Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 East Fourteen Mile Road, Birmingham, Michigan. see a map »

Bring your knitting and join us for an evening — we’re sure you’ll want to become part of the flock!

Friday, February 29, 2008

March Birthdays are for Sissys

Okay, fine. I changed the poll. Like it better now?

The March B-day party is on Friday, March 14--mark your calendars and if you need details, drop us an email.
--t

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

new blogger

Hello all. This is the job I won playing *secretarial poker* this evening. If you have anything you want to share, let me know. As my first official act I am reminding Margie T. & Suzanne J. that they signed up to provide raffle items for the March meeting. Mary P. and Nancy B. will be providing snacks.

A question of vital importance: does anyone have a button maker? Know of one available for guild use? Inquiring secretaries want to know.

March is a busy birthday month! We know of Judith, Linda D., Suzanne, Kim W. & Camille. Anyone else? Tanya has an important question for you all.

More news next time. Linda F.

ETA--Check the sidebar! --t

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What happens in Chelsea, stays in Chelsea

I've been instructed not to disclose the amount of money spent, calories consumed or fibers huffed. . .but if you didn't join us on the field trip this Saturday, here's your eye candy:
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So, are you coming with us next year? You may even be able to talk your driver into stopping at a LYS on the way home, at least I know I did!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

BSKGbag


DON’T MISS OUT—Preorder yours today! Our new Black Sheep Knitting Guild tote bag features the logo embroidered on the front of the bag–the type will be in a bright green. Zippered main compartment is a roomy 16" x 14" x 5" with a convenient, small pocket for your keys or Coffee Beanery discount card!

Front features a single zippered pocket plus a larger zipped organizer area that is divided into many small pockets—great for DPNs, circulars, measuring tape, scissors and other small knitting tools. A large pocket on the back will safely hold your pattern sheet.

Only $16 each. Delivery will be at or before the April guild meeting. Payment is due upon delivery.

Since the guild meeting was smaller due to weather, I am posting this info here. To be included in the order, please e-mail (pultz@comcast.net) me with your name and quantity that you would like. Or just comment here and I will check in. I am planning on turning in the order by next Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Thanks–Kate

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Field Trips

With the bad weather this evening, we had a smaller than usual group and we wanted to get the word out about these great upcoming trips! So, Come one, Come all and join us for a day of fun!

Sat Feb 16th (this sat) Chelsea Fiber Fair-meet at Anderson Middle school at 9:00am Sharp!!!! Cost: money for gas and your own lunch and purchases, back by dinner

Sun March 9th- Ann Arbor Library to hear Amy Singer from Knitty speak and do a Knit in. We’ll eat at Afternoon Delight again before the talk. Meet at Anderson Middle School at 10:15am Cost: money for gas, lunch and any purchases back approx 7:00pm (or earlier if agreed upon)

Sat March 15th Dexter Pioneer Art Fair (and maybe side trips for yarn shopping in Ann Arbor) - meet at Anderson Middle School 9:00am Cost: $3.00 admission, money for gas, lunch and purchases back by dinner

Monday, February 11, 2008

February Meeting

Yup. . .tomorrow is the night, can you believe it?

For those of you who haven't been paying attention, there are a couple of new features on the right hand side of the blog. I used the poll feature to determine the meeting topic this month--and all but two of us voted for Intro to Intarsia!

Supplies for the meeting:
two colors of smooth yarn
needles in a size that match
money for raffle
sense of humor
spirit of adventure
friends

See you there!
--t

Friday, February 8, 2008

Be my Valentine—or at least my birthday knitting buddy

Another birthday-knit-along!

Since no one except Pete will spend my actual birthday with me--being that it falls on Valentine's Day and many people seemed preoccupied with that--come knit with me on the Sunday after.

Sunday, February 17th 2 pm (seemed like a good time to start at Linda's) until whenever. Have some nibbles and of course cake (can't promise a heart-shaped one but I'll see what I can do!) Bring your Winter Fleece Fair buys to show and tell and let people touch and hold.

If you are all still here at dinnertime we'll order chinese carryout and keep knitting.

E-mail me at pultz@comcast.net for my address. Hope to see you--Kate

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

Or so says my friend Roz.
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These are my boots. You'll notice how nice and dry they are. They are truly the warmest, sturdiest boots I've owned in a long time. The keep my feet cozy, and I rarely slip and slide around when I'm wearing them due to the nice bumpy tread on the bottom. I heart these boots.
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These are the shoes I wore to school. They are also the shoes I walked one mile home in during the snow storm at around 5pm when I left my student after his tutoring session.
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These are my pants, and very wet wool socks (albeit handmade, wet Socks That Rock. . .but at this point, does it really matter how well made they are and how well they fit?) Do you notice how far up the puddles splashed when I thought I was walking on solid ground? Can you see the mud that splashed up when I was sliding across barely unfrozen muddy playing fields trying to avoid the ankle deep puddles of slush?
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This is my head. You'll notice that there is no hat covering it. Not one of the many hand knit hats I have in my coat closet. Not even a polar fleece hat made years ago to keep me warm when skiing. Nope, not a store bought hat that is fashionable, but not really functional. Not even a chemo cap made by Judith for Knit Michigan.
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Obviously, I need to be reminded exactly how quickly weather can change in Southeast Michigan.

So, plan ahead. . .well, even that doesn't work so well. I planned for a snow day today and it didn't happen. . .

Hopefully, your knitting is planned and swatched and moving forward as planned.

Send pictures of your UFO pile, or post a list to keep us all updated.
--t

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Fat Tuesday

Sally sent an email a couple of days ago reminding me that Lent begins this week. For those of you who weren't with us last year(I don't know how to link, but you can check back to Feb 19 and 20, 2007), we began a Lenten sacrifice that was tradition in the making.

For no particular religious reason, several of us gave up casting on new projects. I was appalled last year to find out that I had over 40 UFOs on the needles just waiting to be completed. Thanks to 40 days of not casting on, I was able to shrink that number significantly--but still, there are UFOs in my pile. I have things that I feel bad about just taking up space in my knitting room. . .things I haven't touched in over two years. . .It's my guess that not all of us are as pure as Harriet, who only works on one project and a pair of socks at a time, and that there are several things languishing in the bottom of our knitting baskets. . .the time has come. Completion is near.

So, if you're going to take up the challenge with us this year, today is Packzi Day. If you have a burning desire to stock up on fatty calories to hold you over for the season--or rather, cast on a few projects you won't be able to do without--now is the time.

I for one, will be casting on three projects today. (And yes, Sally, I did make fun of you for doing the same thing--call me a hypocrite! it's true!) I need to make a hat for a friend who is visiting late in February, I completed a sweater last night and have been waiting to cast on another using the same needles, and will want to at least start my February Sock Down Challenge socks for a Ravelry group. . .so you all know I'll have at least three UFOs. . .but I think I'm down from the 40 last year. I'll take count and keep you posted.

Who else is in? Send pictures or your list and you can keep us all updated.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Knit Michigan

Another successful charity event hosted by our local yarn stores!! Nearly 1000 chemo caps were donated (161 by the Black Sheep! Woot! You all ROCK!) and $25,000 and counting for Michigan cancer charities. Our very own Harriet was a 500 club member and was one of the highest fund raisers at the event--Go Harriet!

I think I counted 12 Black Sheep members as marathon participants, and nearly all members showed up to work in the Learn to Knit room--it was packed! I had a hard time finding a seat when I went in!! Judith put a lot of time and energy into making it so successful.

Many got some great deals at the silent auction--and Kim T made us proud by pumping up some bids during the live auction at the end of the night--she even won a beautiful antique Columbian shawl!

Nearly all of our Ravelry buttons are gone--meaning almost 90 people from Ravelry showed up to represent. We captured 40 of them in our photo--see how many you can name!

Here are some pictures for those of you who couldn't make it. . .
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Oh. . .and by the way? I'm still the reigning champion of "Super Silly Knitting"! Gotta love that.

So, see you all next year?
--t