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Thursday, December 12, 2013

December meeting

Well, we had a wonderful meeting this past Tuesday.  No new members at this meeting, but we had one guest.

I must apologize or not taking any pictures.  I was so involved in watching Tracey K.'s trunk show (and touching and folding many of her shawls and cowls) that I just didn't think about photos.  Must try to remember to do this next time.

Her trunk show was fascinating.  I love seeing the products of other knitters.  I did see many taking notes of names of patterns and yarn.

We also saw many lovely items during show and share.  Please bring your finished projects to show off at the meetings.  We love to see everyone's work.

Our swag was delivered at this meeting.  If you ordered an umbrella and were unable to attend the meeting, you can pay for and pick up your umbrella at the next meeting.  Or, even at Panera's, if you come to social knitting on Tuesday nights.  My trunk is full of BSKG items. 

 Isn't this beautiful?  I just love mine.

The results of voting at the last meeting were announced.  Donna M.  is our new vp and will come into office at the next meeting and I will move up to president.  Yikes!

Hope to see all you Black Sheep at the next meeting in January.  And don't forget to check out upcoming events here on the blog. 


Friday, November 15, 2013

NOVEMBER MEETING

Well, we had a great time this past Tuesday.  We had 57 members in attendance (which included 7 new members) and 5 guests!  We now have a grand total of 96 members in the BSKG.  Amazing!

We had lots of fun with the Brown Bag Gift Exchange.  Many sheep participated and enjoyed themselves.

 We also enjoyed some luscious cake and relaxed and talked and looked at each other's projects, etc.



 
 






 And just look at the charity project toys that were turned in to Judith.  I just love them.  You guys are the greatest when it comes to charity.  And so creative!


Judith spoke about another charity project, a kind of pay it forward project.   Make a hat.  Give a hat to someone who needs one.  Don't even need to tell anyone about doing this.  Just do it.  Anyone who didn't pick up a kit to do this and would like one, let us know.

We had our election for the new vice president.  The results of the vote will be announced at the December meeting and the new vp will take office at the January meeting.


We circulated a sign-up sheet for the retreat committee.  Several signed up, but we can always use more sheep.  Please think about this and make a decision to participate and contribute a bit of your time to the Guild.  Seriously, the retreat committee is a lot of fun.

Also, if you would like to become more active in the Guild, you can sign up to help out at KnitMichigan the first Saturday of February.  Feel free to ask any questions about this or the retreat committee.  We'd be glad to talk to you.


Our next meeting will be December 10th.  Tracey Kane will be presenting a trunk show and we will have a program on Techniques - Edgings.   We, hopefully, will have our swag/umbrellas by this meeting.  We will let you know for sure, so you can bring your $15 (per umbrella).

Remember, you can always join other knitters at the Panera's on Coolidge and 15 on the Tuesdays we don't have a meeting.  We're there from 5:30'ish to after 9.  Come on over and eat, knit and shmooz.













 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tuesday's Meeting

We had a great meeting on Tuesday.  We had about 56 knitters at the meeting.  Three knitters joined the Guild and we had ten guests attend.  Woo hoo!

The Brown Bag Swap was discussed.  We will have the Swap at the next meeting.  Items should be in the $10-15 range.  Yarn shop quality yarn, knitting notions, mugs, project bags, books, etc.  Anything related to knitting.  Any questions, let us know.

New membership cards were distributed.  Remember to use them when you go to a LYS (local yarn shop) or any yarn shop in any city.  Never hurts to ask if they give a discount to a guild member.

We ordered swag.  Light green umbrellas with our Guild logo imprinted with the saying "A Dry Sheep is a Happy Sheep" underneath the logo.  Logo and words are in black and look great on the green background.  $15 each.  Any Guild member who didn't get to the order sheet or was unable to make the meeting can contact us (here or on Ravelry) to place their order.  The umbrellas will be delivered at the December meeting and payment is due then.

Charity items were collected and displayed on a couple of tables. One for knitted squares, which will be sewn together into small blankets and another table for our varied collection of knit toy bears, snakes, Bartholomews, rabbits, elephants and even a felted rhino!  I did take a few pictures, but at the moment am unable to post here.  I will put the pictures on Ravelry for your viewing and learn how to get a picture off my phone and onto the blog.

We had two Guild members nominated for VP for the coming year - Donna Mrozek and Erica Owens.  More info on these lovely sheepies to come before our vote at the next meeting.

We had a presentation on how to use Ravelry and I believe many questions were answered.  Hopefully, knitters who were a bit unsure of how to use Ravelry are more confident now.  If any sheepie has more questions, let us know before the next meeting and we will try to have answers for you.

Thanks to everyone who made it to the meeting and hope to see you, and others, at the next meeting on November 12.  

Keep on knitting.   8-) 


P.S.  If anyone is planning on going to Rhinebeck, I'm told that Anne Hanson still has openings in her classes.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

October Meeting

The BSKG October meeting is Tuesday, October 8, at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 East Fourteen Mile Road.  Doors will open at 6:30 to sign in and buy raffle tickets.

It will be a busy night as charity items are turned in, we order SWAG [a wonderful umbrella!], we nominate our Vice President for 2014..... AND we have an educational program:  How to Use Ravelry.  A lot to fit in by 9pm!

Be sure to let Heather Perrone know if there are any changes you want made on the member roster [email addresses, phone numbers, etc.].

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Stitch N Pitch Seating

We understand that our seating at the Tigers game for Stitch n Pitch was problematic this year and wanted to apologize for the scattering of seats throughout a number of sections. It's not nearly as fun to attend an event and not be seated near other fiber people. We spoke with the Tigers organization about the seating and they are going to work closely with us next year so that everyone can be seated together. It was still a great game and we were happy to see so many of you come out and support the Tigers and Stitch N Pitch!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BSKG pens inside Stitch N Pitch goodie bag

Just wanted to let those who attended the game on Sunday know that the Black Sheep Knitting Guild pens that were in the goodie bag have a stylus on the tip of the pen that you can use on devices such as phones, tablets, etc.  I've used it and find it really helpful.  Sometimes your fingertip just seems too big...

Hope you all enjoyed the game.  Yay Tigers!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Keep checking under the "Upcoming Events" tab for more field trip events.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fall/Winter 2013 Events

September 14, 2013Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Fair.  Memorial Auditorium Complex, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
September 15, 2013 Stitch N Pitch, Detroit, MI
September 19-22, 2013



September 21, 2013
Shop Hop, Lansing, MI.   Tour Woven Art, Sticks and Strings, and Yarn Garden. Enter to win mystery prizes, get clues for a mystery pattern, and receive mystery discounts.

Spinners Flock Fall Fleece Fair, Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118
September 28-29, 2013 Mt. Bruce Station Sheep & Wool Festival.  Romeo, MI
September 28-29, 2013 Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival.  Ogemaw County Fairgrounds, West Branch, MI
October 18-19, 2013 Third Coast Fiber Arts Festival.  McGregor Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
October 19-20, 2013 Michigan International Alpaca Fest.  DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI
October 26-27, 2013 Fiber Expo.  Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, Ann Arbor, MI
     
This is a list of the upcoming events for Fall/Winter 2013 with links to the events.  If you have any questions regarding these events please contact the Special Event Coordinator.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

BSKG September Meeting

Fall is coming fast... although it feels like summer only just got here! Many BSKG members have been together at various times throughout the summer, but I know we are all looking forward to the yarny goodness of fall and seeing everyone at guild meetings.

Our first meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 10, at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham. Doors open at 6:30 pm, so you can check in and socialize for a bit before the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Should you find yourself sitting next to a new member or guest, please make them  feel as welcomed as you were at your first meeting. 

This meeting is our welcome back meeting - we would really love to see what you've been knitting or been excited about over the summer. Please bring items - knitted, crocheted, maybe new yarns or fiber treasures - to show and share. We will also be having a Silent Auction of some fabulous items, so bring your money/checkbook! 

Thanks to all who provided feedback through the survey we sent out. We reviewed your thoughts and suggestions with the BSKG Board when we met over the summer. The feedback helps us continue on the right track as a guild - to be a place for all of us to come and enjoy the experiences we have as a group. Our calendar for the year is set and we've got some wonderful programs and plans that you're sure to enjoy. Bring your calendar so you can make plans to venture out on some field trips. 

Also at the September meeting, we will be talking about some opportunities for you as a guild member to step up and become more active in the guild. These are excellent chances to be more involved in making the guild a great place for all members. We'll be asking for nominations for the office of Vice President at the October meeting and the guild will vote on the nominations at the November meeting. 

We're looking forward to seeing you all on the 10th!

Be sure to check the Events page for Stitch 'N Pitch information -- and join the fun on September 15!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Knitter's Picnic on June 19th

Pat from the Oakland Knitting Guild has passed along this info - if anyone is available, it looks like a good time and it would be wonderful to have some Black Sheep go and mingle with our fellow knitters!

You are invited to the Knitter’s Picnic hosted by the Oakland Knitting Guild. We have reserved the pavilion at Firefighters Park from 4-9 p.m. On Wednesday June 19th. The park is located on Square Lake Road between Coolidge and Crooks on the North side of the street. You will see the pavilion on your right, there is a parking lot north of the pavilion. Bring your knitting, a show and share project, a potluck dish, beverages, and a chair. We always have a lot of fun, hope to see you there.
Pat

Monday, June 10, 2013

You Are ... 18 Blessings

You might not consider this related to knitting, but maybe you will.  My yoga teacher this morning recited these lines throughout our class and I thought it might be interesting to some or all of you Black Sheep.  It comes from a Shabbat booklet from Shir Tikvah (a Jewish congregation in Troy), but it does not necessarily have to be interpreted as something religious, just something to think about.  I do not know who the author is.

You are strong when you take your grief and teach it to smile.
     You are brave when you overcome your fear and help others to do the same.

You are happy when you see a flower and give it your blessing.
     You are loving when your own pain does not blind you to the pain of others.

You are wise when you know the limits of your wisdom.
   You are true when you admit that there are times when you fool yourself.

You are alive when tomorrow's hope means more to you than yesterday's mistake.
    You are growing when you know what your are, but not what you will come to be.

You are free when you are in control of yourself and do not wish to control others.
     You are honorable when you find your honor is to honor others.

You are generous when you can take as sweetly as you give.
    You are humble when you do not know how humble you are.

You are thoughtful when you see me just as I am and treat me just as you are.
     You are merciful when you forgive in others the faults you condemn in yourself.

You are beautiful when you don't need a mirror to tell you.
    You are rich when you never need more than you have.

You are what you are, and that is enough for anyone to be loved.
     You are what you are, and that is enough for anyone to be loved.


Harriet

WWKIP - 2013

Well, we had a good showing of about a dozen knitters at 12 Oaks Mall on Saturday, June 8 for World Wide Knit in Public Day.



 Including our sheepie who had a nice cold drink:
I'm not in any picture, as I was taking them.  We were there for several hours and had a good time.  Actually, I think this whole week is Knit in Public Week.  So, if anyone else is out in public knitting and gets some pics, let me know and we can put them on the blog.

Harriet

Thursday, May 23, 2013

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Hello Sheepies! World Wide Knit in Public Day is fast approaching and we’d like for as many of you as possible to meet with us for some public knitting to celebrate.

We’ve decided on 12 Oaks Mall on June 8th at 1:00 p.m.

We’re going to sit in the area on the main floor by J.Jill and Kay Jewelers. That is right in the center of the mall - it’s likely easiest to enter from JCPenney’s, but Macy’s and Sears are also relatively close (Nordstrom and Lord and Taylor are a bit further). In case you’re unsure check the mall map.

Let us know if you’re going to be joining us!

Monday, May 20, 2013

RETREAT

Well, the 2013 retreat at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center at Higgins Lake is officially over!  We had 40 Black Sheep attend, which is the highest number so far.  The weather was a bit wonky, but no one seemed to mind.  We knit, ate, drank, had massages, got henna tattoos, walked around, and, did I say, we knit!!!  A couple of Black Sheep even went kayaking on Higgins Lake early Saturday morning.

Here are just a few pictures of Black Sheep having fun.








 


We had a beautiful display of items making up our door prizes.  Here are just a few pictures.





Saturday we had a class on color pooling with Lynn Hershberger.  Lynn taught the same class at the Sock Summit.  It was a very interesting class and a great learning experience.  Thank you Lynn!

Thanks to all who helped in making this retreat the success it was.  And thank you to all who attended.  We love ya and hope to see you next year.  And, to those who couldn't make it this year, we hope you will be able to do so next year.  Just ask your friend and fellow Black Sheep who went how great a time we all had.

H.

Last meeting til fall.

Last meeting of the year was held  on 5/13 and lots of fun was had by all.

We had fruit and cake.  Cake was so beautiful, sheep were taking pictures of it.


Tables were filled with items for sale/swap. Great deals and fun, fun, fun.


Judith brought lovely yarn susans to sell.  Note the stuffed animals to the right which were brought in for our charity project.  Not due til October, but knitters are having fun already making cute animals!  Keep it up.  The elephant wasn't even a pattern given out, but used by one of our sheep.  Isn't it great?  Feel free to substitute your own pattern if you like.




More tables filled with items to sell/swap.


Enjoyed several "show and share" projects.  Our Black Sheep are SOOO creative.

Next meeting will be September 9.  Hope everybody has a wonderful summer.  See you in September.  Unless you come by Panera to knit on a Tuesday night.  If so, I'll see you there.  Come join us everyone!

Harriet





Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Showers

When we left the meeting,  it was pouring rain, with thunder and lightning. Will we ever have spring? Good thing the swag was distributed – the vests were very nice, and kept us warm.

Our annual (6th!) Sneaky Sheep Exchange was the focus of our April meeting. As usual, the creativity and variety of our members was phenomenal. (this purse was from last year's sneaky sheep)









As you can see, a variety of items were created under the "cozie" umbrella.

A survey on the future of the guild was conducted. If you didn't get a chance to fill out a survey, not to worry, we will send out an e-mail with the particulars.

We had many raffle prizes generously donated by Stacey T., Diane D., and Coralee. And the winners were: Sue S. - Book 1: The Knit Stitch, Martha (lucky guest!) acquired the Little Box of Knits for Baby, Heather P. - a gorgeous skein of Mango Moon with a Scood pattern, Tanya received 8 skeins of Kathmando Aran by Queensland Collection with a vest pattern, Patti S. won a skein of Socks that Rock, Sue W. got 2 skeins of Sock Candy, Kim W. – 2 skeins of Cascade 220, Mimi – Toys to Knit book, Penny D – Cute Knits for Baby Feet, Rita – Wacky Baby Knits, Claudia (another lucky guest) - Alt Fiber book.

In addition, a special raffle for the retreat was held and won by Barbara M.

The annual retreat is scheduled for May 17, 18, 19. Last call to register. Forms were previously emailed out, but if you need one, please contact Charli or Harriet.

Charity kick-off: Bartholomew the one-eyed monster and a cute little bear are the projects for the year.  These adorable creatures will go to children in Project Nighty-Night.  Creatures are due back in October. Judith also included enough yarn and instructions to knit a 7" x 7" square to be collected and made up into blankets for Project Night-Night. If you didn’t pick up a kit and want to participate, please contact Judith, our fantastic and hard working charity coordinator. 30 bear kits and 19 monster kits were distributed. There are 2 monster kits remaining.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April Black Sheep Knitting Guild Meeting Reminder

Hello Sheepies!

Just a quick reminder that we are meeting next Tuesday, April 9. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00. There are a few special things happening this month, so be prepared and bring your pennies!
  • Sneaky Sheep - all of our sneaky sheep swap efforts will be revealed! If you have ever participated in Sneaky Sheep in the past and didn't have the opportunity to give your gift, now is the time - bring it in and present it to the person it was originally intended for.
  • Swag will be passed out - if you ordered swag, payment on that will be due.
  • For those going on Retreat with us in May, the final Retreat payment will also be due.  If you paid the $75 deposit and are in a twin room, you owe $110.  If you paid the $75 deposit and are in a single room, you owe $145.
  • We will be holding our last special Raffle for a Retreat registration. Raffle tickets will be $5.
  • We will be kicking off our Charity knit for the year - kits will be available to pick up at the meeting. 
Guests are invited to attend 2 meetings to try us on for size.  All BSKG meetings and events are for those 18 and over, unless otherwise stated, so please leave children at home.

Happy Spring, everyone - I'm looking forward to seeing all of you next week!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Going to Bowling Green, OH

Hello all you Black Sheep!

This is my first attempt at posting on the blog.  Just wanted to let everyone know how great a time we had at the Black Swamp Spinners Guild Market Day in Bowling Green, OH yesterday.  We had an extremely large group of Black Sheep who ventured south - 17 in total!  We had a wonderful time there, going from vendor to vendor, trying not to spend our entire bank accounts.

We chatted with Amy of Bad Amy Knits - bought her yarn and lots of her bags.

Across the aisle from Bad Amy was one of our favorites - Briar Rose.

 I got to show Chris (Briar Rose) the lovely sweater I made from her yarn and pattern.  Her yarn is so lovely.



And finally, we had our yearly group photo taken by a friendly knitter.


I know , I know.  The number of Black Sheep in this picture is only 15.  Wylie and Judith had left before we took it.

Oh, and Michele won a beautiful knitting book in one of the raffles they had.

We did manage to hook up with Wylie and Judith when we all drove into downtown Bowling Green and ate at the Easystreet Cafe.  It's a great bar/restaurant with wonderful food.

Some of us then drove to Perrysburg, OH to visit a great yarn shop - Yarn Cravin.  It's a wonderful little shop in an old house.  Yarn in every room.  We manage to visit every year. (and purchase more yarn, of course!)

The drive home was uneventful.  It was a lovely day and we all had a great time.  Some also went over to Kim T.'s house afterwards to knit and help her celebrate her birthday.  Happy Birthday Kim!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

...out like a lamb

Here it is again two months past. Spring is bounding towards us and Black Sheep have been busy!



Our February meeting was extending your craft: non-knitting activities that extend or complement our love of fiber and stitches. Have you ever made a sweater and had trouble finding the perfect button? Make your own Dorset buttons with leftover yarn. Other activities included needlefelting on thick industrial felt to create a little sheep keychain, and making a pipe cleaner and roving sheep mascot to guard your yarn stash.

Harriet's trunk show featured shawl after lovely shawl...I'm sure she inspired some people to sign up for the Anne Hanson beginners lace class in March.



Feeling the love, the February meeting also gave us time to socialize and visit while enjoying a lovely black sheep decorated cake--yellow cake with a lovely raspberry filling. Rita, who is that baker? It was delicious!

Door prizes donated by Kim T, Joan D, Noreen S and Kate P. were a great variety of items: Rowan magazines (Karen S), Divé yarn and pattern (Anne R), Ella Rae yarn and pattern (Dawn J), American Red Cross Knit kit (Kim W), Koigu, beads and pattern (Linda L), Namaste Oh Snap bags (Mary M), Butterfly cotton yarn (Linda F) and Simply Chic by Jill Eaton (Ann T). Whew!

And on top of all that abundance, a special raffle of a kit for the Euclid sweater generously donated by Philosopher's Wool was won by our vice president Harriet A. If you have not heard of Philosopher's Wool take a look at their website...it is a lovely company and makes one heck of a field trip...I've visited once and would do it again. Field trip plan, Wylie?

March into spring: We were so, so lucky to have Anne Hanson of Knitspot come to teach three workshops over the weekend prior to our March meeting. Saturday was beginning lace — we have a group who are now fearlessly searching out lace yarn and patterns. I see a lace KAL and mention of other lace projects popping up in our Ravelry group. Sunday was a project oriented workshop featuring Anne's Bittersweet Vines cowl and mitts pattern. Imagine the delight of working on a pattern with the designer right there over your shoulder! At least six of the students already finished their cowls. Monday evening was a Designing off the cuff workshop -- on taking your basic go-to sock pattern and understanding how to add stitch patterns, and understanding how stitch textures and yarn varieties will play out.



Our guild meeting on Tuesday night was one last chance to rub shoulders with Anne — she presented her story and thoughts on knitting and design as well as offered up a trunk show with an opportunity to see and touch so many of her lovely samples.

Anne donated a special raffle item of a subscription to her 2013 Bare Naked Knitspot 2013 eBook. Lucky winner was Noreen S.

Our guild raffle included items donated by Erika P, Kathy P.: Road to China yarn (alpaca, cashmere, camel and silk blend!) with a pattern in a lovely handmade bag (Cheryl L), Simply Felt book (Vangie A), Manos del Uroguay yarn (Michele D), lovely purple handspun by Kathy P and Knit: Mittens book (Mary C), a skein of our beloved Yarn Hollow yarn (Terry S -- new member luck!) and Knitting Beyond the Edge (Patti N -- lucky guest!)

Oh! AND another special raffle for spot at the retreat won by Linda D. So excited to have you joining us again for the retreat weekend...it's going to be a great weekend.

Be sure to check our group on Ravelry for upcoming events info and carpooling plans. Also the events page here for other events to consider.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The new year: Cast on...Bind off.

Our January meeting had special guests and special moments...

Special guests Rita, Laura and Maureen shared with us their enthusiasm for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Detroit and the fight against breast cancer. A heartwarming video, presentation and a great Q and A period made their visit with us an inspiring opening to the meeting. Race for the Cure is May 18.

Pat K. followed by speaking about Knit Michigan, the fundraising annual event dedicated to bringing awareness and support to local cancer patients, their families and the organizations that support them. Under the guidance of Judith D. the guild has long supported the event with volunteers at the Learn to Knit table. Knit Michigan is coming up fast...the first Saturday of February.

The program in January ushers in the new year by welcoming the new president and vice president and ends the current president's term, allowing us the opportunity to thank them for all they have brought to the guild in that position.

The new president teaches a cast on at this meeting, and Charli shared with us the i-cord cast on—great for at the hem of a sweater, it prevents curling and creates a clean edge. Our new vice president, Harriet, stepped up in the middle to share a couple of joining techniques. First, the tried and true favorite when knitting with wool or other feltable fibers—the spit join. Harriet also shared the russian join for fibers that won't felt, such as cotton. Ending the program, Kelley stood in front of us for one last time. She led us in a bind off technique that creates a stretchy—great for lace—bind off, called appropriately, the lace bind off.

Raffle this month was donated by Helga, Tanya and Joan. An impressive array of items included a Be Sweet Sweetie Pie pattern and yarn kit (won by Marie), a couple of great books including The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-down Sweaters (won by Wiley). Eileen won the Artful yarns and handmade project bag, Donna won the prize she knew she would win: Kollage yarn in a lovely Bermuda Green with a Little Iris Shawl pattern. Oh and did I mention that I won the prize that I wanted so much that I doubled my ticket buy? Five cones of Habu Textiles Gima yarn with a cocoknits pattern, Paulina. Thanks so much, Joan, Helga and Tanya!

The final special moment: a group of sneaky sheep had been busy at work, each knitting squares that were pieced together into a lovely afghan and presented to Kelley. The beautiful hand dyed yarn was donated from our very own Rose, of Cakewalk Yarns. Nice work, knitters! (photos coming soon)