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Friday, September 14, 2018

Here it is, thank you, I love you.


Eileen brought in an afghan she finished. She pulled the wrong thread and got into trouble when she tried to fix it. She handed it to me and said, "Here it is, thank you, I love you." 😊💜 It's nice to be appreciated.


She's been knitting away on her Mixology Scarf in Baah! La Jolla (Fingering: 100% Wool, 400 yards).


There are Weekender sweaters everywhere. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards). Nan and Eleanor are knitting theirs in the team color, purple.


Allison is knitting hers in green, this is not a good representation of the color.


 Elisa in a cream color. Everyone is knitting up to the armholes before our next class.


Eleanor has put a lot of time into Bibbe knit with The Fibre Co. Arranmore Light (DK: 80% Merino, 10% Silk, 10% Cashmere).


Jane has been working on her Double Basketweave Infinity Scarf in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (Sport: 50% Silk, 50% Alpaca, 146 years). The recipient is petite so we discussed how much wider she should knit it. Historically she has knit it approximately 1/3 bigger than it is.  Calann and I felt she should call it quits now.


Mallory's Snowflake stocking is progressing. She also has a new grandchild! Congratulations! Will she be able to knit another stocking by this Christmas??? Place your bet.


Calann as been working on her Building Blocks Afghan in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash.


She is swatching for the #01 Long Cardigan with stash yarn.


Elisa's been working on the Vacanza Scarf in Berroco Medina (DK: 37% Cotton, 36% Acrylic, 27% Rayon, 295 yards). She's almost at the halfway point where she can begin decreasing. Her plan is to wear this scarf with her Weekender sweater.


Cornelia has finished the fronts, back, and one sleeve of her "Cairo Sunset" customfit sweater. Yarn: Yarn: Knitting Fever Painted Cotton (DK: 100% Cotton, 357 yards).

 
Harry (and Joe) visited me at work. It's nice when your dog matches the carpet!


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Fall must be coming!



Calann is knitting the Building Blocks Afghan in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards). She dropped a stitch and Block #6.


In the meantime, she started Block #7. She commented that this has been a great knitting summer because it's been so hot, she hasn't gone to the beach as much.


Calann swatched with Valley Yarns Northampton from her stash (Worsted: 100% Wool, 247 yards) for the Tafsut Poncho. Her gauge was too tight and she had to go up a needle size.


She finished the Stocking Cap F797  knit with Knitcol (DK: 100% Washable Wool, 137 yards). Eleanor brought in the communal tassel maker.


Eleanor blocked Bibbe and joined the shoulders with a 3-needle bind off. The sweater fits nicely. We measured how long to knit the sleeves. She'll try it on again to confirm the sleeve length. Yarn: The Fibre Co. Arranmore Light (DK: 80% Merino, 10% Silk, 10% Cashmere).


Here is the latest picture of her Tot Toppers Favorite Blanket in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino. We all LOVE this blanket.


Jane finished one Double Basketweave Infinity Scarf in Sincere Sheep Terroir Fiber Series (Sport: 100% Cormo, 400 yards).


Now she's casting on for another with Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (Sport: 50% Silk, 50% Alpaca, 146 years) from her stash. 


Her Lucy Cowl knit with Lux Adorna Knits Fun Bundle Kit (DK: 100% Cashmere, 200 yards) is coming along beautifully. We all love the red pop of color she put in with a mini skein of 7th Floor Yarns.


Cornelia is well into the second front of her Customfit sweater in Knitting Fever Painted Cotton (DK: 100% Cotton, 357 yards).


Allison blocked out her Fairisle Pillow knit with Northlight Fibers Atlantic (Worsted: 100% Falkland Islands Merino Wool, 170 yards). She's debating whether to knit the back or have a fabric back.  For fabric we discussed linen or canvas. Thoughts?


To combat the air conditioning, she put on her newly blocked and finished Sparkle Ridges Wrap knit with  Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light and Artyarns Merino Cloud in The Wildflower colorway. 


Allison and Nan were joining The Weekender in the round. Their tubular cast ons look fantastic! Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards).


Eileen was casting on for Mixology in blues. When she received the kit from Kitterly, the colors were more turquoise than blue. She will knit on. Yarn: Baah! La Jolla (Fingering: 100% Wool, 400 yards).


She put on her newly blocked and finished Churchmouse Twice Reversible Ribbed Poncho knit with North Light Fibers Atlantic.


Nan finished her Streetscape Scarf. There was one small blip she wasn't happy with. We all agreed that when she's all wrapped up in it, it will not be noticeable.


Thing #2 got a new kitten, and I had to share. This is the video when Simba met the kitten, Jasper. Simba was not amused.


The next day, having made it clear who was in charge, Simba settled in to forcefully bathe Jasper.









Monday, August 13, 2018

This post brought to you by Monkfish

Today I learned that Monkfish is the "poor man's lobster". Who knew? Apparently everyone at the table except me. I looked them up online, the first comment is that it is one of the ugliest fish in the deep. They are, spare yourself and don't look. Further down, it was confirmed, Monkfish has a mild taste and texture similar to lobster. I help my group with their knitting, they educate me on the finer things in life.😜


Eleanor reached the next color section on her Tot Toppers Favorite Blanket knit with six colors of Plymouth Select Merino Worsted (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards). I love watching her progress, such a cheerful blanket.

© Karen Templer
Jane cast on for a car project, the Double Basketweave Infinity Scarf that she will knit with Sincere Sheep Terroir Fiber Series (Sport: 100% Cormo, 400 yards). She had to cast on 192 stitches and began to unspool yards of yarn for the long-tail cast on.


I saved her from herself and showed her how to cast on using two balls of yarn. Of course she had to make it trickier ~ her pattern calls for the yarn to be held double. After she was cast on, I showed her how to join in the round without twisting.


Eileen finished the Easy Folded Poncho with stash yarn, Tahki Souffle (Aran: 42% Angora, 38% Viscose, 20% Merino, 108 yards). She had put in the provisional cast on and wanted to learn how to take it out.


While traveling, she stopped in a yarn store and bought Cascade Luminosa (Worsted: 52% Viscose, 44% Baby Alpaca, 4% Merino, 240 yards). They had a sample of the Elizabeth Capelet. Little did she know that we carry it too. Needless to say there was a run on the yarn by some of the other ladies!


Calann was working on her Building Blocks Afghan in Plymouth Select Merino Worsted (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).


Nan and Elisa were working on the tubular cast on for the Weekender Sweater Class. This is a fiddly technique that makes the ribbing look like it sprang up out of nowhere. It makes for a beautiful ribbing with no visible cast on edge. Definitely worth the trouble (at least in my opinion, they may not be ready to agree). They are both knitting their sweaters in Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards).


Cornelia finished the right front of her Customfit sweater in Knitting Fever Painted Cotton (DK: 100% Cotton, 357 yards).


Allison worked on her Matchmaker Scarf knit with Anzula Dreamy (Fingering: 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk, 385 yards) and Anzula Lunaris (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Stellina, 425 yards). She is intent of finishing some projects to clear the queue for the fall.


Togetherness? Nah, Harry wanted to get closer to me than Tucker. More like sibling rivalry - brothers from other mothers.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Deadlines and Commitments


What to leave in and what to leave out. Since April, my knitting has been a mixture of deadlines and commitments with a few fun quick knits interspersed. That's not to say I didn't enjoy knitting the commitments, just that they had deadlines. Since I rarely knit in a monogamous fashion, there was overlap.


It started out with the Easy Folded Poncho shop sample in Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards). A lovely mindless knit, it doesn't get much easier than this poncho. And as often happens, I liked the sample so much, I bought the yarn to make one for myself. Stockinette fabric (to me) can be very elegant in its simplicity and I love ponchos.


Next there were two accessories for Tahki Stacy Charles for the fall. They are cabled beauties and I look forward to knitting my self a set.


I knit the Weekender in Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards) for the first Weekender Class at Westport Yarns.


I have an internal rule, if I wear a sample from the shop more than three times, I knit one for myself. That happened with Alfama knit with Berroco Regatta (Bulky: 100% Cotton, 164 yards). This knit up in no time. This was a fun (very quick knit). The yarn is a tape and has very interesting colorways.


With two weddings this summer, I was under the gun to knit garters. I knit up the first one and brought it to the bride's shower to test the size. Since then I finished it and mailed it off. Now I'm furiously knitting my daughter's garter. Think teeny tiny needles and laceweight yarn 😒.


For the shop's trunk show with Yarn Catcher, I designed a one skein wonder, Read Between the Lines. An asymmetrical scarf in Yarn Catcher Sock (Fingering: 75% 4 ply Meirno, 25% Nylon, 463 yards). It's a suitable for adventurous advanced beginners and above. I love Yarn Catchers dyeing, really fun combinations of color.

 

While feeling a break in the commitment tide, I cast on for my Banana Leaf Duster Vest in Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards) in an uncharacteristic olive green. I designed the Vest to be knit in one piece ~ I love the cable details (if I do say so myself).

© Andrea Mowry

The break was fleeting as I cast on for another Weekender Sweater for a shop sample in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (Worsted: 100% Wool - Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards). I've taught this sweater as a class three times at Westport Yarns with a fourth starting soon! It's a great mix of sophisticated knitting techniques and simplicity.

© Amy Christoffers

I squeezed in another east, fun, and quick knit with Vacanza a summer scarf knit with Berroco Medina (DK: 37% Cotton, 36% Acrylic, 27% Rayon, 295 yards). Mine was knit with a more characteristic color-way (for me) blues and purples.


As I reflect on this post, I look back and think, that's a lot of knitting. Seriously, a lot. No rest for the weary~ there are two more baby gifts to knit for fall babies and fall samples on the horizon. Good thing I like what I do!