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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday's Stitch and Chat

Diane was working on a baby sweater gift, The Matinee Jacket, with one of the ginormous skeins of yarn she bought while in New Zealand.  She thought she had enough yarn to knit forever, or at least until the garment was finished. As she finished the body she realized that she was not going to have enough yarn.  Diane found a company that has the yarn and can send it to her, from New Zealand.  The lengths we will go to finish our projects!

She found a really good looking baby blanket pattern, called Blake's Baby Blanket. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yards).

Diane brought awesome show and tell.  While in New Zealand she came across a farm that had sheep who's wool was used for rugs (that's the wool on the right). It felt like steel wool.  Very strong, rough, and scratchy.  The yarn on the left is from a Merino sheep.  It was incredibly soft and had a completely different look than the rug wool. Both were hot off the sheep ~ unprocessed.  Very cool.  I never saw merino wool right off the sheep.

Elizabeth is finishing up the raglan decreases leading up to the neck of her Brioche Rib Cardigan.  There are a few things that don't add up - particularly the number of stitches in the sleeves and fronts. She's taking a leap of faith and knitting on.  It looks magnificent.

Barbara was sewing up the pieces of her grandson's Cabled Pullover. She was not loving finishing it, however seeing it come together makes it all worth while.

 She's in the midst of a sweater for another grandson, Minnowknits Classic Tennis sweater, knit with Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yards).  I love this yarn, I've knit several sweaters with it.  Barbara likes it too.

Linda is finishing up the border on the body of her sweater.  It's coming out a bit larger than she thought it would be.  She thinks she might have a case of body dis-morphia.  I think she's having visions of grandeur.

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