This evening, the Windy City Knitting Guild is holding its monthly gathering at the Suzler Regional Library from 6:45p.m. to 8:45p.m., with featured guest Anna Hrachovec bringing her fantasy world of Mochimochiland with her to share with the group. Hrachovec is a knitter, artist, designer, and storyteller who is known best for her creation of tiny toy characters to knit and give a voice.
The Windy City Knitting Guild, with special-guest programs run by knitter and electee Karen Plomin, has experienced a resurgence this year by offering a fresh crop of guest speakers at their monthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday of each month in the popular Lincoln Square library. This month is no different, as Hrachovec is a newer Chicago resident and has been teaching knitted-toy classes to kids and adults alike at local yarn shops across the region.
Attendees of the meetings do not need to be members of the Guild to enjoy the programming, and attendance is free. Tonight's meeting will also feature local yarn shops which offer knitting classes for kids, so parents and their teenaged- and school-aged children are encouraged to attend.
Hrachovec has been a rising star in the knitting industry for the past several years, bringing her knitted art to Vogue Knitting LIVE in its Chicago, New York, and Seattle tour stops. She also has several books available for purchase in local yarn shops and book stores, including Huge and Huggable Mochimochi and Teeny-Tini Mochimochi. Some of her most popular individual patterns are also available for purchase as both patterns and kits on her website.
In addition to a diverse group of guest speakers, Windy City Knitting Guild meeting attendees can expect a great group of other knitters who encourage the sharing of the craft with others. There is usually a door-prize raffle attendees can enter, and a show-and-share event where the knitters who have completed projects can show off their wares to the group at the end of the meeting.
Guest speakers at the Guild meetings anticipate and encourage knitters and crocheters to engage in their craft throughout their presentation. With tonight's meeting focus turning to toys, creativity combined with imagination and storytelling, and younger knitters, it is sure to be a presentation not to be missed. For more information and to become a member of the Guild, consult the Windy City Knitting Guild's website. Membership is a mere $25 to have the monthly newsletter delivered electronically, and includes discounts at many local yarn shops in addition to several sponsored workshops and events throughout the year.
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