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Charity Knitting – April 2022 Update

 
Hello all KANG knitters and crochet artists!
 
We have had a busy month in charity. We had the opportunity to send our works to Berlin, Germany; for distribution to Ukraine refugees. Our charity coordinators drove all over town, picking up items from charity knitters.
 
We collected two large boxes weighing a total of 60 lbs and shipped them to Berlin. Our Berlin contacts pedi-biked our contributions to the refugee donation drop-off site. With the warming weather, the refugee services in Berlin is no longer requesting hats, blankets and scarves. If the world doesn’t settle by October, charity coordinators will look to make another shipment to Europe.
 
Meanwhile, our charity knit-together event in Katy, at the No Label brewery was fabulous. The weather was perfect. There was food, girl scouts selling cookies, tasty beverages, and many knitters and crocheters.
 
 
Charity coordinators collected 42 wool hats, an additional 70 other hats of all sizes, 8 blankets, 29 scarves, 3 pair of slippers, 4 shawls and 6 headbands. Charity coordinators are preparing a semi-annual drop off with Children’s Safe Harbor in Conroe. Child items will go there. The rest will be collected and held until the colder months arrive again.
 
Our next Charity Knit Together will be 1 May 2022. Charity coordinators are working on the location, so keep an eye on the KANG website and/or our Facebook page.
Membership to KANG is not a requirement to attend our charity knit-together events. Feel free to bring a friend.
As a reminder. At charity knit-together events:
  • Bring needles or crochet hooks
  • Bring your favorite pattern
  • Do NOT bring yarn, we have plenty for you to choose from
  • Bring your completed items to add to the collection
  • optional) a folding chair and a bottle of water for yourself
 
What to make for charity: hats, scarves, blankets, shawls, socks, mittens, gloves, stuffed toys, wash cloths, head bands, slippers/booties, sweaters, cowls; ALL sizes from preemie to XXL adult.

April 2022 Programs

KIK – Easter Basket Parade
KIND – Knitting Jewelry
KNIT – Yarn Substitutions
KNOW – Summer Tops
SoCK – Yarn Pooling vs. Assigned Pooling

For more information regarding the latest chapter programs, please visit our CALENDAR page! Here you will find exact dates for upcoming guild chapter meetings, including full program descriptions for each meeting.

On the Calendar page you will also find various guild-wide events (charity knit-ins, affiliate sales and the like) and up-coming events in the yarn community / Houston area (FiberFests, conventions, etc.).

Please visit the KANG Chapters page to find your nearest chapter. 

From the President – Mar 2022

I don’t know about you, but my February went completely sideways compared to what I planned. First, that trip to Wimberley was called off because of the weather. Knitting, I don’t think so — absolutely no progress at all. I had big plans for the charity knit in, but nope, again called because of weather … The Primary early voting, plans to take it easy, vote, knit. Ended up working an early morning shift as an election clerk for two weeks in downtown Katy. Any of you who know me well, know I’m NOT a morning person. Worked the 6am to 1pm shift. Up at 4-ish AM, oh brother! Of course I met really nice workers and did my civic duty so it was totally worth it.  
 
With March, I do have a couple of things for your consideration. First, I ask you to vote in the Primaries on Tuesday, March 1st. As citizens of the US we have that right and freedom. Unfortunately so many of us don’t exercise that right. As of the end of early voting, less than 3% of Harris County had voted. Also, I ask that each of us takes time with our higher power to pray for peace in the Ukraine. Let this act of aggression not be the beginning of yet even more violence in the world. Lastly, please take a minute to thank your chapter President and officers. Each and everyone of them is why your chapter is still with us. Remember those that served in the past and let them know how much you appreciate them as well. I appreciate your patience with me and my thoughts. As I said, these suggestions are just for your consideration.
 
Your board met on Tuesday, February 15th. Things around the guild are doing really well. We are making real headway against the challenges we weathered because of COVID. Financially we are doing well. Many of our chapters are meeting in person and working through the challenges of hybrid live/Zoom meetings. Members have really stepped up, putting on programs, sharing our knowledge, donating door prizes, and just being there for each other. Our Charity Chairs are encouraging us to fill our big blue bags with items for others. I love the extra events they are putting together for us to come across chapters, raise a glass of micro brew and knit.  
 
When I began as your President almost 3 years ago it was my intention to attend at least three meetings a month. My home chapter (SoCK) and two others. Basically I was going to visit each chapter once a quarter. Boy did the COVID keep me from doing that. As we continue to heal from this terrible pandemic, it’s my goal to visit each chapter before I pass the reins. I’m so proud of how each of you has kept with it. You guys are the best. 
    
As I mentioned last month, I’ve still got 5 projects that I’m currently working on or, given February, dreaming of working on. Hopefully actual progress will be made in March. As I said last month, each has its own challenges. I still haven’t sewn together the Evening Lights Poncho. February REALLY did go sideways…
 
Think green this month, have a little corned beef and cabbage along with a little green beer and enjoy!
 
Priscilla Graham
Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com

Charity Knitting – March 2022 Update

Our Charity Knit Together event that was originally planned for February has been re-scheduled for March 19 Noon – 3PM at No Label Brewing in Katy (5351 1st St, Katy, Texas). Watch Facebook and Website posts for any change in plans. 
 
Parking is pretty easy, there are usually food trucks, sometimes a live band, and a large variety of beers on tap. We will be there with our teal suitcase of charity yarn. Make plans to come out and drop off your worked items, shop for new charity yarn, and catch up with friends from other chapters. KANG and non-KANG members are welcome!
 
Seating is outdoors; so, if it rains, we will reschedule. Watch KANG website, Facebook, or write to knitatnightguildnews@gmail.com for updates.

March 2022 Programs

KIK – Baskets & Bowls
KIND – Knitting Websites
KNIT – Tips For Newbies
KNOW – Familiar Stitch Patterns (Pt. 2)
SoCK – Knitting Through the British Isles

For more information regarding the latest chapter programs, please visit our CALENDAR page! Here you will find exact dates for upcoming guild chapter meetings, including full program descriptions for each meeting.

On the Calendar page you will also find various guild-wide events (charity knit-ins, affiliate sales and the like) and up-coming events in the yarn community / Houston area (FiberFests, conventions, etc.).

Please visit the KANG Chapters page to find your nearest chapter. 

Call for Charity Items

From our Charity Co-Chairs:

My nephew lives in Berlin and is working directly with Ukraine refugees pouring into Germany. He says the folks are in need and will take anything we have ready: hats, scarves, blankets, mittens, toys, etc.!!
I am putting together a box of items we have already collected to be shipped on Wednesday, March 2nd. Sarah Hartman and I are willing to pick up/collect any items you all may have.
Please PM Marie or Sarah, or send a note to knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com if you have items to donate and need to coordinate at drop-off/pick-up.
 
Charity Co-Chairs, 
Marie and Sarah

February 2022 Programs

KIK – Broomstick Lace
KIND – “Swift” Magic
KNIT – Mattress Stitch
KNOW – Familiar Stitch Patterns (Pt. 1)
SoCK – Knitting Ergonomics

For more information regarding the latest chapter programs, please visit our CALENDAR page! Here you will find exact dates for upcoming guild chapter meetings, including full program descriptions for each meeting.

On the Calendar page you will also find various guild-wide events (charity knit-ins, affiliate sales and the like) and up-coming events in the yarn community / Houston area (FiberFests, conventions, etc.).

Please visit the KANG Chapters page to find your nearest chapter. 

From the President – Feb 2022

February is all about love, kindness and togetherness. This month is special to me because it’s my wedding anniversary. This is twenty-one years for us. We are finally getting our getaway to celebrate as we head off to Wimberley and the Blair House Inn for a long weekend during the first weekend of February. Wimberley is one of our favorite places. It’s such a beautiful area of Texas and the first place we went on vacation together way back when. If you have a minute, Google the Blair House Inn. It’s a lovely bed and breakfast that we’ve visited over and over throughout the years.
  
January was a very quiet month for me. I spent a week quarantining since I’d been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID. My test came back negative as did my husband’s, but what a frustrating week. I’ve been vaccinated and even had my booster, so I wasn’t too worried, but I would really hate it if I gave it to someone else. I continue to wear a mask when out shopping and places where I don’t know the status of others, like the gym. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that many people who are not wearing a mask are not vaccinated, so please be careful out there. 
 
I did complete my presentation on double knitting at the January SoCK meeting. We used a bookmark pattern to learn the technique. Of course, we ended up having technical difficulties with displaying the YouTube video, “Demystifying Double-Sided Knitting” by Lattes & Llamas on the TV at our meeting. We listened anyway and then did an in-person walk-through of the technique. I think most of us found casting on to be the most challenging part of the project. Our Webmaster, Lauren Levy, was able to complete the first block during our meeting with great success. This coming month Ann Wohn will be doing an ergonomics presentation. This should have great tips and tricks for keeping our hands healthy.     
 
As is normal for me, I’ve got 5 projects that I’m currently working on. Each has its own challenges, so I find myself putting down one and picking up another when I get frustrated. Of course, this is not a full list of all my unfinished projects, it’s just those I’m actually making progress on. These include the Vogue Scarf, the Yorkshire Collections’ Stars Falling Cowl (a double knitting project), the Intermezzo Cowl (a beading and chart project), the Simple Blocks Blanket (a charity project) and, of course, a new project, the Urth Yarn Kashimi shawlette (a lace project). I find my past columns to be helpful in keeping track of my in-progress projects. As I was looking back over old columns, I discovered that in my 2021 February column, I let you all know I had finished the Evening Lights Poncho, that it was blocked and ready to be sewn together. Would you believe a year later, I still haven’t sewn it together? Geez! It’s really beautiful, made out of Fangirl Hand Dyed Soft Rains of April yarn. It’s now back on the radar, so let’s see if I can make that happen this month. It would be a great addition to my wardrobe! 
 
Let’s spread the love this month!
 
Priscilla Graham
Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com

Charity Knitting – February 2022 Update

Hello Charity Knitters (and Crocheters) from your charity co-chairs.
 
The cold months are upon us, and it’s great to know that we delivered bundles of warm hats, scarves, and blankets before this cold snap settled on Houstonians who are less fortunate. A big THANK YOU to everyone’s contribution!
 
Now, mark your calendars: Our next charity knit-together will be Saturday, 26th February from 12noon – 3PM.
 
We are tentatively booked for No Label Brewing Co. in Katy, TX (5351 1st St, Katy, Texas 77493).
Watch Facebook and Website posts for any change in plans. 
 
Parking is pretty easy, there are usually food trucks, sometimes a live band, and a large variety of beers on tap. We will be there with our teal suitcase of charity yarn. Make plans to come out and drop off your worked items, shop for new charity yarn, and catch up with friends from other chapters. KANG and non-KANG members are welcome!
 
Seating is outdoors, if it rains we will reschedule. Watch KANG website, Facebook, or write to knitatnightguildnews@gmail.com for updates.
 
Happy Crafting!!

From the President – Jan 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I certainly did. I headed off to Salt Lake City on Saturday, December 18th for a long girls’ weekend with my sister-in-law and niece. My niece is at the Ballet West Ballet Academy pursuing her dream of being a professional dancer. This year she was chosen to dance in the Ballet Company’s professional Nutcracker. We saw two shows while we were there. This is a company of extremely tall dancers including my niece. Most are between 5′ 9″ and 6′ 2″. The dancers make complicated moves look effortless, and it’s all done with the biggest smiles I have ever witnessed on a dancer’s face while performing. Apparently, Ballet West was the first US Company to do the Nutcracker, and their rendition is just delightful. The scenery and costumes were gorgeous! In case you didn’t pick up on it, I’m a bit of a Ballet Geek. I’ve been watching my niece dance for over a decade as she develops into a wonderful dancer. She’s auditioning for a professional spot this spring, and I’ve got my fingers crossed! 
 
Normally, this is how I kick off my Christmas Holiday, by traveling to see my niece dance. I was not able to do that last year, nor enjoy many other of our traditions, so 2022 is already looking better to me. We celebrated Christmas Eve with a dear friend who recently moved back to Houston with our traditional steak dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on Westheimer. My sweet husband and I followed up on Christmas day with lunch out. FYI, this is how the childless celebrate! My Houston based niece hosted her New York family for the week, so we spent time with them between Christmas and New Year. All in all it was a fun filled time. 
 
With the new year, SoCK, my home chapter, has changed up how we do programs. Each month a member will present a topic. I’m doing a double knitting presentation in January. Look to the SoCK write up if you are interested in learning about this cool technique. 
 
YAY!!! I finished Kaylie’s Ziggy Baby Blanket. I was able to give it to her mom right before Christmas. Her mom appropriately gushed, which made my day. Since I finished this project, I thought I can start something else. Well, after further thought, I picked up the half finished Vogue Scarf that SoCK started as a KAL way back in the spring. As it turns out, the Intermezzo Cowl is much more challenging than I’d hoped, so I needed something easier to do as I watched the Hallmark Christmas movies. No progress on my Gnomes…looks like they will be a 2022 Christmas gift…
 
Here’s to a great 2022! Please stay safe and healthy. 
 
Priscilla Graham
Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com