Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Concentrating on Charity Knitting

At our February meeting of the guild, we talked about stepping up our knitted contributions to the Salvation Army (kids' hats, mittens and scarves), to Project Linus (baby blankets) and to Minnesota Nice (slippers for the troops). To rev up some enthusiasm, Ellen and Maria Ann gave us some patterns they had developed and collected over the years, mostly designed by guild members. They were done on different gauge machines. Examples knit with these patterns were on display. Seeing them in person is worth a thousand words.

Ellen brought her Silver Reed LK 150 to demonstrate one of the mitten patterns we were given. It went quickly and looked very nice.

Always a popular part of the evening, the show and tell items were great this month. Must be all that blustery weather that encourages people to stay inside and knit. There were baby sweaters, felted slippers, felted purses, sweaters, scarves, even a Vikings sweater. Here are some of the items:

If you live in the Twin Cities area and are interested in machine knitting, join us at the Textile Center. We meet every 4th Tuesday (except December) from 7:00-9:00. The Textile Center is located at 3000 Southeast University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414-3357. We have all skill levels and most machines represented in the group. There's parking along University Avenue and behind the building. We have a lot of fun and learn from each other. Please join us!