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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

There Should be a Screening Process

Sunaina visited WEBS this weekend and it was everything that had been described to her. She came back with 3 projects.
Nashua Hand Knits Square Neck Tee in Daylily yarn. The red colorway suits her (as she sits across from me all in red). She's learned that she usually knits on a needle size below what is recommended so she swatched accordingly. She was right on gauge (or close enough that changing a needle size in either direction would have been counter productive).

She found the book, Knitting Simple Jackets and there were several patterns she liked. She bought Rowan Kid Silk Haze to knit "The Sequins" stockinette sweater sans sequins. There was a lot of speculation as to whether she would like knitting with the mohair or consider it torture.
A year ago when Sunaina was learning to knit was witnessed Robin's unhappy encounter with mohair. Lauren wanted Sunaina's phone number so she could find out when she bailed on it. Considering that Sunaina likes a challenge, she dug in her heels and is o.k. with it.
The last project she picked up was a Fiber Trends pattern called Artisan Vest. She is knitting it with Los Andes yarn, a thick thin bulky yarn. She chose a lovely blue colorway, outside her usual "red zone". Maybe her blue is my teal?
She finished her Dad's argyle vest. It came out really well.
Lauren's cowl is measuring up to be two thirds complete. She learned how to add the next skein and could finish it before next week.
Michelle and I deciphered the "reverse shaping for right side" instructions on her Berroco Johannes Jacket in Berroco Origami.

Having deciphered that, she handed me a vest pattern that really looked like Origami (not the yarn, the paper craft) for knitting.

It's 2 pieces of stockinette with odd placement of sleeves. When you twist it into place it becomes a drapey mobius vest. I like how it looks on Michelle more than I like it on me.

In the future, I want her to call and check in with me before buying these convoluted projects. Actually, the knitting was easy, it was pinning it together properly that was awkward.
Elizabeth is enjoying the mindlessness of her Courthouse Steps Denim blanket and it's kind of taking the place of any other knitting.
Mary finished her super bulky sublime Le Veste and is going to knit a matching belt.
She swatched for her linen skirt.

Two Random Bits:
1. There may be a rising Harmonica star in our midst.

2. Do you know what the difference is between an afghan and a blanket? The question came up at my Curlicue Shawl class tonight. The answer: An afghan is "a soft woolen blanket, crocheted or knitted, usually in a geometric pattern (well I don't know about that last part).
A blanket is considered a "large, rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used especially for warmth as a bed covering".

And there you have it folks!

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