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  • Elizabeth Bracken
    ... From: The Knitting Guild Association Date: Jan 28, 2008 11:22 AM Subject: TKGA Guild News January 2008 To: Elizabeth Bracken
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      From: The Knitting Guild Association <TKGA@...>
      Date: Jan 28, 2008 11:22 AM
      Subject: TKGA Guild News January 2008
      To: Elizabeth Bracken <eabracken@...>



      Newsletter from The Knitting Guild Association: 1100-H Brandywine Blvd, Zanesville OH 43701-7303. Phone: 740-452-4541 / Fax: 740-452-2552 / TKGA@...

      Dear Guild Presidents,
      Be sure to COPY this e-mail to the rest of your members. For members without
      e-mail, print out a copy to pass around at your next meeting. We will also post a copy of this newsletter in the TKGA Guild Resources area online. Thank you.
      Use these passwords to gain exclusive access to TKGA Guild Resources at http://www.tkga.com/guildsclubs.shtm . Username: guild    Password: learn
      (You must use lowercase.)


      . Save These 2008 Knit & Crochet Show Dates
      . Announcing! Get Your CYCA Teacher Certification at Knit & Crochet Show, Portland
      . You Can Nominate a Scholarship Winner
      . Welcome to Our Newest Guilds
      . Thank You from Troops in Baghdad for Precious Pals
      . News Tidbits & Events
      . Gleaned from Your Guild Newsletters
      . Things to Remember

      Mark your calendar and save these dates. Watch for details as they are posted at www.KnitandCrochetShow.com:

      Summer Knit & Crochet Show
      (Conferences: TKGA Regional, CGOA National)
      July 25-27, 2008
      Radisson Hotel, Center of New Hampshire
      Manchester, NH

      Fall Knit & Crochet Show
      (Conferences: TKGA National, CGOA Regional)
      September 12-14, 2008
      Oregon Convention Center
      Portland, OR
      If you've wanted to add Teacher Certification to your list of knitting credits, it will now be easier than ever! TKGA and the Craft Yarn Council of America are teaming up to offer the CYCA Teacher Certification Program in Portland just before the Fall Knit & Crochet Show. That means that with one trip to Portland you can get your teacher certification, plus everything the TKGA National Conference and the Knit & Crochet Show have to offer! Dates and information will be announced soon at www.knitandcrochetshow.com.


      Funds are accumulating in the TKGA Memorial Scholarship Fund, and TKGA is prepared to take your nominations for awards to deserving knitters who would like to attend the 2008 Knit & Crochet Show or take TKGA Correspondence Courses or enroll in the TKGA Masters Program. To find out how you can make a nomination, go to http://www.tkga.com/memorialfund.shtm.



      North Georgia Knitting Guild member Janet Johnson Stephens recently wrote in memory of Sidna Farley. "I taught with her at early TKGA Conventions in the 1980's and enjoyed her very much. She was a devotee of Elizabeth Zimmerman. She gave classes here for the Atlanta Knitting Guild also. If anyone is interested, it would be nice to make a contribution in her name to the newly established TKGA Memorial Fund that is listed on their Web site www.TKGA.com. It is to be used for knitting education purposes. Thanks, Jan." Jan has also shared memories of Mary Walker Phillips in Cast On magazine.



      Gulf Coast Knitting Guild, Venice, FL

      Knitorious Needlers, Pinckney, MI

      Triad Yarn Guild, Greensboro, NC



      TKGA received a thank you note from Sgt. Kirk W. Wallace in Iraq for the Precious Pals you provided and that TKGA sent to Beanies for Baghdad (www.beaniesforbaghdad.com) to aid U.S. troops as they interact with children in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wallace says: "I want to thank you and everyone at The Knitting Guild Association who donated time and items to be sent here to Iraq. Your thoughtfulness and support are greatly appreciated."



      (While every effort is made to reproduce notices accurately, errors can occur. TKGA takes no responsibility for listing content and errors.)


      4TH Annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival -  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pittsburgh South, February 9 & 10, 2008. Demos and classes in knitting, crochet, wet felting, needle felting, spinning and more. Well-known names include Annie Modesitt, Robyn Chachula of the online magazine Crochet Me, and Kathy Zimmerman. Details at www.pghknitandcrochet.com.


      Mall of America Knit Out & Crochet : February 16-17, 2008 - Highlights include appearances by Debbie Macomber (best-selling author of The Shop on Blossom Street) and Vickie Howell (author and TV host of Knitty Gritty). Early reservations for hotel and airline (with special discounts) are recommended. Details at www.Knit-Out.com.


      Circle of Friends Comfort Shawl Project - a new charitable knitting project, sponsored by Pocket Meadow Farm Fiber Arts, Berkeley Springs, WV. Purpose: provide warm, handmade shawls for those in need. Yarn donated by Pocket Meadow Farm to knitters who pledge to produce a shawl for donation through the Project. Details at http://pocketmeadowfarm.net or contact Ellen Kardell at ellen@....


      Socks for Soldiers - goal to make 100,000 pair of military specification socks to go to military personnel all over the world. Details at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SOCKFORSOLDIERS/


      Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair has a new location and is calling for sponsors and helpers: McHenryCountyCollege, July 18-20, 2008. Details at www.FiberAndFolk.com.


      Save the Children's Caps to the Candidates - To highlight the need to help protect newborns in poor countries, Save the Children has launched a new campaign for knitters to send/give a cap and a note to the Presidential candidates. Details at www.savethechildren.org.


      Knit for World Peace - Knit peace shawls for family and friends who hold vigils of prayer for their loved ones in harm's way. Details at http://www.trinityshawls.com/.


      The Riverview Foundation , NH, urgently requests knitwear for homeless shelters this winter. Details at mailto:tnicholls@....


      Saint Peter's University Hospital , NJ, calling for knitted newborn baby clothes they can donate to new moms and their babies. Details from Karen Bartkovsky, 732-745-8573.


      Just for fun. Try the Fiber Quiz from Potter Craft's Web site. It tells you which fiber matches your personality type. (I'm mohair!). It's quick and no login required - although you can sign up for a free button, if you want. 






      February 9-10, 2008. Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pittsburgh South, Details: www.pghknitandcrochet.com.


      February 16-17, 2008. Knit-Out & Crochet 2008, Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN. Details: www.Knit-Out.com.


      March 30-April 13, 2008. Crocheting & Knitting thru the Panama Canal with Lily Chin. Giselle's Travel, (800) 782-5545 or (916) 922-5500.


      May 3-10, 2008. Fiber Arts Teachers Cruise (Caribbean) with Gwen Bortner - www.stitchawaytours.com or Sally@...


      July 25-27, 2008. TKGA Regional Conference/Summer Knit & Crochet Show, RadissonHotelCenter of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH. Details: www.KnitandCrochetShow.com.


      September 12-14, 2008 . TKGA National Conference/Fall Knit & Crochet show, OregonConvention Center, Portland, OR. Details: www.KnitandCrochetShow.com.




      Guild Meeting Ideas and Other Ideas - Gleaned from Your Newsletters (Guilds listed in State Order):



      Guild members have enjoyed being test knitters for a book by their member Lorna Miser, book to be released in December 2008. Camellia City Stockin'ettes Knit Guild #105, CA. December 2007.


      Held a LYS Shop Hop in October - visiting 16 yarn shops! And have the pictures to prove it! (Looks like it was great fun - and maybe a little rough on the pocketbook!) Also had a circular knitting loom demo by member Thom De La Cruz. Creative H'Arts, CA. October and January 2008.


      Held a nametag raffle to remind people to wear theirs (makes it nice for new members to get to know you). Members congratulated member Jody Henning on passing Master Knitter Level One. Willa, Lindy and Gaby are also working away on their Level One. High Tide Purlers, CA. January 2008.


      Members lived through worry about the California forest fires - some by blogging "Things to Do While Your County Burns" and others by knitting wildfire blankets to donate to those less fortunate. Also held unique fashion show of knitted or crocheted jewelry, bowls, sculpture, mobiles or anything that was not an item of clothing or a purse. NorthCoast Knitters' Guild, CA. November, and January 2007.


      All-day Worship in November: "Knit an Elegant Seaman's Scarf" by Myrna Stahman. January meeting "Slip Stitch Knitting"  by Sonya Bekoff-Molho. Sand & Sea Knitting Guild, CA. November 2007 and January 2008.


      "How to Use Up a Stash" Round Robin - in addition to discussion, everyone brought odd balls of yarn and needles to try out the ideas. Slipt Stitchers of El Segundo, CA. February 2008.


      Field trip to San Francisco art fiber gallery, a couple of LYS, and a craft and folk art museum.  Peninsula Knitters Guild, CA. November 2007.


       "Alternative Ways of Making a Sweater" by Jolie Elder - non-traditional techniques to incorporate into sweater construction. North Georgia Knitting Guild, GA. January 2008.


      "Beaded Wristlets" for October, "Steeking" for November, book exchange for January. Cast Away Knitting Guild, IL. October, November, December 2007.


      See Brenda Marriott's award-winning sweater in spring issue of Cast On. Blossom B, MI.


      Knitting Challenge gives members chance to earn points for charity knitting. Gives double points for Precious Pals. Prize awards are in January. Ozark Mountain Knitting Guild, MO. December 2007.


      "Knitting in the Round" lessons in November. "Charity Knit Night" (spent evening knitting for charity) in December. Lion Brand Trunk Show in January. Bergen Knitting Guild, NJ. November, December 2007 and January 2008.


      "Calculate Gauge and Measurements for Learn A New Stitch Project/New Stitches". National Trail Knitters, OH. December 2007.


      "All Day Knit" at Maureen's house one month, followed by "Tricks of the Trade" by Maria Marics the next month. Northcoast Knitting Guild, OH. November-December 2007, January-February 2008.


      "Making a Pom Pom on a Fork" by Susan Stark in December. "Yarn Yard Sale" and a "Knit In" in January. Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia, VA. December 2007.


      Had great Christmas Potluck including a visit from Dianne Formoso of Caring For Kids. The count of the guild's donated charity items overall for the year was in excess of 400! Knitting Guild of Puget Sound, WA. December 2007.

      For more local guild news, go online to visit guilds who post their news on their Web sites. Look them up on the guild listing at http://www.e-offinger.net/tkga/guildsbystate1.cfm.

      Please keep TKGA on your newsletter mailing list (Attn: TKGA Guild Relations Coordinator) or e-mailing list (djohnston@...). TKGA staff loves looking through them to see what you're doing. And be sure to use the TKGA street address. The PO Box is no longer active.


      ~ Let's Stay in Touch! To make sure you continue receiving Swatches news (and that they don't go to your bulk or junk folders), please add TKGA@... and TKGA@... to your e-mail address book.

      ~ CHECK YOUR GUILD LISTING online at http://www.e-offinger.net/tkga/guildsbystate1.cfm . Make sure it is up to date.

      ~ LET TKGA KNOW OF CHANGES IN YOUR GUILD OFFICERS. Send a quick e-mail to TKGA@.... Remember to include your guild name and city/state.

      ~ KEEP YOUR OFFICER MEMBERSHIPS WITH TKGA CURRENT. If their memberships are not current, you may not receive all of the regular TKGA member guild correspondence. Consider offering a membership scholarship from your local guild for one or two of your officers - or for other guild members who may not be able to afford regular dues.

      ~ PROMOTE TKGA MEMBERSHIP TO ALL OF YOUR GUILD MEMBERS. If you need more member brochures, let us know. We'll send them to you to hand out at your next meeting.

      Happy Knitting!

      Debby Johnston
      , TKGA Guild Relations


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      TKGA and Cast On Staff

      TKGA Executive Director and Knit & Crochet Show Manager - Penny Sitler

      TKGA Member Services & Programs Coordinator - Debby Johnston

      Cast On Editor-In-Chief - Marrijane Jones

      Cast On Managing Editor - Jane Miller

      TKGA Advisory Board

      TKGA consults regularly with a volunteer board of advisors from the industry, which includes:

      Laura Bryant, Prism Arts

      Margaret Fisher, Designer and Master Knitter

      Barry Klein, Trendsetter Yarns

      Melissa Leapman, Designer

      Marci Richardson, The Elegant Ewe (Retail Shop)

      Janet Johnson Stephens, Member at Large and Atlanta Knitting Guild Member

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      The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to knitters and knitting. Its emphasis is on knitting education. Since 1984 The Knitting Guild Association has brought knitters together to connect, create and grow.

      The Knitting Guild Association is managed by Offinger Management Company (www.Offinger.com), a member of the International Association for Exhibition and Events (IAEE), a member and "Charter Accredited" Association Management Company of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a member of the Association Management Company Institute (AMC Institute).

      We hope you have enjoyed this communication from The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). If you'd rather not receive information from us, please forward this e-mail to TKGARemove@... or mail your removal request to: The Knitting Guild Association, 1100-H Brandywine Blvd, Zanesville OH USA 43701-7303. You may fax your removal request to 740-452-2552, or request removal by calling 740-452-4541.

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      1100-H Brandywine Blvd

      Zanesville OH 43701-7303



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