Guild Events

   Below is a calendar of events that are offered by the guild.

Upcoming events

    • 01/12/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Laurann Gilbertson


    Laurann Gilbertson, Curator of Vesterheim Museum, Historic Norwegian Knitting will share a variety of artifacts from Vesterheim’s deep collections.  Many items were brought from Norway by immigrants; others were made or used here in the Midwest.  The stories connected to these knit pieces reveal much about daily life, traditions, expectations, memory, and identity. 

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    Scarves, mittens, hats for children and adults for Bayview Foundation

    Knit Connections: 

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Knitting camps and trips!



    • 01/23/2015
    • 01/25/2015
    • Chalet Landhaus, New Glarus, WI
    • 52
    Right now your focus is on a growing list of holiday gifts. Come January will you be like the rest of us?
    Resolved to actually make a dent in your stash or working on projects have accumulated in bags,baskets and other hiding places throughout your house?

    What better way to move an item to the done list than to pack it up and join your friends for a day or the whole weekend at the Chalet Landhaus in New Glarus, January 23-25, 2015. MKG has a special hotel reservation rate for members who choose to stay overnight. Reservations can be made at 800-944-1716.

    Registration is free for members and guests are only $5 at the door. 
     
    • 02/09/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Caroyn Yackel


    Caroyn Yackel, Professor
    Mathematical Knitting

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    Shawls, lap blankets and tactile stimulation balls for Agrace Hospice Care

    Knit Connections: 

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Learn more about guild committees!


    • 02/20/2015
    • 02/22/2015
    • Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison, WI, 53713

    Registration is for Conference Attendance Only

    Attendance includes access to class enrollment, pop up events, vendor marketplace featuring 50 vendors, shopping tote, conference book which includes five patterns, coat and package check (additional fee for these services), and gathering/lounge spaces.

    Classes are in addition to attendance, and may be requested/added on in the registration process.

    Registration is complete after payment & receipt of confirmation email.

    Registration Form - if you would like to print and mail back.


    MARKETPLACE HOURS:

    8:30AM - 4:30PM on Saturday
    8:30AM - 4:30PM on Sunday

    CLASSES: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday options
    All Day (9AM - 4PM, an hour break for lunch)
    Morning (9AM - noon)
    Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
    CONFERENCE EVENTS:

    In addition to all of the regular fun (knitting lounges, wonderful shopping, friends in fiber), Knit In 2015 features demos & artists in residence, a Cowls on Parade Fashion Show, photo booth fun, interactive Nancy Drew Knit Along scavenger hunt, and a variety of pop up events throughout the weekend.

    ACCOMMODATIONS:

    Join the fun for the full weekend and stay at Clarion Suites!  Make your reservations today by calling 608-284-1234 or visiting clarionmadison.com.  Use the reservation code "MKGKnitIn2015" for special room rates & to assure your woolly welcome packet will await you upon check in!

    COMMUNITY KNITS DRIVE:

    Support newborns in need by donating to MKG's March Community Projects!  Stitch up a project or two and bring it with you...every project makes the wider world a warmer, cozier, and better place for these precious new lives.  Plus, how much fun will it be to toss it into the Hat-O-Meter?  Let's see if we can fill it past "WOW", "AMAZING" and "KNITTERS ARE THE GREATEST SHARERS!"
    • Baby blankets for the Women's and Childbirth Services at the hospital in Columbus, WI Baby blankets of all sizes are needed as some of the mothers have nothing to wrap their baby in when they go home and will really appreciate your gift. 
    • Newborn hats (band width 12-13 inches with gentle stretch) and booties for the midwives in Tanzania This is a project sponsored by the School of Nursing, Edgewood College. Hat and booties provide warmth to increase the survival of newborns who may otherwise not survive due to hypothermia.
    • 03/09/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Cathryn Bothe



    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    Newborn booties and hats for Edgewood College Project- for midwives in Tanzania

    Baby blankets for Columbus Hospital Women's and Childbirth Services

    Knit Connections: 

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Learn more about ravelry!


    • 04/11/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    Class Title: Traditional Icelandic Lopi Yoke Sweater

    Instructor: Helene Magnusson

    Overall Skill Category: Beginner to Intermediate

    Class Description:  The Icelandic "lopapeysa" is probably the most prominent representation of Icelandic knitting today  It is, however, a fairly recent invention, probably dating back to the 50's and one that became immensely popular in the 70's.  During the workshop, we will knit a doll size sweater with all the elements of an adult one.  Special attention will be given to the color yoke to ensure a good fit.

    Techniques covered:  knitting in the round, split splycing yarn, combining sleeves and body, reading color charts, stranded knitting with 2 or 3 colors (depending on the students' level), Icelandic bind-off, and different methods for closing underarms.


    Supplies to Bring to Class: Aran weight yarn (e.g., Lettlopi from Istex) in 2 or 3 contrasting colors, 4.5mm/US 6 needles (circ or 5 DPN's), 1 circular needle the same or smaller size, darning needle, 4 safety pins or stitch holders, stitch markers.

    Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle.  Paper and pencil for notes.

    Pre-Class Assignment: None.  All knitting will be done in class.

    Class Size:  Limited to 12 students

    • 04/11/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    Class Title: Icelandic Lopi Sweater: Shaping Techniques

    Instructor: Helene Magnusson

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Class Description:  The Icelandic lopapeysa is traditionally fairly square in shape and has no front or back.  We will see many different ways to create a scooped neckline and to add shaping to the sweater for a better and more refined fit, both for women and men, as well as how to alter existing patterns.  We will also discover an old method allowing to conveniently knit the sleeves from the top down while achieving a perfect fit. 

    Techniques covered:  swatching in the round, symmetircal decreases and increases the ISK (improved Icelandic ssk), short rows using the yo method, knitting sleeves from the top down, and fitting tips.



    Supplies to Bring to Class:  Aran weight wool yarn (e.g., Lettlopi from Istex) in 2 contrasting colors, 4.5 mm/US 6 needles (circ or DPN's), darning needle, markers, 2 safety pins or stitch holders.

    Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle.  Paper and pencil for notes.

    Pre-Class Assignment: None.  All knitting will be done in class.

    Class Size:  Limited to 12 students

    • 04/12/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    Class Title: Traditional Icelandic Steek and Beyond

    Instructor: Helene Magnusson

    Overall Skill Category: Beginner to Intermediate. Students must be proficient with stranded knitting.  If not, they can still take the course and nevertheless learn a lot from a single color swatch.

    Class Description:  Almost everything in Iceland is knitted in the round and then simply steeked (cut into the finished knitting).  Typically, an Icelandic knitter would much rather steek a garment than bother working it back and forth and purling, especially if colorwork is involved.  We will try our hands at the traditional ways and compare them with other methods applied to colorwork, such as the crochet steek.  During the workshop, we will knit a sample in stranded knitting (using the swatching in the round method) and cut it into pieces!  We will also see different ways to finish our steeks once cut.

    Techniques covered:  swatching in the round, sewn steek by hands and with sewing machine, crochet steek, steek finishes.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: Aran weight wool yarn (e.g., Lettlopi from Istex) in 2 contrasting colors, 4.5mm/US 6 needles (circ or 5 DPN's), crochet hook 3mm/USD3, needle and thread, darning needle, scissors.  Sewing machine will be provided.

    Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle.  Paper and pencil for notes.

    Pre-Class Assignment: None.  All knitting will be done in class.

    Class Size:  Limited to 12 students

    • 04/12/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    Class Title: Traditional Icelandic Triangular Lace Shawl

    Instructor: Helene Magnusson

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Class Description:  The tradition of knitting intricate lace shawls in Iceland dates back to the 19th Century.  Icelandic shawls are known around the world for the beauty of the handspun yarn and the array of colors used.  We will look at the main characteristics of the traditional lace shawls and see how the Icelandic wool played an important role.  During the workshop, we will knit a doll size triangular shawl with typical motifs in a variety of colors.

    Techniques covered:  working from a chart, garter stitch tab cast on (different methods), deciphering spider lace, color change with no ends to darn, crochet bind off (2 methods:  with crochet hook and with knitting needles), Icelandic bind off, blocking tips.

    Supplies to Bring to Class:  Lace or light fingering wool yarn suitable for lace in an array of colors (e.g., Love Story by Helen Magnusson, Einband from Istex), 4.5 mm/US 6 circular needle, darning needle, crochet hook 3 mm/US D3.

    Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle.  Paper and pencil for notes.

    Pre-Class Assignment: None.  All knitting will be done in class.

    Class Size:  Limited to 12 students

    • 04/13/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    Class Title: Traditional Icelandic Intarsia

    Instructor: Helene Magnusson

    Overall Skill Category: Beginner to Intermediate

    Class Description:  Icelandic intarsia is a tradition unique to Iceland that was once commonly seen in knitted shoe-inserts in the past centuries.  Decorated with intricate and colorful floral patterns, the inserts were used on a daily basis in soft shoes made of sheep and fish skin. The tradition disappeared at the beginning of the 20th Centurey when people stopped using this type of shoe and was almost lost until it was extensively researched by Helene Magnusson in her book, Icelandic Color Knitting: Using Rose Patterns.  During the workshop, we will knit a tiny shoe insert that will allow us to learn all the basic intrasa techniques as well as the specifics of Icelandic intarsia, which is intarsia in garter stitch (as opposed to the more common stockinette stitch background).  Helene will also tell us about yarn management and give us tips for knitting the modern and challenging designs in her book. 

    Techniques covered:  intarsia knitting basics, reading charts, weaving in, moving pattern to left or right, darning ends, yarn management tips.

    Supplies to Bring to Class:  Aran weight wool yarn (e.g., Lettlopi from Istex) in 3 contrasting colors, 4.5 mm/US 6 needles (2 DPN's), darning needle, crochet hook 3mm/US D3.

    Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle.  Paper and pencil for notes.

    Pre-Class Assignment: None.  All knitting will be done in class.

    Class Size:  Limited to 12 students

    • 04/13/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Hélène Magnusson

    Hélène Magnusson is an Icelandic knit designer with a degree in textile and fashion. Hélène founded The Icelandic Knitter, the first Icelandic online knitting magazine, where she publishes patterns inspired by tradition with a modern twist.  She shares her extensive knitting knowledge in the hiking and knitting tours where Icelandic traditions and culture, breathtaking nature, and master knitting workshops perfectly balance one another.

    This meeting, a tribute to Ruby Grossman, who loved travel and learning about knitting, was made possible by a generous contribution from Pauline Sinkule.

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    Scarves: warm or fashion, preferably            4-5" x 60"  for Hand Made Especially for You, given to local women entering  3 area domestic abuse shelters

    Knit Connections: 

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Small group show and tell - what did you finish this year?


    • 05/11/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: 

    None

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    CRITTERS, CRITTERS, CRITTERS for the Monona Library Summer Reading Program



Past events

12/14/2014 Knit Along - Sweater Shaping
12/01/2014 December Guild Meeting
11/20/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Magic Loop Method for Socks
11/17/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Basic Cables
11/16/2014 Knit Along - Casting on our Sweaters
11/10/2014 November Guild Meeting
11/10/2014 Fresh Fair Isle
11/09/2014 Scandinavian Colorwork
11/09/2014 Two Color Knitting - Let's Begin
11/05/2014 Neighborhood Knits - I-Cord Cowl: An Introduction to I-Cord (class 2 of 2)
10/29/2014 Neighborhood Knits - I-Cord Cowl: An Introduction to I-Cord (class 1 of 2)
10/25/2014 Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago
10/20/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Math for Knitters
10/19/2014 Knit Along - Checking our Swatches
10/13/2014 October Guild Meeting (Members Only)
10/13/2014 Lace Techniques
10/12/2014 The Final Touch: Finishing Class
10/10/2014 Design Master Class
09/21/2014 Knit Along - Taking our Measurements
09/08/2014 September Guild Meeting
08/11/2014 August Bonus Guild Meeting
08/09/2014 Stitches Midwest
06/28/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Summer Shawl Party
06/18/2014 MKG Stitch 'n Pitch with the Mallards
06/07/2014 Knitting Safari 2014 Minneapolis
05/31/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Portuguese-style Knitting
05/12/2014 May Guild Meeting (Members Only)
05/03/2014 Double Knitting Inside Out
04/29/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Basic Cables
04/22/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Magic Circular Cast-On
04/19/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Mobius Cast On
04/15/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Judy's Magic Cast On
04/14/2014 April Guild Meeting
04/13/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Getting Picked Up!
04/08/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Mitered Squares
04/07/2014 Neighborhood Knits - The Essential Hat
04/05/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Jogless Knitting in the Round
03/14/2014 A Night with Franklin Habit
03/14/2014 2014 Knit-In March 14-16
03/12/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Keep Calm and Cast On - Teaching Others to Knit
03/10/2014 March Guild Meeting
02/27/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Basic Socks (2 of 2)
02/20/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Basic Socks (1 of 2)
02/15/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Mattress Stitch
02/10/2014 February Guild Meeting
01/24/2014 UFO Retreat 2014
01/22/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Principles of Color For Knitters
01/19/2014 Neighborhood Knits - Kitchener Secrets
01/13/2014 January Guild Meeting
12/09/2013 December Guild Meeting
12/08/2013 Knit Along - Fit to Flatter
11/13/2013 Neighborhood Knits - Beginning Lace
11/11/2013 November Guild Meeting
11/02/2013 Vogue Knitting Live! Bus Trip
10/14/2013 October Guild Meeting
09/09/2013 September Guild Meeting (Members Only)
08/10/2013 Stitches Midwest Bus Trip
06/12/2013 MKG Stitch 'n Pitch with the Mallards
06/01/2013 Knitting Safari - Summer 2013
05/13/2013 May Guild Meeting
05/05/2013 Neighborhood Knits - 2-Color Knitting with Ease!
04/25/2013 Neighborhood Knits - Portuguese Knitting
04/16/2013 Neighborhood Knits - Provisional Cast On
04/08/2013 April Guild Meeting
04/06/2013 Neighborhood Knits - Basic Crochet Animals
03/11/2013 March Guild Meeting
03/08/2013 2013 Knit-In
02/28/2013 Neighborhood Knits - Double Knitting
02/18/2013 Neighborhood Knits - Choices from the Beginning!
02/11/2013 February Guild Meeting
01/25/2013 UFO Retreat
01/15/2013 Neighborhood Knits - Brioche Knitting
01/14/2013 January Guild Meeting
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