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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February Round Robin

February’s program is our annual Round Robin where we get to learn new skills from our talented members.  Karen G will be demonstrating Easy Crochet Bind Offs for Knitters.  You do not need to know how to crochet to learn this bind off.  Karen suggests that people bring a swatch in sport or fingering weight that is 30 stitches wide by 3- 5 rows. Leave it on the needles and bring a crochet hook that is the same diameter or slightly smaller than the needle.   Peggy B & Jeannie  G  will demonstrate Picot and Pico (de Gallo).  Learn how to do a picot bind off, and get a recipe for pico de gallo!  With worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, cast on 24 stitches.  Knit 8 rows of knit 2 purl 2 ribbing.  Bring it with the knitting on your needles.  Deb M will be demonstrating some of the great features of Ravelry that can help you keep your projects organized.  No homework for that one!

BSJ Mentoring

A little birdie told me that there are some members who would like to learn Elizabeth Zimmerman’s incredible Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ).  I also know that we have a number of BSJ experts among our membership.   AND we have the baby shower for the Christ Child Society coming up in May.  Hmmmm….that gives me an idea.  What if those experts could serve as mentors for those wishing to try this pattern?  If you are experienced at knitting the BSJ and would like to help out someone new to the pattern, let me know (slund@wi.rr.com).  Likewise, if you would like to have a BSJ mentor – also contact me.  I can do some matchmaking.  This is such a classic pattern; every knitter should make at least one!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

It’s a new calendar year and we have some great programs coming up!

It’s a new calendar year and we have some great programs coming up! 

February will be our traditional round robin where members will demonstrate different skills or techniques and we break into small groups to rotate through the demonstrations. If you have something that takes about 15 minutes to demonstrate, let me know – otherwise I might start hounding some of you!

Master knitter, Jennifer Donze, will be our speaker for March. We haven’t finalized her topic yet, some ideas we have been discussing include short rows or finishing techniques. If a number of you are interested in learning a specific skill, we could probably arrange that to be the topic. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Knit DeKoven

2015 Knit Dekoven
Nov 20-22, 2015

Spend the weekend at the historic DeKoven Center and create to your hearts content. 48 + hours to laugh, share & create with fellow fiber enthusiasts! Bring your projects and/or shop there and join us for some wonderful fiber time.
Sponsered by Ogle Design and held at the DeKoven Center on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Registration questions? Contact Sarah at the DeKoven Center, sbussell@dekovencenter.org or 262-633-6401 x 105
Class Registration Contact Kim Ogle at ogledesign@yahoo.com or (414) 702-8121.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Upcoming Programs

We have some exciting programs lined up for the rest of 2015. 

In October we will have a display of the beautiful work that won prizes at the State Fair and recognize the winners during our business meeting. Theresa Schabes will be presenting a program on using Ravelry to find your perfect pattern. She will give us guidelines on finding sweater features that complement your figure and then show us how to use Ravelry search features to find those flattering patterns.

Tahra Loy of Brew City Yarns, www.brewcityyarns.com, will be presenting the November program. She will share with us her process for hand dying yarn and give tips for using those beautiful multi-colors that can be so difficult to work with. She will have her yarn for sale before and after the meeting.

December will bring our holiday party and fashion show. This is your opportunity to show off the beautiful things you have finished during the year. In order to help organize the fashion show, it helps to know who will be showing what ahead of time. I will have forms at the October and November meetings for you to fill out what you are going to show, the pattern and yarn you used. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild Bus to Stitches Midwest

The Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild will be hosting a coach bus to Stitches Midwest 2015 at Schaumburg IL.

You can spending the day taking classes or shopping til you drop! For lunch you can bring your own food and drink or purchase it there.  There will be plenty of places to sit and take a break.

All this fun will be happening on Saturday, August 8.  

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 discount for the $10 entrance tickets and goody bags.  We leave Stitches at 6:00pm and return to the Hales Corners Park and Ride at 7:30pm.

The cost is $35 roundtrip.  All monies must be received by Saturday, July 4.

You can email the Guild for more information at gmkg@prodigy.net or call Jackie at 414-351-2202.

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

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Prepare for the July 14 Meeting

Brown Bags will be accepted for exchange at the July Meeting.

Bring your Brown Bag with a skein or two of yarn to exchange
 with a fellow knitter. The brown bag will be turned in and distributed to 
another Guild member. Remember you will be getting a knitted item 
returned to you made up in this yarn that you put in your
bag. So please send along some yarn that you find a joy to use. 
No junk yarn. You will be getting this item returned to you. 
The Brown Bag exchange is an opportunity for you to  be the designer 
and knit an item from the yarn in the bag. You can add additional
yarn if you choose. You must bring the knitted item back in September. 
At the September meeting we will be having a show and tell 
with the Brown Bag items.

This has alway been a smashing success filled with lots of surprises.