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!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April Meeting

We had a great time last night at our April meeting and we had a new member - Karen F. and a visitor - Michelle A.

Our raffle contributors were Marie W., Linda M., Kathy S., Sally P. and Harriet A.
The winners were as follows:

Hope R.       Book - Shadow Knitting
Tanya T.       Pendleton grey flannel zippered double point needle holder
Pat K.          Book - Cutest Ever, Baby Knits, and 2 skeins of Knit Pick DE swish
Kate M.       Book - Knitting Vintage Socks and 2 skeins of Steinbach Wolle sock yarn
Heather P.  Book - It Itches and 3 skeins Berroco Comfort worsted wt. yarn
Charli O.     Cascade Yarns pattern for reversible eyelet cable scarf and Cascade Heritage Silk yarn
Merritt C.   Book - Exquisite Little Knits and pattern and ladder yarn for scarf
Ann R.       Book - Knit Socks and 3 skeins of Fortissima sock yarn

Merritt C. gave a wonderful trunk show of many of her knit projects.  Here are some pictures that will give you just a small idea of what she does.













If you missed this meeting and are interested to learn more about Merritt's projects or how she knits them, make sure you come to our next meeting.  Merritt will be more than happy to talk with you at that time.

Speaking of our next meeting, it will be the last of the season and we will be having a member swap and sale and desserts.  Member swap and sale means just that.  Bring yarn, books, notions, etc. that you don't want any more.  Put a price on your items if you want to sell them or swap with another person for something they brought.  

Our retreat will take place on May 2-4 and our last meeting is May 13.  We still have openings  if you decide you'd like to join us at the retreat.   The weather is definitely on the upswing and our incredible door prizes are arriving daily!  So think about it.  Any questions, feel free to contact Donna M. or Harriet A.

See you either at Panera, the retreat or the May meeting.  Knit on, fellow Black Sheep!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March BSKG Field Trips

Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, while not as large as the fall show, still there was a fine selection of vendor with lots of fiber and lovely yarn.  Needless to say there was a bit of stash enhancement. 
 
 happy sheep at Fiber Fest

The following Saturday, it was off to Bowling Green for the Black Swamp Spinners Guild Market Day & Fiber Fair.  An annual spring BSKG field trip, with many of the guild’s favorite vendors.  So worth the drive. There was a lot of stash enhancement to say the least. 

the flock at Black Swamp
 
 



 
Fun times with fiber goodness,  hope to see you on the next fiber excursion.
 








 

Friday, March 14, 2014

MARCH MEETING


We had 50+ sheep in attendance with one new member, Mary Jo P., and two visitors, Karen F.,  and Denise W.  Welcome to all, hope you enjoyed yourselves.

RAFFLE:  Winner of the BSKG Retreat raffle was Sarah T. 
There were 7 raffle items this month.  Donors were: Kim W., Chris H., Stacey T. and Audrey H.  Thanks to all of you for your generosity.

some of the lovely raffle items
And the happy winners were:
Suzanne S.  -  Keychain sock blocker with sock yarn

Noreen K.   -   Soap Bag with yarn and soap

Helga M.  -  Yarn with knitting needles

Diane D.  -  Highland wool, fingering wgt.  494 yds.

Dawn L.  -  Highland wool, fingering wgt.  494 yds.

Patricia S.  -  Sirdar, 4 skeins, 2 colors, bulky

Marie W.  -  Mirasol yarn, 4 skeins,

Hope all you winners enjoy your prizes.

CHARITY KNITTING:   Judith Davis, Charity Knitting Chair, assembled kits for new born baby hats, complete with pattern and yarn. There was a choice of 3 different kits. The baby hats will go to Providence Hospital.
BSKG RETREAT:  please remember payment in full are due at the April meeting, if you have not signed up for retreat, consider doing so, there is nothing like spending quality time with fellow sheep.

SHOW & SHARE:  in which we get to show off FOs.  Thanks to all who shared.







PROGRAM:  crafts always sure to please a flock. There was a beaded row counter, hanger sock blockers and a double point holder thingy.  Thank you, Erika P., Heather P. and Rita P. for your crafting wizardry.  Meanwhile, others were working on their UFOs.


Next month's meeting on April 8th will be a trunk show by Merritt Scott-Collins, and techniques of free form knitting.  Will be very interesting and informative, I am sure.

See you next month or earlier at Panera's for social knitting every Tuesday when there is not a meeting.

If you have not come to Panera’s for social knitting, consider coming, fun times and a great way to meet other member of the flock.   

 Have a good month and keep on knitting. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

FEBRUARY MEETING

(Here goes - for the second time.  Somehow lost entry I already typed.)

Last week we had 65 sheep in attendance with two new members, Ann T. and Tina R., and three visitors, Jerri Poe, Mary H. and Katie B.  Welcome to all, hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Retreat sign-up forms were available and about 10 knitters signed up.

We had an abundance of raffle items this month.  Donors were: Twisted Fiber Art, Donna M., Karen S., Sally P., Stacey T. and Kim W.  Thanks to all of you for your generosity.

Hopefully, I have the correct names of the winners and what they won.  Here goes.

Ernestine B. - Twisted Fiber Art yarn
Dawn J. - Noro Yuzan Yarn, 6 skeins
Suzanne S. - Ty Dy Sock Yarn, skein
Noreen S. - Prism Saki Sock Yarn, skein
Tanys T. - Knitter's Brewing Company Sock Yarn, skein
Ann R. - Wolle's cotton yarn, color changing. skein
Kate P. - Wolle's cotton yarn, single color, skein
Ann T. - Knit Picks Shimmer Yarn, 2 skeins
Madeline M. - Earthly Hues Yarn, skein
Joellen S. - Book - The Eclectic Sole, by Janet Laidman, and a skein of Tofutsies sock yarn
Merritt C.  - Ironstone Yarns, skein, English mohair
Annette E. - Ironstone Yarns, skein, English mohair and pattern
Kate M. - skein of green mohair
JoAn B. - Ironstone Island, super bulky cotton, skein
Claudia C. - various wool yarns and two pairs needles
Diane D. - keychain sock blocker with sock yarn
Mimi L. - mitten keychain with sock yarn

Now that's a lot of raffle items!  Hope all you winners enjoy your prizes.

We were fortunate to have Meg from Twisted Fiber Art in Mason, MI come to our  meeting to discuss the evolution of her yarn dyeing.  She brought with her many of her lovely yarns for sale to our guild.  Thought I'd never get all of you to sit down for the meeting.  It was really difficult to wait until after her presentation to go look at and make purchases from her.  I took many pictures, but I have to figure out how to get them here from Flickr.  Forgot to bring my camera and had to take pics with my phone.  

Well, finally figured out how to get pics.  Here's a couple.  Will try to get others on here.



Next month's meeting will be UFO (unfinished objects) finishing and our charity project kick-off.  So bring in your UFO's and we'll help you finish them.  If we have time, we may have our craft tables set up that we were supposed to do at this month's meeting, but didn't have time for.  (Bad sentence, I know you're not supposed to end with a preposition.)

See you next month on the 11th, or earlier at Panera's.  Have a good month and keep on knitting.  8-)