At our KNOW meeting on Monday, October 29, Janet Madden will present her program, “Weird and Wonky to Wonderful—Bash the Stash for Charity Knitting!” You will learn about the charitable organizations and related projects sponsored by each chapter, score some patterns, hear a few stories, and maybe find a new use for that strange skein stored somewhere in your stash. Bring yarn and needles to match. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired! Please plan to attend what promises to be a very enjoyable and worthwhile program.
At our KNOW meeting on September 24, well-known Katy artist and knitting instructor Sony Hartley will present a program on Decorative Cast-on Techniques. During her presentation, Sony will teach three different ways to cast on a knitting project: The I-cord Cast-on, Picot Cast-on, and Flower Cast-on. In order to participate, bring worsted-weight yarn, dpn’s or a circular knitting needle size 8-10, or a crochet hook size C or smaller. Sony will supply beads and flowers for our use. Please plan to attend what promises to be a fun and interesting meeting.
At our meeting on Monday, August 27, expert knitter and longtime Guild member Nancy Polychronopolous will present an extensive program on Blocking. If you want your knitting to look professional, your lace projects to be beautifully perfected, and your stitches to be smooth and even, this is the program for you. Nancy will describe different types of blocking suitable for our various types of knitted items. Be sure to plan to attend this essential, very informative meeting.
You won’t want to miss this month’s KNOW meeting! On June 25, Penny Nelson and Peggy Barnette of Sky Loom Weavers will talk to us about, “Weaving Concepts for the Hand Weaver.” They will discuss the history of weaving and the basics of how it’s done, as well as the breadth of possibilities open to the hand weaver. Several small table looms will be warped up and ready to weave so everyone can try their hand at it. In addition to hand-woven items such as shawls, scarves, and kitchen towels, there will be Cricket looms and accessories for sale. Please join us for what promises to be a fun and interesting program.
Please join us on May 21, 2018 at our Four-Corners Skills Workshop, where we will be offering members their choice of four classes to be taught by some of our most generous and talented knitters. Most members will be able to participate in two 30-minute classes each. The topics and instructors are:
- Provisional Cast-on: Janet Lauland
- Japanese Short Rows: Cindy Long
- Three-Needle Bind-off/Kitchener Stitch: Janet Madden
- Magic Loop: Debbie Szuluk
If you still need to sign up for a class or classes, OR, you need the supplies lists/homework for the class(es) in which you are enrolled, please email Janet at email@example.com. We hope everyone will take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to add to their knitting skills set.
At this month’s KNOW meeting, we will have fun swapping patterns by way of our “Free Pattern Exchange.” What’s your favorite free pattern? Is it a go-to project when it comes to gifts for others? Your most-often-used stash buster? Whatever it may be, bring an example of a finished project to the meeting, along with copies of the pattern to share with like-minded stitchers. (Remember that the pattern must be free or you must have permission to share it.)
We will also be collecting any outstanding Snuggles for delivery to Special Pals. In addition, we’ll have sign-up sheets for the classes to be offered at our Four-Corners Skills Workshop to be held in May. See you there!
Celebrate the arrival of Spring with KNOW as we learn to knit “Cookie Cutter Washcloths For Every Occasion.” Have you ever knit a cotton washcloth? They make beautiful gifts for friends and loved ones. Sybil Koempel will present our program, where we will be using cookie cutters to create lovely motifs we can add to our hand-knit washcloths. Bring to the meeting a skein of worsted-weight cotton yarn, your choice of needle, and a three-inch cookie cutter, and get ready to knit a one-of-a-kind washcloth to keep for yourself or give away.
Exciting news! This month’s KNOW meeting will be a benefit for the Special Pals animal shelter in Katy. In association with the The Snuggles Project, we will be knitting and crocheting therapy blankets for the homeless pets at the shelter. Considering the unusually cold winter we’re having, Special Pals is delighted to be receiving our blankets. They have set no limitations on size or color, so you can be as creative as you wish! A medium-size blanket requires about 700-900 yards of worsted-weight acrylic yarn, knit double-stranded using a size 11-13 needle. You may use any acrylic yarn of your choice, worsted-to-bulky-weight, in any color. Patterns for the simple Snuggle blankets (both knitted and crocheted) will be available at the meeting or can be downloaded in advance from The Snuggles Project website at SnugglesProject.org. We will also have on hand a small quantity of acrylic yarn that members may use to make their blankets, so arrive early if you need yarn. We hope to warm up as many of our furry friends at Special Pals as possible this winter, so please plan to join us in January for knitting, refreshments, prizes, and fun.