Houston Fiber Fest Volunteer Info/Sign-up

We will need many volunteers to make this Fiber Fest a success. We are asking all the guild members to consider volunteering for one (or more) of the jobs listed below. Also, if anyone has a high school or college student who needs volunteer hours, they are very welcome to help out. Students need to bring their forms and Nancy will sign them at the end of their volunteering.

Please contact Nancy Polychronopoulos to sign up or ask questions. We will be updating this info as we get a better idea of how many volunteers we will need/have signed up. Nancy is going to try to come to as many meetings as she can to answer questions and sign up volunteers. Thanks for being a volunteer!!!

Job #1: Volunteers to help vendors with bringing merchandise in/booth set-up. This will be Friday morning.

Job#2: Volunteers to babysit booths while vendors take breaks/go tolunch. Also help out vendors with small errands. This will be both days at lunch. Also help out vendors with small errands. This will be both days at random times.

Job #3 Volunteers to man the KANG booth. This is for both days.
a. Give info about KANG and answer questions.
b. Take applications and give membership cards.
c. Take credit card/check/cash payments for dues and bag sales
d. Check in students & give them Lester Bucks.

Job #4: Volunteers to help out class teachers with errands, etc… This is for both days

Job #5:Volunteers to be “on call” to run off-site errands (printing more stuff, getting more ice for coolers, random stuff we might forget). This is for both days.

Job #6: Volunteers to teach basic knitting & crocheting in the Sit & Stitch area. This is for both days.

Job #7: Volunteers to help vendors take down their booths. This is Saturday evening after the Fiber Fest is over.

Job #8: Volunteer to pick up Joan McGowan Michael from the airport, take her to/from her hotel, to/from the Berry Center, take her back to the airport, etc… We need a teacher keeper!

Charity Knitting

Our next Charity Knit In will be Saturday June 6th from 8 am to 2pm at St. Anne DeBeaupre, 2810 Link Road, Houston, Texas 77009
 
It’s time to register! Please email Susan at robsusand@gmail.com to sign up.  We are able to at least double the number of participants for this event. So sign up, if you have wanted to come but were concerned about available space.  We will be knitting scarves for Patricia H.’s favorite homeless charity.  It will be a pot luck event!  When you sign up for the event, please let me know what you will bring when you sign up.  Coffee, water, and paper products will be provided! This is a great time to meet folks from other chapters.

Yarn Bomb Brainstorming Session

Please join us for a knit-in on April 9th from 4-8 p.m. at Beck’s Prime, 2615 Augusta Drive, Houston, TX 77057 (off Westheimer between Chimney Rock Road and Fountain View Drive).  Bring your UFO’s or no longer needed swatches, knitting, crocheting, weaving…etc. pieces.  We have begun documenting items completed by members of each chapter that are ready (and near ready) to cover objects at the Berry Center!  Please see the Ravelry Houston Fiber Fest page for a refresher of the breakdown of the items needed by each chapter and the measurements so pieces are ready and set to go on July 17th.  If you have something ready (or near ready) for me to document please let me know.  See you all soon!  Kristie

Ann Budd workshop

We will be hosting Ann Budd on April 25 & 26 at the Hyatt Sugar Land, located near Highway 59 and Highway 6, in Sugar Land. Come sit at the feet of this great teacher and soak up the knowledge. You never know what you’ll learn by attending a live workshop. 

Tickets are now on sale. Payments can now be made online with Paypal. Click on store in the upper right hand corner of your screen. For those who prefer to pay by check, there will be a limited number of spots reserved for mail-in registration. DOWNLOAD A FORM HERE. You must have your form and check in KANG’s mailbox by April 2. The deadline for mail-in registration has passed. All remaining tickets are available online. * Note that online tickets have a small fee added to the ticket price. This is to cover our costs associated with credit card processing.

Please note that this workshop is for paid KANG members only. Membership can be purchased in our online store when you buy your ticket. If you purchase a ticket and you are not a member, your ticket will be refunded and you will forfeit your spot in class. 

If you have any questions about registering for the Ann Bud Workshop, please email Elizabeth at president@knitatnight.org. If you have any difficulties registering online, email Natasha Sills at website@knitatnight.org.

Saturday, April 25 – Reading Your Knitting (and Charts) and Fixing Errors
9am – 4:30pm
$80 by check, $83 by credit card
Most knitters run into problems when they aren’t able to “read their knitting”-that is, they can’t recognize where they are in a pattern by simply looking at the stitches on the needles or in the fabric below the needles. How do you tell where you are when you’ve put your knitting down in the middle of row? Can you tell how many rows you’ve knitted since the last increase, decrease, or cable turn? How do you know what type of increase or decrease was worked? In this class, we’ll examine how the basic stitches look in a piece of knitting, and practice fixing common mistakes, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), and reversing a decrease, increase, or cable turn.
Skills: Basic beginning knitting; must know how to cast on, bind off, knit purl, increase, and decrease.
Materials: One partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted wool or wool blend recommended); knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; cable needle (optional).

Sunday, April 26 – Casting-On (morning) and Binding-Off Techniques (afternoon)
Morning class: 9am – 12pm
Afternoon class: 1:30PM – 4:30PM
$40 each by check, $42 each by credit card

There are a variety of ways to cast-on and bind-off stitches, each with its own advantages. In the morning half of this one-day workshop you’ll learn at least five different cast-ons and when to use them to provide strength, elasticity, invisibility, or decoration. In the afternoon, you’ll learn at least five different bind-offs and when to use them. You’ll learn each technique in a separate swatch that you’ll keep for reference. Cast-on methods will include long-tail, old Norwegian (aka, German twisted), tubular, provisional, Channel Island, and more as time permits. Bind-off methods will include suspended, I-cord, three-needle, sewn, decrease, invisible ribbed, and more as time permits.
Skills: Intermediate knitting skills; must be familiar with making yarnovers.
Materials: One partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted wool or wool blend recommended); knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; one extra knitting needle for working the three-needle bind-off; tapestry needle; crochet hook.
Homework: (required) Knit eight swatches in stockinette stitch: Cast on 12 stitches and work in stockinette stitch until piece measures about 1½”, ending with a wrong-side (purl) row. Cut yarn, leaving a 24″ tail. Place stitches on a holder.
Knit 1 swatch in k1, p1 rib: Cast on 12 stitches and work in k1, p1 rib until piece measures about 1½”. Cut yarn, leaving a 36″ tail. Place stitches on a holder.

Knit-in at No Label Brewing Co.

We have our first Yarn Bomb Brainstorming and Knit session scheduled! Thursday March 19th from 4-8 p.m. Come knit with us at No Label Brewing Co, 5351 1st. Street, Katy Texas. Beers are $3-$4 if you’d like to enjoy a pint and there is no cover charge.

Bring the swatches or UFO’s you might like to incorporate into the yarn bomb, yarn and fiber art tool pack of choice, your creative energy and ideas. Also, bring your camp chair, NON-alcoholic drinks (if you like), food, kids, dogs, family or friends too! There are also plenty of restaurants that will deliver food, Joe 5 Star Pizza & Jimmy Johns to name a few. 

2015 KNOW Day Camp

Join us for a day of knitting fun and knitters socializing. Learn a new skill or practice an old one. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM HERE

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Project Title: Too Hot to Handle!
Project Materials: All yarn is provided, You will need to bring your own needles: US #11 (8.0 mm) Double Points or US#11 Circulars for Magic Loop (if preferred), a stitch marker, scissors, or other preferred notions you use for a knit project
Location: Mason Creek Community Center (The West Room), 20201 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450
Cost: $30.00

There are only 35 spaces available for Day Camp. Registration is open to K.N.O.W. group members first. At the end of February for any remaining unfilled spaces, registration will be open to all K.A.N.G. members.

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There are still spots open!

Have you been thinking about the KANG Navasota Retreat and wishing you could go? Well you can! There are still spots open. Download a registration form here.

As a reminder, the retreat will be held at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas, on February 20-22. The total cost for the retreat is $190. You can pay half now as a down payment. The final amount is due by February 14, 2015. Please note, there is no partial payment if you can only be at the retreat for part of the time.

The retreat is a fun, relaxing weekend where KANG members can kick back and knit/crochet/weave/spin to their hearts content! There is no set schedule or any classes or programs. However, in years past many of us have ventured up to WC Mercantile in Navasota on Saturday morning. And on Saturday evening, we’ve had a show & share. And there may even be a little surprise on Saturday night…

All meals starting with dinner Friday night through breakfast Sunday morning are provided by the staff. For those with food allergies, please contact Camp Allen directly. The website for Camp Allen is www.campallen.org. I can tell you from personal experience that the meals are hearty. You might need to take a hike through the woods to walk off the pounds you’ll be putting on. Bring your flashlight for a midnight hike, though it’s not needed to get from the hotel to the conference center.

All rooms are double occupancy. You can request a specific roommate, or meet somebody new. The rooms are standard hotel rooms, so bring your own toothpaste and hairbrush.

Our gatherings during the day are held in a conference room with chairs and tables provided. In evenings we have been know to take over the rocking chairs around the fireplace. The hotel rooms and conference center are handicap accessible.

Lastly, I know some of ya’ll want to bring your friends and/or spouses. However, the retreat is only for members. So just pass them a membership form and have them sign up!

If you have any additional questions, please ask! You can reach me at president@knitatnight.org or email Angela Fryers (the retreat coordinator) at treasurer@knitatnight.org.

See ya’ll at Camp Allen!!!

Houston Fiber Fest YARN BOMB!

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Our yarn bombing event will take place on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 6pm-8pm. We need knitters, crocheters, weavers, and fiber artists to help us cover the entrance of the Berry Center with yarn during Houston Fiber Fest! Email yarnbomb@houstonfiberfest.com for more information.

We have our first Yarn Bomb Brainstorming and Knit session scheduled!

Thursday March 19th from 4-8 p.m. Come and go as you please at Katy No Label Brewery, 5351 1st. Street, Katy Texas. Beers are $3-$4 if you’d like to enjoy a pint, no cover charge.

Bring the swatches or UFO’s you might like to incorporate into the Yarn Bomb, yarn and fiber art tool pack of choice, your creative energy and ideas. Also, bring your camp chair, NON-alcoholic drinks (if you like), food, kids, dogs, family or friends too! There are also plenty of restaurants that will deliver food, Joe 5 Star Pizza & Jimmy Johns to name a few.  Link to Katy No Label Brewery http://nolabelbrew.com/!

Thanks so much, Kristie Just