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Monday, July 9, 2018

Among Other Things, Stuck in an Elevator

Eileen got stuck in an elevator. I think that's a fear many of us share. She took stock of her situation; since she had her groceries, knitting, and IPad she knew she'd survive. In the end she was stuck for about 30 minutes and was rescued by a handsome fireman. All in all, not too bad an experience.

She's casting on for Goldfish Memory. Yarn: 1 skein of Once Upon a Corgi Oliver (Fingering: 100% Merino, 400 Yards) and 2 skeins of Anzula Dreamy (Fingering: 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk, 385 yards).

Jane found a random stitch in her Easy Folded Poncho, that looked crossed. Upon closer inspection, the yarn split and there was an unknit stitch. We were able to ladder it down and fix it.

She changed up her striping, since she got bored with the tan color and is playing with the grey. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards).

Calann visited Saratoga, NY and and met her grandchildren there. They discovered a yarn store for her (how cute is that?). Everyone's families should be trained to look for yarn stores.

She found a pattern from a local designer - Faroese Shawl by Carolknits design.

Calann's niece is expecting and she swatched during class for the Building Blocks Afghan in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).

She finished her Elephants on Parade Blanket in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash. It's going off tho the finisher.

Two items came back (from the finisher) for Calann. Her Emilia Poncho and Sparkle Ridges Wrap.

Cornelia started her orange customfit sweater in Knitting Fever Painted Cotton (DK: 100% Cotton, 357 yards). Her green customfit sweater is with the finisher.

Interestingly, the green sweater knit up with a different striping sequence (she's knitting the same sweater so it's a good comparison).

Eleanor forgot her yarn for her baby hats. 😱 Luckily she travels with more than one project. She's knitting a prayer shawl for Alice's Embrace in a charity knit-along from Westport Yarns. Yarn: Berroco Comfort (Worsted: 50% Nylon, 50% Acrylic, 210 yards).

She picked up more Adriafil Knitcol (DK: 100% Washable Wool, 137 yards) to knit 3 more hats.

Nan wants to knit a baby blanket with Minnie Mouse on it. We are designing a pattern around a chart of Minnie Mouse she found. She swatched with Worsted Merino Superwash on metal needles and her gauge was 21sts/4" (we were looking for 20 sts/4"). Since she's going to switch to bamboo needles, I'm having her go up to a #8. You want the blanket to feel smooshy.

Trammi is knitting a baby blanket, Sea of Dreams, using Nordica (DK: 100% Merino, 137 yards). This was her first picot edge effort and it came out beautifully.

Her sons are knitting afghans for Alice's Embrace as well. One of her kids is a quiet knitter, while the other one was freaking out over dropped stitches. She's enjoying watching them knit.

Trammi picked up Yarncatcher yarn (Fingering: 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 463 yards) to knit my (soon to be released) scarf pattern.

Michelle stopped by with her new dog, Chops. She did not know what to make of us.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

On Tuesday..

Jane added more random stripes in her Easy Folded Poncho, knit with Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards).

She finished her Lux Adorna Knits scarf (DK: 100% Cashmere, 140 yards). The final, blocked measurement was 110" long!

Eileen wanted to review the pattern for the Lang #36 Coat, knit with a loopy yarn. 

She's cruising along on her Dentado Scarf in Artyarns Merino Cloud.

Nan finished one of the Encore 8 hour blanket, unfortunately she didn't time it.

She's making great progess on her Streetscape Wrap.


Allison began her Sparkling Ridges Wrap in Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light and Artyarns Merino Cloud in The Wildflower colorway.

Eleanor finished her first F797 Baby & Kids Stocking Cap knit with Adriafil Knitcol (DK: 100% Washable Wool, 137 yards). She invested in a tassel maker which fast became a communal tassel maker as so many of the group are making these caps.

To make sure the tassel was fastened securely to the inside of the hat, we used a flat button. We threaded the tail of the tassel to the inside of the hat and through the holes in the button, then tied a tight bow.



Eleanor started her next cap.

Calann is copying Eleanor and did a mock circular swatch for same hat.

And on Wednesday...

Mary finished the first of three baby blankets she's knitting for fall babies. The pattern is free with purchase of Luxury Collection Indulgence Hand Painted Worsted (100% Washable Wool). She has been (historically) a very loose knitter and needs to swatch on needle sizes 2-3 smaller than a pattern called for.

We came to the conclusion that she is not as loose as she used to be. This comment of course led us down the garden path, it doesn't take much. "She's not as loose as used to be, no longer slutty." and "Slutty or not, really nice stitches." There should be a knitting meme for this, don't you think?

She's cast on for the second and discovered a random stretch of stockinette in the garter section. We ripped down just those stitches and corrected them without taking out all the rows. Click here to see a video tutorial.

Lois took a class with me on Mosaic Knitting last year and loved it!  She learned how to decipher a pattern and chart it easier to follow. Mindless knitting bores her to tears. She finds Mosaic knitting to be the perfect combinations of concentration and ease.  While she likes her colors of Malabrigo Worsted (Aran: 100% Merino, 210 yards), she wishes she had swapped her main color for the contrast color. Pattern: Washington Square.

 Tucker found the tiniest twig he could to nibble on. Harry has set his sights on it and is standing over Tucker waiting for an opportunity to nab it.

Patience paid off.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Tying up some loose ends

Literally. Weaving in the ends on four projects, and it feels so good.

Weekender sweater knit with Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards). I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this.  The designer, Andrea Mowry, used several techniques to add a level of sophistication to this otherwise simple (and elegant), oversized sweater. This is a class at Westport Yarns that I will be offering again in August. Click here for details.

Neve is unlike any cotton yarn I've ever used. This is the second sweater I've knit with it. The first was a cardigan for my mother.

The Churchmouse Mohair Bias Loop was a purse project, something always with me. Yarn: Alchemy Haiku (Lace: 60% Mohair, 40% Silk, 325 yards). This was a one skein project.

Vary the Gate by Casapinka was knit with Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles (Fingering: 100% Merino, 400 yards). Another one skein wonder. As an aside Casapinka will be teaching two classes at Westport Yarns on Saturday, July 14. If you're in the area (or even if you're not), I highly recommend taking a class with her.

Then there were two Secret Squirrelly Design Projects that have been shipped off for photography, due to be published this fall by Tahki Stacy Charles.

Since I finished four projects, does that mean I can cast on for four new projects? Maybe not the best approach.

I'm working on a collaboration with the Yarn Catcher for her upcoming trunk show at Westport Yarns, Saturday, July 7. I absolutely love her colorways, one is better than the next. Good thing I spent all that time cleaning out my yarns ~ makes room for more!

© Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc.
I'm casting on for my Banana Leaf Duster in Juniper Moon Farm Neve. (Yes, I'm knitting with this yarn again - I like it THAT much.) Believe it or not, I'm knitting it in a colorway called Olive Twist (no that isn't a trick name for purple)!!! For those green fans who do not know me very well, I am a purple girl through and though. It's just as strange for me as it is to those who know me.

Harry was not pleased to be used as a model for the picture. Maybe it clashes with his spots.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Can I grope your yarn?

Jane put in her contrast color in her Easy Folded Poncho knit with Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards).

Calann finished her Sparkling Ridges Wrap, knit with Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light and Artyarns Merino Cloud.

She finished her Emilia Poncho in Nordica (DK: 100% Merino, 136 yards). It's going off to the finisher.

She brought her granddaughter, Olivia's, knitting. She's 6 years old and had a mistake in her knitting. Calann told her she'd bring it to her teacher. Olivia asked, "is your teacher a really-really good knitter?". 😉 I hope I measure up to her expectations. She made an illegal u-turn (turning her knitting mid-row). I ripped it back and then knit up to where she was so she wouldn't be disappointed at how far back her mistake was.

Cornelia has nick-named her Customfit sweater, the Forest Gump sweater. You never know what's going to come next. That being said, it is ready to go off to the finisher. Yarn: Knitting Fever Painted Cotton (DK: 100% Cotton, 357 yards).

Her buttons are perfect.

She's starting the same sweater again, in a different colorway.

Mallory finished her wreath stocking, complete with bells.

She is starting her fifteenth Christmas Stocking for one of her daughters! She's making different colored snow flakes.

One of her stitches at the end of a snowflake point was missing. I used the yarn to work a duplicate stitch.

Mary Ellen joined us for the first time today. She brought several projects. The first one is her finished Building Blocks afghan! It looks great! Yarn: (Worsted: 100% Plymouth Superwash Merino, 218 yards).

There was a bit of messy business on one of the ends. I was able to weave it in neatly.

She had a couple of issues with the baby blanket she's knitting with KFI Indulgence Hand Painted Yarn (Worsted: 100% Wool, 240 yards). She made an illegal u-turn too.

And an unknit stitch. Two rows had to rip out. She asked if she could "grope" her neighbor's yarn. Everyone replied, yes, of course, we are gropers. 😊

She was off pattern in her Sequence Knitting Scarf, luckily she had put in lifelines and could rip back to one of them. Yarn: (Worsted: 100% Plymouth Superwash Merino, 218 yards).

She thought she was off pattern in her Mosaic strip of her Building in Color afghan, but it was fine. Yarn: (Worsted: 100% Plymouth Superwash Merino, 218 yards).

Mallory shared her book groups list with us (thanks!). It's a bit long and worth it.

Varina  by Charles Frazier

Warlight  by Michael Ondaatje

Educated by Tara Westover
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Sing Unburied Sing  by Jesmyn Ward

Killer of the Flower Moon by David Greene

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea

Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
We were the Lucky ones by Georgia Hunter

            EXTRA BOOKS
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Behind the Scenes of the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Draznik

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

America’s First Daughter  by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamole

Brothers from other mothers.