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Sunday, November 19, 2017

If you knit, you rip.

Truer words were never spoken.


Lois had some knitting tales of woe. We did what we could. I took back two rows of her Bedford Top to correct mis-stitches at the end of a row. Yarn: Stacy Charles Stella (Worsted: 74% Silk, 26% Metallic, 77 yards).


 Eileen was cruising on her first panel of the Building in Color afghan she's knitting in Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).


She's enjoying knitting the Gaga Shroud in Miss Babs Yowza (Worsted: 100% Merino, 560 yards). I think of it more as a capelet.


Michelle finished Falls of Foyers in Madelintosh Pashmina (Sport: 75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 360 yards). She was running short of yarn so she made adjustments to finish with what she had.


Harry giving Joe the "stink eye" because he won't share his bacon. Very compelling stare!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Countdown to the Holidays



Allison knit up the Tucker Hat for her niece in Baah Sequoia (Super Bulky: 100% Merino, 85 yards). It came out really cute and only took one skein! She accented it with a snap-on pompom.


She showed off her Anzula treasures.


Calann had a series of dropped and mis-stitches on her Tressage Sweater. She's knitting one of the sleeves on double points and the stitches are dropping off the ends.  Going forward she's going to put point protectors on the needle tips.Yarn: Anzula Squishy (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmer, 10% Nylon, 385 yards).


 Her Christmas Stocking was back from the finisher.


Her granddaughter is going to love the pearl necklace and gold sparkle in her hair!


Mallory finished Rock the Pompom in Katia Azteca Milrayes (Aran: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 197 yards). She found it to be great travel knitting, once she got the rhythm of it, she couldn't stop knitting.


She began the heel of her Christmas Stocking. Clock is ticking down to Christmas!


Jane B shared the Anzula yarn and Adobe pattern she bought from the Westport Yarns Trunk Show.


Her Double Basketweave Cowl is coming along nicely. Yarn: Sincere Sheep Luminous DK (DK: 85% Wool, 15% Silk, 330 yards).


She bought yarn to knit a Cowl pattern Danni is designing in KFI Luxury Collection Albina (Bulky: 80% Nylon, 20% Polyester, 383 yards).


Trammi was knitting the ear of her Humphrey Bear in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (Worsted: 100% Wool - Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards).

© Lisa Ellis
Cindy finished the back of her Super Bulky Vest.


Eleanor is almost finished with her Making Waves Poncho in Berroco Bento (Aran: 80% Merino, 20% Silk, 98 yards).


Cornelia had drama over the weekend where a lot of stitches fell off the needle, and rows upon rows unraveled. She put scotch tape on the stitches to hold them in place until I could restore them. Now she will put in a life-line every 10 rows or so to guard against future mishaps. Pattern: Easy Folded Poncho; Yarn: Modern Cotton (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 335 yards).  


She was wearing the Vivacious HI-Lo sweater.


Harry is not too pleased to share the sofa with my Humphrey Bear. 




Sunday, November 12, 2017

So let me get this straight, Apes in Gibraltar like macaroni?


Calann is going to knit Flap Happy Two in  Azteca Milrayes (Aran: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 197 yards). She's got her pom-pom already picked.


She began picking up the stitches for the sleeve on her Tressage Sweater. Yarn: Anzula Squishy (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmer, 10% Nylon, 385 yards).


She finished the Unice Unicorn Hood and gave it to her granddaughter. Best compliment ever, "It's Magical, Grammy". I could not have said it better myself.


Maddie finished her Agnes Sweater  in Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 275 yards) and couldn't be happier. She knit it a size up to be really roomy, so she can were it over a coat.


After working on size #4-6 needles (Agnes), she is delighted to knit the Purl Soho sweater Classic Knit Jacket on #15's! She cast on and knit what you see in the picture during the course of our 2-hour class! Yarn: Super Bulky Lanecardate Feltro

This sweater was designed with the Kanso aesthetic in mind, based on the 7 Japanese Aesthetic Principles.  Kanso is the simplicity or elimination of clutter.


Cindy had an illegal u-turn in her Elephant's on Parade Blanket. An illegal u-turn happens when you put your knitting down mid-row and then when you pick it up, you turn and knit back versus finishing the row. You get a hole in your knitting and your rows are uneven.


She wanted to revisit her Super Bulky Winter Vest  and figure out where she is.


Allison finished the back of her of Agnes Sweater. She was inspired by Maddie's finished sweater which is coincidently in the same colors.

She finished the Tucker Hat. She held Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky double (Chunky: 100% Baby Alpaca, 110 yards).


Cornelia has been knitting away on her Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho knit with Modern Cotton (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 335 yards). Since Tuesday, I have heard that she dropped stitches and lost a lot of ground!

© Kathy Cadigan for Fringe Association
Jane B worked on her Double Basketweave Cowl in Sincere Sheep Luminous (DK: 85% Wool, 15% Silk, 330 yards.)

Random comments of the day:
-Put baby powder in your shoes for increased comfort (whether or not you wear them with socks or barefoot).

-"Apes in Gibraltar like dried macaroni but if they misbehave and have a record, they are sent to Scotland?" The conversation around the table was like a game of telephone.

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Books: 
Elinor Oliphant is completely fine.
Winston Churchill biography non fiction The Last Lion
Edward Rutherford 
Walter Issacson


Tucker making himself at home on my bed. The story of Goldilocks and the three bears comes to mind.






Friday, November 10, 2017

Pulling it together


Eileen finished a Rock the Pompom hat. The yarn was from the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival.


The pompoms are from Amazon.


She finished the short rows on the back of Bibbe knit with Berroco Summer Silk (DK: 45% Silk, 43% Cotton, 12% Nylon, 240 yards).


Lois was seriously focused on her Bedford Top in Stacy Charles Stella (Worsted: 74% Silk, 26% Metallic, 77 yards).  


Michelle is loving the look of the Indian Cross Stitch in her Falls of Foyers wrap for Madelintosh Pashmina (Sport: 75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere goat, 360 yards).


She was ready to begin sewing her Building Blocks Afghan.


Normally not a fan of sewing, she did not find it to be that bad.


Diane stopped by with some finishing questions on two brioche cowls she's working on for gifts.  She didn't like how the seam looked. Considering the alternative of ripping out a three needle bind off and woven edges, we elected to leave it as is. The seam will be scrunched up in the back and not noticeable.



Mary was finishing the fronts of her Lang Grande (Bulky: 100% Cotton, 68 yards).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday Stitch and Chat



Jane is knitting several Fallen Halo Cowls in Artyarns Cashmere 5 and Artyarns Cashmere Glitter.


Cornelia wore her Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky Sweater and it is a showstopper!


She is over halfway done with her Color-block Easy Folded Poncho in Modern Cotton (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 209 yards).


Calann worked on putting the fringe/unicorn's mane on her Unice Unicorn Hood.


We all loved how it's coming out!


Eleanor knit the Dewberry Cowl with Berroco Millefiore (Aran: 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic, 186 yards). It will be a holiday gift.


She is enjoying knitting Making Waves Poncho in Berroco Bento (Aran: 80% Merino Wool,
20% Silk, 98 yards).
 
 
Eleanor wore her Customfit sweater in today and she LOVES how it came out. It was a mash-up with the Timber Cardigan. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards).
 

Mallory has started her ninth Christmas Stocking, it will be another Angel Stocking.


Trammi worked on her Humphrey Bear. Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (Worsted:  100% Wool - Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards).


Here's a belated Halloween picture from the Beasty Boys: Harry was Smokey (from Smokey & the Bandit) and Tucker was clearly Batdog.