We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6:45-8:45 p.m. :: Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Guild Meetings — September through May :: Summer Camp — June through August

NEW LOCATION: Lower Level :: Huntington Woods Library, 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!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

November and December....K2TOG

Time flew by between the November and December meetings!

In November...

...there were numerous lovely items in the member show and share. The Honey Cowl (Tracey K's. KAL-of-the-month pattern pick) had already been completed by a member or two. Harriet A. also shared a Daybreak made with Miss Babs and Happy Fuzzy yarn and Vangie had a great sweater with a 'scrunched' cable pattern that was really eye-catching.


Raffle prizes were donated by Marie W., Linda M. and Kim W. Books, yarn (can knitters ever have too much yarn?!), a needle case and bags were among the prizes...as well as a Lamb Shoppe Yarn and Coffee Bar travel coffee mug with stitch markers tucked inside. Kate P. won the special raffle of a spot in the upcoming Anne Hanson classes in March. (Anne Hanson in March?! yee-haw)


Voting for the new vice president took place...with the results to be announced in December.
For the November program we were lucky to have the wonderful Jillian Moreno as a guest speaker. Jillian shared tips about knitting to fit — looking at patterns and sweaters and how to decide what is a good pattern for you and changes you can make to the pattern to improve fit. She shared some great resources and websites to use and showed us the proper method for stalking a sweater. :)

Jillian talked about short rows to modify a sweater to fit, about mixing sizes in one pattern and so many more helpful tips!

A Jillian tip: start a pinterest bulletin board (make it a private board) and pin fashions that you like to it, without looking at the board, for one month. Then review the board, and you will see a clear picture of your style and color trends.

A few of Jillian's suggestions of online resources:
Color inspiration: design-seeds.com
Style boards: polyvore.com and pinterest.com
Fit charts and useful information: threadsmagazine.comcraftyarncouncil.com and ysolda.com


The weekend following our November guild meeting, a group of members participated in a Knitting to Fit class with Jillian...they learned enough about what type of sweater would be good for their body shape that numerous members are casting on for a new sweaters!

And then, in a blink, it was already December!

In December......we found out that our next vice president is...Harriet A! We look forward to the next two years...Harriet has a wealth of experience and will bring wonderful ideas the guild as vice president and then president. Her vice presidency begins in January 2013. (if we make it past the end of the world)

Raffle items for December were donated by Kelley A., Chris H. and Kim W. Books, yarn (yes! more yarn!) and some lovely handmade notions and project bags (really nice!). Thank you all for donating, and thank you guild members for buying tickets! Raffle proceeds helps support our guild activities...

Vangie presented a member trunk show. An impressive assortment of sweaters and shells...with great stitch details and shaping. Many of the patterns were Vogue and Vangie explained her modifications on some of them to improve the fit.








Then we ate cake. :)

Social knitting and visiting, the ordering of swag (microfleece vests!) and more about the Anne Hanson classes in March. If you missed the meeting, be sure to get sign up info for both—don't miss out!

And then we ate more cake. :)


Saturday, October 27, 2012

A lovely day out

Up bright and early on this crisp, fall Saturday...a group of Black Sheep met at 8 a.m. to drive over to Saline, Michigan for the sixth annual Fiber Expo. There were a few more Black Sheep at the event—both shopping and vending!

The Fiber Expo was full of great yarns, colors, critters (including a camel!), baubles and bits. We came away three hours later with a bit less cash (okay, probably a lot less) but happy and excited by our individual finds. I can't wait to see the items that start to get knit up...wonder how many of us are casting on tonight?!  

After Max & Erma's for lunch, chatter and warm chocolate chip cookies, a group of us headed to Northville to stop in at Center Street Knits and browse a few shops before calling it a day.

And what a day it was!







Sunday, October 14, 2012

Brown bags and blankets!

Our October meeting was a busy evening. We have two nominees for Vice President: Harriet A. and Tanya T. Voting will take place at the November meeting.

Drew gave our first trunk show of the year...hope the Honey Cowl and Slouch hat made it back to his table...they looked lovely on Kelley and Charli!







Raffle items were donated by Donna and Merritt — thank you! Winners: Claudia — 4 skeins of Knit Picks 'Bare' and a copy of Yarns to Dye For; Judith — Schaefer Anne yarn and beads; Chris H. — Misti Alpaca lace weight and Best of Knitters Shawls and Scarves; Kathy P. — Black Sheep Irish Collection magnet and Tracey — Swallow Studios Woolly Sheep pin and Zen and the Art of Knitting.

Brown Bags: and green bags, pink and polka dot bags...it was the annual brown bag swap, where bringing a knitting-related $10-$15 item in a brown bag entitles you to join in the fun. Bags were selected from the table and opened...or sheep could decide to 'steal' one that someone else already opened! There were over 30 participants and a close eye was kept on numerous items as stealing was only allowed twice per item.






Blankets: It was the evening to turn in the charity project. The Davis blankets (pattern by Tanya) kits were prepared and distributed last spring by Judith. With a fun meet up at her house over the summer to keep us on task, there was a table overflowing with finished blankets of all colors. After washing, the blankets, along with a stack of books Judith has collected, will be donated to Project Night Night. Thank you Judith, for all your hard work and keeping us all inspired!




Friday, October 5, 2012

Upcoming meeting :: October 9, 2012


Join us for our monthly guild meeting Tuesday, October 9, from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).  Don't forget we’re at Our Sheperd Luthern Church; enter through the door on the north side and turn right for the elevator and stairs—we meet in the lower level.

As usual we have a busy night planned! There will be a trunk show featuring Drew J., nominations for vice president and we will have our brown bag exchange (knitting/sheep related item in the $10–$15 range tucked inside a simple brown bag). 

Remember that charity blankets need to be turned in to Judith as well. 

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome Back meeting :: September 11, 2012


The new location for our guild meetings is great — plenty of room, good lighting, nice tables...it looks like the Black Sheep will be very, very comfortable here!

(l) Erika did french knots on her sheep! (r) Look who the sheep dragged in!                
The Welcome back meeting started out with show and share and many members had lovely finished items to show — some of us were busy knitters over the summer. Erika finished her sheep coozie (which Mimi had designed for the KAL at the retreat last May)...and there were numerous lovely shawls, a sweater, a first pair of socks (yea for firsts!), and many, many charity blankets already finished creating a big mountain of cozy goodness in front of Judith.

It's the season for fall fiber festivals...Harriet had quite a list of upcoming events to choose from. See the Events page for dates and links to more information on each. If you'd like to attend an event and want to carpool, just begin a thread in our Ravelry group to see if you can get a group together.

(Side note: Chris H. has an extra ticket to the Stitch ’N Pitch this Sunday, Sept. 23, 1:05 p.m. game. If you missed out on getting a ticket, give her a call [phone number on the member roster]) or PM her on ravelry [rav ID llemah])

Samples of various types of hand-dyed yarn, and Rose, ready to share her knowledge with us.

Our program for the evening was presented by Rose of Cakewalk Yarns. Rose shared 7 techniques for hand-dyeing yarn...with all kinds of helpful tips, great props (loved the 'warping boards'!) step-by-steps and lovely samples. I think all of us will look at hand dyed skeins differently now. Thanks Rose!

Remember that October is when the rest of the charity blankets are due. Also, remember that nominations for vice president will be coming up —think about who you would like to have leading our group. You can always nominate yourself. :)

The raffle items for our kick-off raffle were donated by Sharon H., Kim W. and Tanya T. Thanks guys! Raffle winners: Brenda D—Della Q needle holder; Grace and Ellen each won a hat kit; Ann R.—vest kit; and Marie W. sock yarn and project bag.





Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 11, 2012 Meeting: NEW Location!

The Black Sheep flock has changed pastures!

Our NEW meeting location is the church on 14 Mile Road, in front of our old location. Our Shepherd Lutheran, 2225 E. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham. We will have a larger, better lit room in the basement of the church with both stairs and an elevator available for easy access. Parking is in the back (north side) of the church and the entrance is in the center of a wall of windows.

We meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. so you can sign in, buy raffle tickets and visit.

Speaking of visiting, please respect speakers and other members by not visiting during the meeting.

Speaking of speakers, on September 11 we kick off the fall knitting season at our Welcome Back meeting with a program from one of our very own. Rose, of Cakewalk Yarns, will have a colorful presentation about the Dyeing Process.

Speaking of dyeing, are you dying to be more involved in the guild? There will be a variety of ways for you to help the guild be the best it can be in the coming year. Opportunities include retreat committee, raffle, web/tech, free table, Facebook admins and the long term planning committee.

The Black Sheep Knitting Guild is open to those 18 and over, unless otherwise stated, so please, do not bring children to guild meetings. Guests are invited to attend up to two meetings before becoming a member. (Join us for a meeting and think about becoming part of the flock...we know you will want to!) 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stitch N’ Pitch | September 23, 2012


The 6th annual Stitch N’ Pitch will be held Sunday September 23rd, at 1:05 pm at Comerica Park. Detroit Tigers will be playing the Minnesota Twins.

We will again be accepting donations of warm winter hats at the game (washable, please) to be donated to the Michigan Veterans Foundation. For every hat donated, you will be entered to win a fabulous prize!

We would love to see you all there. Tickets are $27 each, with a $6 service fee per order. So get together and place one order for a bunch of tickets (one $6 service fee then!), and that way you will all be sitting together.

We hope to see you there. It is always a great time, and it is great to meet other fiber artists.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

KIP location change

The weather on Sunday is supposed to be HOT.  After consultation with the leader of our flock it's been decided that indoors - with air conditioning - would be best.

We plan to gather at 12 Oaks Mall this coming Sunday, June 10..  We'll see you in the Center Court at 1pm.  Wear a BSKG shirt if you have one..... all the better for flash mob knitting.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

WWKIP

Kelley [aka the head sheep aka leader of the flock] has decided that we will celebrate World Wide Knit in Public day at Shain Park, Birmingham.  We'll start gathering at 1PM on Sunday, June 10, in the north-east section of the park.  In sheepish fashion we will follow the sun... or rather, try to stay out of it.  Hope to see ewe there.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Final guild meeting of the year :: May 2012


Our last guild meeting is always a busy one...after a few opening announcements from Kelley and Charli, we cut into the Black Sheep cake—delicious! It's quickly becoming a favorite tradition!
  
Members showed off a few finished objects: a great charity blanket, a finished April KAL and a felted and embellished bag from the retreat were a few of the inspiring items shared.
  
The silent auction and the swap and sale took place as well...with many great items available! Our sheep are so talented!
  
Have a wonderful summer...keep up with the sheep Tuesday nights at Panera...and keep knitting (especially on those great charity blankets!).














Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sheep on Retreat :: 2012


Black Sheep :: May 4–6, 2012 :: Higgins Lake

 

Friday 
About half of the attendees did the early start and sidetrip to Stonehedge Fiber Mill for a mill tour and shopping experience on the farm. Arrived back at the RAM Center in time for dinner, followed by a short game of Last Knitter Standing.


Door Prize Gallery
Friday evening we had an amazing display of gorgeous colors and fibers, and members had time to stroll around and enjoy their first glimpse of all the donated door prizes. Asked to cast ballots to vote for some favorites, retreat attendees took it quite seriously and skeins were handled, fiber content inspected and colorways were closely examined. Along with all the beautiful yarn, we were happy to have a few additional items, such as project bags, a book and a great yarn swift. See the list of independent dyers and small businesses at the right who donated — please support these wonderful folk who have been so generous to us!


Notice that we are all wearing the lovely skeins in the group photo...


Saturday
Members helped run the programs, including embellishing in the morning—needlefelting, beading and embroidery on your choice of project. We made earrings from aluminum knitting needle bits in the afternoon. The KAL coffee cup sleeve is super cute (thanks Mimi!)…and Jennie the Potter bowls with black sheep on them were the swag this year. 

Bad Moon Rising
Well yes, the skein of that colorway donated by Dragonfly Fibers was a weekend favorite, and so was the great moonrise over Higgins Lake Saturday evening. We couldn't resist playing a bit with it. Enjoyed a bonfire by the lake, and then back to the lodge for knitting late into the night.


 



Be sure to check out additional member photos like these on Ravelry! 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

April Meeting - Sneaky Sheep Swap 5


Another incredible Sneaky Sheep Swap.  Our members are so crafty, clever, creative and inventive.  The bags were all beautiful.  There were knitted bags, felted bags, crocheted bags, fabric bags, and combinations of the above.  Check out the photos on the right side of the blog.

The raffle prizes were donated by Sharon Hagen and Katy Koelb.  It was an interesting coincidence that many of the prizes were purse related.
Mimi won the purse book and handle kit; Joan Duncan won the purse and book kit with grey yarn; Vangie Agemy won the Knitting Experience: Color book; Rita Perrone won the book and hand ease gloves; Stacy Totzke the red purse kit; Drew (our newest member!) the Noro purse kit; and Chris Hamel the sock yarn and pattern.  

This was the last meeting before our annual retreat.  We have lots of yarney goodness planned, a fantastic weekend of fiber!  There is still time to sign up for the retreat - so far we have 39 members going!  Hurry and send in your registration soon!

Judith presented our charity for the year - we will be making blankets for Project Night-Night.  Tanya designed and donated a beautiful blanket pattern, and there were a few samples knit up to show the members.




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

the March meeting was busy

We saw KAL cowls

and look-alike shawls

Raffle prizes were donated by the Guild, Marilyn Grazioli, Kathleen Endlien, Joan Duncan,Kathy Pawlik, and Charli Osbone. Dawn Jensen and Sharon Zmick won the retreat raffle, Helga ~ the Spin, Spindle and Fiber class, Kathy Pawlik ~ spindle, Kim Whelan ~"Shaping Shawls" book, Dawn Jensen ~ yarn and "Knitters Book of patterns",Susan Campbell-Fournel ~ a scarf pattern and yarn, Marcia Kaline ~ green sock yarn, Linda Mayotte ~ blue sock yarn, Kate Pultz ~ Regia and Cascade Fixation sock yarn, and Dawn Lemon ~ brown novelty yarn.

Marilyn Grazoli, owner of Ewe-nique Knits, was the guest speaker. Marilyn discussed spinning with "different" fibers such as silk strips, coffee filters, and dog fur. It gave us the opportunity to explore other options.