Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 East Fourteen Mile Road, Birmingham, Michigan. see a map »

Bring your knitting and join us for an evening — we’re sure you’ll want to become part of the flock!

Friday, September 18, 2015

BSKG 1st Guest Post

Posted by Kim Whelan

"copyright Geneve Hoffman Photography"
I have this friend; maybe you have one like her? She’s the kind of friend that has all these crazy, great ideas, and somehow, before you know it, you’re smack dab in the middle of something!

This friend is the reason that I found myself starting a knitting guild (BSKG) with her a few years ago and found myself president of said guild a few years later. She is also the reason that I started designing patterns. I was just drifting along, calmly knitting away when she said “write a pattern, challenge yourself” That is how I came to write my very first pattern “Etta” which appeared in Lace One Skein Wonders. Now writing a pattern didn’t come easy, there were many mistakes along the way, but I stuck with it and finally I had a pattern I was proud to publish on Ravelry. After that first pattern I wrote a few more that I was lucky enough to have printed in some local publications. But that friend of mine, she was at it again, “there is this call for submissions” she said and that is how I ended up having my very first pattern ever included in the Lace One-Skein Wonders book.

There is nothing quite as thrilling as being included in a “One-Skein” book so you can imagine my glee when I was notified that my Monarch blanket was picked to be in the One-Skein Wonders for Babies Book. From past experience with the one skein series I knew to expect beautiful photography and the highest quality and this book does not disappoint! As soon as it came, I couldn’t wait to show this beauty around. My non-knitting family was oohing and aahing, and even my hipster nieces were impressed. This book has a wide range of patterns that are suitable for many different skill levels. Believe me when I tell you, if you need something for baby you will need to look no further than this book. From the adorable booties and sweaters, to the cute as can be toys and hats, this book is chock full of projects I can’t wait to cast on. I know you’ll feel the same way!

I am extremely proud and humbled to have my blanket included among all the wonderful projects in this book.

Oh and that friend of mine? Well she’s at it again, “learn a new knitting skill AND publish a new pattern by the end of September, challenge yourself” ………….

Just Keep Knitting,

Kim Whelan

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 2015 Meeting

On September 8th, the Black Sheep Knitting Guild returned home from “camp meetings” to our regular monthly meetings.  There was one visitor, Dorinda Balanecki.
As our new year begins, we’d like to start each meeting with a Trivia Question. September’s query asked “Who are our Founding Mothers”? The answer: Tanya Thomann and Kim Whelan. If you have any good ideas for questions about the BSKG or knitting, tell Kathy Stasys.

Val Koyl has graciously taken over for Chris Hamel as chair for the raffle. Thanks to them both!  Donors for the raffle were Mary Moylan and Stacey Totzke and the winner were Pat Kreilling, Noreen Slank, Karen Sanders, Mary Moylan, Ernestine Bains, Linda Francisco, Linda Dean, Rita Perrone and Linda Doros.  Thank you Mary and Stacey for donating.   

Although new swag will not be announced until the October meeting, some swag from previous years was available for sale: umbrellas, hats, BSKG bags. Sorry, sheepies, the cowbells are all gone.

An important point in business portion of the meeting was to look for volunteers for various committees. Please consider signing up to help the guild.

It was a pleasure to listen to our guest speaker, Aviva Sussner. She is about to open her own knit shop in Birmingham, Woolly&Co. after spending several years as an instructor in another knit store. A lively speaker, Aviva generated “oohs and ahhs” when she gifted us all with a tape measurer. We’re easy to please. After being peppered with questions from the group, she turned and asked us questions about what knitters want to find in a knit shop. If you have a suggestion, look at your measuring tape for her contact information.

One of our sheep, Katy Race Koelb, has moved to Florida and passed along some beautiful yarns, some will be used for crafts, some will show up in the raffle and some will be used for charity knitting.   Thank you Katy, we will miss you.

Show and Share

October 13, 2015 is the next meeting, BSKG swag will be announced and it is amazing and wonderful, the program is Tips and Techniques, turn in your charity items. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May Meeting

The Black Sheep Knitting Guild's last regular meeting until September was a really fun meeting. Well attended by the flock and we had 3 visitors.  
We started off with show and share, which is always a very popular event.

complete with the Tanya hiccup

if you squint and look very hard
you can see Harvey (bunny) in this shadow blanket

Then we moved onto the real reason all these sheep showed up:

Sell, Buy, & Trade Stash

The next exciting round up of the flock will be September 8, 2015.

Meanwhile the flock will gather for summer camp, June 9th, July 14th and August 11th.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Meeting

It was a busy night at April's monthly meeting!   There were two guests.


Donna Mrozek, President, announced plans for a BSKG Summer Camp. Since the guild pays for the summer months at Our Shepherd Lutheran, it will be a great chance for members to gather in an informal (and cool) spot in June, July, and August. A  time to learn some new techniques or do a little charity knitting. (psstt...inside word is that you should really plan on coming in August.)
Judith Davis revealed our new charity knitting project: men's chemo hats. She said that Beaumont is most excited about this effort as a definite need for men's hats exists. Judith prepared many kits and extra patterns for members to pick up. The completed hats are due at the October meeting.

Harriet Atlas reminded members that the final payment for the May retreat is due. So far it looks like we will have about 28 people going up north for some serious knitting, socializing, knitting, eating, knitting, imbibing, knitting, etc. 
Raffle Winners and Donors   -   Vangy Agemy donated  Blue Syke Apaca's Skinny Dyed yarn. Chris Hamel, raffle coordinator, won it.  Donna Mrozek donated Kraemer Sterling Silk and Silver yarn with a shawl pattern, Harriet Atlas was the winner. Pat Kreiling donated Tofutsies sock yarn and Vangy Agemy donated the book, Closely Knit. Kelly Glancy won both items. Vangy also donated Araucania and Kathy Stasys won them. Vangey must have been cleaning out closets because she also donated  Berroco Echo (Annette Ervin  the winner), Sirdar DK (Pat Kreiling the winner), and Berroco Echo (Valerie Carr the winner).

Kathy Stasys presented the revisions to the by-laws for member approval. The changes were minor and for clarification. Only one remains to be voted on (thanks Tanya for helping cut to the chase on that one). The new wording for Article V, Point 3 can be restated as 

All the other changes were approved.
Of course, the highlight of the April meeting was The Sneaky Sheep gift exchange! This year's theme was Winter Woolies, some amazing black sheep skills were highlighted.  Cowls, scarves, shawls, fingerless mittens....well, just look at the photos! 

Upcoming Events:   May's meeting on the 12th gives everyone a chance to clean out old stash and buy new stash. Bring in yarns you'd like to sell or trade. Perfect night for a knitter.
Knitting Retreat: May 15th-17th.

Stitch-n-Pitch is Sunday, September 27th.