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, 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