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

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 ________________________

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