Guild Events

See below for the Guild Events calendar. All events are provided or sponsored by MKG.

Cancellation Policy: There is no refund on fees. While we understand that circumstances may arise that cause your plans to change, we are unable to make exceptions to our cancellation policy. We offer a forum where you can post notices to find a substitute. 

Upcoming events

    • 11/09/2020
    • (CST)
    • 05/10/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Madison Knitters' Guild
    • 28
    Registration is closed

    "There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope." -Barnard Williams

    The theme for the Brown Bag exchange this year will be "Sunrise and Hope" to be interpreted however you wish! 

    This year is going to work a little differently, since we aren't able to meet in person we have partnered with several local yarn shops to help complete the exchange.

    Participating shops are:
    The Sows Ear

    DMarie Knit and Fiber

    Kaleidoscope Fibers

    Spry Whimsey

    How it will work:

    1-Purchase your yarn: Visit or call one of the participating shops to pick 200-400 yards of yarn of your choice. Tell them you are participating in the BBE when you complete your purchase, there will be $5 added to your purchase to cover shipping and they will take care of packaging and sending the yarn to your partner. We have changed the yarn requirements for this year, please be sure to purchase enough yarn for your partner to complete an accessory for you. A handy chart for estimating yarn requirements by weight and project type can be found here

    2-Register for the BBE: Complete your registration on our website. Include the following information: Any allergies, which store you purchased yarn from and anything else we need to be aware of when we match you up. Registration will be open from October 14th through November 9th. Yarn must be purchased prior to the 9th so the vendors can begin shipping that week.

    3- Knit! Projects should be completed by May 2021. We will keep you updated on the plan to exchange finished projects in the spring.

    Please send any questions to secretary@madisonknittersguild.com 

    We look forward to seeing your beautiful work, happy knitting!


     

    • 01/16/2021
    • (CST)
    • 01/30/2021
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions
    • via zoom
    • 12
    Register

    The Freeform Workshop has two sessions The first two-hour class will discuss the basics of freeform, and students will begin their own explorations of the technique. The second class will include "show and tell" of each student’s  work since the first class.  The second session is an expansion of ideas and concepts. Students will discuss options on how to use their pieces when completed.  

    Each student will create a unique piece, as that is the nature of freeform. Freeform classes are open to both knitters and crocheters.

    Skill Level: advanced beginner, knit and purl with ease (or crochet with ease)

    Supplies: Small amounts of yarn,different weights, colors and textures. Leftovers are fine, can use as little as 4 or 5 yards. More is better, have at least 8 of these “small amount of yarn”. Try to avoid extremely fine or extremely heavy yarn.

    An assortment of needle sizes appropriate for the various yarns; with smaller freeform pieces, shorter needles tend to be easier to use.

    The usual notions: scissors, stitch markers (if desired), tapestry needle, tape measure, etc.

    Paper and pencil to take notes and/or make sketches

    Instructor: Lisa Louie


    Zoom link will be sent in receipt for class registration.

    The RoundTable format.

    Members will enter the meeting on mute.

    The session will begin with a mini-lecture on the topic by the Instructor. 

    We ask participants to mute their mic during this segment.

    During the lecture segment, use the Chat function on Zoom to write down any questions that pop in your head. 

    After the lecture segment, the Instructor will review the questions in the Chat and open the RoundTable to discussion by the participants. 

    An Instructor may email a handout before class to define the discussion or suggest a “homework” to try out a technique that will be discussed during the RoundTable.

    Please remember that a RoundTable is an academic discussion. We ask that all participants stay on topic and respect the opinions of other participants.



    • 02/01/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 22
    Register

    Join us for one or multiple virtual knitting events over the next few weeks! These short Zoom meetings will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the Zoom technology, and connect with other Guild members. The agenda for each meeting will be:

    • Introduction to Zoom
    • Roundtable Introduction-- Tell us about you, and what are you working on
    • Open knitting time


    • 02/08/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM (CST)
    • Zoom


       

    Amy Swanson from June Cashmere

    Amy Swanson, USA Operations Manager for June Cashmere, will take us to Kyrgyzstan in her talk about Kyrgyzstan’s textile history, the recent discovery of highest quality cashmere goats, a peek at shepherd life in Kyrgyzstan, and the strides that June Cashmere founder Sy Belohlavek and his team are making toward the ethical and sustainable production of cashmere in Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, Amy will share insights about cashmere in general and June Cashmere’s yarn production and qualities specifically. . . and if the time change with Kyrgyzstan-Madison allows, we will call Sy in Kyrgyzstan to allow interactive engagement and questions with Sy directly.

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    The February 2021 newsletter will have more information.
    • 02/10/2021
    • (CST)
    • 02/24/2021
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions
    • via zoom
    • 8
    Register

    When art meets craft, your knitting gets more interesting and fun without much effort. Join us and learn the formula to add art to your stripes and stitch patterns by rearranging the colors you are already using.  During the first session participants will be able to create a fun, funky phone bag. In the second session, participants will learn how to make stunning shawls and scarves utilizing a different formula. Then apply the new skills to ease into adding your own art to your craft. 

    First Session supplies: approximately 1.5 ounces total of two complementary colors of smooth sport or dk yarn. Leftovers from other projects are fine.  Appropriately sized needles, row counter, if desired, tape measure, tapestry needle, and scissors.  Bring a button or bead for closure, if desired. 

    Second Session supplies: For the class sample, you will need approximately 200 yards of yarn. The yarn should be in four coordinating colors with similar weight and fiber content. Sport, DK and worsted are the best weights to use. Smooth or lightly textured yarns are preferred. You can combine different yarns as long as they will work together, but try to avoid heavily textured (novelty) or hairy (mohair) yarns. You do not need to have the exact amount of each color (for example: 50 yards of each yarn), but the amounts of the four yarns need to total 200 yards. 

    If you want to continue and create an actual scarf you will need additional yardage, how much depends on how long you want the scarf to be.

    Skill Level:

    - appropriate for beginners, must be able to knit and purl with ease.

    Instructor:   Lisa Louie


    The RoundTable format.

    Members will enter the meeting on mute.

    The session will begin with a mini-lecture on the topic by the Instructor. 

    We ask participants to mute their mic during this segment.

    During the lecture segment, use the Chat function on Zoom to write down any questions that pop in your head. 

    After the lecture segment, the Instructor will review the questions in the Chat and open the RoundTable to discussion by the participants. 

    An Instructor may email a handout before class to define the discussion or suggest a “homework” to try out a technique that will be discussed during the RoundTable.

    Please remember that a RoundTable is an academic discussion. We ask that all participants stay on topic and respect the opinions of other participants.


    Zoom link will be sent in receipt for class registration.



    • 02/15/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 22
    Register

    Join us for one or multiple virtual knitting events over the next few weeks! These short Zoom meetings will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the Zoom technology, and connect with other Guild members. The agenda for each meeting will be:

    • Introduction to Zoom
    • Roundtable Introduction-- Tell us about you, and what are you working on
    • Open knitting time


    • 03/08/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM (CST)
    • Zoom