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Tasha bought Cephalopod Skinny Bugga (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 424 yards) at our last trunk show for Cephalopod Yarns.  At the time, we had a sample for Zodiac Le Plume.

She has been knitting steadily on this piece since then.  Believe me when I tell you that it is absolutely stunning!  She even beaded the edging!

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A couple of weeks ago when I impressed upon Trammi the importance of completely finishing your projects, apparently I had a profound impact on the other women at the table. I had mentioned last week that we talked about projects that have been hibernating for years. As a reminder, when I say finished I mean off the needles, blocked, and ends woven in.

Deirdre started knitting a year ago and was really enthusiastic.  However, she took the summer off. Remembering the conversation I had with Trammi, she pulled out two projects. She started the Iwo wrap earlier this year at our Knitting Retreat.

There were some dropped stitches and other inconsistencies and she decided she wanted to rip back to where it was in better shape.  I did the ripping (less traumatic this way).  I suggested she check her work every 4-6 rows.  It’s easier to repair mistakes when they are not too far down.  the yarn is Berroco Folio (DK: 65% Alpaca, 35% Rayon, 250 yards).

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She was also working on her first hat for her granddaughter to be. During the course of the class she was able to complete it.  It was a great source of pride and accomplishment.  Her next project is the Fallen Halo from One + One Wraps.

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Elaine is knitting the Tea with Jam Boy’s Sweater with yarn from her stash.

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She is also knitting the Babies Garter Stitch Jacket (out-of -print pattern available in the shop) with Baby Cashmerino (Sport: 55% Wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere, 137 yards).

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Eleanor finished her  L’Envelope, knit with Plymouth Mushishi (Worsted: 95% wool, 5% silk, 491 yards).

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She’s 75″% done knitting her Easy Folded Poncho with Cephalopod Travellor.
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This is an adorable picture of her grandson wearing the sweater she just finished knitting for him.

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Allison worked on the duplicate stitching for the little sailboat on the Little Boater Crew (Sublime Booklet #669) knit with DK weight yarn.

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She’s nearly finished with her Koigu Fairisle Cowl, knit with 9 colors of Koigu Premium Merino (Fingering: 100% Merino, 175 yards).

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Trammi worked on the front shaping of her CustomFit sweater knit with Rowan Aran

(Aran: 100% Wool, 186 yards).

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She did stacking decreases.  Look how neat they are!

Book titles mentioned:

Winter of the World

Casual Vacancy

The End of Your Life Book Club

Orphan Train

 

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L’Enveloppe by Sally Melville is a truly unique accessory.  We first saw it on one of our sales reps and found it captivating.  Here is a quote from the designer’s ravelry page: “Every time I wear this and everywhere I go, I’ve had it commented on—by strangers on the street, by shop owners or customers, by knitters or non. And each time they say something like “I love that … thing you’re wearing!” No-one knows what to call it, and—frankly—neither do I. Because one arm goes through (as does the neck) but the other arm is free, it’s not a cape, not a poncho, not a shrug, not a shawl, not a cowl. It’s small enough to wear under a coat but big enough to wear instead of one. And it envelops us in style…”

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I knit the store sample in Plymouth Mushishi (Worsted: 95% Wool, 5% Silk, 491 yards). Eleanor is knitting it in Mushishi too.  She reached the left arm piece and found it confusing.  At this point in the pattern, you are instructed to pick up a certain number of stitches (based on your size) for the left arm piece.

Here’s the thing, you are picking up stitches through the back loops of the slipped edge stitches, without attaching your yarn. There are two key tips I feel are helpful,

1. You are picking up stitches along a length of the piece that should measure 12″, measure it out and place a safety pin or locking stitch marker on both sides denoting the 12″ from the center seam.

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2. I used a needle two sizes smaller for the pick ups because it was hard to get the needle into the slipped stitches and move them along the needle.

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You are starting at the end of the seam you will have just sewed. First picking up stitches to the left of the seam and the picking up the stitches to the right of the seam.

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Next she has you reposition the stitches so you are starting a few stitches off center from that same seam. At this point, take the original needle you used and work off the stitches on the smaller needle as you work the short rows.

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This is what the piece looks like from the seam, knit out in short rows.

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Trammi finished her Sassy  Sleeeless Top, knit with Louisa Harding Mulberry (DK: 100% Silk, 136 yards).  She did an absolutely stunning  job.  Trammi modified the length of the body to make it a little longer.  This is a top dcwn sweater pattern.

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Eleanor is almost ready to pick up the stitches for the asymmetrical section of her L’Enveloppe.  She is knitting it with Plymouth Mushishi (Worsted: 95% Wool, 5% Nylon, 491 yards).

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Debbie celebrated her first day of retirement by coming to knit class.  She continues to make progress on her Linen Stitch Scarf; knit with 3 very different colorways of Koigu (Fingering: 100% Merino, 175 yards). She took the Linen Stitch Scarf Class this winter. This class has been wildly popular and is on the fall class schedule.

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Allison was seaming this adorable baby sweater, The Little Parsley Crew, knit with Zara (DK: 100% Merino, 137 yards). This is from the Sublime #668 book. Personally, I think this has many good “boy” patterns.

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Michelle is finishing up her L’Enveloppe knit with Cobasi Plus (Worsted: 55% Cotton, 21% Nylon, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 177 yards).

Everyone was comparing stories of the longest project they have had a project hibernating.

Allison had only to bind off and weave in the ends of an afghan started 2 1/2 – 3 years ago.

Debbie has a prayer shawl on the needles for 4 years and gave away her quilting.

Eleanor has a needlepoint project that has been going for 25 years.

I have a sweater coat that’s been hibernating for at least 5-6 years.

The take-away from this?  We are all the same.  Who knows what compels us to set aside those projects with so little left to do.  We all do it.  Consider this blog post the equivalent of throwing down the gauntlet of a challenge to finish something started long ago.  You won’t believe how cathartic it will feel. What’s more, you won’t feel guilty about all the new things you want to start.

 

 

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We set off on our  knitting cruise on one of the most beautiful evenings of the summer.  Some people actually knitted!  Most of us enjoyed the terrific food, sangria, scenery and most of all, great company.

 

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The resounding consensus from all aboard was to plan to make this an annual event!

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And they sailed off into the sunset.

In Mary Beth Temple’s book, “The Secret Language of Knitters” she defines a knit-a-long as:

“…a group of knitters, whether online or in real life, decide to make the same project at the same time and compare strategies and results while they work.  This can be a great way to foster camaraderie and creativity. The coolest thing about KALs is being able to see all of the variety that can occur due to the interpretation of one pattern by many individual knitters.”

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Our Fall KAL is Imagine When, a roughly triangle shaped scarf knit on the bias with short rows.

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The pattern is very clearly written; suitable for adventurous advanced beginners who want to learn short rows as well as more experienced knitters.  It was a pleasure to knit.  I loved seeing how the colors moved in the different triangle sections. Don’t worry about the short rows if you’ve never done them, they are completely doable. The pattern  lends itself beautifully in solid or variegated yarns.

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This was a fun design to knit.  The different sections kept my attention.  I had 7g/approximately 24 yards of yarn left. -Pam

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Stop by the shop to see the store sample and our selection of fingering yarn.

You can knit-a-long with us at  Sit’n Knit, Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Join the conversation by “liking us” on Facebook, following us on Instagram and Pinterest (as westportyarns), and joining our Ravelry group.  Additionally, we’ve scheduled a workshop for anyone that would like some help getting started.

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

From the designer, Joji Locatelli, “Imagine the softest, most luxurious yarn, in your favorite color, creating a beautifully draped piece of fabric there to wrap your shoulders on a chilly day. Imagine a series of triangles shaping up in a fun exciting way, but still making your knitting easy enough to relax…”

Finished Measurements:
68 inches (170cm) from side to side and 27 inches (67.5 cm) from top to bottom at deepest point (after blocking).
Materials:
Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (Fingering: 100% Merino, 175 yards) – 3 skeins or 500 yards
Needles: US 6 (4mm) knitting needles.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT YARDAGE (from the designer):
You really need all 500 yards to make this shawl, and there is no easy way to finish earlier it if you accidentally run out of yarn, so please make sure you have enough. If your gauge is looser than the recommended gauge after blocking, you will run out of yarn. Please make sure you are using the needle size you need to get the required gauge.

Gauge:
16.5 stitches and 24 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch, after blocking.
Gauge is not crucial for this project. However, changes might result in a different yardage requirement.

Let the knitting begin!

After the beautiful summer we’ve had, it seems appropriate to write this post on the hottest day to date.

It’s that time of year again to think wintry thoughts of rest and relaxation at our 4th Annual Westport Yarns Knitting Retreat!

You’ve seen the pictures of past retreats and have probably thought, ‘Next year, I’ll go’.

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IT’S TIME YOU DID SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF?

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Join us  at Mohonk Mountain House, January 23 – 25, 2014. It’s the perfect solution for those mid-winter blues. Imagine being tucked away in a historic resort.  You can do as much or as little as you want.

What you can expect:
• a two-day all-inclusive stay at one of the country’s most heralded resorts.
• Delicious food from Culinary Institute chefs
• Round-the-clock (well, with breaks for sleeping and eating) knitting help
• Many knitting technique workshops
• Raffles and goodie bags
• Great camaraderie
• Uninterrupted knitting time!

Room and board rates for 2015 include 12% gratuity and 8.8% NY occupancy tax:

Early Bird Rates:
Triple room per person, $675, for Friday and Saturday night.
Double room per person $720, for Friday and Saturday night.
Single room per person $ 945, for Friday and Saturday night.

The early bird rate is available until October 1, at which time they will increase to:
Triple room per person, $705, for Friday and Saturday night.
Double room per person $750, for Friday and Saturday night.
Single room per person $ 975, for Friday and Saturday night.

Call us at (203-454-4300) to register, deadline is December 23, 2014, payment in full.

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Cornelia knit this luxurious cabled vest and hat with Lobsterpot Worsted (Aran: 100% cashmere, 100 yards).

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She also knit a cowlneck sweater in Noro Silk Garden (Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool, 110 yards).

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Michelle and Eleanor both decided to cast on for L’Envelope, a new store sample.

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Eleanor did a few small swatches to see what liked.  The pattern offers 4 different gauges.  She tried a #7, #8 and decided on a #9 to get the 16 st-gauge pattern. They both learned the crocheted cast on. In the video I’ve linked to, they show it as a provisional cast on, in which case you’d use waste yarn.  Here it is used with the working yarn because it creates a pretty matching edge throughout the garment.

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Michelle is knitting hers with Hikoo by Skacel Cobasi Plus (Worsted: 55% Cotton, 21% Nylon, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 177 yards). Eleanor is knitting hers with Plymouth Mushishi (Worsted: 95% wool, 5% silk, 491 yards).

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Elaine is knitting the Babies Garter Stitch Jacket (out-of -print pattern available in the shop) with Baby Cashmerino (Sport: 55% Wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere, 137 yards).

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Elaine is knitting the Tea with Jam Boy’s Sweater with yarn from her stash.  The pattern calls for Aran weight yarn.

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Linda finished a Basketweave hat with Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% wool, 220 yards). This pattern has sizes from baby – adult.

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She was knitting with the “big girls” on her Sampler Blanket (house pattern).  There are five of us each knitting a strip of the sampler blanket for a friend who is expecting her first grandchild in the fall. The yarn is Zara (DK: 100% extrafine merino, 137 yards).

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A few weeks ago when Trammi was sharing a number of projects that were near completion. I (gently) urged her to finish them.  And when I say finish, I mean off the needles, blocked, and ends woven in.  She took it to heart and systematically went about finishing her knits. This scarf was knit with Zohar’s Sock Yarn (Fingering: Bamboo, Merino, 420 yards).  The pattern is Meredith’s Scarf.  It is intended to be a holiday gift.  Trammi keeps falling in love with the yarns/knits, so whether they stay gifts, remains to be seen.
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Having cleared the project decks, she began swatching for a sweater for her husband, the pattern is called  Slade. The yarn is Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: 100% wool, 218 yards).

Stitch and Chat meets Tuesday mornings from 9:00-11:00.  It is guided knitting, open to any skill level.  Click here for more information.

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