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Friday, November 6, 2015

Bobbleism - It's a thing.

Carol joined us for the first time and brought with her, for show and tell, an incredible Christening gown she knit for her son 23 years ago while on bed-rest.  It was a Beatrix Potter pattern.

The lace trim on the hem belonged to her grandmother.

The bobbles looked so nice that it might even convert Janice to bobble-ism. (Part of our unofficial tally of those who love/hate bobbles or a new art trend.)

She swatched for the pattern for Lucille, a top down, set in sleeves yarn sweater in Anzula for Better or Worsted in a gorgeous pink (Worsted: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 200 yards).

Carol is also in the process of knitting the Enchanted Forest Cardigan. In a word, WOW.

Allison and Carol recognized each other from the Westport Yarns Anzula trunk show where they were picking through the same suitcase of yarn.  Allison also plans on knitting Lucille.  We plan on checking out the comments on Ravelry for any helpful hints.

She (Allison) finished all the pieces for her Customfit sweater and it is going off to the finisher!  Yay!

Eleanor's Customfit is coming along.  She is working on one project at a time. When I admired her commitment/discipline, she admitted that this plan could breakdown. ;)

Cornelia finished her daughter's poncho and it was going off to the finisher.  She's well into the knitting of her own poncho, also in Rasta (Super Bulky: 100% Merino, 90 yards)

Calann realized that she knit one sleeve shorter than it is supposed to be in the Honeybear Hoodie she is knitting in Spud & Chloe Outer (Super Bulky: 65% Wool, 35% Cotton, 60 yards). I took out the bind-off,  she knit the extra rounds, and then set about picking up stitches for the neckline.

While knitting the neckline, she made an illegal u-turn and knit more rows on one side than the other. Neither of us are sure how it happened, all I can say is that conversation was moving along at a good clip.

She finished her 7th? 8th? Fallen Halo

This one she is going to keep!

Mary Ellen also joined us for the first time. She did the same two rows of her building block pattern two times. We took out rows and got back on track. I also showed her how to read the stitches compared to the pattern chart.

She didn't know where she was with her Jeweled Collar.  The yarn is Artyarns Beaded Mohair & Sequins (DK: 60% Silk, 40% Mohair, 114 yards). Mary Ellen's aha moment was finding that there was zen in watching other people knit.

Janice shared her Puffy Cable Cowl in Artyarns Cashmere Glitter (DK: 100% Cashmere, 170 yards).  These are two of my favorite things: cashmere and the color purple!  When she left she warned of a "knitting nightmare" she was going to bring next week. It sounds like the gauntlet of a challenge has been thrown.

Jane is nearly finished with the sweater coat. She's ready to work the button bands.

She brought a picture of her daughter wearing a Lopi sweater that she knit for her years ago when she (her daughter) wanted a Lopi sweater and couldn't find one.

After discussing my version of knitting monogamy (as in none) I asked everyone at the table how many projects they were working on:

Calann: 2 projects in case she makes a mistake in one, she has an alternate.
Mary Ellen: 3-4 projects (at least).
Allison: 3, Hitchhiker, Burrow, and Fallen Halo.
Jane: 1
Cindy: 1
Carol: 1 and she's starting a second.
Eleanor: 1 (for now), swatching for next project - Burrow.
Cornelia: 1.

The "1's" are leading in this tally.  How many projects do you have going at a time?

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