We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:45 p.m. :: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Guild Meetings — September through May :: Summer Camp — June through August

LOCATION: Huntington Woods Public Library :: Woods Gallery, lower level :: 26415 Scotia Rd, Huntington Woods, MI 48070

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 2018

We’re Back!!!

The lovely, though headless model, is wearing a beret, scarves, cardigan, and sweater. All are original designs by Cassondra Rizzardi. If the model had hands, she would also be wearing gloves.

The "We Were the Seeds" shawl
The "Equinox" scarf

Each of Cassondra's designs centers in a related story. The "We Were the Seeds" shawl starts with sprouts (seed stitch), grows into roots (cables), and sprouts leaves (lace). It is pollinated (bee stitch) and blooms (floral). As with any plant, it needs to be well watered (blocking). 

Her "Rope the Moon" shawl was inspired by a warm childhood memory of her father's love for his daughters. He said he would do anything for them, even "rope the moon". And he did in a very clever way. 

The "Committed" shawl requires a commitment to complete, or is is that you should be committed? The "Walk the Block" knit along is meant to be worked as you walk. Now that's commitment, too.

Cassondra's on Ravelry at Rizzaknits. The designs she showed us at the September meeting are available for purchase.  

And she only started knitting five years ago..........

Did you hand in the charity caps? Quite a few did!

are due at the
October meeting!!!!

The September meeting was quite busy. Three new members joined the guild. Welcome!

Do you have something you could donate for the monthly raffle? See Val.

Are you interested in helping to welcome new members and help them feel comfortable in our group?  Ask Kate about being an Ambassador.

The by-laws passed! Thank you to all those who worked on bringing about some good changes. Dues will be collected each September.
The president and vice-president elections have been shifted so that their terms will start in September of each year. As this is a year of transition to that format, please consider now who should be nominated for the next vice-president. It could be YOU!

Fiber Fest in West Branch on September 28th - 30th.
Maggie Knits is coming to Kalamazoo October 13th.
Dorinda will be teaching at Heritage.

Don't miss the November meeting! BSKG is having its first Holiday Bazaar when members will sell their knitting related items to other members. Bonus! The Labor of Love Yarn truck will also be at the November meeting.

Show and Share from Summer

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Black Sheep Retreat

Black Sheep Retreat
May, 2018
Yarned and Dangerous

Perfect knitting weather.

Look at the colors in this year's swag!

Kitty's daughter, Kyla, created five vibrant colors especially for the Black Sheep May 2018 Retreat.

Several retreat committee members got an early chance to knit with this beautiful fingering weight yarn.
Why, you could even knit socks.....

We decorated and autographed the swag bag which also contained a portable, standing lamp (including batteries...so thoughtful). Merritt created the retreat button and its motto: Yarned and Dangerous.


Fortunately, no one starved or ate too many fruits and vegetables.  Those great knitting cookies made another appearance thanks to Laurie.

May 18th was a wedding day somewhere in the world.
We weren't invited. That's okay. We had more fun at the MacMillan Center at Higgins Lake. Didn't we, Kim? Kim??

While most retreaters used Saturday to sit and knit and chat and eat, some chose to galavant all over Northern Michigan to find fiber events and sales. 50% off sales!!!!
Just ask Judith's credit card company.

Loot and More Loot and the Looters who got it!

Smile ladies, but we do hope to see some of this yarn at next Spring's Yarn Swap.

Best  part of the annual retreat? Just sitting and knitting and talking and eating and laughing and having a glass of wine. 

See you next year!!!!!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Spring 2018 Meeting



        Black Sheep



Upcoming Events: 

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Saturday, June 9
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

 Mittens for Detroit
Leon and Lulu's
The Yarn Stop
Wooly & Co

Information is on Mittens for Detroit Facebook page and a link from Black Sheep Knitting Guild's Ravelry group
$10 RSVP to reserve a seat with the proceeds going to Mittens for Detroit; Leon and Lulu will also donate a portion of their sales that day (nice). You can preorder a boxed lunch from Three Cat Cafe for an additional cost. http://bit.ly/WWKiP_MittensForDetroit2018

Drag Queen Bingo
Sunday, June 24
$30 includes brunch
Tell them you are with Black Sheep/Barb Caddy to sit with guild members
(Very funny!!!)

June, July, August
no mosquitoes, homesickness, or canoeing
but there is a Board Meeting in August

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 2018

March Madness

Heck no.... this is way more fun than watching basketball.

Guild members scored points sharpening their skills in crochet, showing off crocheted items, and sharing new (and old) projects. 

Karen's extraordinary knitting takes center court with her lace and cable creations. 

Her Estonian lace is intricate and beautiful. 

Guess who is a new grandma? 

Vangie took first place in the shower gift division for her menagerie of folk tale characters. She gives the new baby a book for each story she has brought to life. 

Barb participated in this year's Olympic games by knitting appropriate socks. Why shouldn't knitting be an Olympic sport too?

Show and Tell brings out the best in the game....


Lucky child to have a talented Mom like Julia

Can you believe that Janeen knit this sweater 35 years ago? First, she doesn't look old enough; second, it might take many of us 35 years to finish such a complicated project. 

Rina is all smiles with because she finished her boot camp assignment. 

Merritt brought her Mom to the March meeting, and Mom brought her crocheted afghan. She works as she travels to Florida. Although she is known for her adventuresome knitting, Merritt showed a beautiful example of using crochet as an edging. 

Many of the Black Sheep members are also skilled at crochet. Harriett made this large shawl years ago; it is a classic, and classy, piece. 

While we always enjoy creating fancy work, often times every day items can be fun to make. Why not brighten up your cooking with colorful hot pads? Harriett brought these in from her own kitchen. Granny squares are a great way to use up bits of your stash in practical ways.

Baby booties

Crochet Away!

Some Guild members reviewed crocheting Granny squares and others chose to learn to crochet a charming bead necklace.

Using a pattern from Churchmouse, "Crocheted Beaded Necklace and Wrap Bracelet", members quickly designed their own jewelry from linen yarn and beads. 

If you are interested in learning more about crochet, here are some of web sites that will be of interest.

Craftsy has a free guide and classes.

Purl Soho

Big Bad Wool

an alternate to Granny Squares

Yarn Bombing information

And finally....a big thank you to Noreen for all of her help to the Black Sheep Knitting Guild!!!
We will miss seeing the many wonderful items you have knit. It was always a joy to see all that you created. Best Wishes as you move your life to Hillman. Enjoy!!!!