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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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dogs to the right of me ~ Dogs to the left of me

And I can't reach my knitting. What's a girl to do? 


I was settling into my chair to knit this morning with my coffee near at hand, when Harry jumped up on the sofa to visit. 

There was a time when Thing #2 was around 3 years old, that she would sit on my lap in such a  manner as to secure my hands to keep me from doing anything (knitting) except hold her.

Harry adopted such a posture today.  He climbed over me to sit on the arm of the sofa with his backside pressing my shoulder in place and is paw over my arm.

Not only was I unable to knit ~ I couldn't even reach my coffee. And, yes, I am wearing Thing #1's mermaid tail - it was chilly this morning. I was channeling my inner mermaid.

There was a dog to the right of me...

and a dog to the left of me.

What is there about a dog (or cat or child for that matter) sitting on your lap that makes you want to be still so as not to disturb them? Even though I wanted my knitting and coffee, I didn't want him to jump off. it was such a comfortable (that may be the wrong choice of words - I was pinned to the sofa) lovely moment.

Monday, August 28, 2017

As Winnie the Pooh says, it's friendlier with two

The Jane's saved the day by working together.

You see,  Mary was happily knitting her Easy Breezy Dress until she hit a bit of a snag in her yarn...

Or a big tangle as the case would be.  I worked on it for a bit. It was really the two Jane's who saved the day.

Prior to stepping up to the tangle, Jane B. was swatching for my Sailboat Colorblock Cardigan in Shelter (Worsted: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards). She was getting 17.32/4"  on an #8 needle and needs to be 15/4". She swatched on a #9 and got 16 sts/4". I'll modify the pattern for her.

Jane T. continues to work on the sleeve of her daughter's sweater coat. Yarn: Cascade 220 (Worsted: Superwash Wool, 220 yards).

Eleanor is swatched and ready for Motif. The pattern is solely charted which will be an adventure. She'll put in markers to make it easier to follow the repeats.

She finished her Cameo Scarf/Wrap in Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 415 yards) and Berroco Folio (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 219 yards). She did a lovely job with this scarf/wrap. It is totally outside her color "box" and I think she will truly enjoy it. It is like a summer sunset.

Before she blocks it, she asked me to tack in one dropped stitch.

Nan wove in ends on her Trendsetter Boxed Rib T Scarf before sending it to the finisher to be blocked. That made sense since she was a "captive audience" in class. Yarn: Transitions Lux Kit (Light Fingering: 49% Cotton, 47% Acrylic, 4% Metallic, 620 yards).

Then she picked up her chevron blanket. This is such a crisp looking pattern stitch. Yarn: Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).

Calann had questions on her top down sweater in Anzula Dreamy ( Fingering: 75% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk, 385 yards).

She needed a unknit stitch fixed on another top down. Yarn: Anzula Cricket (DK: 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 250 yards).

Lastly, we reviewed the decreases her Christmas Stocking.

Cornelia is cruising along on her Customfit sweater vest in Plymouth Gina (Worsted: 100% Wool, 109 yards) 

Always leave them smiling. Happy dog and purple flowers.