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

Next meeting - September 7th - 7:30 p.m.

President's message
Jill Vogin

Hi Friends,
Our September 7 th meeting is going to be awesome! 
We have our biggest yarn raffle ever, thanks to overwhelming yarn donations during our Yarn: The Movie event. Check the couch for spare change because there will be some fabulous yarn on the tables.
We will be having a special guest, Beth Brown-Reinsel, as our featured speaker.  She is in town for a weekend event at Yarn Rhapsody and they are "loaning" her to us for the evening. How lucky are we to have such an amazing talent drop in and educate us?
August 31 st is the last day you can register for early bird pricing for our Fall Superstar event with 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. 
Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!
Yours in knitting,


September Program

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching historic knitting workshops for over 25 years both in the United States and abroad. Her love of traditional methods and her skill in imparting that information to others is well known. She shares her passion through her traditional patterns, workshops, and Knit-Along (KAL) classes. Her workshops are known for the little sweaters which are the class samplers. These small garments teach construction techniques in context rather than through meaningless swatches. Beth wrote the classic book   Knitting Ganseys   and has produced three DVDs. Her warm and supportive teaching style and her generous and thorough handouts have made her a favorite with guilds, shops, and all the national conferences.

Mini -  Workshops  
Meg Fisher and Chris Curschmann

Thanks to all who participated in our informal poll of topics you would like to see as mini workshops. The most enthusiastic response was for a workshop on a variety of techniques that can be used on bear sweaters. We are planning such an event in mid to late October with several teachers and you can move from one to the other as desired. Those of you who are taking the Marly Bird class on entrelac might want to practice on a bear sweater and we'll have someone who can help with that. Please join us to help dress our large collection of naked bears! Stay tuned for details on future workshops. Meg Fisher/mini workshops

Superstar Marly Bird
Kendra Fabry and Claudia Purgason

Greetings from the Superstar planning committee!  We are nearing the end of our early bird  pricing period for our October 5th-8th Superstar weekend with Marly Bird; you have until August 31st. click here for our website with class descriptions and fees.

Fee schedule:
·       Until August 31, 2017: AKG member: $65 per 3 hour class, all 5 classes: $290, non-member: $75 per 3 hour class, all 5 classes: $350.
·       Sept  1, 2017 to October 5, 2017: AKG member: $75 per 3 hour class, all 5 classes: $345, non-member: $85 per 3 hour class, all 5 classes: $400.

We are at half way to our ticket sales goal. Remember that we have priced the classes as low as possible to break even if we meet our projection. It's a great benefit of AKG membership that we bring a national knitting superstar to us in Atlanta for classes lower then conventions and without the added cost of travel.

How can you help us reach our sales goal? Spread the word by posting about it on social media; the guild has a facebook page, a public facebook group, a ravelry group, and a meet up group. We made a flyer to be posted at local yarn shops and SEFA. In our final push we will be advertising on facebook, so if you see a post will you please "like" it and share it to your social network.  If you are able to help with marketing, please email us at majorworkshops@atlantaknittingguild.org

Special thanks to the library ladies who are bringing books related to the topics of Marly Bird's classes  to the upcoming meetings.

If you are unable to attend a class, you will enjoy hearing from Marly when she presents at our general membership  meeting on October 5th. 

Patty Malec and Susan Donges

Members whose last name begins with the letters K -  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.

It's Raffle Time Once Again

Don't miss out on all the great bargains in our Raffle at the September 7 meeting. Be ready to take a chance and win some of these scrumptious yarns. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYONE CAN BE A WINNER !! Some of the brands to be featured are Koigu, Rowan, Blue Moon, Berroco, Noro, Malbrigo, Subline, Squoosh, Casacde, Claudia, Magallons, and many more. You can find the perfect yarn for that pattern you've been wanting to try.

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
Knit, Yarn and fiber Studio

425 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 305
Cumming, GA 30041
770-844-WOOL (770-844-9665)
Owners:  Claudine Pedonti-Horrocks and husband Ross Horrocks

General info about the store: Welcome to Atlanta's newest yarn shop, KNIT, Yarn and Fiber Studio, serving the northern part of the Atlanta area! This lovely and brand-new yarn shop is located in Cumming, across from The Collection shops in Forsyth county at the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Ronald Reagan Parkway. Owner Claudine got the knitting bug several years ago, and with the closing of other shops in the area, Claudine and husband Ross decided that the time was right to open a shop to serve this area of town. You can currently find brands such as Malabrigo, Classic Elite, Plymouth, Lana Grossa and Trendsetters here; coming soon will be Baah Yarn, Berocco and several other major brands that are under consideration, including locally spun yarns. There is a selection of needles from Knitter's Pride with more to follow, but the emphasis is currently on the yarn (although I did spot some gorgeous yarn bowls!) 

Ongoing events: Classes are forming and those in the Cumming area that frequented the shop Fleece before they moved out of GA may recognize a few familiar faces -- instructor Susan Ruhnke, who used to teach at Fleece, will be teaching at KNIT. Both Susan and fellow instructor Libby DeMoss have extensive knitting experience, and they will be joined by crochet specialist Kathy Knever in teaching a variety of classes. Please see the Facebook page, "Knit, Yarn and Fiber Studio" to find photos of the store and information on classes - you can also message Claudine through this page as well, or call the store for class information. There is open knitting anytime, and the space is bright and welcoming!

Hours: Closed Sundays and Mondays. 
             Tuesday 10-8
             Wed. 10 - 5
              Thurs.  10 - 8
              Fri. 10 - 4
              Sat. 10- 3:30
If you are making a special trip to visit KNIT, please call the store to confirm that they are open, as these are current hours but may be slightly flexible as Claudine observes customer traffic patterns. 

As KNIT's Facebook page says, "our shop is a warm, friendly, comfortable environment... easy chairs, tables, winders, pattern books, coffee, tea, drinks and a climate of camaraderie that encourages people to gather, work together and support each other." Please welcome KNIT to our area and stop in and support this lovely new yarn shop!

Pass it Forward
Karleen Buchholz, Carol Hassell and Elizabeth Halberstadt

TRAUMA BEARS Have you finished you summer knitting? Before getting started on your fall projects and before digging into those Christmas presents, please give some thought into making sweaters for our Trauma Bear project. Any size, any color combination, any weight yarn. We have only collected about 200 so far this year, way behind our goal for the year of 700.   

PREEMIE CAPS Don't feel like making sweaters-give some thought to making some caps for the hospitals Preemie Unit. A quick and easy projec t.


Travel size toiletries, care packs


Please register  your  Kroger rewards card and list AKG as the community rewards recipient of their choice.  This, in no way, affects any rewards program you get as a shopper - it simply accumulates points for dollars spent shopping at Kroger and they then cut a check to AKG each quarter.  Easy, pain free way to earn extra $ for the guild.

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

Learn...  Create...  Explore... With SEFAA                                                                           
Register for a class or workshop today!
September 1 - September Program Meeting
with Lisa Klakulak - Join Lisa for insights into her approach to travel which go far beyond any single textile technique to embrace the larger ideas of home, journeys, perception and inspiration. And, of course, awesome images!
September 2-4 - Felting Workshop
with Lisa Klakulak - Go beyond! Add surface dimension and textural interest to your felt! Learn to use fusion (also known as nuno or laminate) and dense shapes of partial felt to create textural variations.
September 24 - Event
Fun and food in exchange for a new/gently used item (or two!) from our wet studio wish list .
October 21 - Event
2017 Fiber Art Sale - Artist Registration is Open !
December 3 - December Program Meeting
with John Marshall - Learn to judge the techniques employed and the quality of Japanese textiles through samples from John's extensive collection.  Register today!
Other upcoming events include:
  • 8/29, 8/31, 9/7, 9/12, 9/14, 9/19, 9/21, 9/26, 9/28 - Lunchtime Fiber is every Tuesday and Thursday (holidays excluded) from 10 am to 2 pm.  These drop-in, open-studio sessions are free and open to everyone - just bring a fiber project to work on and your lunch. 

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, Chris Curschmann,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