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September 2022 Programs

KIK – Open Knitting & Peyton Heart Project Charity Knitting
KIND – Colors!
KNIT – Techniques for Joining Yarn
KNOW – Pompoms & Tassels
SoCK – Christmas Knits

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. 

Charity Knitting – September 2022 Update

Hello Charity Knitters and crocheters.

Things have been pretty quiet during the hot months. There is not a lot of demand for hats and scarves and blankets June-September in Texas.

The summer months are almost over though, so Sarah and Marie are making plans. Our first charity knit-together of the cooler season will be in October.

Stay tuned for more details. We’ll be posting on the KANG website, and KANG Facebook and Instagram pages.

As always, if you have questions about charity, reach out to us via email at knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com

From the President – Aug 2022

From Your Outgoing President
 
As I transition out of the Presidency, I’d like to recap my journey. When I first took the position of President, I had plans to reach out and get to know more than just SoCK members by going to at least one other chapter meeting a month. Then COVID hit. I, along with our guild and the world, went into lockdown. We all went into survival mode. For many of us, this time confined at home resulted in a whole lot of yarn craft. As a Guild, we discovered ZOOM and met through our computer screens. We delayed our annual retreat for a year, we forgave our annual membership dues, the virus raged. We continued to knit, crochet, etc. The next year we canceled our annual retreat. We hung on as best we could, continuing to meet via ZOOM. We extended the terms of both chapter officers and Executive Board members. As time went on, things got brighter health-wise, there was a vaccine. We began to have hybrid meetings, meeting both in-person and via ZOOM. We instituted dues again. We continued to knit and crochet for charity. We shipped 60 pounds of items to the Ukraine. Most Chapters now meet in-person. With each meeting, we share our knowledge. Our skills improve. We connect with each other. 
 
As a result of this worldwide crisis, our membership went from over 200 members to ~130. Two chapters folded. Yet we survived. Most especially we survived because of the leadership of the Executive Board and the Chapter Officers. I want to take this opportunity to thank those leaders. Folks like our Executive Board Newsletter Chair, Gail Close; our two webmasters, Kate Wilson and Lauren Levy; our Charity Chairs, Dolores Rose, Sarah Hartman and Marie Knappenberger; Janet Neberman, our Social Media Chair who also stepped in as our Secretary for Ann Wohn when her obligation pulled her away from us; our wonderful crochet master, Rosanna Maggi, our Membership Chair; and our ever-faithful Treasurer, Crystal Smith. Our chapter representatives to the board, both the following women and their predecessors, Connie Blakley, Barbara Hass, Natalie Salter, Karen Fern, Amy McMahon, and Laura Sawyer. These are the women that have held our Guild together for the last three years. To each of them, I am forever grateful. I hope you, as a member, are as well.
 
I am also grateful to each and every one of you who hung in with us. It’s been a very interesting ride. I simply could not have done it without the wonderful women above and many more like Debbie Smith, Melony Metzler and Nancy Threadgold who shared their counsel with me.
 
It’s now time for a new beginning for our Guild. With this new beginning, I’m stepping down as your President. Lauren Levy will be taking over. We met one-on-one the last week of July to transition. I know she’s going to be great in the position. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Lauren as a SoCK member, a webmaster and teacher (I learned to weave from Lauren). But, you aren’t getting rid of me totally, I’m stepping in as Guild Treasurer. I met with Crystal Smith this past week to learn her position. Hopefully, I can fill her shoes. 
 
Please keep each other and our tumultuous world in your prayers. Please remember, you are each a bright spot that spreads joy and hope with each stitch. 
 
Once again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Guild for the last three years. Here’s wishing all a wonderful, wet August.

Priscilla Graham
(Outgoing) Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com

From Your Incoming President
 
Hello to all of KANG:
 
To both new and returning members! Many of you may know my name from
having served as the Webmaster, or perhaps you’ve seen me from the SoCK Chapter.
 
A little about my exposure to the world of fiber arts. My roots were established in needle and shuttle tatting, and later I became a self-taught knitter, crocheter, and weaver. Although I have dabbled
with spinning, bobbin lace, Kool-Aid yarn dyeing, and kumihimo, I still have so much to learn!
 
Thank you for your confidence in voting me in as your new KANG President. I can only tip my hat to Priscilla and the Guild for their dedication and overcoming the many hurdles thrown at them these last couple of years. Their efforts have certainly not gone unappreciated.
 
I am looking forward to getting to know more of you at YOUR chapter meetings. I hope we can continue to gather more frequently by hosting more events (workshops, day and weekend trips,
charity events, etc). I would love to see our Guild getting out there: growing, supporting, and expanding our love and knowledge on everything related to fiber arts!
 
Quick shout out for all our local yarn shops in and around the Houston area! Our Houston-based “Texas Yarn Trail” returns for the 4th year at the end of August! If you are around, get out there and support the small businesses! Details can be found on the website and social media! Can’t
wait to see what squishy/fluffy/notion treasures you find!
 
Lauren Levy
(Incoming) Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com

Charity Knitting – July 2022 Update

Apologies for radio silence last month. Your coordinators were overwhelmed with work and home obligations. We are back now, and there is only just a little news to share.

 
Summer is the charity slow season. Few charity organizations south of the Mason-Dixon line are looking for warm woolen wares. Plus; it’s too hot to knit outside together; and often indoor locations cost money.
 
That doesn’t mean that you all are not knitting for charity; and your coordinators are ready to facilitate drop-offs and pick-ups. Here is a catch-up on what has been happening since we wrote in May:
 
  1. We were contacted by a charity knitting group in New York City. They saw our newsletter and/or our website where we called for collections for Ukraine. They wanted to know if they could add to our shipment. Sadly, the shipment had already left the country and there is not yet a call for more items. We asked the NYC folks to keep us informed if they hear a call, and that we would do the same for them. Charity coordinator, Marie, is in contact with 2 ex-coworkers in Ukraine. They report that they both are alive, and well and their families are healthy so far. Marie will maintain contact with them as the weather turns in the autumn.

  2. The KNOW chapter did a charity knit program for their May meeting. Amy took the charity yarn suitcase for her chapter to use. Amy still has the yarn and is looking to see if her church would be willing to let us use the community room for a charity-knit-together sometime during the summer months. (AC for free!) Charity coordinators will keep everyone posted as that potential develops.

Current Charity Item count in stock: Charity coordinators continue to search for and coordinate with charity outlets for our wares. If you hear of any group that in need, reach out to knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com
  • 42 Wool hats
  • 8 blankets
  • 29 Scarves
  • 70 Hats (non-wool)
  • 6 headbands
  • 4 shawls
  • 3 pair of booties/slippers
 
Keep knitting (and crocheting)

From the President – Jul 2022

Happy 4th of July to all. Last year at this time we were up to our waders in water from one of the wettest Springs I can remember. Now we are begging for rain. The June heat was 95+ continuously. Oh, the joy of living in Texas. I did finally get my front yard landscaping replaced. I’m really pleased with the result. Very different from what it was. My bank account has not appreciated the lack of rain, let me tell you, what with trying to keep the new landscaping alive.
The terrible thing about all this hot, sticky weather is who wants to deal with wool. Looks like I need to pull out the skill of knitting with my yarn hanging over the side of my chair not touching again given our weather. 
   
As I looked back over prior newsletters, I’m always looking for inspiration, I realized that I still have not completed the charity Afghan I started for the folks in Louisiana last year. It sits next to my knitting chair in plain sight. No out of sight, out of mind excuses. Additionally, I talked about the dozen gorgeous, unique yarn bowls donated by Sony Hartley of Knitting Lagniappe. We are so blessed to have members like Sony. Many have been used as door prizes, yet we still have some left. What do you think, should I bring some out to the next charity event? We could award them to the folks that donate the most at that event? Or raffle them off?
 
As for me, I continue to work on the Feza Baby Gradient Blanket in their Baby Hand Dyed yarn in shades of green. I’m up to 22″ on size 3 needles, so that’s only 14″ to go. The Baby Shower is looming, it’s going to be close. Just last Wednesday I attended the weekly Knit at Night gathering at Yarn Store Boutique so I would focus on the blanket. I shared with the group I send WAY too much time popping bubbles and not knitting. (Popping bubbles is Priscilla code for playing on my iPad…). YSB knitters, look forward to seeing more of me as I rush to get this completed by July 16th. I really want to get this done for the shower. 
  
I’ve made no other progress on other yarn projects. Between home repairs and Guild business my focus has been elsewhere. As you’ve already read, we are desperately working to keep the Guild viable for the 2022-2023 year. Please, please help out in any way you can. 
 
Please keep each other and our tumultuous world in your prayers. Please remember, you are each a bright spot that spreads joy and hope with each stitch.  
 
That’s all for now, here’s wishing all a wonderful, wet July.  
 
Priscilla Graham
Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com

July 2022 Programs

KIK – Afterthought Sock Heel
KIND – Vacay Social
KNIT – Bead Knitting
KNOW – KAL “Multi-directional Diagonal Scarf”
SoCK – Needle Felting

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. 

Dyeing Yarn with Koolaid in SoCK

From the President – Jun 2022

With June comes a number of more serious and timely topics related to our Guild:
  • It’s time to renew your membership. There are three ways to do this:
    1. In-Person: Fill out a membership form at any chapter meeting and pay $25 by cash or check.
    2. By Mail: Download a membership form and mail it with a check for $25 to the address on the form.
    3. Online: Fill out a membership form online and pay by Paypal or credit card for $27. Go to https://knitatnight.org and click on membership on the home page for the online form and these instructions.
 
  • It’s time to elect a new Executive Board of the Guild.
    The following offices are open: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership and Newsletter.
    We look forward to hearing from the nominating committee with a slate of officers for your vote in the June/July meetings. The official handover meeting is scheduled for July 30th. Depending on the office, there will be additional training to ensure the new officers are up to speed on their duties during August.
 
  • It’s also time to elect new chapter offices. Per the by-laws, no chapter can continue without at least a chapter President.
 
The Executive Board met in May and agreed to pursue a 2023 retreat. A committee is currently being formed to plan the retreat. Additionally, plans are in the works to do another ZOOM training sometime in the fall.
 
About my knitting… I continue to work on the Feza Baby Gradient Blanket in their Baby Hand Dyed yarn in shades of green. I’m up to 12″ on size 3 needles. As it turns out the blank is only 36″ long, not 60″ like I originally thought, so that’s only 24″ to go. Given the progress I’ve made, odds are good I’ll get it done in time for the Baby Shower in July. Last month I mentioned my carpool buddies Alex and Alyssa. Alyssa graduated from College in May. We’re all so proud. Her major was mass communications. She starts an internship with Disney World in August. How cool is that? As part of Alyssa’s graduation gift, I knitted her the Yeva Shawl by Berroco. It’s a bulky knit done on size 13 needles. I choose a beautiful green that should keep her warm during the fall nights of Florida.
 
I’ve also made progress on a prayer shawl for the Knitting Ministry at my Church, St. Mary’s in Cypress. The shawl is a simple stockinette pattern with a knit boarder on the bottom, top and edges. It’s made from Lion Brand Homespun on size 15 needles. The purpose of these shawls is a gift to church members going through tough times so that they know they are held in the hearts of others.  
 
The Blue Jean Saturday Shawl has taken a back seat to these other three projects. What can I say, I got intimidated by that lace…What that really means is that I have two active projects going, the prayer shawl and the baby blanket. 
 
Please keep each other in your prayers and thank you all for spreading your knowledge and kindness with each other. I hope to see you soon.
 
Priscilla Graham
Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com

June 2022 Programs

KIK – My Favorite Shawl
KIND – Sock Clinic
KNIT – KAL “Multi-directional Diagonal Scarf”
KNOW – Intro to Crewel Embroidery
SoCK – Yarn Dyeing with Kool-Aid

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 – May 2022

Can you believe it’s May already?!?! I can’t. This time of year, as we approach Mother’s Day, has me reminiscing about all I learned from my mom, most especially my love of yarn craft. This is an especially difficult holiday for me since my mom passed away in June of 1988 after a tough battle with cancer. Florence Graham was an extremely talented and fearless crafter. If she wanted to craft something, even if she’d never done it before, she just did it. This was way before YouTube. She’d go to the local shop, the Yarn Barn in Spring Valley, New York or the local quilt shop to work with the staff and just do it. I still have the hand quilted blanket she made me to take to college. In my dining room I have two framed crewel (embroidery with yarn) pictures she made. I have a sweater she made me in my hope chest, which was her hope chest before it was mine. All of these things are so precious to me. She not only taught me to love yarn crafts, she is who I learned them from. More than one of you has heard me say, “My mom told me only a machine can make a perfect item, mistake in a project prove it was done by a human.” 
 
I never had the blessing of my own kiddos so over the years I’ve become “Miss Priscilla” to all me friends’ kiddos.  Basically their aunt from another mother. If you ask those kiddos, they’ll tell you, Miss Priscilla is that pesky adult that sits them down when they are at odds with mom’s and tells they need to treasure them. 
 
Speaking of those kiddos, two of them that I’m especially close to announced impending milestone events in April. Amanda and Jake are expecting their first child, a girl, in September. Amanda’s mom, Joy is my BBF. After one shopping trip for baby stuff, my husband texted Amanda and told her the Moms (Joy & I) were losing their minds. We are having the best time and are so excited about this little one’s pending arrival. I’ve started the Feza Baby Gradient Blanket in their Baby Hand Dyed yarn in shades of green. I’ve completed 3″ on size 3 needles. Only 57″ to go. Think I’ll have it done for the Baby Shower in July? The other couple, Alex and Rose are engaged. Alex’s mom is my longest Houston friend. We’ve been friends for 36 years. Alex and Rose are getting married in the Hill Country next April. I’ve known Alex since he was born! He and his sister Alyssa were my car pool buddies when they were little. I knit wedding shawl’s for the special people in my life, so after I finish the baby blanket I’ll need to start one for Rose. 
 
Last month I told you guys my husband and I were finally headed off to Wimberly to stay at a wonderful bed and breakfast, the Blair House Inn. We had a great trip. This was our first trip away together after getting Lainey, our doggo.  We are both retired, but once Lainey became part of our family we could no longer lounge around in bed in the mornings. As you animal lovers know, doggos need to be fed and walked early each day. Neither of us realized just how much we enjoyed sleeping in until we ended up missing the breakfast part of the trip more than once as we slept late. Very nice. As promised by the weather reports, we had a weekend of temps in the 80s and lots of sunshine.  
 
All the reminiscing got me thinking about how I got backing into knitting after a 20-year hiatus. Beside yarn craft and jewelry making I’m an avid reader. Back in 2004, I read Debbie Macomber’s the Shop on Blossom Street. For those that don’t know the Blossom Street series, they are about a yarn shop, the women who take classes there, and become friends through the shop. In the first book the shop owner teaches these women to knit by having them make baby blanket for the Linus Project. I had not knitted for about 20 years before I read that book. It motivated me to pick up my needles and knit for the Linus Project which donates knitted blanket to hospitalized children. All together I knitted 15 blankets for them. Needless to say, I love knitting for charity. Speaking of Charity, make sure you check out the plans for the next charity event later in this newsletter. I was so motivated by our last event that I joined the Knitting Ministry at my Church, St. Mary’s in Cypress. This wonderful group makes prayer shawls for church members going through tough times. It’s yet another great opportunity to give back. 
 
I’m still working on the Blue Jean Saturday Shawl using Queensland Uluru Rainbow. I am finding the lace portion of the shawl a little challenging, so I’ve started using a lifeline. So that means I’ve got three active projects that I trade out depending of my motivation. The prayer shawl, the Blue Jean Saturday Shawl and the Baby Blank. I am actually making progress on all of them.
 
Please keep Ukraine in your prayers and thank you all for spreading your knowledge and kindness with each other. I hope to see you soon.
 

Priscilla Graham
Executive Board President
knitatnightguild@gmail.com