A newsletter of the Atlanta Knitting Guild: Bringing Atlanta's knitters together

Next meeting - August 3rd - 7:30 p.m.

President's message
Jill Vogin

Hi Friends,
It was so great to see so many of you at our July potluck!  One more meeting before we all start our fall routines (holiday knitting...already?). 

I will be presenting the August program, teaching you all how to graph your own designs.  It's so simple, and I am looking forward to sharing my techniques with you all.

Our next big event is our Fall Superstar, Marly Bird.  She is coming to Atlanta October 6-8, 2017 and is teaching an exciting variety of classes: Curvy Knits, Brioche, Entrelac in the Round, Lace and Cables and Reading Crochet charts.  Be sure to register by August 31st  to save a bundle on classes!

Last call to pay dues!  The new membership directory will be drafted at the end of August. Anyone not renewed by then will be dropped off the rolls. If you haven't already, please renew your membership soon.

New of Note:
Be sure to add yourself to the Atlanta Knitting Guild Facebook group to keep abreast of our happenings, share pictures of your work, and see what is new in the knitting world.
Starting this month, we will be bringing yarn winders/swifts to the meeting for those of you who need them.  Bring in those skeins and wind them up while socializing.
Looking forward to seeing all of you on August 3rd!

Yours in knitting,


A ugust Program
Creating your own Graphic Designs by Jill Vogin
This month our president, Jill Vogin, will be demonstrating her technique  for creating graphic designs to use in  your knitting.  From mittens to pullovers, design and color add interest and personality to any basic pattern.  You've seen a lot of Jill's work, now see how it is done .

Mini -  Workshops  
Meg Fisher and Nancy Barke

We are hard at work building a schedule of exciting offerings.  Stay tuned!!

Superstar Marly Bird
Kendra Fabry and Claudia Purgason

Coming this Fall!!  Marly Bird

We finished up our first recent Spring Superstar event in years! 

Charles Gandy taught four classes: a Cast on and Bind Off , Embellishment,  Mosaic knitting, and Mini Monster Class - which taught joining and embellishments. 

I finished up my mini monster, but customized it by making it into a puppet instead of stuffing it per my kid's request; I don't think Charles would mind.  I'm embarrassed to say that it was my first time at SEFAA, and I loved the space and will try to make it to more of events there!

If you registered for  a class and couldn't make it your handouts were saved for you and will be available for you to collect at meetings.

Thanks to Stephanie Johnson for donating baskets to hold our door prizes which were hanks of yarn and books for the lucky winners.

Claudia and I are working on the fall event and beyond, stay tuned for more!  In the meantime, check out Marly's podcast: YarnThing.  She also has a blog (that includes free patterns)  click here for Marly's Blog.  Finally (but not really as Marly is one prolific teacher/designer/industry guru), she has a YouTube Channel dedicated to teaching crochet.   click here for Marly's YouTube channel.

Please don't hesitate to share your ideas with us. If you'd like to be involved in just a small task, we have that, so don't feel that you can't be involved at all unless you have a lot of time, many hands make light work. 

Make sure you're a member of the Facebook group for AKG, we'll be putting some upcoming Superstar info there that we could really use your help spreading on social media by "liking"  and "sharing" superstar related posts. 

If you're a shopper like me, you always love a deal. We're offering a price break incentive for you to take all 5 of Marly Bird's engaging classes.  Take advantage of early bird pricing and help the guild achieve our class sales goal to fund this superstar weekend. All course information is on the website  http://atlantaknittingguild.org/superstar/

Patty Malec and Susan Donges

Members whose last name begins with the letters C - J should bring a snack (salty or sweet), or a dessert for the group to share. The Guild will provide coffee, hot tea, unsweetened iced tea, water, and paper products, as usual.

From our Librarian...
Stephanie Johnson

We're adding over $600 in new books!!

AKG members may check out up to four books and one CD/DVD per month.  All items are due back the following month. 
Remember to check out https://www.librarything.com/catalog/akglibrary to browse the entire AKG library.  

You can look inside many recent books to see if there is a pattern you like by accessing the book on the AKGLibrary's Ravelry page. 
  • Sign onto your Ravelry account. 
  • In the 'search' field, type in AKGLibrary and select People.  You are searching for a person on Ravelry named: AKGLibrary.  
  • When that person appears, click on the AKGLibrary, 
  • Click on the library icon in the top right of the screen
  • You can now browse our library.
  • If you see a book that interests you, click on it.  If the publisher has loaded in the contents of the book, which all have been doing for at least the last seven years, you will be able to see the thumbnail descriptions of each pattern.  
  • To see the thumbnail descriptions of the patterns in the book, click on the tab in the right hand corner that says: 'X' patterns.
  • Scan the patterns.  See one you like?  Request the book from the library.


Yarn Shop Spotlight
Intown Quilters

1058 Mistletoe Rd., Decatur
website: intownquilters@earthlink.net. 

General infoTo date, Intown Quilters  carries brands including Neighborhood Fiber, Frabjous Fiber/Wonderland, Sugarbush, Juniper Moon, Alexandra's Crafts, Hempathy, Ancient Arts, Painted Sky and several others. The store began stocking small Indie-dyed yarn companies and adds others as they source yarn lines that do not necessarily overlap with other shops in the area. You can also find Knitters Pride and Chia Goo needles and a selection of crochet hooks. 

Ongoing Events:  There is an ongoing  Thursday Sit & Knit from 10am-2pm although customers are welcome all day -- there is usually an assistant to help on most Thursdays from approximately 10am-1pm. The store is adding a second Saturday Sit & Knit from 10am-12pm and this slot requires a small reservation fee for teacher planning purposes; the $5 fee is returned at the register as a store credit. The shop will also have designer Nell Ziroli (of "NellKnits") in to teach several times a year, see the website for details.

Special Events: The shop's "birthday" is August 20, so look for special events each year around then. This year,  Patty Lyons comes to visit Intown Quilters! Patty is a nationally recognized instructor that has taught at various  knitting  shows across the country and teaches online through her video classes on Craftsy.com. She will be at Intown Quilters on August 18, 19 and 20, teaching a variety of technique and project classes. Please see the Intown Quilters website for class descriptions and to sign up for Patty's  classes!

Other Info: The classroom at Intown Quilters is  available to request for events like classes and retreats for a very low fee. It seats 12-14 people comfortably with machines, 16-20 for handwork and about 40 seated (or more with your own additional chairs) for lecture-type events. 

Check out  Intown Quilters when you're in the Decatur area, they will be happy to help 

Knit it Forward
Karleen Buchholz, Carol Hassell and Elizabeth Halberstadt

Donations in May: 51
Year to date total: 121
Annual Goal: 700

If you are a member or know of a member who has news that should be shared with our membership please send notices to newsletter@atlantaknittingguild.org. This would include, but not be limited to, birth of a child, illness, death of an immediate family member, etc.  

News from our friends at the North Georgia Knitting Guild
Sandra Huff

News from SEFAA 

August 5-7- Workshop
with Christine Zoller
Learn techniques to create texture and relief with fabric, bringing a whole new level of interest to your creations.
August 24 - Event
Art Auction Evening
Save the date for this updated and fabulous fundraiser!

Visit the SEFAA website for more information on these and other upcoming events!

Atlanta Knitting Guild Board
AKG Officers 2017-2018

Jill Vogin, President 

Jolie Elder, First Vice President

Lydia Sheffield, Secretary

Alison Lalla, Treasurer

Ashley Jackson,  Sr. Vice President of Programs

Mai Ly, Jr. VP of programs

Kendra Fabry, Sr. VP of Major Workshops (Superstars)

Claudia Purgason, Jr. VP of Major Workshops (Superstars)

 Meg Fisher, Nancy Barke,co-VPs of Workshops, (mini)

Lee Greenberg, VP of Membership
Claire Kooy, Social Media/Communications
Lynne Davidson, Newsletter

Susan Duralde, Immediate Past President

Whit Robbins, chair emerita

Standing Committees 2017-2018

Knit it Forward (Karleen Bucholtz and Carol Hassell- Trauma bears; Elizabeth Halberstadt - Preemie hats)

Susan Donges and Patty Malec, Hospitality

Stephanie Johnson and Sandy Crowley,  Library

Arlette Berlin, Raffles

Welcoming committee (Open)

Denise Tokarz, Affiliates Liaison

Claire Kooy, Photographer