The Chix with Stix January program will be on finger knitting. This is a fun way to knit, it goes quickly, and no needles are needed! Bring a friend to learn this easy technique and get them started knitting. There’s no advance preparation. Just bring worsted weight yarn in 2-3 complementary colors, scissors, and a measuring tape.
Chix would like to invite you to their holiday meeting. Bring a dish to share. We will again be donating toiletries to the Star of Hope. Everyone is always welcome.
We will finish The Peace Pals project. For homework finish and bring the rectangle for the Peace Pals dolls. Fuzzy yarn for hair and stuffing will be provided at meeting. Also, we will briefly discuss plans for future programs. The link for the patterns are: Pocket Peace Pal and Pocket Peace Pal with Skirt.
This month we will talk about how to substitute one weight of yarn for another. If your pattern calls for a DK weight yarn and you want to use fingering weight, what can you do to be sure it fits? This is a follow-up to Sandy Zeringue’s program last month about substituting one fiber for another.
Sandy Zeringue (formerly of Knitting in the Loop) will talk about substituting yarns, with the emphasis on different fibers. For example, what can you expect if the pattern calls for merino and you want to use cotton instead?
As knitters in the Greater Houston area, we are fortunate to have several very nice yarn shops, but we all have seen a number of our favorite shops go out of business for a variety of reasons. We probably all do some of our yarn shopping online, but most knitters and crocheters want to touch and feel the yarn, want to see the actual colors of the yarn, want their purchases immediately, or want to visit a shop where you might have the companionship of other knitters. These are only some of the reasons we value our local yarn shops and want to keep them successful here in the Houston area. At the February 9th meeting of Chix with Sticks we will have Michelle McHazlett, the owner of Park Avenue Yarns in League City, talk about her experiences as a local yarn shop owner. She will also be interested in your experiences as a yarn shopper. Please be thinking about your connections to a local yarn shop and bring your questions and comments for Michelle.
If you like brioche stitch, the knit-one-below stitch (K1B) achieves a similar effect but involves no yarn overs, burps or barks. All you need to know is how to knit and purl. You can create a dense brioche-like texture with a single color or columns of 2-colors in stockinette.HOMEWORK:For the first sample, you will need a worsted or bulky yarn and a set of needles size 8 or above (either straight or circular needles). Cast on 13 stitches and knit 2 rows of garter stitch then a row of K1P1 ribbing. You will begin and end with a knit stitch. Leave the knitting on your needle.For the second sample you must have either a circular needle or double points because you will slide your work and work a second row before turning the needle. The pattern will be worked in four rows: 2 on the RS then 2 on the WS. You should bring 2 contrasting colors of yarn.With color A, cast on 13 stitches loosely, preferably using a long tail cast on. Without turning the needle, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle, join color B at the beginning of the cast on stitches and purl across the row. Both A and B yarns will now be at the same end of the needle.