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 8, 2010

GMKG Newsletter for December 2010

PURLS OF WISDOM, A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD December 2010

Giving the gifts of…..

The Holidays are bursting out all over and with that brings memories of sleigh rides, snow men and the awesome hand knit sweaters we all(at least the kids in my family) thought were the coolest gifts Mom could give us (she always let us pick the colors)…..may the spirit and good tidings carry over to others…

Minutes of last meeting:

Amy H.- co president opened the meeting asking for confirmation of minutes from the last meeting.

Minimal minutes as I did not receive any so I am going by what few I took:
Treasurers report – 3717.19 in account as of tonight.

Guild members decided on Knit Socks, Shawls and New Knitter Item for the 3 awards the guild wouldsponsor this year for the State Fair. Good news here- the folks in the sheep barn are willing to let us come and do knitting presentations this year……………….details to follow!

December’s Pot Luck/M eeting will be in Helfare Hall- look for everyone there and let’s hope itdoesn’t snow us out!

What’s coming up:

December- Show and Telland the annual Potluck
January- Round Robin
February- Stay tuned for Meg Swanson

Membership:
We have 2 new members and 1 returning member who joined the guild last month. Please welcome Deb P., Carol T. and Troy Y. Deb has been knitting since she was a girl and knits every chance shegets-on the bus, breaks at work, watching TV, and even on her exercise bike. Shelearned to do cables this year and loves the texture that cables bring to aknitting project. She is interested in learning entrelac. Carol also learned to knit when she was young. She likes classicstyles and texture projects, has done lots of scarves and now that she is workingpart time has more time for sweater projects. Troy is re-joining after a few years absence. At the October meetingsomeone mentioned that they were a “Born-Again Knitter” which Troy says describes herself. She has been knitting off and on for about 20 years and has re-connected with knitting again. She loves to knit with color and the newer fibersand uses Ravelry for inspiration. Troy is also a quilter and is retired. With the addition of these three new members- that puts us at 46 on the roster.

November’s guest was Shirley Grade from the Yarn house who gave a “how to” on double knitting and shared a bit of her experiences over the years…..we wish her the best of luck in her retirement.

Happy Knitting, Peg

Monday, October 11, 2010

GMKG Newsletter- OCT 10

PURLS OF WISDOM

A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD

October 2010

The program for Oct will be a demonstration on how to hand paint yarn and sock blanks.


October 2010 Knitting Guild Newsletter

Fall is upon us

It’s that time of year that we all think of sweaters, mittens, hats and all other knitterly things to keep ourselves and others warm. Sorry for the limited minutes- I did not receive any again this month- so I am using what few I took at the meeting:


Amy Hiley- co president opened the meeting asking for confirmation of minutes from the last meeting.


No minutes due to arriving after newsletter sent out.

Treasurers report – Pat- 3281.03 in account as of tonight- awards have been mailed for state fair prizes

Charity- hats and scarves…yarn in back at each meeting has been donated for charity usage

Hope house as possibility for charity for this year as well as
Christ Child society-( willing to attend meeting in November/December for baby sweaters/hats/booties)

Red Scarf project - orphan.org packages to kids in foster care that are now college students (website has free patterns) the directions are as follows:

HOW TO MAKE AN OFA RED SCARF:

Scarf Size: Approximately 60_ long and 5_ to 8_ wide. Scarves should be long enough to be

wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front.

Style: Think unisex collegiate. The scarves go to both male and female students, so they

shouldn’t be gender specific. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should be 60-70 inches by 6-8

inches.

Yarn: Preferably DK, double fingering-weight, worsted weight, or light bulky yarns. No lace

weight, super-chunky, or mohair yarns as there are many people who find mohair too itchy. The

yarn should be soft.

Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or

multicolor hues including red.

Finished and tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag

saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. We also

suggest that you include washing instructions and personal messages of encouragement.


Scarves are accepted from September 1 to December 15 each year and can be sent to:

OFA

The Red Scarf Project

21351 Gentry Drive

Suite 130

Sterling, VA 20166


More detailed directions can be found at- http://orphan.org/what-we-do/programs/red-scarf-project/

Scarves should not be in a quantity of more than 5 per person (unless we are going to gather them and send them as a guild donation) and should be sent to:

OFA
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20166

More detailed directions can be found at- http://orphan.org/what-we-do/programs/red-scarf-project/

No old business-



The “work down your stash” contest winners were- Honorable mention- Dee B
Darleen H- pair of socks
Cristel M- Aran waist coat knit from stash 1400yds (¾ of a mile)- gift card
Jeanie G, total of 3 miles of yarn from stash- Winner


“Pick the pattern you have always wanted to knit and commit to it”- idea for next year’s challenge

New business:

Sue N- project on October 23rd at the Central Library (700 W Wisconsin Avenue) during the afternoon- looking for volunteers to knit/instruct/participate….she is taking names to offer to staff person at the library she knows.

Dana Root was presenter for knitting ergonomics.

It’s time to renew your Guild membership. Dues are $ 25.00 or $ 5.00 if you are a junior member. Please make checks payable to the Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild or GMKG. A membership form is included in the newsletter. Please complete the information completely, even if you are renewing your membership. If you wish to receive your newsletter by regular mail, please provide us with 12 business size, self addressed stamped envelopes. If you have any questions please feel free to contact :

Mary K

Remember- this is your newsletter-please don’t hesitate to send articles, information, questions or suggestions to me, but please do so by the 20th of each month so that I can try and each done and sent by month’s end.

Thanks and I look forward to a great year!

Happy Knitting
Thanks

Mary

Sunday, September 12, 2010

GMKG Newsletter- SEPT 2010

PURLS OF WISDOM

A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD

September 2010

September 2010 Knitting Guild Newsletter
Greetings one and all-

Here’s hoping that you all had a wonderful summer and are now gearing up for the mad dash that is fall (in knitters terms I am sure that is the “pre- holiday knitting frenzy”). Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Peggy and for those of you who don’t know me (or read the last newsletter) I am the new “editor in chief” of the GMKG newsletter. I have been a guild member for around 3 years, consider myself an “adventuresome beginner”, have grown quite a stash and have too many projects on needles to speak of. Three furbabies, a husband and one stepson round out my family picture and any one of those separately is a handful, let alone when you put them all together! I look forward to this next year and getting to know many of you.

I apologize that I have included no minutes from the last meeting- but alas I didn’t receive any so I will try and do better this next time around. The next meeting is Tuesday, September 13th in the dining room of Berstrom Hall, Mount Mary College. Social hour begins at 6:15pm and our “knitting doctors” are available at that time for advise and consultation on any knitting projects. The meeting itself starts at 7:00pm followed by the monthly program.



This month’s program is:
An Ergonomics Class for Knitters:
Avoiding Aches and Pains

Do you love to knit? Do you experience aches and pains while knitting? Do you want to learn how to reduce this discomfort? With a little knowledge and new discoveries, some easy changes will keep you knitting happily forever.

Dana Root, an ergonomist and physical therapist, will share her passion for ergonomics and her love of knitting while the knitter will learn how to avoid those knitting aches and pains.

This class is an excellent learning opportunity for every new and seasoned knitter.

The knitter will learn:
Why the body is at risk for knitting aches and pains.
What knitting methods may cause soreness.
Solutions for reducing knitting discomfort.
Exercises to interrupt knitting movements.

A self assessment ergonomics questionnaire will enable the knitter to focus on techniques that may cause discomfort.

The two hour session will involve active discussion, demonstration, and group participation. The knitter should bring an easy WIP. A power point presentation to compliment the session is optional.




It’s time to renew your Guild membership. Dues are $ 25.00 or $ 5.00 if you are a junior member. Please make checks payable to the Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild or GMKG. A membership form is included in the newsletter. Please complete the information completely, even if you are renewing your membership. If you wish to receive your newsletter by regular mail, please provide us with 12 business size, self addressed stamped envelopes. If you have any questions please feel free to contact :
kaems@sbcglobal.net




Remember- this is your newsletter-please don’t hesitate to send articles, information, questions or suggestions to me, but please do so by the 20th of each month so that I can try and each done and sent by month’s end.

Thanks and I look forward to a great year!

Happy Knitting

Peg

Monday, August 9, 2010

GMKG Newsletter- AUG 10

PURLS OF WISDOM

A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Cristel August 8
Elizabeth Zimmerman August 11
Amy August 15

M ission
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 eetin 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

Minutes: Milwaukee Knitting Guild
July Meeting 2010
Secretary, Judy

The meeting was called to order by President
Mary at 7:20.
The minutes from the June meeting were
accepted.

Mary reminded the group that the fiscal year
begins again in September.

Old business:
New board positions were announced. Two
positions still need filling, secretary and
historian.

Stitches news: The bus to Stitches is cancelled
as the goal of 30 people was not met.

There being no new business, the meeting was
adjourned at 7:40.

The Traveling Woman Shawl Show was than
modeled.

Thank you to Claudia who has
agreed to assume the position of Historian.

Thank you to Lenore and Peggy
who have agreed to chair our
Community Charitable Knitting.

AUGUST 2010


MEMBERSHIP
By Mary, Membership secretary

Let’s learn a little more about our new presidents, Jackie and Amy.

Jackie joined the guild first, 3 or 4 years ago. She
has knitted on and off for over 30 years. She used to
knit during her lunch hours, and started knitting again
when she got involved in Girl Scouts. She hadn’t
knitted for a number of years but was re-discovering
knitting about the same time that she learned about
the Guild at the State Fair. Carol was
demonstrating knitting and invited Jackie to a
meeting. Amy learned from her Mom and has been
knitting for 3 years and joined the guild 2 years ago.
Amy likes to see everyone’s projects at the guild
meetings and Jackie likes the camaraderie of the
guild and the willingness of members to share their
knitting knowledge.

Amy’s current project is a scarf using the
Stashology 101 technique from the May 2010
meeting. She purchased the Stasholgy book which
is her current favorite knitting book. She is also
knitting coffee cozies. Jackie is finishing a braided
shawl from a class she took at the Knitting Nook.
Amy likes knitting scarves and Jackie likes knitting
cables or Aran patterns. Jackie’’s favorite knitting
book is a book on Cables from Interweave Press.
Jackie knits for herself, for family and charity.
Amy knits for herself and for friends. They both
have small stashes -Jackie has about 20 skeins
and Amy has 1 shopping bag of yarn.

PROGRAMS
After the stash reduction show and

tell, we'll have a small round robin.
For those of you new to the guild, a
round robin is where we break off
into small groups to learn some
technique. These mini classes only
last 10-15 minutes and then they're
repeated so that another group of
people can see them. You get to
pick which round robin you go to,
so you'll get to see 2 different
presentations in a short amount of
time. This month we're going to
look at knitted and crocheted
flowers. The program people have
collected a number of books with
flowers in them and we've got 5
volunteers that have learned how
to make a certain flower and will
show you how to make it at the
meeting

Dana Root will be our speaker at our
September meeting. She is an ergonomist
and a knitter. Dana will be sharing some
techniques for keeping our wrists, hands
and bodies pain free and in alignment,
while we knit. Please bring a knitting work
in progress to the meeting.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

GMKG Newsletter- July 2010

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

GUILD BOARD ELECTIONS
Congratulations to the following Greater
Milwaukee Knitting Guild members who
volunteered to assume the following positions
on the Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild Board.
Amy H- President
Jackie H -Vice President
Mary K -Membership
Peggy V- Newsletter
Pat G- Treasurer
Volunteers are still needed to fill the positions
of secretary and charity Knitting.
Susan F, Kathy M and Darlene
H have volunteered to assist with
programs.
More volunteers are needed. Do you have an
idea for a program? Are you willing to
demonstrate a knitting skill in a round robin
setting? Do you know a speaker who would
share all things fiber? Are you willing to
contact yarn shops to sell ad space in the
newsletter?
Your Guild need you! The work is light when
there are many hands!
MEMBERSHIP
By Mary K, Membership secretary
Everyone in the Guild should recognize Dan
J. He is the only man in the guild at the
present time.
He is a special education teacher in the Milwaukee
Public Schools and has been a teacher for 20 years.
He teaches cognitive disabled students at Hamilton
High school. He is also licensed to teach Consumer
Education. Both his undergraduate and Master’s
degrees are from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
He has been knitting for about 15 years and enjoys
all sorts of crafts besides knitting. He crochets,
paints, quilts, and makes jewelry. He must be a
good cook too. Hope you tasted his delicious
brownies at the 2009 Christmas party.
Here are his answers to questions we asked him
recently.
Who taught you how to knit?
““I took a class as MATC because I really wanted to
learn knitting.”
How long have you been a member of the Guild and
how did you learn about us?
““6 years. I heard about the group at an MATC
class.”
What do you like best about the guild and any guild
participation?
““I like getting together with other knitters and
learning new things. I use to help get the newsletter
out to the members who received it by mail. I had
some of my students help.”
Favorite type of knitting?
““Scarves”
Current projects?
““I am finishing up a felted bag. This
summer I am going to finish a child’s Disney
afghan I started 1 ½ years ago. And then
there is the tissue cover I started about 8
years when I took Shirley Grade’s Irish
stitches class. It has all sorts of bobbles.”
Stash size?
““It’s not too bad. I have yarn to make a
pair of socks and then a sweater. I didn’t go
to Stitches last year but I have used up all
my yarn from the year before. My fabric
stash for my quilts is another story.”
Favorite Knitting Book?
““I don’t really have a favorite book but I do
like Elizabeth Zimmermann’s videos.”
JUNE MEETING MINUTES
Amy H called the meeting to order at 7:05 Pm.
There were 18 members present.
Membership reported that we had 4 new members
join the Guild in May.
Meeting Minutes for May were not accepted as
none were submitted to the newsletter for
publishing.
Karen L reported that a bus has been
secured for the trip to Stitches. More details will be
available at the July Meeting.
Amy H asked for volunteers to assume the
vacating Guild Board positions.
Amy volunteered to assume the role of president.
Jackie H agreed to assume the role of vice
president. Mary K agreed to continue on as
Membership Secretary. Peggy V volunteered
to compile the newsletter. Susan F, Darlene
H, and Kathy M, agreed to help with
the programs committee.
The board will need volunteers to fill Secretary and
Charity Knitting positions.
New Business. Several Guild members have
inquired about the Master Knitter Course. Could the
Guild find out What it would entail. Could some of
the meetings be geared toward achieving this goal.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 7:20
pm.

PROGRAMS UPDATE
Stash Down 2010
The following Guild Members have
committed to “knit down” some of their
yarn stash.
Cristel M is knitting an Aran
waistcoat with Kathmandu yarn.
Darlene H is busy knitting socks out
of some supersoche yarn. Dee Bhas
selected a shell made from Diva yarn and
two sweaters made from Charleston and
Divine yarns for her stash down projects.
Please bring your completed Traveling
Women Shawls, which we cast on back in
January, to the July meeting for show and
tell.
Dana R will teach us some tips for
keeping our hands and bodies aligned and
pain free with her presentation on
Ergonomic Knitting.

Don’t forget that the Midwest Folk and
Fiber Fair is July 16-18 at the Lake County
Fair Grounds in Greyslake, Illinois. They
have a powerhouse line up of classes from
Beadwork, Color Theory, Dyeing, Felting
Handspinning, Jewelry Construction,
Knitting, Looping, Machine Knitting
Polymer Clay, Quilting, Rug Hooking
Weaving, and Wool Applique . The
marketplace has yarns from Creatively
Dyed, Happy Hands, Briar Rose Fibers just
to name a few.

The Midwest Felting Symposium will take
place July 21-25 at the Alliant Energy
Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Besides
shopping opportunities for all sorts of
felting supplies, they have classes from
felted jewelry, to felted flowers and
purses.
STITCHES MIDWEST
Stitches Midwest will be held August
19-22 at the Renaissance Hotel and
Conference Center in Schaumburg,
Illinois. The Greater Milwaukee Knitting
Guild has chartered a bus for Saturday August 21. The
bus is limited to 55 passengers.
The cost is 35 dollars per person for the bus and
admission to the Stitches Marketplace. We need fill a
minimum of 31 seats on the bus by August .
Karen L will collect payment at the July meeting
or you may mail your payment to her:

The bus will pick up at the State Fair Park and Ride, the
Ryan Road Park and Ride and the Hwy 20 Park and Ride
Lot.
Some reasons to take the bus to Stitches:
1. You can knit while onboard.
2. The bus has air conditioning.
3. The bus has a bathroom.
4. The bus has comfortable seats two across.
5.The bus has an extra large cargo hold for all those
marketplace purchases.
6.Why drive through the Wisconsin I-94 construction,
the Illinois Tristate Tollways construction and the Illinois
I-90 construction when you can knit on the bus while the
bus driver deals with the traffic and detours.
7. By taking the bus, you will not need to cruise the
parking lot for 30 minutes to locate a parking space.
8. The bus stops at the main entrance door so you will
not need to hike from the back 40 lot to the entrance in
the rain.
9. All your Knitting Guild friends will be on the bus
relaxed and stress free.

YARN ABOUT TOWN
Submitted by Margaret D and Jeannie G
This past May, Margaret D and I set out on a chilly Friday
for the Door County Shepherds Market. Our mission
was to visit every yarn shop from the North Shore to Door
County.
Our first stop, the Grafton Yarn store located inside
a former knitting mill at 1300 14 avenue. We both
registered for a Summit shawl class, then went in
search of the perfect yarn for our summit shawls.
Instead , we found several exquisite patterns for
future projects which we purchased
Our second stop, Magpie’s Cottage located at 308
Pine Street in Sheboygan Falls has a varied
selection of yarns, beads and fabric. Carla, Magpies
owner is extremely helpful.
All that shopping made us hungry. We headed to
Bread and Beans Eatery just down the street at 107
Pine Street for a delectable sandwich. I dined on a
hearty potato soup and a Panini sandwich filled with
turkey, ham, tomato, dill pickle, Swiss cheese and
tangy mustard sauce . Margaret had black bean
soup and the house special, a grilled salmon gyro.
The very moist and flavorful salmon was wrapped in
pita bread and topped with sliced tomato, cucumber
sauce. Both sandwiches were served with home
made potato chips.
Our next destination, The Shaggy Sheep in
Manitowoc was closed. We set the GPS for Sturgeon
Bay and Spin. At Spin we found so many cuddly
yarns in luscious colors, it was hard to choose.
Saturday morning found us at the Shepherds market
at Whitefish Bay Farms. There were many venders
selling hand spun yarns, roving, hand made soaps
and all thing fiber.
We set the GPS for our last yarn shop and had to
take a detour right past 3 winery’s. After sampling
the local wines and pairing them with cheese,
chocolate and yarn we made it to our final
destination. Red Sock Yarns, located in Fish Creek at
9331 Spring Road. While we shopped, several
people were getting one on one knitting lessons
from the shops owner and her daughter. Both were
extremely helpful in helping me ferret out the
perfect Pinot noir colored yarn for my summit shawl.
They even offered to special order it for me and ship
it to me in Milwaukee.
We had so much fun, we decided our next yarn
destination would be the yarn shops from Delafield
to Madison. I can’t wait!
STITCHES MIDWEST BUS TRIP
GUILD
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Please Remit payment to
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

World Wide Knit in Public events around Milwaukee

Here are the World Wide Knit in Public
day activities for Milwaukee:

For the northside, Meet at the Bravo Italian Cucina at Bayshore Mall (instead of meeting at the North Point Snack bar) and knit in the Mall Courtyard. Check Bayshore website for maps to the Mall.

North Point Snack bar (now cancelled because of the air show)

The Southside Knitwits will host activities
near the Gazebo in Downtown Greendale
on June 12 from 1-5 pm.

Loop Yarn Shop will be knitting outside the
shop on June 12 and Just 4 Ewe will be
hosting activities on June 12.

Monday, June 7, 2010

GMKG Newsletter for June 2010

PURLS OF WISDOM
A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD
APRIL/MAY 2010
GUILD BOARD ELECTIONS

The focus of our June
meeting will be Guild Board
Elections . Without a board
our Guild would not be
allowed to meet at Mount
Mary College. Here is a run
down of the duties of the
Board of Officers and the
committee Chairs per the
articles of charter for the
Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild.

ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
1. The executive officers of the Greater
Milwaukee Knitting Guild shall consist of a
President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a
Treasurer. Term of office for each officer shall be
for one(1) year. The immediate past President
shall remain on the Board of Directors for one
year and serve as the fifth Executive Officer. The
Vice-President may become President for the next
Year if decided upon by the membership before
the annual election takes place.
2. The President shall preside at all meetings of
the membership, and all meetings of the Board of
Directors•and shall be an ex-officio member of
any committee established by the Guild. The
President shall appoint all chairpersons to
standing and new committees of the Guild. The
President, upon the advice and consent of the
Board of Directors, shall be authorized to sign any
and all communications between the local Guild
and The Knitting Guild of America. The President
shall review and sign any contracts on behalf of
the Guild and secure any additional signatures per
each contract requirement. The President shall
notify all necessary factions of the newly elected
officers prior to the September meeting
3. The Vice-President shall assist the President and
serve in the absence of the President. The Vice-
President may be the chairperson for the Guild's
program committee. This option may be reviewed
yearly before election of officers if so desired.
4. The Secretary shall keep all minutes of all
proceedings of meetings of the membership and
the Board of Directors. Minutes shall be read at
the membership meetings or published in the
newsletter. The Secretary shall take care of
correspondence at the direction of the President.
The Secretary shall keep all pertinent information
of the Guild on file.
5. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse all
monies and present a statement of the current
financial condition of the Guild at all membership
meetings. Additional responsibilities of the
Treasurer shall be to pay the Guild bills including,
but not limited to, program presenters and
reimbursements, in a timely manner. The
Treasurer shall prepare a budget and submit it to
the Board of Directors for approval prior to a two-
thirds (2/3) vote of those present at a regular
scheduled membership meeting that has a
quorum. The Treasurer and President shall have
the power to sign the accounts for the Guild.
ARTICLE V COMMITTEES
1. The Guild shall have committees for
membership, programs, service projects,
education, publicity, and any others as shall be
determined, from time to time, by the Board of
Directors. The President shall appoint the
chairperson of each committee. Each chairperson
shall recruit all necessary committee members as
needed.
2. The Board of Directors shall define the
following suggested duties of committees each
year as necessary:
A. MEMBERSHIP: Chairperson shall track
member's addresses and dues (payment and
eligibility). Chairperson shall forward any monies
collected for dues to the Treasurer in a timely
manner and forward a list of eligible members to
the newsletter committee chairperson before the
20 of each month for mailing labels. Chairperson
shall calculate membership of each meeting and
inform the President of a quorum.
B. PROGRAMS: Chairperson shall schedule
programs to be presented following each monthly
meeting and forward information regarding
presenter fees to the Treasurer in a timely manner.
Chairperson shall copy any materials needed by the
presenter and forward receipts to the Treasurer in a
timely manner for reimbursement. Send "thank
you" letters to presenters following each meeting.
C. SERVICE PROJECTS: The committee shall be
responsible for determining the Guild's service
project per quarter (3 months). Committee members
shall be responsible for distribution of items
donated by members.
D. EDUCATION: Members shall work with
Programs and Service Chairpersons to ensure the
membership is receiving any and all educational
needs. The committee shall poll the membership to
determine the educational needs of the Guild.
Committee shall recruit the Guild's "Knitting
Doctor(s)" for each year and notify the newsletter
committee of the Knitting Doctor(s).
E. PUBLICITY: Chairperson shall coordinate
several subcommittees to include the newsletter,
advertising, photography, tours and trips,
Committee shall work in conjunction with
Membership to recruit new members and knitters to
the Guild.
F. STATE FAIR: Chairperson shall be a liaison
between the State Fair staff and Guild members.


MEMBERSHIP
Submitted by Mary K
From time to time the newsletter will be featuring
a guild member. Every guild member should
know Jeannie G . She is this year’s
programs chair and newsletter editor. So let’s
learn a little more about her. Here are her
answers to questions we asked her.
GUILD INVOLVEMENT: Currently Programs chair
and newsletter editor.
GUILD MEMBER: 3 years.
BEST PART OF THE GUILD: All of the members
coming together to share a love of yarn and
stitches.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A KNITTER AND
WHO TAUGHT YOU:
I learned the knit stitch from my mother when I
was a child. I just never understood what to do
with it. In 2002 a friend of a friend gave us a
lesson. She taught us to cast on, cast off, the knit
and purl stitches.
Somehow, after that lesson, my brain mixed
everything up and I could knit left
handed(Continental) and purl right handed(
English). This made knitting very difficult when
the pattern called for mixing the two stitches
together. I abandoned knitting until the summer
of 2008 when I took a sock class at Loop. Several
months and three pair of socks later, I fractured
my patella, I was unable to work or walk for
nearly 4 months. Finding myself with a lot of free
time, I was determined to master a new stitch or
technique every week.
FAVORITE TYPE OF KNITTING: Socks. They are
fast and easy and a great way to learn new
stitches.
CURRENT PROJECT(S):I just finished a pair of
Genome socks knit on size 1 needles with Brown
Sheep Wildfoote yarn and cast on my third
Clapotis using Noro Taiyo. I can only knit one
project at a time .
WHO DO YOU KNIT FOR: I knit for myself,
and gifts for others. The Clapotis will be a
gift for a friend who lives in Arizona.
STASH: My stash is organized on Ravelry.
Check it out under Jeannieboom. I also
keep a copy of it in my knitting basket. It
takes up one large plastic bin.
FAVORITE KNITTING BOOK: I don’t have a
favorite book, however, my favorite
website’s are Ravelry, Twist Collective, and
Utube where one can watch a lot of knitting
tutorials.
OCCUPATION: Executive Chef.
OTHER INTERESTS: Gardening, reading,
making decorative showpieces like
chocolate sculptures. I’m currently enrolled
in a glass sculpting class which I will take
later this summer.

World Wide Knit in Public
day activities will be held
at the following locations:
North Point Snack bar
North Point Snack Bar located on
Milwaukee’s lakefront beginning at 11 am
on June 12. Hosted by the guilds own Ellen
J .
The Southside Knitwits will host activities
near the Gazebo in Downtown Greendale
on June 12 from 1-5 pm.
Loop Yarn Shop will be knitting outside the
shop on June12 and Just 4 Ewe will be
hosting activities on June 12.

Please welcome our newest members to the Guild.
Toni B has been knitting for 4 years and is an
avid knitter. She already belonged to 3 groups
and now that she is a guild member she belongs
to 4. She knits for family, friends and herself and
she especially likes to knit socks.
Genavieve D has been knitting for 2 years.
She has 3 children all under the age of 3 so she
has to get creative with knitting time. She learned
to knit from her mother-in-law and fell in love with
knitting.
Ginny Lee P has been knitting on and off
for 45 years. After a few years of lapse
membership, she is returning to the guild. She is
now retired and her health has improved so she
has more time to knit. She has 7 grandchildren
ranging in age from 18 months to 16 years.
Penny T has been knitting less than a year.
She has 2 daughters ages 5 and 12. Her youngest
girl wants to learn knitting. She learned mostly
from books but she is also is a member of the
Butler Library Knitting group. The library group
has helped her learn more about knitting and even
suggested she join the Guild. Now she wants to
learn to crochet.

PROGRAMS
Subm itted by Jeannie G
SABLE 2010 Yarn Stash Down
Its not too late to make your 2010 yarn stash down
Fill out your commitment card and turn it into
Margaret, Peggy or Jeannie today. AS you finish your
projects, let us know and we will mark it off your cards.
Prizes will be awarded at the August meeting to
the person who knits the most yardage from
their stash and for knitting the most skeins from
their stash
Thank You to Chris Bylsma for her
presentation on Stashology 201.Here are
some important points from her
presentation:
- Think of your yarn stash as a yarn 401K.
- Never place yarn skeins in a plastic bag
with the pattern in hopes that some day
you will knit it up. You will forget about the
yarn. Instead consider storing your stash
out in the open in baskets etc. You will be
inspired every time you look and touch the
yarn.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Judy K June 6
Mary Jo M June 24


CHARITY KNITTING
Submitted by Marge A
Look through your stash because we need hats,
scarves, and mittens (adult and children) for these
worthy causes:
School Health Nurse Program: Children’s Hospital
nurses provide services to 43 schools in the
Milwaukee area. Children’s ages range from
infants to high school. There are approximately
12,000 students and many in need of hats,
scarves, and mittens. They can accept our
donations at any time of the year and store them
until needed.
Chemo Infusion Center which is affiliated with the
breast and GYN Oncology programs: Aurora
Women’s Pavilion at West Allis Hospital. They
could definitely use hats for cancer patients (men
and women). Use soft yarns and avoid using any
yarn that contains wool because it can be harmful
to some cancer patients. When cancer patients
receive handmade chemo caps, they know that
someone cares. I found great patterns on the
following Internet site: www.headhuggers.org I
couldn’t resist knitting up a few.
Food for the Hungry, Inc.: They deliver to
Children’s crises centers, day care centers,
women’s abuse centers, food pantries, and other
social service programs in South Eastern
Wisconsin. I got a nice letter thanking the Guild
for all the knit items we donated last year, and
they are hopeful that they could be a recipient
again this year.
You can choose any of the above organizations to
receive your knit items, and I will make sure they
are delivered to that organization. I will try to
collect finished items at all our meetings.

W H AT’S AH EAD
June
12-13 Iowa Sheep and Wool festival, Adel,
Iowa www.iowasheep.com
12 World Wide knit in Public Day
July 16-18 Midwest Folk and Fiber Fair
August 11 -Stitch and Pitch - Milwaukee
Brewers
2010 Board of Directors and
Committee Chairs
Presidents
Mary G-F
Any H
Past President
Linda M
Treasurer
Karen R
Secretary
Judy K
Membership
Mary K
Charity Knitting
Marge A
Newsletter
Jeannie G
Website
Susan F
State Fair
Carolyn M
Karen L
Knitting Doctor
Karen L
Historian
Nancy K
Programs
Jeannie G

Sunday, May 2, 2010

GMKG Newsletter for May 2010

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

The subject of our May meeting , is Stashology
201 with Chris Bylsma.
We will learn to release our creative powers to
combine fibers, textures, colors, and varying
weights to create many different types of
“stash fabric.” Please bring with you 8-10
different skeins of yarn in a variety of weights
and colors- but no extra bulky or chenille and
appropriate sizes of knitting needles.
Chris retired from a career in marketing
communications and advertising to pursue her
artistic passion – knitting and “texture play.”
She teaches workshops coast to coast for
guilds, TNNA, conferences and shops and in
her hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. In
addition, she has her own line of knitting
patterns available through retail yarn stores.
Her approach to knitting is that the process
and the end product should both be a joy and
designs with that in mind.
Chris is noted for her Crayon Box Jacket and
inventive Ladder Scarf and Ladder Shawl. She
encourages knitters to “color outside the lines”
where it’s more fun, and to “think outside the
box” (she has occasionally been accused of
actually not having a box).

MEMBERSHIP
Submitted by Mary K
From time to time the newsletter will be
featuring a guild member. Every guild member
should know Mary G-F. She is this
year’s president and conducts our meetings. So
let’s learn a little more about her. Here are her
answers to questions we asked her.
GUILD INVOLVEMENT: Currently president,
served as secretary for 2 years. Has given
programs on beading and mittens, and been a
demonstrator at round robins.
GUILD MEMBER: Over 15 years. Joined after
TKGA (the Knitting Guild of America) had a
convention in Milwaukee and learned about the
Milwaukee guild.
BEST PART OF THE GUILD: It’s lot of fun and
I’ve learned lots of things but I wish everyone
would get more involved.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A KNITTER: over
35 years.
WHO TAUGHT YOU: Dot Spransy who owned
the Wool Works yarn shop on Irving Street on
Milwaukee’s east side.
FAVORITE TYPE OF KNITTING: Lace
CURRENT PROJECT(S): Knit One Below scarf,
and 2 shawls. Usually start 6 or 7 large projects
a year and completes 2, not counting any sock
projects.
WHO DO YOU KNIT FOR: me, socks for my
husband, and gifts for others.
STASH: 1 room in the house plus part of
another room. Some day the stash will be
organized.
FAVORITE KNITTING BOOK: Principles of
Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt which is
now out of print.
OCCUPATION: U.S. Bank in the Wealth
Management Division for over 20 years.
OTHER INTERESTS: Beading and making
jewelry, spinning and some weaving, ballet
classes 4 times a week.
Mary takes the bus to and from work and
knits while on the bus. She does not drive
so instead of spending money on a car and
maintenance, she spends it on knitting.
The guild has two new members, Ann
F. and Lois N.
Ann has been knitting most of her life. She
enjoys knitting sweaters, socks, hats, and
mittens, some of it as charity knitting. In
addition, she is a quilt maker and a bike
rider. She owns her own business, Ann
Marie’s Window Fashions designing and
producing custom window treatments. She
is the Box Office Manager for the
Menomonee Falls Patio Players. She
participates in a small knitting group.
Welcome Ann.
Lois has been knitting since she was 10
years old. Lois is now retired but she is a
former school teacher and US government
worker.
Welcome to the Guild

SABLE 2010 Yarn Stash Down
Its not too late to make your 2010 yarn stash down
Fill out your commitment card and turn it into
Margaret, Peggy or Jeannie today. AS you finish
your projects, let us know and we will mark it off
your cards.
Prizes will be awarded at the August meeting to the
person who knits the most yardage from their stash
and for knitting the most skeins from their stash .

STASHOLOGY
The subject of our May Guild meeting is
Stashology 201 with Chris Bylsma.
Ms. Bylsma has asked that everyone bring
along 8-10 partial skeins of yarn. The yarns
may be any fiber or color and any gauge but
No chenille or extra bulky . The skeins need
to be wound ahead of time. Also bring a range
of knitting needles appropriate to the yarn that
you will be knitting.

CHARITY KNITTING
Submitted by Marge A.
Look through your stash because we need
hats, scarves, and mittens (adult and
children) for these worthy causes:
School Health Nurse Program: Children’s
Hospital nurses provide services to 43
schools in the Milwaukee area. Children’s
ages range from infants to high school.
There are approximately 12,000 students
and many in need of hats, scarves, and
mittens. They can accept our donations at
any time of the year and store them until
needed.
Chemo Infusion Center which is affiliated
with the breast and GYN Oncology
programs: Aurora Women’s Pavilion at
West Allis Hospital. They could definitely
use hats for cancer patients (men and
women). Use soft yarns and avoid using
any yarn that contains wool because it can
be harmful to some cancer patients. When
cancer patients receive handmade chemo
caps, they know that someone cares. I
found great patterns on the following
Internet site: www.headhuggers.org I
couldn’t resist knitting up a few.
Food for the Hungry, Inc.: They deliver to
Children’s crises centers, day care centers,
women’s abuse centers, food pantries, and
other social service programs in South
Eastern Wisconsin. I got a nice letter
thanking the Guild for all the knit items we
donated last year, and they are hopeful
that they could be a recipient again this
year.
You can choose any of the above
organizations to receive your knit items,
and I will make sure they are delivered to
that organization. I will try to collect
finished items at all our meetings.

WHAT’S AHEAD
May
13 Hands on 2010-www.handsonretreat.com
retreat for glove and mitten knitters, Chicago,
IL
15-17 Door County Wisconsin Shepherds
Market, Whitefish Bay Farm
June
12-13 Iowa Sheep and Wool festival, Adel,
Iowa www.iowasheep.com
12 World Wide knit in Public Day
15 Michigan Fiber Fiesta, Klackle Orchard,
Greenville Michigan

Minutes April 13, 2010 Knitting Guild
meeting
The meeting was called to order by President
Mary G–F at 7:20 P.M.
The secretary was not present so Mary K.
volunteered to take minutes.
Treasurer’s report: At our March meeting
Treasurer Karen R. resigned and Joanie
C., last year’s treasurer, agreed to
serve as treasurer until there is a new one.
Membership: Mary K. reported 2 new
members joined last month.
Programs: Next month’s program will be
“Stashology 101” with Chris Bylsma. Please
bring 8 to 10 partial skeins of yarn and
needles. Tonight’s program is our annual
auction.
Money made from the auction helps pay for
speakers for programs, as our dues mostly
only covers rent.
New Business:
A nomination committee should have been
formed in March per our by-laws as we should
have elections at our June meeting. If you
are interested in serving as an officer or being
on a nominating committee please contact
Mary G.-F.. Mary K. agreed to be
the membership chair for next year.
Stitch and Pitch sponsored by the Milwaukee
Brewers will be August 11.
Stitches Midwest will be held August 19 – 22.
Registration for classes begins online April 14.
We need a volunteer to get a bus organized
for the guild’s field trip to Stitches.
The Wisconsin State Fair: The fair will not
have groups demonstrating crafts at the fair
Fiberwoods is sponsoring a Yarn Stash sale.
Please contact the shop for more information.
Carolyn M. moved to close the meeting
and was seconded by Jackie H..
Submitted by
Mary K.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

GMKG Newsletter- March 2010

PURLS OF WISDOM
A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD
MARCH 2010

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

Susan B Anderson will share
her projects from her new
book Itty-Bitty Toys with
The Greater Milwaukee
Knitting Guild during our
March meeting.
Susan B. Anderson is also
the author of Itty-Bitty Hats
and Itty-Bitty Nursery. Her knitting blog,
www.susanbanderson.blogspot.com
gets more than 50,000 hits a month. Her
series of 10 knitting tutorials, posted on You
Tube, has been watched by more than
130,000 people in just the past 6 months. She
lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband
and four children.
The Guild will have a limited number of copies
of all three of her books available for purchase.
Her books which regularly sell for $17.95 each
will be available for $15.00 each. The
proceeds from the sale of the books will be
donated to the Greater Milwaukee Knitting
Guild!
Don’t forget to bring in your Susan B Anderson
Hats for our Charity Knitting Projects. For each
hat you donate, you will get a raffle ticket to
win one of Susan’s books! We will have one of
each book to raffle off!
The collected hats will go to Children’s
Hospital.

MEMBERSHIP
Submitted by Mary K
Our members have been knitting for 1,371
years!
Here are some interesting little tidbits gleaned
from the 44 members who fully completed the
membership form.
Four members are our newest knitters at 1-1/2
to 2 years. The member who has the most
knitting experience has been knitting for 68
years!
Eleven members have been knitting for less
than 10 years, and four for over 60 years. The
biggest block of knitters were the nine who
have been knitting for 40 years followed by the
five who have been knitting for 50 years.
Eight knitters are new to the Guild this year
and two are founding members, but many of
you have been members for at least ten years.

KNITTING GADGET of the MONTH
Wondering how you are going to block your
Traveling Woman Shawl?
Guild member Peggy B uses the
Imaginarium Alphabet and Numerals 36 foot
Foam Puzzle Mat for blocking her large
projects.
The mat is 36 square feet of half inch foam,
comes in a plastic carrying case and can be
purchased at Toys are Us for about $24.99.
The pieces fit together so you may use 1
square or many.
CHARITY KNITTING
Submitted by Marge A
Look through your stash because we need
hats, scarves, and mittens (adult and
children) for these worthy causes:
School Health Nurse Program: Children’s
Hospital nurses provide services to 43
schools in the Milwaukee area. Children’s
ages range from infants to high school.
There are approximately 12,000 students
and many in need of hats, scarves, and
mittens. They can accept our donations at
any time of the year and store them until
needed.
Chemo Infusion Center which is affiliated
with the breast and GYN Oncology
programs: Aurora Women’s Pavilion at
West Allis Hospital. They could definitely
use hats for cancer patients (men and
women). Use soft yarns and avoid using
any yarn that contains wool because it can
be harmful to some cancer patients. When
cancer patients receive handmade chemo
caps, they know that someone cares. I
found great patterns on the following
Internet site: www.headhuggers.org I
couldn’t resist knitting up a few.
Food for the Hungry, Inc.: They deliver to
Children’s crises centers, day care centers,
women’s abuse centers, food pantries, and
other social service programs in South
Eastern Wisconsin. I got a nice letter
thanking the Guild for all the knit items we
donated last year, and they are hopeful
that they could be a recipient again this
year.
You can choose any of the above
organizations to receive your knit items,
and I will make sure they are delivered to
that organization. I will try to collect
finished items at all our meetings.
MEETING MINUTES
Due to last months snow fall, there are no
meeting minutes to report.
W HAT’S AHEAD
April
17- Stephenson County Fiber Arts Fair
Jane Aadams Community Center, Cedarville,
IL
23-25 - Midwest Masters Seminar sponsored
by Yarns by Design, Neenah, WI
May
13 Hands on 2010-www.handsonretreat.com
retreat for glove and mitten knitters, Chicago,
IL
15-17 Door County Wisconsin Shepherds
Market, Whitefish Bay Farm
Fav or ite Free Online K nit t in g M agaz in es
Knotions Online Magazine - www.knotions.com
Knitch online Magazine- www.knitchmagazine.com
Twist collective- www.twistcollective.com
Knitty- www.knitty.com
Knit Circus- www.knitcircus.com
Happy Birthday
Sue B- April 4
Mary H- April 5
Linda M- April 6
Amy H- April 7
Carol C- April 12
Mary S- April 13
Mary G F- April 17
P ROGR AM S
S u bm it ted b y J ea n n ie G

SABLE 2010 Yarn Stash Down
Is your yarn stash taking over your home? Then
make a commitment to knit down some of your
yarn stash in 2010. Perhaps your goal is to knit
one skein or 100 skeins.
Fill out your commitment card and turn it into
Margaret, Peggy or Jeannie today. AS you finish
your projects, let us know and we will mark it off
your cards.
Prizes will be awarded to the person who knits the
most yardage from their stash and for knitting the
most skeins from their stash .
In January we cast on the Traveling Woman
Shawl. If you have finished your shawl, please
bring it for show and tell. Mine is finished but
it needs to be blocked.
At our April Guild meeting we will hold our
Annual Auction.
This is an opportunity for our guild to earn
money to cover the cost of our monthly
programs. Last year we earned nearly $1000
dollars! Do I hear $1200? $1500? $2000? For
this year!
How the auction works: Guild members
donate new items for bid. The items are
brought to the April Guild meeting and
arranged on tables. Each Guild member gets a
paddle with a number. There will be a short
period of time to view all the treasures, then,
the bidding begins! After all the items have
been auctioned off, each member pays for
their new treasures with cash or a check
payable to the guild.
Here is a list of suggested items to donate to
the auction:
• Restaurant Gift Certificates
• Potted Plants
• Bath and Body Works
• Scented Candles
• Godiva Chocolates
• Barbecue and Grill Accessories
• Knitting Notions
• Gardening Accessories
• Jewelry
• Itunes Gift Card
• Gift Cards to a Grocery Store
• Stationary
• Gift Baskets
• Starbuck’s Gift Card
• Quilted Items
• Art
• Think Spring!
• Picture Frames
• Think Mothers Day Gifts!
• Barnes and Noble Gift Card
• Gas Card
• Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
• Luxury Yarn such as Silk or Cashmere
• Fused Glass Buttons
• Shawl Pins
• Handmade Beaded Stitch Markers

STASHOLOGY
The subject of our May Guild meeting is
Stashology 201 with Chris Bylsma.
Ms. Bylsma has asked that everyone bring
along 8-10 partial skeins of yarn. The yarns
may be any fiber or color and any gauge but
No chenille or extra bulky . The skeins
need to be wound ahead of time. Also bring a
range of knitting needles appropriate to the
yarn that you will be knitting.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

IMPORTANT MEETING INFO

Hello Members of the Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild,

As of 10 am this morning, FEB 9, 2010, Mount Mary College has NOT closed its campus due to the winter storm warning in effect. However, due to travel and weather conditions, tonight's guest speaker Dana Root - Ergonomic knitting has been postponed. Dana has rescheduled for our September 14, 2010 meeting.

Our Guilds official policy states that should Mount Mary College close for any reason on the day we meet, there will not be a meeting that night. Please check the local closings for information on Mount Mary College before venturing out.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

GMKG Newsletter February 2010

PURLS OF WISDOM
A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD

MEMBERSHIP
by Mary K
The guild has 5 new members that joined last
month. Please welcome the following:
Linda S: Linda is a newer knitter and
really loves knitting. She is also a quilter. In
addition, she teaches nursing at UWM and is
working on her PhD.
Linda W: Lenore has been knitting for 6
years. She works at the UWM College of
Nursing as a research and project librarian.
Susan K: Sue belonged to the guild
years ago when it met at the Wauwatosa
Library. She has been knitting for over 40
years.
Diana D is a returning member. She is a
retired teacher, has been knitting for about 4
years and loves to buy yarn. She knits once a
week with a group of friends and is happy to
be back at the guild.
Melinda I is new to the guild but has
been knitting off and on for 45 years. She
states that she finds yarn shops like a magnet
in her travels and loves the Taos Wool Festival.
She loves colors and textures. Melinda works
full time and also enjoys reading, gardening,
hiking, biking, baking and traveling.

Minutes from the January Guild Meeting
Submitted by Judy K -Secretary
The meeting was called to order by President
Mary G-F at 7:20 P.M.
Old Business
Treasure’s report.. Karen Rgave an
update of funds in the guild’s account.
There were no minutes from the December
holiday meeting. Mary reported that 15
adventurous souls braved the snow storm.
The stoic group shared holiday treats and
oooooooed and ahaaaaaaaaed at the show
and tell of completed projects.
Mary asked if there were any changes or
additions to the November newsletter. No
changes were necessary.
New Business
Mary asked if there were any visitors. There
were two, Katherine, a new knitter and
Deana, and former member. Welcome
February’s program: Dana Root will be our
guest presenter. She will teach us knitting
ergonomics which will help relieve the aches
associated with knitting. Please bring a work
in process.
Our guest presenter for March is Susan
Anderson, author of Itty Bitty Hats, Itty Bitty
Nursery and her new book, Itty Bitty Toys.
Knitting magazines were left behind after the
Nov. meeting. A suggestion was made to
establish a magazine library.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40.
Jeannie G, introduced the Traveling
Woman Shawl as a group project. She and
Margaret Driss, showed their in-progress
shawls, gave tips and suggestions, and
encouraged participation.
Thanks Jeanne, Margaret and Peggy.
Yarn Alert
River Boutique and Yarns moved from its
Hartland location to Brookfield, Wisconsin.
The store is located in the Galleria West
Shopping Center, near Kopps Custard.
The address is 18900 West Bluemound
Road.
Judy K visited the shop and reports
that it is well lighted and spacious with lots
of yummy yarn displays and completed knit
projects for sale. She did not make it out of
the store without making a purchase.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Vicki P January 5
Barbara B January 7
Jackie H January 12
Kathleen WJanuary 13
Pat H January 24
Diana D February 1
Dan J February 6
Margaret D February 9
Melinda I February 18
Peggy B February 19

2010 Board of Directors and Committee
Chairs
Presidents Mary G-F
Any H
Past President Linda M
Treasurer Karen R
Secretary Judy K
Membership Mary K
Charity Knitting Marge A
Newsletter Jeannie G
Website Susan F
State Fair Carolyn M
Karen L
Knitting Doctor Karen L
Historian Nancy K

P ROGR AM S
S u bm i t ted b y J ean n ie G
February :Knitting Ergonomics: Avoiding Aches
and Pains.
Do you love to knit? Do you experience aches and
pains while knitting? Do you want to learn how to
reduce the discomfort? With a little knowledge,
and new discoveries, some easy changes will keep
you happily knitting forever.
Dana Root, a board certified ergonomist and a
licensed physical therapist, has knitted on and off
for many years and practiced as an orthopedic
physical therapist. For the past 10 years she
travels a six state region as an ergonomist.
She will share her passion for ergonomics and her
love of knitting.
The knitter will learn:
Why the body is at risk for knitting aches
and pains.
What knitting methods may cause soreness.
Solutions for reducing knitting discomfort.
Exercises to interrupt knitting movements.
Please bring a knitting project, so you may
practice these new techniques.
The Programs Committee would like to thank both
Peggy B and Ellen J for suggesting
our February speaker. If you would like to be a
presenter or know someone who would, please
give the programs committee the contact
information.
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.
SABLE 2010 Yarn Stash Down
Is your yarn stash taking over your home? Then
make a commitment to knit down some of your
yarn stash in 2010. Perhaps your goal is to knit
one skein or 100 skeins.
Fill out your commitment card and turn it into
Margaret, Peggy or Jeannie today. As you finish
your projects, let us know and we will mark it off
your cards.
Prizes will be awarded to the person who knits the
most yardage from their stash and for knitting the
most skeins from their stash .