Spinning on Spindles & Wheels. Now that you’ve learned all about wool, learn to spin it! Jessica Myers and Cadence Myers will teach you how to spin on a spindle and on a spinning wheel. If you have a spindle or wheel, feel free to bring it.
Everyone needs a break! Join us Tuesday, March 13 during Spring Break Week. There is no program in March and we will use this time to knit and socialize. What were your best Spring Break getaways and where would you like to go next? Bring your stories and memories, and share them with the group.
Get the wool truth! SoCK will gather for the final program in our series dedicated to understanding different fiber types and the best use for each type of wool. Knit while you watch and jot down things you’ve learned for future reference! If you haven’t joined us for the first two programs, don’t fret! You’re still welcome to attend and join us for this final session.
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.
Get the wool truth! SoCK will gather for the second (of three) Craftsy class viewing that will help you get a nuanced understanding of different fiber types and the best use for each type of wool. Knit while you watch and jot down things you’ve learned for future reference!If you didn’t join us for the first two viewings, don’t fret! You’re still welcome to attend and pick up where we are in the series!
Due to a scheduling conflict, our February meeting has been changed to the One-Skein Project we talked about at the December party. In case you missed the last couple meetings, here are the details.
Either knit a small project using a single skein of yarn or look through the projects you already have finished and pick one you don’t mind getting rid of! Bring it to the February meeting where we will auction them off to each other – no real money here, just “Paula Bucks”, the fake bucks that Paula has been handing out at each meeting. Don’t worry if you don’t have any bucks – some people who only have a few (like me!) will likely give theirs away to others.
The auctioned items will also be anonymous. Come to the meeting even if you don’t have anything to auction – you may get some ideas for future projects!
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.