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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

News To Use For The April 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.  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.

March Meeting Photo's

The March meeting had representative's  Barb and Sheri from Treesfromhome.org sharing their story with us and thanking us for the hats.  You may continue to make hats for soldiers and bring them to the October meeting for collection for their shipment.

Representatives from Trees From Home and Charity Chair Shelly with our donated hats

Kate Robbins gave us a clue as to what she looked for when she judged at State Fair.  She used our handknit items and her own pieces to show what made a winning item.  

Kate Robbins

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

                          MARCH 21-22,  2015   
April 17-18      Rites of Spring: Fiber Frolic Around Lake Winnebago   
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


December 9: GMKG Holiday party

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

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.