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Thursday, July 26th, 2007
2:09 pm
Yarn Harlot in Houston
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot, is coming to Houston in September! The talk will be September 18, at 7pm, in Spring; it's being put on by Twisted Yarns, and the info is in their newsletter. It's free, but you do need to sign up in advance, via email, to save your spot.
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
10:11 pm
More info on Cabin Fever workshop
A couple of days ago, I mentioned that KANG is bringing Cabin Fever to Houston for a workshop at the end of September. I now have more info about that; here's the message that went out to members:

CABIN FEVER retreat with Deb Gemmell
September 29-30, 2007
Saturday 9am-4pm; Lunch is included
Sunday 9am-1pm

Holiday Inn Select
2712 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098

Postmarked no earlier than August 1, 2007
$85.00 Guild Members
$105.00 Non-Members

I am working on a special rate for guild
members who would like to stay at the hotel.
Please contact me if you are interested:
doggerham AT hotmail DOT com
(Note from sarakate: the "I" in the above paragraph is the email author, not me!)

Mail checks to:
c/o Amy Sonnenberg
1330 Alexander Street
Houston, TX 77008

So, there you have it. If you have questions, you can contact Amy Sonnenberg at the email address she gives above, or let me know and I'll try to find out the answer (although since I will do that by emailing Amy, you might as well short-circuit the process). Just as a point of interest, I'll note that the difference between the member and non-member costs is $20, which is the same as the membership fee, except that paying the non-member price doesn't get you a yarnshop discount for the next year.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
7:08 am
Knit at Night Guild
It's been a while since I've plugged the Houston Knit at Night Guild (KANG), and the membership year starts right now, so this seems like a good time.

KANG is one of the more active guilds in the US, with over 250 members. There are chapters in three parts of town: the central chapter which meets near the Galleria area, the north chapter (Knitters North of Town -- KNOT) which meets in Old Town Spring, and the west chapter (Knitters' Night Out West -- KNOW) which meets in Katy. You don't need to be a member to come to meetings. In addition, the guild puts on various workshops and retreats throughout the year, and while members do get a discount on these, again, you don't need to be a member to attend; the next retreat coming up is at the end of September, with Cabin Fever doing a program on top-down sweater construction, and then in March, Debby Ware is coming to do a program on baby hats and booties.

Membership is only $20 a year, and comes with a great benefit: Twisted Yarns, Yarns 2 Ewe, Yarntopia, Mary Charles Yarn, and Merribee all give you a 10% discount when you show your guild card. Unless you're a really successful yarn dieter, this benefit alone probably pays for the cost of the membership, and makes it worthwhile even if you never come to meetings.

For more information, check out the guild website, or feel free to comment here or drop me a note.
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
5:31 pm
Knit Octopus
Ryan wants me to make one of these. If it wasn't $92 I'd tell him to just buy it. Obviously I'm not going to use expensive yarns, and in fact, I just reorganized my yarn stash today, so I know I have plenty of cheap acrylics to make it out of, but I have no idea what gauge needles to use. Ideas? The site says it's 12 inches tall.

Thursday, August 31st, 2006
3:57 pm
Knit at Night Guild update
Hey folks! It's been a while since I talked about the Houston Knit At Night Guild (KANG), and there's a lot going on, so I thought I'd mention it.

KANG is one of the biggest knitting guilds in the country, with over 200 members; there are chapters in the middle of town and on the north side (Knitters North of Town or KNOT), and a new chapter is currently forming in Katy. Meetings are once a month: near the Galleria on the 2nd Tuesday for the main chapter; in Old Town Spring on the 4th Thursday for KNOT; and on Friday (but I'm not sure which Friday -- check with the Yarntopia folks) at Yarntopia for the Katy chapter. Membership is $20 annually, and gets you a 10% discount at Yarns2Ewe, Twisted Yarns, Merribee's, and Yarntopia, so it can pay for itself pretty quickly; it also gets you a discount on many of the workshops and retreats put on by the guild.

All the yarn shops in town are listed under "Local Info" on the KANG website, so check that out, since there may be some you haven't visited yet (and you can read mini-reviews of most of them here). There's also contact information for the officers of the two existing chapters, or feel free to ask me if you've got questions about the guild. I'm currently the program chair for the KNOT chapter, so if you've got ideas for a program, I'd love to hear them.
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
9:55 pm
Help! Someone stole my pattern!
Let me backtrack.

Last year, I went on honeymoon and bought the Spring 05 Interweave Knits. I fell in love with the pattern called "A Good Bias." I knitted it, then stored the magazine for a while. I decided to knit it again, and started carrying the 'zine around with me. After a while, it fell apart, and I began carrying just the page with the pattern on it with me.

One day about two weeks ago, I went out to my car to go to work in the morning, and someone had thrown a landscaping brick through my window to take my purse, which he or she apparently fancied.

I've looked for the pattern everywhere, and all I can figure is that it must have been folded up in the purse when it was taken. I am about halfway through the second sleeve of the work, and I have the whole thing memorized except the three increase rows (where I am right now), and the number of repeats for the remainder of the work.

Does anyone have the 05 Interweave who would be willing to help me? I only need the graph of the second sleeve. I can photograph my WIP and my falling apart fall issue if necessary to show I'm telling the truth.

Thanks in advance. misslilly at gmail dot com.

x-posted like a crazy woman
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
11:45 am
Moving on up
Since it's not possible to do "sticky" posts in LJ communities, I thought I'd post a reminder of a useful (I hope) post that's long since scrolled off the bottom of the community page:

This post contains a listing off, and mini-reviews of, all the yarn shops in Houston.

I've just updated it with info for the newest shop, Yarntopia.
Thursday, March 16th, 2006
12:24 pm
New shop!
Oooh, I'm full of the knitting news today.

I just learned about a new shop opening in the Houston area -- out in Katy. It's Yarntopia, and their grand opening will be Saturday, April 8. I'll add them to the LYS post once they're open.

P.S. -- I learned about this from my local knitting buddy Christine, who hosts the Pointy Sticks podcast, so I thought I'd give her a plug too -- check her out!
Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
9:34 pm
Hi From a New Knitter
Hello all,

Is it every monday? And newbies are welcome? I'm definitely crafty but am very new to knitting (though I did send a scarf that turned out pretty OK to my Sis for Xmas...) I live in League City and would love to come out and see how REAL knitters do this. :-)


Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
10:28 am
Info about the "COCK" Club
Sorry ladies but I got a kick out of the name of the club. haha What I was wondering  is if I go there will people there be willing to help a complete newbie on how to knit? I've been trying it on my own and all but it just isn't working.  I'm determined to learn.  I understand how to cast on but after that it's a lost cause.  I can not for the life of me transfer the yarn onto the second needle.  I mess up every single time.  I will try to make it out to the next meeting probably January 2.  I live really close to clear lake so I'm happy this takes place so close to home.

Let me know if a newbie is welcomed LOL because I'm a bit hard headed on this. =(

I look forward to meeting fellow knitters in the area.


Current Mood: chipper
4:14 am
Monday, December 19th, 2005
4:03 pm
Aw man, y'all. How's the holiday knitting coming along? I've finished a hat for my daughter, and I'm almost done with a matching scarf. Don't think I'm going to get the mittens turned out, but c'est la vie.

So I heard a really funny rumor t'other night at the COCK (Clear Lake S&B): Apparently, Yarns 2 Ewe does not publish their address on their website, and they refuse to give out directions over the phone. I helpfully informed the spreader of rumors of the inaccuracy of her data, but she would have nothing of it. So if you hear this rumor, for Pete's sake, it's NOT TRUE. Heavens to Betsy.

In other news, I went to an S&B in Cocoa Florida last month; that was fun, and next month, I have to go back. I've done my research, and this time I'll be going to an S&B at a yarn shop in Orlando. I wish I could find a good LYS in Cocoa, Cocoa Beach or Titusville, but there's only one store in Cocoa, and they are mostly a needle point shop. Alas!

Next week, I'm off to Gulfport, Mississippi. It will be my first time home since Katrina. I could not look at pictures without crying; I imagine that the last 45 minutes of the drive - Momma lives on the far east end of the coast, almost in Mobile - will be really brutal. I'll probably have markgro drive so I can hang my head out the window and blubber at everything that's just . . . not there anymore.

Current Mood: artistic
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
12:01 am
Introduction, and a request
I'm not really a knitter, but I do frequent yarn shops looking for supplies for my kumihimo braiding. I recognize a few of the names in the members list -- sarakate, we met and chatted a few months ago at Yarns 2 Ewe, and the rest of you know who you are. :-)

Anyhow, the reason I'm here is to ask if you folks have any tag-ends of novelty yarns -- pieces just a few yards long, that you can't do much of anything with. I'm interested in trying to use some of these for kumihimo cords, but I really don't want to buy a whole skein of something just to experiment with a few feet of it. So if you have some short bits, I'd be happy to take them off your hands. Color, style, and fiber don't matter -- I'm interested in eyelash, ribbon, glittery, textured, or really any kind of novelty yarn, as long as there's at least 6 feet of it. Leave a comment here or e-mail me (the LJ address works) if you'd like to arrange a pickup. Thanks!

Current Mood: curious
Friday, November 11th, 2005
1:37 am
nw houston
i was thinking of starting a stitch and bitch near copperfield on one sunday a month, would anybody be interested? most groups meet at times i work ,so i thought i would start my own. there is a great coffee shop near my house that has tables and a few sofas. if anybody is interested, let me know.
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
1:42 pm
New LYS!
There's a new LYS in Houston.

It's called the Mary Charles Yarn Company, and it's located on Sunset (which is a block north of Rice Boulevard), about 4 blocks east of Shepherd. It's a little tricky to locate, as it shares a building with another store, and is *upstairs*, but the address (1710 Sunset) is on the mailbox on the front of the building, so just trust that you're in the right place and go on in. :)

The phone number isn't on the website, for some reason; it's 713-529-2283.

It's a nice little place, with a decent selection; some novelty yarn, but also a good solid selection of wools and cottons. She's still kind of getting organized, but it looks like it's going to be a comfortable layout, with places to sit and knit awhile, and it's very light and airy. I'd definitely check it out, if you're on that side of town!
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
11:39 am
Is anybody organsing a Houston Knit-Out?
September & October are Knit-Out season, according to the Craft Yarn Council of America. (See the partial list at Knittyboard to see who else is planning Knit-Outs.)

So. Anybody in Houston organising one or would anybody even be interested?
I've also asked at the Stitch n Bitch - Houston Yahoo group; this can be discussed in more detail there.

x-posted to houstontx and houston_knit
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
7:12 pm
I could fact check for the Houston Press...
Did anyone see that thing in the Press, where they mistakenly plop knitting in the title of the article for this exhibit on crochet sculpture?

Current Mood: slightly peeved
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
11:38 pm
Yarns 2 Ewe moving at the end of August
Another public service announcement, this time from Yarns 2 Ewe's newsletter - not yet on the website as of whatever day this was posted -

Our new location will be at 518 Shepherd, between Washington and Memorial. Since the new building is on the corner of Blossom street and Shepherd (heard of a little book called "The Shop on Blossom Street"?), we took it as a sign that our move was meant to be! Our new space is larger, with even more room to grow into over the years, has a huge classroom/workshop area and better parking.

With all the excitement, we'll be closed from August 29th - September 2nd, but you'll want to make time to come by our Grand Opening and 2nd Anniversary celebration on September 3rd and 4th!

Any of y'all planning to go? Hopefully they'll have some juicy sale - it'll be right at the start of Knittyboard Secret Pal, too, so maybe I can score some loot for whoever my pal may be....

Update on what I said about Nancy's Knits a while back - apparently whoever she was renting the old place from drastically raised the rent. What this has to do with anything, I don't know. Maybe some of y'all wondered too why on earth she moved to such a strange spot for a yarn shop.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
2:50 pm
Stitch markers in flight
So, I'm making the morning pilgimage to the "Land of Dark Suits", with a bus driver who has a need for speed. Ya know when the downside of a overpass meets the road and it can give a jolt? Today's driver must have hit one of those doing 70pmh while I was moving a marker from one needle to another. Heads were bobbin' and the marker was flyin' off the needle towards the front of the bus! If it hit someone in the head, they were asleep. Otherwise, some guy may just find one of Collapse ) in his suit pocket today!

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
8:22 pm
Hi! I'm new to the community! I havn't posted yet cause i havn't had much to say. ;.;

My mother and I are both knitters and I wanted to get her some really nice needles for her birthday and I wanted to know if you all had any recomendations? I've seen the rosewood ones, which are awesome, but I'm looking for something really special.
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