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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Below the salt

Last week I spent a whirlwind few days in Connecticut. I literally came in on the heels of one storm and left on the heels of the next storm.

It was wonderful reconnecting with my coworkers and knitters.

Allison is working on her Agnes Pullover  in Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 275 yards).

She hadn't gotten very far on the front, when she noticed a hole. She had inadvertently picked up and added a stitch. Since she wasn't that far along, she decided to rip it back.

© Purl Soho
Jane B is working on the Cashmere Ombre Wrap from Purl Soho. Yarn: Jade Sapphire 4-ply Mongolian Cashmere (Fingering: 100% Cashmere, 200 yards).

Eileen has finally found her fade 😁. She has been knitting Find Your Fade in beautiful greens and purples. Eileen modified it a little by omitting the lace sections and knitting it all in garter.  She was off stitch count in the end. Danni and I came up with a way to finish it off. Yarn: Dancing Leaf Farm Sock Hop (Fingering: 100% Merino, 373 yards). Dancing Leaf Farms has fade kits available.

Cornelia is knitting a customfit Vest in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Worsted (Aran: 100% Merino, 200 yards). She has taken to matching her clothing to her projects. 😉

Mallory needed a refresher on mattress stitch to sew her latest Christmas Stocking.

She also brought two incredible garments her mother knit. They were really special. There is even embroidery on the dress.

These garments made me think of two ski sweaters I have that my mother knit and steeked when she was twenty-something. I'll have to bring them in for show & tell.
© Gail Pfeifle, Roo Designs
Eleanor is knitting a Roo Fire Truck Roll Neck sweater with a (green) fire engine for her grandson because his dad is a Volunteer Fireman and rides in a green firetruck. How sweet is that?!

Calann had a lot of projects to review. First off, she has finished knitting a wedding garter from the Set of Wedding Accessories to Knit Pattern and has all the accoutrements for finishing it. She is graciously going to share what's left with me. That's incentive enough to cast on for the one I have to knit. This is the same garter Mary knit for her (four) daughters-in-law.

Next there was a Simple Lace Cowl she is knitting with Plymouth Incan Spice (Fingering: 45% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 15% Yak, and 15% Silk, 218 yards). She wasn't sure if her stitch count was right.

Lastly there was some forensic detective work involved on a Rowan Sweater she started years ago.  We were able to determine where she left off. Now she can revisit it!

© Linda Gavaldon
Cindy is running on yarn fumes while she knits the border of her Elephants on Parade blanket. She was off in her border stitch. She thought she was supposed to be knitting Moss when really she had knit Seed all along. We got it sorted out.

Jane T worked on the sleeve of her son's sweater. Yarn: Cascade 220 (Worsted: Superwash Wool, 220 yards).

Random Remarks, Books, and apps (and not necessarily in that order).

FlightAware app: From the web, "Free, live flight tracker and flight status from FlightAware for apple & android! This app allows you to track the real-time flight status and tracking map of any commercial flight worldwide.

Jackie, Janet, Leigh by Randy Taberelli
Women in the Castle
The Alice Network
Last Christmas in Paris

Random remarks
Below the salt: "At that time the nobility sat at the 'high table' and their commoner servants at lower trestle tables. Salt was placed in the centre of the high table and only those of rank had access to it. Those less favoured on the lower tables were below (or beneath) the salt." From The Phrase Finder.

The expression was used in class to refer to those people who were not (temporarily) included in what ever was being passed around the table.

My Uterus is not a tracking device: At first I thought Calann coined this one herself. She uses it in a sentence very well. Upon googling it, it can be traced (in at least one instance) to the book, Hot Flashes and Southern Sasses: Humorous Little Stories with a Southern Drawl By Kathleen Harper. Maybe we should add that to our book list.

Harry is chillin'.

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