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, December 2, 2009

GMKG Newsletter for December 2009

Purls of Wisdom Newsletter

Mission
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.
M eet in g s
Meetings are held in the North
Dining Room of Bergstrom Hall,
Mount Mary College on the
second Tuesday of each month.
Social Hour begins at 6:15 pm.
Our “ Knitting Doctors” are
available at that time for advice
and consultation on your knitting
projects.
The monthly meeting begins at
7:00 pm followed by the Monthly
program.
Mount Mary College is located at
2900 N. Menomonee River
Parkway, Milwaukee, WI

MEMBERSHIP
by Mary K
The guild has 7 new members that joined last
month. Please welcome the following:
DEE B: Dee has been knitting for 2
years. She looks forward to knitting interesting
projects. She works full time but finds time to
swim, read, play bridge, and meet new people.
CAROL C: Carol has been knitting
for 3 years. She also loves to crochet and to
quilt.
AMY L: Amy has been knitting for about
20 years and likes to learn how to knit new
things. Socks are her newest passion. She is a
nurse and a mom of 4. She also likes to read
and crochet.
KATHY M: Kathy has been knitting for
over 40 years. She learned to knit in grade
school and still loves it. For the past 2 years
she entered items in county fairs and the state
fair and won ribbons. She looks for a challenge
with each new project.
RUTH M: Ruth as been knitting for 45
years. She likes working with texture and
learning new techniques. Lately she has been
exploring directional knitting. She works full
time.
LAURA P and daughter ELEANORE: Laura has been knitting
for 15 years and retired from teaching high
school in Milwaukee. Eleanore is a novice
knitter.
We are glad to have all you ladies with us.
Visit us on the internet
at www.gmkg.blogspot.com

If you haven't renewed your membership,
please do so now. Dues are $ 25.00. Your dues
help pay for the rental of our meeting room
and for special guest speakers.
A copy of the membership form is printed
elsewhere in the newsletter. Please bring the
completed form and your payment to the
December meeting. Checks may be made
payable to the Greater Milwaukee Knitting
Guild and mailed with the renewal form to
Karen R, GMKG treasurer
or Mary K, GMKG Membership Chair

Minutes for November Guild Meeting
S u bm i t ted b y J u d y K
President Mary called the meeting
to order at 7:00 P.M.
She reminded all to wear their name tag.
New members/guests:
Amy, Kathy, and Laura. All are experienced knitters. Welcome
to the guild.

Old Business
Mary asked if there were any changes to the
September and October minutes. There being
none the minutes were accepted by Carole
K, and Kay T seconded.
Karen R gave an update on our financial
account and reminded every one to pay their
membership dues to Mary K.
A suggestion was brought up for consideration
at our last meeting concerning recruitment of
new officers. It was suggested that new
officers be exempt from paying guild yearly
dues. A vote was taken and the suggestion
was voted down. Officers will pay dues.
New business
December holiday meeting: Bring all your
completed knitted Christmas gifts and other
finished items for Show and Tell.
Kimberly Leach of Happy Hands Yarn was
at the November meeting featuring her hand
dyed yarn. If you weren’t there to see her
beautiful yarns, she sells on Ravelry, Flicker,
Loopy Ewe, bakinbabes@yahoo.com, and
happyhandsyarn.com
Charity knitting
Marge A displayed all the hat and
matching mitten sets to be given to the
Women’s Shelter, and reminded all to bring
hotel sized or sample sized shampoo, hand
lotion, and soaps to be given to the shelter,
along with any mittens, hats or scarves you
wish to donate.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting
at 7:20 by Karen R, and seconded by
Jeannie G.

CHARITY KNITTING
Submitted by Marge A
Thank you so much for all the beautiful hats,
scarves, and mittens I collected and delivered
to the Food for the Hungry. The organization
wanted to thank the members for their
generosity.
At our December meeting, I will collect all the
items you want delivered to the Milwaukee
Women’s Shelter for Christmas. Remember to
bring the soap, shampoo, and body lotion you
collected from recent hotel stays.
The manager of Volunteer Services sent me a
wish list if any member wants to give extra this
year. It includes some of the following items:
Underwear for women and children, diapers,
baby wipes, socks, slippers, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, hair combs/brushes and
deodorant. Donations are down this year, so
anything is greatly appreciated.
2009 Board of Directors and Committee
Chairs
President Mary GF and
Any H
Past President Linda M
Treasurer Karen R
Secretary Judy K
Membership Mary K
Charity Knitting Marge A
Newsletter Jeannie G
Dan J
Website Susan F
State Fair Carolyn M
Karen L
Knitting Doctor Karen L
Historian Nancy K
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Nancy K12/6
Patricia G 12/7
Sue B 12/13

P ROGR AM S
SABLE 2010 Yarn Stash Down
SABLE is an acronym for Stash Acquisition Beyond
Life Expectancy. In other words you have more yarn
than you can knit in one lifetime.
Is your yarn stash taking over your home? Then make
a commitment to knit down some of your yarn stash
in 2010.
Here are the rules.
1. Take an inventory of your yarn stash and choose
what yarns you will commit to knitting up between
January 1, 2010 and August 1,2010. For example I
plan to make 8 pairs of socks, 2 hats, another clapotis,
one gathered scarf, Currents Wrap and some Target
wave mittens. If I complete this I should use about 30
different skeins from my stash, which is around 5500
yards or 3.1 miles of yarn.
Your commitment may be one skein, 10 skeins or
more!
Ravelry has a great way to keep track of your yarn
stash and it can be downloaded to your computer as
an excel file. You can also tag your project queue with
a stash down tag or include stash down in the
comments section of your stash.
2. Fill out the commitment form.
3. Begin “knitting from your stash.”
You are committing to knit from your stash,
you may still acquire yarn, but your new acquisitions
will not count toward this commitment. You must
have the yarn in your stash on January 1, 2010. You
must knit or crochet the yarn. Giving away the yarn
will reduce your stash, but it will not count.
4. Your planned project may not use up a whole
skein. If there is less than 15 yards left of a skein it
will be considered used up.
5. When each skein that you have committed to using
up is gone, bring the knitted project or a picture of the
project to the Guild meeting for show and tell. You
should also post a picture in your projects area on
Ravelry so everyone can see your handiwork( this is
optional). The “stash administrators” will help track
your finished skeins at each Guild meeting. You can
also email us.
A prize will be awarded for knitting to most
yards of yarn from your stash and for knitting
the most skeins from your stash.
December is our annual Potluck. Bring
something to share and all your wonderful
projects to show off!
January: Guild members Peggy and Margaret
have chosen the Traveling Woman Shawl pattern
for Guild members to knit along.
The pattern is a free download from Ravelry or
Feministry.com The pattern was designed by Liz
Abinante. It uses approximately 385 yards of
fingerling yarn and is knit on US size 6 circular
needles. The shawl is approximately 48" by 17"
long. Please bring your shawl for show and tell if
you have already knit this project. Don’t forget
to check your stash for some yarn!
Bring your yarn, pattern and supplies this
January and we will cast on together!
Due to copyright laws each guild member must
download and print their own pattern.
February : We are working with the Janesville
and Madison Knitting Guilds to bring guest
speaker Donna Druchunus. There will be more
details next month if we are able to book her.
March : Susan Anderson, author of Itty Bitty
Hats and Itty Bitty Nursery will be here with
her new book Itty Bitty Toys.
We will hold a drawing for Susan’s new book. To
enter please knit a hat from one of Susan’s
books, or one of her free hat patterns from her
website or ravelry. For each hat collected in
March and donated to our charity knitting
projects you will receive a ticket for the drawing.
April is our Auction Fund Raiser. Its never too
early to start planning your donation to this
event. This is our fund-raiser for the year and
the proceeds help pay for our programs. Many of
the nationally known speakers charge $400.00
for the evening. The more money we raise the
more programs we can offer next year.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

GMKG Newsletter for November 2009

Meetings
Meetings are held in the North
Dining Room of Bergstrom Hall,
Mount Mary College on the
second Tuesday of each month.
Social Hour begins at 6:15 pm.

Our “ Knitting Doctors” are
available at that time for advice
and consultation on your knitting
projects.
The monthly meeting begins at
7:00 pm followed by the Monthly
program.

Mount Mary College is located at
2900 N. Menomonee River
Parkway, Milwaukee, WI

MEMBERSHIP
by Mary K
Please join me in welcoming our new member
Ruth M. Ruth has been a knitter for 45
years. In her free time, she likes to read.
When knitting, Ruth likes to work on knitting
pieces That have a lot of texture.

If you haven't renewed your membership,
please do so now. Dues are $ 25.00. Your
dues help pay for the rental of our meeting
room and for special guest speakers.
A copy of the membership form is printed
elsewhere in the newsletter. Please bring the
completed form and your payment to the
November meeting. Checks may be made
payable to the Greater Milwaukee Knitting
Guild and mailed with the renewal form to
the GMKG treasurer or Mary K.

September Meeting Minutes
Submitted by Judith K
The meeting was called to order by our
co-President Mary G-F at 7:00 P.M.
New Guests were introduced .A hearty welcome to
you all.
No changes to the August 2009 minutes. A motion
was made to accept and approve the minutes as
published in the newsletter. The motion was
accepted.
It is time to renew membership. Commitment
forms were filled out and signed by new and old
members.
Community Service-A table was set-up for yarn
donations for community knitting projects.
Treasurer Joanie C announced that there
was still room on the bus for anyone wishing to go
to Stitches. Ellen J showed all the prizes
lucky bus riders might win on the way home from
an exhausting day at Stitches..
State Fair Winners: We had several State Fair
winners. Some of the items were a shawl, and
another was a cat hat and a sweater.
Congratulation to the winners.
Next months program will be a demo on how to
better use Ravelry.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting and
seconded.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Kathy G 11/2
Ruth M 11/8
Rose Ann K 11/24
Lisa S 11/25
Gail McG 11/ 26
Klaudia H 11/28

October Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order by Co-president
Mary G-F at 7:00 pm. As the meeting
minutes were not published in last months
newsletter a motion was made and accepted to
publish both September and October meeting
minutes in the next newsletter.
Mary K Membership Chair reminded all that
the annual dues is now due.
A treasurers report was read by Karen R.
Marge A placed the donated projects for
the charity knitting on the table for all to view.
There was no old business for discussion.
New business- Some of the members have
inquired about reduced membership fee for those
who are serving on a committee. The board will
discuss this in the future .
Karen L Chair of State Fair inquired
whether the Guild will continue to sponsor the
categories and prizes for next years Wisconsin
State Fair. A vote was taken and it was agreed
that the Guild would continue this.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm.
Jeannie G from Programs introduced
Erin Hommeland tonight speaker. Erin gave a
demonstration on navigating Ravelry.


COMMUNITY KNITTING GROUPS
SUN DAY
i 2:30 pm The 1 st Sunday of the month Lake
Geneva Caribou Coffee.
M ON DAY
i 1:00-3:00 pm weekly. Elm Grove Knitting Group
at the Elm Grove Library. If you would like
more information, contact Karen P.
i 7:00-9:00 pm Barnes and Noble Café located on
South 76 Street.
i 6:30 Pm The Yarnivores - John Harbors Coffee
Shop, Menomonee Falls
TUESDAY
i 1:00-3:00 pm 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Crafters. The Church is
located near 78th and Grant.
i 1:00-3:00 pm 3rd Tuesday of the month at
Brookfield Library
W EDN ESDAY
i 10:00-Noon weekly at Just 4 Ewe
i 6:30 pm 1st Wednesday of each month Ernie’s
Wine Bar located at N49W5471 Portland Road,
Cedarburg, WI
THUR SDAY
i 6:30 pm The Knitting Knuts meet weekly at
Panera Bread located between Mooreland Road
and Sunny Slope Road. i
FR IDAY
i 6:00-9:00 pm weekly at Artistic Fibers.

2009 Board of Directors and
Committee Chairs
Co-Presidents Amy H
Mary G-F
Past President Linda M
Treasurer Karen R
Secretary Judy K
Membership Mary K
Charity Knitting Marge A
Newsletter Jeannie G
Dan J
Website Susan F
State Fair Carolyn M
Karen L
Knitting Doctors Karen L
Karen K
Historian Nancy K

WHAT’S AHEAD
November
Programs
Thank you to Erin Hommeland for the informative
insight at the October meeting on navigating Ravelry.

SABLE is an acronym for Stash Acquisition Beyond
Life Expectancy. In other words you have more yarn
than you can knit in one lifetime.
Is your yarn stash taking over your home? Will you
need to clean the yarn out of your oven in order to
cook the Thanksgiving Turkey? If a member of your
family has opened the cookie jar recently only to find
yarn hidden inside then this commitment is for you.
Here are the rules.
1. Take an inventory of your yarn stash and choose
what yarns you will commit to knitting up between
January 1, 2010 and August 1,2010. Your
commitment may be one skein or 10 skeins or more.
Ravelry has a great way to keep track of your yarn
stash and it can be downloaded to your computer as
an excel file.
2. Fill out the commitment form found on the last
page of the newsletter.
3. Begin “knitting from your stash.”
You are committing to knit from your stash,
you may still acquire yarn, but your new acquisitions
will not count toward this commitment. You must
have the yarn in your stash on January 1, 2010. You
must knit or crochet the yarn. Giving away the yarn
will reduce your stash, but it will not count.
4. Your planned project may not use the whole
skein. If there is less than 15 yards left of a skein it
will be considered used up.
5. When each skein that you have committed to using
up is gone, bring the knitted project or a picture of the
project to the Guild meeting for show and tell. You
should also post a picture in your projects area on
Ravelry so everyone can see your handiwork( this is
optional). The “stash administrators” will help track
your finished skeins at each Guild meeting.
Susan Anderson, Madison native and author of Itty
Bitty Hats and Itty Bitty Nursery will be here in
March with her new book Itty Bitty Toys.
We will hold a drawing for Susan’s new book. To
enter please knit a hat from one of Susan’s
books, or one her free hat patterns from her
website or ravelry. For each hat collected and
donated to our charity knitting projects you will
receive a ticket for the drawing.
April is our Auction Fund Raiser. Its never too
early to start planning your donation to this
event. This is our fund-raiser for the year and
the proceeds help pay for our programs.
Chris Byslma is our featured speaker at the May
meeting. She will give a presentation on knitting
from your stash.
If you or someone you know would like to give a
presentation or demonstrate a knitting
technique, please let the programs committee
know. We have open dates in January and
February. Suggestions for speakers or programs
are also welcome.


GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD MEMBERSHIP
NAME_______________________________________________________
ADDRESS____________________________________________________
CITY____________________________________ STATE____________ ZIP___________
DAY PHONE____________________________ NIGHT PHONE_______________________
BIRTH DATE_____________________
Email( please remember to print clearly as emails are case sensitive)
______________________________________________________________________
RECEIVE NEWSLETTER VIA EMAIL___________________ REGULAR MAIL_______________
REGULAR MEMBERSHIP( $25.00)___________________ JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP($5.00)____________
M EM B ER SHI P IN FORM ATION SUR VEY
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN KNITTING?____________________________________
ARE YOU A NEW MEMBER?_________
IF YOU ARE A NEW MEMBER, PLEASE TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF FOR OUR
NEWSLETTER________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________
IF RENEWING, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER?____________________________
PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
COMMITTEES.
_________CHARITY ________MEMBERSHIP
_________PROGRAMS ________STATE FAIR
_________NEWSLETTER/WEBSITE/PUBLICITY
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR PROGRAMS?_____________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________


SAB LE “K nit from your S tash “Commitment Form
Name______________________________ Ravelry Name____________________
I have these skeins of yarn in my stash and I commit to knitting them up on or before August
1, 2010. I will bring my completed projects or a picture of my project to a guild meeting as
verification of my stash reduction. I am committing to knit a total of ________ skeins of yarn
Signature_______________________________________ Date______________________
Name of stashed yarn __________________________________
Yarn Company Brand Name______________________________
Yarn Weight ( example sport weight)_______________________
Yards per skein_____________________ Amount of skeins in stash to use up ____________
Planned project______________________________________________________________
Completion date to be filled in by the stash administrators ________________________
************************************************************************************
Name of stashed yarn __________________________________
Yarn Company Brand Name______________________________
Yarn Weight ( example sport weight)_______________________
Yards per skein_____________________ Amount of skeins in stash to use up ____________
Planned project______________________________________________________________
Completion date to be filled in by the stash administrators ________________________
************************************************************************************
Name of stashed yarn __________________________________
Yarn Company Brand Name______________________________
Yarn Weight ( example sport weight)_______________________
Yards per skein_____________________ Amount of skeins in stash to use up ____________
Planned project______________________________________________________________
Completion date to be filled in by the stash administrators ________________________

Thursday, October 8, 2009

GMKG Newsletter for October 2009

Mission
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. Meetings are held in the North Dining Room of Bergstrom Hall,
Mount Mary College on the second Tuesday of each month. Social Hour begins at 6:15 pm.
Our “ Knitting Doctors” are available at that time for advice and consultation on your knitting projects. The monthly meeting begins at 7:00 pm followed by the Monthly
program. Mount Mary College is located at 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI


CHARITY KNITTING
by Marge
Thank you for the beautiful hats and scarves I
collected at our September meeting. I like
displaying them at the meetings, so other
guild members can admire all the unique
patterns.
For the remainder of 2009, we will be knitting
hats, scarves and mittens for the Food for the
Hungry, Inc. I will collect completed items at
any meeting. Our second, worthy cause is
knitting prayer shawls for patients receiving
palliative care and to their grieving family
members at Froedtert Hospital. I would like to
collect any completed shawls at our November
meeting.
I will have a wish list from the Milwaukee
Women’s shelter on 45th and Fon du Lac
avenue at our November meeting. Al items
will be collected at the December meeting and
then distributed to the shelter in time for
Christmas. Also Jean mentioned that
travel sized soaps, lotion, shampoo and
conditioners are always in need by the
shelter. If you are traveling and staying at a
hotel please consider bringing it home for this
cause.
I have a few ideas for next year’s projects;
and I would welcome ideas from members.
From all the suggestions, the board will
choose a couple of worthy causes.

2009 Board of Directors and Committee
Chairs
Co-Presidents Mary
Amy
Past President Linda
Treasurer Karen
Secretary Judy
Membership Mary
Charity Knitting Marge
Newsletter Jeannie
Dan
Website Susan
State Fair Carolyn
Karen
Knitting Doctors Karen
Karen
Historian Nancy

WHAT’S AHEAD
October
13-Guild Meeting - Using Ravelry
30-Wisconsin Spin In2009 visit www.WISspinIn.org
for more details
November
10-Meeting

Happy Birthday!
Melanie K 10/1
Marge A 10/4
Beth H 10/12
Carollynn D 10/17
Helen D 10/18
Nancy S 10/31

COMMUNITY KNITTING GROUPS
SUNDAY
i 2:30 pm The 1 st Sunday of the month Lake
Geneva Caribou Coffee.
MONDAY
i 1:00-3:00 pm weekly. Elm Grove Knitting Group
at the Elm Grove Library.
i 7:00-9:00 pm Barnes and Noble Café located on
South 76 Street.
i 6:30 Pm The Yarnivores - John Harbors Coffee
Shop, Menomonee Falls
TUESDAY
i 1:00-3:00 pm 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Crafters. The Church is
located near 78th and Grant.
i 1:00-3:00 pm 3rd Tuesday of the month at
Brookfield Library
WEDNESDAY
i 10:00-Noon weekly at Just 4 Ewe
i 6:30 pm 1st Wednesday of each month Ernie’s
Wine Bar located at N49W5471 Portland Road,
Cedarburg, WI
THURSDAY
i 6:30 pm The Knitting Knuts meet weekly at
Panera Bread located between Mooreland Road
and Sunny Slope Road.
FRIDAY
i 6:00-9:00 pm weekly at Artistic Fibers.

Yarn About Town
Submitted by Jeannie G
On a recent hunt for the perfect yarn to knit my
first clapotis, I stopped at Knitting Knook located
at 8585 North Port Washington Road in Fox Point.
The store is the former French Knot II. The last
time I visited, the store was packed floor to ceiling
in a small space with all sorts of interesting yarns.
New Owner Piper Melkonian doubled the space
since she took over the operation on May 1,
2009. The store contains an even larger variety of
yarn. The selection of sock yarn alone, made my
heart skip a beat! I purchased the new Misti
alpaca worsted weight yarn in a yummy shade of
green for my clapotis project.
The store also sells HiyaHiya knitting needles and
several other brands. A new HiyaHiya circular
needle kit with the interchangeable cables soon
went into my shopping basket, then some
HiyaHiya circular needles with a 9" cable in size
1.5 for sock knitting soon followed. Now, I was
kid in a candy store!
At the check out counter owner Piper Melkonian
suggested , I purchase the yarn club. For an
annual fee of $30.00 I would receive 20% off
everything in the store, 20% off classes, additional
bonus sales for yarn club members only, a
birthday gift on my birthday and use of the
lending library of patterns and books.
The Knitting Knook would like to extend an
invitation to all Greater Milwaukee Guild Members
to stop in and see all the wonderful yarns,
buttons, needles and other “knitting candy.”
Bring in a copy of this newsletter and receive 15%
discount on your yarn purchase. This offer can not
be used with the yarn club discount.

The Cat and The Crow
If your planning a drive to see the autumn
leaves, then head over to Mount Horeb.
Mount Horeb is the home of the famous Mt.
Horeb Mustard Museum which sells over 500
varieties of mustard .It is also the home of
the troll way and On October 3rd, a new yarn
and fiber shop will open.
The Cat and Crow is its name, and its mission
is to provide an outlet for locally produced,
fair trade yarn and fibers, offer classes in
knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing, and
felting, as well as being a gathering place for
fiber artists of all levels.
The shop is owned by Melissa( MO) Brown
and Rebecca Boelhower Santi and located at
205 east Main Street, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.
The telephone number is 608.437.1771.
Several classes including lace knitting,
beaded knitting and a class on how to hand
paint yarn and roving are planned for
October and November.

MEMBERSHIP
by Mary K
Please join me in welcoming our new members
Kathy G, Becky H, Mary H and Lisa
S.
Kathy G recently retired and has an interest
in a variety of crafts. She has been knitting for
50 years.

Becky H, a mother to three teenagers, 2
dogs and 2 cats loves to relax from her busy life
by knitting. She has been knitting for 1 ½
years.

Mary H loves to knit by hand and with her
three knitting machines. She uses computer
software to design her knits. She is currently
knitting charity projects from her stash.

The annual membership dues is now due.
Please print the last page of the newsletter and
bring it to the October Guild meeting. Checks
may be made payable to the Greater Milwaukee
Knitting Guild.

Programs Update
This month’s program is Ravelry for Dummies.
Susan Anderson, Madison native and author of
Itty Bitty Hats and Itty Bitty Nursery will be
here in March with her new book Itty Bitty
Toys.
We will hold a drawing for Susan’s new book.
To enter please knit a hat from one of Susan’s
books, or one her free hat patterns from her
website or ravelry. For each hat collected and
donated to our charity knitting projects you will
receive a ticket for the drawing.
April is our Auction Fund Raiser. Its never too
early to start planning your donation to this
event. This is our fund-raiser for the year
and the proceeds help pay for our programs.
Chris Byslma is our featured speaker at the
May meeting. She will give a presentation
on knitting from your stash.
Speaking of stash, once everyone learns
how to put their yarn stash on Ravelry this
month, we will have a commitment form in
next months newsletter for our “Knitting
from your stash “ campaign. Start planning
what stash yarn you are going to use up.
Knitting an an itty bitty hat or two could
use up one skein or more. Rumor has it the
winners will receive a gift certificate to
replenish their yarn stash!
If you or someone you know would like to
give a presentation or demonstrate a
knitting technique, please let the programs
committee know. We have open dates in
January and February. Suggestions for
speakers or programs are also welcome.

GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD MEMBERSHIP
NAME_______________________________________________________
ADDRESS____________________________________________________
CITY____________________________________ STATE____________ ZIP___________
DAY PHONE____________________________ NIGHT PHONE_______________________
BIRTH DATE_____________________
Email( please remember to print clearly as emails are case sensitive)
______________________________________________________________________
RECEIVE NEWSLETTER VIA EMAIL___________________ REGULAR MAIL_______________
REGULAR MEMBERSHIP( $25.00)___________________ JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP($5.00)____________
M EM B ER SHI P IN FORM ATION SUR VEY
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN KNITTING?____________________________________
ARE YOU A NEW MEMBER?_________
IF YOU ARE A NEW MEMBER, PLEASE TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF FOR OUR
NEWSLETTER_______________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________
IF RENEWING, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER?____________________________
PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
COMMITTEES.
_________CHARITY ________MEMBERSHIP
_________PROGRAMS ________STATE FAIR
_________NEWSLETTER/WEBSITE/PUBLICITY
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR PROGRAMS?_____________________________________
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

GMKG Newsletter for Sept 2009

AUGUST MEETING MINUTES
Submitted by Karen P
August 11, 2009
Linda M called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
New Guests –The Guild had three new guests present.
Sunshine- birthdays were acknowledged.
Secretary- No changes to the minutes were noted by Guild
Members from the July 2009 meeting. A motion was made by
Jean G to accept and approve the minutes as published
in the newsletter. Carolyn M seconded the motion.
Treasurer-Checking account balance is $3001.03.
Membership-No new members
Newsletter- Paper copies of the July newsletter are available at
tonights meeting.
Community Service-See newsletter for details.
Old Business- No new updates
New Business- The old website is still on the internet. Karen
R will assist in trying to close it down. Susan F is
keeping the blog up to date. Bookmarks are available for
members to distribute. New officers were introduced and will be
installed at the September meeting.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 7:25pm by Karen
R and seconded by Joanie Cannestra

BUS TRIP TO STITCHES
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12th $30.00 per person.
This includes bus and entrance to Stitches.
Bus leaves from three different stops.
1. 8:00am leaves Watertown Plank Rd park and
ride. Please be there 10 minutes before , to load
onto bus.
2. 8:30am leaves Ryan Rd park and ride. Please be
there 10 minutes before to load.
3. 9:00am this is a rest stop at the McDonalds on
hwy 20 in Racine.
Bus should arrive at Stitches at 10:00 am. Shop and
lunch at your leisure.
Bus leaves from the conference center at 4:00pm.
Stops are in reverse

2009 Board of Directors and Committee
Chairs
President Linda M
Vice President Rose Ann K
Treasurer Joanie C
Secretary Karen P
Membership Ana
Charity Knitting Jean G
Newsletter Jeannie G
Dan J
Website Susan F
State Fair Carolyn M
Karen L
Knitting Doctors Karen L
Karen K
Historian Nancy K

WHAT’S AHEAD
September
8 Guild Meeting- State fair Winners and Induction of
New Officers
10-13 Stitches Midwest www.knittinguniverse.com
11-13 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival
21-24 Susanna Hansson workshops in Monticello Email
knitterstreat@wekz.net or phone 608-235-2835.
October
3 Yarn con, Pulaski Field House Chicago, Il
www.yarncon.com
13 Guild Meeting - Using Ravelry

Happy Birthday!
Terri S 9/13
Celeste M 9/16
Carole K 9/20
Patricia S 9/23
Sandra S 9/24

COMMUNITY KNITTING GROUPS
SUNDAY
-2:30 pm The 1 st Sunday of the month Lake
Geneva Caribou Coffee. Call 262-757-0960 for
more details.
M ON DAY
-1:00-3:00 pm weekly. Elm Grove Knitting Group
at the Elm Grove Library. If you would like
more information, contact Karen P at
262-7439-8739
-7:00-9:00 pm Barnes and Noble Café located on
South 76 Street.
-6:30 Pm The Yarnivores - John Harbors Coffee
Shop, Menomonee Falls
TUESDAY
-1:00-3:00 pm 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Crafters. The Church is
located near 78th and Grant.
-1:00-3:00 pm 3rd Tuesday of the month at
Brookfield Library
WEDNESDAY
-10:00-Noon weekly at Just 4 Ewe
-6:30 pm 1st Wednesday of each month Ernie’s
Wine Bar located at N49W5471 Portland Road,
Cedarburg, WI
THURSDAY
-6:30 pm The Knitting Knuts meet weekly at
Panera Bread located between Mooreland Road
and Sunny Slope Road. Contact Ellen at 262-
327-4451 for more details.
-FRIDAY
-6:00-9:00 pm weekly at Artistic Fibers.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

GMKG Newsletter- AUG 09

A Message from The Treasurer Joanie C
Here's the information on GMKG trip to Stitches.
Saturday, Sept. 12th $30.00 per person. This includes bus and entrance to Stitches.
Bus leaves from three different stops.
1. 8:00am leaves Watertown Plank Rd park and ride. Please be there 10 minutes
before , to load onto bus.
2. 8:30am leaves Ryan Rd park and ride. Please be there 10 minutes before to load.
3. 9:00am this is a rest stop at the McDonalds on hwy 20 in Racine.
Get your caffeine on and use the ladies room.
We should arrive at Stitches at 10:00, right when it opens. Shop and
lunch at your leisure. You can buy there or bring your own.
Leave from the conference center at 4:00pm. Stops are in reverse. If
no one boards onto bus at McD's we may pass it up to get home
sooner.
Bring knitting, we can leave stuff on the bus. THE BUS COMPANY
AND/OR GMKG IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST
ARTICLES.
Can anyone volunteer to ask your LYS for a donation of a door prize?
Let Ellen know if you can.
If your not going to be at Aug GMKG meeting, you can mail your
check payable to GMKG, and send to
Joanie C
7011 W. Bluemound Rd
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Thank you all and happy shopping!
JULY MEETING MINUTES
Submitted by Karen P
July 14, 2009
Linda M called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
New Guests –The Guild had one new guest present.
Sunshine- birthdays were acknowledged.
Secretary- No changes to the minutes were noted by Guild Members from the June 2009
meeting. A motion was made by Carolyn M to accept and approve the minutes as
published in the newsletter. Karen P seconded the motion. A note there was an error
in the prizes awarded for the Bead knitting contest; $25.00 gift certificate went to Karen
K.
Treasurer-Checking account balance is $4128.08.
Programs-The August meeting will feature a Knitting/Yarn Swap, September will be the
induction of the new Guild officers and State Fair winners will be invited.
Membership-No new members
Newsletter-Reminder that all articles are due by the 20th of the month. If you would like a
copy of the past newsletter, please see Dan J.
Community Service-See newsletter for details.
Old Business-Karen L indicated that State Fair will not have any of the Guilds providing
demonstrations. If you would like to voice your concerns, please contact Karen and see will
provide you the names and numbers of the staff at State Fair to discuss.
New Business-Stitch and Pitch will be July 29th 2009 at Miller Park. The Guild will be providing
a book mark that will be places in a packet and handed out to knitters and interested people
attending the game. Stitches will be September 12, 2009. Joanie C and Ellen J
will be coordinating this event. If you are interested in attending the cost will be $30.00 (for
bus and entrance into Stitches) you can make your check out to the GMKG. The pickup points
will be 8:00am Watertown Plank Road Park and Ride, 8:15am Ryan Road Park and Ride.
Joanie indicated that they need a commitment from 40 people by 9-1-09.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 7:30pm by Kathy W and seconded by
Barbara B.
AUGUST GUILD PROGRAM
This month we will conduct a yarn swap.
Please bring your yarn in clear bags with the
name of the yarn, yardage and price marked
on the bag. Also remember to bring money to
make change. We will allow everyone time to
walk about and view each others the
merchandise, then open the floor up for sales.
Should anyone have any unwanted yarn
consider donating it to the Guild for our charity
knitting projects.
A special thank you to Mary Germain for
sharing her love of Latvian knitting during last
months meeting.
Should anyone need more inspiration before
knitting up a pair of Latvian mittens please visit
the following website.
www.rigasummit.lv/en/id/cats/nid/698/
In 2006 the NATO summit was held in Riga.
268 knitters from across Latvia knit a total of
4500 pairs of mittens to give to each NATO
delegate. Each pair of mittens was different.
The site also has a link to the story of the 1000
year old mitten with history of the symbols
used in Latvian knitting.
Several Latvian mittens from the Collection of
Mary Germain.
COMMUNITY KNITTING GROUP S
SUN DAY
i 2:30 pm The 1 st Sunday of the month Lake
Geneva Caribou Coffee. Call 262-757-0960
for more details.
M ON DAY
i 1:00-3:00 pm weekly. Elm Grove Knitting
Group at the Elm Grove Library. If you
would like more information, call 262-781-7601
i 7:00-9:00 pm Barnes and Noble Café
located on South 76 Street.
i 6:30 Pm The Yarnivores - John Harbors
Coffee Shop, Menomonee Falls
TUESDAY
i 1:00-3:00 pm 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the
month. St. Paul’s Lutheran Crafters. The
Church is located near 78th and Grant.
i 1:00-3:00 pm 3rd Tuesday of the month at
Brookfield Library
W EDN ESDAY
i 10:00-Noon weekly at Just 4 Ewe
i 6:30 pm 1st Wednesday of each month
Ernie’s Wine Bar located at N49W5471
Portland Road, Cedarburg, WI
THUR SDAY
i 6:30 pm The Knitting Knuts meet weekly at
Panera Bread located between Mooreland
Road and Sunny Slope Road. Call 262-327-4451 for more details.
i
FR IDAY
i 6:00-9:00 pm weekly at Artistic Fibers. Call
262-757-0960 for more details.
2009 Board of Directors and Committee
Chairs
President Linda M
Vice President Rose Ann K
Treasurer Joanie C
Secretary Karen P
Membership Ana B
Charity Knitting Jean G
Newsletter Jeannie G
Dan J
Website Susan F
State Fair Carolyn M
Karen L
Knitting Doctors Karen L
Karen K
Historian Nancy K
WHAT’S AHEAD
Au gus t
11 Guild Meeting -Yarn Swap
S ep tem b er
8 Guild Meeting- State fair Winners and Induction of New
Officers
10-13 Stitches Midwest www.knittinguniverse.com
11-13 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival
Oc tob er
3 Yarn con, Pulaski Field House Chicago, Il www.yarncon.com
13 Guild Meeting
Advertising is Available
Small Ad (Business card size) $5.00 per month or $50.00 per
year
Large Ad ( 1/4 page) $8.00 per month or $80.00 per year.
Other sizes are available. Please Contact the newsletter for
more options.
Visit us on the internet at www.gmkg.blogspot.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Cristel Mr August 8
Lisa G- August 19
Margot M August 24
Karen B August 30

July Newsletter

A Message from Rose Ann
Thank you to all members who registered 23 items to be judged in the
“Knitting with Beads” contest. Entries included everything from scarves
and shawls to jewelry. The 1st place prize of a $75.00 gift certificate to the
Knitting Knook went to Patricia G for her beautiful beaded shawl.
2nd prize , a $50.00 gift certificate to Fiberwood Studios went to Jean G
for her stunning beaded scarf and 3rd prize a 425.00 gift
certificate to Just 4Ewe went to Karen K for her original
design amulet necklace. Thank you for all the great participation in the
contest.
We had 11 commitment forms for the UFO contest. Karen
R, Margaret Rose D and Mary Guy F presented
their finished projects and each received a $10.00 gift
certificate to the Yarn House.
Our next Guild meeting will feature Mary Germain with a
program on Latvian knitting.
The August 11th meeting will be a knitting related swap. Each
member should bring any unwanted yarn, patterns etc in good
condition from their stash that is priced to sell. Remember to
bring cash to make purchases or make change and swap away.
JUNE MEETING MINUTES
Submitted by Karen P
Rose Ann, Vice President called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
New Guests - none present
Secretary- No changes to the minutes were noted by the Guild Members from the May 2009
meeting. A motion was made by Jean G to accept and approve the minutes as
published in the newsletter. Karen K seconded the motion.
Programs- The July meeting will feature Mary Germain and a presentation on color and
patterns of Latvian knitting. August will be a yarn, pattern, knitting accessory sway.
Membership has 78 paid members. Please welcome new member Carlotta S.
Newsletter- Please email Jeannie G your most interesting or exotic place that
you have knit in public.
Community service- Projects are hats, mittens, scarves and gloves for children and
adults which will be distributed by the organization Food for the Hungry in Brookfield.
Also prayer shawls for Froedtert Hospital Palliative care ministry. The shawls must be
made out of washable yarn9 no wool), laundered, and without fringe. Please see Jean
G for more details.
New Business- Ellen J discussed the bus trip to Stitches, further details will be
forthcoming, but those wishing to attend will have to make a financial commitment
ahead of time. The upcoming World Wide Knit in Public Day is set for June 13, 2009.
Ellen indicated that there will be a location at Bradford Beach starting at 11:00 am. Pat
indicated that the Pewaukee Public Library will be holding a knit in from 10-2 pm as
well. Just 4 Ewe in Oak Creek will hold a knit in also. Karen Knoted that the
Midwest Felting Symposium will be held from July 29through August 2 at the Alliant
Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. This is a free event.
We had 23 entries for the “Knitting with Beads” contest, Patricia G won first place
with a beautiful, beaded shawl; Jean Gwon second place with a stunning
beaded scarf and Karen K won third place with her original design amulet
jewelry.
There were 3 entries for the UFO ( Unfinished Object) contest. The winners with their
great entries were Karen R, Mary G-F and Margaret Rose D.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 pm by Kay T and seconded by
Judy K.
3 PURLS OF WISDOM JULY 2009
Ysolda Teague Visits Main Street Yarn Shop in Hartford
Submitted by Margaret Rose D
On Tuesday June 2, 2009 The Main Street Yarn Shop in Hartford, Wisconsin hosted a
reception and book signing for the popular Scottish knitting designer Ysolda Teague.
Her designs have been published in Twist and Knitty. She had samples of all the
patterns from her new book Whimsical Little knits. The book includes a variety of
projects; everything from beautiful lacy shawls and scarfs, hats and even a whimsical
doll. Many of her other patterns are available on her website and blog www.ysolda.com
Besides meeting Ysolda, the best part of this wonderful event was sitting and knitting
with friends. One could really feel the warmth of the knitting community. Ysolda later
commented in Edinburgh, people go to yarn stores, buy supplies and leave. They do not
sit and knit. She has truly enjoyed the welcome and friendship of all the yarn stores she
has visited in the United States.
My compliments to Rhonda Hattori for hosting this event with only 48 hours notice. The
Main Street Yarn shop is a cozy shop in downtown Hartford with a wonderful selection
of yarn and friendly helpful staff. Please visit their website: www.mainstyarnshop.com
CHARITY KNITTING
Submitted by Jean G
We have two different charities that we are knitting for this year. Hats, Scarves and
Mittens will be donated to the food pantries for distribution as needed. And, Prayer
Shawls for Froedtert Hospital. If you want to read more about Prayer Shawls and get
detailed information go to: http://www.shawlministry.com/instructions.html
The website contains several prayer shawl patterns under the pattern category located
at the bottom of the main page. Please visit the page and print off one or more patterns
for your personal use.
Visit this link for some children’s hat patterns www.madronafiberarts.com/charity.html
Knit in Public
Last month to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public
Day, we asked where the most exotic place that our
Guild members have knit in public. Here are two
submissions:
Knitting in public almost always gets a response or
two from someone, usually another knitter or a former
knitter who almost always share a comment or an
observation or two.
I have a son who lives with his family in Sydney,
Australia, so of course, I’ve been there often to share
in the lives of my three grandchildren.
It was almost time for me to return home this past
January, when I decided that I had to visit the Sydney
Art Museum, so of course I brought along my knitting,
and rested my feet and knit – probably a pair of socks
in the main entrance way. That time of the year is
Summer. Several people wandered by informing me
that they used to knit. One was surprised that I was
knitting in summer! I said I knit all year long.
On New Year’s Eve, we were at Rushcutters Bay,
picnicking, and waiting for the fireworks to go off over
the Sydney bridge, and again a friend of a friend
wondered that I was actually knitting in summer!
Before I left Sydney I had knit a pair of socks for each
of the five members of my son’s family, so the day I
left they all put on their new socks and we took
pictures of them all together with their feet towards
the camera to show off their newly clad feet.
I also knit on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, but then a
few of us do. Knitting socks doesn’t make me too hot.
I also knit around the pool. I’m usually there for two
months in the winter. It has helped me make some
new friends.
I knit on airplanes and in airports, usually socks. It’s a
great way to pass the waiting time.
I had surgery this past April. While in the waiting room
waiting for my therapist to come and get me, I was
knitting. A young man confided that he too had knit a
pair of socks when he was a teenager. This
was a surprise – my first comments from a
man!
Both my therapist and my doctor want to
learn to knit socks. I told my doctor I’d teach
her when she had more time, or when she
retired.
I suspect that knitting is keeping my hands
from becoming gnarled – a condition
suffered by my mother, who by the way
warned me when I lived at home, before I
was married that if I bought any more yarn,
my trunks of yarn and me would be ousted
from my parents’ home! I was never cured. I
still own lots and lots and lots of yarn!
Karen P
Knitter to Rock Stars?
Often I look up and find someone
with a puzzled look on their face. This is
because two passions have been combined
to allow both my partner Mike and I to enjoy
our favorite activities together. My partner is
a musician and plays bass in various bands.
This means many hours traveling and many
hours waiting. A one hour performance may
take 5 hours travel and 2 hours set up. So
what do I do? Knit of course.
I have designed shawls and tops for
performers local and International. I have
designed a shawl for Tina Lie a Norwegian
singer that performs in Europe and the US.
Or you may see my creations on Bobbie Jo
Landon in the Milwaukee area. So when
you’re are at Summerfest, a church festival,
or any venue in the Midwest take a peak
backstage or around the audience. You may
see me working on my latest project.
I am blessed to share my passion for the needle arts
with Mike’s passion for music. It’s hard to be unhappy
when you are doing the things that put a smile on
your face.
Karen R
WHAT’S AHEAD
July
12- October 15 Elsebeth Lavold
Knitting Along the Viking Trail,
Vesterham Norwegian American Museum, Decorah, Iowa
www.vesterheim.org
14 Guild Meeting with Guest Speaker Mary Germain
17-19 Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, McHenry
County College, Crystal Lake IL ,www.fiberandfolk.com
29 Milwaukee Brewers Stitch and Pitch www.stitchandpitch.com
29- Aug 2 Midwest Felting Symposium, Alliant energy Center,
Madison, Wi www.midwestfeltingsymposium.com
August
11 Guild Meeting -Yarn Swap
September
8 Guild Meeting- State fair Winners and Induction of New
Officers
10-13 Stitches Midwest www.knittinguniverse.com
October
3 Yarn con, Pulaski Field House Chicago, Il
www.yarncon.com
13 Guild Meeting
Advertising is Available
Small Ad (Business card size) $5.00 per month or
$50.00 per year
Large Ad ( 1/4 page) $8.00 per month or $80.00 per
year.
Other sizes are available. Please Contact the
newsletter for more options.
Visit us on the internet at www.gmkg.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

May Newsletter for GMKG

A Message from The President
We’ve had another successful auction and I’d like to thank the entire membership
for your participation. Whether it was bringing an item to be auctioned, a friend or
bidding everyone played an important role. We should be proud. Our speaker
budget is growing by leaps and bounds, and that’s a good thing because Rose Ann
has already contracted a national speaker for May 2010. There’s so much to look
forward to!!! - Linda
PROGRAMS
A Big Thank You to all those who donated items to the auction, to those who bid
on and bought those items, and to all the volunteers who made the evening a great
success. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!
Loop Yarn Shop will be setting up shop at our May meeting. Patricia
will have lots of ideas and materials to start your next project. As an
added bonus, Three lucky Guild Members will receive $20.00 Loop
Yarn gift certificates to assist in your shopping. We will draw names
for these certificates right after the meeting adjourns. Don’t miss out,
be sure to attend!!
Have you started your project for the “Knitting with Beads” Contest?
This will be judged by Guild members after the June 9th meeting. Prizes
will be warded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
The UFO’s will be presented at this meeting as well. Prizes will be
awarded in this category also.
Our July meeting will be a slide presentation on “Color and Pattern in
Latvian Mittens” presented by Mary Germain.
A knitter most of her life, Mary has taught knitting, weaving and other
fiber arts since 1983, and was owner of The Wool Works yarn shop in
Milwaukee from 1985-96. Her woven and knitted garments have won
awards at the WHI Annual Shows and Harrisville Designs’ Convergence
Contests. Inspired by a Latvian friend, Mary published a pattern on
Latvian knitting in Piecework magazine. Trips to Latvia in 2001 and
Estonia in 2005 provided Mary with more knitting inspiration, which she
enjoys sharing with her students.
Her program will include a slide presentation showing some of the sights
of Latvia, photos from museums and craft fairs and actual samples of
the work of Latvian knitters and weavers.
-Rose Ann

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Newsletter-- Join us for our annual Auction-- Everyone's welcome!

The April Auction
Our April meeting will be the annual auction. We’ll be looking forward to
all our creative items to be auctioned off. The money received from the
auction will help pay for guest speakers and Guild activities.
The more items we have the more fun we will have. Please submit your
items with the pre-printed cards on page 6 or a 3x5 index card with the
item, items value, opening bid, and name of donor.
Here are some suggestions:
Children’s Items Candles
Stuffed Toys Gift Certificates
Easter Baskets Spring Decor
Easter Decorations Handmade Soaps
Planters Jewelry
Gardening Tools Gift baskets
Chocolates
Coffee


CHARITY KNITTING 2009
We have a new plan for the 2009 charity knitting. We
have received requests from two very worthy causes
for our knitted goods.
Food for the Hungry, Inc. Has asked for donations of
hats, scarves, mittens or gloves for both children and
adults. Food for the Hungry will distribute our donated
items to children’s crisis centers, women’s abuse
shelters, day care centers and homeless shelters. We
can donate these items throughout the year, as they
have a significant amount of recipients.
Froedtert Hospital Palliative Care Chaplaincy Service is
seeking donations of prayer shawls. Prayer Shawls will
be made available to patients receiving Palliative care
and to their grieving family members.
Froedtert Hospital uses the shawl ministry website at
www.shawlministry.com
as its guideline for the shawls.
Both are wonderful ways for us to share our love of
knitting with people who will truly appreciate what we
make. You can knit something for either project
during the coming year. We will collect the items at
each of our monthly meetings and distribute them to
the organizations.
The Guild is also accepting new requests for Charity
knitting and will add patterns or pattern sources
throughout the upcoming months for these
projects.
So lets start using up some yarn and make some
really cute items. Start with 2 needle mittens
found at
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/2-needlemitt
s.htmll
Then make a scarf to match.
Try this website to view five different easy
patterns.
Http://alison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_beginners_scarves.
html
Happy knitting
Jean


WHAT’S AHEAD
April
4 Tall Grass Farm Spring Fiber Jubilee, Delavan,
WI
9-11 Half Price Sale Knitters Treat Monticello,
WI
14- Guild Auction
18 - Stephenson County Fiber Arts Festival
Cederville, Illinois
May
11- Guild Meeting Featuring Loop Yarn Shop
16-17- Door County Shepherds Market at
Whitefish Bay Farms, Wisconsin
June
9- Judging of Knitting with Beads Contest
13- World Wide Knit in Public Day
July
12- Oct 15 Elsebeth Lavold Knitting Along the
Viking Trail, Vesterham Norwegian
American Museum, Decorah, Iowa
14- Guild Meeting
16-19 Knitting Camp with Meg Swansen, Holiday
Inn, Marshfield , WI
17-19 Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair,
McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
29- Milwaukee Brewers Stitch and Pitch
29- Aug 2 Midwest Felting Symposium, Alliant
Energy Center, Madison , WI
August
11- Guild Meeting
September
10-13 Stitches Midwest
10-13 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
21-24 Susan Hansson at Knitters Treat,
Monticello, WI

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 2009 Newsletter

Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage From Warm Socks To High Art


The Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild welcomes
Dr. Susan Strawn to the March Guild meeting.
Dr. Strawn will have samples of vintage knitting
as well as a slide presentation based on her
research from her book :Knitting in America:
Glorious Heritage From Warm Socks To High
Art.
Knitter, writer and illustrator, Susan Strawn has
a PhD in Textiles and Clothing from Iowa
State University. A regular contributor to Piecework, Interweave
Knits, Spin-off and other textile magazines and journals,
she presented a paper entitled “ Back to the Knitting Needle:
Manufacturers, retailers, and the image of handknitting in
America, 1935-1955: to the Costume Society of America.
Strawn teaches textile-related classes at Dominican University in
River Forest, Illinois, and researches, hand- produced traditional
textiles. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Spin-Off Magazine wrote:
“ Part picture book, part social history, part entertainment and
all fun, Knitting America” places the ordinary task of knitting
into the larger “context of American history. Beginning with the
first American knitters and working her way through the
decades to the present, historian and avid knitter Susan Strawn
shares a wealth of information about how knitters have
supported our troops during wartime, clothed their families,
founded businesses and expressed their creativity... There are
images of beautiful knitted items, and examples of printed
patterns and knitting posters.”


A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
I have the best news and as you can see, we have a newsletter editor!! It’s so
good to be in communication with everyone again. You don’t realize how much you’ll miss
something until you don’t have it. Thanks to Jeannie Goljenboom for volunteering to compile and
print the news for GMKG.
Our February meeting was a big hit. Tricia Anderson, a super talented, creative lady from Bigsby’s
Sewing Center came to demonstrate wool felting to us. Materials were supplied by the club and
donated by the Yarn House so we could sample the technique.
I’m looking forward to the March meeting. Our speaker is a knitting author who writes about the
history of knitting. I think she’s got a lot of understanding about our passion and will give us insight
on where many knitting facets came from. Don’t forget that the April meeting is our second annual
auction. Last year you were rookies and did a fantastic job of bringing auction items and bidding
generously. I can’t wait to see what we’ll do this year.
I hope all of you can make it to the meetings. It’s such a nice way to spend an evening. We can
talk to and get to know interesting people and learn our craft.
See you on March 10th
Linda
SECOND ANNUAL AUCTION
Our April meeting will be the annual auction.
We’ll be looking forward to all your creative
items to be auctioned off. Here are some
suggestions: think spring, picnics, sports,
jewelry, chocolate, coffees, candles, children’s
items( stuffed toys, Easter baskets), baskets of
gardening supplies. You get the idea. Look
through your magazines and start your projects.
Now it’s up to you. The more items we have the
more fun the Auction.
Your Auctioneer, Linda

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

No more Newsletters for awhile

Sorry for the inconvenience, but there won't be any newsletters for awhile. We'll put any announcements in the Blog that effect members, like changes in times or dates etc. So check the Blog before the meetings to make sure you have all the information you need for the meeting and we’ll try to put out a newsletter soon. Thanks for your patience!

Programs for the next few months

February Program:
“Hands on” needle felting will be lead by Trish Anderson of Bigsbys. The Guild will provide
the felting needle, the roving (some was donated by Shirley at the Yarn House) and the pad.
Trish will provide samples and assist in designing. All YOU have to bring is the article you
want to embellish. You can needle felt on wools, denim, twill, home decorating fabrics with
no backing, heavy cotton. Bring your moth eaten coat, jacket, sweater or dress to make a
design to cover the holes. Do NOT try polyesters, synthetics, silk or corduroy.
This promises to be a fun program so be sure to attend!!!!

March Program:
Knitting historian/author, Susan Strawn’s program will consist of historical samples of
knitting as well as a presentation on knitting in America during certain historical periods.
Susan is the author of Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art.

April Program:
Our 2nd annual auction. Find an interesting item to donate to the auction. Round up all your
friends to attend. Auction items do not have to be related to knitting. Do you have other
hobbies? Bring one of your creations to the auction!

June Program:
Are you working on your UFO to show at the June meeting?? If you need a commitment form,
see me (Rose Ann) at the next meeting. Prizes will be awarded.

Have you selected your project for the Knitting with Beads contest? Entries will be brought to the
June meeting and the members will vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Prizes will be awarded.