A virtual gathering of people sharing their knitting, books, thoughts, and random threads of conversation!

Live ~ Laugh ~ Knit

Friday, June 9, 2017

Perseverance pays off or do you just make a poncho?

Calann modeled her Anemone Poncho for me after getting it back from the finisher. Stunning! I have got to start mine! Yarn: Artyarns Regal Silk and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light.

She was thrown by the pattern directions for the top down garment she is knitting. The designer uses one box to sequence the raglan steps which equal one round.  She missed several cables thinking that each line was a different row of pattern. She will persevere...

It was at this point that Allison quietly asked her, "Why don't you just knit a poncho?" 😏

Cornelia persevered and was able to move forward with her #23 Cabled Tunic front. Then she split a stitch and thought she had one extra and her cable would be off.  It was a simple fix. She's begun shaping the armhole. Yarn: Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky (Chunky: 100% Alpaca, 108 yards).

Here is a better picture of the back of the Cabled Shirt Trammi is knitting. She is ready to cast on for two sleeves that she will work at the same time.

She finished knitting the body of Humphrey Bear in Shelter (Worsted: 100% Wool - Targhee-Columbia, 140 yards).

The next step required removing the provisional cast on and grafting (Kitchener Stitch) the two pieces together.

Jane got a lot of knitting done over the past week on her ribbed scarf in Stargazer (Sport: 75% Llama, 25% Silk, 218 yards).

Allison was able to send off the 2ply Cashmere Cardigan to the finisher.  Hurrah! Perseverance pays off.

Eleanor checked in on one of the fronts of her customfit mashup using design elements from Timber in Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards). She hasn't decided whether to give the garment a shawl collar and wanted to know how far she could (safely) knit before having to make a decision.

And on Wednesday...

Eileen brought in the Silk mohair blanket shawl kit in Artyarns Silk Mohair. She has to wind each skein into a ball then weigh and measure to split them into halves; the blanket is knit holding two strands together and the colors shift.

Another Churchmouse Shoulder Cozy in a cotton yarn that a friend gave her.  She loves the ease of the pattern and the wear-ability of the piece.

Eileen worked some extra rounds of the super bulky Northern Lights Capelet from the book Cowl Girls 2. Otherwise it would have sat at an awkward spot.  She wanted it to come over her bust. I taught her Judy's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.  It really is super stretchy and looks really nice. It created a braid along the bottom. This is my "go-to" bind off for the neckline of baby/kids sweaters and the cuff of socks.

She is now ready to work on her Anemone Poncho in black. 

Lois is almost up to armhole shaping of Bedford Top. She needs to knit one more pattern repeat.

Michelle has been knitting her Building Blocks has less green than she thought.  We kicked around some options and in the end looked the yarn/color up on Ravelry to see if anyone had stashed the color.  We found two people who had 2 skeins each so she will pursue that.

She learned how to knit Portuguese style today and took to it like a fish to water.  She bought several different style pins from Jill's Beaded Knit Bits.

Here are some book recommendations:
It happened in Italy 
House without Windows
Orphaned number 8 
A Christmas for Joshua
Daughters of the dragon
Threads of silk
The bridal chair
Lilac girls
Crazy Rich Asians

This morning as I was attempting to write this blog post, the beasty boys were thundering around the house like a herd of elephants. You know the expression, "use your indoor voice"? I needed them to use their "inside bodies". I found two soft toys that they had yet to disembowel and they scattered to different parts of the house.

Like all "siblings" eventually, they wanted the same toy.  They were in this quiet tug of war for about five minutes before Harry released his grip.  After I shut off the video, Harry went after the toy that Tucker had abandoned.  I think the whole tug of war was an elaborate ruse on Harry's part to get Tucker's toy. 

Perseverance pays off. What project have you had to persevere to achieve success?

No comments: