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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You talking to me?

No, I'm talking to myself. We all do it. Talk to ourselves under our breath while knitting. Narrating the steps we are taking to make sure we are doing it right.

 Trammi began working on the button bands on her husband's sweater, Slade. The designer is using a vertical button hole which neither one of us had ever heard of.  We were learning it now!  It's actually really cool.  You work a set up row placing markers evenly spaced for your buttons, then you knit short rows in each section without wrapping the stitches.  When you finish each section, you leave a long tail.  That's used to closed and reinforce the button hole.

The pattern is from the Brooklyn Tweed collection and is really detailed.  Every thing Trammi has had to do in the pattern has contributed to a very elegantly finished sweater.  The picture above shows the tubular cast on for the ribbing.  The yarn is Plymouth Select Superwash (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).

While traveling, Trammi picked up the pattern book, Zealana Passport. She particularly liked the Teela Stole.

Cornelia is knitting the Confidence Pullover in Cascade 128 Superwash (Bulky: 100% Superwash Merino, 128 yards). We reviewed the 'slip n slide' otherwise known as ssk. Also this pattern has a really cool design element of cabled decreases along the raglan.  This method took some practice along with a quiet pep talk (to herself). In the end, she was knitting with confidence as the sweater purports.

Eleanor finished sewing her customfit sweater together.  Would you believe she didn't try it on until we were together?  I could not have waited that long.  I've barely cut the strands free before I'm trying things on.  Her sweater fit her absolutely perfectly, it was magical!  What's left is picking up and knitting the neckline and then the button borders.

Jane is nearing the finish of this incredible aran afghan she's knitting as a gift for her son's Vermont house. There is a history to this blanket; Jane had put this aside 10 years ago mid-row with maybe 18" completed.  She brought it to me a few months ago along with very detailed notes.  After we figured out where she was, she jumped right into it.

Today when she came to class, she had two questions for the village with regards to the afghan:
1. She has the better part of one skein left, should she make it longer?  - Yes
2. The pattern calls for tassels on the ends of the afghan, should she add tassels?  - To that there was an emphatic NO!.

Her next question was about a pattern her daughter wanted her to knit, a fitted cabled sweater coat.  The pattern was from a Lang yarns magazine.  The instructions were translated from another language and something was definitely lost in translation.  Moving on...

It turns out Jane has never knit for herself.  I highly recommend it!

Patty decided she wanted another project in addition to the ribbed scarf she's knitting for her son.  She's going to knit a cotton, lightweight infinity scarf in Seedling (Aran: 100% Cotton, 110 yards). She definitely wanted something easy and mindless.


We found the Michael Kors (Inspired) Infinity Scarf.  I showed her how to work the long tail cast on without estimating by making a double slip knot with a strand from the outside and a strand from the inside (of the skein).  Casting on as many stitches as needed and cut one strand free.  When you get to the end of your first row/round, pull out the double slip knot, it does not count as a stitch.

Allison was back from a whirlwind trip to Sweden.  She brought her hitchhiker scarf to knit while she was away.  While she was in Sweden, she spent one night at the Ice Hotel.  How freakin' cool (literally) is that???

As conversation criss-crosses around the table, all we heard was that Allison was hitchhiking and having one night stands! It's like a bad game of telephone. ;) My grandmother once said that conversation is a 3-way street and I am inclined to agree with her! While all this was going on, she was working on her customfit sweater.

Given that it was St. Patrick's Day, we had a discussion about corned beef crock pot recipes and whether or not to add beer.  There was a resounding YES on this too.  Footnote, I added Palm Ale to my corned beef concoction and it was delicious.

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