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Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy Stitches

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Jane B made an executive decision to put the Purl Soho Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan on hold and knit Snowbird in Anzula For Better or Worsted (Worsted: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere goat, 10% Nylon, 200 yards). She'll start by swatching on a #7 needle.

She modified the Etched Rio Wrap, instead of a lace panel, she is working the Pillar Stitch from the 365 Knitting Stitches a Year: Perpetual Calendar Book (April 10). The yarn is Acadia (DK: 60% Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Alpaca, 145 yards).

Cornelia finished the first sleeve and is almost done with second sleeve. The measurements came out perfectly after reknitting it. (She had initially misread the directions.)

When we laid out all the pieces, we noticed that the yarn pooled in the same places on the front and back.  She couldn't have made that happen if she tried and planned for it.

Calann thought something was off in her cabled poncho and she was right.  She worked two left cables instead of alternating right and left leaning cables.  We ripped back to the cable row and then took it out stitch by stitch to get back to the offending row.

Here is a picture of Eleanor's (The) Quilt & Cable Blanket in Cascade Eco Plus (Bulky: 100% Wool, 478 yards).

She is picked up more Anzula For Better or Worsted to knit another Annabella's cowl.  It makes a great travel project.

© Heidi May

Both Calann and Cornelia plan on knitting the Azel Poncho for their granddaughters.  Knit with super bulky yarn, it is sure to be a pretty quick knit! Cornelia is going to wait until our Rasta comes in this fall.

Calann is swatching, she went up a needle per usual and her gauge was too big.  She will happily be able to knit on a #13.

She began a Flat Foot Floogie (that's just fun to say ~ try it). She is making a lamb and knit up to the first paw. The yarn is Cascade 128 Superwash (Bulky: 100% Merino, 128 yards).

We reviewed how to stuff and seam the paw.  Cindy was inspired and plans to start hers.

© Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc.
Jane T. came in ready to divide for sleeves on her (top down) Essence Pullover in Tahoe (Aran: 32% Nylon, 27% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 16% Yak, 179 yards). She was a bit disoriented by the process.  After she removed the sleeves, I turned the sweater right side up so she could get a clearer understanding.

Cindy is nearing the finish line with her Artyarns Merino Cloud Gradient Cowl with Artyarns Merino Cloud Gradients (Fingering: 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 540 yards). She enjoyed knitting it so much while traveling (on a plane) that she was almost disappointed to learn they were landing. As people began to deplane, her husband told her that "she had to put down the needles, we have to get off!" That is true knitting bliss.

Allison was away, so she's picking up where she left off last week.

Michelle (in her classic pose) with her nearly completed Gacoco Baby Blanket in Plymouth Select Superwash (Worsted: 100% Merino 218 yards).

She found a sweater that she can use for a long ago stashed yarn,  Royal Alpaca (Worsted: 100% Alpaca, 220 yards). The pattern is called the Llama ll Sweater.
© Amanda Stevenson Lupke + Kelbourne Woolens
Lois was working on Beech Hill with stash.

Kathy joined us today to go over knitting directions (for the neck/shoulder shaping) for the Simple Tee,  that she found a bit confusing. I wrote out the directions row by row, treating it like a math story problem.  Remember those?  I could never remember what color the bus driver's eyes were. Later on Kathy got back to me that she worked both shoulders of the front at the same time and it came out correctly.

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