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

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