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Trammi finished her Spring Fling Shawl in Mersilica (knitting to the end of one skein completely before changing colors.  There’s just the finishing left: blocking and weaving in ends.
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She reached the point in her Sassy  Sleeeless Top where she had to sew the shoulder straps down in the back and then pick up stitches for the armhole edging.  This was something new for her.  She learned that you pick up 1 stitch in each horizontal stitch and 2 stitches for every three stitches on the vertical sections.  If need be you can pick up extra stitches at the armhole to prevent holes and then delete them on the next round. Also leave a longish tail when you reattach your yarn for weaving if you do end up with some holes. The yarn is Louisa Harding Mulberry Silk (DK: 100% Silk, 136 yards).
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Michelle finished her feather and fan afghan with Cascade 220 Superwash Paints (Worsted: 100% Superwash, 220 yards).  This pattern stitch works up brilliantly in the variegated yarn.

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She also finished a striped baby blanket (pattern will be available soon) in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (Sport/DK: 100% Merino, 136 yards).
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Michelle is in the midst of knitting a Sampler Blanket (pattern available in store with purchase of yarn) in Zara (DK: 100% Extra Fine Merino, 137 yards). The afghan is knitted in 6 strips which are then crocheted together.  Afterwards, a crocheted edge is worked. This is a beautiful heirloom gift.
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She’s knitting a shrug with Tandem (Aran: 28% Nylon, 28% Cotton, 28% Rayon, 16% Acrylic, 107 yards) for her granddaughter to wear over her dress at a wedding.  So sweet.
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We had an animated group at Breakfast Club (then again, when isn’t it?).  Hillary is in the midst of her first pair of socks.  She tried Magic Loop and decided she really preferred working on double pointed needles.  Her pattern is Churchmouse Basic Sock.

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She is also working on an incredible rug hooking pillow.  It was simply gorgeous!  Here is a link to Holly Hill Designs.

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Noreen was knitting the Foolproof Cowl. This is a very curious pattern, here is the description from the pattern page:

“It’s an intriguing construction; a real mystery. How about a cowl with no casting on & no binding off? It’s made in rows but ends up all in one piece. There’s no knitting in the round, no sewing, no grafting, no provisional cast-on, no picking up stitches. Promise. You can make it to your own custom size, in your own choice of yarn without having to make a tension square. No kidding.No purling, no knitting. Oh, wait, just joking – there is knitting – it’s garter stitch – with funky stripes and some easy intermediate increasing & decreasing.”

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Jeannine was working on baby sweaters.  Some were gifts and some were for charity donations.  The sweater above is called Tiny Tea Leaves.

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Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

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and Sweetest Thing.

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Tasha was working on (my) Stella Dolman Top in Rowan Creative Linen (DK: 50% Linen, 50% Cotton, 219 yards).

Diane started the Acquarello Scarf.  From the designer, “Do you want to feel like a painter while you are knitting with hand dyed yarns? Then this small project is the right experiment for you! It is very simple yet highly creative knitting with dynamic pooling. While you are knitting the picture evolves to unexpected beauty. You will see regularities but more often irregularities which add charm to the ‘painting’. ”

Lissa was crocheting a blanket with the Larksfoot Stitch.

 

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Susan knit the Peek Sweater pattern from Spirit by Rowan/Kim Hargreaves. The yarn is Cotton Soft Speciale Baby Solid (Fingering: 100% Cotton, 197 yards). She was on a #2 needle and used approximately 6-8 skeins.

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One of our customers, Margaret, knit the Koigu Beaded Bag with Koigu Painters Palette Premium (Fingering: 100% Merino, 175 yards). She used five different colored glass beads and added beads to the I-cord, even though the pattern didn’t call for it.  This is a one skein project.  I love the different colored beads against the variegated yarn.


	

			
	
	

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Danni knit the Catoctin Shawl with two skeins of Madelinetosh Pashmina (Sport: 75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 360 yards).

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Danni says “It was easy (but that’s just me) and enjoyable.  The pattern was very well written.”

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Young men mastering the art of making loops of yarn with two sticks. Joan taught her son and his friends how to knit; they were great students.

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Eleanor started the Hitchhiker scarf in Baah La Jolla (Fingering: 100% Merino,  400 yards). This is a terrific “mindless” vacation project.  It’s small, portable, and the pattern is easy to remember.

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She finished the front v-neck border of the Keene Toddler Vest . She’ll probably have this done by next week.

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Allison is also going to knit the Hitchhiker scarf. Her yarn is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (Fingering: 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon).

Both ladies are delighted with how their yarns are working up.

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Allison has completed more motifs on her #28 Mobius Cowl. I am content to knit in her wake as I love her color and motif choices.  Remember, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.

Our Stash Amnesty days are over and the collection was a huge success, not only for Project Linus who will benefit from all that yarn but for all of you out there who wanted to clean out their stash (to make way for new yarn).

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We gathered more than 350 pounds of yarn, and while the average donor dropped off about 8 pounds of yarn we had some huge donations. By the end of the two week collection period we almost lost sight of Danni in the back room.

The top 5 donors out of a total of 40 dropped off these incredible amounts: 5) 25 lbs, 4) 28 lbs, 3) 33 lbs, 2) 49 lbs, and our #1 donor, a whopping 57 lbs!! And the other great thing was the happy smiles on all of these donors’ faces.

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They loved having a reason to weed through their stash and give it to a good cause. Many felt like it was a walk down memory lane and rediscovered forgotten projects that they are now going to finish. Some people felt like they had lost weight! And having the yarn bucks to buy new yarn with was an added bonus.

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Pam’s car was completely filled!  Suzanne from Project Linus was delighted to receive such a large donation. So thanks to all that participated! There will be may happy children as a result of all your kindness.

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Eleanor finished the front of the Keene Toddler Vest . She joined the shoulders with a 3-needle bind off and picked up the stitches for the neckline. Yarn: Creative Focus Linen (Worsted: 50% Cotton, 50% Linen, 220 yards).

The sweater is to be worn by her grandson at her son’s wedding in July.  Barring a growth spurt, things should be just fine.

With what she has leftover, she is going to knit the smallest size of the Provence Baby Cardigan.

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VOILA! Eleanor finished her Knit, Swirl Plum Perfect Coat.  If you’re not familiar with the Knit, Swirl coat, it is knit from the outside in – in one piece. She’s knitting with Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards), Noro Kureyon (Worsted: 100% Wool, 110 yards). A job well done.  She’s looking forward to being able to wear it!

Eleanor remarked that this is the nicest garment she’s ever knit.  After looking through the Knit, Swirl book, she may, down the road, knit another.

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Elaine was working on the Trinity Stitch.  She’s tried it many times over and has ended up with the wrong number of stitches.  We took it slow and now she’s got it. (The picture above is a stock picture of the Trinity Stitch, Eleanor is only a few rows in on hers.)

This stitch is also known as the Cluster or Bramble Stitch:

Works on multiples of 4 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): Purl.

Row 2: *(Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1) all in the same stitch, purl 3 together. Repeat from * across.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: *Purl 3 together, (knit 1, purl 1, knit 1) all in the same stitch. Repeat from * across.

Repeat these four rows for pattern.

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Gail knit this sweet buttoned shoulder baby sweater with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (Sport: 55% Wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere, 137 yards).

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