Hi Shirley -
I'm new to the Houston area as well and I have already mets lots of great knitters. I joined the guild and our meetings are the last Thursday of the month. Besides that, I usually try to go and knit at the shop called Twisted Yarns on Fridays. I'm the "newbie" but they welcomed me in and I would love it if you could join us! There are also several lace groups that meet on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays. I will probably join them eventually, but for not so do the knitting on Fridays at Twisted Yarns and the Guild meetings. We could always get together and start our own thing. I was actually thinking of going over to Barnes and Noble tomorrow afternoon to sit and knit for awhile. You are welcome to come! I'll be at the one by the Woodlands Mall, knitting by the cafe thingy, probably around 2 pm.
So to answer your question, newbies are always welcome! PM me if you want more info, I feel like I've been rambling enough!