Guild Events

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

Upcoming events

    • 08/09/2014
    • Schaumburg, IL
    • 45
    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.

     

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

    MKG is organizing a bus to take knitters to Stitches! Register for the bus online or mail in a registration form.

    • 08/11/2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: 

           

    Community Projects: 

    Mitten and Hat kits and patterns available at the Community Table.  Come check out the new scarf kits designed by MKG

     

    • 09/08/2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: 


    Mary Underwood

    Mary Underwood combines her  passions in spinning and weaving to research, learn and teach about textile traditions, history, and production in Mongolia.  Mary will discuss her travels to Mongolia and building a felted home. 

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    MMSD Frank Allis and Emerson School

    Hats and Mittens for children 4-11 years 


    • 10/10/2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • 10/11/2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 12
    Class Title: Design Master Class  

    Instructor: Shirley Paden

    Class Length: 11 Hours

    4:30 to 7:40 pm on Friday, October 10 and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 11

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of knitting

    Class Description: In this class students learn to custom-make their own sweater patterns. They will work through organizing the components involved in constructing four different types of garments and two different types of necklines. 

    Pre Class Assignment:

    Download and read complete class description.

    Select a sweater silhouette and plan a design, then sketch the planned garment.  Next, select the stitch pattern and the yarn.  When that is done, knit one or two swatches.

    Note: Swatches should be approximately 8"x 8" in order to achieve a more accurate garment knitting gauge.

    Print Handout for calculating yardage  

    Bring to Class: Tape measure, 2 pencils with erasers, writing paper, calculator, sketch of sweater, swatch, swatch calculations, and yarn ball bands.



     
    • 10/12/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 10
    Class Title: The Final Touch

    Instructor: Shirley Paden

    Class Length: 6 Hours

    10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunay, October 12

    Overall Skill Category: All levels

    Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of knitting

    Class Description: In this class students learn professional garment finishing and assembling techniques.  The class is designed for hand knitters at all levels. It is taught in a easy step-by-step format.  The goal is to have each student begin to master the skills involved in producing a perfectly finished wearable garment.  As an overriding ovjective, the class focus is placed on providing a complete review of planning each component of a garment for a desired finish.

    The techniques taught include:  several types of seaming, several ways to attach sleeves, stitch pick-up for borders and necklines, making vertical and horizonal buttonholes and weaving in yarn.  

    Teacher supplies all working materials needed.

    This class is a perfect complement to the 11-hour Design Master Class offered on October 10-11.




     
    • 10/13/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 12
    Class Title: Lace Techniques  (Master Class)

    Instructor: Shirley Paden

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

     Class Description:  Beginning with a basic review of the lace structure, in this class students will learn to knit, shape and chart the various types of lace. They will knit sample swatches of both single and double-sided lace patterns and lace borders.  They will work through drawing a chart and planning armhole and neckline shaping as well as shaping within a pattern stitch.

    Pre-Class Assignment: Read and print the Shape of Lace Part 1 and Part 2 originally featured in the winter 2007/’08 and the S/S ’08 issues of Vogue Knitting.

    Follow the instructions and knit the swatches in the first article.  The articles and their accompanying lace charts are posted in a PDF format and can be downloaded.  The web address is: http://www.shirleypaden.com  Note: Bring the article and the swatches to class. 

    Working Materials to Bring to Class: Lace (fingering) weight or Fine (Sport) weight yarn as well as one ball of worsted weight yarn and knitting utensils including appropriately sized needles for the yarn, cable needle, markers, scissors, etc.  For charting bring 2 pencils with erasers.

    Prerequisite:  A basic knowledge of knitting and reading a chart.

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 10/13/2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: 


    Shirley Paden

    Shirley Paden is an internationally recognized designer, author and speaker, whose designs have appeared in numerous publications and collections of leading yarn companies.  Shirley will share her design expertise and will offer a series of workshops, too.  She is the author of Knitwear Design Workshop A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits.

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    MMSD Frank Allis and Emerson School

    Hats and Mittens for children 4-11 years 


    • 11/09/2014
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 5
    Class Title: Two Color Knitting - Let's Begin

    Instructor: Mary Jane Mucklestone

    Overall Skill Category: Advanced-Beginners

    Class Description:  In a relaxed setting, Mary Jane introduces you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting.  In this technique class we will learn the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, reading charts, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends, and finishing techniques.  This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique.  We will begin a stranded colorwork headband or hat.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: 2 or more colors of worsted weight yarn -- make sure the colors have high contrast, 100% wool preferred, 50 -- 100 yards each.

    16" circular needles in US 6 (4mm) and US 7 (4.5mm), one set of dpns in US 7 if intending to finish a hat.

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

    Pre-Class Assignment: On smaller needle, cast on 84 stitches.  Place marker and join for working in the round, taking care not to twist stitches.  K1, p1 in rib for 1 inch.

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 11/09/2014
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 8
    Class Title: Scandinavian Colorwork

    Instructor: Mary Jane Mucklestone

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Class Description:  What makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions? We will explore color choices and the classic motifs used in Scandinavian stranded knitting.  Learn techniques for tacking down extra-long floats found in many motifs.  We will learn the Norwegian purl and a way of executing garter stitch in the round.  Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects.  We will begin our exploration by starting a headband or hat.

    Mary Jane will bring along all 150 swatches from her book 150 Scandinavian Motifs: A Knitter's Directory for you to examine.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: 3 or more colors of DK-weight yarn with high contrast, 100% wool preferred, 50 -- 100 yards each.

    16" circular needles in smallest size recommended on the ball band, and another one size larger.  One set of dpns in larger size if intending to finish a hat.

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

    Pre-Class Assignment: On smaller needle using color of your choice in the DK-weight yarn, cast on 96 stitches and knit one row.

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 11/10/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 2
    Class Title: Fresh Fair Isle

    Instructor: Mary Jane Mucklestone

    Overall Skill Category: Intermediate

    Technique Requirements:  Experience working in the round with stranded colorwork

    Class Description:  Liven up your Fair Isle knitting!  Spend the day with Mary Jane, author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter's Directory, exploring fresh new colorways.  This course will introduce the basics of color theory and how to use its principles to guide your color choices.  We will learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting and move beyond, developing our own personal color schemes.  We'll analyze how different color combinations can completely change how a motif looks.  Knitting a simple stranded wristlet or fingerless glove will quickly illustrate new concepts.  Mary Jane will bring all 200 of the actual knitted swatches from her book for examination and inspiration.

    Supplies to Bring to Class: Between 3 and 8 colors (or more; more colors = more fun!) of fingering-weight wool yarn (Shetland yarn preferred), 25 -- 100 yards of each color.

    US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round.

    Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle.  Graph paper and colored pencils, if desired.

    Pre-Class Assignment: With any color fingering-weight yarn you like, CO 48 sts.  Place marker, join to work in the round without twisting.  Work in K1, p1 rib for 1 inch (2.5 cm).

    Class Size:  Limited to 20 students

    • 11/10/2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: 


    Mary Jane Mucklestone

    Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit, especially with color. She’s the author of 2 new books featuring stranded colorwork; the stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs, and Fair Isle Style, a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 18 popular designers. Her first book 200 Fair Isle Motifs was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages.

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    Porchlight (program for the homeless)  Men's warm socks L, XL, XXL, XXXL knit or purchased; Hats and Mitten in L; Scarves

    The Road Home (program for transitional housing)  Hat and Mittens for children 2-11; Scarves  






    • 12/01/2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Speaker: 


    Chris Bylsma


    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    TBD




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

    Speaker: 

    Laura Gilbertson, Curator of Vesterheim Museum, Historic Norwegian Knitting

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    TBD




    • 01/23/2015
    • 01/25/2015
    • Chalet Landhaus, New Glarus, WI
    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, Professor
    Mathematical Knitting

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    TBD



    • 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: 

    TBD



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

    Speaker: 

    TBD

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    TBD



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

    Speaker: 

    None

    Vending:

    TBD

    Community Projects: 

    TBD



Past events

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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