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Friday, April 21, 2017

Do you share?

It seems appropriate that on a beautiful spring day, the first project I tend to is the Anemone poncho. Trammi and Calann are both knitting it in the same color. Yarn: Artyarns Regal Silk and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light.

Trammi and I reviewed slipping first st pwise wyif (which translates to stitch purlwise with yarn in front). The reason for doing it is to get a nice edge.

Calann's stitch count was off, it was because she had missed a yarn over.  Thankfully, those are easy to fix.

Ahh, spring Anemones in New England. Beautiful.

Calann's Sugar and Spice #193 QK is ready for the finisher.

Mallory learned how to work a jogless stripe in her Color Slouch hat.

Eleanor is nearly finished with The Little Boater Crew. She has to cast on for yet another Baby Pullover for a baby due this week. The parents are Greek, so she has chosen to knit with the colors of the Greek flag. The main color will be blue and she will use the white as trim. Yarn: Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% superwash merino, 218 yards).

Cornelia finished sleeve her first sleeve, and is onto the second.  She's ready to swatch for the next project!

She told us a story of how when she was a child, her parents had a friend who was an eye surgeon. When they played cards, if it wasn't his turn, he would tat to keep his fingers nimble for surgery. I love these kind of stories.

Cindy's Super Bulky Winter Vest  is coming out properly since she changed needles. She noticed the hem curls. I explained that was because the pattern starts immediately with stockinette, which curls. It's like the law gravity. It's a thing.  She called it an 'Elf hem' because it curls like elf toes.

Eileen admired one of our new samples, the Cameo Shawl.

 So it's hardly surprising that she picked out yarn to knit one for herself in Cascade Heritage Solids (Fingering: 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 437 yards) and Berroco Folio Color (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 219 yards). She did lament that when she meets me at Cosi, she ends up with a cup of coffee and when she meets me at Westport Yarns she invariably leaves with a new project.  I don't see a problem with that, do you?

Jane T. selectively read her pattern. Where it said, decrease every row for six rows, she worked it as every right side row six times (twelve rows). No biggie, it was a small amount to rip back and redo (for me anyway, I only did the ripping back).

Allison was diligently knitting on her cardigan when she decided to lay out the pieces she had knit so far in relation to our sample.  You see this sweater is knit sideways in four pieces. You start with the sleeve and cast on for the body.  Depending on whether you cast on after a right side or wrong side row, determines if it is a right front/back or left front/back.  You knit two of each version.


As we fiddled with aligning the pieces, we had a horrible moment (from our perspective) when we realized she had knit three of one version. A few choice words were uttered. Then she pulled herself up by her imaginary bootstraps a gamely accepted that she had to rip back and begin again.  Breathe in, Breathe out, move on.

Today's conversation somehow centered on sharing ~ food or drink. The general consensus was that we have learned to be very particular about the way we share.
  •  Several of the ladies said that they don't share with their husbands because they take too big a sip or bite. 
  • We all agreed that sharing with kids was tricky business for many reasons.
  • I added that I'm happy to share as long as I decided at the onset of the meal, as in before placing my order. Otherwise, I ordered my food and I want it - all.

I know for a fact that Harry does not share and if Tucker isn't careful, he'll eat his food too.

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