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Friday, January 20, 2017

Knitter know thyself

Nancy was missing a stitch in the lace section of her Etched Rio Wrap. I used the opportunity to show Nancy how to read her stitches to determine where the culprit was.

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Usually when that happens it is a missing yarnover. It was, and missing yarnovers are easy to fix.

Allison was ready to graft (in ribbing) the Ring of Kerry Scarf she knit in Anzula For Better or Worsted (Worsted: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 200 yards). The directions didn't specify the sequence for grafting in the ribbed pattern so I winged it.  As I was doing this, I kept thinking that I should show Allison how I was doing it.  After a quick conversation we agreed that the likelihood of her doing this again was small. It wasn't worth teaching since grafting (Kitchener Stitch) often requires a refresher anyway and doing it in ribbing was muddying those waters. Knitter know thyself.


Her Guernsey Wrap was back from the finisher and it looked FABULOUS! It lies perfectly flat and the stitch definition in For Better or Worsted is perfect. 

Cindy ran into problems with her Elephants on Parade Blanket. When she saw another mistake, in addition to edges being ribbed versus moss, Cindy decided to rip back to the start of the Elephants.  Discussed how to remedy it. Yarn: Rowan Softknit Cotton (Worsted: Worsted: 92% Cotton, 8% Nylon, 115 yards).  Knitter know thyself. 

Eleanor finished her grandson's sweater, the Emerald Isle Child's Pullover in Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (DK: 100% Merino, 130 yards). We can't wait to see a picture of him wearing it! (Hint, Hint).

Cornelia was happy to be working the armhole decreases on back of her Vivacious Hi-Lo Pullover in Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Wool, 220 yards).  Everyone (herself included) likes the wrong side of the sweater better. Theoretically there is no reason why she couldn't make the wrong side the right side.  She's going to stick with it as it was designed.  It has a cleaner look to it. Knitter know thyself.

Trammi worked a gauge swatch for the Apres Vest in both the Portuguese knitting style and continental. Upon comparing the two swatches (Portuguese is on top), she decided she liked the stitch definition better from the Portuguese knitting. Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers TECHNO (Bulky: 68% Alpaca, 22% Silk, 10% Wool, 120 yards).

Calann finished her Garter Yoke Baby Cardi was onto knitting the hat.  She wanted to maximize her yardage and have the detail on the hat mimic the cardi (with the two color garter). It wasn't working out because she was changing color every row versus every other.

Garter knit flat is knit every row.  Garter knit in the round needs to be a round of purl followed by a round of knit (or visa versa).  In order to have a smooth color transitions, it's better to introduce the color change on a knit round. Yarn: Baby Cashmerino (Sport: 55% Wool, 33% Acrylic 12% Cashmere, 137 yards).

Next up is the Creepy fish sweater otherwise know as the Ships Ahoy sweater in Catania (Sport: 100% Cotton, 137 yards).

Jane was knitting the sixteenth square out of the eighteen squares she needs for the Building Blocks afghan she is knitting for her husband in Jade Sapphire Cashmere 8 (Aran: 100% Cashmere, 100 yards). This is going to be the most luxurious blanket. 

I suspect Betty, Jane's black lab will be coveting this blanket. She likes to set herself up properly for a cozy nap.  She has her priorities.  I love that the other dog is on the floor below.

Random Acts of Conversation:

We were discussing how men (in general) cannot find things in the refrigerator. One of the women, (who will remain anonymous) has told her husband, "My uterus is not a tracking device." I have to try that one.

You know how sometimes you draw a blank on the spelling of words that you know should know you should know? Cindy told us that she has trouble with Tallahassee. We teased her about the need to know how to spell Tallahassee.  She explained that when she can't sleep, she names capitals to fall asleep.  The same anonymous woman replied, "I just take an Adavan".

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