SoCK Meeting – Joining Yarn

Description:Most of us have a favorite way to join yarns when adding a new ball of yarn or changing colors in a project.  The program on joining yarns will present five methods of joining yarn: overlapping yarn; felted splice; double knot; Russian join; invisible braided join.  You will learn some advantages and disadvantages of each method and types of yarn required.  

Homework

Please bring 10 lengths of yarn, each about 8 inches long.  At least two pairs should be plied, worsted weight, wool yarn. Other pairs may be synthetic plant or animal fibers. A sharp tapestry needle.

Additional Materials: On the KANG website under “members” you will find a drop-down menu that includes Handouts for each chapter. Please copy the first page of the handout on joining. The second page on the Clasp and Weft join in B & W is not very clean. People who would like to try that method using in weaving can download it for themselves from the website.

SoCK Meeting – Independence Fiber Mill

Did you know that there is a fiber mill just 90 minutes from Cypress?  There is!  Come tour one of the few fiber mills in Texas and learn how commercial yarn is spun, from fleece to final product.  And it being spring, there just may be baby goats that need some cuddling.  The tour includes both the mill and the dye shed (and the baby goats) and an opportunity to purchase yarn spun by the mill. 

All those wishing to carpool to Independence Farmstead Fiber Mill should meet at the Starbucks at 25615 Hwy 290 in Cypress by 8:30 am.  The drive to the mill is approximately 1 hour.  RSVP is not necessary but if you would like to RSVP, here is the FB link to the carpooling information. 

 

SoCK Mtg – Spinning on Spindles & Wheels

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.

SoCK Mtg – Get the wool truth! (Part 3)

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.

SoCK Mtg – Get the wool truth! (Part 2)

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!

SoCK Mtg – Get the wool truth! (Part 1)

Get the wool truth! SoCK will gather for the first (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!

SoCK Mtg – Holiday Party @ WC Mercantile

It’s time for our annual holiday party at WC Mercantile! We will have a catered brunch provided by our very own Brandy Graessar. Activities will include shopping, stitch marker swapping, and a gift swap/steal game. For the stitch marker exchange, bring 25-30 stitch markers to swap.

For the Gift Swap/Steal Game, bring a wrapped knitting book that if bought brand new
would be worth $20 – $30. But feel free to bring a gently used book that you found at Half-Price Books or that’s been languishing on your book shelf.

Participation in the stitch marker exchange and the Gift Swap/Steal Game is not required.


Carpool Information

We will meet at the Starbucks at Spring Cypress and Highway 290, in front of the Best Buy. All those who want to carpool, meet there before 9:00 a.m. We will then condense into a smaller number of cars. If you want coffee, arrive early to make sure you have plenty of time before the carpool leaves.

SoCK Mtg – DIY Stitch Markers

The days of boring stitch markers are over! This month we’ll be learning how to make our own. SoCK’s own Keena Kang will be demonstrating multiple techniques to make your stitch markers.

Supply List:

Lobster claw clasps 
4mm jump ring 
6mm jump ring 
10mm jump ring 
Charm/accent beads with holes at both ends 
Charms with a hole at 1 end 
2 inch head pins 
Wire cutters 
Round nose pliers

SoCK Mtg – Knitting Origins

Have you ever wondered about the origins of knitting?  Stopped to think, who came up with the idea of taking two sticks and some string and making a sock?  Just how old is knitting?  What were the first knitted items?  Wonder no more.  Come learn about the beginnings of knitting through the medieval period.  Learn about where knitting began and what people in the dark ages knitted.  There will be pictures of pieces from the medieval age, reproductions, and patterns based upon historical pieces.  All taught by a noble woman from the 1300s. 

SoCK Mtg – One Skein Wonders

You went to Houston Fiber Fest and came home with the lovely, wonderful, absolutely perfect skein of sock yarn.  And now you don’t know what to do with that lovely, wonderful, absolutely perfect skein of sock yarn.  Never fear!  This month’s SoCK meeting as all about single skein patterns.  Bring your single skein of yarn and your favorite single skein patterns for a fun round table discussion of patterns.
 
And also bring all the other goodies that you bought at Houston Fiber Fest.  We’re doing a giant Show and Share of everybody’s loot.