Knitters' Knews

  • Happy Holidays! Well not quite yet, but the season is certainly beginning.

  • When Bev Pilarzyk established her knitting business in 2007, she wanted the name to reflect her two loves, knitting and travel. A passionate knitter and a former employee of the travel industry, she often combined her interests by seeking out knitting retreats and knitting heritage in foreign lands. The creativity and inspiration she found on these knitting vacations are what led her to embark on this business venture.

  • Start cleaning out your stash! The Community Projects and Hospitality Committees are joining forces to contribute to a variety of causes! Please bring donations to the November meeting. New or gently used yarn, books, needles, and other knitting accessories can support multiple efforts.
  • If you have not registered to attend the November 8-10 symposium co-hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society to explore the concept of a Knitting and Crocheting Heritage Museum, there are still opportunities for you to view artifacts and hear a nationally known speaker.

  • Come see this great collection of Ethnic Socks, collected by Rae Erdahl.

  • A huge thank you to all the guild members who made projects for Community Knitting in October. As usual, there were all different projects: color work, stitch patterns, variegated and stripes. There were beginner projects and very advanced ones. All will be enjoyed by the children in elementary schools. We saved a few of the biggest hats and the baby sweaters for agencies scheduled for later in the year. The rest were delivered to schools the week of the October meeting.

  • Lynn Levin will be organizing this for next summer. The critters knit by Guild members were a hit at the library in Monona last summer. They were used as prizes for kids who read books. The summer reading program in Monona goes from pre-K through H.S. Lynn suggests that we focus on pre-K through 5th grade. If we exceed our goal the extra items could be used with the 6th-8th graders.

  • There will be many new things to watch for this year in the library. Starting at the November meeting, keep your eyes out for more Interweave Knits magazine collections 2005-2010, these digital collections give us the space to bring you more books and DVDS!

  • Library Chair, Cynthia Robey-Duncomb, needs a stand-in (or two) to set up and put away the library for the November and December meetings.

  • 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 the UFOs (UnFinished Objects!) that have accumulated in bags, baskets and other hiding places throughout your house?Join us January 25-27!

  • We received word that Emily Ocker, age 92, passed away this month. Emily‚Äôs circular cast on is used by many lace knitters. You can find her obituary here.

Meetings: Doors open 5 pm, KnitAid 5 pm, Meeting 6:30 - 8:30 pm
2nd Monday of each month (September-May)

Bishop O'Connor Center
702 South High Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin