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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Finish it Wednesday

I challenged Eileen to finish one project a week. The finishing included sewing buttons. She cleared almost all her projects. She was very proud of herself (as am I). It was tedious and she rose to the challenge.

Eileen was finishing a Yoked Cardigan in Lambs Pride Worsted (Aran: 85% Wool, 15% Mohair, 190 yards). She was picking up stitches for button band. She shared a story with us.

When her daughter was in labor, she sat in the waiting room and started knitting toddler hats for grand kids and when those were finished she kept going.  The yarn was flowing, she kept knitting hats.  Pretty soon everyone in the waiting room had hats.  It kept her from going crazy while her daughter was in labor.  I can just picture random people walking around with hand knit hats. Makes me smile.

She found a cabled headband pattern done with super bulky yarn and no gauge specified.  She wanted to confirm that she can double chunky yarn and achieve gauge. There is a equation that gives you an idea about what you can achieve by doubling yarn: Double the gauge of the yarn you want to use, then divide that number by 3 = new gauge as an guesstimate. 

So if you have a yarn that gets 3.5 stitches/1"
Double would be 7. Divided by 3 = 2.33 stitches/1"

Lois saw her scarf on the web and loved it! It made her like her scarf even more. She came to finish several projects while in a group. It made her a captive audience so to speak. She sewed in the ends of her scarf.

Sewed the buttons on last years Rasta project, Angelita - Neck warmer a la headband.

Then we grafted the ends of her Marshmallow Fluff neck warmer.

Mary arrived, with a future knitter in tow,

I asked her if she was alright (with the right twist square in her Building Blocks afghan). Her answer,  "I don't thing I'm alright." And she wasn't. She was off one stitch because she knit into the ladder in between stitches. Sometimes you have to listen to your intuition.

Michelle swatched for Karma Chameleon with Twisted Fiber Arts Evolution in the Gypsy colorway.

She is also working on my Welcome Baby Gift Set for a baby gift in Koigu Painters Palette Premium (Fingering, 100% Merino, 175 yards).

Patty was working on the Watercolors Hat. Specifically she learned how to work a jogless stripe in the round. 

She also knit the corresponding baby blanket.  This hat/blanket combo is really cute.  It calls for worsted, however, she knit it with Baby Cashmerino (Sport: 55% Wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere, 137 yards).

I am duly impressed at how my knitters rose to the finishing challenge.  I need to take a page from their book.

Answer me this...
How many projects do you have on hooks and needles?
Of those, how many projects are you actively working on?
 I'll tell you my answer if you tell me yours.
'Fess up, it's good for your knitter/crocheter's soul.

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