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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!