A Brief History of the Greater St. Louis Knitters’ Guild

Approximately 30 people attended the first meeting held in September, 1985. By September, 1986 membership had grown to 100 members.

The first newsletter was issued in November, 1985. The first ads appeared in January, 1986.

The first by-laws were approved in April, 1986.

The Guild logo was first used in July, 1986.

The first directory was distributed in September, 1986.

After one year, eight Knit-ins had been established. In March 2008, we have 29 Knit-ins scheduled around town.

The first evening meetings began during the first year. We had two meetings each month for several years – a day and an evening group.

The Guild Library was established in January, 1987 with materials donated by a member/yarnshop owner when she closed her shop.

The first library exhibit was displayed at the Thornhill Library in November, 1987. A picture of this display appeared in the Post-Dispatch and inspired dozens of calls inquiring about the Guild.

The first fashion show was held in April, 1988.

The first contest was held in Spring, 1989. A second one was held approximately two years later.

Tote bags printed with the Guild logo were made available in Fall, 1987. Lands End tote bags with our updated logo were introduced Spring 2005.

The first local workshop was held in 1990. Members of the Guild taught. The first visiting teacher workshop was held in the Spring, 1994 presenting Sandra Beadle.

Our website was introduced in 2004.

Our first knitters’ retreat was held at Cedar Creek Conference Center, New Haven, MO in May 2004.

Our first Knit-Out was held in conjunction with the Faust Park Folk Festival in September 2004.

Guild Presidents are elected for 2 year terms.

Charter Members: Approximately 22 Charter Members (who joined the Guild during our first six to eight months) are still current members.

In February, 2008, we set up a Greater St Louis Knitters’ Guild Ravelry Group on Ravelry – a knit and crochet community

In March 2010, we set up a PayPal option to pay dues.

The Guild was granted Not for Profit Status on May 15, 2010.