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Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's all about color and texture

Eileen was checking in with her Anemone Poncho in Artyarns Regal Silk  and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light.

She finished the dress she started last week in Manos Stria (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 116 yards). I love the colors she chose combined with the texture of the Stria.

 Eileen shared her progress on her Silk Mohair Blanket Shawl in Artyarns Silk Mohair. She changes color combinations every few rows.

She loves her Cameo shawl/wrap so much that she is going to knit two more! Who can blame her? The colors of the Nebula are so vibrants.

One will be with Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 116 yards) combined with Artyarns Regal Silk (Worsted: 100% Silk, 165 yards), the other will be Nebula and Berroco Folio (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 219 yards). The blue of the Regal Silk perfectly picks up the blue in the Nebula.

Cornelia didn't like how one side was missing a cable in the front of her sweater, so she's taking it back to the beginning of the neck shaping to re-knit it and insert the cable. 

Yarn: Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky (Chunky: 100% Baby Alpaca, 108 yards). Happily, she now continues onto the sleeves.

Calann picked up an extra stitch in one of the cable sections in her sweater; she saw the hole and knew it didn't belong there. 

She shared her progress on her Ann Norling #1018, Knitted Christmas Stocking. You can just see the beginning of the Angel's head and the tips of her wings,

Eleanor is knitting the newest rendition of the Easy Folded Poncho - Modern Cotton Colorblocked Version.

Allison finished the first section of her Art Yarns Winging it Shawl in two colors of Artyarns Ensemble Light. The colorways play off each other perfectly.

She wound a gorgeous skein of Miss Babs Yowza (Worsted: 100% Merino, 560 yards). We were all smitten with it.  I have a skein of Yowza that I plan on knitting the Gaga Shroud with.

Jane B plans on knitting  Padma Pashmina in North light Fibers Water Street (DK: 60% Merino, 40% Cashmere, 165 yards). A beautiful yarn for a beautiful wrap. You can't see the subtle nature of the color of this yarn.  It resembles a blue Hydrangea plant.

Random Bits of Knowledge
  1. You can freeze raw fish in milk. 
  2. You can freeze cooked lobster with milk. 
  3. Waterproof kindle covers exist. We were discussing real books versus ebooks and reading either in the tub (and the related consequences)!

Mary and I discussed the pattern for the crocheted doily purse she is working on.

 I re-situated the markers on her Sock Yarn Sweater. She had the right number of stitches, they just were out of sync with the order the pattern dictated.  Yarn: Koigu PPPM (Fingerin: 100% Merino, 175 yards).

She's begun knitting the Easy Breezy Summer Dress (Westport Yarns Shop Pattern). The bodice is knit from the top down and then a cloth skirt is sewn on.  Yarn: Cobasi Plus (Worsted: 55% Cotton, 21% Nylon, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 177 yards).

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Betsy began the armhole shaping while maintaining the cable pattern in her Keene Toddler Vest.

Harry and Tucker did absolutely nothing.

Friday, June 23, 2017

What was I thinking?

With the hot/humid weather comes the need for air conditioning. My husband and I long ago divvied up household jobs into Man-sh!t and Woman-sh!t. It may seem sexist, however, it really works for us.  Although I certainly CAN use tools if needed (thanks, Dad), I'm happy to leave that to him. He could do laundry even though he deliberately sabotaged a load of laundry with a red shirt (thirty years ago).

Among the jobs in the house that fall under Woman-sh!t, is changing the air conditioning filters.  Yes, I know it would seem like it should fall under Man-sh!t.  The reason it falls to me is that I need the air conditioning in working order more intensely than he does AND it requires going up into the attic.

This is a very, very long preamble into the true subject of this post.

While in the attic taking care of the filter, I came upon two blanket-sized plastic zip bags filled with hand-knit items long forgotten. I tossed them down the attic ladder and had a look.


They were all from the novelty yarn fad that spanned (approximately from) 2003-2006. 


I haven't seen this much eyelash, ribbon, and frippery calling itself yarn in over ten years and I was good with that.

There was one shawl I felt the need to make not once,


but twice in the same white medley,


and a third time in blues. Full disclosure, I still like the shaping of this shawl, just not the materials I chose!


Sigh! Thankfully I was able to give it ALL away.  

Ok, let's go with the quote above.

However, if I ever and I mean EVER brandish a skein of fluffy, eyelash yarn with all kinds of bits hanging off, take it away and hit me with it!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Reading your knitting.

 Now that Allison's 2ply Cashmere Cardigan is with the finisher, she went back to knitting Agnes. Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100% Wool - Targhee-Columbia, 275 yards).

Eleanor was working on her Timber/customfit mash-up in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 195 yards).

Jane was knitting away on her Ribbed Scarf in Juniper Moon Farm Stargazer (Sport: 75% Llama, 25% Silk, 218 yards).

Calann was not sure what row she was on for Tressage in Anzula Dreamy (Fingering: 75% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk, 385 yards).

Trammi wanted to confirm what row she was on with her Anemone Poncho. Yarn: Artyarns Regal Silk  and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light. 

She is knitting the Zickzack scarf using two different colorways of Koigu PPPM (Fingering: 100% Merino, 175 yards).

Jane T. wanted to make sure her armholes were even on the fronts of her daughter's cabled sweater before working the shoulder shaping. Yarn: Cascade 220 (Worsted: Superwash Wool, 220 yards).

Cornelia reached the armhole section of her sweater. We reviewed the instructions for working the neck and shoulder shaping AT THE SAME TIME. Yarn: Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky (Chunky: 100% Baby Alpaca, 108 yards).


Mallory continues to perfect the jogless stripe in her Color Slouch Hat.

Book Recommendations
The Night the Lights went out by Karen White
Anything by Dorothea Benton Frank
Zookeeper's Wife
Hillbilly Elegy
Commonwealth by Anne Patchett
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by LIsa See

And on Wednesday.....

School is out for Betsy (a teacher), she is happy to join us.  She finished her Etched Rio Wrap in Acadia (DK: 60% Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Alpaca, 145 yards).

Betsy is in the midst of knitting the Keene Toddler Vest in Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: 100% Merino Superwash, 218 yards).
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She wasn't sure what row she was on within the cable repeat.  I taught her how to count cables.

Eileen discovered a use for some of the Manos Stria (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 116 yards) she has in her stash,  a toddler sweater.

Eileen found the abbreviation, s2kp,  confusing in the Anemone poncho. She thought it was explained well in another pattern she was knitting. As I am always interested in improving my patterns, I asked her how I explained it.  Well, it turns out I explained it the same exact way.  We can chalk this up to  selective reading.  Try attentive reading, ask yourself questions as you read. Where are you? What are you doing? End (knitting) where it makes sense.

Terri thought her stitches looked funky in the cabled square of her Building Blocks Afghan.  It was really fine, it just needs to be blocked.

Lois had reached the point in her Bedford Top where she could split for the armholes.  She wanted an honest opinion on how the garment looked with the dropped stitches (that we planned on tacking in).  She really wants to wear the top and be proud of it ~ she was prepared (and willing) to rip it back and re-knit it.  I thought she ought to rip it back, and by "she" I meant "me". 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Perseverance pays off or do you just make a poncho?

Calann modeled her Anemone Poncho for me after getting it back from the finisher. Stunning! I have got to start mine! Yarn: Artyarns Regal Silk and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light.

She was thrown by the pattern directions for the top down garment she is knitting. The designer uses one box to sequence the raglan steps which equal one round.  She missed several cables thinking that each line was a different row of pattern. She will persevere...

It was at this point that Allison quietly asked her, "Why don't you just knit a poncho?" 😏

Cornelia persevered and was able to move forward with her #23 Cabled Tunic front. Then she split a stitch and thought she had one extra and her cable would be off.  It was a simple fix. She's begun shaping the armhole. Yarn: Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky (Chunky: 100% Alpaca, 108 yards).

Here is a better picture of the back of the Cabled Shirt Trammi is knitting. She is ready to cast on for two sleeves that she will work at the same time.

She finished knitting the body of Humphrey Bear in Shelter (Worsted: 100% Wool - Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards).

The next step required removing the provisional cast on and grafting (Kitchener Stitch) the two pieces together.

Jane got a lot of knitting done over the past week on her ribbed scarf in Stargazer (Sport: 75% Llama, 25% Silk, 218 yards).

Allison was able to send off the 2ply Cashmere Cardigan to the finisher.  Hurrah! Perseverance pays off.

Eleanor checked in on one of the fronts of her customfit mashup using design elements from Timber in Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards). She hasn't decided whether to give the garment a shawl collar and wanted to know how far she could (safely) knit before having to make a decision.

And on Wednesday...

Eileen brought in the Silk mohair blanket shawl kit in Artyarns Silk Mohair. She has to wind each skein into a ball then weigh and measure to split them into halves; the blanket is knit holding two strands together and the colors shift.

Another Churchmouse Shoulder Cozy in a cotton yarn that a friend gave her.  She loves the ease of the pattern and the wear-ability of the piece.

Eileen worked some extra rounds of the super bulky Northern Lights Capelet from the book Cowl Girls 2. Otherwise it would have sat at an awkward spot.  She wanted it to come over her bust. I taught her Judy's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.  It really is super stretchy and looks really nice. It created a braid along the bottom. This is my "go-to" bind off for the neckline of baby/kids sweaters and the cuff of socks.

She is now ready to work on her Anemone Poncho in black. 

Lois is almost up to armhole shaping of Bedford Top. She needs to knit one more pattern repeat.

Michelle has been knitting her Building Blocks has less green than she thought.  We kicked around some options and in the end looked the yarn/color up on Ravelry to see if anyone had stashed the color.  We found two people who had 2 skeins each so she will pursue that.

She learned how to knit Portuguese style today and took to it like a fish to water.  She bought several different style pins from Jill's Beaded Knit Bits.

Here are some book recommendations:
It happened in Italy 
House without Windows
Orphaned number 8 
A Christmas for Joshua
Daughters of the dragon
Threads of silk
The bridal chair
Lilac girls
Crazy Rich Asians

This morning as I was attempting to write this blog post, the beasty boys were thundering around the house like a herd of elephants. You know the expression, "use your indoor voice"? I needed them to use their "inside bodies". I found two soft toys that they had yet to disembowel and they scattered to different parts of the house.

Like all "siblings" eventually, they wanted the same toy.  They were in this quiet tug of war for about five minutes before Harry released his grip.  After I shut off the video, Harry went after the toy that Tucker had abandoned.  I think the whole tug of war was an elaborate ruse on Harry's part to get Tucker's toy. 

Perseverance pays off. What project have you had to persevere to achieve success?