KANG Winter Workshop with Alissa Barton

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:

 

OWNING THE DECREASE (3-hour class):  $40
Saturday, 2/2/19 9 am – 12 pm 

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. 

 

KITCHENER IN PATTERN (3-hour class):  $40
Saturday, 2/2/19 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

 

PICTURE YOUR KNITS (6-hour class):  $80 (add lunch for an additional $9)
Sunday, 2/3/19 9 am – 12 pm/1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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 learn the skills necessary to knit 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

 

TRUNK SHOW
Saturday, 2/3/19 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm

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. 

KNIT Meeting – Steeking

Steek!  Eek! – That’s the theme of our April meeting.  Be adventurous and join us as we boldly embark on an event where only fearless knitters dare…that is, cutting our knitting with courage and fortitude.  

Supplies

  • The pattern used for the project is “Steek This Coffee Cozy” by Rachel Henry, and it is free on Ravelry.  This is knitted in the round.
  • Worsted weight 100% wool (avoid superwash) – at least three colors
  • Circular needles or DPN appropriate for the yarn weight
  • Scissor

 

Homework

You can knit the cozy using the charted Fair Isle pattern given, or you can knit stripes, or your own pattern, or only one color.  

The important part is that you work the number of stitches called for (begins with only 49 and increases up to 53) for close to the number of rows given (only 25!).  

We will steek your knitting, make the band, and sew on buttons as time allows at the meeting. 

Scary, fun things (like roller coasters, haunted houses, etc.) are always more fun with friends.  Knit your cozy and come to the Steek! Eek! Meeting.  We will cut our knitting together!

KNOT Mtg – Dyeing Demo

Knitters North of Town (KNOT) will not be meeting at our regular time or place in July!  

Instead we will be meeting at 10:30am at Mohair &More (231 Gibbs Street,  New Waverly, Texas 77358) for a dying Demonstration with Louise and Bill Lane.  Yarn and fiber will be available for purchase as your canvas for dying and the artist in you will be revealed!  If you plan on attending please contact Louise at 936-661-8022.  This will give her an idea of how many to look forward to coming.  Bring your knitting and crochet and enjoy visiting with fiber friends.

KNOT Mtg – Triangular Loom

Tommie Merchant will be giving us a demo of working on her triangular loom.  Please join us in February for a unique and interesting program.

Part 2 of cast-on/bind offs will be in March!  

KNOT – Skills Night

The October meeting will be a SKILLS NIGHT, where a variety of small groups will be able to learn things such as: the knit linen stitch, crochet granny squares, and crocheting with beads, all taught by KNOT members.