Finishing up old projects continues to be a running thread through our classes.

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Eleanor had started the Madison Poncho pattern two years ago. It’s knit in Rowan Creative Focus (Worsted: 75% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 220 yards).  She had a dropped stitch on the purl side, which she was nervous about fixing, until I pointed out that she could just  turn it around and fix it on knit side.

eleanorchartShe color coded her pattern chart, something she learned in a class with Laura.

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She finished her Easy Folded Poncho in Cephalopod Travellor (DK: 100% Merino, 280 yards).

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Today she began swatching for my Manteau Capelet. After feeling the Artyarns Ensemble Light (DK: 50% Silk, 50% Cashmere, 400 yards), she could why people enjoy knitting with Cashmere.

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Trammi finished the front and back of her CustomFit sweater.  She decided to finish the neck before knitting the sleeves. Even though the pattern says she has enough yarn, she is slightly concerned about yardage. She will knit the sleeves at the same time so if, for some reason she is short, the sleeves will be the same length.  The yarn is Rowan Aran  (100% Wool, 186 yards).

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She saw a  lofty fringed loop scarf from Sundance Catalog. She’s going to look through a stitch dictionary and create her own cowl pattern and fringe it.  She’s going to use Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky (Bulky: 100% Alpaca, 108 yards).

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Allison finished the flag on her Little Boater Crew (Sublime Booklet #669) knit with DK weight yarn.

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She’s finishing the brioche pillow that she started last year (in a brioche class).

Here is the $64,000 question: it’s such a pleasure and relief when we complete a project, why do we stop? Very often the unfinished knit needs something simple/tedious like 1 seam sewn, a few rows knit or bound off.

 

Sometimes store samples develop a following and pick up speed all on their own.

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Joanne knit our (House) Sampler Blanket with Cascade 128 Superwash (Bulky: 100% superwash merino, 128 yards).

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Beth knit this one for her grandson with Artyarns Cashmere Sock yarn (Sport:  67% Cashmere, 25% Wool, 8% Nylon, 160 yards). The yarn was  from a kit and she repurposed the yarn.

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Michelle knit one in Zara (DK: 100% merino, 136 yards).

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Madeline is knitting the Pashmina Shawlette with… Madelinetosh Pashmina (Sport: 75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 360 yards).

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She is crocheting a bag from a pattern in Women’s Day magazine, circa 1979 – with No. 18 Twine! The bag is made up of crocheted clusters.

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Madeline is also working on a Lopi sweater (Lopi Lite (Aran: 100% Wool, 109 yards).

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Robyn took a lovely cashmere shawl out of hibernation. She knew it was an Artyarns pattern, but couldn’t find hers. Together we followed the trail of breadcrumbs and discovered it was the Cashmere Lace Leaf Shawl in Artyarns Cashmere 1 (Lace: 100% cashmere, 510 yards).

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Robbie has found her stride with her Linen Stitch Scarf knit with Koigu Painters Palette Premium (Fingering: 1005 Merino, 175 yards). This scarf is from a Westport Yarns class.

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Noreen is crocheting Stained Glass Window Afghan with leftover yarns.

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Pinaki joined us for the first time today.  She worked on the raglan shaping for the Shepherd 1718 Garter Yoke Baby Cardigan in sport weight yarn.

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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!

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