Knitted flowers in remembrance of Pat Bodley

After much discussion and planning, we have come up with a very special way to honor Pat Bodley at our Fiber Festival. I am asking everyone in our guild, (from all chapters) who would like to participate, to make a Knitted or Crocheted flower. We will display the bouquet in a vase on the KANG table during the fiber festival with a sign designating their purpose. I will provide a vase and take the flowers as you get them finished. The final day for turning in flowers will be the July Meeting of the Chic Chapter on July 10 or the KNIT Chapter Meeting on July 14th.

I will be glad to meet up with anyone who has flowers to contribute that cannot attend one of the meetings in July I will be attending. To insure that we have everything we need to properly present this memorial I would like to make sure I get them before Fiber Festival. 

We are still waiting for a final word with Irene, Pat’s sister, as to what we will do following the festival. The current plan is to get the bouquet to her. If Irene chooses we will raffle the flowers off after the festival and the give any funds raised to the charity of her choice in Pat’s name. Either way it is a tribute to a wonderful friend, knitter, and caring member of our community. 

Please join us in celebration of Pat’s life by knitting a flower or two. Please make an icord (12-18 inches) for us to insert a pipe cleaner into so we have something to work with in positioning flowers. If we have a large number of donations we will have more than one vase and we will be able to offer more to raffle or give to Irene.

I have the pipe cleaners available at many of the chapter meetings. (I will make it a point to attend as many as possible during this month.) If you check on Ravelry… enter “flower patterns {to knit or crochet – It says there are 109 pages – not all of the pages are just flower patterns}” there are many free patterns to download. I have also checked at the library near me and found there are several books on knitting/crocheting flowers:

- Piecework Magazine – March/April 2015 (three patterns including a Tiger Lily, Scarlet Geranium, and Yellow Jessamine)
- “Knitting Flowers” by Linda Dawkins
- “100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet” by Leslie Stanfield
- “75 Birds, Butterflies and Mini Beasts to Knit and Crochet” by Leslie Stanfield
- “Nicky Epstein Knitted Flowers” by Nicky Epstein
- “Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers” by Nora Bellows
- “Quick Knit Flower Frenzy” by Annies

Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful creations by our talented participants! I will be glad to meet up with anyone who has flowers to contribute that cannot attend one of the meetings in July I will be attending. To insure that we have everything we need to properly present this memorial I would like to make sure I get them before Fiber Festival. 

Paula Hitchcock, KNOW Chapter President

Houston Fiber Fest vendor list

The vendor list for Houston Fiber Fest 2015 has been announced! 

Alisha Goes Around
The Barbed Dragon & Brazen Stitchery
Bluebonnet Hills Alpaca
Crafty Chaos
The Crochet Dude
Fiesty Fenn Fibers
Foggy Hollow
Great Yarn Company
Gritty Knits
Independence Fiber Mill
Inner Loop Dyeworks
iPurl
Knitting Lagniappe
Kristin Omdahl
Kyla’s Lab
Little Monkey Stitch n’ Spin
Lynn’s Texas Fibers
Mohair & More
Muddy Knitter
Park Avenue Yarns
Purl & Loop
Sky Loom Weavers
Suburban Stitcher
Vice Yarns
WC Mercantile
Western Sky Knits
Windmill Crest Farms
Yarnorama
Yarntopia

Check out the Houston Fiber Fest website for a map of the vendor hall, coming soon.

June chapter meetings

Tuesday, June 9
KNIT – Shadow knitting

Friday, June 12
CHIX – Brioche, “Lady Eleanor” KAL

Saturday, June 13
Cypress chapter – Short rows

Thursday, June 25
KNOT – Damara talks about her experiences as a spinner

Saturday, June 27
KIK – Mystery scarf KAL, Yarn bomb projects

Monday, June 29
KNOW – Knit Companion iphone app

Check out our Calendar page for more detailed descriptions.

Knit-in at No Label Brewing Co.

Join us Wednesday June 10th from 4 p.m. until ? 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.

Feel free to bring your yarn bomb items, Lester the Leicester knit-along, chapter knit-along or any other project you choose. Dogs, families, outside food is welcome (just no outside alcohol).

Worldwide Knit In Public Day 2015

WWKIP Day – or worldwide knit in public day – is Saturday, June 13 this year. If you’d like to participate, please join your fellow guild members as they knit at Memorial City Mall around 1pm. This will be an informal come-and-go-as-you-please gathering. We will sit in the fireplace/ice skating rink area and work on charity, yarn bomb, or personal projects.

If anyone stops to ask about what you’re working on, please remember to tell them about the guild and our upcoming fiber festival. We hope to see you there!

Visit wwkipday.com to learn more about the history of the event.

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.