Guild Events

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

Upcoming events

    • 11/05/2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Fitchburg Public Library - 5530 Lacy Road
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    Learn the basics of working I-Cord while knitting a cowl.  Begin with individual I-Cord and incorporate it into a basic cast on. Working in the round, continue working the I-Cord while knitting the cowl.  The I-Cord appears to float on the top of the work.  And for a perfect finish end with an applied I-Cord bind off.

    NOTE:  This is part two of a 2-part class.  This class series meets on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 2014 from 7 to 8:30 pm. Must enroll for both classes.

    Required advance work:  Choose a medium weight yarn  and appropriate needles to achieve a gauge of about 18 sts per 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. 

    Work up small swatch of Stockinette Stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row) to measure your gauge.n  Swatch can be worked back and forth in rows.  Gauge variations will be addressed in class.

    Supplies:  Bring these to class:

    1. 2 skeins heavy worsted weight yarn, each skein a different color
    2. 1 pair circular needles US size 8 (either 16" or 24" cable length) or size required for gauge
    3. 1 set of double pointed needles in US size 8 or size required for gauge
    4. Stitch markers

    Experience level required: Must know how to cast on, knit and cast off

    • 11/09/2014
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Promega Corporation, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    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:

             clever.

            Fiddlehead Yarns - Kenosha, WI

    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  


    Knit Connections: 

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





    • 11/16/2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI
    Join us for the second Madison Knitters' Knit-Along.  We will continue to meet at least monthly until our sweaters are complete.

    The recommended project for the Knit-Along is the Chimera cardigan from Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog.  It features cable panels, waist shaping, a scoop neckline and set-in sleeves. 

    ments even if you don’t intend to participate in
    Knit to Flatter
    before September 21. Your measurements are
    Wear form fitting (not tight) clothing and a good
    See page 11 of September 2014 Knitters' Knews for complete details on the Chimera KAL.

    Bring your yarn and needles to begin your Chimera cardigan.
    • 11/17/2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Fitchburg Public Library - 5530 Lacy Road
    • 12

    Learn basic cable stitch and several variations and how to read cable diagrams.  We will also discuss various projects for cables. Homework will be sent with registration confirmation.


    Homework:  Create a swatch: using a smooth, light colored medium weight yarn, cast on 30 stitches on straight needles (size 6-9). Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 5 rows. Leave stitches live on a needle.

    Bring your swatch with stitches live on the needles and a set of double pointed needles the same size (or smaller) OR bring a cable needle with you to class.

    COST: Members ONLY - $5.00 CASH - Payable to instructor at class time. 



    • 11/20/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Pinney Branch Library 204 Cottage Grove Rd. Madison
    • 7

    Knitting socks without all those double point needles is easy. This class will get you started. Note: This is not for the knitter who has never made a sock before.__Participants should be familiar with the basics of sock knitting and have made at least 1 pair of socks already.

    Required advance work: None.

    Supplies: 1 skein (100 g.) or 2 skeins (50 g.) of sock /fingering weight yarn. 1 32” or longer size 2 circular needle Basic knitting notions. Pattern for class will be provided by teacher for 50 cents. 

    Experience level required: Already have knit a pair of socks

    COST: $5.00 CASH Payable to instructor at class time.


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

    Speaker: 


    Chris Bylsma


    Vending:

    Five Oaks Farm - Oregon, WI

    Ewetopia Fiber Shop - Viroqua, WI

    Community Projects: 

    HUGE Sale of yarn and supplies to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Inc.

    Scarves, mittens, hats and other knit items for adults and children as well as donations of non-perishable food and toiletries for River Food Pantry and East Madison Community Center


    Knit Connections: 

    Small pre-meeting discussion in Room 122 5:45 - 6:15. This month's topic: Exploring MKG's website!


    • 12/14/2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI
    Join us for the second Madison Knitters' Knit-Along.  We will continue to meet at least monthly until our sweaters are complete.

    The recommended project for the Knit-Along is the Chimera cardigan from Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog.  It features cable panels, waist shaping, a scoop neckline and set-in sleeves. 

    ments even if you don’t intend to participate in
    Knit to Flatter
    before September 21. Your measurements are
    Wear form fitting (not tight) clothing and a good
    See page 11 of September 2014 Knitters' Knews for complete details on the Chimera KAL.

    Bring your yarn and needles to begin your Chimera cardigan.
    • 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: 

    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
    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: 

    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!


    • 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!


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

    Speaker: 

    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.

    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

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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