May Baby Shower



Our May meeting was our Annual Baby Shower.  Once again The Christ Child Society received our bounty of hand knit items.  We knit beautiful one of a kind items every single year.  This year we had 107 baby sweaters, 68 hats, 4 sets of booties, 16 bibs, 3 diaper covers, 16 blankets and 4 pkgs of diapers.

Nice Job Knitters!
























Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 14 Program


Cathryn and Laura Bothe from Signature Needle Arts will be presenting our June program. If you are not familiar with Signature Needles, they are custom, hand-crafted knitting needles made right here in SE Wisconsin! They will talk about how their company came to be and how they go about making their needles. A little birdie also told me that they will have needles to try out as well as some for sale after the meeting. I once read in Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s blog (AKA the Yarn Harlot) that a craftsperson is only as good as his/her tools - she’s right. It’s amazing how your knitting can improve just by upgrading your needles! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10 Baby Shower

Tonight's the Night!  Our Baby Shower to support The Christ Child Society.  Don't forget to bring for baby sweaters, baby things and snacks.  We will have games, a raffle, and lots of snacks.  Be prepared to have a lot of Fun.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 12 Program info


Nancy Nelson, Ph.D., OT-R/L, an occupational therapist who specializes in hand therapy, will be joining us for our April program. She will be giving us strategies to protect our hands and wrists from repetitive stress injuries. Those tips will come in helpful while finishing our projects for May’s baby shower! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 8 Meeting Program

For our March program, Master Knitter Jennifer Donze, will be presenting on finishing techniques. She will be teaching us different methods to create professional looking seams in our projects. To work along with the presentation, please prepare the following materials:
Three or four swatches of plain stockinette, NO BORDERS of any kind. For each one use white or cream colored worsted weight yarn. With a size 7 or 8 needle, cast on 24 stitches, work for four inches and bind off.
A few yards of brightly colored worsted weight yarn Tapestry needle
Scissors
Let’s get swatching!