Guild Events

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

Upcoming events

    • 08/05/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 1235 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
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    Registration is closed
    Behind the Scenes Museum Tour
    Join us for a private viewing of historic knitted objects from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection at the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology.  We selected 40 objects from many cultures.  You will see  knitting from the 1870's and later.  These are items that are not on permanent display but will be shown exclusively to us.  We will see  a variety of lace samplers and borders, doilies, color stranded gloves and mittens, hats, socks, shawls and beaded purses. This event is free but is limited to 30 guild members. 

    You may wish to add a little extra time to view the Design Gallery, which is directly across the hall from HLATC.  They will have an exhibit of student and alumni work on display. 

    We encourage carpooling.  Those who want to carpool can allow their name to be shown to other members; please be bold and invite others to carpool with you. 

    See the interactive campus map for bus and parking information.  Metered public parking is available in lots 60, 43, 38, 20 and 27 near Nancy Nicholas Hall. From lots 60 or 43, hop on a free campus bus (route 80) and get off at Linden Drive.  From there it is a short walk to Nancy Nicholas Hall.  Spaces in lots 38, 20, and 27 are more limited, but these lots are generally within walking distance.  We strongly urge carpooling and arriving early in case the spots in your targeted garage are filled.

    Wheelchair accessibility is available for the Nancy Nicholas Hall in Parking Garage lot 27.


    • 08/08/2015
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Schaumburg, IL
    • 23

    Visit the Largest Knit & Crochet Expo in the MIDWEST.

    Enjoy a huge vendor market for your shopping pleasure, sign up for classes, find out what’s new by watching free demos, enter to win door prizes, and meet your favorite designers and authors.


    Plan to share the experience of STITCHES MIDWEST with your current and new MKG friends.
    Enjoy a care-free ride on a Badger Bus Coach (with wi-fi).  The Stitches Midwest shopping experience  is not to be missed!  Vendors come from across the US (and around the world!) to display the latest yarns and gadgets which are sure to inspire creativity.


    Bus will leave from the east section of the Dutch Mill Park and Ride at 7:30 am.  Planned departure back to Madison is planned for 5pm.

    For more information visit:http://www.knittinguniverse.com/Midwest/

    • 08/22/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Meeting Room, Fitchburg Public Library 5530 Lacy Rd. Madison 53711
    • 48

     Secrets of the MKG Website or  Everything you wanted to know           but never got around to asking. 

    Want help with the MKG website or learn it's features? Come to this class and bring your laptops, tablets, or smartphones. We'll log in together, go through the basics, and you can ask as many questions as we can fit in the time!  Carrie Hafele our MKG Webmaster will show you the ins and outs of our Website.  She’ll have a big screen for you to look at, so if you don’t have a portable device, there will still be plenty to see.

     Required advance work:  None 

     Experience required:  None

     Cost:  None!  Neighborhood Knits is a benefit of your  MKG membership.

     Supplies to bring: If you have one, bring a laptop,  tablet or  smartphone.  There will be a large screen  to watch for those  who are interested in the website,  but have to leave their desktops at home.


    Learn to crochet snowflakes so you can create your own lasting blizzard.  Snowflakes are a quick and fun project.  Learn the basic design features and some methods to stiffen the snowflakes.
    • 09/14/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Nancy Bush







    Vending:

    Community Projects:  

    Hats, mittens, and keyhole scarves for children ages 4-11 

    Year Long: Scarves/cowls (fashion or warm) for women entering domestic abuse shelters 

    Knit Connections:

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: North-South-East-West: Find a knitting buddy near you

    • 09/17/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
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    Class Title: Traditional Estonian Mittens

    Instructor: Nancy Bush

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Class Description:  Learn about Estonian knitting traditions through their mittens.  Students will make a mitten, learning some interesting Estonian techniques:  a special cast on, unique cuff treatment and knitted braids.  Students should be able to use double point needles and have some experience with 2-color knitting for this class. ©2015 Nancy Bush

    Materials fee: $30 per person for yarn (enough for a pair of mittens) and handouts.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: Set of 5 #1 (2.25mm) or #2 (2.75mm) double point needles about 8" long. A metal board with magnets or similar setup for reading and keeping track of charts.

    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

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 09/18/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 17
    Class Title: Estonian Cuffs

    Instructor: Nancy Bush

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Class Description:  Estonian mittens have VERY interesting and unique cuffs!  The class will look at several different cuff treatments and learn how to use the techniques to create edges on more than mittens.  We will practice some new ways of casting on and working textured stitches.  The techniques learned in this exciting class can be applied to mittens, gloves, socks and even sweaters. ©2015 Nancy Bush

    Materials fee: $30 per person for yarn (enough for at least two pairs of fingerless mitts or wrist warmers) and handouts.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: Set of 5 #1 (2.25mm) and #2 (2.75mm) double point needles.  A metal board with magnets or similar setup for reading and keeping track of charts.

    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

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 09/19/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 18
    Class Title: Nordic Color--Toositud, An Inlay Technique Fom Estonia

    Instructor: Nancy Bush

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Class Description:  Estonians use a special inlay technique for decorating gloves and socks similar to embroidery but worked right into the knitting.  By knitting a sample, students will learn how to read the charts and work this unique and colorful embellishment.          ©2015 Nancy Bush

    Materials fee: $2.00 per person for handouts.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: 1 skein sport weight wool yarn (about 120 yards in 50 g) in a solid, light color and partial skeins of two other colors, a set of #3 (3.25mm) or #4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles. A metal board with magnets or similar setup for reading and keeping track of charts.

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

    Pre-Class Assignment: None

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 09/19/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 18
    Class Title: All About the Scalloped Edge -- Finishing a Traditional Haapsalu Shawl or Scarf

    Instructor: Nancy Bush

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Class Description:  In this lecture and demonstration class, students will learn the details of how to plan and attach, by sewing, the knitted edge on a traditional Haapsalu shawl or scarf.  We will cover the necessary math for planning to knit one of these lovely edges and then discuss and demonstrate how to attach an edge to a completed center.  Upon completion, the student should have a good working knowledge of how to finish one of the lovely traditional Haapsalu lace shawls. ©2015 Nancy Bush

    Materials fee: $2.00 per person for handouts for this class.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: Questions and unfinished projects are welcome. Paper and pencil for notes.

    Pre-Class Assignment: None

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 10/12/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 19
    Class Title: Embellishing Knits 

    Instructor: Kristin Nicholas

    Overall Skill Category: Beginner to Advanced

    Class Description:  Do you love knitting colorful creations but Fair Isle or Intarsia techniques aren’t quite your thing? Step into Kristin’s world of embellishing knitwear with a needle and thread. The easy techniques you will learn will help add personality and panache to all your knitwear. And they are a whole lot of fun too!

    Techniques Covered: Decorative embroidery on your knits is easy to do, once you master a few stitches. Kristin Nicholas, Master Knitter, Embroiderer and Author, will show you her secrets to beautiful, colorful, successful embroidery stitches to decorate your handknits. You'll learn duplicate stitch, chain stitch, spider web, cross stitch, french knots and many more. By the time you leave, you will be accomplished enough to decorate your ho-hum knits with fanciful designs.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: Metal tapestry needle with a large eye and blunt tip, at least five colors of the same smooth, #4 (worsted weight) yarn used for swatch (odds and ends are fine), sharp scissors.

    Note about the yarn: choose colors that look pretty together, at least one of them should be a green based color.

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

    Per-Class Assignment: Knit an 8 x 8 swatch in worsted weight yarn. Choose a color you like as it will be the basis for your decoration. Optional: Knit a second 4 x 4 Fair Isle Swatch (any pattern) in the same yarn.

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 10/12/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 18
    Class Title: The Edge of Color

    Instructor: Kristin Nicholas

    Overall Skill Category: Beginner to Advanced

    Class Description:  Colorful edgings are easy ways to transform basic stockinette stitch projects into something fabulous with little time or effort. Prolific author and knitwear designer Kristin Nicholas' latest book Color by Kristin uses many different fun and inventive edge treatments to decorate many different kinds of projects. You'll learn several different colorful stitches to make fringed, sculpted, ribbed, loopy and sturdy edgings on hats, mittens, pullovers, and cardigans. Kristin will give you many hints for professional finishing of edges. She will stretch your knitting skills so that you can become a more creative knitter.

    Techniques Covered: How to pick up stitches; edgings, including mitered edgings.

    Supplies to Bring to Class:

    - One 8 x 8" swatch knit in solid color worsted weight yarn (wool or wool blend preferred)
    - Double pointed needles (4) in a size appropriate for the yarn
    - Several (at least 5) odds and ends of part balls in different colors of the same worsted weight yarn

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

    Pre-Class Assignment: One 8 x 8" swatch knit in worsted weight yarn (wool or wool blend preferred)

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 10/12/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Kristin Nicholas









    Vending:

    Community Projects: 

    Hats, mittens, and keyhole scarves for children ages 4-11 

    Year Long: Scarves/cowls (fashion or warm) for women entering domestic abuse shelters 

    Knit Connections:

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Volunteer Fair.  MKG needs YOU to offer the many programs and activities. Make friends and help the guild.


    • 11/09/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker:  Lisa Shroyer

     





    Lisa is the editor of the popular knitting magazine, Interweave Knits.  Lisa will discuss knitting trends from a publisher's perspective.  She'll also give a sneak preview to the Spring 2016 IK issue.

    Vending:

    Community Projects: 
    Hats, mittens, scarves for children and adults
    Warm socks for men (can be purchased)

    Knit Connections:

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Gifts.  Barbara Armstrong will share suggestions for gift knitting to please everyone on your list.





    • 12/14/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Kathryn Ashley-Wright











    MKG members know Kathryn as Kate Wright Designs and the proprietor of Ewetopia Fiber Shop in Viroqua, WI.  Kate's sumptuous hand-dyed yarns are in demand for socks, sweaters, shawls and baby garments.  She will talk about the process for dyeing yarns, types of hand dyed yarns and knitting with hand dyed yarns.

    Vending:


    Community Projects: 

    DECEMBER YARN/NOTIONS SALE -to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
     
    DONATION OF TOILETRIES

    Hats, mittens, scarves for children and adults

    Knit Connections: 

    No Knit Connections; join us in Room 122 for the December Yarn/Notions sale


    • 01/11/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Jennifer Donze












    Have you ever thought about completing the TKGA Master Knitting Course? What is it all about, how do you get started, and why should you consider it?  Hear all about it from Jennifer Donze, a TKGA Certified Master Hand Knitter. 

    Vending:


    Community Projects: 

    Dishcloths

    Knit Connections:

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic:  UFO Support.  Judy Pruski, one of the most prolific MKG knitters, will share her secrets of productivity.  Come prepared for laughter and learning.






    • 02/08/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Shira Blumenthal
















    Meet Shira Blumenthal, Brand Ambassador for Lion Brand Yarns and a fifth generation member of the family.  Now, as an associate in the Marketing Department, Shira is part of a team that engages directly with consumers through conferences, email marketing and social media, including YouTube, Pinterest, Blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Shira will be traveling the country to speak with knit and crochet guilds, and we are happy to say that Madison is on her route!  

    Vending:


    Community Projects: 

    Women's scarves/cowls, and slippers

    Knit Connections:

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic:  What's on Your Needles? We will form small groups to be inspired by one another's WIP's (Works in Progress).



    • 03/14/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: Meg Swansen

     





    Springtime brings thoughts of lambs and knitting for babies and toddlers, too!  Meg Swansen will bring examples of vairations for Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket (EZ's BSJ).  Bring your questions and samples of the BSJ's you have made; we will display them all.  Submit questions to Meg in advance to programming@madisonknittersguild.org.

    Vending:


    Community Projects: 

    Shawls, lap blankets, tactile balls

    Knit Connections:

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Team Spirit!  Share your favorite team colors for hats, mittens or scarves and pick your Regional Favorite as we celebrate March Madness.




    • 03/18/2016
    • 03/20/2016
    • Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713

    SAVE the date!

    Watch this space for updated details as plans are finalized.

    In the meantime, to ensure special conference rate on hotel rooms, please reserve your rooms NOW.  You can hold rooms with a credit card and may cancel up to 3 days before the event with no penalty.

    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 "MKGKnitIn2016" for special room rates
    • 04/11/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: John Brinegar






    Vending:


    Community Projects: 

    BABY ITEMS: bibs, blankets, sweaters, hats, socks, etc.

    Knit Connections:

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Socks.  What's your pleasure: Toe Up, Top Down, Magic Loop or none at all?  Share your tips and tricks for well-fitting socks.



    • 05/09/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Program:   Annual Meeting

    Members' Stash Sale
    Board Election
    Brown Bag Exchange reveal
    Door Prizes
    Etc...

    Speaker: 

    None

    Vending:

    None

    Community Projects: 

    CRITTERS, CRITTERS, CRITTERS for the Monona Library Reading Programs

    Knit Connections:

    None


Past events

07/07/2015 Neighborhood Knits - Making Magic Balls
06/26/2015 MKG Stitch 'n Pitch with the Mallards
05/11/2015 May Guild Meeting (Members Only)
04/28/2015 Neighborhood Knits - Crochet a Snowflake
04/18/2015 Knitting Safari - Spring 2015
04/13/2015 April Guild Meeting
03/28/2015 Neighborhood Knits - Basic Socks (2 of 2)
03/21/2015 Neighborhood Knits - Basic Socks (1 of 2)
03/09/2015 March Guild Meeting
02/20/2015 2015 Knit-In
02/09/2015 February Guild Meeting
01/23/2015 Winter Retreat 2015
01/12/2015 January Guild Meeting
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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