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If you are already a guild member, there are more detailed FAQs relating to membership here.

Q: How many members are in the guild?
A: As of May 2014, we have about 200 members.

Q: When & where does the guild meet?
A: Click on the Meeting Location under the News & Calendar section of the home page.

Q:What do you do at the meetings?
A: The first hour is a business meeting, then after a short break, the second hour is an instructional program on some knitting topic. Usually, the last 15 minutes we have a Show & Share so members can show off some of their finished knitting projects.

Q: Can I visit before joining your group? Can I bring a friend?
A: Certainly! You and your friend(s) can visit twice before we ask you to join us!

Q: How much are dues?
A: Dues are only $18 per year. There is also a senior, student rate and (after 10 years of membership) a lifetime member rate.  Our Application is here

Q: How long before I get my membership card?

A. It normally takes two weeks or so to process your dues - you will receive a welcome letter (email or mailed) from our membership chair. The letter can be used for your guild discount until you receive your membership packet with member card, guild directory & name badge. The packet will be available at an upcoming guild meeting, if not picked up it will be mailed to you.

What are the benefits of joining the guild?
A: A monthly online newsletter, opportunities to attend professional workshops, discounts at some local yarn shops, attend social functions such as our potluck luncheon & founders day luncheon, attend knit-ins and knit-aways (weekend getaway just to knit, have fun & maybe learn something new!). Being around other knitters and seeing what they're knitting is very inspiring. You can also get knitting help from our "designated knitter" (available before the monthly meeting from 1:30 to 2:00) or during the month, from two "on-call" knitters (please have your pattern instructions handy when you call).

Q: Where can I learn how to knit?
A: Most of the yarn shops in town give knitting lessons (either individual or small group), a few shops will give free lessons if you purchase your yarn/materials there.   We also have a few guild member who give lessons.  Call some of the Yarn Shops near you to see what their rates are or email info@stlouisknittersguild.com

Q: I'm a beginner, do I need to be an expert knitter to join?
A: Not at all, the guild gives you lots of opportunities to learn and improve your knitting skills.

Q: I'm a beginner, how do I get help?
A: The guild has a "designated knitter" available before the monthly meeting from 1:30 to 2:00. Look for the person with the "designated knitter" badge.  Plus, during the month, there are two "on-call" knitters listed in the newsletter who can help you with your knitting questions (please have your pattern instructions handy when you call).

Q: Do you ever cancel meetings due to weather?
A: It is our policy never to cancel a general meeting because of the danger of someone not being notified. Everyone is urged to use her own judgment when weather conditions are not favorable.

Q: What is a knit-along?
A: Knit-alongs are usually held 90 minutes prior to our normal monthly meeting. A small group of interested knitters meets for three months to learn a technique or work on a project. Often, the group may provide each other support via e-mail or telephone. Prior knit-along subjects have been: socks, double-knitting, modular knitting, and Medrith Glover's Circumnavigated Cardigan.  See Knit-Along for info.

Q: What is a knit-in and where do they meet?
A: A knit-in is a group of Guild members who meet in their homes or another place such as a restaurant, bookstore, or library to knit, exchange patterns, help each other with techniques, and become better acquainted with other members of the Guild.  Click on the Knit-Ins Schedule for more details!

Q: Does your group do charity knitting?
A: Yes, click on Supported Charities to see which groups we support. All members have access to a packet of Free Guild Patterns when they join the guild. Yarn is available at the meetings to take home and use for charity knitting projects.

Q: Do you have workshops during the year?
A: Yes, we normally have a 2 or 3 day workshop taught by a nationally-known professional knitting designer in the Spring or Fall. There is normally a free evening reception/lecture prior to the workshops. Occasionally, a one-day workshop taught by guild members & local yarn shop owners is offered.  See Knitting Camps & Workshops for info on our upcoming workshops.

Q: What knitting designers have taught guild workshops in the past?
A: Some of our past workshop presenters include: Lucy Neatby, Nancy Bush, Candace Eisner Strick, Dixie Berryman, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Sally Melville and Joan Schrouder.

Q: What upcoming workshops do you have scheduled?
A: See Workshops

Q: Can non-members attend workshops?
A: Only members of the Greater St. Louis Knitters Guild and the Little Egypt Guild may attend our local workshops. One of the benefits of joining the guild is having the opportunity to attend these professional workshops locally at a much lower price than would be necessary when travelling a long distance to Stitches and other knitting conferences with transportation, hotel and restaurant costs to consider.

Q: How much is it to advertise in the newsletter?
A: Currently, price ads in proportion to size, a business card sized ad is $10.  Price includes "shoptalk" subject to space limitations/editing.  You may email your ad to newsletter@stlouisknittersguild.com for the prices.  Prices are subject to change, please confirm price when emailing. Advertising checks need to be mailed to our Guild Post Office Box.  The deadline for ads is the Friday after the guild meeting.

Q: What is a Knit-Out?
A: Knit-Out & Crochet events were created by the CRAFT YARN COUNCIL OF AMERICA in 1998 as a way to promote knitting and crocheting bring knitting, crochet & other yarn crafts to the public's attention.  Many events are held across America.  Starting in 2004, our guild has had an annual event at the Faust Park Folk Festival teaching new knitters and providing information on our guild to festival attendees.  Check our Knitting Camps & Workshops Page for more info.

Q: Where can I get my knit sweater repaired?
A: Try calling one of our local Yarn Shops to see if they can help you.

To find out more about the Guild and its activities, please browse our site by clicking on the menu button on the left. This expands the options. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@stlouisknittersguild.com.

 

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