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!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Going to Bowling Green, OH

Hello all you Black Sheep!

This is my first attempt at posting on the blog.  Just wanted to let everyone know how great a time we had at the Black Swamp Spinners Guild Market Day in Bowling Green, OH yesterday.  We had an extremely large group of Black Sheep who ventured south - 17 in total!  We had a wonderful time there, going from vendor to vendor, trying not to spend our entire bank accounts.

We chatted with Amy of Bad Amy Knits - bought her yarn and lots of her bags.

Across the aisle from Bad Amy was one of our favorites - Briar Rose.

 I got to show Chris (Briar Rose) the lovely sweater I made from her yarn and pattern.  Her yarn is so lovely.



And finally, we had our yearly group photo taken by a friendly knitter.


I know , I know.  The number of Black Sheep in this picture is only 15.  Wylie and Judith had left before we took it.

Oh, and Michele won a beautiful knitting book in one of the raffles they had.

We did manage to hook up with Wylie and Judith when we all drove into downtown Bowling Green and ate at the Easystreet Cafe.  It's a great bar/restaurant with wonderful food.

Some of us then drove to Perrysburg, OH to visit a great yarn shop - Yarn Cravin.  It's a wonderful little shop in an old house.  Yarn in every room.  We manage to visit every year. (and purchase more yarn, of course!)

The drive home was uneventful.  It was a lovely day and we all had a great time.  Some also went over to Kim T.'s house afterwards to knit and help her celebrate her birthday.  Happy Birthday Kim!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

...out like a lamb

Here it is again two months past. Spring is bounding towards us and Black Sheep have been busy!



Our February meeting was extending your craft: non-knitting activities that extend or complement our love of fiber and stitches. Have you ever made a sweater and had trouble finding the perfect button? Make your own Dorset buttons with leftover yarn. Other activities included needlefelting on thick industrial felt to create a little sheep keychain, and making a pipe cleaner and roving sheep mascot to guard your yarn stash.

Harriet's trunk show featured shawl after lovely shawl...I'm sure she inspired some people to sign up for the Anne Hanson beginners lace class in March.



Feeling the love, the February meeting also gave us time to socialize and visit while enjoying a lovely black sheep decorated cake--yellow cake with a lovely raspberry filling. Rita, who is that baker? It was delicious!

Door prizes donated by Kim T, Joan D, Noreen S and Kate P. were a great variety of items: Rowan magazines (Karen S), Divé yarn and pattern (Anne R), Ella Rae yarn and pattern (Dawn J), American Red Cross Knit kit (Kim W), Koigu, beads and pattern (Linda L), Namaste Oh Snap bags (Mary M), Butterfly cotton yarn (Linda F) and Simply Chic by Jill Eaton (Ann T). Whew!

And on top of all that abundance, a special raffle of a kit for the Euclid sweater generously donated by Philosopher's Wool was won by our vice president Harriet A. If you have not heard of Philosopher's Wool take a look at their website...it is a lovely company and makes one heck of a field trip...I've visited once and would do it again. Field trip plan, Wylie?

March into spring: We were so, so lucky to have Anne Hanson of Knitspot come to teach three workshops over the weekend prior to our March meeting. Saturday was beginning lace — we have a group who are now fearlessly searching out lace yarn and patterns. I see a lace KAL and mention of other lace projects popping up in our Ravelry group. Sunday was a project oriented workshop featuring Anne's Bittersweet Vines cowl and mitts pattern. Imagine the delight of working on a pattern with the designer right there over your shoulder! At least six of the students already finished their cowls. Monday evening was a Designing off the cuff workshop -- on taking your basic go-to sock pattern and understanding how to add stitch patterns, and understanding how stitch textures and yarn varieties will play out.



Our guild meeting on Tuesday night was one last chance to rub shoulders with Anne — she presented her story and thoughts on knitting and design as well as offered up a trunk show with an opportunity to see and touch so many of her lovely samples.

Anne donated a special raffle item of a subscription to her 2013 Bare Naked Knitspot 2013 eBook. Lucky winner was Noreen S.

Our guild raffle included items donated by Erika P, Kathy P.: Road to China yarn (alpaca, cashmere, camel and silk blend!) with a pattern in a lovely handmade bag (Cheryl L), Simply Felt book (Vangie A), Manos del Uroguay yarn (Michele D), lovely purple handspun by Kathy P and Knit: Mittens book (Mary C), a skein of our beloved Yarn Hollow yarn (Terry S -- new member luck!) and Knitting Beyond the Edge (Patti N -- lucky guest!)

Oh! AND another special raffle for spot at the retreat won by Linda D. So excited to have you joining us again for the retreat weekend...it's going to be a great weekend.

Be sure to check our group on Ravelry for upcoming events info and carpooling plans. Also the events page here for other events to consider.