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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Congrats to Lois who finished the Minnowknits China Doll Jacket knit in Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed.  We added a single crocheted edge instead of a slipped st edge.  She has adorable heart buttons to sew on.  We have some new worsted weight yarns at Westport Yarns (formerly Knitting Central) that will work really well for this jacket (I plan on making one for baby.)
Her other project is a Noro Ribbed Shell that she's knitting in Zara.  She must've put her knitting down mid row and then picked it up and went the wrong way, so she worked a right side row on a wrong side and maintained that new set up for about an inch.  I didn't realize that she had made a wrong turn (at Albuquerque for all you Bugs Bunny fans-sorry it's late - makes me ramble) mid row until taking it out.  She had the pattern stitch memorized!  Now she's back on track and putting markers to separate each lace repeat is working wonders.
Elizabeth discovered the armholes on her Noro ribbed jacket are HUGE.  The pattern is written as "one size fits all" and she sized it down.  Given her sewing capabilities, she is going to steek the body and then we'll modify the sleeve directions to account for the change in the armhole.  This sweater is going to be gorgeous when done. 
Margarita finished her Ann Norling Top Down Poncho for Babies & Kids (#64), she knit it in Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton and used a novelty yarn for the bottom stripe.  We all fell in love with this cutie. (And yes, she's adding another pom-pom.) 

Elizabeth was planning her projects for tomorrows predicted snowstorm.  This is from String Direct and is called Trio of Curlicues.  The pattern calls for Superior yarn and is done with short rows.  Short rows kind of require a leap of faith until you see what it accomplishes.
Robin was finishing up her child's poncho, which is knit in 2 rectangles and sewn together.  The rectangles were kind of in between 2 sizes and needed to be an inch longer, so we took out the bind off and she knit them an inch longer.  Sewing a poncho based on 2 rectangles is a 3 dimensional event.  To borrow a phrase from another designer, "there is an origami moment".  
Lastly I have to share these stitch dots that Ann and I bought from Noble Knits.  The are split ring markers that go in this cute little purse (like the old fashioned change purses that you squeeze to open - my grandmother had one).  The are marked with handy things like RS/WS/Start/End, etc.  I love my gadgety tools. I must start something that will require their usage.

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