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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wednesday Stitch and Chat

Lois cast on for Fallen Halo with green Cashmere 5 and Cashmere Glitter. When I knit my (personal) Fallen Halo, I did something different when I cast on.  Instead of estimating the long tail and casting on with just the main color, I made a double slip knot using both the cashmere 5 and cashmere glitter, cast on the required stitches, and then knit with the main color while carrying the contrast color. You have to release the double slip knot combining the two yarns, it doesn't count as a stitch.  I shared that technique with Lois.

Mary brought some magazine pages with patterns she's interested in:
Polar Bear Hoodie in  Koigu Magazine 6.
Pat Olski #14 Garter and Cable scarf for all her red yarn.
Li'l critter hat (couldn't find a link).

She was working on her sampler blanket strip. Lois likened our sampler blanket knitting deadlines to assigned reading in school.  She likes to read, just not on demand.  The same is true with knitting.  I totally understand that.  There's more pressure and attention paid to assigned knitting.  She can rest easy now, her strip is done.

Two years after Sandy, Elizabeth moved back into house. She unpacked her yarn and and discovered her ufo's (unfinished objects).  It was time to take stock of those projects

On that note, she finished Marin. Knit with Annapurna (Sport: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 385 yards) from A Verb for Keeping Warm.

Elizabeth lamented over buttons she bought two years ago at Rhinebeck, without a project in mind.  We were cautioned: friends don't let friends buy buttons without a plan.

She now has a pattern to go with  the buttons. Enter Coraline which will be knit with Spirit Trail Fiberworks Ixchel (Sport: 100% Alpaca, 400 yards).

and she began a lace edged woman's hat in Malabrigo Rios (Worsted: 100% Merino, 210 yards).

and was swatching for Climbing Rose Henley in Silky Wool (DK: 45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon, 192 yards).

Somewhere during the morning we decided that there were little knitting pixies working their mischief.  That led us to considering what rules there might be about knitting pixie's.  I came up with don't feed after midnight.  Feel free to add your own.

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