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Saturday, August 19, 2017

We always learn more than we expect...

This is the sweater that Cornelia learned to swear on. We are very proud of both accomplishments😉. The #23 Cabled Tunic knit with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky (Bulky: 100% Baby Alpaca, 110 yards).

She finished the back and has started on the front of her customfit sweater in Plymouth Gina (Worsted: 100% Wool, 109 yards).

This is the 2ply Cashmere Cardigan that Allison knit 6 times. Yarn: Artyarns Merino Cloud (DK: 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 436 yards) and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light (DK: 100% Silk, 110 yards).

It's a great day for Allison, after swatching for Cameo she can go up two needle sizes and cast on with Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 415 yards) and Berroco Folio (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 219 yards).

Eleanor is up to the lace section of her Cameo scarf/wrap.

She's up to the last color block of her Easy Folded Poncho.

Eleanor was cleaning out her yarn cupboard (mind you I have a yarn room). She found yarn she bought ten years ago for a sweater she no longer wants to make. Using Ravelry, she found a pattern, Motif, to re-purpose the yarn.

Mary has finished knitting the yoke of her Easy Breezy Dress (Westport Yarns shop pattern) and finished knitting the sleeves. Now she's ready to knit the body. Yarn: CoBaSi Plus (Worsted: 55% Cotton, 21% Nylon, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 177 yards). She found this lovely print for the skirt.

She cast on for Westport Yarns Suede Shawl. Berroco Suede: (Worsted: 100% Nylon, 120 yards).

The question was raised, "Do you block your own pieces?"

Mary's method of blocking is to place the piece under sofa cushions, whoever sits on it blocks it. 😜.

Eleanor's method is more conventional, she places a plastic sheet on a bed and blocks on top of it.

I use my dining room table and blocking squares.

Nan is finishing knitting her Trendsetter Wrap in Transitions Lux (Light Fingering: 49% Cotton, 47% Acrylic, 4% Metallic, 620 yards). 

She also started a Chevron Baby Blanket in Plymouth Worsted Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).

Jane B is knitting a kit from Fringe Association called the Double Basketweave Cowl in Sincere Sheep Luminous (DK: 85% Wool, 15% Silk, 335 yards). This is a time sensitive project that she's giving as a gift, so it jumped to the head of the line.

Harry is learning to make new friends.

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Here is a preview of my Sailboat Colorblock Jacket.  The pattern will be available soon on Ravelry, so why not add it to your queue and favorites on Ravelry.

This jacket is quick to knit (relatively - it is a jacket after all) in aran weight yarn on a US  #9 needle.

Just the facts...
Published in Tahki Yarns, Riverside Drive, Fall/Winter 2017.

Skill Level: Easy. The jacket is worked flat, knit from the bottom up, and seamed. There is positive ease.

Bust 39 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58)”/99 (106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm
Length 24 1⁄2 (25, 25 1⁄2, 26, 26 1⁄2, 27)”/62 (63.5, 65, 66, 67.5, 68.5) cm

I know the phrase refers to back to school as the "most wonderful time of the year", for me, it's the beckoning call to cast on for fall knitting.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

If I had a nickel

for every time a student said, "I haven't knit a thing since I last saw you" I would have $2956.95 - a nickel at a time!

Please excuse the different formatting, I'm using my iPad and it doesn't have the same editing features. 

Jane B is knitting the Newsprint cowl in Purl Soho Line Weight Heather (Light Fingering: 100% Merino). She got bored and changed up the striping by making random deeper stripes. 

She didn't like how the wrong side was looking so I taught her the jogless stripe and  how to carry yarn while working with two colors.

Trammi had to figure how where she was on the Humprhey Bear in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. (Worsted: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards)  We figured out she had knit the first increase round of the head.

Mary sewed the buttons on Azul Poncho in Plymouth Cannoli (Super Bulky: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 55 yards). It is adorable. 

She inadvertently added more button holes to her Easy Breezy Dress - not a problem worth ripping back over. Yarn: 
CoBaSi Plus (Worsted: 55% Cotton, 21% Nylon, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 177 yards).

Cornelia is up to the armhole shaping of her customfit sweater. Yarn: Plymouth Gina (Worsted: 100% Wool, 109 yards).

Allison has been struggling a bit with the lace edging of her 2 ply cardigan.

She is marking her mistakes with locking stitch markers to make it easier (for me) to fix. She's really not doing as badly as she thinks - it's only a coulple of missed yarn overs or unknit stitches. Yarn: Artyarns Merino Cloud (DK: 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere goat, 436 yards).

Cornelia coined the phrase TKO known in this case as total knit out. We're using this term for patterns that really put us through our paces. 

Jane T. was working on sleeves of the sweater coat for her daughter, she hadn't worked on it since (you guessed it) the last time she saw me). Here is a picture of her son in the sweater she knit for him.

LIsa has happily made progress in both her Suede Wrap in Berroco Suede: (Worsted: 100% Nylon, 120 yards) and her Customfit Pullover in Blue Sky Fibers Extra (Aran: 55% Alpaca, 45% Merino, 218 yards).

Nan learned Judy's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off to use on the neck on my Anemone Poncho. Yarns:

Eleanor dropped 2 stitches in her Cameo Shawl.Wrap. One was too far back to fix, we will tack it in later. The other stitch was closer to the live stitches and I was able to draw it up using the fix-it tool. Yarns: 
Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 415 yards) and Berroco Folio (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 219 yards).

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tuesday Stitch and Chat

Cornelia has changed the name of her current customfit sweater from desert sunset to forest fire because of the colors. She's well into the back. The fronts will have the ribbed borders built into the fabric of the front rather than picking up for the borders.  We calculated how much ribbing she wants for the fronts. Yarn: Plymouth Gina (Worsted: 100% Wool, 109 yards). 

Mary learned the lace bind off: *Knit 2 sts together through the back loop (k2togtbl), place that stitch back on left hand needle*; repeat from * to * to the end. This makes a more elastic bind off. She's working on the Azel poncho. Then she picked up stitches for the turtleneck. Yarn: Plymouth Cannoli (Super Bulky: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 55 yards).

She went the wrong way on her Easy Breezy dress. She knit some stitches on a purl row. I took it out and set it to rights. Yarn: CoBaSi Plus (Worsted: 55% Cotton, 21% Nylon, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 177 yards).

Lisa is well into the back of her customfit in Blue Sky Fibers Extra (Aran: 55% Alpaca, 45% Merino, 218 yards). 


Today she cast on for the Westport Yarns Suede shawl and learned how to work a knit front back (kfb) increase. Yarn:  (Worsted: 100% Nylon, 120 yards).

Eleanor is back from her travels to Portugal.  Unfortunately she didn't see anyone knitting Portuguese style and she had the camera ready! She is working on her Cameo shawl/wrap. Every now and then she mis-knits a garter stitch or drops a stitch and finds it hard to remedy.  I used the fix it tool to fix the errant stitches.

Book Recommendation: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir.

How would you caption this photo?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Road Trip ~ Got Yarn, Will Travel.

My sister and I took a road trip to Montreal. Road trips are awesome for knitting! 

 We wandered around Old Montreal and enjoyed the architecture.

First on our list was trying Poutine. For those of you who don't know what this is (I certainly didn't before visiting), it is a dish of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. I had mine with caramelized onions on it. While we waited I enjoyed an ice cold local beer and knit.

We ate in a Polish restaurant and made our own sampler of borscht, pierogos, and a Polish version of an eggroll. All delicious!

We took a food tour of the Mile End section of Montreal. It was a wonderful tour packed with local foods, local history, and interesting shops/buildings.

Awesome Florist shop.

Street art!

Hot bagels fresh from St. Viateur's Bagel Shop, what could be better? I could have stopped the tour there and ate bagels all day.

We learned that there are two bagel shops and you are devoted to one or the other, Fairmont. Our tour guide called out to a passerby, "St. Viateur or Fairmont?" She called back, adamantly,  "Fairmont!"

There was an amazing chocolate shop, where we not only had a square of chocolate but a sample of liquid chocolate. Talk about feeling a jolt of energy!

After the (3 hour tour), we punched in the address of a local yarn store, La Maison Tricotée, and began to walk.  The good news is that it didn't rain at all during the tour (it was a hot/humid day), the bad news is that the skies opened as we walked to the yarn store.

It was worth it. What's more, the sun came out as we reached the shop. Isn't that poetic?

It was a charming shop with adorable miniatures knit up and in the window, like this mini yarn store,

 and yummy treats ~ calorie free.

They also served real yummy treats, and tea.


We made a friend, a charming young woman. She practiced English with us, Nancy practiced French with her,

and I helped her with her knitting. A good time was had by all.

I loved wandering the shop, there were many Canadian yarns that I hadn't seen and some that I don't see often.

Of course I found some souvenirs!  😀

Randomly, there were whimsical signs for the bathrooms...

and doors!

For an added bonus, Comicon was in the convention center across the street. It added just one more dimension to the people watching. There were superheroes and Clingons. The  hotel manager said he felt very safe as there were three Batmans (Batmen?) staying at the hotel.  We met Batman and Wonder Woman in the lounge. Who knew they were a thing?


And of course there was a cute dog with speckled socks.