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

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

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