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, January 24, 2008

Hat update

Knit Michigan is looming near. I feel lost if I don't have a chemo cap on the needles and the needles aren't with me. As of Tuesday night we have 49 chemo caps, as a guild. Not including mine. I think I am going to raise my goal to 40. Scary. We should be able to meet a 100 hat goal. I would like to turn them in at the end of our day at 3pm. We can lay them all out to be admired by all. We have good sign up and any one wanting to come in for an hour or so that isn't signed up is more than welcome.

We are going to host a Ravelry round up at Knit Michigan so talk about it alot and pass it on. No idea how many to expect. Could be huge this year.

I have a list of things to try to keep supplied this year. I am going to bring my large coffee maker, cream and sugar. Chris H. has offered to bring a coffee cake. If anyone has ideas or suggestions feel free to shout them out. Thank you to all who have offered help.
Hats are calling, Judith

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Brrrr!!

Has anyone been cuddling up under their knitting these past few days? The socks I'm working on don't seem to be warming me too much, I'll need to get busy on a sweater or something larger!

We had a HUGE group at the Coffee Beanery last week, we keep growing and growing. I so enjoy everyone's friendly attitudes. When we were talking about our guild and comparing meeting locations, Judith mentioned how much she likes how we don't seem to have a clique of people who stick together. . .I agree! It seems like every time I turn around I'm learning something new about someone and finding a way to connect. You just have to love that!

Rumor has it that another group may be meeting at the Coffee Beanery during the daytime on Thursday or Friday. For those of you who can't always make it to knit with us in the evening, this may be a perfect way to get your social knitting fix! As I find out more, I'll post it here.

You've probably noticed the changes to the blog. . .more are coming! Kate has done some fabulous work designing a new logo. . .and it will be appearing soon on a blog near you! We've also planned to order some embroidered knitting totes. Details will be coming soon, so start saving your pennies!

Upcoming events:

Knit Michigan--February 2, 2008 We're nearly half-way to our goal of having 100 chemo caps to donate. . .keep up the good work!

Chelsea Spinner's Flock Fleece Fair
--February 16, 2008 Kim will have the details of this event for the next meeting, it's a bit of a drive, but great fun!

Secret Pal Bag swap--March-May 2008 Details will come at the March guild meeting, but start thinking if you'd like to swap a knitted bag with a guild pal. . .who better to appreciate your hand knitting than another knitter?

Dexter's Pioneer Crafts Art Fair--March 15, 2008 Again, details to come at a guild meeting soon!

2nd Annual Retreat
--April 25-27, 2008 At our January meeting, there were several who thought they might not be able to sign up in time before all of the spots were filled! There was a mad rush to register! We have all spots filled for the dyeing workshop, but have reserved extra space for others who want to join in on the fun and do a mystery knit-along or a shop hop. . .a $75 deposit is required to hold your spot by the February guild meeting. . .more fun than you can stand in one weekend! Check out The Hankerd Inn website for pictures! This is a great time to relax and connect with other guild members. . .and we have fabulous goodie bags planned for those who attend this year! You'll want to make sure you get one of these limited edition surprises!

Swap and Sale
--May Guild meeting. . .start to think about what you may want (or need) to destash! We'll also have dinner catered by the Coffee Beanery if you'd like to eat and shop all at once!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Janurary Meeting and Announcements

New Meeting Location!
effective immediately for our Tuesday Jan 8, 2007 Meeting

I feel like we've been in a sweat lodge for the last few months meeting at the Community Center. . .in response to all of the hot flashes and personal fans brought to the meetings, we've chosen a new (and cooler)location. Meetings will now be held at:

Fifth Third Bank
1833 Coolidge
Berkley, MI 48072


The bank is located on Coolidge near 11 mile. . .on the West side of the road. Great, well lit parking, comfy chairs and no jazzercise music playing during the meeting!

The meeting agenda will include learning a new cast on and bind off--bring worsted weight yarn in two colors, and needles to match, as well as info about Knit Michigan (see Judith's post below), our upcoming Retreat at Hankered Inn (you may want to bring your checkbook so you can leave a deposit to reserve your space as they are limited). The retreat is planned for the weekend of April 25-27, check your calendars and save the date! As well as fabulous raffle prizes this month!


Traveling Sock













yes, it's true. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee may travel more, but our locally knitted sock has traveled farther. . .Harriet sent this picture to us from her recent trip to Italy. . .

Night Notes Concert Series
Sally has sent us more info about the chamber music series that welcomes knitters. Every concert I've been to has been great, it's a nice change from spending the night at home. . .join us!

Hi from sally,
I just wanted to let all you knitters know that there is a Nightnotes
concert on Friday Jan 11th at 8:30 pm at Hagopian Rug store.
Refreshments are served at 8pm. If you call the Detroit chamber Winds at 248
559-2095 and tell them that you are a knitter, the tickets will be $5
off, meaning the ticket will cost $15. You must do this before the concert
date, as at the door they will charge you $20 if you say you are a
knitter. This concert features a French horn soloist(who happens to be my
husband, the principal horn of the Detroit Symphony) and a very fine
clarinetist and pianist. who both play in the DSO also. It should be a
fun concert and I hope to see some of you there...Karen and Joan, if you
happen to be sending out a newsletter, it would be great if you would
include this....please forward this message to any interested knitters
that you know...thanks so much, sally p

In case you're wondering what's on Sally's needles, here's a peek at her latest WIP














Knitting on TV!!

Chris asks us to check out Create TV and Shay Pendray's Needle Arts Studio for programming that highlights knitting and crocheting--I've seen several of her episodes and they're really interesting.

A Bit of Bragging
Okay, so they're not even my kids, they're Coralee's grandchildren. . .but I made the sweaters that the twins are wearing. . .isn't it a cute photo?








A Challenge (or two or three)
A Ravelry group that I'm in (Stash Knit Down 2008) has issued a challenge to not only knit from stash, but to knit a mile from Jan 5-Feb 19. While it sound like A LOT of knitting, it breaks down into reasonably small chunks each day. Why not give it a try? Imagine how much space you'll have for new yarn acquisition if you knit up 1760 yards of yarn! (really, it's not that much, only about 8 skeins of worsted weight yarn) However, it may make you look at your stash in a whole different way and help you make progress on clearing up some of those older purchases!

Suzanne has invited members to join her in a sock KAL (knit along). Explore your stash of sock yarn, (or race out and buy some new) and cast on a sock a month along with Suzanne. There are plenty of free patterns on the net--I'm sure these will entice you. . .Monkey, Baudelaire, Broadripple and I think Kate has cast on Bellatrix. One Raveler mentioned creating her personal sock club by choosing 12 patterns to go with 12 skeins of yarn she has in her stash, putting a "sock kit" in a lunch bag and stapling it shut. When she finishes one pair of socks, she gets a new sock kit with a mystery skein of yarn and pattern to work on. It seems like a great way to use up stash and keep yourself entertained.

And don't forget the Chemo Cap Challenge. . .if we each make 2, that gets us to around 80 caps, if we each make 3, that gets us over 100. . .they don't take that much time, and will be greatly appreciated. Judith will be collecting hats for Knit Michigan, and Scarves for SOS at each meeting.

See you Tuesday!
--t

Friday, January 4, 2008

Chemo caps

Happy New Year. Now the holidays are over. I got cleaned out. All hats, mitts, dishcloths and scarves. Gone. I don't owe any Christmas presents. So that's good.
A good time to assess the stash, find out you have plenty and get knitting. Starting with chemo caps and THE baby blanket. Am I the only one who always has a baby blanket going?
Madame President has thrown down a challenge. 100 chemo caps by Knit Michigan. Long pause. I say we can do it. We knitted and donated 125 scarves in 2007. The Knit Michigan website states 200 chemo caps were donated last year. Our goal is half of that. We are awesome.
We have a need for more volunteers to work the Learn to Knit Room. You may not have to teach anyone a thing, it could just be a chance to sit and knit. Go to market. Shop. Have lunch. Spend the day with knitters, knitting.
If you have questions about your chemo cap or a pattern to share, Tuesday Jan 8, will be our last guild meeting before Knit Michigan. I will still be collecting scarves for SOS. I have knit 5. See you soon, Judith