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, November 13, 2008

DIY knitting tools and last chance for a spot on the Shop Hop bus!

One spot left on the bus...join us for a great day of fun with your knitting friends! We were full, but there is one spot that has opened up on the bus due to a family illness.

This Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

If you don't know what the shop hop is, here is a link to the flier for the event.

The BSKG decided to make it more fun by renting a bus to go from shop to shop--so that we can all knit and have fun together for the day rather than be scattered out into a number of cars...and everyone can knit! (except the bus driver)

It is $18, $8 additional for an optional lunch. Non-members, $24 plus $8.

Our Schedule:
The bus leaves Berkley at 8:30 a.m. and returns to Berkley at 5 pm. We will have lunch in Lake Orion--a box lunch from Poppyseed Deli.

8:15—Meet at Anderson Middle School
9:00–9:45—Shopping at Basketful of Yarn, Clarkston
10:15–11:45—Shopping at Heritage Spinning and Weaving, Lake Orion
11:45–12:30—Lunch in Lake Orion
1:00–2:00—Skeins on Main, Rochester
2:30–3:30—The Knitting Room, Birmingham
3:45–4:45—...have you any wool?, Berkley
5:00—Return to Anderson

There will be a few raffle prizes on the bus, a hat pattern from Tanya for knitting on the bus...start that charity hat, and a lot of fun and knitting together!

Send Kate P. or Tanya T. an e-mail, call or PM on Raverly.

Edited to add happy November birthday wishes to Rita Perrone, Erica Proschkow, Barbara McAuliffe and our fearless leader Tanya Thomann

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Hope everyone came away from the November meeting with some DIY tools and a little bit of know-how. Here are some web sites that have helpful instructions for some of the tools we made tonight.

http://www.instructables.com
(category = crafts, keyword = knitting)

Instructions for making a portable tabletop yarn swift, yarn container clamshell and knitting needle holder

http://www.needletrax.com/blockers.htm
Coat hanger sock blockers

http://littlesesameknits.blogspot.com
DIY placemat sock blockers

http://sutherland-studios.com.au
(Under free stuff > Knitting patterns)
Row counting bracelet

http://cjsachiko.blogspot.com
http://www.craftstylish.com/knitting
Beaded stitch markers

And Heather P. found instructions for a swift from repurposed items!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Guild Meeting Reminder

November 11, 2008,
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
St. Columban Church, 1775 Melton, Birmingham

November is election month! Come prepared to vote for a new Vice President. We have two candidates for this office—Rita Perrone and Kim Whelan. Be sure to get a ballot when you check in and return it by the end of the evening to make your vote count.

The November program is Make It and Take It: Knitting Tools
Enjoy demos and hands-on workstations to learn to make your own knitting tools. From stitchmarkers to sock blockers...you will come away from this meeting with some sample tools that you have made yourself and the knowledge to make others!

Supplies needed:
If you have plastic, lidded carryout containers--bring them along! We will be putting grommets in these containers to make yarn clamshells.

We will need a few jewelery pliers for people to use at the stitchmarker table. If you have some you're willing to let others use during the evening, please label them with your name and bring them. We will make sure they get back to you.

For a mini knitting project
Some yarn from your stash—less than half a ball
a set of 5 DPNs in a size appropriate for your yarn
2 pieces of scrap yarn
tapestry needle and
a stitchmarker (oh! You will have just made one of those!)

Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday!