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, September 8, 2011

GMKG Newsletter September 2011

PURLS OF WISDOM
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD
September 2011

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 advice and consultation on any knitting projects. The meeting itself starts at 7:00pm followed by the monthly program.

AUGUST 9, 2011 MINUTES

Karen L welcomed everyone and called to order the August meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild at 7:00 p.m.

Old Business:

Karen L announced the winners of the guild sponsored awards from the state fair this week and noted that they will all be invited to the September meeting to receive their checks.

Mary K, membership chairperson, requested that members please submit their surveys to her as soon as possible. In general, she feels that she is getting some good feedback. Of note in the surveys already submitted, several members have indicated that they do not want to meet during the summer months.

New Business:

Mary GF announced that Lorraine Laabs, a charter member of the guide, passed away in July. Also, Joyce Williams, a well-known knitter and author of the book, Latvian Dreams, passed away last Thursday.

Several members commented on the positive experiences they had while knitting in the sheep barn at the state fair.

Darlene H announced that, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson on September 9-11, 2011, they are looking for someone from our guild to help judge the knitting for the Make it Yourself With Wool contest. Anyone interested can contact Darlene for further information. She also stated that our speaker for the September 13th meeting will be Elizabeth O’Brien from Chicago, IL. Her topic will be “Knit to Fit”.

Crystel Mmade a motion to adjourn the meeting, Mary GF seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm.

Following the meeting the program was presented by Liz Sutter from Sutter’s Gold’n Fleece in St. Germain, WI. She presented us with a demonstration and spoke about opportunities to use 2 needle points cast-ons to start our knitting.

Respectfully submitted,

Klaudia H, Secretary


September Program:
Elizabeth O'Brien is our guest speaker in September. She will present a program on "Knitting to fit". It will cover: How to select the proper size pattern for your sweater; How to tell what size it really is; and how to alter the pattern.

Also, we have homework!!!! Part of Elizabeth's presentation will be how to lengthen and shorten a sweater after it has been knit. So....with worsted weight yarn, cast on 30 stitches. K1P1 for 2". With another color yarn, switch to Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row. Work for 3". Bind off. Bring the swatch, needles,
scissors and the main color used to knit it.


General Info:
A local yarn store is closing. Loop Yarn Shop has decided to close after 7 years of delighting knitters in Milwaukee. Caitlin and Patricia are selling everything and the sale starts September 9th at 10am. The sale will continue daily until everything is sold, so be sure and get out there!

Membership:
It’s that time of year again, time to renew your guild membership. Mary K has asked that you fill out this form and return it to her


GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD MEMBERSHIP

PLEASE COMPLETE ALL INFORMATION, EVEN IF RENEWING


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MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION SURVEY

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

GMKG Newsletter- July 2011

PURLS OF WISDOM

A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD

July 2011

NO MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING BUT IT RATHER FOCUSED ON 3 AREAS:
STITCHES, STATE FAIR AND OFFICER ELECTIONS.

We will have a sign-up sheet at the July meeting for State
Fair Demonstrations. Shifts will be from 9am to 1pm and 1pm to
4pm. We will be working with Carol in the Sheep Barn. They
hope to have a new entrance to the Wool Room that will face off
of the main aisle providing more exposure and more room for
demonstrations. Passes will be mailed to your home by the
State Fair people. We have to give Carol our final
head count on Wednesday, July 13. They are also looking for
anyone who might be starting out in retail or marketing and
would like some experience in running a retail space. They
might be able to set up work study or extra credit for running
the booth. Here is some job experience for the resume of your
friends and family.

And if you are looking for an EASY Day trip to a lovely
new YS- try Wall of Yarn on 14 W Stephenson St in Freeport, IL

It was recently opened by owners Jeffrey Wall& Dennis Rinkenberger
and has quite a variety of specialty yarns. www.WallofYarn.com

At this time we do not have a Stitches bus arranged. If you
are seriously interested come to the meeting or send Jackie
an email at sewbad112@prodigy.net. We will see what we
can come up with and the cost involved.

Some of our officers will be staying on for next year. Jackie will stay for one of the Co-President positions, Pat Garrity will stay for the Treasurer postion and Mary Kaems will stay on for Membership. The remaining positions are another Co-President, Secretary, Programs, Historian, Charity, State Fair, Stitches Road Trip. Knit in Public and the Newsletter.

The July meeting will be held across the hall in the South Dining Room.

July 12th: Jane Grogan from
Madison will be with us. Jane is a
weaver and she will introduce us to various frame looms and continuous strand weaving. She
will bring a dishcloth loom and a diamond loom. She will talk
about the "theory" of continuous strand weaving and designing
with the looms. She will also have some show and tell and
looms for sale.

Here’s a shout out to a new yarn store in the area:

Cream City Yarn
15565 W North Avenue
Brookfield,WI 53005
262-923-7014

As Always Happy
Knitting!!

Peg

Monday, June 13, 2011

GMKG Newsletter for June 2011

PURLS OF WISDOM
A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD
June 2011
Our Baby Shower at the May meeting was a great success. We collected 47 baby sweaters, 41 hats, 4 pairs of booties, 1 pair of mittens and 47 donated items such as diapers and baby clothes. We used lots of different yarn and pattern styles. Everything looked so sweet. Peg Vollmer and Pat Driscoll from the Christ Child Society came and spoke of their organization and the focus of their
work. Their group of volunteers will put together about 2000 layettes to be donated within the Greater Milwaukee Area. They also have a need for their "My Stuff" bag program. Backpacks are filed with items for older kids who have been removed from homes. They will fill about 900 backpacks this year. Peg and Pat were very appreciative of our effort on their behalf.
http://www.christchildsociety.com/We enjoyed games, cookies, bars and punch. Prizes were earned for having various items in your purse and for completing a Nursery Quiz with your teammate. It was a lot more fun than I am making it sound. I want to thank Pat Garrity and Kathy Greig for all of the time and effort they
put into this event.

New Members: The Guild has 2 new members: Anita B has
been knitting for about 12 years. You might see her at Renames where she works part time. She has worked in banking and ministry. She has crocheted since her was a small child. She also does needlepoint. She is currently working on a black and white jacket knit in different stripes and then assembled. Sue S has been knitting for most of her life. She is retired from banking. She is a former skier and knit ski sweaters to wear on the slopes. Lately she has been
doing small charity knitting projects in an attempt to use up her stash. Please welcome Anita and Sue.

Upcoming Programs:
June 14th: Please bring your favorite Knitting book, knitting book from the library or your favorite knitting accessory. Share with the guild, why this book or item is your favorite.
July 12th: Jane Grogan from Madison will be with us. Jane is a weaver and she will introduce us to various frame looms and continuous strand weaving. She will bring a dishcloth loom and a diamond loom. She will talk about the "theory" of continuous strand weaving and designing with the looms. She will also have some show and tell and looms for sale.
Aug 9th: Liz Sutter from "Setters Gold-n-Fleece"
will present "Two Needle Cast Ones...How? and Why?" She will talk about the Magic Loop cast on, Judy's Magic Cast on, and hen variations to the magic loop technique. Please bring scrap yarn and needles to practice the techniques.
Sept 13th: Elizabeth O'Brien from Chicago will present "Knitting to
fit...How to select the proper size pattern for your sweater. How to tell what size it really is and how to alter the pattern. Please bring pen and paper to take notes.

Stitch N Pitch is Tuesday June 21 at 7:10pm at Miller Park. The
Brewers will be playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets $25 with the first 1000 purchased receiving the Special Edition Bernie the Brewer Bobble Head. Teaching tables will be available. We will not be going as a group but area yarn shops are selling tickets or you can order them online. http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ticketing/stitchnpitch.jsp

As always- Happy Knitting

Monday, May 9, 2011

GMKG Newsletter May 2011

PURLS OF WISDOM
A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD May 2011

Membership: We had 2 new members join at the meeting.

Treasurer: Balance is $3980.51 Pat explained the need for more income since this amount will not cover room rental for the year.

Programs: May will be our Baby Shower. Bring your hand knit orpurchased baby items, diapers, formula etc. Representatives from the Christ Child Society will be there to accept them and talk about their program.Charity: Peg reminded us that we are currently making Chemo Hats for St Mary's Oncology Department. She had some made using fun fur thatwere really cute.

Old Business: None

New Business: Karen M provided the following notice: "The Milwaukee Public Library is planning a regular drop-in for those who knit and/or crochet. No reservation needed. They will meet every last Saturday of the month except May and December at a location within the Central Library that will be posted in the Rotunda. 1:30-3:30.

The Central Library will also be hosting a location for Milwaukee 2011 Knitting-in-Public Day. The date they were told is June11. A time has not been provided yet. You can check their website for more info on events at www.mpl.org.Robbie Rose spoke with us about a charitable group she and friends have started for the HOT unit at Childrens Hospital. (HOT-Hematology, oncology and transplant) She spoke on the need for kit or crocheted toys for the kids to use for comfort. Their website www.palsbringjoy.com has ideas, patterns and book suggestions and drop off locations. Knitch in Delafield is also supporting their effort by offering incentives for donations. Peg donated the yarn from Charity Knitting

Meeting adjourned.Our program was presented by Jan Massie of Just 4 Ewe. She had an interesting topic on Sweater Recycling.. The processes used in China and 3rd world countries use many toxic chemicals. It is to our advantage to recycle. Jan encouraged us to buy yarn made in the USA because the harsh chemicals are not used in processing. She showed us the problems you might encounter when pulling apart a sweater. She also takes sweaters and cuts them into slippers and purses to felt and create a new item.

NewMembers

Nancy S has been knitting for over 40 years. She knits a great variety of items from scarves to sweaters and likes easy patterns.Besides knitting she does silk flower arrangements, including wedding flowers, and other crafts. In the summer she likes to garden. Nancy probably would win the contest for living the closest to Mount Mary. She lives on 93rdand Burleigh and says she could just cross the street, hop the fence, and be on campus. Her daughters are Mt Mary graduates. Welcome to the Guild Nancy.

Anja H has been knitting for 30 years. She learned to knit and crochet as a child but stopped when she was in high school. Afterc ollege she picked up her needles again. She has knit 3 children’s sweaters but she really enjoys knitting stuffed animals and booties. She learned about our group through the central library. Welcome Anja.

Jennifer D has been knitting for 30 years and has now completed level 2 of the Master Knitter of the TGKA program. She likes to knit everything but especially lace and socks. She learned about us from Ravelry. Welcome Jennifer.

Dawn O has been knitting for over 30 years too and is a past guild member. She should be familiar to any of you who shop at Ruhama’s as she is the store manager. She has taught at Mt Mary. She really likes machine knitting. Welcome back Dawn.

Welcome returning members Helen D and Gail M. Both ladies have renewed their membership from last year. Welcome back Helen and Gail.

You are cordially invited to the 1st annual Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild’s Baby Shower!! For: Christ Child Society Date: May 10, 2011 (the May meeting)Time: 7:00pm Place: Mount Mary CollegeBaby Shower Games will be played and refreshments servedPlease bring your baby sweaters and any other knitted items for donation to this worthy cause (remember that non-knitted new baby items will also be graciously accepted!!

As always- Happy Knitting

Monday, March 7, 2011

GMKG Newsletter March 2011 --Auction info

7p on Tuesday March 8th, 2011 – Mount Mary College This Auction helps to support the different programs we offer as part of the Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild Items that may be featured at this year’s Auction:
Beautiful skeins of yarn!
Bath and Beauty things!
Knitting Books full of creative ideas!
Household objects!Fabulous Knitting Accessories!
Stunning Needles!
Attractive Stationary!

Don’t be the only person to miss the great deals and items at this year’s Auction!
Meet us in the North Dining Room of Mount Mary College!
Bid early and Bid often!!

GMKG Newsletter March 2011

PURLS OF WISDOM A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD

March 2011
No treasurers report. Pat had a Community meeting regarding flooding to attend.Membership-no new members. One visitor attended.

The February Program was presented by Sue Forbes and Jenny from Knitch Yarn Shop of Delafield. They brought tables full of Noroyarn and explained the different blends and when best to use them. They also had knitted items so that you could see how they knit up. They also had various types of kits available for sale. We all got 10% off and had a great time.Meeting adjourned.

March is our annual fund raiser Auction. Monies raised will be used toward speaker fees throughout the upcoming year. (No Rummage items please)- Please pass the word around- guests are most definitely welcome!

Mary G-F has offered to be the Auctioneer. We will also need spotters to make sure everyone’s paddle is seen. We will need a few peopleto record and tally the totals of the winning bidders. We will have a registration table where youwill be given a paddle with your number. Please havean index card filled out with the name of the item, theasking price, a description of the item, and whodonated it. We will have extra index cards available.Come early so you can have plenty of time to check it all out.

In April, Jan Massie from Just4ewe will be our guest speaker. Jan recycles sweaters, re-spins the yarn, and then knits into new! She will talk to the guild abouther technique. We look forward to having her!

As always- Happy KnittingPeg

You are cordiallyinvited to the 1st annual Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild’s Baby Shower!!For: Christ Child Society
Date: May 10, 2011(the May meeting)
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Mount Mary College
Baby Shower Games will be played and refreshments served Please bring your baby sweaters and any other knitted items for donation to this worthy cause (remember that non-knitted new baby items will also be graciously accepted!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

GMKG Newsletter February 2011

PURLS OF WISDOM
A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD
February 2011

There were no membership or treasury reports as those members were absent.
Give any scarves, hats or mittens to Jackie H for the Red Scarf Project.
A reminder to keep working on baby sweaters for the May Baby Shower!
We tabled the discussion to not have meetings in January and February until the fall when more of the membership is present.

The Program Committee presented their Round Robin. The skills they taught us were The German Cast On, The Braided Cast On, The Norwegian Purl and How to wind your yarn so that you can pull from the center of the ball. All were very interesting and as always well presented.

This month we're going to have the Knitch Yarn Store from Delafield come to our meeting. They're bringing out their entire line of Noro yarns and books for us to shop! You'll be able to see all of their Noro samples, which are gorgeous, by the way. And as a special Valentine's Day treat, they've even made up a few simple patterns for you that when knit up show off how pretty the Noro yarns can be. So don't miss the program! Join your friends at the meeting and let the Knitch bring their yarn store to you!

March is our annual fund raiser Auction. Monies raised will be used toward speaker fees throughout the upcoming year. So start planning your donation towards the Auction!

In April, Jan Massie from Just4ewe will be our guest speaker. Jan recycles sweaters, re-spins the yarn, and then knits into new! She will talk to the guild about her technique. We look forward to having her!

May is the anticipated "Baby Shower". Keep working on your baby sweaters! They are all so adorable! What a fun charitable events. More details will come in the near future.

This Month’s feature Member:
Susan Forbes
From time to time the newsletter features a guild member. This month we are chatting with Sue Forbes. She has been a member of the guild for about 10 year and has served the guild in a variety of ways. She has been membership and program chairs and has served as both vice president and president. She is serving as member of the program committee this year. Her favorite part of the guild is seeing what everyone is knitting. Sue learned to knit from her older sister when she was 8 but a baby sister taught her that there was much more than plain straight knitting. She loves texture and cables. Her favorite knitting book is Principles of Knitting by June Hiatt which is now out of print. She is a hand and machine knitter. She also spins and dyes yarns. For many years she thought about owning a business while she continued to work as an environmentalist for the truck division of GM at Janesville. When the plant closed she decided to take the plunge 3 years ago and start a yarn business. She sells custom yarns, sock blanks, and her own soaps. She is also designs patterns and teaches classes. She is currently knitting shawls which are being sold in an art gallery in Fish Creek. She is expanding her business each year by
going to more fiber shows and will have booths at the national Knit & Crochet Show and Stitches Midwest. Check out her websites: Fairy Yarnmother and Fiber Art Café to see what great products Sue has available.

As always- Happy Knitting
Peg

2011 Midwest Knitting Events:

Janesville Knit-in
http://jakg.org/id18.html
February 19 at Milton

Sheep In The City Get Away
http://web.mac.com/jmassie1/Sheep_in_the_City/Welcome.html
February 25-27 at the Best Western
Milwaukee Airport

Madison Knit-in
http://www.madisonknittersguild.org/knitin.html
March 19 in Madison

Wisconsin Spin-in
http://www.wispinin.org/
April 7-9 in Pewaukee

Midwest Fiber & Folk Art
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/
June 24-26 in Grayslake, IL

Knit & Crochet Show
http://www.knitandcrochetshow.com/
July 28-31 in Minneapolis

Stitches Midwest
http://www.knittinguniverse.com
August 24-28 in Schaumburg, IL

WI Sheep and Wool Festival
http://wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com/
Sept 9-11 in Jefferson

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

GMKG Newsletter- JAN 2011

A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD
January 2011

It’s a NEW YEAR

Resolutions, reflections and always time to try something new…..

January is the annual Round Robin. Please make sure you bring extra scrap yarn and needles so you can learn and practice the techniques taught. The Round Robin will consist of 3-4 stations set up in the room. At each station, a technique will be taught to the members of the guild. Each station will be allowed 10-15 minutes to allow member to practice the new skill. Guild members then rotate to the next station. It's a great learning opportunity to increase our knitting skills. This year we will learn "the Norwegian Pul", "the Twisted German Cast-on" and a "cord Cast-on".

February: TBD

March is our annual fund raiser Auction. Monies raised will be used toward speaker fees throughout the upcoming year. So start planning your donation towards the Auction!

In April, Jan Massie from Just4ewe will be our guest speaker. Jan recycles sweaters, respins the yarn, and then knits into new! She will talk to the guild about her technique. We look forward to having her!

May is the anticipated "Baby Shower". Keep working on your baby sweaters! They are all so adorable! What a fun charitable events. More details will come in the near future.

And now a warm welcome to our new members……
Diane K and Rieke D.
Diane has been knitting for about 25 years and has done a variety of projects from scarves to sweaters. She likes to use circular needles. She is retired and also likes to read and golf. Yes she has knit golf club covers.
Rieke has been knitting since she was a small girl in Germany. She knits whenever she can, including on the bus as she commutes to and from work. She loves color and texture. She uses the yarn as her guide on how a project should be knit and often does not use a pattern.