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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tuesday Stitch and Chat

Eleanor wore her Summer Poncho in to class today. This was her US Open and travel knitting.

She continues to persevere with her Madison Poncho knit with Creative Focus Worsted (Worsted: 75% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 220 yards). After feeling like she is slogging through such a time consuming knit, she is rethinking the Two Harbors Poncho. How many ponchos does she really need/will wear?

I on the other hand am about ready to swatch.  

I've picked black for the turtleneck and red for the body Blue Sky Alpacas Extra (Aran: 55% Alpaca, 45% Merino, 218 yards).

Rosie started over the her CustomFit sweater, she wasn't satisfied with how the knitting looked. She's back on track now and working the shaping.  Rosie shared a funny story about the compromise she struck with her cat.  Now that it's getting cooler, her cat has come looking for the lap she sat on during the winter only to find it occupied with knitting.  The compromise: the cat is snuggling inside her dressing gown while the knitting gets the lap.  I think they will be nice and cozy this winter.

Jane's cat is content to watch the knitting.  Probably waiting for an opportunity to strike (in my opinion). Jane's knitting issue today was loose stitches in her cable panel.  I ripped it back and she redid it. She finds her mind wanders (even when she's alone) and between that and the dark navy, it's easy to get off track.

Calann is in the midst of knitting her fifth Fallen Halo in Artyarns Cashmere 5 and Artyarns Cashmere Glitter and 

is ready to wind the yarn for the sixth.  She loves this pattern for gifts.  I'm totally flattered.

Cornelia finished the back of her CustomFit vest.  It's remarkable how fast the Rasta knits up.  Not that it should come as such a big surprise on #17 needles (Super Bulky: 100% Merino, 90 yards). I was looking through my stash a/k/a collection and discovered a I have a few skeins of Rasta.  A CustomFit sweater is something to think about.

There was a very rewarding moment in class (for me) when Cornelia explained (perfectly) to another student in the class how to estimate your long tail for the long-tail cast on.  I was very proud of her.  You know you are learning and retaining when you are able to explain it to someone else.

Trammi is nearly at the point in the Essence pullover where she puts the sleeves on holders and knits even till the ribbing. Tahoe yarn (Aran: 32% Nylon, 27% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 16% Yak, 179 yards).

Book discussed: Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.

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