About the Guild

We are on Facebook now. Visit us at Greater Milwaukee Knitting 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. email us at gmkg@prodigy.net

Friday, December 5, 2008

December 2008 Guild newsletter


December is our Annual Potluck. Bring something to share and be prepared to Show Off your projects! Don’t forget your Charitable Donations for the Milwaukee Women’s Center. See you Tuesday, Dec 8th at 7 pm.

Rare Exhibit to come to Midwest in January

The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be having an exhibit Radiant Knits: The Bohus Tradition beginning January 23, 2009 at 6 p.m. The opening weekend will have amazing people presenting various aspects of the Bohus tradition. Kerstin Olsson will discuss her experiences at Bohus Sticking as a designer as , she leads a special 30 minute showing of the exhibit. Kjell Andersson, film producer, will present his documentary film "Bohus Knitting - From Relief Work to World Success" which is a follow-up to his other film "Fragments from a Time Gone By" which will be shown at ASI in early January. After his film showing, he will be available for questions. Master Swedish dyer Solveig Gutafsson will speak about her efforts to recreate many of the stunning Bohus designs and introduce a few newly recreated designs. She works closely with the museum that houses the Bohus collection in Sweden. The American connection is represented by Mary Jo Burke, owner of Stagecoach Yarns, a
small dye studio in Illinois. Poems of Color by author Wendy Keele is the book relating the history of the Bohus tradition and has patterns and photos of the fabulous movement. http://www.americanswedishinst.org/ is the website for more information about the exhibit and this special opening weekend. Their telephone number is 612-871-4907 for reservations. The exhibit is being co-sponsored by the Minnesota Knitting Guild The exhibit ends in March - but don't miss this special weekend with so many original sources. We believe the American Swedish Institute hasn't any idea how many people will be interested in this exhibit - they don't
know the power of knitters! Susanna is teaching workshops Sunday and Monday: if you are unable to attend in Minneapolis these same classes will be presented in Monticello later in the year. Susanna Hansson has been fascinated with the Bohus history and made it her mission to
collect as many of the original Bohus to be presented to a museum at a later date. She has spoken to the Guild and taught and shared her collection with knitters in Monticello in 2008 and will return to Monticello in September 2009 to again share her expertise and collection.

2008-2009 Calendar of Events
December will be our Christmas “potluck” and a “Show
and Tell”.
January Program: Marge Giralte from Giralte Bead and Gem in Cedarburg will bring samples and techniques for incorporating beads into knitting projects. She will have a couple kits available for sale as well as some ideas for your entry in the “Knitting with Beads” contest.

February Program: Trish Anderson, a guru of needle felting both by hand and machine, will conduct a “hands on” needle felting class. Bring your felted wool project or any scarf, sweater, coat or jacket to embellish. The item does not need to be felted. Trish says wool, denim, twill, home decorator fabrics (with no backing) are easiest to work on. Silks, corduroy, polyester and synthetics do not work as easily. The Guild will provide each participant a felting needle, roving and a foam base. Trish will have samples and patterns to use. The idea for this program came about with the donation of roving by Shirley Grede from the Yarn House.March -- Possibly Janet Szabo from Big Sky Knitting
Designs; also waiting to see if we will fit into her schedule.
April -- Our Guild Auction – We had so much fun last
year. Do not limit your creativity for donations. Also, we
want lots of guests for that evening!
May -- Tentatively author Dr. Susan Strawn will have
samples of vintage knitting as well as a slide presentation
based on research for her book Knitting America: A Glorious
Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art.
June – Judging (by all guild members) of the “Knitting
with Beads” contest
July -- TBA
August -- TBA

Milwaukee Women’s Center Wish List
The wish list is for new items
not used.
For Women:
Lotions/pampering product sets
Cologne (for Women)
Robes (for Women Size medium to XXX
Slippers for women (all Sizes)
Gift Cards, Target, Wal-Mart, Pick N
Pajamas/ nightgowns
For Children and Teens:
Cologne (for teen boys and girls)
Toys (for toddlers to teens)
Board games
Baby dolls & Barbie dolls (Caucasian
and African American)
Toy cars and trains
Art/Craft toys
Handheld video games
Basketball/ Footballs
Portable radio/CD player
Pajamas /Nightgown

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