We meet at the Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Dr., Oakland, CA 94611.
The Machine Knitters Guild of the San Francisco Bay Area supports the art and craft of machine knitting through our activities and charitable programs. Membership benefits include: monthly programs and newsletters; members-helping-members programs; yarn and swap events to trade or renew your stash; a lending library with books, magazines, and CDs; plus the members-only chat group on Yahoo.
Our program year, September through June, includes presentations on machine knitting techniques, garment inspiration and design, current trends in knit fashion, shaping hints, short-row techniques, socks, garter bars tricks and much more. Each meeting includes a Show and Tell portion when members display and talk about their knitting.
The business meeting starts at 9:30 am, then the morning program goes from around 10:30 am to NOON.
Questions about membership?
Contact the Guild by email. Dues for the 2019 – 2020 Program Year are $50.00. Not a member? Join us for a complimentary morning program.
Bay Area Events and Shows
MKGSFBA participated in the Stitches West conference in Santa Clara, February 22-24, 2019. With more than 10,000 yarn lovers hanging out, sharing, learning and having fun, Guild members fit right in. Some of our best designers displayed items, and we demonstrated machine knitting techniques. This is always a great way to share our craft. We’re looking forward to next year’s conference February 21 through 24, 2020.
We demonstrated at the East Bay Maker Faire in Oakland, on Sunday, October 21, 2018. We hope to see you at this year’s Faire, on October 27, 2019. The Faire is loads of fun!
MKGSFBA had a booth at one of the most well-attended conferences for knitters, the Vogue Knitting LIVE! San Francisco. This event is similar to Stitches — lots and lots of yarn folk — but it is strictly for knitters. Classes, wares, friends. An excellent opportunity to learn and create. The next conference will be next year in October 2020. We will be there!
Our Full Library is on Ravelry
Did you know that the Guild has a lending library of books, magazines and patterns for machine knitters? As these items become more difficult to find, we’re very lucky to have access to such an extensive collection. The entire collection is listed on Ravelry. Request items from our librarian and she will bring them to the next meeting of the Guild. So, please, check us out on Ravelry.
Tuck Lace created with a punchcard knitting machine.
South Bay Machine Knitting
Adrienne Hunter has organized a smaller machine knitting group in the South Bay. The meetings are now being held at the Maker Nexus, a collaborative work space in Sunnyvale (https://www.makernexus.com/). This group is a bit different from the larger Guild in that it is more informal and hands-on. Knitters are encouraged to bring their knitting machines so they can learn from each other and gain access to Adrienne’s deep knowledge about machine knitting. Beginners are very welcome to attend. We encourage membership in both the Guild and the South Bay group, as the two groups are very different, yet wonderfully complementary.
To find out about the next meeting check the South Bay Machine Knitting Meetup Group
Highlighting Our Members
Our membership is our most valuable asset. Many of our members have their own machine knitting or yarn inspired businesses. Here are the sites of a few of our members.
Nancy Roberts, local Silver Reed dealer, sells machines, tools, supplies, and teaches classes. Nancy has been a member since 2005. Visit her site: Machine Knitting to Dye For
We Support Our Local Yarn Shops
Machine knitters go through yarn at a FURIOUS pace. We are lucky to have fantastic brick and mortar yarn shops in the area to support our craft. We hope you will check out these partners who offer Guild members discounts on their yarn purchases.
ImagiKnit at 3897 18th Street in San Francisco – https://imagiknit.com/
A Yarn Less Raveled at 730 Camino Ramon, #186, in Danville - https://www.ayarnlessraveled.com/
Avenue Yarns at 1325 Solano Avenue in Albany - https://www.avenueyarns.com/