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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Are you picking up what I'm putting down?

Eileen test knit my Flap Happy Two hat and now she is knitting another one for one of her grandkids.  I love the new rendition of my Flap Happy Hat. Yarn: Katia Azteca Milrayes (Aran: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 197 yards).


She was ready to pick up stitches around the neck on the Minnowknits 213QK Cassock Coat.

Eileen is finishing up her third Cameo scarf/shawl in Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 415 yards) and Artyarns Regal Silk (DK: 100% Silk, 163 yards). I love the depth of color the Regal Silk adds to the project.

© Linda Gavaldon
 Cindy was back with her Elephants on Parade Baby Blanket. She had several unknit stitches and learned how to recognize and fix them.

Calann worked on her Tressage sweater. She didn't have the correct number of stitches and had to bind off more to even it out. The bottom of the sweater is worked in short rows to make the back longer. She began picking up stitches for the entire bottom border which will be knit in the round.

She started the heel/foot on her Angel Christmas Stocking.  She's not loving how it is coming out ~ the village voted and said it's a keeper.

Cornelia modeled her latest (finished) Customfit Sweater in Plymouth Gina (Worsted: 100% Wool, 109 yards). It came out exactly the way she envisioned it. What a beautiful vest.

Now she is working on a color-block version of the Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho. She is knitting with a cotton yarn and finding it very slippery.

Deirdre (new to our group) checked in on several holiday gift knits she has started. The top is a 2x2 ribbed scarf and the bottom a garter stitch scarf.

Eleanor and I discussed the neckline for her Customfit sweater in Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards). Once she finishes the neck, it's off to the finisher.


She bought Berroco Bento (Aran: 80% Merino, 20% Silk, 98 yards) to knit my new poncho, Making Waves ~ soon to be released on Ravelry. Pattern is free with purchase of the yarn at Westport Yarns

Jane is knitting my Fallen Halo cowl in Artyarns Cashmere 5 and Artyarns Cashmere Glitter. Every time I see someone knit this in a different colorway, I want it. I must have 4-5 of these now. They are so easy to knit and so luxurious to wear.

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During the random pathways our conversation takes us. Jane mentioned a story of a woman who recalled that her Grandfather (who raised sheep) had one hand soft from patting the sheep as they went off to be sheared and one rough hand from years of hard work.  We all thought that was rather touching.

Tucker has found yet another peculiar way to sleep. His head is barely resting on the sofa while he lies on the ottoman.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tying up loose ends.

Nan finished her Westport Yarns Chevron blanket in the Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: !00% Merino, 218 yards). It just needs to be blocked.

Her Transitions Boxed T Scarf came back from the finisher. It is gorgeous! Yarn: Transitions Lux Kit (Light Fingering: 49% Cotton, 47% Acrylic, 4% Metallic, 620 yards).

She is knitting the Vivacious Hi-Lo Pullover in the Worsted Merino Superwash for her daughter. While checking gauge I noticed was she was off in her stitch pattern (near the top of the picture. She took it back and began again. This is a great pullover. I knit it last winter and it became one of my favorite sweaters.

Calann had questions on her Tressage sweater; she was starting the asymmetrical shaping and it is a little confusing.

Lisa was furiously knitting on her Urban Ranch Shawl so that she could get help with the fringe. In the end, she decided to come back another day. I think there was smoke coming off her knitting needles! Yarn: Berroco Suede (Worsted: 100% Nylon, 120 yards).

Eleanor and I reviewed the neck/shoulder shaping on her customfit sweater. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards).

She continues to knit her Motif Scarf in Shibui Baby Alpaca (DK: 100% Alpaca, 255 yards). The pattern stitch is really interesting.

Eleanor finished her Churchmouse Colorblock poncho which is a variation of the Easy Folded Poncho.

Cornelia liked Eleanor's poncho so much, that she is swatching knit one. Her customfit sweater is being finished.

 Night! I'm going to let sleeping dogs lie.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Summer Knitting Going Strong

 Eileen finished her Baby Surprise Jacket and added cute hedgehog buttons.

She tested a soon to be released new hat pattern of mine.

Michelle is also going to test my hat pattern with Arucania Lauca (Aran: 80% Wool, 10% Silk, 10% Camel, 182 yards).

She finished the Building Blocks Square she was working on last week and and began another one. 

Mary swatched for a summer shell in Lang Grande (Bulky: 100% Cotton, 68 yards). We are modifying an existing pattern, using the dimensions as a guide.

The sleeves/front body of Lois' Bedford Top is beginning to take shape. Yarn: (Worsted: 74% Silk, 26% Metallic, 77 yards).

A tabletop dog from the very beginning.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Knitting with a (safety) net.

Do the projects you take on vary based on your available (knitting) support?  In talking about the projects we are working on, Jane said to Calann "do you realize that you only knit crazy stuff?" Calann answered,  "I do crazy because I'm with Pam, I don't do stockinette stitch without Pam."

Her Tressage top got to a tricky section where she had to split for the front and back which are worked separately. She has a lot of markers to keep track of the cable sections so it took some figuring out. Yarn: (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 394 yards).

She started knitting the Unice Unicord Hood.

© Heidi May 
How cute is this? If I knit this for another daughter, I'd have a unicorn and a mermaid. Not going to happen.

Jane finished her Newsprint Cowl in Purl Soho Line Weight Heather (Light Fingering: 100% Merino, 494 yards). You can see that her jogless stripes improved as she went along. By the time she was in the last third of the cowl, it was perfect.

She cast on and began working on her Sailboat Colorblock Cardigan in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (Worsted: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards).

Allison Cameo Scarf/Wrap is knitting up nicely. Yarns: Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 415 yards) and Berroco Folio (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 219 yards).

Cornelia added a button hole on her customfit vest. We have to figure out how she wants the neck to be. For now, she is putting the right front aside while working on left front until we decide. Yarn: Plymouth Gina (Worsted: 100% Wool, 109 yards)

Lisa's Suede Wrap looks great. This is a nice, easy project to knit up. Yarn: Berroco Suede: (Worsted: 100% Nylon, 120 yards)

Trammi hasn't knit in a while since she's been caught up in the back to school rush of activities. Thankfully she takes excellent notes and it wasn't difficult to see where she left off on her Anemone Poncho. Yarns: Artyarns Regal Silk and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light.

Random things:

TV show: Odd Mom Out

Here is a link to a funny rant by a Mom about supporting teachers.

Notice that they are sleeping in exactly the same positions?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Goals: ProcrastiKNITing

Finally, a word to describe my modus operandi!

Eileen finished her Artyarns Silk Mohair Blanket Shawl in neutrals (Lace: 60% Mohair, 40% Silk, 312 yards). Stunning piece that she will get lots of use out of.

She was ready to begin the neckline on the baby Cossack Coat.

We love her Baby Surprise Jacket in Lang Yarns Merino + (Aran: 100% Merino, 197 yards). This is a really intriguing pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman. You are knitting from the outside in, in one piece.

Michelle lost track of her place in Block #9 of the Building Blocks Afghan. So far this is her least favorite block.

Lois split for the front and back on the Bedford Top. The pattern changes when working flat and was confusing. After a couple of rows she got on track. Yarn: Stella (Worsted: 74% Silk, 26% Metallic, 77 yards).

 Cuddling with the Beasty Boys.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Where is your stash?

Every now and then the topic of stash comes up. One of my favorite acronyms is SABLE, Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.

Eleanor and Nan have their yarn in a closet, with a little overflow.

Calann has her yarn in a walk in closet.

I have Yarnia, where I've turned one of my kid's old rooms into yarn storage and work space.

Where is your stash?

Jane cast on for Sailboat Cardigan using the long tail cast on. Since there were a lot of stitches, she used a method that doesn't require estimating the tail. Click here for a good picture tutorial.


Yarn: Shelter (Worsted: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards).

As Eleanor was settling in, Jane B observed her penchant for the color blue: blue bag, blue knitting project, blue project bag, and the blue poncho she knit and was wearing. Photo bomb credit to Calann.

Eleanor finished one front of her customfit sweater. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards).

Her Motif Scarf is very interesting. Yarn: Shibui Baby Alpaca (DK: 100% Baby Alpaca, 255 yards ~ discountinued yarn).


Calann's gauge too loose on "One Top, Four Ways" from Twist it magazine August 2016. She's going to put the sweater on waste yarn and try it on her daughter to see if she has to change needle size and start over. Yarn: Anzula Cricket (DK: 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 250 yards).

Her Christmas Stocking is coming along nicely.

Nan made HUGE progress since last week's class. Her Chevron Blanket looks great. Yarn: Plymouth Worsted Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).

Jane T. is working on one of the sleeves of the Car Coat with Hood she is knitting for her daughter. She had a moment of selective reading. The directions read repeat "every 8th row until you meet stitch count". She read it as "repeat 8 times". If she did it her way, the stitch count would have been way off.

Allison Cameo Scarf/Wrap in Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 415 yards) and Berroco Folio (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 219 yards). Her colors remind me of Caribbean waters, very soothing and there is purple in it.😉


She is revisiting her Agnes Sweater in Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 275 yards).

Harry relaxing in the shade. I wonder what goes through his mind that he decides to drape his paws over the bricks.