KANG WINTER WORKSHOP WITH ALISSA BARTON

We are pleased to announce that KANG will host a workshop and trunk show featuring Alissa Barton of Knitting Fairy Designs in February 2019.  A teacher with more than 30 years’ experience, Alissa is known throughout the fiber community as its go-to source for anything and everything involving knitting, from cast-on to bind-off.  Her Knitting Fairy patterns have been published in a variety of magazines and are available on Ravelry.  Alissa has taught classes at workshops, guilds, and retreats throughout the country since 1990, having most recently been an instructor at the Lambs on the Run retreat in Breckenridge, Colorado, along with Ann Budd, Romi Hill, Jennifer Miller, and Norah Gaughan.

The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and 3rd, at the Courtyard by Marriott Westchase, 9975 Westheimer, Houston, Texas, 77042 (between Beltway 8 and S. Gessner).  Following are the class offerings and workshop schedule. Homework and supply lists will be available at the time of registration:

Saturday, 2/2/19 9 am – 12 pm 

 OWNING THE DECREASE (3-hour class):  $40

We are all familiar with using decreases to shape our knitting, and we all know that we like working certain decreases and dislike others. Have you ever thought about how you can change the type of decrease and alter the overall look of the design?  Picture a beautiful lace flower, where it comes to a point at the tip of a leaf.  Have you ever wondered how you might have made it look more pointed or rounded?  Maybe you aren’t a fan of P2togbl—is there something you can do to make it easier?  We will explore not just decreases, but the art of the stitch and how to bend it to our whimsy.  Our project will be a lovely shawl featuring the decreases taught in class. 

Experience level – Intermediate to Advanced

Skills needed – Cast on, knit, purl, and bind off

Skills learned – Single decreases, double decreases, paired decreases, feathered decreases, purlside arrowhead decrease, purl centerline double decrease, knit left double decrease, and others. 

Saturday, 2/2/19 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

KITCHENER IN PATTERN (3-hour class):  $40

Many knitters avoid the Kitchener Stitch. It’s NOT hard!  Learn not only how to work a basic Kitchener in stockinette and garter stitch, but how to weave your knitting together in patterns—even lace!  We will use one of our samples to make a cute cup cozy. 

Experience level – Advanced

Skills needed – Cast on, knit, purl, and bind off

Sunday, 2/3/19 9 am – 12 pm/1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

PICTURE YOUR KNITS (6-hour class):  $80 (add lunch for an additional $9)

Welcome to Intarsia!  Intarsia is the art of changing colors within your knitting to create a picture without adding to the thickness of your knitting. In true Intarsia, the tails are never carried, but you will learn how to deal with them expertly and efficiently.  In this class, we will explore changing colors in straight lines, diagonals, rounded edges, and florals to create pictures within your knitting. You do not need to be an expert to work Intarsia, just willing!  In class, we will begin a beautiful lace shawl with an Intarsia border.  Charts for users of Knit Companion will be available. 

Experience level – Intermediate

Skills needed – Cast on, knit, purl, bind off

In addition to the workshop, a trunk show of Alissa’s original Knitting Fairy designs, along with a selection of hand-dyed yarn from Theodora’s Pearls, is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are registered for a class. 

Registration for the workshop will open on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  Attendees must be members of the Knit at Night Guild.  However, if space is available, the workshop will open to the public, who may attend for an additional fee.  Be sure to watch your inbox for more details. 

Fall Charity Knit-in

Come join us and knit or crochet for charity on October 6th, from 8 to 12 at St Anne de Beaupre Catholic Church, 2810 Link Road, Houston, 77009. Bring a friend or two (KANG member or not) and help spread the word. We will have yarn available for projects; please supply your own needles or hooks. Patterns for our charity projects can be found here.

  • Bring a dish to share; we will provide water, tea, and coffee
  • Bring a non-perishable food item for donations to a local food bank
  • Bring a giftwrapped single skein of yarn for a fun game, if you want to play
  • And bring cash or your checkbook for our silent auction with amazing items to bid on

Please RSVP to knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com.

As always, great door prizes await you!  Looking forward to another fun-filled day with everyone!

October Charity Knit-In

The purpose of this charity event is to get together, to do something that benefits others who are in needed, while doing something that we love.The purpose of this charity event is to get together, to do something that benefits others who are in needed, while doing something that we love.

This event is now open to non-members as well. Anyone who would like to knit or crochet for charity is welcome!  

The focus for this Charity Knit-In is on cold weather items – hats, and scarves. But you can choose to work on any other projects for charity. 

  • The first 25 people to register will receive a door price. Click here to register on evite.
  • Everyone present is eligible to get up to three raffle tickets for the raffle prize drawing at the end of the event.
    • One raffle ticket for being present.
    • One raffle ticket for donating yarn.
    • One raffle ticket for completing a charity project at the event.

What to bring:

  • Knitting needles or crochet hooks appropriate for the projects you wish to work on. US 11 needles/L11 hooks or bigger are needed for working with bulky yarns. The 2-hour scarf pattern calls for US 19 knitting needles.
  • Any pattern that you would like to use for the charity item you wish to make.
  • Any yarn that you would like to donate for this charity knitting event. The types of yarn needed are in worsted, bulky or super bulky weight with darker colors like black, browns, blues, and greens.

Click on this link for full description of this event!

Guild-Wide Planning Meeting

A Guild Wide Planning Meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday August 5, 2017 at  the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center,1414 Wirt Rd., Houston. All members are encouraged to attend and help set the course for the 2017-2018 guild year!

Camp Allen Retreat – 2019

The annual retreat at Camp Allen near Navasota will be held March 21-24, 2019.  Watch for more information in coming months!

Paint Your Own Yarn Bowl

Purchase your spot through the KANG website and join us for two hours of creative fun as we decorate a ceramic yarn bowl. The bowls are 5-3/4″ wide and 3-1/2″ tall. Bowls will be fired at the studio and available to pick up at a later time. Tickets will be on sale 3/1.
 
See http://purpleglazepottery.com/ for more information about painting ceramics and the studio.

Charity Knit-In

Kenneth Eakins, Outreach Case Manager for the Star of Hope, will speak to us about what the hats and scarves we donated last year meant to the recipients.  We will be packaging the Star of Hope donation at the Knit-In so we can turn everything over to Mr. Eakins that day.  Hats and scarves have been coming in, but we need lots more for the men in neutral colors.  Check the Charity page on the website for pattern information. The Two Hour Scarf knits up very quickly, and the Hat with Heart pattern is a great hat for fitting different size heads.  Both are great projects to carry with you when you will just have a few minutes at a time to knit during the day.  You don’t need to carry the pattern with you – just your knitting.  We also need more new black Men’s cushioned crew socks to pack with their hats if your chapter would like to donate some.  Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about charity items.  Charity items can be sent to the Charity Knit-In by members of your chapter attending the event.  As we have done previously, this Knit-In will be a potluck event.  We always have a variety of delicious dishes!  Please RSVP to charity@knitatnight.org by October 15.