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!

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:
 
Cake
 
 

 
 
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 
THE LONG TERM PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP WILL BE COMPOSED                 OF VOLUNTEER PAST OFFICERS AND CURRENT MEMBERS INTERESTED IN                   PLANNING AND DEVELOPING SPECIAL GUILD PROGRAMS.

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.

Monday, March 16, 2015

March Meeting

A lively flock of sheep were in attendance for the March meeting and there was one guest. 
 


Charli Osborne, events coorinator, announced two up-coming events happening this month.  Black Swamp Fiber Fair in Bowling Green Ohio and the other Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor.  Car pooling will be available for both events.  Hope to see a whole large flock of black sheep at both. 
Sign up for the Retreat, May 15 – 17, 2015, is in full swing.  You can still sign up at the April meeting. A weekend with fellow sheep in the north woods at the MacMullan Conference Center, what could be more fun than that. 

Of course, Chris Hamel, as always, did a good job herding the raffle with a  help from Linda Francisco. 

Donors were Donna Mrozek and Charli Osborne. The winners were:  Rita Perrone, Audrey Helou, Kathy Rasmussen,  Merritt Collins, Sheila Elliott, Ernestine  Bains, Heather Perrone, Mary Curran and Harriet Atlas.
Erica Owens did a trunk show, lots of fun stuff. Hats and cowls and other wonderful things. 



Not to mention a special hat called Saint Padraig, a pattern available on ravelry designed by non-other than Tanya Thomann, one of the founding members of our guild.  A collaboration between Tanya, Erica with help from Kate Pultz.   BSKG members truly rocks. 



Donna Mrozek did a slide show presentation, Ravelry  - Focus on Pictures and Kate Pultz helped with how to up load pictures on your stash. Kate also helped people load pictures of stash onto Ravelry.  Fun program!
 
 
Show and Share


Next month’s meeting -  Sneaky Sheep, elfster picked a sheepie, participants pick a pattern and have been busy knitting a surprise gift  Even if you are not particating in Sneaky Sheep it is fun to see what everyone has made for their choosen sheep.  Also, Judith Davis will be annouceing the charity knit for next year, she will have kits available.  You will not want to miss this fun filled meeting.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Meeting


February’s meeting was a fun, informative and crafty meeting. We had two guests and one new member joining us.

 
Events/field trip coordinator Charli Osborne is gearing up for the fiber show spring season. Be sure to check out the signup sheets for carpooling at the meetings and the blog for more information. Hope you join us for the first trip to Black Swamp Spinners Guild Market Day & Fiber Fair in Bowling Green Ohio. Carpooling is a really great way get acquainted with other members of the flock, not to mention a ton of fun. Oh, and did I say lunch; we all meet up in town for lunch.

Retreat committee is busy planning yet another fun packed event. The flock will be at MacMullan Conference Center the second weekend in May, a weekend of knitting with other Black Sheep, fabulous door prizes, a bonfire, walks to the lake and in the woods and a ton of fiber fun. Another way to bond with fellow sheep while having a great relaxing time.

Raffle chair, Chris Hamel, had many lovely prizes to raffle off.
 
 
Prizes were donated by Linda Doros, Donna Mrozek, Katy Koelb, Mary Moylan, Helga McCann, and Pat Kreiling. The happy winners were Sue Sullivan, Kelley Glancy, Kim Whelen, Ann Tomlinson, Valerie Koyl, Karen Sanders, Mary Jo Pilat, and Joan Koelsch.

Judging Knitting at the State Fair was the topic of the talk given by Pat Kreiling. Pat judged the knitted items at the Michigan State Fair before it was closed. She explained what a knit judge did and did not do and had some very quirky stories about some of her experiences. Thanks Pat, you did a terrific job!
 
 
 

To wrap up the evening there were crafts stations, always a fun thing

 
needle felting


beaded markers

knitted pins


 
Of course there was Show and Share
 



 

 
Next month, we will learn more about Ravelry and have a trunk show by Erica Owens.