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!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Meeting Tuesday

Tomorrow's meeting begins at 7pm. We'll be at Anderson Middle School, but in the Home Ec room instead of the Media Center. (From the parking lot, walk to the end of the hallway and look to your left before turning right as you would to go to the Media Center--or just listen for the talking and laughing knitters. . .) Our program for the evening will be focusing on business. . .we've got some loose ends to catch before our fast growth pulls us in directions we don't want to go. Put on your thinking caps and be ready to participate by sharing your ideas of how to make our guild an even better place.

I've been asked by a few friends recently, "How do I join?" Just bring a check for $35 to the meeting and we'll help you out. . .and you too can participate in all of the fun we have in the works for this spring and summer!

We have 7 people registered for the retreat, don't forget to bring your deposit if you're interested in going. We have supply lists and details for those who are registered. If you're planning on going and want to take the workshops, pick up a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop and one of Cat Bordhi's magical knitting books and you'll have most of your supplies ready to go.

Quite a few of us are planning the Yarn Harlot trip, see the previous post for details, and join us for a fun day! See her blog for details, but Stephanie is hoping knitters will "represent". Bring a hat to donate to a local shelter if you want to stand up and have knitters as a group be noticed by the "muggles" who don't seem to think we're a group to be taken seriously.

If you've recieved your new issue of Cast On magazine, turn to page 54 and check out the Lacy Brichoe Top and page 81 (in the advertising section). Kristin Omdahl, a local designer and Black Sheep guild member, has a both a pattern featured and stunning lace shawl in the Alpaca Yarn Company ad. Check out her website for more beautiful designs. Kristin is teaching a workshop at Skeins on Main at the end of March, hopefully we can get her to teach a mini-lesson for us at guild soon!

If you missed knitting at the Coffee Beanery lately, you may have missed this:


Greg seemed flattered that we'd remember him and pleased with our gift. What a beautiful afghan created by so many of our hands. My mom used to have a t-shirt that said, "I'm greater than the sum of all my parts" and when I look at this blanket, I think that may be true of us as well. We have so many talented knitters in our midst, but when all of our work is placed together, we create something even more beautiful than one of us could create on our own. I think about this afghan, our nearly 80 scarves and all of the people we taught at Knit Michigan. . .we are a powerful bunch.

With that in mind, Camille sent this to us. . .consider contribuiting your handiwork to the cause.

The Michigan's Women’s Foundation is having their 2007 Women of Achievement and Courage Awards ceremony on May 16, 2007 at the GM Wintergarden. The cost of the affair is $150.00, which may be a little steep, however we can still contribute to the evening by donating knitted articles for the silent auction. I suggest we compile a basket of knitted creations on behalf of the BSKG. This way we have an opportunity to be part of this wonderful event along with getting some recognition for the Guild.
Email blacksheepnewsletter@hotmail.com with any questions or suggestion.

See you tomorrow!
--T

Monday, March 12, 2007

Cupcakes and Trippin'

If you've checked your email lately, you have the details that follow, but scroll down for the cupcakes. . .

Kim has been hard at work planning some trips for the Black Sheep Knitting Guild Members! I know you'll all be excited to be a part of them, so sign up now! Put some fun knitting adventures on your calendar! If you're not a member, all it takes is a minute and $35 to join and be able to enjoy member benefits, see Jennifer or Camille at the Coffee Beanery or at our next meeting at Anderson Middle School on March 20.

The Yarn Harlot
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is coming to Ann Arbor on April 1. Don't miss this opportunity to hear one of the funniest knitting authors speak. We'll be leaving from the Anderson parking lot at 10:15 am, caravaning to Ann Arbor, eating lunch and then hitting at least one yarn shop on the way home. We should be home around dinner time. Your cost is NOTHING! You will need to bring money to purchase lunch and yarn if you're interested, and it would be kind to contribute a few dollars toward the driver's gas. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP to blacksheepnewsletter@hotmail.com so that we can get a handle on how many people are interested and how many drivers we need. If you're willing to be a driver, please include that in your RSVP.

Kniting Retreat!
We'll be heading to Traverse City on Friday afternoon April 27 and staying until Sunday afternoon April 29. We've reserved a beautiful home with plenty of space for all of us and have planned a relaxing and (somewhat) educational weekend. For a mere $150 you'll be able to eat, knit and relax among friends. $50 Deposits are needed by March 20 (our next meeting). You can write checks to: The Black Sheep Knitting Guild and hand them to Kim, Tanya or Jennifer at the Coffee Beanery or send them to BSKG c/o 2483 Tyler Ave., Berkley, MI 48072

Two workshops will be offered, one on mobieus cast on and knitting, the other on two handed fair isle. Supply lists will be given to registrants after March 20. We'll also have the opportunity to visit a fabulous yarn store in the area if you're interested. Five meals, workshops, snacks and lodging are included in your registration fee. . .and goodie bags for those attending are in the works! Sign up now and confirm your space!

And still more. . .
Kim has plans for a Lansing trip in early June including stops at Rae's Yarn Boutique and Threadbear as well as a trip to Skeins on Main in Rochester. Looking ahead to the fall, she's made contacts with Rose, of Indigo Rose and they are cooking up a special workshop just for us! The benefits of membership just keep growing!
Looking forward to seeing you at the Coffee Beanery or our next meeting. . .--Tanya and Louise

And now, the cupcakes. . .Coralee's grandson LOVED the three knitted cupcakes on my Lenten UFO list. . .here's a picture from her daughter!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

March and April Socks

I'm a month ahead on my New Year's Resolution. . .March and April socks are here! I'm working on a pair from my unfinished pile that are a grey and black lace pattern, but I don't like them too much. The leg is a bit tight for me, so they'll wind up being for Joanie. I've decided that when I finish them, I really can't call them my May socks, since they won't be for me--I don't think you can see it in the picture, but on the tan socks, I had to rip and re-start and didn't do it properly. Technically, I should have wound the already knitted yarn into a hank, soaked it in some wool wash and then hung it to dry. That would have taken the kinks out of the yarn and would have allowed my knitting to look smoother. Because these are more utilitarian, and less heirloom, I thought it wouldn't matter so much. In a something I cared about, I would certainly take the time to wash before re-knitting. The kinks in the yarn may effect gauge and that portion of your knitting would just not be "right". I figure these socks are going to be washed a lot and the stitches will wiggle their way into looking okay. . .and then they'll have holes in them, so I didn't spend the time.

Louise sent a list of her UFOs. . .she's not nearly as bad as I am, she only had around 20 on the list, but she's worked through a good portion of them. Unfortunately for her, she has quite a few large projects to complete that should take her well into next year. . .Louise, this is me taunting you. . .how 'bout no new projects 'till they're ALL done?

How about the rest of you? I know Sally has joined in, but afraid to post her UFO list. As you saw yesterday, she's made tremendous progress on her fair isle sweater. . .I'm waiting for pictures from Kim, she's working fast and furious on her Baby Albert (Einstein) sweaters. . .Who else has pictures to share? email them and I'll post them! We want show and tell!
No one has weighed in on the sweater question from this weekend. . .bummer.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Cutting

Sally and I have a class together at Heritage Spinning and Weaving. . .here's what she sent me after class yesterday. Keep an eye on Joan's blog for more pictures. . .



Hi to all you knitters! I cut my sweater today and started the first sleeve...I was nervous and the scizzors were shaking! but, i did it and hopefully will beging knitting the sleeve tomorrow...I am also modeling a new sweater that I started a year ago and just finshed this week...from now on I am going to stick with a project until it is finished before I start anything new....happy knitting....sally

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Bursting at the Seams

What a great meeting we had on Tuesday! We had several new faces that joined us and made our small space in the media center feel like we were bursting at the seams! Our time at Knit Michigan seems to have generated some interest in our group as several of the guests heard about us for the first time there. Katie and Barbara both did some recruiting of their own and brought two new friends with them. . .(Katie talked us up while shopping at Jo-Ann's!) We're always glad to be inspired by what others are knitting, and fresh perspectives are always welcomed. Members, if you see someone KIPing (Knitting in Public) invite them to join us! Take a few flyers from a meeting and keep them in your purse so you can point folks to our blog, or post flyers at the stores you shop at. . .all of the publicity you can provide for us will help our group grow.

If you are considering joining, please remember that membership benefits include our meetings where we have some interesting technique or information that will increase your skills, a subscription to Cast On magazine as well as periodic discounts or shopping days at local yarn stores (we're currently scheduling days at The Knitting Room and Beaumont).

We missed several regulars, I hope that not everyone was sick (hope you're feeling better Chris) and that the change in schedule just was a bit of a conflict this month. (Phyllis, we're sorry we missed you, but hope your Red Hat meeting was fun!)

Again, I am amazed at the generosity of our members. Judith took home 43 scarves for SOS. That brings our total up to 79 scarves that we've donated! We will continue to collect scarves at each meeting, so if you're between projects and looking for a quick project, knit a scarf! Washable yarn is preferred--Coralee and Judith always have some at our meetings or you can pick some up at your local yarn store--or out of your stash! We'll have small door prizes for the prettiest scarf and the person who donates the most again in March. . .get knitting!

Louise and I are making good progress on our UFOs (unfinished objects). My New Year's resolution socks are being finished faster than ever since I can't jump between projects. . .I'll post pictures of my March and April socks (both pairs completed) later this week. It's a great feeling to watch my list get smaller, but increasingly hard not to cast on something new. I'm interested to know what you think about this. . .I have a sweater that I've decided not to complete as the style just won't be flattering on me (I don't know what I was thinking when I began knitting it. . .). I plan to rip it out and eventually make a different desgin. Do you think beginning that new design counts as casting on during lent?