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Windy City Knitting Guild. Membership Survey October 2008. Agenda. Objectives, Methodology and Demographics. Meetings, Workshops and Excursions. Attribute Importance and Performance. Additional Questions. Conclusions. Study Goals. To better understand the needs of the members

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Windy City Knitting Guild

Membership Survey

October 2008


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Agenda

Objectives, Methodology and Demographics

Meetings, Workshops and Excursions

Attribute Importance and

Performance

Additional Questions

Conclusions


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Study Goals

  • To better understand the needs of the members

  • To guide future programs and services offered

  • To identify areas which can be improved

  • To identify areas which have overlooked the needs of members


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Background information

  • The study was launched by the board in July and concluded October 1, 2008

  • Respondents were able to complete the survey online (provided a link at Guild website and email) or paper and pencil

  • Participants were entered into a random drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to a yarn shop


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A total of 93 Guild members participated in this study.

Years as a Member

Years as a Knitter

How long have you been a member?

How long have you been a knitter?

5 -7

(n=10)

3 - 5

(n=35)

11 +

(n=56)

8 - 10

(n=5)

8 – 10

(n=5)

0 - 2

(n=9)

11 +

(n=9)

5 - 7

(n=8)

0 – 2

(n=34)

3 - 5

(n=15)

  • 75% of the participants have been a member of the Guild for 0 to 5 years.

  • Over half (65%) of the participants have been knitting for 8 or more years.

  • The 93 participants represent 31% of the guild membership (as of August 2008, there are 305 members)

N = 93


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90% of the participants identified their skill level as Intermediate and Experienced knitters.

Skill Level

Skill Level: Craft Yarn Council of America

  • Beginner: Projects for first-time knitters using basic knit and purl stitches, minimal shaping.

  • Easy: Projects using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and simple shaping and finishing.

  • Intermediate: Projects with a variety of stitches, such as basic cables and lace, simple intarsia, double-pointed needles and knitting in the round needle techniques, mid-level shaping and finishing.

  • Experienced: Projects using advanced techniques and stitches, such as short rows, fairisle, more intricate intarsia, cables, lace patterns, and numerous color changes.

How would you describe your knitting skills/ level of knitting?

Experienced

(n=44)

Beginner

(n=1)

Easy

(n=8)

Intermediate

(n=40)

N = 93


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Agenda Intermediate and Experienced knitters.

Objectives, Methodology and Demographics

Meetings, Workshops and Excursions

Attribute Importance and

Performance

Additional Questions

Conclusions


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Location of the meetings is the main reason why members are unable to attend the monthly meetings.

Meetings Attended

Reasons for not attending

How many knitting guild meetings do you attend annually?

What is the reason for not attending more meetings?

5 – 8

(n=19)

  • Location/ Distance to meetings (70%)

  • Conflicts with work schedule, Family or other commitments (30%)

  • Inexperienced knitter (10%)

  • No transportation (10%)

  • Other: hearing impaired, cliquish group, don’t know anyone (10%)

9 - 12

(n=24)

1 - 4

(n=20)

0 (Zero)

(n=30)

N = 93


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80% of the participants did not identify a must attend meeting. Those that did, selected the November, Election, Holiday meeting as a must attend.

Meetings Attended

Meeting to Attend

Is there one meeting you try never to miss?

If yes (meetings you try not to miss), which meeting and why?

  • November/ Elections/ Holiday (47%)

  • Charity Knitting (26%)

  • Brown Bag Exchange (21%)

  • Speakers of interest (16%)

No

(n=74)

Yes

(n=19)

N = 93


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While a large (78%) segment of members are not active volunteers, there are many that have interest in becoming more active.

Volunteerism

Are you an active volunteer in the guild?

Would you like to be more active?

No

(n=73)

Maybe

(n=42)

No

(n=20)

Yes

(n=20)

N = 93

Yes

(n=11)

  • The majority of participants who identified themselves as volunteers are Intermediate (8) and Experienced (11) knitters

  • Those that have been guild members between 3 and 7 years are the most active volunteers [3-5 years (8), 5-7 years (5), 8-10 years (3), 0-2 years (2), and 11+ years (2)]

  • The vast majority of members who would like to be more active (yes or maybe) have been guild members for 0 – 2 years (84%) and 3 – 5 years (74%)


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Of those participants who are interested in volunteering: Assisting with Special Events, Participating in Monthly Meetings and Assisting with Knit-A-Longs (KALs) were cited as areas of interest.

Specify Other Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Bring snacks

  • Assist with website

  • Teach knitting to teenagers

  • Have time limitations, prefer specific tasks

Which of the following areas interest you?

% of Respondents (N=63)


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Weekend workshops are attended mostly by Intermediate and Experienced knitters.

Weekend Workshops Attended

If yes (attended workshops), which workshops did you attend?

Have you attended a Weekend Workshop?

  • Lucy Neatby (38%)

  • Sally Melville (19%)

  • Several in a year (16%)

  • Nancy Bush (14%)

  • Nicky Epstein (12%)

  • Arnhild Hillesland (10%)

  • Annie Modesitt (9%)

  • Marilyn Van Keppel (7%)

  • Jean Moss (7%)

  • Joan Shrouder (7%)

  • Susanna Hansson (7%)

  • Christmas ornaments (5%)

  • Beth Brown-Reinsel (5%)

    Several others were identified by 1 or 2 respondents (see Appendix for additional suggestions)

No

(n=35)

Yes

(n=58)

  • Of the 58 participants who attended weekend workshops, 95% of them were Intermediate (n=23) and Experienced (n=32) knitters

N = 93


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Timing and location of the weekend workshops are large drivers. Most participants indicate the instructor or topic as a reason for wanting to attend.

Specify Other Reasons

Weekend Workshops

  • Instructor and/or subject of greater interest

  • Depends on date (scheduling conflicts)

  • A weekend commitment is too long

  • Availability of child-care

  • Need to improve my knitting skills in order to participate

  • Easy access via public transportation

What would contribute to your attending Weekend Workshops?

% of Respondents (N=91)


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Anyone (39%) drivers. Most participants indicate the instructor or topic as a reason for wanting to attend.

Cat Bordhi (13%)

Lucy Neatby (10%)

Nancy Bush (8%)

Marilyn Van Keppel (5%)

Sally Melville (4%)

Amy Singer(4%)

Meg Swansen (4%)

Lily Chin (4%)

Melissa Leapman (4%)

Beth Brown-Reinsel (3%)

Elsebeth Lavold (3%)

Norah Gaughan (3%)

Debbie New (3%)

Janet Szabo (2%)

Cookie A (2%)

Cheryl Oberle (2%)

Vivian Hoxbro (2%)

Myrna Stahlman (2%)

Annie Modesitt (2%)

Kaffee Fassett (2%)

Charlene Schurch

Eunny Jang

Anita Mayer

Bridget Rorem

Janine Bajus

Kate Gilbert

Debbie Bliss

Jared Flood

Debbie Stohler

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Ginger Luters

Stefanie Japel

Judy Chan

Leigh Radford

Franklin Habit

Jean Moss

Maureen Mason Jamison

Deborah Newton

Susan Lazaer

Cat Bordhi and Lucy Neatby were cited most often for future workshops.

Who would you like to see at future Weekend Workshops? Recent workshops have included Lucy Neatby, Sally Melville, Nancy Bush, and Marilyn Van Keppel.

  • Susanna Hansson

  • Valentina Devine

  • Marianne Isager

  • Jillian Moreno

  • Anna Zilboorg

  • Barry Klein

  • Joan Shrouder

  • Maggie Jackson

  • Anyone with new techniques

  • How-to modify a sweater pattern

  • Color in fairisle knitting

  • Easy/ Basic programs

  • How-to toe-up socks

  • How-to hat making

  • Ethnic knitting techniques


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Fewer respondents identified attending one-day workshops and Judy Chan led workshops were identified the most.

One-Day Workshops Attended

There have also been One-Day Workshops on various techniques throughout the year. Have you attended?

If yes (attended workshops), which one-day workshops did you attend?

  • Judy Chan workshops (includes lace and steeking) (21%)

  • Short rows workshop (15%)

  • Several in a year (16%)

  • Felting (12%)

  • Dyeing with Dagmar Klos (9%)

  • Entrelac workshop (9%)

  • Knit to fit sweater (9%)

    Several others were identified by 1 or 2 respondents (see Appendix for additional suggestions)

Yes

(n=33)

No

(n=60)

  • Of the 33 participants who attended one-day workshops, 97% of them were Intermediate (n=16) and Experienced (n=16) knitters

N = 93


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Like the weekend workshops, timing and location are key drivers to attendance. Again, the instructor or topic is another key reason for wanting to attend.

Specify Other Reasons

One-Day Workshops

  • Instructor and/or subject of greater interest

  • Learning a new skill

  • A weekend commitment is too long

  • Availability of child-care

  • Depends on schedule

  • Need to improve my knitting skills in order to participate

  • Easy access via public transportation

What would contribute to your attending One-Day Workshops?

% of Respondents (N=91)


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Unsure/ No Comment (41%) drivers to attendance. Again, the instructor or topic is another key reason for wanting to attend.

Judy Chan (9%)

Knit to Fit (9%)

Dagmar Klos dye workshop (7%)

Techniques workshop (5%)

Dyeing workshop (5%)

Finishing workshop(5%)

Toe-up or Top-down sock workshop (4%)

Spinning workshop (4%)

Cast-on/ Bind-off workshop (4%)

Intarsia workshop (3%)

Sweater making and/or designing (3%)

Lace projects

Fairisle projects/ mittens

Beginner workshop

Crochet for knitters

Laura Kochevar workshops

Stash busting ideas/ garments

Entrelac workshop

How-to create your own design

Color workshop

Cables workshop

Yarn substitutions in patterns

Machine knitting

Knitting styles: throw vs. pick

Several others were identified by 1 or 2 respondents (see Appendix for additional suggestions)

While the majority of respondents were unsure of one-day workshop topics; Judy Chan, Knit to Fit, and Dagmar Klos were popular suggestions.

What One-Day Workshop topics would be of interest to you? Specific local instructors would you like to see?


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Only 16% of the participants have attended sponsored trips. Michigan Fiber Festival was well attended by this group.

Sponsored Excursions

The Guild has sponsored trips in the past: Indianapolis Art exhibit on Radical Knitting, Goshen, Indiana – Philosophers Wool, Michigan Fiber Festival. Have you attended?

If yes (attended sponsored trips), which sponsored trips did you attend?

  • Michigan Fiber Festival (67%)

  • Indianapolis Art Exhibit on Radical Knitting (47%)

  • Others identified by one respondent included: Past retreats, Socks in Wisconsin, Lace in Wisconsin, and Wisconsin retreats

No

(n=78)

Yes

(n=15)

  • Again, the majority of participants who attended the sponsored trips are Intermediate (n=8) and Experienced (n=6) knitters

N = 93


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Timing and cost are key factors to attendance. Again, the instructor or topic is another key reason for wanting to attend.

Specify Other Reasons

Sponsored Trips

  • Instructor and/or subject of greater interest

  • Depends on date (scheduling conflict)

  • Need to improve my knitting skills in order to participate

  • Easy access via public transportation

  • Ease of travel/ Unable to travel a long distance

  • Prefer one-day trips (no overnight stay)

What would allow you to attend Sponsored Trips?

% of Respondents (N=89)


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Unsure/ No Comment (45%) instructor or topic is another key reason for wanting to attend.

Any fiber festival excursion (18%)

Typically unable to attend/ scheduling conflicts (7%)

Ant trip of interest (5%)

Day trip exploring local yarn shops (LYS) (4%)

Yarn crawl in Milwaukee, Madison, nearby cities (3%)

Local farms (3%)

Local fiber mills (3%)

Get-away weekend to finish UFOs (2%)

Museums with LYS shops (2%)

Trip to Blackberry Ridge (2%)

Fiber art exhibits (2%)

Several others were identified by 1 respondent (see Appendix for additional suggestions)

While the majority of respondents were unsure of ideas for excursions, fiber festivals and day trips to LYS were mentioned.

What excursions would interest you?


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Local charities and those groups that work with premature babies were suggestions to be represented in the future.

Charities

The Guild annually contributes to a variety of charities. Are there any charities you wish to see represented?

Which charities would you like to see represented?

  • Local charities (12%)

  • Premature babies (12%)

  • Variety of charities (12%)

  • Cancer patients/ Chemo hats (8%)

  • Homeless (8%)

  • Heifer International (8%)

  • Christmas/ Santa Train (8%)

  • Mother Bear Project, Minneapolis (8%)

  • Tree House on Carmen Street (8%)

  • Interim House, Philadelphia (8%)

    Several others were identified by 1 or 2 respondents (see Appendix for additional suggestions)

Yes

(n=25)

No

(n=68)

N = 93


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Good newsletter (27%) babies were suggestions to be represented in the future.

Members: friendly/ good people (25%)

Access to workshops/ workshop offerings (24%)

Show and Share (20%)

Socializing/ Contact with other knitters (19%)

Programs during meetings (15%)

Community of people (13%)

Educational (12%)

Learn new techniques(10%)

Discounts at LYS (9%)

There are no negatives (34%)

Locale of the meeting (parking, travel time, public transit) (11%)

Meeting facility (hard to hear) (8%)

Tuesday night conflicts with work/ family (8%)

Build time during meeting to meet new/ old members – socializing (8%)

Meeting location/ Distance from home or work (8%)

Want/ Need more instructions at meetings (4%)

Need instructional activities for beginners (4%)

The newsletter, members, workshops and Show and Share are positive activities described by Guild members. While many found no dislikes, the meeting facility (sound and location) were identified as least likeable.

Please list the top three (3) reasons/ activities/ etc. you like about the Windy city Knitting Guild.

Please list the top three (3) reasons/ activities/ etc. you like least (areas for improvement) about the Windy city Knitting Guild.

Likes

Dislikes

Multiple responses permitted

See Appendix for additional comments


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No suggestions (38%) babies were suggestions to be represented in the future.

New techniques/ mini workshops (10%)

Visits from LYS: history of shop, show lines (8%)

Yarn swap (6%)

Basics/ Beginner knitting techniques/ stitches (5%)

Feature local authors/ designers (6%)

Color theory (5%)

TKGA Master Knitter Program (4%)

Lace knitting (3%)

Cables (3%)

History of knitting (3%)

No suggestions (46%)

Cat Bordhi (9%)

Lucy Neatby (7%)

Advanced techniques (4%)

Sweaters to fit/ How-to alterations (4%)

Steek workshop (3%)

Elsebeth Lavold (3%)

Fairisle workshop (3%)

Finishing techniques: adding a zipper, buttonholes (3%)

Annie Modesitt (3%)

Members were asked to offer suggestions for monthly program meetings as well as teachers and topics for weekend workshops.

The Guild is always looking for ideas for programming. Please list suggestions for the monthly programs.

Would you like to suggest teachers and/or topics you would want to see at the weekend workshops?


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Agenda babies were suggestions to be represented in the future.

Objectives, Methodology and Demographics

Meetings, Workshops and Excursions

Attribute Importance and

Performance

Additional Questions

Conclusions


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We gathered data regarding the Guild…and utilized 1 to 10 rating scales for determining attribute importance and performance.

Importance

  • Respondents were asked to rate the importance of each attribute on the following scale:

    • 1 = not at all important

    • 10 = critically important

    • NA = Not applicable

  • Respondents were then asked to rate their satisfaction with the Guild for each attribute on the following scale:

    • 1 = not at all satisfied

    • 10 = very satisfied

    • NA = Not applicable

Performance


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Meetings rating scales for determining attribute importance and performance. that are informative and engaging and Newsletters that are timely and informative are the most important attributes to members.

Scale: 1 (low) to 10 (high)

N = 93

Stated Attribute Importance

Mean Stated Importance

Meetings informative/ engaging

Newsletters timely/ informative

Meetings hold interest

Website easy to navigate

Show and Share

1-Day Workshops

Weekend Programs

Charity Programs

Website Informative

KALs


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Excluding two attributes, the Intermediate knitters had the highest importance ratings.

Importance by Skill Level

Scale: 1 (low) to 10 (high)

N = 93


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Weekend Programs highest importance ratings. and Show and Share received the highest satisfaction ratings.

Scale: 1 (low) to 10 (high)

N = 93

Satisfaction (Performance) Ratings

Mean Performance

Meetings informative/ engaging

Newsletters timely/ informative

Meetings hold interest

Website easy to navigate

Show and Share

1-Day Workshops

Weekend Programs

Charity Programs

Website Informative

KALs


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The Intermediate knitters had the highest satisfaction ratings for all attributes.

Performance Ratings by Skill Level

Scale: 1 (low) to 10 (high)

N = 93


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Weekend Programs and KALs are the two attributes which all skills levels rated performance satisfaction higher than stated importance.

Importance and Performance Ratings by Skill Level

Scale: 1 (low) to 10 (high)

N = 93


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Experienced knitters expressed the highest overall satisfaction with the Guild, while the Beginners/ Easy knitters expressed a much lower rating.

Overall Satisfaction

Scale: 1 (low) to 10 (high)

N = 93

Mean Performance

Beginner/ Easy

Experienced

Intermediate

Overall


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Agenda satisfaction with the Guild, while the Beginners/ Easy knitters expressed a much lower rating.

Objectives, Methodology and Demographics

Meetings, Workshops and Excursions

Attribute Importance and

Performance

Additional Questions

Conclusions


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Words such as social gathering, friendship, sharing, and educational all help to describe the Windy City Knitting Guild.

If you were to use a sentence or two to describe Windy City Knitting Guild to a friend that had not heard of us before, how would you describe the Guild?

  • Beginner/ Easy skill level knitters described the Guild as a social gathering of talented knitters, a place for sharing and a good place to grow and learn.

    • “A group of people who advocate the practice of knitting. It's pretty cool to be in a place where everyone is of the same (sort of) mind. The only other place I've seen this kind of camaraderie is at a Grateful Dead concert.”

  • Intermediate skill level knitters described the Guild as a diverse knitting group with different skill levels, who meet monthly to share ideas and friendship. The group sponsors workshops and other educational opportunities.

    • “The Guild is a great group of knitters who get together to learn new techniques, share tips, tricks, and FOs, and who promote the craft of knitting in a fun community style.”

    • “WCKG is a wonderful resource no matter the level of one's knitting skills. The knitting skill range within the guild is the best, bar none. From very advanced to beginners, we all learn from each other.”

  • Experienced skill level knitters described the guild as dedicated knitters who share their craft, an opportunity to learn new skills and develop friendships, to give back to your community, and the opportunity to participate in workshops.

    • “A great place to meet folks who knit from diverse backgrounds and interests. An active, interesting group of knitters, many of whom may turn into some of your best friends. A group that coordinates and participates in many interesting knitting-related activities.”

    • “A really cool group of women (and a few very cool men) who are very enthusiastic about knitting and love to share their love of the craft with others.”


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Is there anything you would like the Guild to offer that they currently do not offer?

If yes (new offerings), please explain.

More offerings for new knitters and developing a buddy system are suggestions for the future.

  • More instruction for new, less experienced knitters

  • Develop a buddy system to link new members with existing members

  • The newsletter should address all skill levels of knitting

  • Provide information about the overall plan and long term goals of the organization

  • More convenient locations for workshops

  • Develop an outreach program to young people

  • Establish car pools for meetings, workshops

No

(n=77)

Yes

(n=16)

N = 93


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Agenda they currently do not offer?

Objectives, Methodology and Demographics

Meetings, Workshops and Excursions

Attribute Importance and

Performance

Additional Questions

Conclusions


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Conclusions they currently do not offer?

  • A total of 93 Guild members participated in this study (representing 31% of the members).

  • 90% of the participants identified their skill level as Intermediate and Experienced knitters.

  • Location of the meetings is the main reason why members are unable to attend the monthly meetings.

  • 80% of the participants did not identify a must attend meeting. Those that did, selected the November, Election, Holiday meeting as a must attend.

  • While a large (78%) segment of members are not active volunteers, there are many that have interest in becoming more active.

    • Of those participants who are interested in volunteering, Assisting with Special Events, Participating in Monthly Meetings and Assisting with Knit-A-Longs (KALs) were cited as areas of interest.

  • Weekend workshops are attended mostly by Intermediate and Experienced knitters.

    • Timing and location of the weekend workshops are large drivers for attendance. Most participants also cite the instructor or topic as a reason for wanting to attend.

    • Cat Bordhi and Lucy Neatby are popular choices for future workshops.

  • Fewer respondents identified attending one-day workshops and Judy Chan led workshops were identified the most.

    • Timing and location are key drivers to attendance. The instructor or topic are other reasons for wanting to attend.

    • Judy Chan, Knit to Fit and Dagmar Klos are popular one-day workshop suggestions.


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Conclusions they currently do not offer?

  • Only 16% of the participants have attended sponsored trips. Michigan Fiber Festival was well attended by this group.

    • Timing and location are key drivers to attendance. The instructor or topic are other reasons for wanting to attend.

    • Fiber festival excursions and day trips to LYS were mentioned as places of interest.

  • Local charities and those groups that work with premature babies were suggestions to be represented in the future.

  • The newsletter, members, workshops, and Show and Share are positive activities described by guild members. While many found no dislikes, the meeting facility (sound and location) were identified as least likeable.

  • Meetings that are informative and engaging and Newsletters that are timely and informative are the most important attributes to members.

    • Overall, Intermediate skill level knitters gave the highest importance ratings.

  • Weekend Programs and Show and Share received the highest satisfaction ratings.

    • Overall, Intermediate skill level knitters gave the highest satisfaction ratings.

  • Experienced knitters expressed the highest overall satisfaction with the Guild, while the Beginner/ Easy skill level knitters expressed a much lower rating overall.

  • Words such as social gathering, friendship, sharing, and educational all help to describe the Windy City Knitting Guild.

  • More offerings for new knitters and developing a buddy system are suggestions for the future.


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Appendix they currently do not offer?


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Vivian Hoxbro they currently do not offer?

Felting

Color workshop

Beth Brown-Reinsel

Knit to fit workshop

Myrna Stahlman

Debbie New

Judith Schwartz

Judy Chan

Dye workshop in Wisconsin

Entrelac

Workshops in Evanston

Shawl workshop

Lace workshop

Labyrinth knitting

Maureen Mason-Jamison

Finishing workshop

Swedish techniques

Short row workshops

Knits for Ralph Lauren

Fairisle workshop

Steeking workshop

Kool-Aid dyeing workshop

Lake Geneva

Bohus Stickning

Laura Kochevar

Weekend Workshops attended/ mentioned by 1 or 2 participants.

If yes (attended weekend workshops), which workshops did you attend?...continued


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Annie Modesitt they currently do not offer?

Knitting with wire

Bulgarian knitting

Kool-Aid dyeing

Christmas ornaments

Several/ all at Portage Park

Embellishments with Laura Kochevar

Cast-ons

Finishing

Crochet with plastic bags

Marilyn Van Keppel

Peggy Rauhut

Laura Kochevar

Mitten – Norway

Sock Knit-A-Long

Judy Schwartz

One-Day Workshops attended/ mentioned by 1 or 2 participants.

If yes (attended one-day workshops), which workshops did you attend?...continued


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Amiguruni projects they currently do not offer?

Tawashi projects

Beginner workshops with/ led by experienced knitters

Peggy Rauhut led workshop

Domino knitting

Tips and tricks

Short row shaping workshop

Master knitting workshop

Franklin Habit

Corinne Niessner

How-to read complex patterns

Navigating Ravelry

Listings of knitting websites

Workshops on yarns (types, history)

Other crafts: embroidery, beading, etc

Thrift store sweater: cut apart and create

Judy Schwartz: crochet

Knitting for charity

Lauren Sanchez: making buttons

Lucy Neatby

Mobius knitting

Beaded stitch markers

Trims and i-cords

Variety of shaping techniques

How to set-up a blog/ website

One-Day Workshops suggested by 1 or 2 participants.

What One-Day Workshop topics would be of interest to you?...continued


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Visit alpaca farm they currently do not offer?

European knitting trip

Maryland Sheep and Wool

Overnight knitting camps

Johansen sponsored exhibit

Knitting camp in Marshfield, WI

Any Meg Swansen event

Knitting Caribbean Cruise in winter

Michigan Wine Country

Amish crafts in Indiana

Trip to Toni’s

Soap making

Trip to Esther’s Place

Trip to The Fold

Fiber festival in Ashville, NC

Textiles at Chicago Historical Society

Art Institute

Threadbear Fiber Arts in MI

Sheep/ Wool Festival in neighboring state

Jefferson Fiber Festival in WI

Elizabeth Zimmerman show in WI

Weekend Workshops attended/ mentioned by 1 or 2 participants.

If yes (excursions), what excursions would interest you….continued


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American Breast Cancer they currently do not offer?

American Heart Association

Infant and children charities

Boys and Girls club

Chicago Public Schools (hats/ warm clothing)

City of Hope

JWMF (International Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia Foundation)

Interfaith refugee

Immigration ministries

Knits for kids

LaLeche League

Women shelters

Supplies for knitting in prison

Project Linus

Needy US persons

Snug Hugs

Ronald McDonald House

Food Pantry

Gilda Radner Center

Charities suggested by 1 or 2 participants.

Which charities would you like to see represented?...continued


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Monthly meetings they currently do not offer?

Utilize knowledge of knitters

Lorna’s Laces sale and tour

Variety of activities to participate in

Weekend workshops

Information (sales, events) on LYS

Coming together of women

Talent/ Expertise of members

Low membership fees

Fun evening out with friends

Good food/ snacks at meetings

Website

Yarn Swap

High level of participation

Information on new yarns

Knit-A-Longs

Winter Delight/ City sponsored events

Classes offered

Inspired by member’s projects

Networking

Freedom to knit uninterrupted

Sponsored trips

Location of the meetings

Congenial

Enthusiastic members

Guest speakers/ topics

Keep abreast of knitting community

Intimidated after reading newsletter

Brown bag exchange

Ideas for new projects

Ability to volunteer at Stitches

Opportunity to sell my projects

Timing of meetings

See the latest trends

Keeping my knitting skills sharp

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Members talk during meetings they currently do not offer?

Sometimes meetings are too big

Workshop locations not easily accessible via public transit

Endless announcements regarding events

Wish members were more active volunteers

Need to incorporate the younger knitter

Need healthier foods at meetings

Show and Share needs limitations

Some speakers are boring

Start meetings on time

Workshops conflict with schedule

Cost of workshops

Need meatier topics/ presentations

Need greater variety of instructors at workshops

Need more KALs

Need better acknowledgement of new members at meetings

Need more assistance for beginners

Group is insular/ cliquish

Guest speakers trying to sell something

Haven’t developed friendships at meetings

Need more one-day workshops

Need more orderly run meetings

Need advanced notice regarding upcoming volunteer needed events

More openness to new members

Newsletters are dull

Offer some classes south of the city

Include all members in all events

Pace of meetings seem slow

Move some meetings to downtown

Wish more men were involved

Need to provide information covered at board meeting

Publish workshops in July for following year

Need to see young designers/ authors/ instructors at meetings

Need to sit at tables to promote socializing

Unfair registration policy for those who live outside of city

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