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!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

As promised. . .

. . .and in no particular order. . .more pictures from the retreat!







We had such a good time last weekend, I hope you can see it in these pictures. . .you'll also want to check out Linda's blog, she has some there too. We've already started to make phone calls and start planning for next year, so if you're jealous, fear not! We hope to have an even more special retreat for you in 2009--stay tuned for the dates so you can mark your calendars and ask for time off!







Sunday, April 27, 2008

No WiFi at the Inn


More later, I promise! But since I've only been home 15 minutes and am missing the retreat already, I thought I'd post some pictures for those of you who missed out.
It was a serious weekend. We forced folks to get their pictures taken. . .especially Suzanne.


Lots of beautiful yarn was dyed. . .and I mean LOTS!!!

Oh yeah, and we laughed!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

An Honor to be Nominated

It has recently come to our attention that adults don't often get recognized for their accomplishments. As a society, we do a great job of noticing when our children do something wonderful and applaud their efforts. . .we want to groom our younger generation to be motivated to push boundaries and to achieve their highest potential.

So what happens when we become adults? Why don't we continue in the same vein? Why is it that no one applauds when we finish a really hard task? What happened to recognizing super human effort (say when you clean the really dirty bathroom that your kids use, for example)? We don't get report cards anymore to demonstrate to those who care about us what we've learned, and how well we've mastered what we've learned.

Some of us in the BSKG have noticed that our members are doing some pretty fantastic things, and we want to recognize them at our May banquet, swap and sale. We've come up with some ideas for awards, but want your input before we send out the survey. . .so, what do you think? What should we recognize and award? Here are some of the things we've come up with, add your thoughts to the comments. . .and look for a ballot/survey coming to your email by the end of the month. . .

First Socks Knitted
First Sweater Knitted
Most Improved Knitter
Most Enthusiastic
Most Helpful
Completion of an Epic Project
Most likely to Drop a Stitch (and then make it work anyway)

I know there are some of you that are far more creative than I am. . .what else should we recognize? shout it out in the comments!
--t

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

What a great meeting last night! If you missed it, Ann W from the Knitting Room gave a talk on the history of knitting, and we got to see everyone's current projects.

Also, we started to plan for the May swap and sale. If you weren't with us last year, we had a great time, so start to clean out your stash and get ready to haggle, barter and swap! If you don't reduce your stash, at least you'll change the way it looks! Some had an easy time selling off some of their stash as well, we'll leave that and the pricing up to you.

If you'd like to have dinner with us before hand, the cost is $10 for non-members and if you're up to date on your dues and a member in good standing, the cost is only $5. Please send an email to blacksheepnewsletter at hotmail.com if you're interested in coming so that we can have an accurate head count and the proper amount of food. Payment would be appreciated by next week, but certainly reserve your spot ASAP!

Last night marked the last meeting at the Fifth Third bank--we've outgrown yet another location! The May meeting will be held at the Coffee Beanery, and we'll reveal our new location for the fall then! (Lots of good lighting, clean, comfortable and cheap! Who could ask for more?)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

April Showers. . .and Guild Meetings. . .

The April meeting will be held at the Fifth Third Bank THIS Tuesday at 7pm. No special supplies needed, but since we've had so much to do for the past few months, we thought a serious show and tell was needed. Bring your Lenten finished objects, a project you've been working on or something you're having trouble with. . .and show off! Ann W from Knitting Room will be giving a presentation on the history of knitting. We'll also be collecting for the May dinner/swap and sale. Dinner will be provided by the Coffee Beanery and will be around $10--we'll have the exact amount on Tuesday.

If you're headed on the retreat with us, we'll have some last minute details just for you. April has been a month where the BSKG has been showered with gifts. . .Kate has been hard at work getting goodies to make the retreat the best yet! (I know, we've only had one other, but still. It's the thought!) Check out the side bar to see who has generously sponsored our retreat so far. . .the list will be updated as more things arrive!

Speaking of being showered with gifts--
Kim won a gift while she was knitting at Beaumont this weekend! How nice when kindness is returned with kindness!

Judith is famous!
She also had her kindness rewarded this week! Her selfless giving was noticed, and rewarded. Read about it here and here (make sure you read the comments). . .and you can help her select a gift here! (I'm pushing her toward the circular needle cases. . .you may want to purchase one for yourself!)

See you Tuesday!
--t

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

did ewe know...

that the BSKG has grown so that many of us don't know each other. In an effort to learn more about our members, did ewe know will appear in the newsletter and on the blog. Here's our V.P., Kate Pultz:

tell us about your first project...what & when

Besides the yards and yards of i-cord spewed forth from a knitting nancy one summer when I was young, my first knitting project was a pattern called Nancy's Hat in 1999. But truly I have just begun knitting consistently in the past couple of years.


what was your most difficult project?
Probably the first charted pattern I knit which was actually enjoyable once I got the hang of reading the charts. Just one of those projects that I really should have knit while alone since I get too chatty and distracted easily.


what was/is your favorite project?

The Peruvian Hat that I learned to knit at Ewe-nique Knits. Worked inside out in purl stitches only, using the around-the-neck yarn carry and thumb flicking to wrap...a fun technique to learn.


salty or sweet?

Sweet! I was raised on sugar 'n' butter sandwiches.


tell us something interesting about yourself.

Although not terribly athletic, I bicycled across the country--3,300 miles--on a tandem in 7 weeks in the summer of 2001. It was an experience of a lifetime, and really makes me look forward to seeing more of small town USA.


aside from knitting, what are you passionate about?

Macintosh computers (user since 1990), creativity (graphic designer who admires design—graphic, architectural, industrial--and the arts in general) and kayaking (small scale--really just paddling in circles around a little lake).