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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stitch and Chat

Lois is on a roll, she finished the Arctic Circle Cowl knit with Alpaca. It was interesting and just enough of a challenge to make it fun.  It's got a very subtle sparkle to it.


She also finished #11 Eyelet Cowl in Cascade Eco Duo (Aran: 70% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 197 yards). This is a pattern she's knit before.  It's a terrific pattern for solid or variegated yarns.

Lois decided to knit Susie Rogers' Reading Mitts in Rowan Lima (Worsted: 84% Alpaca, 8% Merino, 8% Nylon, 109 yards).  Elizabeth knit them last year and Lois liked them.  (I do too, don't know why I haven't knit them yet.) She's afraid of dpn's (double pointed needles) so she's attempting knitting on two circulars instead.  That being said, it is a little confusing to get started and had her questioning why she is knitting something Elizabeth knit in the first place.  By the time she went home, though, she had the hang of it.

Elizabeth was wearing a recently finished sweater.  She was prepared for my questions too.  The pattern is Harvest Moon and she knit it with Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed (Aran: 85% Wool, 15% Angora, 93 yards).  

 She did a terrific job, the sweater fits great.  I love how the pockets look.  Elizabeth said that this is a sweater she would knit again.

Elizabeth is currently finishing a wedding gift afghan and has begun knitting the Swirl Shawl with JoJoLand Melody (Fingering: 100% Merino, 220 yards).

 Mary had lots of show and tell, mostly in the form of magazine tear sheets and pattern ideas.  She took a class with Deborah Jarchow on weaving with a Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom at VKLive in NYC.  She brought a small suitcase of yarn to the class and ended up sharing with other students (who were taken aback by her generosity). 

 It's so nice to come away with a finished project at the end of a class.  Well done. 

She's up to the shaping on the Lucy Hat knit with Tahki Cotton Classic (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 108 yards) and Claudia Handpainted Yarns Comfort (DK: 100% Cotton, 130 yards).  It might need wet blocking to finesse it when it's done.

Next time we are going to work on the duplicate stitch for her nephew's Christmas Stocking.

Marcy (who just started knitting about a month ago) was getting her bearing with her first scarf knit with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted (Aran: 100% Wool, 225 yards).

Elaine had to rip back several rows of short rows, a new technique to master in her grandaughter's  Mini Water's Edge Cardigan knit with Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yards).

Non-Knitting Notes:
Mary recommended the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Both Lois and Elaine took apart their knitting stashes and organized it.  I'm impressed.  Not motivated to do the same, but impressed nonetheless.

Elizabeth shared a dog related accident with her scissor. It was on the floor, fair game.

Versus Tucker where fair game is anything within reach (this time from my desk).  We never found the other end of the lip balm container -or the lip balm for that matter. Probably better that way.

 It's a good thing he's cute.  Here he is playing dress up with Thing #1's tank top.

Harry, however, is very zen while demonstrating downward dog.

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