Exciting news! This month’s KNOW meeting will be a benefit for the Special Pals animal shelter in Katy. In association with the The Snuggles Project, we will be knitting and crocheting therapy blankets for the homeless pets at the shelter. Considering the unusually cold winter we’re having, Special Pals is delighted to be receiving our blankets. They have set no limitations on size or color, so you can be as creative as you wish! A medium-size blanket requires about 700-900 yards of worsted-weight acrylic yarn, knit double-stranded using a size 11-13 needle. You may use any acrylic yarn of your choice, worsted-to-bulky-weight, in any color. Patterns for the simple Snuggle blankets (both knitted and crocheted) will be available at the meeting or can be downloaded in advance from The Snuggles Project website at SnugglesProject.org. We will also have on hand a small quantity of acrylic yarn that members may use to make their blankets, so arrive early if you need yarn. We hope to warm up as many of our furry friends at Special Pals as possible this winter, so please plan to join us in January for knitting, refreshments, prizes, and fun.
Please plan to join us for a festive, fun-filled evening of seasonal games, terrific prizes, and a luscious dessert at KNOW’s annual Holiday Party. Be sure to bring a gift-wrapped, like-new, non-acrylic skein of yarn if you’d like to participate in Santa’s One-Skein Swap and go home with a new ball of yarn! Arrive early for dinner if you like. Everyone is welcome.
This month, KNOW Member and lace knitter extraordinaire Janet Lauland will present a program for us called, “Lace Knitting Tips and Tricks.” Topics to be covered include choosing appropriate yarn and needles, lifelines, working with charts, and more. This particular program was written by our lace designer-in-residence and CHIX member Rose Williams, so you won’t want to miss it!
This month’s program on Hand-Dying Yarn With Natural Dyes is being presented by Penny and Peggy of Sky Loom Weavers in Cat Springs, Texas. Penny and Peggy will talk about the process they use to create beautiful yarn using flowers, plants, and other natural materials, and show us how we can do it at home. They will also be bringing hand-dyed yarn from their shop that will be available for sale.
We will be having a program on Fair Isle.
This program has been cancelled due to inclement weather and expected flooding. As the following Monday is Labor Day, there is no make-up meeting scheduled. We will see you for the regularly scheduled September meeting on the 25th.
Stay safe and dry everyone!
Just about every knitter has used stitch markers at some point. Tonight we will be making stitch markers. All materials will be provided.
Houston Fiber Fest Recap. Please bring all the goodies that you purchased at the Houston Fiber Fest. We will have a show and share. We would also like to hear about any classes you took.
Spring has arrived in Houston so it’s time for spring flowers. Bring your bits and bobs of leftover yarn and the knitting needles and crochet hooks in the appropriate sizes to the March meeting. You may even want to bring dpns as some patterns are knit in the round. We will provide knit and crochet patterns for all sorts of flowers – sun flowers, daffodils, bluebonnets and more.
Sybil Koempel will present a program on using charts for knitting colorwork. We will learn how to use and read colorwork charts. She will present examples of project knit from charts. There will be an exercise on making your own colorwork charts.