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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

More Well Dressed Babies in the Milwaukee Area

Once again we have made sure that  Milwaukee Area babies in the Christ Child Society are at the top of their game with our really sweet sweaters, booties, hats and blankets.  Raffle winners received knitting supplies, books and gift cards to local yarn shops.  Thank you Shelly and everyone who participated and helped make our Baby Shower a success.

Jane K had a very clever way to display the sweaters.
You can't have a Baby Shower without treats!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Final Result- Beautiful Yarn Bowls

They look great.  This might have opened up some ideas for retirement hobbies.

Decorating Yarn Bowls

The Knitting Knook hosted an event for us that had some of our members digging deep for creative ideas.  It looks like they were successful!  They are all different and pretty attractive.  The bowls are a nice size too.  I have seen some pretty large ones that could have been fruit bowls.  Participants also received  a 10% discount on purchases.

All of This Could Have Been Yours!

Once again our Auction was a success!  Lots of bidders and lots of buyers.  Thank you  to everyone who participated.  Our Local Yarn Shops generously donated gift certificates,  beautiful yarns, needles and accessories.  Please support these shops when you need to buy great patterns or spectacular  yarns.

Bungalow Quilting and Yarn                   http://www.bungalowquilting.com

Cream City Yarn                                      http://creamcityyarn.com

Fiberwood Studio                                     http://fiberwoodstudio.com

Grafton Yarn Store                                   http://graftonyarnstore.com

Knitch                                                       http://knitch.net

Midwest Yarn                                           http://midwestyarn.com

River Boutique & Yarn                    http://www.riverboutiqueyarn.com

The Knitting Knook                                 http://www.theknittingknook.com/Knitting_Knook/Home.html

The Wool and Cotton Co.                         http://www.woolandcottonco.com


This Silent Auction table  had cat toys, baked molasses cookies and books.

One of the Auction tables with lots of patterns and yarn.

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