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Special Events

2014 April Meeting

At our April 2014 meeting we had our first ever Yarn Tasting. The yarn key in the photo will help "Yarn Tasters" identify the yarn samples they took home.

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2013 Michigan Fiber Fest

A few snapshots from this year's bus trip to the Michigan Fiber Fest--alpacas, fiber, and friends.

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2013 YarnCon

Guild members ably manned our table at this year's 2-day YarnCon extravaganza. Maureen O'Wool made an appearence, too.

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2012 VKL

In October 2012, Vogue Knitting LIVE made its debut in downtown Chicago and the Windy City Knitting Guild was there. For 3½ days it was knitting fashion as far as the eye could see. The Guild was represented with a booth (shared with the Hyde Park Knitting Guild) ably staffed by volunteers who greeted visitors, provided yarn winding services, and generally talked up the Guild. We were honored to welcome a number of well-known knitterati, including Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Nancy Bush, Nancy Marchant, Josh Bennett, Steven Be, and Franklin Habit.

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2012 September Meeting

Our September meeting was once again devoted to charity knitting. We admired the handiwork of fellow guild members and thank them for their contributions. This month also saw the end of our 25th anniversary year, which we rang out with another delicious WCKG cake!

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2012 August Meeting

The highlight of this month's meeting was a presentation by Trish Malcolm, Editor of Vogue Knitting Magazine. She gave us an overview of the history of Vogue Knitting, and shared photographs and insights that go into putting together the 30th Anniversary edition of the magazine. After the program, there was a raffle of goodies from Vogue Knitting. We were pleased to have a full house for this meeting.

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2012 Michigan Fiber Fest

Again this year, the WCKG sponsored a bus trip to the Michigan Fiber Fest. Participants were treated to a day of fleece and fiber, with many chances to observe animals close up, not to mention ample opportunities for stash enhancement.

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2012 February Meeting

Our guest speaker at the February meeting was Inna Voltchkova, an expert on the history of Orenburg lace. In addition to giving attendees a history of the development of Russian lace knitting and an overview of Orenburg motifs and constructions, Inna also brought a number of stunning sample shawls, many of which she knit herself. It was difficult to do the samples photographic justice, but we present here a few snapshot to inspire.

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2011 October Meeting

At the October 2011 meeting, items recently donated to the Guild were introduced to the group. A spinning wheel along with spinning books and DVDs will be available to borrow, and a swift and ball winder will now be set up for use at each meeting. Special guest Paula Strietelmeier from Sheep’s Clothing taught the group splicing techniques and provided materials for trying them out.

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2011 September Meeting

Our September 2011 meeting was special in several ways. First, the Guild kicked off 25th anniversary celebration with a beautiful cake, complete with the guild logo. Then, artist Lindsay Obermeyer spoke to us about the Red Thread Project and demonstrated the red thread principle with audience volunteers. Finally, our generous knitters shared the fruits of their labors with piles of donated hats, booties, sweaters, blankets for this year’s charity program.

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2011 August Meeting

Beth Casey of Lorna's Laces was the featured speaker at our August meeting. She spoke to us about the history of the company, how colorways are developed and names, and what it's like to work with yarn every day. And she brought samples, lots of samples!

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2011 Maureen O'Wool Debut

Polly E. Cotton and Maureen O'Wool are representatives of the Guild. Polly has recently retired and her sister Maureen will travel to fiber events.

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2011 Midwest Fiber and Folk

The WCKG was a sponsor of the 2011 Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Grayslake, IL. It was also the first outing for Polly E Cotton's successor, Polly 2.

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2011 March Jen Small

At the March 2011 monthly meeting, knitwear designer Jen Small presented her childrens wear designs and patterns.

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2010 December Brown Bag Gift Exchange

Our annual optional gift exchange. Knitting or fiber related gifts valued at $12 to $15 are distributed randomly, and then we get to admire each other’s goodies!

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2010 Holiday Party

Our annual potluck which follows our board election every November.

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2010 Yarn Con

The WCKG was represented by the amazing Polly E. Cotton at Chicago’s own Yarn Con a wonderful fiber fest, featuring many beautiful hand dyed and hand spun yarns, and many other fiber related goodies.

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2010 Michigan Fiber Festival

The WCKG organized a bus trip to the wonderful Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan Michigan. We were treated to a very nice lunch, thanks Judy Chan and others upon arrival. We saw some great vendors, beautiful fleeces and animals – and the best part was that we did not have to drive ourselves back to Chicago after a full day of walking around the fest!

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2010 Midwest Fiber & Folk

The WCKG was represented by the amazing Polly E. Cotton at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Grayslake, IL.

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