Greater Boston Knitting Guild Celebrates
20th Anniversary in Vogue Knitting Style
by Vivan Bolt
In May, the Greater Boston Knitting Guild (GBKG) celebrated its 20th anniversary in style with a
Vogue Knitting fashion show at its annual luncheon. The show featured knit and crochet patterns from upcoming issues of the magazine, and members of the guild modeled their own creations from past issues.
The GBKG was founded in 1993 when seventeen knitters attended an organizational meeting at the former Women’s Educational and Industrial Union (WEIU) on Boylston Street in Boston. The group called itself the “Golden Swan Knitting Guild” after the golden swan that hung over the front door. Today, the GBKG boasts 185 members, with five original members still enthusiastically involved, and is recognized as one of the premier knitting guilds in New England. Along with encouraging fellow members to reach their personal knitting goals, charitable efforts are a priority for the GBKG members. In its first year, members knit the Love Sweater by Jane Livingston, a guild member who is a professional designer, and auctioned it off to benefit the Children’s AIDS Program (CAP). Today, the GBKG supports Caps for Kids in partnership with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, completing approximately 1,000 items each year. At the luncheon, GBKG celebrated the addition of Massachusetts General Newborn Baby Nursery to its community outreach efforts. The GBKG has also formed a group of 15 Guild members who knit revisions of 17th century plantation patterns for the Plimoth Plantation Museum.
Vogue Knitting Executive Editor Carla Scott and approximately 100 guild members attended the fashion show, which introduced garments from the latest issues of the magazine. In the guild portion of the show, members modeled Vogue Knitting designs from the past 50 years. Each of garment told a story. One male member, who modeled the Classic Men’s Pullover from the Spring/Summer 1963 Vogue Knitting Book, felt the models 50 years ago must have been thinner. The version of Shiri Mor’s Botanica Medallion Cardigan featured in the show flew across the ocean: The knitter had made it for her cousin in Iceland, who sent it back just for the luncheon. The member who knit the 1992 Enchanted Forest Cardigan by Donna Karan was inspired by the fashion show to finally knit the cardigan, which had been on her bucket list for 22 years. And the iconic Perry Ellis Bubble Sweater was made with a stash of Classic Elite LaGran found in the basement of a local yarn shop. Other garments on display included not just sweaters but shawls, hats, wristlets and leg warmers.
The fashion show was a fun, heartwarming experience for attendees who share a passion for knitting, crocheting, learning and sharing knowledge. For more information about the Greater Boston Knitting Guild, visit www.bostonknitting.com.
Vogue Knitting Early Fall On Sale Now
It may be the heart of summer, but as knitters we have our eyes set on the Fall runways and the cooler days ahead. While working with wool might not be advisable in 90 degree heat, our latest magazines are cool pieces of eye-candy.
The Early Fall 2013 issue of Vogue Knitting hits newsstands July 9 and is available now for the iPad and Android devices. Inside you’ll find 35 knits to take you from cool summer nights to crisp autumn days. Stretch the life of your sundresses with sweet cropped sweaters, and lacy garments and accessories. Plus, stitch up the hottest fall trends like animal
intarsia, color blocking and varsity sweaters. Click here for the fashion preview.
Complete your autumn fix with the Fall issue of our sister magazine, Knit Simple, which goes on sale July 23 and is available now for the iPad. You can keep hints of summer in your fall wardrobe with cabled coral sweaters, or go full-on-fall with toasty hats and accessories. Plus, send your little girl to school in style with sweaters and accessory sets. See all the fun here.
50 Ways to Give the Gift of Knitting
With dozens of Christmas and winter-holiday knitting books on the shelf, we couldn’t help but wonder: Where are all the knitting books for other holidays? 50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving takes gift knitting beyond stockings and candy canes, extending holiday cheer to New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and every day in between. With home décor items, accessories and garments—each featuring special holiday and seasonal touches—you’ll find the perfect pattern for every knitted present. Each design is worked in the Deluxe Collection from Universal Yarns; with more than 200 colors to choose from, each project is customizable, making gift knitting easier than ever. 50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving goes on sale July 23rd.
Get 30% off! Buy 50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving on our website and get a 30% off discount! Use code 50GIFTS30 at checkout. Valid July 23–31.