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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Going the distance.


Jane liked knitting the cabled afghan she knit as a gift so much that she knit a second- for herself. Remember this is the afghan that she found in a closet and hadn't touched in years.

Her next goal is to knit a sweater coat for one of her daughters.  It was no easy feat finding a pattern and it's been even harder to find the navy color/gauge yarn the pattern requires. While visiting her (in the south) she bought a skein of Baa fingering because it was the exact color her daughter wanted.  Baah yarns didn't have a aran version and she went on a hunt for navy.  Finally she found a yarn in the color she wanted, named navy.  She bought it online. When she received it, it turned out to be royal. So she returned it.  That is the trouble with ordering online; different computer monitors can display colors differently. I applaud her perseverance in going the distance to make this coat exactly the way she envisions it.

Jane said it was good to be back at stitch and chat.  She learned a lot, and not just from knitting. Among the things talked about were the following shows/movies:
Poldark series of books and on PBS
Forsythe saga
Best marigold hotel
Gosford park
Woman in gold

When Cornelia left her CustomFit sweater for the finisher, she learned that she didn't pair decreases properly on one of the sleeves. She stoically ripped back 9" of the errant sleeve. In the past, she had seen me pull the needle out and rip back to the row above the row I needed to return to.

Well, that's exactly what Cornelia did. She pulled needle out and ripped back until 2 rows before desired spot and then pulled stitches out one at a time.  Cornelia was going the distance with this sweater, she reknit the sleeve correctly.

She is almost finished with the back of her Houston top.  She modified the pattern to have a k2p2 ribbing instead of folded hem. The yarn she is using is Rowan Silky Stones (Worsted: 52% Silk, 48% Linen, 109 yards).

Eleanor swatched for her second CustomFit with Kid Paillettes (Lace: 42% Mohair, 40% Polyester, 18% Silk, 136 yards). This sweater will be a Christmas present to herself.  Last year she knit my Manteau Capelet in Artyarns as her Christmas present.  I like Eleanor's style, treat yourself to yummy yarn.

Trammi brought out her swatches for the Apres (Ruched) vest. She's working toward a gauge of 12 sts = 4". She got 14 sts on #10.5 so she will try on #11. For the smaller gauge of 20 sts = 4" on #4 ok she was all set.

She also worked on finishing the sleeves on her CustomFit sweater. The pieces are all done.  She just has to block and sew it.  I'm looking forward to finished knit.  The yarn is Rowan Aran (unfortunately discontinued)

FYI, there is a CustomFit sweater class starting in September at Westport Yarns, click here for the details.

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